FAIRY TAIL – 175 (END)
「ナツ vs. 双竜」 (Natsu vs. Souryuu)
“Natsu vs. the Twin Dragons”
The fact that this show reached its end does not surprise me considering how close to the manga it is at this point. I do think that the ending point was quite bad though. Well, to be honest, it’s not really bad, but rather abrupt and sudden. It’s frustrating to see an anime end in the middle of an arc. It’s hard to say what will happen from now on, but this is most likely not the end. I’m not even sure why I mentioned that considering that this ended with a “To be continued” screen. The question is, when will it continue? I assume it’s not any time soon but hopefully not too far away. It would be nice to see the rest of this arc animated fairly soon when it has been completed in the manga. I wonder if that’s what they’ll do, or if they’re going to wait for the manga to go even further than that so there can be another long running TV show for this amazing series? I guess all we have to do for now is to wait and see. Luckily we have the manga so we don’t have to deal with this painful cliffhanger. It’s definitely a cruel and frustrating ending, and I really recommend all the anime-only fans to pick up the source material, unless you are able to deal with this (I would probably have died).
Anyway, FAIRY TAIL is now over, at least this TV series. As far as I know, there will be a rerun of this under a different name. I still do not know why the title has been changed but I intend to check the first episode out to see if there are any significant differences compared to the original. Although, I kind of doubt that, but we’ll see. FAIRY TAIL BEST! is the new title, so check it out.
So how was this finale? Frustrating if you ask me! It would’ve been a great end point if it wasn’t for that annoying ending that leaves you wanting more. This was a rather mean way to end an anime at such an exhilarating moment. Now that FAIRY TAIL is finally in the lead, after such a long time, they presented to us, a very devastating future narrated by Levy (she has been doing that throughout the entire arc), a cloaked person’s identity revealed but at the same time hidden, and dragons are involved. It’s cruel, but I really hope that the wait will be worth it. And who knows? What if the continuation to this will do the source material more justice? I hope for that. And with that I’m referring to the animation of this show, and the censorship.
Leaving the cruelty behind the incomplete ending, the episode itself was magnificent and precisely what I expected from a battle between Dragon Slayers. Words aren’t enough to describe how much I love Natsu as a character. He may be ridiculously overpowered to some, but to me, he is only heroic. He has been mocked in this tournament. His friends have been stepped on. His guild has suffered. It was nice to see how he brought glory back to his home by defeating two of the strongest members of the most annoying guild ever. It’s also nice to see how Sting and Rogue, despite training for seven years while Natsu was gone, couldn’t defeat a single beat-up Dragon Slayer. That shows how powerful Natsu is. And the fun thing is, he wasn’t even using his full power. I mean, come on, we’ve seen him do more than that! Sting and Rogue definitely underestimated their opponents. Just imagine what would’ve happened if Gajeel still would be on stage? Sabertooth is toast!
With this spectacular battle, glorious victory, and triumphant comeback, the FAIRY TAIL anime has reached its temporary end. I am very sad to see one of my favourite shows ending. I cried so much during this finale and I know I’ll miss this show very much. But luckily, this isn’t the end so I look forward to more FAIRY TAIL in the future. Until then, moete kitazou!
Note: I wish to thank my beloved Moomba for saving my time by helping me with the caps and the soundtrack! ♥
This is going to be very long because I am a crazy fangirl who loves FAIRY TAIL a bit too much. I’ve split this up so I can write a bit about each arc, as well as the series as a whole. Feel free to exclude whatever you’re not interested in.
I’m noticing that I’m having some issues summarising my thoughts on 175 episodes, so I’m actually going to split this down into final impressions of each and every arc. Call me insane, but this is all part of being a crazy fangirl!
Oh boy, where do I start? First of all, if you read all that nonsense I wrote, here, have a cookie! If not – oh well, you can still have a cookie! So, characters… It’s funny that I find it so hard to express myself when I write about the characters of FAIRY TAIL considering the fact that they are the reason why I love FAIRY TAIL as much as I do. To me, the plot of this series is entertaining but not the strongest one there is, however, the characters are brilliant and have such outstanding personalities that the show simply seems amazing and I just disregard all its flaws (yes, I admit, there are some flaws). Hmm, now that I’ve mentioned flaws, I feel like I should explain them. To keep it short, I think some of the characters didn’t get the treatment they deserved and that’s the only major thing I can complain about really.
Anyway, FAIRY TAIL has a lot of characters and I don’t intend to write about all of them. I’ll just write briefly about the main ones.
Okay, I don’t think it’s deniable that FAIRY TAIL’s animation is bad. I don’t know why A-1’s budget is so low for a popular series like this one, but it makes me insanely sad. This show deserved better. I do not wish to bash other shounen titles but I find it questionable that some certain anime which are clearly less appreciated than FAIRY TAIL have such amazing animation while this one has… how to say it? Terrible animation?
I know that a lot of fans were scared or bored by the low quality of this show which is quite saddening considering what they’re missing out on. Even though I do admit that the animation is painfully bad at some points, I do not think that affects the quality of the story and the anime is still enjoyable and entertaining to me. I honestly hope that the continuation of FAIRY TAIL will have better animation, and hopefully less censorship. I guess that’s my only major complaint.
I’ve reached the last section of this insanely long and nonsensical post. Oh what, you’re still reading? Don’t you have better things to do? And here I thought I was a no-lifer! Anyway, what I truly wish to praise this anime for is its wonderful soundtrack.
Takanashi Yasuharu, that man is a genius. Words aren’t enough to describe how amazing the FAIRY TAIL soundtracks are. Even if the quality of the show is low, the music always had me hooked. There is just something enthralling about the tracks. No matter what kind of scene it is, the music always fit the mood. And FAIRY TAIL’s soundtrack is not only good for the show, it’s also a soundtrack I love listening to during my free time. The Celtic folk rock mixed with classic orchestral pieces is simply magic to my ears. If you haven’t listened to the FAIRY TAIL soundtrack yet, please do. It is my favourite soundtrack and I doubt that will ever change. I have included some of my favourite tracks here so feel free to listen.
As for the openings and endings, FAIRY TAIL has not really had too many impressive songs, but I do admit, there have been a few of them that I’ve really liked. As the lazy person I am, I’m going to cheat and include the videos instead of actually writing about them, so please don’t kill me!
Last but not least, seiyuu! I think voice acting counts as “sound” so I’ll add that to this section. When it comes to the cast of FAIRY TAIL, I must say, there is nothing I can complain about, other than some characters sounding slightly different from what I expected. But there is no voice in this series that I can’t stand. Before I end the seiyuu section, I wish to say that I think Kakihara Tetsuya did an amazing job voicing Natsu. No other voice fits the character better than his.
Wow, you stayed with me to the end! Or maybe you just scrolled past all that? Anyway, having said that, I can’t believe FAIRY TAIL is actually over. At least temporary. I don’t have much to say really, aside from the fact that I’m really sad to see this go. But luckily it’s not over yet. As a shounen, FAIRY TAIL is definitely outstanding even though it can be compared to other of its genre. But then again, when is something ever truly unique these days? The nakama theme will always be recycled, and no matter how many times I see it, I’ll never get tired of it. And the same can be said about FAIRY TAIL. I will never stop loving this series. My Saturdays will be quite different, but hopefully, they’ll be back to normal soon.