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I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Fairytail will, forever and always, have a place in my heart. The show has been with me since I figured out what anime actually was. In fact, the first time I started watching the show, I went through 37 episodes in one sitting. Sure, I didn’t get any sleep that night, but I enjoyed myself, nonetheless.
With that being said, as I have grown more and more over the years and my tastes have changed drastically, I have noticed quite a few of the flaws that are riddled throughout the show. Whether it is the repetitive character designs that Hiro Mashima uses for nearly all of his characters or the painfully generic villains that seem to come through in every arc, with the exception of a few, Fairytail often embodies the worst of generic shonen action traits. As such, my expectations for the show have gradually lowered over time in order to still get so enjoyment out of the show.
Despite what I said in the last paragraph, the final season’s first episode did actually entertain me quite a bit. Maybe it is just the fact that the show has been off the air for a while, but it does make me happy seeing the characters that basically defined my childhood back on screen. Sure, Natsu and Lucy’s characters have never been much more complex than an idiot who blows things up and attractive female lead, but that does not mean they do not have their moments.
I do also appreciate the story of the arc they are in right now, where the guild has disbanded after their insane battle with Tartaros, and now Natsu and Lucy are trying to get the guild back together. The concept behind it is not exactly the most original, but there are still enough interesting supporting characters in Fairytail that I am curious where they all ended up.
The music, which has always been one of my favorite elements of the show, was also pretty good for the first episode, especially the opening and ending. Overall, it was a fun first episode, and I hope the show has some good storytelling for its last season.
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