From FUNimation Entertainment, the publisher behind series like Eden of the East, Soul Eater and Rideback comes the second part of the fantasy action anime Fairy Tail, the series based on the manga from Hiro Mashima.
The story of Fairy Tail follows the journey of a young girl named Lucy who leaves home in order to join a wizard guild known as Fairy Tail, a guild considered to be one of the most powerful in the land of Fiore. She gets the opportunity to join the guild when she meets a young man named Natsu, a powerful fire wielding wizard who is also known as Salamander. After the chance encounter Natsu gives Lucy the opportunity to join Fairy Tail and the two form a new team that begins to take on quests alongside one another as well as with a wizard with the habit of stripping named Gray and a powerful multi-armored wizard named Erza.
The second part of the series picks up with Natsu and Lucy continuing their journey to complete an S class mission, against the guild’s orders, by helping the residents of an island that have been turned into monsters. Along the way however the group discovers that one of the masterminds behind the problem is a former friend and rival of Gray who is attempting to revive a powerful demon that was long sealed away by their master. Eventually arriving to help the group is Erza, who was sent to the island in order to bring them back for punishment.
After their island adventure the group returns home where they find themselves in a sticky situation when their minds are swapped into one another’s bodies. Along with this all of Fairy Tail must deal with the new situation when they come under attack from another powerful guild with a mission that leaves all of the members caught off guard.
The story of the series actually picked up a little in this part, viewers learn a lot more about the past of some of the main characters including Gray and Natsu. Learning about their origins and seeing many of the guild members as children should definitely appeal to many viewers and help them understand each of the characters a little bit better.
Visually the series has a great look to it and if you’re familiar with anime like Blue Exorcist the overall quality of the animation resembles that. All of the characters have unique designs that fit well with the fantasy theme of the series and all of the battles have a nice smooth look to them. This review is based on the DVD version of the series, but for those that purchase this anime, it comes in a DVD and Blu-ray combo pack so it is likely that the Blu-ray version will look better visually, at least slightly, than the DVD version.
The Japanese voice cast is definitely the better of the two options for the series, while the English cast is decent quality they just don’t seem to match up with the characters as well as the Japanese cast does. If you would rather not read subtitles though then the English cast is still a decent option.
Aside from the clean opening and ending themes as well as trailers for other FUNimation titles there don’t seem to be very many on disc features however fans may also want to check out the episode 15 and 19 commentaries.
All in all Fairy Tail is a fun anime series that offers plenty of action as well as comedy and should keep viewers entertained throughout. The episodes included in part two also offer a bit of drama and insight into the lives of the characters and it interesting to see how the cast came to be the people they are today. This part also included a bit more fight scenes than in the previous release and all of the fast paced action made for great viewing.
If you’re a fan of anime series like Naruto then this is one title you will definitely want to pick up. The added bonus of receiving both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the series in one set also makes it a nice pickup for those of you trying to get someone you know into anime.
Fairy Tail Part 2
Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Runtime: 300 minutes
Number of Episodes: 12 (13-24)
Number of Discs: 2 DVDs (also on Blu-ray)
Languages: English, Japanese with English subtitles
Age Rating: TV14
Release Date: December 27th, 2011
(A review copy of Fairy Tail Part 2 was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.)