There is always an arc in any anime show that is beloved by the fans. Sometimes it is because it’s the funniest, the most endearing, or the most action packed. Weirdly enough, the one that seems to be closest to the hearts of many of this show’s fans is this upcoming one, and in fact, the reason is it mixes these three elements seamlessly.
Let’s take a look at Fairy Tail Volume 7.
A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.
When we last left off, we had (apparently) wrapped up the Daphne story line which was way too fast and since it’s all grouped together under the Daphne arc, a bit misleading. After a couple of filler episodes, that would have fit better right after the Oracion Seis arc, we get to the meat of the next big storyline: the Edolas Arc.
We begin it with the guild being transported to Earth Land (yes that is the name), an alternate world where they are slowly running out of magic. The world has counterparts to everyone from Magnolia, which is always a fun trope to pull out. Our heroes get captured and their magic drained though Happy and Carla manage to escape the palace. It ends with us meeting Happy’s parents because that was something that was integral to the storyline? I think it makes more sense in the context of the episode where they attempt to break Happy and Carla out of the mold of the cute talking animal side kick trope but I’m not sure it was entirely necessary to have a “humans and Exceeds can all get along” narrative.
I have to say I am enjoying this new arc. It’s fun to see how the characters get morphed into altered versions while staying true to their personas at heart. I think it’s going to be a great arc, since it had such a strong start. The new character designs are really strong, and while the new world isn’t really all the different from the one we’ve come to know from the other episodes, it’s enough of a switch up to make the scenario seem fresh. The animation is still good with a few cheats, but nothing that is distracting and the extra commentary is fun if you’re a super fan or into that sort of thing.
In terms of the show’s music, not much as changed in quality but a lot in tone. The new theme song, Evidence by Daisy X Daisy, has some sweet vocals and a lovely, calming melody that hits the emotional tone of the arc well. It honestly sounds more like an ending theme to me, but it works as an opener because of how gorgeous of a song it is. The ending theme we do get, Lonely Person by ShaNa, is a fantastic ballad that features a look at Carla’s perspective and her fears of being alone and really ties up the show nicely. They don’t so as much with the duality aspect of the new arc but I’m going to go ahead and say that its a good thing.
All in all, this section of Fairy Tail is one that is exciting. Right at the start of one of the more entertaining arc we can see that there’s a general upward trend in quality. While I can’t definitively call the arc a success without seeing how it resolves first, I will say that if they keep up with the high action but also funny concept they have going, it’s on its way to being my favorite subplot.
– Great plot.
– Strong new characters and settings.
– Great music.
– Weak start with filler episodes.
– Daphne arc wrapped up too fast and too bizarrely.