Anime Review: Fairy Tail Part One

Lucy is a girl looking to get into the wizard guild called Fairy Tail. She meets Natsu and he’s a Fairy Tail wizard. What adventures will they share together? Is this anime worth your time and money? Brief summary and recommendations inside.

Director: Shinji Ishihira
Distributor: Funimation
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Availability, buy the DVD/Blu-Ray combo here, buy on Amazon here

In the land of Fiore, Wizards use their powers to help people by taking on jobs.  Lucy wants to become a member of the Fairy Tail guild, the most famous, and destructive guild around.  She meets Natsu who is a member f the Fairy tail guild and joins them as they take jobs.

This anime is a lot of fun.  I have reviewed the manga counterpart through the first 13 episodes and it does keep very close to the original source material.  What I enjoy about Fairy Tail is that the characters and the setting are a lot of fun and the series has a lot of humor in it, and doesn’t take itself too seriously, except when it needs to. 

The animation by A1 pictures look really great and all the magic spells and fight scenes are very well done and it’s a lot of fun to watch and has a lot of visual appeal with the character designs.

The Japanese dub is fine, but since I write this for people who aren’t die-hard otaku, the English dub is very well done. Cherami Leigh does a good job as Lucy Heartfilia.  She’s in a lot of Funimation’s dubs but if you just watch TV you probably won’t recognize her.  Todd Haberkorn is in a lot of Funimation dubs, he’s in almost all their shows in some part.  He does a good job as Natsu too and I like him.  Colleen Clinkenbeard as Ezra Scarlet

The music for the anime is really good.  The opening theme “Snow Fairy” by FUNKIST is a lot of fun.  The second theme is “Kanpeki gu~no ne” by Watarirouka Hashiri Tai is good, but it’s kind of silly.

I highly recommend Fairy Tail if you like shonen and a good action series.  It’s also a lot of fun and is very well done.  But there are only the first 48 episodes licensed in the U.S. by Funimation.  If you want to make sure that they dub more then show appreciation with your wallet because some of the longer shows need to have good sales in order for Funimation to license more of them.  I am going to buy and review the three sets they have released now because I want to see more of the anime.  It’s well worth your time and money.

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