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Herald Views: Fairy Tail

The content of this piece was written during a viewing of the first episode of Fairy Tail, on October 29, 2011. Edits have been made for spelling and grammar, but the rest is completely untouched, and un-edited from its original format.

3:21 PM: Welcome one and all to a snowblogging showblog!
3:21 PM: Today, I’ll be covering .@FUNimation’s release of Fairy Tail.
3:21 PM: Since it’s been a good four months, I’ll give a quick refresher for those who haven’t joined us before.
3:21 PM: This is a live review of the first episode of a show. Basically, every reaction, every single opinion as it occurs in real time.
3:22 PM: The format was chosen because gives a somewhat more accurate representation of how watching the show would leave a viewer…
3:22 PM: …as opposed to pages of hard copy.
3:22 PM: And that’s about it! :)
3:22 PM: Before we begin, let’s get the basic information out of the way.
3:23 PM: Directed by Shinji Ishihara (Tokyo Majin, Aoi Kokuhaku)
3:23 PM: Music by Yasuharu Takanashi (Hell Girl, Naruto Shippuden)
3:23 PM: Character designs by Aoi Yamamoto
3:23 PM: Animated by A-1 Pictures & Satelight
3:23 PM: Opening Theme: Snow Fairy by FUNKIST
3:23 PM: Ending Theme: Kanpeki gu~no ne by Watarirouka Hashiri Tai
3:23 PM: Now, let’s get this thing moving!
3:24 PM: Cold open to a map, and a narration about a country called Fiore
3:24 PM: In a magic world, where magic is aparently a commodity
3:25 PM: Wizards = people that use magic for hire, wrk in guilds, bah blah
3:25 PM: There’s one guild that’s birthed countless legends known as Fairy Tail.
3:26 PM: And opening – LOTS of “OH YEAYH!”
3:27 PM: And now we begin the show proper
3:27 PM: Which starts in a port town known as Hargeon
3:27 PM: Oh, wait.
3:28 PM: It’s just a motion sick traveler who just got stuck on another train ride… I think that’s supposed to be funny
3:28 PM: Anyway… there’s apparently only one magic shop in the town
3:28 PM: And only 1/10 of the population in town uses magic
3:28 PM: The magic shop dude is freaking awesome.
3:29 PM: He’s loving his color changer, and rocking magical color-shifting clothes like a boss.
3:29 PM: His customer though? Looking for a Gate? Looks like a key
3:30 PM: She’s apparently been looking for it, it’s 20 large, she’s trying to sex up the badass shopkeep for a discount
3:30 PM: …Did it work? :V Nope. Hah! Only a 1,000 jewel (moneys) discount
3:30 PM: Apparently, a famous wizard named Salamander is in town
3:30 PM: Doraemon cat = Happy. gotcha.
3:31 PM: And our carsick traveler’s rushing toward the wizard, too.
3:31 PM: I smell fate!
3:32 PM: Hah – girl from the shop is having a love-love moment. That’s ruined by the traveler.
3:32 PM: Hah… He spurned the hot wizard and got beaten down by the crowd.
3:32 PM: Twice
3:33 PM: Hot Wizard Salamander (TM) is havign an orgy, sorry, “party” on his boat tonight
3:33 PM: And now we have traveler guy, who has a name (Natsu) and Happy enjoying their first meal in ages, apparently..
3:34 PM: Salamander knows charm magic – he’s a creep of epic proportions apparently.
3:34 PM: And the girl is a guild-less wizard. A Ronin wizard if you may
3:34 PM: …I get the feeling that I should be laughing at this, but I’m not.
3:35 PM: “You talk a lot” THANK YOU, Happy for stating this! :D
3:35 PM: And apparently, Natsu and Happy are looking for A salamander – a fire dragon
3:35 PM: Which is like saying you’re looking for a damn unicorn.
3:36 PM: Thankful Natsu and Happy are thankful
3:36 PM: And they get an idea – they try to pawn off Salamander’s autograph.
