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"Grave of the dragons. Long ago, this was the final resting place for the defeated dragons. It is here that the power that can destroy the world sleeps; Dragon Cry. If this power is used, the light of the dragons will descend upon the Earth..."
Narrator, Trailer 2

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is the second anime movie of the series Fairy Tail directed by Tatsuma Minamikawa, written by Shoji Yonemura and produced by A-1 Pictures. It was released on May 6. 2017.

Natsu Dragneel (Tetsuya Kakihara) and his friends take on a quest and travel to the island kingdom of Stella to find dark secrets, fight new enemies and save the world from destruction by reclaiming the mysterious artifact, Dragon Cry. Amidst all this chaos, something mysterious will awaken inside Natsu, and whether it is good or bad is yet to be determined...

The film also stars Aya Hirano as Lucy Heartfilia, Rie Kugimiya as Happy, Yuichi Nakamura as Gray Fullbuster, Sayaka Ohara as Erza Scarlet, Satomi Sato as Wendy Marvell, Yui Horie as Carla, Makoto Furukawa as King Animus, Aoi Yuki as Sonya, Jiro Saito as Zash Caine, Chiaki Takahashi as Swan, Ryota Takeuchi as Doll and Taku Yashiro as Gapri.


Previews: Trailer 1, Trailer 2. Funimation, of course, does the English version. Both the dub and sub were released for a limited theatrical run in the U.S in August 2017 (the sub going first and the dub later in the week) before being released to Blu-ray on November 17th, 2017.

The film is chronologically followed by the Alvarez Empire arc.

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry contains examples of:

