‘Fairy Tail: Part 2’ Blu-ray Review
This Fairy Tail: Part 1 Blu-ray review has been ported over from an old site in the Project-Nerd, LLC network.
Fairy Tail tells the story of Lucy Heartfilia, a young celestial wizard who runs away from home to join a group called Fairy Tail. The group, Fairy Tail, is a guild of over the top wizards who are more famous for trouble and mischief than anything else. Of course, like most anime series, the story isn’t about Lucy joining Fairy Tail, but about her journey to get there.
Lucy’s journey begins rather quickly, with her running into a fellow traveler early on. In the anime world, there is no thought of consequence, so Lucy joins up with Natsu, a traveling man who has a talking cat named Happy. As the two begin their journey together, they uncover much of each others’ pasts, each others’ intentions and each others’ scars. Other “heroes” are introduced, including Gray Fullbuster the ice wizard and Erza Scarlet the armored warrior. The series quickly introduces an element of danger with various sorts of villainous surprises in each episode. Ultimately, they come face to face with a consistent threat, the Baram Alliance.
Fairy Tail: Part 2 picks up where the first part left off. The make-shift “guild” is continuing on their journey, and the dangers of the Baram Alliance are increasing. As Part 2 starts, Natsu really establishes himself as the leader of the group. As curious as one can be about his character, he has somehow convinced the rest of the guild that he has what it takes to call the shots.
Starting at episode fourteen, by now we are familiar with the heroes and their counterparts. Happy the cat has established himself as the peculiar mascot, Gray and Erza seem to be towards the back of the pack, and the tension between Lucy and Natsu continues to increase. Humor begins to become a frequently painful thing in Part 2. Jokes are beyond cheesy and over the top. Situations of body switching, wrongfully casted spells, and the always entertaining food comedy all fills up the thirteen episode arc. However, as the comedic antics increase, the plot thickens right along with it. The guilds battles with evil increase, and Lucy’s future is often up for grabs.
The inconsistency of Fairy Tail: Part 1 carries over into Fairy Tail: Part 2. It grows even more haywire in this set of episodes leaving my face in my palm. The plot and entertainment value is only slightly better than the first.
The AVC 1080p encode for Fairy Tail: Part 2 is better than normal for recent anime releases. The image looks amazing, and one can quickly tell this is a newer anime series. Colors are bright and nearly leap right off the screen. Both discs are filled with episodes of bright-looking colors. Those discs also boast plenty of detail too. Although Fairy Tail is a traditional two-dimensional anime, the animation seems to pop off the screen giving the series a third-dimension. The image quality is also crisp and clear with nothing at all causing distractions. Even the lack of microbanding or motion blur will help the laziest of eyes realize this is near reference material.
Fairy Tail: Part 2 comes equipped with two lossless tracks, an English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and a Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 tracks. The English track, of course, is far superior but the Japanese track is the one I used throughout the majority of the set. Even with it only being a stereo track, the Japanese track is nearly as strong as the video that Fairy Tail hits Blu-ray with. The audio has plenty of detail and range. Dialogue is very clear and never drowned out by the wacky noises of the series. The sound effects are all over the place in the show, and the speakers do a good job of replicating that direction and adding to the experience. Overall, both tracks are solid. Either way you enjoy your anime audio should give you an enjoyable experience.
Fairy Tail: Part 2 has the typical assortment of extras in regards to recent anime releases. The set features a few commentary tracks, some textless music, and a look at other FUNimation titles available.
- Commentary: Included for Episode 15 and 19.
- Textless Opening Song (HD)
- Textless Closing Song (HD)
- FUNimation Trailers (HD)
Fairy Tail is an interesting series with much to do about nothing. The name is a bit misleading, but I think fans who have been drawn to the name will still find it enjoyable. Fairy Tail: Part 2 continues the randomness of Part 1. The Blu-ray release is just as fantastic as the first one, as it features amazing video and strong audio as well as houses a DVD set for the road. If you picked up Fairy Tail: Part 1, Part 2 is a no-brainer!