The Tails of All Fairies
By Jada B.
An Anime Showcase
Fairy Tail is an anime based off of the original manga created by Hiro Mashima. It is produced by A-1 Pictures Inc. and Satelight, directed by Shinji Ishihira, and is licensed and dubbed by Funimation. The first and most loved opening of Fairy Tail is Snow Fairy, and is performed by the J-Pop band Funkist. The first ending is Kanpekigu No Ne by Watari Rofuka Hashiritai. The first episode debuted on Tokyo TV on October 12, 2009. Hiro planned to end the anime on its 175th episode, but later stated that it will be continued on April 5, 14.
Fairy Tail is a unique anime about a guild of mages who reside in the enchanted land of Fiore. The anime begins when Lucy Heartfilia, a celestial mage, runs into Natsu Dragneel and his friend Happy, the blue cat with wings. After Natsu and Happy rescue Lucy from something rather troublesome, they take her to their guild, which happens to be the guild she longed to join: Fairy Tail. To add on to Lucy’s amazing luck, the guild immediately accepts her as a new member.
“S.O.W Sense of Wonder” by Idoling!!!
“R.P.G ~Rockin’ Playing Game” by SuG
“Egao No Mahou” by Magic Party
“Tsuioku Merry-Go-Round” by onelifecrew
“Gomen ne, Watashi” by Shiho Nanba
“Kimi ga Iru Kara” by Mikuni Shimokawa
“HOLY SHINE” by Daisy X Daisy.
Fairy Tail sports one movie, two games, and one cross-over. The games are Clash at Kardia Cathedral! and Zeref’s Awakening. CaKC was released in Japan on April 21, 2011, while ZA was released on March 22, 2012 in Japan. The movie, titled Phoenix Priestess, aired on August 12, 2012 in Japan and December 10, 2013 in the U.S. Fairy Tail x Rave is a partner project with Rave Master. It only has one episode.
The characters of the anime are not like the characters of most others. They each have something weird and unique about them. For example, Lucy is clumsy (from what I remember), Gray Fullbuster is too epic for his shirt, Erza Scarlet is terrifying, Happy is most likely bipolar, and Natsu has a severe tendency to get motion-sick. In addition to their odd traits, the characters also have abnormal behaviors towards each other. To demonstrate, Gray and Natsu, although in the same guild, hate each other in terms of being rivals. However, they are both deathly afraid of Erza.
This anime showcases many unique and relatable characters. Instead of listing them all, I will leave you with a brief list of a few characters and their voice-actors.
Lucy Heartfilia – Cherami Leigh (EN), Aya Hirano (JAP)
Natsu Dragneel – Todd Haberkorn (EN), Tetsuya Kakihara (JAP)
Happy – Tia Ballard (EN), Rie Kugimiya (JAP)
Erza Scarlet – Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN), Sayaka Ohara (JAP)
Gray Fullbuster – Newton Pittman (EN), Yuishi Nakamura (JAP)
Wendy Marvell – Brittney Karbowski (EN), Satomi Sato (JAP)
Carla – Jad Saxton (EN), Yui Horie (JAP)
Mirajane Strauss – Monica Rial (EN), Ryoko Ono (JAP)
Plue (Lucy’s Pet Thingy Ice Cream Cone) – Majken Bullard (EN), Monica Rial (EN), Mona Marshall (EN, Fairy Tail x Rave), Saori Goto (JAP)
Image courtesy of: Haoyu Y.