  • Armed Legs: Swan uses stellanium-enhanced leg braces to fight Erza.
  • Badass in Distress: Natsu at the beginning of the movie. He is held captured in a cube prison by a flying bird, bound in chains, only food source is a flame lit on a stick. After the cube prison gets smashed into another building, Natsu while falling manages to eat the flame, break his chains and give the bird a beating it deserves.
  • Battle Strip: Before fighting Doll, Gray and Juvia both strip (although Juvia just takes off her overcoat, showing a sleeveless top).
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  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Erza ultimately beats Swan in a kicking match after writing some ruins on the ground while initially getting batted around by her. The impact activates Red Chariot and knocks Swan out.
  • Belly Dancer: Lucy wearing sexy attire dances in a bar that Zash goes into. Zash is impressed, even when Gemini (as Lucy) seduces him even more.
  • Big Bad: King Animus, with Zash as The Dragon.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Natsu coughs up blood after being impaled by one of Animus's dragon spikes.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Zash uses brainwashing magic to control people and get them to do what he wants. Over the course of the film, he forces Riana to slaughter her own men; a group of innocent civilians to stop Natsu and Lucy; Natsu himself to attack his own allies; and even Animus, who is a dragon, to rampage mindlessly while he takes control.
  • Breath Weapon: After eating a fruit that makes him turn red, Happy uses a fire breath attack on Zash's dog Red Knife, barbecuing him. Also Animus's dragon breath.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Happy eats some fruit in the middle of the film which ends up turning him red for most of the climax. When Zash sends his attack dog on Happy, it manifest into a flame breath and ends up saving him.
    • Erza defeats Swan by using Grand Chariot, a spell Jellal uses.
  • Clone Army: Zash calls forth his army of Quartum Soldiers to keep the Fairy Tail wizards at bay, which are Fourth Generation Dragon Slayers with lacrima inside them.
  • Continuity Snarl: A pretty big one occurs in The Stinger where Zeref appears in his emperor's clothes from the Alvarez Empire arc, accompanied by two of his Praetorian Guard, Brandish and Invel, after discovering Acnologia and declaring war on Natsu. While clearly a Sequel Hook to the anime's final "season", and confirmed to take place between Fairy Tail's revival and the war with Alvarez, it fails to add up to canon events in numerous ways, namely how Zeref doesn't change into this outfit until after Natsu and Zeref begin their fight, and it doesn't explain what business Brandish and Invel have being with him when he's been on his own at this time, and for that matter, has already met up with Acnologia.
  • Cool Shades: When Lucy puts on her Star Dress Capricorn form, the last item she puts on is her own pair of black shades to match her spirit's. This helps in stopping Zash's brainwashing magic.
  • Death by Secret Identity: Animus figures out that Natsu is E.N.D., the "destroyer of all", which Natsu doesn't realize at this point in the story. Natsu doesn't even let him say more than the first two letters before he lands the deciding blow.
  • Death from Above: With her Celestial Armor, Erza can cast her own version of Grand Chariot, as in the same spell Jellal claimed was comparable to a meteor in strength.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Erza vs. Swan.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Since this movie takes place before the final season of the anime, which at the time stopped right at the start of the Fairy Tail Revival arc, it spoils a few things if one hasn't read the manga, such as Carla's human transformation note  and Lucy's Star Dresses. The Stinger is also chock full of them, including a full view of Acnologia's human form, Brandish and Invel of the Spriggan 12, and Zeref's imperial robes.
    • Inverted with Gray's Demon Slayer attack, "Longsword of the Ice Demon Zero", which makes its first appearance in animated form after it was omitted from the adaptation of the Tartaros arc.note 
  • Ending Theme: What You Are by POLKA DOTS, which plays over the end credits.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In the climax, Zash ultimately turns on Animus and the two struggle for the Dragon Cry. Zash manages to take control of it for a time and even uses his hypnosis power on Animus. But the power of Dragon Cry is too much for him and disintegrates his body. Animus, back in control of himself, proceeds to continue what Zash started and is ultimately the Final Boss for Natsu to defeat.
  • Fanservice Pack: Even by this series' standards, the ladies' chests are noticeably larger and jigglier than usual.
  • Foregone Conclusion: We already know that Acnologia and Zeref cannot be killed, since they die at the end of Fairy Tail.
  • Foreshadowing: Literally. During scenes where Animus is berating Zash, one look at his shadow shows that it actually belongs to Sonya. There's also how he frequently shows up behind Sonya without her noticing, which he thinly Hand Waves by saying it's because he is a wizard; not an implausible explanation seeing how he is shown telekinetically strangling Zash, but still a bit of a stretch.
  • Gainaxing: A lot, even by Fairy Tail standards.
  • Group Hug: Natsu pulls Lucy and Happy into one at the end of the movie.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sonya decides not to give Animus the Dragon Cry after thinking back to Natsu's words, saying it will bring nothing but sorrow and despair.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Natsu and Wendy pose as ninjas when Happy and Carla bring them Gray's ice ring copy to open Zash's vault.
  • Hope Spot: Sonya (while fighting off Animus inside of her) tells Natsu to take the Dragon Cry before Zash arrives. Just as Natsu grabs hold of the staff, Zash takes it from both of them.
  • How We Got Here: At the beginning of the film, Natsu gets locked up. The first part of the story is spent explaining how he got into that predicament.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Natsu gets impaled by one of Animus's dragon spikes. Natsu survives his injury, gets back up and continues fighting Animus.
  • In Medias Res: Apart from a flashback scene of Natsu's childhood with Igneel, following his abandonment and first meeting with Makarov, the movie opens with Natsu chained up in a prison cell carried by a giant bird. The movie then proceeds to show the events leading to this situation.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: As the original anime only covered the very beginning of the Fairy Tail Revival arc, and this is set after that arc, it spoils facts such as Fairy Tail's successful reunion and Gray's status as a Reverse Mole in Avatar.
  • Locked in the Dungeon: While Lucy was held prisoner by Zash, she sees Riana and several other girls that Zash had captured.
  • MacGuffin: The Dragon Cry itself.
  • Meaningful Echo: Early in the movie, Natsu (thinking Lucy needs to check her eyesight when she insists Plue is a dog) gets close to her face and asks what he looks like to her; her reply is "the same Natsu I've always known". He asks the same question again while he's still shaken by his partial transformation into a dragon, which may actually be connected to E.N.D., and Lucy gives the same reply.
    Natsu: Tell me...what do I look like?
    Lucy: Like the Natsu I've always known.
  • Mundane Utility: At the beginning, Gray charges up his ice magic... to fix a wagon wheel.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Gray is this after defeating Doll. Juvia faints at the sight of seeing him naked.
  • No Body Left Behind: Zash is incinerated by the power of the Dragon Cry while trying to use it.
    • Animus fades away after Natsu defeats him and Sonya breaks the Dragon Cry.
  • Parental Substitute: Sonya tells Lucy and Natsu that, although he was cold-hearted, Animus was like family to her, just like Fairy Tail members treat each other as family.
  • Please Wake Up: Lucy says this to an unconscious Natsu after he gets impaled by one of Animus's dragon spikes.
  • Psychic Strangle: Animus does this to Zash twice. First when Zash tells him he will use Sonya to locate the Dragon Cry, second when he finds out Zash used the Dragon Cry against Animus's will, endangering Sonya.
  • