Fairy Tail commits some kind of language crime by way of a bad pun. A really bad pun. In the title!
Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero – he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?
So the first thing I noticed right off the bat is that the art for Fairy Tail is um… unique. I thought it looked a lot like One Piece and so I figured the artist is the same. But One piece is still running, and will probably run forever, so how could that mangaka keep up with two super long running manga, right? Apparently Hiro Mashima did Groove Adventure Rave, which I liked a lot. Also, it’s said he got his inspiration for his art style from Eiichiro Oda who actually is the author of One Piece.
As far as the plot goes, there really isn’t much right now. Unlike other manga where the protagonist will go on adventures in order to reach their goal, Lucy sort of joins Fairy Tail after the first chapter. So much for epic journeys. Actually, a lot about this manga seems unconventional. You’d think Lucy would be an underachieving, flat-chested heroine, but instead she has a huge chest (a plus) and she might actually be a bit powerful as well. Granted, a lot of her summons talk back, but she can sort of defend herself.
This first chapter basically introduces the characters. Natsu is the ultra powerful wizard who acts carelessly but still gets the job done. Lucy is the newcomer who gets to learn about the weirdness of Fairy Tail. Happy is the flying talking cat that mostly says “aye.” All pretty generic characters (minus Happy, I guess). The other members of Fairy Tail are all fairly generic as well. But I guess the important part is how the manga actually plays out.
The humor in Fairy Tail is fast and weird: just my type. For example, one of Lucy’s summons is Taurus. But Taurus happens to be a totally built male cow (with multiple nipples) who seems to be obsessed with Lucy’s udders. Yeah, okay, the humor isn’t quite highbrow but it works. Fairy Tail seems to borrow a lot of cues from various gag manga, complete with the bulging eye jokes. It’s not quite at Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo levels, though.
Overall, Fairy Tail is pretty enjoyable. I’d probably label it a shounen-ish gag-ish random-ish manga. I guess Rave was sort of the same way, huh? As a bonus, Plue shows up in one of the chapters, but I’m not sure how much of a presence he’ll have. We can’t possibly have a cat sidekick AND a dog(?) sidekick too, right? Apparently Fairy Tail is getting a 2 volume release so I could totally just read the second volume right now. If I had time.
Thanks to Del Rey Manga for sending me a review copy of Fairy Tail Volume 1!