Fairy Tail, Vol. 1

Fairy Tail, Vol. 1

THE WICKED SIDE OF WIZARDRYCelestial wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu's not your typical hero, he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, an...

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Title:Fairy Tail, Vol. 1
Author:Hiro Mashima
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ISBN:0345501330
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:198 pages

Fairy Tail, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Zabrina Rodriguez
    Jul 01, 2010

    Three words. Best. Series. Ever. If you liked One Piece You will definitley love this. Funny, Actiony, Awesome. Better art than One Piece but still similar to the funloving series. Centered around nakama or friends/family. Hiro Mashima definitley has an imagination and is just completely awesome. Long Live Fairy Tail!

  • Shazza Maddog
    Sep 26, 2011

    I picked this one up 'cause of the title and the cover - what can I say? Shallow, me? *grins* (Hey, the library doesn't really offer descriptions. If you pick it up, at least you can read it, right?) The story revolves around a girl named Lucy, who is a big bosomed blond, well, more than just big bosomed; they're straining at her shirt fronts. Still, despite that obvious shonen trait, she seems like a sweet girl, one you'd like for a friend (if you can deal with her excitability). She is a gate

    I picked this one up 'cause of the title and the cover - what can I say? Shallow, me? *grins* (Hey, the library doesn't really offer descriptions. If you pick it up, at least you can read it, right?) The story revolves around a girl named Lucy, who is a big bosomed blond, well, more than just big bosomed; they're straining at her shirt fronts. Still, despite that obvious shonen trait, she seems like a sweet girl, one you'd like for a friend (if you can deal with her excitability). She is a gate wizard, which means she can summon various beings from different dimensions. Meeting up with a wizard known as 'Salamander', Lucy wonders why her heart is beating so fast, why all the women are gathering around Salamander, and wonders if she might be falling in love. In rushes a young man and a cat - Natsu and Happy, respectively - and they manage to distract Lucy from Salamander. She takes them to lunch as a thank you and, over the food, they decide that Salamander is using a charm to sway the favoritism of women, and also discover that the three of them (yes, Happy too) are wizards. Natsu and Happy explain that they are looking for a wizard named Igneel, who trained Natsu to use magic. Lucy lets slip that she's trying to enter into a wizarding guild to augment her skills and Natsu and Happy basically wish her good luck with that, sending her on her way (while they continue eating).

    Lucy winds up reading a magazine about the Fairy Tail Guild, the guild she most wants to join. Fairy Tail is known for being rambunctious and obnoxious but taking on jobs that no one else will touch. While she's reading Fairy Tail's most recent exploits, Salamander literally pops up and asks her to join his party on his yacht - and plays on Lucy's desire to enter Fairy Tail. Lucy goes along with it, and dresses for the party. Later, Natsu and Happy are wandering along the street, replete with huge bellies, and overhear a couple of people discussing Salamander's party. Natsu and Happy overhear that Salamander is of the Fairy Tail Guild.

    Meanwhile, Lucy discovers that Salamander is pretty much the creep the reader expected him to be and, while he is a wizard, he's working with pirates to collect girls for slavery. Natsu and Happy crash the party, attempting a rescue, but Salamander uses his flame magic to whip Happy and Lucy out of the sky (did I mention Happy has wings sometimes? Yeah. Happy's a bit...peculiar). Lucy uses her gate key to summon Aquarius to send Salamander's yacht back to shore - while Natsu and Salamander get into a bit of a ruckus. We (and Lucy) find out that Natsu's teacher, Igneel, not only was a magic user but an actual dragon...and taught Natsu everything there is to know about fire magic. Natsu himself is more or less a human Salamander - as opposed to the character, Salamander, who just uses fire magically.

    Lucy joins Natsu and Happy on their journey, which takes them back to their guild - Fairy Tail (surely you saw it coming?) - and the trio are an interesting alliance. Fairy Tail Guild is every bit as raucous as mentioned earlier but Natsu's soft heart gets him to accept an assignment from a young boy who's father is a guildmember. Natsu, Happy and Lucy head into the mountains to track down the missing father, only to run into a gorilla thing that resembles that albino, horned gorilla from Star Trek: TOS, only much larger. Lucy, predictably, gets kidnapped and it's up to Natsu and Happy to save her. In doing so, they find the little boy's father and bring him back home.

