Manga: Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Fairy Tail Guild

Title: Fairy Tail
Author: Hiro Mashima (of Rave Master fame)
Publisher: Del Ray
Volumes: 17 in English so far (27 in Japanese–ongoing)
Publication: 2006-current
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Comedy
Anime: 2 seasons, 91 episodes in Japanese so far (FUNimation presently dubbing the English release)

Fairy Tail (no, that’s not a typo!) is one of the many magic guilds in the Kingdom of Fiore. They’re a bit of the Bad News Bears of the guilds, in that they’re often a laughing stock among the magic community—usually because of the mass destruction caused by its inhabitants—but are actually at the top of the league when given the chance.

Meet the main focus of the guild for this series:

Lucy Heartfilia – Celestial Spirit Magic (basically a summoner) – Lucy is a newcomer to the scene who saunters into Magnolia Town hoping to gain entrance into the Fairy Tale Guild. Lucy is caring, and very confident in her looks.

Natsu Dragneel – Fire Dragon Slayer Magic – Natsu is a typical male action hero: courageous, kind, hot-tempered and a bit of an idiot. He is one of the strongest mages at Fairy Tail power-wise, but due to his temperament and wild magic, his lack of control keeps him from being in the top tier (and often causes the aforementioned mass destruction!).

Happy – I’m not quite sure what exactly his magic is; I do know he can grow wings! – Happy appears to be a flying and talking blue cat, and happens to be Natsu’s best friend. He is knowledgeable, but can often be a bit cheeky.

Gray Fullbuster – Ice-Make Magic – Gray is Natsu’s main rival, but a part of “Team Natsu.” As opposed to Natsu’s hyper personality, Gray is very laid back—except when it comes to arguing with Natsu, it seems. Loyal and cautious, Gray also has the habit of unwittingly disrobing (yeah, I did just type that).

Erza Scarlet – Requip Magic (armor/weapons that can take different forms) – Erza is one of (if not the) most powerful mages in Fairy Tail. If I were to go full-dork, Erza’s alignment is definitely lawful good; she is honorable, smart and strict.

Fairy Tail does not have a main plot, and instead goes through story arcs. The art is detailed and perfect for this series’ format. But for me, the characters are absolutely what make the series so much fun. There is a fair amount of fan service, but honestly it’s so goofy that it’s hard to be offended even if it’s not your thing.

Extremely high entertainment value. Recommended for fans of series such as One Piece, Rave Master and Sands of Destruction.

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