Manga Review: Fairy Tail, by Hiro Mashima

 fairy_tail     Hey, have you heard yet?
     Of what?
     Of  Fairy Tail.
     Of course I’ve heard of them. You’ve got to living under a rock in order to have not heard of the top magic guild.
     Well, guess what. They’re making the Council angry at them. Again.
     What did they do this time?
     Well, I heard about  this one guy. I don’t know his real name, but he’s nicknamed Salamander. Anyways, he supposedly blew up a whole town. Fortunately, the town was abandoned.
     What a monster!
     I guess that you could call him a monster. However, he is very comical.
     Well, I prefer Titania, the Fairy Queen. I forgot her real name, too, but she is so hot and powerful! 
     Salamander isn’t my favorite; I personally like the exhibitionist.
     Who?
     I don’t remember his name, but he’s very funny because he takes off his clothes off a lot.
     Fairy Tail’s weird.
     I know, but that’s what makes them special. They may be crazy and weird, yet they are the one guild that I feel is the only one that develops a friendship within the guild and treats their other guild mates as if they are best friends…

That conversation you just heard was one from Fiore, a country where magic exists and wizards can perform jobs involving magic in guilds where bonds are formed. Wizard Lucy Heartfilla has been hearing rumors about Fairy Tail for a long time; about how crazy they are, how popular they are, and how devoted they are to one another. When she finally gets the chance to join Fairy Tail by a man with a scarf and his talking blue cat, Lucy unknowingly embarks on a journey that can not only change her life, but others as well. Not that she knows it either, but evil wizards are a-lurking.

I found this manga series very comical, since every part of the above conversation actually happened in Fairy Tail. There’s magic and action, but I personally was blown away by the plot twists. If you like magic, Hiro Mashima makes every wizard have a different magic, which is anything from fire magic to the ability to summon magical weapons and armor. And did I mention that there are dragons?If you don’t like long stories, then I won’t recommend Fairy Tail unless you like stories where there are a lot of plot twists. So far, there are at least 41 volumes with over 378 chapters (not including side chapters listed as “.5”), and it will continue on for quite some time.

The recommended age is for teenagers, but some 12 years might be able to read this series, too. A warning is suitable to kids under the age of 13: there are a few bad words said every once in a while, one guy is usually walking around in his underwear, and some of the girls wear revealing outfits (no private parts shown).The evil characters always seem to play with the character’s minds, some bad words are said, and since there is action, there is a bit of blood and screaming.

Overall, I really like this series. It’s super hilarious, I started even rooting for some of the romantic couples to confess their love, and Hiro Mashima is very good at the plot, as in he makes you think one thing is going to happen, but something else entirely different happens. In conclusion, the part I like most about this series is the devotion Fairy Tail members have to others, even ones not from their guild. The thing they’ll mostly likely do could be anything, from willing to sell their soul to save someone or attacking a whole group of over 50 people just to get one apology.

-Megan V., 8th grade

2 thoughts on “Manga Review: Fairy Tail, by Hiro Mashima

  1. Nice review! I haven’t read any of the mangas in this series yet, though I am a fan of the anime. I really like how you included the conversation, that was a really great attention grabber!

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