Funimation // 2009 // 300 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Roman Martel (Retired) // March 25th, 2012
Previously on my review of Fairy Tail, evil penguins stole my apple turnover and leapt into a wormhole to another dimension. I joined forces with a cat-girl mage and pursued. Can we survive another 12 episodes of magic-blasting, joke-slinging anime?
When we last left our heros, they were trapped in an enormous tower built to resurrect a demon god. Natsu (Todd Haberkorn, Eden of the East) and Lucy (Cherami Leigh Birdy the Mighty) found themselves battling against a new set of strange sorcerers. Erza (Colleen Clinkenbeard, Summer Wars) was confronting an old friend turned mortal enemy. And the Wizard Council was going to blast the entire tower and everyone in it to save the world. As the storyline wraps up, only a living sacrifice will prevent the demon god's return. Who will take the fall to save their friends?
The second storyline opens with the Fairy Tail guild preparing for the local harvest festival. Lucy decides to compete for the title of Miss Fairy Tail, and the rest of the group is organizing a parade. That's when Laxus (Patrick Seitz, Black Butler) shows up. This ultra powerful and overly aggressive senior member of Fairy Tail initiates a deadly game, as all the female members of the guild are turned to stone. To save them, each remaining member must battle another, until only the strongest remain. These final survivors will face Laxus for a battle royale to determine who should really lead the guild. Prepare yourself for a lot of trash talking and magical punches in this installment of Fairy Tail.
In Fairy Tail: Part Three, I mentioned how the ending of each storyline consisted of Natsu and the big bad fighting and yelling for an episode or two. We get more of the same here. This is a shame because the conclusion of the demon god story was an opportunity for a different finale. This was Erza's story, dealing with her past and what occurred because of her actions. The first half was excellent, giving us a great deal of depth on our sword slinging tough girl. Then the writers take her out of the action so Natsu can save the day. This results in a climax involving guys calling each other names and slamming fists into faces. There are a few surprises, but not enough to stave off the disappointment.
The festival storyline does the same thing. It starts with some funny moments for each main character. Due to some heavy foreshadowing throughout the series, once Laxus appears, you pretty much know he's going to end up fighting with Natsu. Unfortunately, all the humor seems to vanish once the girls are turned to stone, and what is left is way too much like Dragonball Z.
Though flawed, Fairy Tail: Part Four is still a lot of fun. The silly humor works, and the battles involving the supporting cast and new villains are interesting. The season ends with a goofy parade that lets nearly every surviving character have a silly cameo.
Presented in 1.78:1/1080p high definition widescreen, the visuals are clear and sharp, with well-paced subtitles. The two TrueHD audio tracks (5.1 English dub and 2.0 original Japanese) is perfectly balanced between the dialogue and music. For extras, we get two episode commentaries in the informative but humorous style we've come to expect; the usual clean opening and closing credits; and all the episodes on standard definition DVD.
If you've been enjoying Fairy Tail thus far, there's no reason to stop.
Losing some steam, but still Not Guilty.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* TrueHD 5.1 Surround (English)
* TrueHD 2.0 Stereo (Japanese)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 300 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Clean Open/Close
* DVD Copy