Blu-ray Review: Fairy Tail – Collection 2

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The Blu-ray re-release of Fairy Tail continues, but what can you expect from this second collection of episodes? Find out in our Blu-ray Review of Fairy Tail – Collection 2.

Synopsis:

The guild-on-guild mayhem continues as Fairy Tail struggles to fend off Phantom Lord – whose Element 4 must be defeated in order to disable a massive magic cannon aimed at guild headquarters!

With a never-surrender attitude, Natsu and his friends must push their powers to the limit to protect Lucy and save Magnolia from total annihilation!

Our View:

The Fairy Tail extravaganza continues as we witness another 24 episodes of magical destruction, comical banter and impending threat that sees the Fairy Tail guild in all sorts of trouble, but then again that’s exactly what you want to see and luckily that’s what we get.

As you’d expect this second collection continues right where the first collection left off, with the fairy tail guild defending magnolia from Phantom Lords massive onslaught, however in doing so ‘painful’ memories from the guilds past are explored, which in the process introduces new characters, and tests Lucy’s resolve as a guild member. With the Phantom Lord Guild Arc over the series swiftly moves into the mini-story arc involving Loke, a guild member who is infatuated with women but is afraid of Lucy. It’s a short story arc which sees Lucy and Loke team-up and put their differences aside, but more importantly it reveals Lokes secret.

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The main selling point of this set, in my opinion, is the third and final story arcs of the first season of Fairy Tail, as both provide an enticing storyline and plenty of explosive magical action. The third story arc, entitled the Tower of Heaven story arc, sees the powerful fairy tail guild members ordered by the magic council to destroy Jellal’s new magical weapon, and as you’d expect a continuious stream of magical battles ensue. What’s most entertaining about this storyline is that the opponents all known Erza, and as such a closer look at Ezra’s difficult past is explored.

The final story arc contained within this Second Collection is non other than the Fighting Festival arc, a story which sees Laxus and the Raijin Squad take Magnolia hostage in attempt to overthrow Makarov and become guild master of Fairy Tail. It’s basically a family fued, as Laxus is Makarov’s grand-son and he believes its time that he should reign control of the guild, but when Makarov objects a massive battle involving the entire city begins, a battle which sees new guild-mates team-up in an attempt to defend the city, such as new Iron Dragon Slayer Gajeel team up with Natsu.

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Like I said, Fairy Tail – Collection 2 is a steady stream of explosive magical action and comical banter, but what makes this set more entertaining than previous ‘part’ releases is that not only is their variety to be had in the story arcs, but there are some stand-a-lone episodes which bring out the ecchi side of the series, such as the beauty pageant episode which sees the entire female cast show off their stats and skills.

Extras:

Just like all of the previous Collection and Part instalments of Fairy Tail the only real extra content is the inclusion of English Cast Commentaries and textless songs, but seeing as Manga Entertainment UK are using exact replica’s of the US Blu-ray discs we are also treated to some FUNimation produced trailers.

Disc 1:

  • Episode 26 English Cast Commentary
  • Episode 32 English Cast Commentary

Disc 2:

  • Textless Opening Songs
  • Textless Closing Songs
  • Trailers
    – Sands of Destruction
    – Dragon Ball Z
    – Nabarai No Ou
    – Kaze No Stigma
    – One Piece
    – Hetalia
    – Fairy Tail

Disc 3:

  • Episode 39 English Cast Commentary

Disc 4:

  • Episode 45 English Cast Commentary
  • Textless Opening Song
  • Textless Closing Song
  • Trailers
    – Okamisan and her Seven Companions
    – Sands of Destruction
    – One Piece
    – Sengoku Basara
    – Chrome Shelled Regios
    – Nabari No Ou
    – Yu Yu Hakusho

There isn’t a lot really to say about the extra features, as the only ‘really’ insteresting part of the release is each of the English Cast Commentaries, as they all features a different set of voice actors dicussing their roles and experiences with anime industry. Some elements of the commentary can be entertaining, while other elements can be trivual, but there is variety and balance to be had.

In addition to the trailers located from the extras menu their are a selection of additional trailers which appear before the disc menu, these include .Hack//Quantum (Disc 1), Princess Jellyfish (Disc 2 & Disc 3) and finally Dragon Ball Z Kai (Disc 4). Since these Blu-ray discs are replicas of the US release all of the content is aimed at US auidiences, so some of the anime releases may not be available within the UK, for instance Dragon Ball Z Kai and Yu Yu Hakusho. It’s nice of Manga UK to leave these trailers included, as its free-promotion for other animes they sell and it cuts blu-ray production costs down, but at the same time it can confuse potential customers who aren’t too familiar with what Manga UK are doing.

Specs:

Media: BD 50 x2, BD 25 x2
Region: A & B
Running Time: 3:15:49 (Disc 1), 1:37:59 (Disc 2), 3:15:48 (Disc 3), 1:37:59 (Disc 4)
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:

In total four different story arcs are contained within these episodes, and as such bring the first season of Fairy Tail to its closure. Along the way these story arcs introduce new characters, lay down foundations of future events (Tower of Heaven) and more importantly highlight some of the backstories for some of our favourite Fairy Tail characters, namely Lucy, Erza and Natsu. It’s a pretty jam-packed set, and from my point of view that’s a good thing.

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I’ve attempted to keep this brief, as the episodes contained within Fairy Tail – Collection 2 have previously been released on DVD (twice) and as such the only difference is the improved audio and visual quality and additional extra content. The improved picture and audio quality isn’t a bad thing, but considered the series is a standard definition remaster the difference isn’t ‘that’ noticeable, especially when compared to native High Definition shows such as Sword Art Online, but it is nice to see Manga UK bringing a much-loved series to the UK in HD, and a trend I hope they continue.

When it comes to the Blu-ray release Manga UK have opted to use the same discs as the original FUNimation release, and as such not only are the disc Region A compatible BUT the additional content, namely the trailers, are left-in tact – with trailers even appearing before the disc menu. Speaking of the menu it is easy to navigate and doesn’t take up half of the screen, but more importantly audio options can be changed ‘at will’ during playback, so if you aren’t liking a particular audio track you can simply hit the audio button on your remote and change it.

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Overall Fairy Tail – Collection 2 is exactly what you expect it to be, a collection of 24 entertaining episodes presented in high definition and spread out over four blu-ray discs. If you’ve seen these episodes on DVD then the upgrade to Blu-ray comes recommended, as it is a better quality product, but if you’ve yet to see the series then obviously start at Collection 1 otherwise you’ll be clueless as to what is transpiring.

Score: review-stars-4

Fairy Tail – Collection 2 will be available on Blu-ray from the 2nd June 2014.

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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.

One Response to Blu-ray Review: Fairy Tail – Collection 2

  1. Caleb says:

    This film looks great on Blu-ray, definitely one to own.

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