    This has all the earmarks of a cute series, despite the vavavoom of the women (I've yet to see a female regular character who isn't spilling out of her top). The fight scenes are interesting and the magic is well done. Happy the cat disturbs me on many levels (his head is the same size as his body, for one, he walks on his hind legs and he has the appearance of a gingerbread man - not to mention the wings!) but it being a magic world, I can overlook that weirdness.

    If you like Harry Potter, you might find Fairy Tail to be a fun read.

  • Petros
    Dec 05, 2011

    Ah, gotta love the masses and their love for mediocrity. Fairy Tail (FT) is from the pilot chapter/episode an average shonen series and yet it is loved by many for being just that. I guess rehashing notions from Naruto or One Piece can make a success out of anything. Because just like those shonens, FT has superpowers, adventure and a big cast of colourful and eccentric characters that occasionally get focused upon and fleshed out. Nothing we haven’t seen before but, hey, if it worked before why

    Ah, gotta love the masses and their love for mediocrity. Fairy Tail (FT) is from the pilot chapter/episode an average shonen series and yet it is loved by many for being just that. I guess rehashing notions from Naruto or One Piece can make a success out of anything. Because just like those shonens, FT has superpowers, adventure and a big cast of colourful and eccentric characters that occasionally get focused upon and fleshed out. Nothing we haven’t seen before but, hey, if it worked before why wouldn’t it work again?

    It is hard to analyze or criticize anything in this show without feeling like I am just stating the obvious or just describing a different shonen. For to be honest, there is approximately zero innovation in this work and it just walks upon the path others paved before it. It can work alright but it will never stand out on its own; it will forever be just a rehash of already established formulas that have been attributed to others at least a decade earlier. Oh well, I might as well make some further analysis just for the heck of it.

    - The art is ok for its genre but the setting lacks characterization. It doesn’t seem to stand out from the lot like others do, which again makes it hard to be remembered in the long run. There is no theme in the FT world and it passes by as a generic fantasy realm. The character figures are again nothing memorable; most are almost counterparts of people from other shonens, so again it has a problem being remembered for anything.

    - Another thing that annoyed me is how they placed as cameo Plue, a creature from the same mangaka’s earlier work titled Rave Master. Now what did that manage to accomplish other than annoying the average fan? Rave Master was a completely generic, aimless, boring, and incomplete series and you can easily see they are reusing the same character archetypes from there. Is that their way of telling us even clearer that they are rehashing other works INCLUDING their own? That sounds really tasteless to me. I hear he was placed there to please the fans of Rave Master but I don’t believe that. Who still likes that boredrome?

    The story is completely generic stuff and easily the weakest part of the show. It plays out like some MMO game, where you join a guild and take seemingly irrelevant to one another missions, while at the same time leaving a few openings for character colorization and world-building. It all plays out quite childishly and there isn’t even an objective for anyone in this show; they just take missions and hope to find something that interests them in the process. For example, we know Natsu is looking for a dragon but did he actually look for him? No, he is just fooling around in his guild and takes part in whatever mission comes along.

    The scenario ends up driving the characters and not the other way around; and even that happens in a bad way since the heroes are not actively doing anything. They just fool around until a villain or a mission appear out of nowhere (no foreshadowing at all) and just decide to take part in the whole thing for money or to save some girl. That makes the protagonist and his gang completely boring since they have no goals in life to go for without some world threat standing in the way. Heck, they would probably be sleeping all day long if they had no obstacles.

    Although many story elements lead to character immersion, that still makes the plot being predictable early on, with no interesting plot twists or memorable events. Some character’s past is revealed, some old enemies of him appear, some sinister plan of mass destruction takes place, and then the heroes storm in and win with the power of friendship. Thank you very much; I have seen it all before and in a more mature form.

