Fairy Tail: Part Six (Blu-ray)
FUNimation Entertainment / 2011 / 300 mins / TV-14
Previously on FAIRY TAIL...
A powerful group of wizards called the Oración Seis is on a mission to unseal the Nirvana spell and take over all of Magnolia. The best fighters from the top four Guilds have united to take them down. The battles have taken a terrible toll on our heroes and when last we saw them, the evil leader of the Oración Seis, Brain (voiced by Philip Weber/Tetsu Inada), revealed that Nirvana is also the name of a gigantic mobile city which he is in control of and is taking to destroy the Cait Shelter Guild Hall.
The bulk of this volume is taken up with completing the epic "Nirvana" story arc.
Lucy Heartfilia (voiced by Aya Hirano/Cherami Leigh); Natsu Dragneel (voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara/Todd Haberkorn,) Happy (voiced by Rie Kugimiya/Tia Ballard); Gray Fullbuster (voiced by Yuichi Nakamura/Newton Pittman) and Erza Scarlet (voiced by Sayaka Ohara/Colleen Clinkenbeard) along with the members of the other guilds have a mighty fight on their hands and when all is said and done, tears will be shed and surprising mysteries will be revealed.
When the members of Fairy Tail return to their guild hall, they are immediately thrown into another adventure when Natsu is told of a person who has seen a live dragon and Erza is attacked by a mysterious foe that promptly disappears before their fight ends. What is the connection between these two events and could there possibly be a traitor lurking in the halls of Fairy Tail?
I have to admit that when I was at what I thought was the end of the "Nirvana" story arc, I was a tad disappointed. Little did I know there were still two or three more episodes to it that completely turned the tables and direction of all that had been happening. This massive adventure is surprisingly emotional and the ending was completely unexpected making it one of the best story arcs of the series to date. The four episode adventure that follows is small in scope (though gigantic in creatures) and rich in character history. And for once, a FAIRY TAIL volume does NOT end on a cliffhanger!
As with all of the releases so far, the anamorphic 1.78 transfer is simply beautiful. This is one of the brightest and most colorful animes I've reviewed and it looks magnificent. This has consistently been one of the best looking animes out there.
As usual, FUNimation provides not only the original Japanese language track in a crystal clear Dolby TrueHD 2.0 mix but an even better English language dub in and active Dolby TrueHD 5.1. FAIRY TAIL is still looking and sounding fantastic.
The supplement package also reflects the previous volumes with very little in the way of goodies to sink your teeth into.
Two commentary tracks (on episodes 64 and 70) feature various members of the cast and crew having fun talking about their characters and the series.
Textless versions of the opening song, "Fiesta" by +Plus and the closing song "Be As One" by W-inds are included.
The US trailer for this volume along with other FUNimation releases round out the extras.
One of the most consistently enjoyable experiences in current anime, FAIRY TAIL Part 6 brings an epic story arc to a close and introduces two new characters to our favorite guild. Highly Recommended!