Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is the second movie in the Fairy Tail franchise, which premiered on May 6, 2017, in Japan. The film was directed by Tatsuma Minamikawa, and the soundtrack was performed by Himika Akaneya. Fairy Tail now has two lengthy anime series’, two movies, and the recently-completed original manga written by Hiro Mashima. A third and final season of the Fairy Tail anime will begin airing sometime in 2018.
Synopsis: When these Fairy Tail members first joined forces, they formed a team no one could topple. But this next mission could be their last. Enter the Dragon Cry, a magic staff rumored to possess the power to destroy the world. For years it’s been safely guarded in the Kingdom of Fiore until Zash, a traitor of Fiore, steals it and delivers it to Animus in the Kingdom of Stella. Now it’s up to the gang to infiltrate the Stella Kingdom and retrieve the staff. It should be an easy job, but what they uncover isn’t what they expected. (FUNimation)
Review: As with most films for any series, the story in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is completely separate from the main series; it is basically just a filler story that doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking. As previously mentioned, the Dragon Cry is actually a magical staff, formed by the Dragon’s hatred of humans, with the power to destroy everything. It is of course up to Natsu, Happy, Lucy, and the rest of the main gang to stop a bad incident like that from happening. Unfortunately, Caine has the power to brainwash his enemies into fighting each other, causing our heroes heist plan to fail. Everyone is then imprisoned and must escape and rally together to stop him.
After escaping, they then converge once again on Zash Caine and his guards in order to get the staff. It is then after defeating the infantry and confronting Caine that they come to realize the true secrets behind the Dragon Cry. A huge battle ensues and Natsu, of course, saves the day after a badass showing of strength. Story-wise I thought that it was pretty average with a few issues, such as the over-convenience of Gajeel’s team being in the same exact area at the same exact time. The script also had a few holes, and left us without the usual fight between Natsu and Gray, while giving us Juvia’s annoying Gray banter instead.
The pacing of the film was done fairly well, and the story moved along fast enough to not be boring. The characters were great as usual, and the new character designs looked fantastic. There were a few really good character moments throughout the film, but they seemed to all involve Natsu. As for animation, overall it was well done, but I noticed a slight drop in quality towards the end which is unfortunately where the climax takes place. Some of my favorite parts were the character transformations, whether it be Natsu, Wendy, or even Happy. The music and sound effects were nice as with most films and tied in with the setting and moment nicely.
I definitely did enjoy the film, and I would put it on par with the main series. Ironically, it did feel like it was just an extended episode. For Hardcore fans of Fairy Tail the film is a must-watch, but for the casual viewer who may not want to get into a series as long as this one, you should have no problems with Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry.
New Characters: 8/10
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