Hello, Natsu my old friend...
I gotta say, as a longtime fan, this new installment of the Fairy Tail saga is a fun romp with old friends and new problems - the whole gang is here for Funimation's "Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry," and they are as rowdy as ever. Natsu, Erza, Lucy, Wendy, and Gray are the focus of the story, along with Happy and Carla. In this particular tale the mystical Dragon Cry is our McGuffin and, of course, Fiore needs the potential world-ending weapon back.
I won't lie, this is nothing groundbreaking; It's a big Fairy Tail story, and if that's what you want it delivers big time. Chock-full of villains with crazy powers, new powers from old favorites, team ups and beat downs, it's all the things you love about Fairy Tail but with a noticeably bigger animation budget - The movie looks great, with director Tatsuma Minamikawa showing a great eye for detail and a good feel for pacing.
The voice cast is spot on as always: Todd Haberkorn is a pro's pro, and delivers on every bit of dialogue as Natsu. Colleen Clinkenbeard has a way of speaking as Erza that is completely genuine and honest, giving the character depth just through the tones of her voice. And can I just give some special love to Brina Palencia as Juvia? She constantly nails the most ridiculous lines with the exact emotions, and it's ****ing delightful.
The cheesecake is served liberally, so be ready for that, altough it's balanced with a well driven plot...for the most part. There is a scene where Lucy is a dancer, and uhh...well...yeah. It's innocent enough... but you know. But, let it be known that the cheesecake goes the other way, especially with Gray. Equal opportunity fan service!
While I am reviewing from a screener, I plan on catching this one in theaters - It's just plain FUN, and the plot twist is wonderful as well. This is a worthy addition to the Fairy Tail canon, and (most importantly for us fans) it also leads to speculation about a new Fairy Tail series. Nothing has officially been reported, but it's still possible.
FINAL RATING: 8 out of 10 AYE, SIR!
Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry doesn't break the mold for anime movies, but it honeslty doesn't have to - It's a fun addition to a loved series, and that's what it needed to be.
Get your tickets today to see Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry at Celebration! Cinema here.