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Fairy Tail  
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Celestial wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a guild for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu's not your typical hero - but he just might be Lucy's best hope.

Note: Won the 33rd Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shounen Manga in 2009 (shared with Q.E.D. - Shoumei Shuuryou). Won the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation's Industry Award for Best Comedy Manga in 2009. Vol. 9 was nominated in the Youth Selection category at the 2010 Angoulême International Comics Festival.


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FAIRY TAIL [フェアリーテイル]

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Status in Country of Origin
63 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (Season 1); Vol 35, Chapter 300 (Season 2)
Ends at Vol 35, Chapter 297 (Season 1); Vol 49 Chapter 419 (Season 2)

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (3092 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.99 / 10.0
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Kodansha Comics (62 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Ummm... What?   
Rating: N/A
by MissJanny
January 8th, 2014, 11:07pm
After reading the latest few chapters, I think I might have just lost all my respect for Mashima Hiro. For a while now, the quality of Fairy Tail has been steadily dropping. I stayed with it because I believed the humor was worth reading each new update, because the intros to many arcs are intriguing, because I liked reading Fairy Tail. It was a refreshing break from life, even though I honestly prefer more serious manga.

In the beginning, Fairy Tail is a fun read. Nothing is repetitive, characters are being introduced, arcs explain the stories of the main characters, etc. Sure, there is some fanservice, and for all intents and purposes, seems like pretty much every other battle shounen I had read, but I was interested nevertheless.

Then it starts to get a bit more cliche. Lucy becomes less of a "female lead" and more of a person with giant tits. Big boobs are her entire persona ... Fight scene get a bit repetitive. When we reach the time skip, I quite honestly think I freaked out. Time skips are a big no no for me. It's a stupid, overused way to create drama, to power up the characters (and in this case, the heightened level of power is quickly forgotten) and just NONONONO.

This is when I began noticing things. The Japanese may view manga from a very culturally different standpoint than we. I never quite understood how the same repetitiveness I find in most really famous manga (Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, etc.) could still continue to be so successful. However, I think we share one thing in common. We noticed Fairy Tail was not quite up to par anymore.

The mangaka introduces a ridiculous amount of characters, but the plot never seems to move forward. We are left we the same questions as ever. What happened to the dragons? What happened that day? Who is Zeref?

I suppose a drop in the rankings prompted the manga to include so much ecchi. That is simply my best guess. The fanservice has been so abundant lately that the latest few chapters seem to have been literally cut and paste from some hentai I read. I don't know if adding so many boobs would really increase sales and rankings (Porn is available so freely on the Internet?). It has, however, lost one female reader.

... Last updated on January 8th, 2014, 11:12pm
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Fairy Tail can be summed up in one word; generic   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Celianna
March 4th, 2012, 11:59am
I read Fairy Tail, I still check back for updates every week, but I wouldn't rate it as good.

It's generic shameless fun, nothing more and nothing less. I don't think deeply about it, because if I do, I will probably start disliking the manga.

Fairy Tail is a generic shounen manga about a guild full of 'mages', meaning, people who kick ass with things that cannot be explained with anything else but magic. I don't know about you, but when I think of magic, I think of Harry Potter, you know, people with wands, I don't think of people beating someone down with a fire punch. Anyways, these abilities are never explained in detail, nor are there any limitations on it, except of course, when the plot calls for it.

The main character is Natsu Dragneel, the pink haired boy who is just like any other loud-mouthed idiot from other shounen manga, who gets down to serious business when you hurt his friends. The second main character, who is just useless fanservice, is Lucy Heartfelia, who really only serves to get beaten up and have her clothes ripped up all the time (seriously, the amount of wardrobe changes she goes through only for it to be ruined the next chapter ...). There's not really a plot, other than 'awesome people do awesome stuff and get into awesome fights'. How awesome that is, is very much YMMV.

Right, did I mention Fairy Tail shoves the 'nakama' (for those less inclined with the cliche, it's all about the power of friendship) thing down your throat so much you want to throw up? This is the part where, if you think deeply about Fairy Tail, you'll hate it. If you treat it like the superficial entertainment it is, you'll fair a lot better.

The characters are nothing special, the plot is simply non existent, the fighting abilities are stupid and how powerful they are is based on how many friends they have backing them up, the fanservice (which he tries to hide ...) is stupid (no panty shots whatsoever, but he's okay with drawing every female with huge breast balloons and show them in suggestive poses and make them wear bunny suits, or have their clothes ripped off), and well ... the only thing Fairy Tail has got going is that the art evolved to be pretty damn good looking.

