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The Fairy Tail anime about a guild of magic users has been been running on and off on Japanese television since 2009, with the latest series having ended last March. A film was announced back in 2015, but we didn’t hear anything new about it until the first day of 2017 when it was revealed to be titled Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry. This film, while not recommended for newcomers, is a grand new adventure for people to get their claws on.

The film follows Dragon Slayer Natsu, summoner Lucy, their flying cat friends Happy and Charles (Carla), magical knight Erza, ice mage Gray, and female Dragon Slayer Wendy. The group are given a job by the king of Fiore and his daughter Hisui: to take back the stolen “Dragon Cry”—a dangerous staff that holds the power to destroy the world. On the trail of the staff, the group travels to Stella Kingdom—an island that’s main income comes from superpowered crystals that gain magical powers by absorbing the starlight from the night sky.

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Behind the theft is Animus, the king of the Stella Kingdom. Aiding him are his cruelest servant Zash Caine—the wizard who mind controlled the staff’s guardians and made them kill each other—and Sonya, a gentle-hearted girl with the ability to sense life energy. Sonya is obviously not happy with the constant slaughter her king and comrade are causing, but bears with it because she believes what they are doing will eventually lead to the safety of her kingdom—a kingdom which is secretly in peril.

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This film is not for someone who has no knowledge of Fairy Tail. The film doesn’t introduce the fantasy world it takes place in or even the main Fairy Tail characters. You are expected to have an in-depth knowledge of the universe and story before entering the theater. I personally watched the first fifteen episodes or so of the anime and read a bit of the later parts of the manga. Admittedly my knowledge is scarce compared to diehard fans, but I felt going in I had already somewhat of a handle on the world. But even with my basic knowledge, there were plenty of points that went over my head—especially everything about Dragon Slayers and Natsu’s dad, Igneel.

However, it is a great romp for fans. It has all the elements Fairy Tail is famous for: action, comedy, and of course, fan service. Lots of fan service. Fear not, female fans—just as usual, Gray is constantly losing his clothes.

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Each main character gets their chance to shine in this film thanks to “the obligatory movie villains we never really get to know, but who force our heroes to pull out all the stops.” The villainous group in this movie is called the Three Stars, and contains three members: Swan, a glamorous woman who uses leg braces made of the aforementioned super-powered crystals, Gapri, a speedy boy riding on a floating steel ball (who seems to be taking tips from Sonic the Hedgehog—he repeats the line “You’re too slow!” over and over again), and Doll, a buff man who uses two cute dolls named Francoise and Catherine who release huge blasts of fire at opponents.

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The Three Stars are obviously there to show off the fancy moves of the Fairy Tail guild, and that’s not a bad thing. While the majority of the film has a focus on Natsu, these scenes give the characters a chance to be in the spotlight. Some less major characters like Gajeel, Levy, Panther Lily, and Gray’s fangirl Juvia also get an opportunity to shine, with Juvia joining in for one of the funniest parts of the movie.

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Without a doubt, however, the focus is on Natsu. While the story is not extremely complicated, it does give Natsu a chance to face not only the enemy, but also his own identity. However, although this is a cool idea, Natsu’s struggle with his identity is surprisingly brief, leaving more to be desired.

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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry isn’t a story dripping with philosophy and character development, but it is a fun romp stuffed with all the elements Fairy Tail is known for that fans can enjoy, from visuals to music to characters. If you’ve missed your favorite characters since the second TV series ended last year, this film will be a great way to get your magic fix.

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is set to open in Japanese theaters on May 6. It will also be screened in sixteen countries outside of Japan, including the United States, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, France, as well as in nine countries in Central/South America in May.

Comments (8)
  1. Do you have any information on whether the film is part of the main story? Or is it basically a long “filler episode” like for example most Naruto movies?

    • It seems to have some connections to the main story (no spoilers!), but mostly, it’s stand-alone fun for fans.

    • From what I’ve seen in the trailer, it takes place after the time skip at the end of Series 2. In other words, there’s going to be major spoilers if you haven’t finished the Anime (Fairy Tail Zero is optional as that’s about the founding of Fairy Tail).

  2. How would you rate this film?

    • I personally don’t like rating films, since there’s a large scale of factors that go into a “good” movie, but I will say that even as a non-hardcore Fairy Tail fan, I enjoyed myself, and I’m pretty sure fans will enjoy it even more.

  3. Can i ask how you did you see this movie when it’s not even yet show on theater?
    also it is set to open in May 6 not May 7 if im correct

    • There was a screening for press and people related to the film that was held before the opening to the public. And yes, you’re right, that’s a typo, and it’s been fixed. Thanks for the heads up!

  4. TO tell you the truth
    i love FT
    And there are some people who giving a poor review about FT. YOU people are spoiling the fun for others by giving your rude comments. So don’t spoil the fun for others. FT is a BADASS Series everyone’s love to watch it. Either its a Fan service, Action, Comedy routine etc.

    SO, TO BE HONEST PEOPLE SHOULD KEEP THEIR LAME COMMENTS TO THEM SELVES. IF YOU DIDN’T ENJOY IT. ITS YOUR LOSS.

    FAR AS I HAVE SEEN ONLY 2 OR 3 DISAPPOINTING COMMENTS. WELL TO BE SURED I AM NOT POINTING OUT THE EXACT PEOPLE.
    IF YOU LIKE AN ANIME THAN SHARE WITH EVERYONE IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT AND THINK ITS A BAD ANIME THAN DON’T SPOIL FUN FOR OTHERS WATCHING IT.

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