Fairy Tail’s second movie to appear was released on the 18th of May in Australia and I was lucky enough to watch it on the premier date on the Thursday night. This was made possible all thanks to Madman bringing in epic anime theatrical releases down under and helping Nerds4LifeBlog see it when it first released.
Now just like the previous movie Fairy Tail: Phoenix Priestess, (and anime movies that are made from long running series) Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry has no relevance to the actual series and the events that happened never really get mentioned in the manga/anime and are essentially filler. However that doesn’t mean the films aren’t enjoyable and should just be passed off not to be watched, especially Dragon Cry.
This review will be generally spoiler free although I will be mentioning the brief descriptions given and the information given in trailer as well as some small things from the film. Not only that, something to remember is that this movie takes place after the Tartaros arc and Avatar Arc but before the Alvarez Empire Arc. This means that certain powers and abilities are shown and are usable as well as certain story elements being shown in the film which anime only viewers might not understand.
The main overall plot centers on the magical artifact ‘Dragon Cry’ which was made long ago when the dragons where dying and was preserved underneath Domus Flau which holds the Grand Magic Games. The powerful Dragon Cry is stolen by a traitor of the Fiore Kingdom, Zash Caine, where he delivered it to the king Animus of the Kingdom, Stella with the help of the Kings aid, Sonya.
Our main heroes of Fairy Tail Natsu, Happy, Lucy, Gray, Erza, Wendy and Carla are asked by Toma E. Fiore to help get the magic staff back as it as the power to destroy the world. Animus, Sonya and Zash all have different motives for the ancient weapon. We are also met by Zash’s military unit, the Three Stars which consists of Swan, Doll and Gabri. Gajeel, Levy, Juvia and Pantherlily also join the fray as they are on a separate mission by the guild but end up getting in the main teams mess.
The general plot of the film is easy to understand, the main team is tasked to take back an old dangerous weapon from a group of evil characters that are first looking to help their kingdom but there ends up being a twist and in this movie’s plot, a few twists. Now this movie isn’t one to get into if you haven’t watched Fairy Tail before or haven’t been up to date with it. Like I said at the beginning of the review, this film doesn’t connect into the anime and manga but there are a couple of small things that end up showing up that will get viewers confused or spoil it for later down the track if they continue reading or watching the series.
On the topic of animation and direction, Hiro Mashima, the creator of Fairy Tail, had a helping hand in this and the concept or focal point that he want viewers to see or feel was the action-filled scenes and flashy battles. That’s the main part I want to mention in this review is that the movie is primarily focused on its amazing action sequences and what follows with it, the art. This is what makes Dragon Cry so great in my opinion. The many battles between the guild members and Animus and his group of military really stands out among the best battles I’ve seen in the series, especially in the climax of the film featuring Natsu and the main protagonist.
Overall the films core is at the animation and the epic fight scenes and although the plot might not have been up there with the other parts of the film, it still created something magical to keep the audience captivated. The characters had their share of screen time, had new interesting characters and abilities shown, and there were crazy twists at the end, especially with Natsu and one of the main villains.
I personally believe that Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is an anime movie you have to watch, especially if you’re on the fence about it. Even if you just watch it for the gorgeous animation or cool fights. And if you’re a Fairy Tail fan, it’s a must see, no if’s or but’s about it. This movie just fills that extra bit of character love and adventure that we’ve come to love about the series.
Watch the first trailer down here:
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