At first the art was just Rave Master all over again (or as people like to say, it looks like One Piece), but now Mashima has a style of his own ... though maybe that has a lot more to do with his assistant, who made Yankee-kun to Megane-chan, which has the same exact art style. But, whatever, the art looks good, and that's really the only positive point of Fairy Tail.

It can also be funny, as proven with chapter 227 Lucy Fire.

But it's mostly just generic shounen entertainment, with a heavy, sickening dose of 'nakama!'.

Read it if you feel like adding another manga to your list.
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Way Down Hill   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by SSJR2
May 11th, 2015, 3:16pm
I gave this a pretty good and hopeful review a few years ago but now i feel i have to take it back and update it. Man i really loved fairytail at first, i felt it had so much potential and probably would eventually become one of the big 3 (naruto, Bleach, One piece) at the time. However since then its gone way down hill and i can barely stomach reading it some times. To put everything into perspective for you for how this happened i go step by step.

First of all the good points: The art is pretty good, im cool with ecchi and the comedy and over all it had a pretty good shounen feel. if theres one thing fairy tail can do its make and hype op characters the best thing about it to me is their character designs, abilities and their world building. I always really like how most new enemy characters look like and there abilities are always good too. The powers Hiro comes up with are pretty cool and great for the world of Fairytail. If anything fairytail really knows how to hype up their characters and that in a sense is why fairytail went down hill.

Now the reason why it sucks Now: To start id say the "friendship power up" is one of the main reasons. I feel like the author himself LOVES Fairytail (the guild) soooo much that he can never truly make anything bad happen to them. He constantly Over powers most of them especially (natsu, gray &ezra) to the point where they almost never lost a fight at this point. Its so ridiculously some bull cause they sometimes fight some one that has been hyped up to being so powerful then one they meet fairytail (especially those 3) they always get their ass handed to them and sometimes instantaneously in the same chapter they were introduced. Not only that a lot of the "wins" now are asspulls at this point. Where they lose all logic into why they win and just made them win. A lot of times all they do is get more determined with no real change in strength. There all a lot of moments that were some major Bull (mainly from that famous 3) but to name the biggest so far. Which is hard cause it was a lot was:
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when erza lost ALL her senses and still managed to find the enemy (some how) and beat them and all they said as to why is "because shes erza"... or when gray won a fight against an enemy (that couldnt be hurt by any of his attacks and completely dominated him) by just throwing a ball at him..... or natsu oh natsu how he beats almost EVERYONE will some regular manner like with one punch or a boulder
. There are a lot more i could say especially for these 3. By the way Its not like i want them to lose every fight but i just want it to be fair and make sense. There is no real world (even in fantasy) where someone just always wins like that. All there fights are the same too. they just show a little struggle but dominate. Even deaths are some bull cause Hiro himself loves fairytail (the guild) so much:
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None of fairytails members have died, even when some like the guild master hav been at this point many times and it it haves been implied many times that he was going to. The only member to have died in the past was Lisanna but Oh guess what!?.... she wasnt really dead she was just transported to another world....yea cop out. EVEN the Cat at one point was sacrificing himself to fly away a nuke like explosion from a "powerful" enemy and it did explode on him but he actually survived that and with nothing but Frizzy hair. lol what a joke huh.

Although this covered a majority of what i hate there is still one more and thats the story and "hyping up." Im not gonna get that much into this but basically what fairytail does is introduce a new threat then design them well, give them an awesome ability(s), Hype them up to a really high, dangerous and potentially unstoppable level then completely Shit on them. Every are to the core is the same, something different may be happening but when they meet fairytail (the guild) they will just get owned and sometimes embarrassingly, pathetically, and hilariously easily too. Like i said i love the designs and abilities of the characters and enemies so when i see then just get tossed out the window ( and like i said sometimes in the same chapter they were introduced) i obviously get pissed cause there is no "actual" fights in this just "trolling wins". If your an enemy of fairytail (the guild) it doesnt matter how strong you are or your strategy or any incredible ability you have, you will be trolled. The worst arc to me that was the ULTIMATE example of everything i dislike about fairytail is the " Grand Magic games" tournament arc. EVERY enemy/battle was trolled by fairytail and in a sad way.

