Come to think of it, I never really wrote anything about Fairy Tail. I might not be fully invested in the series, but still I have follow the anime until the end. That’s right – 175 episodes. All watched. It’s pure leisure.
Fairy Tail isn’t any different from other shounen titles. In my opinion, that’s a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because it feels familiar and I know it won’t go too far off the formulae. At the same time, it’s a bad thing because of the good thing (am I confusing you here?) and that makes it some sort of a clone. It makes it easy for skeptics to say “Oh, that’s just another shounen series. Good guys will win at the end.”
I was introduced to Fairy Tail by a Twitter friend who’s a huge fan of One Piece. No, he (I think he’s a he) didn’t introduce to me directly but was tweeting about the similarities when the series started airing about five years ago. I’m a fan of One Piece and Fairy Tail seems to be my cup of tea. And it is. Like One Piece or most shounen titles of similar set up, there’s a male protagonist seeking something. In the midst of his journey of attaining that something, he has a fun, great adventure with friends. Laughter always ensues.
In Fairy Tail, the character’s name is Natsu and his friends are members of a guild called Fairy Tail. He’s finding his “father”, a dragon who vanished into thin year many years ago. During his journey, he encountered and fought many wizards from other guilds alongside his close friends, Lucy, Gray, Erza and a blue cat named Happy. Along the way, he made a few new friends and some enemies.
What attracted me to Fairy Tail is first and foremost, the fun, the laughters. It wouldn’t be complete without it. I like the fact that it maintains its comedic flare even in the serious, life-threatening, future-determining battles. Having a “mascot” in Happy the blue cat helps in that area. Throw in a maiden in distress Lucy and an almost-lacking-common-sense Erza, the already chaotic world in which Natsu lives in gets turned upside down every single day.
As mentioned before, Fairy Tail isn’t unlike other popular shounen titles. The main characters in it always fight for what they believe is right and just. Perhaps it’s because of this, series like Fairy Tail fare very well among fans. Even for me, it can be very encouraging to see Natsu staying very positive and determined until a match is decided. “I’m fired up!”, a phrase Natsu often says is becoming my chant when facing obstacles at work. >.<
Fairy Tail can be very random at times. What’s even weirder is that meaningless things can take up a good chunk of time per episode. Also, it’s probably the first shounen title I watch that’s not shy on the fanservice department. C’mon, with a designated pinup girl called Mirajane, do you really think there would be no fanservice? It’s mild though so don’t keep your hopes too high (if you’re all in for fanservice).
I think the main reason I’m able to enjoy Fairy Tail anime as much as I did is because I never read the manga. I might have glanced through a few chapters but never did end up following. Now that I don’t know what’s filler and what’s original, I can just enjoy the anime as it is. Nothing to dislike about. Although I must say, I find the rubber-wearing three stooges who call themselves Jiggle Butt Gang the most irritating. Do they appear in manga too?
My initial complaints about the series is the lack of growth in the characters. After many arcs, I still see the same old patterns from the main characters. Erza seems to be using the same outfit repetitively. Natsu is using the same skills over and over again. Gray isn’t doing anything differently. Lucy always get into troubles and almost always ended up in compromising situation. It gets boring.
Thank goodness I’m seeing some major improvement in terms of skills in the recent battles of Fairy Tail members. For one, I’m enjoying the fact that Lucy, one of the weaker members, is becoming more powerful and playing a crucial role in whatever fate that lies ahead for Fairy Tail. Also, I was delighted to see Elfman overcoming a strong opponent in the recent arc on game tournament. Seeing what used to be weak characters becoming so strong, I couldn’t hold my excitement of what would become of the already strong members – Erza, Natsu and Gray.
Unfortunately, I don’t know the end of Fairy Tail so I can’t say for sure if the good guys will win at the end but I have a rough idea. My question now is: Can I continue from where the anime left off? If yes, from which chapter? Or should I just wait for the anime to be continued, whenever that may be…