Fairy Tail is quite an interesting and promising series at the beginning. The plot lines are decent, being well-thought out and fairly well executed. However, there are some glaring flaws which only worsen as the series goes on, pointing to some serious issues in the overall storytelling, the most serious of all being: 1) Fights: Given the genre, we can expect there to be lots of battle sequences. However, the increasing number of asspulls thinly disguised as The Power of Friendship end up becoming incredibly lame excuses just to see our heroes win. There are no serious challenges, let alone defeats, for the guild. I'm looking especially at Natsu, who frequently triumphs over opponents that he should have NO chance against. (That moment he defeated a god was when I lost all respect for him as a hero). 2) Characterization: Now, I know that this series is meant to be entertaining and doesn't have much depth to its characters. However, the author appears to have decided to make them as basic as possible without giving them any chances to grow or at the very least work on their flaws. This is partly due to the above: none of them are allowed defeats. There are brief moments(Gildarts teaching Natsu that fear can be important for survival) but these are very rarely expounded upon. 3) Fanservice: While already prevalent in the beginning, this has been taken Up to Eleven with practically every female being saddled with DD cups. Lucy is the most affected by this - one can only wonder how she manages to walk with those humongous...well, you get the point. This ends up becoming incredibly annoying and intrusive to the plot. 4) They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Although the plot arcs were initially passable, there were way too many contrived and coincidental plot twists(which naturally became affected by the nature of the fights) to feel natural. For example, the time-skip, which wasn't decently handled at all due to insufficient development or foreshadowing to avoid making it seem like another asspull. In short, while this began as an entertaining and energetic watch/read, the author appears to have lost his way and doesn't appear to know the identity of his own series.
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