Fairy Tail Vol. #03 (Mania.com)

By:Danielle Van Gorder
Review Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008
Release Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist: Hiro Mashima
Translated by: William Flanagan
Adapted by: William Flanagan

What They Say
The evil members of the Dark Guild Eisenwald have found a cursed flute that can murder anyone who hears its music - and now they've taken over a midtown train station with a very loud public address system. Only Natsu and his crazy friends (including a flying cat) can stop them!

The Review
The strongest team in Fairy Tail history is preparing to face Erigor and the other members of the dark guild. But when the dark guild splits up, the members of Fairy Tail have to do the same, with Natsu and Gray going up against Erigor (or possibly each other), leaving Erza and Lucy to face the remaining dark guild members. Erza really gets to show off her strengths here, not only pulling weapons from another dimension and switching mid-battle, but with a transformation straight out of a magical girl book - implied nudity and all.

Inside the train station, Natsu and Gray are searching for Erigor to prevent him from playing the deadly flute over the intercom, but it becomes clear soon enough that there's more going on here than was first apparent, and that the dark guild's goals might be more complex than simple mass murder. The team ends up trapped inside the station by a deadly wind wall, leaving Erigor free to accomplish his real goal, one with much farther-reaching effects.

Luckily for them, they have Lucy (who, up to this point, has been no help at all) and her spirits with them, and they manage to escape. Natsu leaves the rest of the team behind to face Erigor, but Erigor's defense against fire magic is almost unbeatable. Natsu might just be in for the fight of his life. With dark magic on the loose, the team from Fairy Tail is going to be pressed to their limits to survive and win.

As with the first two volumes, there's a nice blend of action and comedy here that should appeal to a wide range of readers. If you were unhappy about the somewhat episodic nature of the series initially, things seem to be moving in a different direction with this volume, with a more more continuous story spilling over from this volume to the next. Fairy Tail is a ton of fun, and a nice antidote to an overdose of ninja.



Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
MSRP: 10.95
Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-0-345-50556-9
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Fairy Tail