Fairy Tail Vol. #05 (Mania.com)

By:Danielle Van Gorder
Review Date: Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Release Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Anti-magic waves and deadly poisoned claws are no match for Natsu's unique skills!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Hiro Mashima
Translation: William Flanagan
Adaptation: William Flanagan

What They Say
Gray's old training companion Reitei Lyon is trying to revive a calamity demon, but doing so will make their former master's sacrifice meaningless! What's the secret of Gray's past, and why does he keep taking off his clothing? Gray is revealed (metaphorically speaking) in this pivotal volume!

The Review!
There's a nasty group trying to revive the calamity demon, and Natsu's group seems to be seriously outmatched.  While fighting off a particularly nasty attack on all of the villagers at once, he and Gray are separated from Lucy, leaving them to fight their own battles without backup.  And their opponents are pretty serious stuff, wizards from a (formerly) famous guild called Lamia Scale.  Although what they were famous for is a bit of a mystery - Natsu manages to best his two opponents in a way that's really nothing short of comical, and even Lucy comes out on top over Sherry the Puppet-Master, only to discover that she has much, much larger problems than a handful of mere enemy wizards.

Meanwhile, Natsu is unsupervised, which means he winds up spreading chaos and destruction as usual - although this time it was actually deliberate.  Face to face with Lyon, he learns what drove the ice wizard to attempt to free the ice demon, and what exactly his history with Gray is.  It's almost tragic, really, but it's interesting to see the past come full circle, with the present mirroring the past.  Not without some comedic intervention on Natsu's part, of course, and there's the mysterious masked wizard who clearly has a much larger role to play in the this story overall.

Fairy Tail is unapologetic fun, shameless and absurd and completely over the top.  It doesn't do serious well - even in the serious moments it's hard to believe that things aren't going to turn out for the best.  It's a sort of built in wink and nod to let you know that, even if things look dark, everything's going to be OK.  Definitely fun stuff, this is a series that's really grown on me through the volumes.

Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: A
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Del Rey
MSRP: 10.99
Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-0345505583
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Fairy Tail