Lucy, an aspiring Celestial Wizard, becomes a friend and ally to powerful wizards Natsu, Grey, and Erza, who are part of the (in)famous wizard guild, Fairy Tail.
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Tetsuya Kakihara ...
 Natsu Dragneel 250 episodes, 2009-2016
Aya Hirano ...
 Lucy Heartfillia / ... 232 episodes, 2009-2016
Rie Kugimiya ...
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 Wendy Marvell / ... 201 episodes, 2009-2015
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 Lucy Heartfilia / ... 171 episodes, 2009-2016
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Newton Pittman ...
 Gray Fullbuster / ... 143 episodes, 2009-2015
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 Erza Scarlet / ... 141 episodes, 2009-2015
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 Cana Alberona / ... 113 episodes, 2009-2015
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Lucy, a 17 year old girl, sets out on journey to become a full-fledged wizard and joins the strongest and most (in) famous guild FAIRY TAIL where she meets Natsu, Happy, Gray and Erza, who treat her more like family than friends. This epic series takes us through all the dangers that the members of fairy tail face and eventually overcome through mutual love and friendship. Written by AnimeLover

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Hiro Mashima based Natsu Dragoneel's feisty personality off from himself when he was a teenager. See more »

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Perhaps I was predisposed to not liking this one since I'm typically not a fan of 100+ episode shounens, but after multiple people recommended it, I decided to give it a shot anyways.

It's not horrible, but all things considered, it's pretty mediocre and, imo, overrated. I was able to enjoy it for a little while as long as I turned my brain off and just tried to enjoy the action, but that only works for so long.

Fairy Tail simply lacks a solid, driven plot and instead gets lost in a series of small arcs that all seem to resolve in a similar way. A typical arc usually involves some villainous evil/dark mage or mage guild attempting to bring down the protagonist's guild and/or revive some kind of demon or bigger badder villain to do it. In each arc, the protagonists will generally struggle for a brief while, before they all of the sudden receive a god-mode power up (AKA plot armor) with the magic of FRIENDSHIP *sparkle* and manage to defeat the evil whatever.

While there is some character development within the arcs, ultimately it isn't enough to make the characters interesting, and I never really got the feeling that any of the characters really "grew" throughout the series.

The combat is probably where the series shines the most. It's flashy and the magic is cool. There are lots of different powers and magic types, as well as different types of mages, which helps keep the combat interesting. However, I never once feared for a character's life during combat. The series lacks blood, so that does tend to bring down the intensity of the fight scenes. Even seemingly mortal wounds are shrugged off like they're nothing by the characters (such as getting impaled in the chest by a giant ice construct). And ultimately, I always knew that one of the main characters (probably Natsu, sometimes Erza) would all of the sudden receive a power up and overpower whatever they are fighting.

The series also relies heavily on humor in between fight scenes. Fairy Tail is ultimately a lighthearted series that obviously doesn't take itself too seriously. However, the humor is mostly gag humor, which is something I am not a fan of. Whether it be Natsu's vulnerability to car sickness, Gray's tendency to randomly lose his clothes, or Lucy's vain attempts to use her appearance to get what she wants, each main character has at least one running comedy gag throughout the series. If you like that kind of thing, well, I'm sure you'd find this series funny, but if not, this series will probably annoy you.

Probably what has kept this series afloat for many viewers is the fanservice, which is quite excessive in this series. Despite not being willing to show blood, the show has no qualms against exaggerating the sexuality of its various female characters, purposefully having them wearing skimpy outfits and drawing them in "appealing" poses or angles. There's no shortage of attractive females in the show, and you'll probably see plenty of cleavage and panty shots all of them at at least some point. But the show is fair, there is some fanservice directed at the female audience as well. It's pretty common for the more attractive male characters to be walking around shirtless or wearing nothing at all. At least it's equal right?

Ultimately, the show is decent as background noise while you're also doing something else, or something good to watch when you don't want to pay too close of attention. The combat is decent, but the main characters will always save the day with the power of friendship and some gimmicky power-up. It relies on gag humor, flashy combat, and fanservice to stay afloat, which simply doesn't distract from it's numerous other flaws.


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