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Fairy Tail 1 by Hiro Mashima

26 Nov

Bibliography: Mashima, Hiro. Fairy Tail 1. Illustrated by the author. Dell Rey/Ballantine Books, 2008. 198 pages. Tr. $9.36, ISBN 978-0-345-50133-2

Plot: Natsu Dragneel was raised and trained by a fire dragon named Igneel, who Natsu now searches for after he went missing when Natsu was just a boy. He is always accompanied by his best friend Happy, who is a cat with flying magic. Lucy is the cute girl who aspires to join the infamous wizards guild Fairy Tail, but she is only a small time celestial wizard and has no hopes of getting into such a great guild. As fate would have it, Lucy and Natsu bump into each other while on their separate travels, Lucy shopping for celestial keys and Natsu looking for Igneel. Natsu has heard rumors of a dragon in town, but it turns out to be a fake, some wizard who uses attraction potions to lure women in and Lucy got caught up with him. Natsu rescues Lucy and invites her to Fairy Tail, she cannot believe her luck.

Review: This manga series is done in the traditional Japanese where you read it from right to left. Fairy Tail is one of the most powerful wizard guilds in the land of Fiore. Lucy has always been a fan of Fairy Tail and wants very badly to join the guild, but how to get in, is her problem. Her problems are solved when she runs into Natsu Dragneel on his search for Igneel a fire dragon who went missing seven years ago. As luck would have it Natsu is a Fairy Tail wizard and invites Lucy to come back with him. This starts Lucy’s adventures as a Fairy Tail wizard. This series is filled with hilarious dialogue and characters that will surprise you to no end. The artwork is magnificent and clean cut so it is easy to follow the story. Ay! An exciting adventure.

Genre: Graphic Novel/Manga/Fantasy

Reading Level/Interest Level: YA/12+

Similar Materials: Naruto, by Masashi Kishimoto, Harry Potter, by R. J. Rowling

Reader’s Advisory: I can’t get enough of this series. It is constantly making me laugh and the excitement never ends. The anime series is just as good, it does a fabulous job of sticking to the story, and it’s great to see all of your favorite characters in color and in action. Some of the characters will surprise by not being who you think they are. And Hiro Mashima is a wonderful artist. Three cheers for Fairy Tail, children will love that each wizard specializes in a different magic. Ay!

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Posted by on November 26, 2011 in LIBR 264-10 Digital Record

 

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