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Fairy Tail Volume 1

November 30, 2008

Fairy Tail Volume 1
by: Hiro Mashima
published by: Del Rey


Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join 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 strenge boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero – he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies? (from DelRey)
I went into this thinking it would be kinda like Rave Master/Groove Adventure Rave (which I remember from Cartoon Network when I was younger), since is it the same author. It was similar, but also incredibly different. Natsu for one, is completely different from Haru of Rave. Natsu really does have issues with transportation (but not with flying on the back of Happy, the talking cat), is basically half-dragon, likes to eat fire, and has an incredible love for all things Fairy Tail (ie his guild-mates and friends, along with the image of Fairy Tail). On the other hand, his friend/enemy looks almost exactly like Musica; like freakily similar. Though Gray himself is an interesting character. He literally runs around half-naked all the time. Lucy is also an interesting character. She’s kind of a total spaz, but I think she’s one of the smarter female characters in the shonen world, and I personally love that. The story is increbily interesting, and the pacing is great! And let’s not forget about the loveable Plue. That’s right, one of the main staples of Rave is a part of Fairy Tail; The loveable dog is one of Lucy’s celestial spirits.

The back of this book does nothing for the story. It’s so much better than the crap they wrote. If I hadn’t already read this, I would never have looked twice at it. But it really is a great story, and the following volumes are just as good. From someone who has read the entire thing so far, it gets so much better than this, and it’s all great! It’s a must read for any shonen or Hiro Mashima fan.

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