To end this i just cant stand this whole unending cycle of nonsense and as the story goes on nothing is is changing.
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currently natsu beat up a gigantic god like being with one punch....
Even the stories getting sadder since potential great twists are being dictated by fans apparently:
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such as the current arc where gray turned "evil", it could have been a good way to set up a gray vs natsu all out battle but because fans didnt like gray being evil he took it back next chapter and made grays evil thing an act
. At this point im just reading this as a gag manga and im not taking it seriesly at all anymore. i make it my point to finish stuff i started (especially after years dedicated to it) so if it wasnt for that, i would have dropped this a long time ago; or maybe part of me hopes it will get better (which i know it wont). part of this was sort of unloading, and part of this was a review but over all its the truth.

... Last updated on May 18th, 2015, 5:46pm
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Rating: N/A
by MTJohnson08
April 25th, 2012, 6:33pm
I really enjoy this series. It has many good qualities, from amazing powers, to exotic locations, to unique and interesting characters. I disagree that this is only a fight manga designed for teenagers, I'm in my twenties and I still like it. I've yet to read a story arc that wasn't important to the story, be it for the development of key characters or to the ultimate evil that is hinted at several times. If you're looking for a good action adventure story with a healthy dash of comedy then look no further. If its not for you, then fine just don't be a jerk about it
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i don't know   
Rating: N/A
by ayanechan
January 10th, 2012, 7:02am
I'm 60 chapters in and i don't LOVE the main characters, when there's a massive fight and someone screams something heartfelt i don't get excited i merely keep reading. Fairy-tail lacks a lot of substance. It lacks characters which are original and believable, and probably lacks a lot on an emotional level; like i said i don't feel for the characters. Though i've said all this i guess its ok to read if you're bored or like action mangas but i don't think its for me. Mashima Hiro has got a great initial plot going for him, i just think he's inexperienced in story-telling.
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It's good   
Rating: N/A
by Kayt05
September 27th, 2011, 6:40am
It is comparable to One Piece however it is it's own story. So far the story has been consistent unlike some mangas *cough* Bleach *cough*. This is the first/only manga where I actually like all the characters, they are well designed. The story moves at a faster pace than most mangas of this type, so there is less dull moments. I am going to give it a 10 b/c I don't get bored reading it and there are no characters that I dislike in manga.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by alexj2936
September 25th, 2011, 10:35pm
Damn this manga would be good if every shounen cliche in history wasn't involved. I mean seriously its so repetitive that I'll tell it to you now, its goes:
Bad guy shows up
Natsu: I'll defeat you with my friends
Bad guy laughs and tells his evil plan
Bad guy kicks fairy tails ass
Nastu: urgh even though I'm almost dead and have no power I'll defeat you with the power of friends
Natsu somehow gets an insane power boost and wins the fight
Bad guy: NOOOO I lost to friendship
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Great. . .but   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by zimzimbadabim
August 2nd, 2012, 6:37pm
I would like this manga a LOT more if it had reasons for fighting besides "Nakama." Actually, sometimes it seems like the only noticeable trait of the "bad guys" is that they don't honor friendship, and Natsu goes crazy because "Nakama" is the only word he knows. I am exagerating, but I do feel that this manga focuses on that a bit too much. Other than that (and the occasional overbearing ecchi), I really enjoy this manga. Give it a read.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by rosalie.
April 14th, 2012, 3:54am
I really like Hiro Mashima's artwork, it's good and the characters are good at their own way. But what I don't like is that the story isn't going anywhere. Some arcs are good and entertaining but I feel like it hasn't moved foward. Or it's moving really too slow. And theme is quite same in all arcs. Well its told in differend ways but still it's repeating the same pattern.

Where is Igneel? And when exactly Natsu is going to seach him? Isn't that what the story is about? Or have I understood it wrong..or then there is no plot at all.

But still it is fun and entertaining to read it, and like I said, I like the characters and the artwork is really good. And actually I'm looking foward to see what happens next and what happens to Lucy. But I hope it's something good.
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one of my fave shounen manga, and fave work from mashima sensei   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by vambam
February 3rd, 2012, 4:35am
love it... really love it... i also love mashima sensei's assistant's work (yankee kun to megane chan).. i love all the charecters so much. (i love naruto but there are certain naruto characters that piss me off).

.the thing that bugs me is that it's now having a tournament arc just like the rest of the common shounen mangas. But i'm pretty confident that mashima sensei can pull it off well. and it wont end up like a cliche tournament arc bigrazz

... Last updated on February 3rd, 2012, 4:35am
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