DVD/Blu-ray Review: Fairy Tail The Movie: Phoenix Priestess
The first movie from the critically acclaimed Fairy Tail anime franchise!
For a series that has been long running, this is the first time there has ever been a full length movie made of it. So for the fans this has been a long time coming. The many adventures and different characters are what make this series a success as well as the other lands with different guilds which are covered in the series. In Phoenix Priestess the Fairy Tail Guild have to deal with a threat to the entire world due to one man, a cruel prince who wants to get his hand on the other half of the Phoenix Stone.
Eclair is the phoenix priestess the movie is based on and she isn’t all sweetness and light. In fact, her friend Momon, a huge-headed yellow chick has to apologise to Lucy for her appalling attitude when she tries to help her. The movie starts where Eclair has been to a ritual gathering where they have danced under the moon before. The prince’s evil henchmen come and ruin it looking for the phoenix stone. They get one half, while the priest gets the other and gives it to Eclair before sending her through a portal where she will be safe for now. He of course isn’t safe from the henchmen and dies in her place. The idea is that Eclair has to protect the phoenix stone with her life, and if the prince does get his way, the world will be devastated. This is not all the prince wants though. He needs her as a sacrifice if his plans for immortality are to work.
To try and make the movie seem longer, it starts out with a shorter story where Natsu and the guild are on a mission to take down a ruthless gang who keep getting away with terrorising the city. Lucy and some of the Fairy Tail Guild who are assigned to the mission try to capture them and bring them to justice. They have to do this or they don’t get the money. While they are still chasing the gang members, Lucy has the leader in her sights, but he proves to be elusive even at the last minute, letting her and her friends down.
What looks like a daunting time for Lucy when she gets back to Fairy Tail turns into a new mission where she finds a woman who looks like she needs help with a problem? The girl ends up being Eclair, and she shows she has a softer side, one that shows her deep vulnerability.
Eclair is a victim of all of the problems in her world, and rather than feeling lucky at being the sole survivor of the ritual gathering’s massacre, she feels the burden of having survived only to be pursued by the prince’s men. The movie starts with a side story that pales into comparison once the real story gets going with Eclair and the crazed prince. It has enough comic value to calm the dark points in the story and as the humour is mostly about the Fairy Tail characters themselves, Natsu and Grey, those unfamiliar with the plot and the series can see how well they interact and the benefit of how strong the story is.
Label: MVM Entertainment
Release date: 28th July 2014
Running time: 86 Minutes
Director: Masaya Fujimori
Stars: Tetsuya Kakihara, Aya Hirano, Rie Kugimiya, Yūichi Nakamura, Sayaka Ōhara, Satomi Satō, Yui Horie, Aya Endō, Mika Kanai.
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