Anime: Fairy Tail Collection 4
Released By: FUNimation
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Retail Price: $54.98
The long running anime series Fairy Tail is set in a fictional world, known as the Earth Land, where there exists a Mage Guild called "Fairy Tail." Fairy Tail is positioned in the town of Magnolia, which occupies the Kingdom of Fiore that is overseen by Makarov, the Guild’s master. Lucy Heartfilia, a 17-year-old young girl, aspires to become a well developed mage and join the ranks of one of the most prestigious Mage Guilds in the world, Fairy Tail.
One day, out of pure coincidence, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a boy who is transportation-sick, but very cheerful in nature. However, the thing she does not know is that Natsu is the closest connection to Fairy Tail, as he is a Mage in Fairy Tail. This specific collection of Fairy Tail (which is collection 4) sees the return of the war between Fairy Tail and the Phantom Lord Guild which requires dealing with remaining strong forces form the Phantom Lord Guild. Things eventually begin to die down in the midst of the aftermath, but Lucy picks up on something unusual with Loke. (Loke is usually known for being an overtly flirtatious character with no shortage of attention on women.) When Lucy continues to pry for information, she realizes that there is a form of a disconnect and takes it upon herself to learn more about him and assist any way she can.
A lighter storyline picks up next, centered on a vacation between the characters that brings old allies of Ezra into the picture. This storyline in particular is essential to Ezra, separating her from her typical emotionless frame of mind by shedding light on people who know Ezra best (arguably.) The story between Ezra and her former friend takes a turn towards the second half/conclusion of the series that is a cliffhanger to keep viewers watching the long running anime series for episodes and episodes to come. Typically, she is known as a primary power in Fairy Tail and is seen as a brute force that is unwavering; however the simple possibility of a run-in with a former friend turned rival shakes her to her core despite the front she is able to put up. It is a much needed humbling story for her, to learn that one person can’t simply be such a pillar of strength without facing their own demons, something that just about everyone should relate to in some capacity.
It was a refreshing point of view change to show Lucy in a more leadership oriented role this season, after previous stories left her in need of rescuing or help from other characters. An example of her newfound strength comes in when Lucy attempts to help Loke on her own, without recruiting the assistance of the others she had come to count on in previous established seasons/storylines. Female characters seemed to take charge this season, which pushed Natsu to the background, a bold move for the series to take a chance at further developing additional characters. I commend this decision, because with a long running series like Fairy Tail it only seems natural to shift focus and take the time to establish the importance of other characters.
FUNimation took the time to repackage the series in an upgraded version of the series, with blu-ray and DVD options for viewers and an assortment of special features that will surely appease Fairy Tail fans. It’s no wonder Fairy Tail has gathered a large group of devoted fans, the series has created an established universe and now finally begins to add layers to the characters you don’t expect them to.
Aedan’s Final Thoughts:
-The animation adds a much needed pop-of-color which is best showcased on the blu-ray.
-As someone who hasn’t seen every episode of the series, I did feel that it was still accessible to new viewers which doesn’t always happen.
-This series has a very One Piece/Naruto feel in terms of the long running series with widespread popularity.