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Fairy Tail: Part 2 Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 Stereo, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: AB (No Region C)
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Run Time: 300 Mins.
  • Discs: 4 (2 x Blu-ray + 2 x DVD)
  • Studio: Funimation Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • List Price: $54.98

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Series
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Series

[Rating:4/5]

For those unfamiliar with the series, Fairy Tail is a multi-part fantasy anime based on a serial manga published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. It follows the exploits of a group of young and powerful wizards in a fictional land known as Fiore where magic is a part of people’s daily lives and many magical guilds have formed, allowing wizards to band together in order to seek out work for payment. The titular guild of the series, Fairy Tail, is host to some of the most powerful wizards in this world, and in this world we find our main heroine Lucy, a celestial wizard with power to open up the gateways to other dimensions and call forth powerful astrological beings contracted to do her bidding. When Lucy is abducted by a magician claiming to be the powerful Salamander of the Fairy Tail guild only to be sold into slavery, she is subsequently rescued by Natsu, a powerful wizard with the power of fire and dragon’s strength who enlists her into Fairy Tail. Together with Erza, the league’s most powerful woman, a wizard whose power is a body of armor and the ability to summon bladed weapons at will, and Gray, an ice wizard who somehow always manages to end up half undressed, these powerful wizards will battle the dark guilds (illegal guilds practicing dark magic) trying to bring down Fiore).

Part 2 continues where Part 1 left off, with Natsu, Lucy and the flying blue cat Happy off on an unauthorized S-class mission that they stole from the board posted on the top floor of the Fairy Tail guild, a place where only the guild’s most powerful S-Class wizards are allowed. They were meant to lift the curse placed on the inhabitants of an island, a place from where, supposedly, no one has ever returned. But Erza and Gray have been sent to retrieve them and bring them back to face their punishment.

On the island, secrets to Gray’s past involving his master are revealed and once the mission is completed, a new, even more deadly threat reveals itself. The Phantom Guild attacks Fairy Tail and kidnaps Lucy and the entire guild is put tot the test when their master is sapped of his magical powers.

Part 2 makes this action filled fantasy anime much more interesting to watch and left me more than ready for the next volume.

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

There are no significant changes in the AVC/MPEG-4 encodement of Part 2 over Part 1. The upscaled image still looks rather soft and shows many instances of aliasing and motion artifacts.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

Audio remains the same as well in both the original Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 and English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtracks. The Japanese mix is a good one with clean dialogue and wide stereo imaging. The English dub opens the soundstage a bit, less aggressive than I assumed it would be, settling for a more atmospheric sound design truer to the original Japanese language track. It also offers clean dialogue, a good spread of sounds, and decent dynamics.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

There is nothing much here besides the two audio commentaries.

The supplements:

  • Episode 15 Commentary
  • Episode 19 Commentary
  • Textless Opening Song “S.O.W. Sense of Wonder”
  • Textless Closing Song “Tsuioku Merry-Go-Round”
  • Trailers

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

Good action, likable characters, and lots of humor make Fairy Tail a series well worth watching while Part 2 of the series is a definite improvement over the first part, making things much more interesting and introducing new characters and more back story. The Blu-ray is still not the best reference quality, but it is well worth having nonetheless.

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Series
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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