OP2: 「BLOW AWAY」 by 柿原徹也 & 中村悠一 (Kakihara Tetsuya & Nakamura Yuuichi)
「妖精たちの合宿」 (Yousei-tachi no Gasshuku)
This OVA takes place in the middle of episode 153. It’s one of the funniest FAIRY TAIL episodes so far, and it made many of my fangirl wishes come true. First of all, it was really nice to see this story from Mavis’ perspective. In the TV show’s current ending sequence, you can see how she walks from Tenrou Island to Crocus to cheer on everyone, but this OVA extended that journey and allowed us to see Mavis’ adorable self a bit more. She certainly picked a perfect moment to visit the guild she created – had she been there a few seconds later, she would’ve missed everyone. Now she managed to visit her guild secretly, and enjoy a fun trip! And speaking of fun – this episode was hilarious, perhaps the funniest one we’ve seen from this franchise. Even if FAIRY TAIL is predictable and a very clichéd shounen, its comedy and characters are truly brilliant, and those two things make this series stand out among others.
So why was this episode not part of the TV show? Well, that question can’t be honestly answered by me, but as far as rumours say, it was done this way to avoid censoring some certain scenes. There will be no complaints for me because the fanservice in FAIRY TAIL is great. Ecchi has never been something that appeals to me, but when fanservice is used for a good purpose, such as comedy, it becomes hilarious, and that is what this show does. So thumbs up for beautiful fairies! And something quite praiseworthy of this series is that it doesn’t leave anyone out. There is fanservice for everyone regardless of gender. But it’s a shame that Gray waltzed around naked almost half of the episode while Natsu kept his pants on all the time… Oh well, that wish of mine will have to wait! Luckily, there were other things in this OVA that pleased me very much.
All the romantic vibes in this episode made me squeal of joy. While Juvia and Gray’s relationship probably will remain awkward till the end, it seems like Lucy and Natsu may actually be a possible couple. It seems like even the characters of this series support their relationship – my ship is doing well! And it seems like it’s going somewhere for Levy and Gajeel as well. Anyway, the flashback to Natsu’s home was truly adorable and sweet. Natsu is nice to everyone (maybe not Gray) in his guild, but seeing all the objects he has saved from his missions with Lucy made it seem like she is very important to her. Seeing Lucy clean Natsu’s messy house and then complain about how lonely she felt when he didn’t come home in time made me grin like Natsu. And the cuteness doesn’t end there! It was predictable that Natsu would be in Lucy’s room, but that just shows how close these two characters are. Their relationship is what started FAIRY TAIL; they will always hold a very special spot in my heart.
Aside from all the possible romance and fanservice, the comedy in the inn was fantastic. The guild members have always been silly, but when they’re drunk, they’re truly over the top, and simply brilliant! Poor guys… The drunk girls sure seemed scary, but oh, so funny. There will be nothing but praise from me for this OVA episode, and hopefully, we’ll see an announcement concerning a fifth one in the future. If you haven’t seen the FAIRY TAIL OVA series yet, you’re truly missing out on some great comedy. You don’t have to be familiar with the manga or anime to be able to enjoy these silly episodes. They’re all separate stories, and they’re all really enjoyable. So what are you waiting for? Watch this!
ED2: 「Happy Tale」 by 平野綾 & 大原さやか & 佐藤聡美 (Hirano Aya & Ohara Sayaka & Satou Satomi)