Blu-ray Review: Fairy Tail – Part 5

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Fairy Tail’s debut Blu-ray release is amusingly the fifth instalment into the franchise, but what exactly did we think of it? Find out in our Blu-ray Review of Fairy Tail – Part 5.

Synopsis:

Hot-headed fire wizard Natsu and his team of high-powered pals are back! Harnessing the forces of dragon fire, ice, weaponry, and the zodiac, four young wizards from the infamous magical guild Fairy Tail team up. In season two the friends unite with other guilds to take on one of the darkest guilds in the wizarding world!

Our View:

The fifth instalment into Fairy Tail franchise marks the ‘true’ start to the second season, with the introduction of new friends, new enemies and a lot more comical entertainment but before all of that can happen there is the matter of three appalling opening episodes. The first three episodes of Fairy Tail – Part 5 act more as “filler” episodes rather than episodes that tie into the main story, as they can easily be skipped without missing any “crucial” details, but it does provide a quick recap on what happened previously in Part 4, which saw Natsu and Geejal team up to defeat Laxus which in turn saw Laxus kicked out from the Fairy Tail Guild, much to the annoyance of Natsu.

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That “recap” aside the first three episodes are annoyingly terrible, but those interested in Lucy’s personal life may find them entertaining to watch. Basically all three episodes revolve around Lucy, with each touching on a slightly different subject – for instance episode 49 see’s Lucy flustered about a prediction that Cana gave her regarding her love life, while in Episode 50 everyone in the guild assumes that Lucy and Natsu are an item, a delusional fact made worse when Natsu asks to see Lucy in private. Things get even worse in Episode 51 when Lucy’s farther stalks her for money and Lucy refuses to help him, that is until the place he went to work for is overtaken by Dark Guild members so Lucy steps in to help, only to find that her farther never made it to that town in the first place. It’s a continuous stream of disappointment after disappointment, a fact made clear on Episode 49 which ended with Lucy and Natsu heading for a job (mission) that was never mentioned again in the following episode. Anime is usually good with continuity but in these three episodes it just seems non-existent.

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Luckily it’s only these three episodes that are “cringingly” bad, as the remaining episodes included in this release go back on track with Fairy Tails “PG-Rated” violence and comedic values, as it explores the battle against the Dark Guild Oración Seis. This story arc sees Fairy Tail join up with other guilds (namely Blue Pegasus, Lamia Scale and Cait Shelter) in order to take on the impending threat. It’s not just this partnership that is formed as we finally see the introduction of Wendy Marvell and her cat companion Carla. This introduction of Wendy and Carla provides a constant comical “back and forth” routine with Carla and Happy, as Happy attempts to share his feelings with Carla while Carla constantly rejects him.  It’s a comical moment that is also shown during the opening sequence, which (just like previous opening sequences) provides spoilers into what will be happening over the course of the current story arc.

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Back on track, the current story sees the dark guild Oración Seis attempting to unseal Nirvana, a powerful spell, and use it to take over the world. In order to stop them the alliance (consisting of four guilds) create a plan to stop them, in doing so a large scale battle breaks out with new and old characters (such as Erigor from the Eisenwald Dark Guild) causing havoc for them. These battles are just a preview of things to come, as when Wendy’s true abilities are revealed an old enemy once thought dead appears and causes unspeakable destruction, with Fairy Tail left to step-up and put things right. This segment of Fairy Tail – Part 5 is constant battle for survival and provides a nice mix of action and comedy, which is just want you’d expect.

Extras:

Interestingly Manga Entertainment UK have decided to use a “direct” copy of the US Blu-ray release, and because of this not only are FBI Copyright Warnings in place (as opposed to Interpol Warnings) but all of the extra features are left intact.

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Just like with previous DVD releases, all of the “standard” extra features are included, such as text less opening and closing songs as well as English Cast Commentaries, but as an added bonus all of the American FUNimation trailers are included, which amusingly includes a trailer for the next instalment of Fairy Tail as well as other anime titles that are being released by Manga Entertainment UK.

Disc 1:

  • Guilty Crown – Complete Series Trailer (before disc menu)
  • Episode 49 English Cast Commentary with Tyler Walker (ADR Director), Todd Haberkorn (Natsu), Cherami Legi (Lucy)and Kyle Phillips (Jason).

Disc 2:

  • Haganai – Complete First Season Trailer (before disc menu)
  • Episode 58 English Cast Commentary with Tyler Walker (ADR Director), Aaron Dismuke (Hibiki) , Lindsay Seidel (Angel) and Cherami Legi (Lucy)
  • Text less opening song (Bgao No Mahou)
  • Text less closing song (Holy Shine)
  • US Trailer for Fairy Tail – Part 5
  • Trailers

The trailers included, which are for the American (FUNimation) releases, are One Piece – Season Five, Eureka Seven AO, Oh! Edo Rocket, Toriko, Hetalia Aixs Powers, Fairy Tail and Remnant Knights Game. Interestingly Remnant Knights Gameis a trailer for a free-to-play online PC game, which is not something you’d usually see on a Blu-ray or DVD unless its releated to anime series.

While there is a variety of extras to go through the English Cast Commenty for Episode 49 provided the most entertainment, especially for those interested in the dubbing production of an anime series. The Episode 49 Commentary explains about the time-coding and script writing process of the series, as well as their own personal thoughts on the characters they portrayed. Most interestingly however was that Tyler Walker, who is the ADR Director and Script Writer for the series, introduces the characters and actors incorrectly, for example he said that Todd plays Happy when its actually Tia Ballard who provides the voice for Happy while Todd provides the voice for the main protagonist Natsu.

Specs:

Media: 1x BD50, 1x BD25
Region: A & B
Running Time: 3:15:46 (Disc 1), 1:37:58 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English), Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Aspect Ratio
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Fairy Tail – Part 5 resumes the Fairy Tail saga in odd fashion, but moving these episodes aside you are left with everything that made the previous installments so much fun to watch, a natural blend of comedy mixed with explosive battles. This combination continues to expand in Part 5 with new characters being introduced and old characters making their “annual” re-appearance, even if they have only been gone for a few episodes.

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As far as the Blu-ray release is concerned it uses a High Definition Upscale, though it is provided in 1080p, for the picture with a Dolby TrueHD Audio track and compared to the DVD version is a much more enjoyable experience.  Both the Audio and Picture are noticeably different from the DVD versions, more so in regards to the picture and luckily Manga UK will be bringing out all previous volumes on Blu-ray in the near future.

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The fifth instalment of Fairy Tail is a really mixed bag, it provides a lot of comical entertainment (some of which is cringe-worthy) as much as it does with its intense (but non-bloody) battles, not to mention the story progresses at a steady pace. Compared to previous Fairy Tail instalments it is a weaker selection of episodes, but the introduction of new faces (and a comedy duo in the form of Carla and Happy) makes it a worthwhile investment for those looking to continue the Fairy Tail Saga.

Score: review-stars-3

Fairy Tail – Part 5 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from the 2nd December 2013.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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