3:36 PM: Apparently, Fairy Tail is a guild of Lina Inverses.
3:36 PM: Lots of good, lots of destruction… etc
3:37 PM: PROTIP: WIzard magazines are basically SI Swimsuit Issues with better articles, or something :P
3:37 PM: And the girl wants to join Fairy Tail… enter Salamander
3:38 PM: Who wants to sex up our blonde protaganist
3:38 PM: Apparently, he’s a member of Fairy Tail on top of being a class-A creep
3:38 PM: And he’s putting in a good word with the guildmaster to get blondie there.
3:39 PM: Yeah… This is just… i dunno
3:39 PM: Eyecatch!
3:39 PM: Brief analysis: This is one of the blandest shows I’ve ever seen. Like, EVER
3:39 PM: The characters are one-dimensional, the jokes are stale as hell, and the cast… they don’t do any favors either.
3:40 PM: I do dig the setting, though. It’s nice to see a world get fleshed out a bit like this.
3:40 PM: Anyway, back to the show
3:40 PM: And we’re with Natsu and Salamander
3:41 PM: Natsu is getting seasick just thinking about the boat ride
3:41 PM: And now he’s debating whether he should go onboard to get into Fairy Tail
3:41 PM: FINALLY! We get a god damn name for blondie – Lucy.
3:41 PM: “Savor the jewels of fruit juice as they enter your mouth” oh god, Salamander’s going to rape her.
3:42 PM: Apparently, Lucy realizes this, too
3:42 PM: And he was going to freaing roofie her with sleep magic… #wtfmate
3:42 PM: Yeeep – Salamander wasn’t really a wizard. #WhoDidn’tSeeThatComing
3:43 PM: And he took Lucy’s gate keys – she’s a celestial wizard, which requires the keys or something
3:43 PM: And in comes Natsu to the (inadvertent) rescue!
3:43 PM: …Ohp – he’s throwing up nw
3:44 PM: And Happy makes a daring rescue! He gets the women, this time around.
3:44 PM: “Pretty :V” …that made me snicker more than it should have
3:44 PM: And rescue failed – Happy and Lucy drop into the drink! :V
3:45 PM: Ohp – Lucy got her keys… shit’s going to get real
3:45 PM: She summons mermaids.. who are pissed off about having their keys dropped
3:46 PM: …This really does feel like a wannabe One Piece in a lot of ways, from the art style to the premise
3:46 PM: The Mermaid’s getting more action than Lucy apparently :P
3:47 PM: And shit’s getting real – Natsu’s going to kick some ass.
3:47 PM: Natsu really IS from Fairy Tail – Salamander = Bora the Prominence -a former wizard in another guild
3:47 PM: There’s a distinct lack of tension in these battles
3:48 PM: And apparently, Natsu EATS FUCKING FIRE
3:48 PM: …before launching it out at his foes.
3:49 PM: Natsu = the REAL Salamander. OK, who didn’t see that coming?
3:49 PM: Come on, raise your hands.
3:50 PM: And we have the battle raging on… well… moving in flashy, over-the-top moves.
3:51 PM: Ohp – here comes the army. And Natsu and co. make a break for it. Party member GET! in Lucy
3:51 PM: And end credits
3:51 PM: Short verdict: I love the world, love the visual style… but I’m not enamored with everything else
3:52 PM: It just feels like they’re trying TOO hard, and delivering something that’s fairly dull and sanitized in the process.
3:53 PM: In short: It’s an adventure written by a committee. It’s safe, it’s OKAY, but they just don’t do enough with the pieces at this point.
3:55 PM: It’s… well… more of a disappointment, really.
3:55 PM: Anyway, thanks for joining today! I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

Fairy Tail is distributed in America by FUNimation.
The series can be purchased at Right Stuf

Thanks to FUNimation for providing a review copy!

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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