    The cast is eventually the meat of the show, since the plot is mostly about somebody’s past creating problems in the present. This way you feel like everything is revolving around them and that they are not irrelevant to the main problem of each arc. Some of them count as cool and developed to pay attention to but don’t try to find unoriginal characters because you will be disappointed. They are all following a rather typical demeanour but at least they do it right to the most part. There is variety in personalities and powers and most have a rather basic but sufficient backdrop to work with. And don’t expect for any drastic character development either, since most of whatever the character learn and seem to wizen them in one arc, it is immediately forgotten in the next. It always was about the power of friendship. To hell with strategy, planning ahead, or even paying attention to your injuries. Just storm in and win against all odds with the almighty POWER OF FRIENDSHIP! I MUST PROTECT MY FRIENDS! FRIENDSHIP MAGICALLY HEALS MY GRAVE WOUNDS! FRIENDSHIP BRINGS EVEN THE DEAD BACK TO LIFE!

    So let me make clear that the series is aimed at younger teens; even younger than the target audience for Naruto or Bleach. There is a lot of silliness (more than the usual) and violence is really basic and mostly bloodless. Plus, no show which aims to be a bit serious would have a mascot in the form of a cheery blue flying cat named… Happy. So be warned that it is very hard to be excited when everything looks so easy going and silly; the boldest thing going around them is the fan service around the girls and even that is completely basic.

    So is it a good show? No, but it’s a good time killer if your expectations are low and you are not older than 15 with prior experience to other famous shonen. I doubt it will leave any mark in anime history or be remembered as anything more than a rehash of other works. It does it right but at the same time it lacks the unique feeling every show that aims to be loved needs. It is indeed nothing but a fairy tale; shallow and for little kids who still tolerate the power of friendship is the most awesome thing ever. But it can be enjoyable just for that.

  • Megan
    Apr 14, 2013

    This is a wonderful book that belongs to a wonderful series! It's creative how some people can use different kinds of magic like fire, ice, celestial and more. The drawings are great. The characters all have their own hidden past, that you'll get to read later on. The characters in this series all also have their own personality. The plot is great as well. There are several arcs that keep you reading more. I enjoyed this book. It is one of my favorites. I would recommend it anyone who likes mang

    This is a wonderful book that belongs to a wonderful series! It's creative how some people can use different kinds of magic like fire, ice, celestial and more. The drawings are great. The characters all have their own hidden past, that you'll get to read later on. The characters in this series all also have their own personality. The plot is great as well. There are several arcs that keep you reading more. I enjoyed this book. It is one of my favorites. I would recommend it anyone who likes manga, magic, fantasy and action.

  • Krul Tepes
    May 24, 2013

    This is my MOST FAVORITE anime and manga of ALL TIME! So much laughter laced with the thrill of excitement as each magic battle takes place. Also, some of the moments are really sad or beautiful that even I sometimes cried! And that is the truth. I love the different kinds of magic a wizard could have. Also, I really admire the bond between the Fairy Tail members; they have complete trust in one another and would rather give up their life instead of harming a comrade. The action and suspense the

    This is my MOST FAVORITE anime and manga of ALL TIME! So much laughter laced with the thrill of excitement as each magic battle takes place. Also, some of the moments are really sad or beautiful that even I sometimes cried! And that is the truth. I love the different kinds of magic a wizard could have. Also, I really admire the bond between the Fairy Tail members; they have complete trust in one another and would rather give up their life instead of harming a comrade. The action and suspense the author puts are awesome when you can go on but annoying when you have to wait another week to get the next chapter because this series is still going!!! Love you Fairy Tail!!!

  • Gustavo
    May 31, 2013

    Natsu a fire dragon slayer mage who was abandoned as a kid and raised by a dragon. On the year 7/7/7 all dragons disappeared from the world since then Natsu has joined a mage guild called fairy tail. In the beginning of the story a celestial spirit user by the name Lucy is tricked by another mage then saved by Natsu who later asked her to join the guild. Lucie's and Natsu's first assignment was to retrieve a book from an influential man. After this they go on m

