Manga Review: Fairy Tail Volume 3 by Hiro Mashima
Author: Hiro Mashima
Publisher: Kodansha Manga
Published: August 7, 2012
Page Count: 208 pages
Availability: In print, buy on Amazon or at your local bookstore
Natsu, Lucy and Happy along with Ezra and Gray, take on Erigor, the leader of the evil Dark Guild Eizenwald who is plotting to kill people with a deadly flute called Lullaby.
The members of the Fairy Tail guild must escape the train station they are trapped in and stop him before he kills the Guild Masters meeting in a nearby town.
Fairy Tail is Fun Shounen manga and I really enjoy reading it, because it’s exciting and has an entertaining fantasy/adventure story that is something I enjoy borrowing from my local library.
The plot isn’t deep or filled with a ton of profound meaning, it’s just fun, and that’s just what I need right now, something fun to enjoy and just to read because I needed something that is just a silly shounen manga to read.
I like the Characters and How There are Evil Guilds:
Fairy Tail has always been an interesting take on Wizards. The characters remind me of Lina Inverse from The Slayers anime and how they tend to get in trouble for destroying the places they’re trying to complete jobs for. I also like how there are evil guilds who don’t follow the rules of the Magic Council, because if there weren’t any bad guys to fight, it wouldn’t be any fun.
I also like how the Eizenwald Dark Guild has a grudge against legitimate guilds; it keeps the story from just being about the Fairy Tail guild taking jobs all the time.
We also get to see more of Erza’s abilities shortly after she’s introduced so that’s nice.
I also like that Natu has different abilities too, if he didn’t come up with new moves, the fights would be kind of boring.
I also like that Erigor puts up a good fight against Natsu, because if the villains are easy to defeat the manga becomes boring
The fights Keep Improving:
I enjoy the artwork as much as the story. Hiro Mashima is both a terrific storyteller and artist. The illustrations especially look great during the fight scenes and it’s definitely a good looking manga.
The fights might not be my favorite in manga, but they’re still visually interesting to look at and I think that all the characters and their different abilities keep me invested so I can see what each character can do in a fight.
The Manga isn’t the most exciting one I’ve read:
While there is a lot of fight scenes in this manga chapter, this isn’t one of the most exciting manga I’ve ever read, it is improving, but it’s not one of my favorites.
I do like the interesting villains and how the characters keep getting better in their fights, but it does feel like Fairy Tail is trying to find ways to keep the reader interested in the story.
It Does feel kind of Slow:
The pacing is kind of slow, even though the fights are good, it does feel like the story isn’t really going anywhere, but it’s still a fun read, I just wish this arc was better and not feeling slow paced.
Overall, I do have Fun with Fairy Tail:
This manga volume was a lot of fun. The characters are interesting and the plot just keeps improving while being engrossing and humorous at the same time.
I just wish it didn’t feel slow at times, it’s not the best manga I’ve read, but it is fun, and I enjoy reading manga that is just fun and something I can just turn my brain off with and enjoy a fantasy story with good characters.
Will you read Fairy Tail Manga Volume 3?
What Doesn't Work:
Good characters, world building
The pacing feels slow
Fights are interesting and fun
My Grade: B-:
I enjoy Fairy Tail because it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s a fun, exciting action fantasy story with an interesting cast of characters and a lot of fun to read and is a very enjoyable read. It’s also a series that I was unsure if I would enjoy it or not, but it is a good one and if you enjoy fantasy manga and want something that’s not too serious, you should give this one a look.
I do like the manga, but it’s not quite one I feel I have to have for my collection, it’s fun, but not quite shelf-worthy because it’s not my absolute favorite.
I do enjoy borrowing it from my local library and I’m happy to read it for free, but I just can’t bring myself to buy it, because getting it for free is easier and since it’s a long-running shounen that only recently finished wrapping up, it would take up too much space on my bookshelf, and I’d rather buy other manga series instead of Fairy Tail
It’s not a bad series and I’m not one of those fans who really gets into it and nitpicks about every little thing that happens in plot, but I’m just a casual fan who enjoys reading it every once in awhile.
If you don’t take it too seriously and get too cuahgt up in analyzing every little thing, I think you’ll enjoy Fairy Tail a lot more. I know that the fandom tends to be all over the place with this manga, every other week on YouTube a Fairy Tail fan whined and complained about every little thing, it was called “trash” a lot, which I think is unfair, but I’m not nitpicking apart every little thing either.
If you want to read a fun fantasy manga, then pick up Fairy Tail, it’s worth reading at least, and it’s something I have fun with.
I highly recommend this manga; it has a little bit of something for everyone. It has action and comedy, along with fantasy and magic.
As a note for parents, this manga does contain some profanity and violence. It also contains a little bit of fan service so it’s recommended for ages 13 and up.
It’s well worth your time to read it, if you enjoy fantasy manga, you’ll want this in your manga collection. If you’re a casual reader, you’ll want to see if your local library has this one and borrow a copy. It’s worth your time but you should read it first before deciding if you want to spend your money on it.
I would recommend going to your local library and seeing if they have it in their system, if they don’t have it in their system you can request that they buy it. If you have a friend that is a fan and they have the manga borrow it off them. The only thing that prevents me from buying it, is I’d rather buy other mangas and I don’t have the shelf space for it anyway.
Do try to not get too caught up into it, if you keep analyzing and nitpicking every little thing in the story, you’ll take all the fun out of reading it. And don’t think too hard about it, it’s just shounen fun, I don’t find it to be super deep or anything, I just think it’s a fun story with a fantasy setting with fun, interesting characters.
It’s still something that I’ve always enjoyed reading, even though I haven’t bought it and I know that a lot of fans still love it as it’s constantly being checked out of my local library system and I look forward to reading Fairy Tail every week from my library because I can get it for free. I say that it’s fun and enjoyable and I’ve never gotten into those, “Which manga is the best” debates that happen on the internet anyway.
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