In our previous column, we highlighted the qualities of Kana Home Video’s first Fairy Tail collector’s box set. There is little, the second is released in the same format and its quality is just as good. Always accompanied by a lot of large format cards and a booklet, this box is as pleasant as the previous one. It includes seasons 5, 6 and 7 and ends with Natsu’s return to episode 277, which corresponds to volume 49 of the manga.It picks up where the previous volume stopped and we find the characters fighting over the victory of the great magic games while our hero faces the twin dragons. While the story follows its path without changing its recipe and the 102 episodes are divided into several parts.
The fighting in the arena, captivating and catchy, quickly leave room for the eclipse arc of stellar spirits (202 to 218) which is undoubtedly the least interesting of the lot. Of a mediocre quality, this last one marks the big return of the fillers. It is true that Fairy Tail has few compared to some series like Naruto, however given their quality, it would be better to forget them.
We forgive, however, quickly to the anime because our interest intensifies with the arc, highly underestimated, the village of the sun (227 to 233) which effectively opens the way to the arc Tartaros (234 to 265) which him succeeds and promises beautiful battles with ever stronger antagonists.
Finally, the Fairy Tail Zero bow (266 to 275), returns to the premises of the guild. If it seems, at first sight, to be a simple filling, it proves interesting by presenting us with a new vision of the first master of the guild, his curse but also Zeref.
Overall, the fighting, driven by dynamic music and fluid animation, are still intense. Obviously, faced with the harshness of some clashes, there should have been losses. Unfortunately, in this part of the plot, one of Fairy Tail’s biggest problems resurfaced: her way of dealing with death. It must be admitted that Mashima-sensei abuses much of the redemption and resurrection throughout his series. If the death of one of the main protagonists is certainly not necessary, the mangaka could very well have killed some secondary characters. In vain. This has an immense impact on the general tension.
As usual, the fan-service is also appropriate and the sexualization of young ladies is very marked. Lucy finds herself on the front line again and if the summoner could eventually shine, her presence is obscured by the rest of the guild.
Toutefois, l’anime reste très fidèle au manga, à quelques détails près comme nous l’avons remarqué. Certains épisodes sortent de l’imagination des réalisateurs mais dans l’ensemble cela ne casse en rien la dynamique de la série.
Au final, seuls ceux qui éprouvent quelques difficultés à entrer dans l’univers de Mashima-sensei trouveront à y redire car ce second coffret mérite bien qu’on lui consacre les 41 heures de visionnages nécessaires.
Moreover, if the price is equal to the previous volume, despite a lower number of episodes, it remains a price more than correct given its general quality.
Note that the booklet of it is radically different from the previous one. Indeed, the first group was the lyrics of the openings of the series while the new completely in color is composed of extracts of Fairy Tail magazine. Readers will be able to read the content while observing the sketches and sketches that are embedded.
Of course, we hope that boxes of this same format will also adapt the last part of the anime that will begin in autumn.