    Natsu a fire dragon slayer mage who was abandoned as a kid and raised by a dragon. On the year 7/7/7 all dragons disappeared from the world since then Natsu has joined a mage guild called fairy tail. In the beginning of the story a celestial spirit user by the name Lucy is tricked by another mage then saved by Natsu who later asked her to join the guild. Lucie's and Natsu's first assignment was to retrieve a book from an influential man. After this they go on more missions together with other guild members. Later on the guild gets attacked by another guild who has a steel dragon slayer. After fighting the dark guild and having their guild decimated they rebuild and get new allies Igneel the iron dragon slayer and Lluvia after this incident Laxus another dragon slayer from fairy tail attacks the guild so he can take control of as it's new master. He planned to a game to achieve his goal and fairy tail had no choice but to go along with this because he turned to stone his fellow guild members. In the beginning Natsu, Igneel nor the guild master Makarov also Laxus's grandfather. The barrier containing the guild master and the dragon slayers was then opened for the dragon slayers with the helped of the now freed guild members. In the meantime Laxus was fighting with another guild member Mistgun after Natsu arrived on the scene Mistgun left the rest to him then he left. After Laxus was defeated he was dismissed as a fairy tail member.

    I would strongly recommend this manga to people. This is an action/comedy so its really not just fighting I think that the humor in the story brings it all together. You'll enjoy all the moments happy or sad the art style in this manga is good so it's really easy on the eyes. The story line with its twist well thought out so you won't get confused by it. The fighting in this is also really good it's exiting and suspenseful.

    Al in all this manga is one o my favorites off all time I still read it when new chapters come out. The more I read it the more I want the next chapter to come out. This manga also had some touching moments that I felt that were really well done. When it came to the fighting you would not believe how well they also placed humor in them. I strongly recommend this manga if you are into action/comedy/fantasy types.

  • London
    Jul 27, 2013

    This rating is for the fairy tali series in general, 1)because I love it and 2) but I'm not going to go through and rate every single volume.

    This first volume got off to a rocky start. It is a bit confusing and the plot isn't in full swing yet, but once it heats up the series is amazing. It is dynamic, it keeps you on your toes (and with your face between its pages), and it is incredibly funny.

    One of my other favorite mangas is Bleach. I am also a fan of Naruto. However, there is a significant

    This rating is for the fairy tali series in general, 1)because I love it and 2) but I'm not going to go through and rate every single volume.

    This first volume got off to a rocky start. It is a bit confusing and the plot isn't in full swing yet, but once it heats up the series is amazing. It is dynamic, it keeps you on your toes (and with your face between its pages), and it is incredibly funny.

    One of my other favorite mangas is Bleach. I am also a fan of Naruto. However, there is a significant thing that sets Fairy Tail apart from those two mangas.

    : The characters are very well developed. The basic idea is sound, but the plot is repetitive and has some serious flaws. For details, see my review on Bleach, Vol. 1.

    : The plot is excellent but I wish there was some more character development. In the first story arc, the characters all seem really immature. (I haven't gone on to the second story arc, but I hope to be starting it soon. Look out for more reviews!)

    : Well developed characters, phenomenal plot line, this one has a lot of great merits to it. I am not very far into it, but I can already tell that this is a manga that stands out in its own dynamic way.

    Gray is my favorite character. Lucy is my least favorite character. Let me explain why.

    One thing: this is the first manga I have read with the most sexual innuendos. Not sure I'm ok with that which is why Lucy is not high in the rankings of characters I like (plus she doesn't do much unless she's one-on-one).

    Gray, I guess, would fit into the whole sexual innuendo thing because he takes his clothes off a lot. But, he has a lot deeper personality and a darker past (as we see in his fight with Lyon).

    Anyway, I am not that far into it, so my opinions may change. However, these are my thoughts on the series so far.

  • Veronica Morfi
    Jul 23, 2015

    Decided to finally start this manga. So far it's really good and hilarious. I just really want to get to know the dark pasts of all the characters.

  • Anusha Narasimhan
    Jul 10, 2016

    This is the best first volume I've ever read! It's funny, engaging and a bit unpredictable. I don't normally read ongoing series (still haven't read Bleach, One Piece, Hunter X Hunter, Attack on Titan... you get the drift). I just hate waiting for the next issue. Silly me, I thought I'd take a glance at the first chapter and ended up getting completely hooked. Now I have to burn through 495 chapters and keep an eye out for future chapter releases.

  • Reddish
    Oct 23, 2016

    No sabía si comenzar a leer esta serie o no, pero me gusta tanto el anime que no me he podido resistir, y de momento no me arrepiento. ¡Me gusta tanto Natsu! <3