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Hey all! I know I swore off long anime, but this series is another on that has been in my sphere for a LONG time now. I first heard of the series through DEATH BATTLE, and looking at the show had me interested, but I took one look at the episode count and... yea. As per the suggestion of @KingEphemera on Twitter, I'm gonna split this into arcs. However, since the first Arc in the anime according to the Wiki is only 2 episodes, this arc will make up my first impressions.
Rules as always:
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it. Spoilers are here.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
That being said, let's see how much of this I can get done before they annoence the anime adaptation of 100 years quest. This is my first impression of Fairy Tail, as well as the review of the Macao Arc.
Fiore is a kingdom that uses Magic as a daily exchange, as spells can be bought and sold. I like this idea, as it encourages those who want to get stronger to buy more magic accessories, and train in how to use them. Powerful Magic users can join guilds, where they can use their magic for work, such as quests.
We then cut to a girl named Lucy, who is trying to use her feminine charms in order to lure a man into a magical key, which we later learn she can use as summons that by the looks of things... don't like her that much. She's trying to join the Fairy Tail guild, while 2 travelers, Natsu and Happy, enter the city of Haregon, are looking for a person named Salamander. While his name is being called in the city, when Natsu and Happy find him, they don't know who he is, as Natsu also recognises Salamander as the Dragon Igneel.
Lucy realised that the man Salamander was using a charm ring, which makes people attracted to him unless they know about it, which Lucy catches on. However, he claims he's a part of Fairy Tail, and Lucy agrees to go to his party in exchange for not saying anything about about the Charm ring.
The party turns out to be a trap, as Salamander wants to sell off Lucy off along with the other girls on the ship when the reach Bosco, however Happy and Natsu give chance dragging him back to Haregon, where Natsu is shown that he is a part of Fairy Tail, and that the man known as Salamander is not really Salamander, but Bora the Prominence.
One common complaint I've heard about A-1 pictures is that there anime's tend to all look the same, which I can see, but I get a different vibe from Fairy Tail, which I think is good looking for a pre 2010 anime, and it's more out there than SAO to me as well, really playing up the fantasy vibes, as SAO had more of a futuristic vibe. Also the fight choreography for a first episode is perfect, showing Natsu as powerful in his own right as fire magic user. The episode ends with Natsu agreeing to get Lucy into the guild.
I won't do this for every episode, but this a first impressions, so I have to make an exception this once, and say that I did enjoy this opening episode. On to episode 2!
Episode 2 begins with the council of magic looking over Fairy Tail's action and complaining about them, but a man with blue hair seems pretty intrigued about what they are doing.
We then head to the main Fairy Tail bar, where Natsu fights a dude who told him that the Salamander was in Hargon, and where we meet a lot of characters, such as Grey Fullbuster, a man who can't keep clothes on, Cana Alberona, a drunk, Elfman, a dudebro who likes to solves things by punching them, Loki, a flirt and Mirajane Strass, a women who usually acts as a bikini model in the Fairy Tail magazine.
Anyways, a huge fight breaks out, which is stopped by Mr.Makarov, the leader of the Fairy Tail clan, who wants the clan to break the rules and cause chaos in order for them to find their own strength. This is a nice change from usual as the leader usually wants his people to stay within the law, rather than break it and cause chaos.
Anyways, a kid called Romeo, asks where his dad Macao is, as he went on a quest to defeat the Vulcan's in the mountains, Makarov just shoves it off. However, Natsu after hearing this goes off to find Macao. I'll get to my impressions of Natsu in a bit.
Mirajane explains to Lucy that everyone in Fairy Tail has backstory, I mean a hidden past, I mean backstory. After hearing Natsu's, she decides to go off with him. Natsu has problems taking any transportation as he always feels sick after doing so.
They reach the summit of Mt.Hakobe, where Lucy gets captured by one of the Vulcans, which Natsu defeats. However, the Vulcan turns out to be Macao, in a plot should have saw coming but still took me by surprise. The episode ends with Macao and Romeo re-uniting.
Overall, I would say that the Macao arc is more one episode than a 2 episode arc, but it makes sense, as this is the introduction arc. However, none of the characters so far have made a real impact besides Lucy, who comes off as pretty kind and ambitious, and Natsu, who is pretty stupid, but wants strength and to defeat evil that comes his way.
This was good start to what is probably going to be a VERY long journey, so strap in folks because once you start, you have to keep going.
Finally, the Fairy Tail Series has begun! I can't wait to dive into what this series have to offer, which is a LOT. Also for those wondering, yes, I want to review the OVA's and the upcoming video game, but I need to figure out how to put those in there. That being said, thank you guys for reading, and I will see you guys next time.
Written by Nana Marfo
Art done by Naochan Doodles, with Character designs by Lilla and Jennivi
Fairy Tail(C)A-1 Pictures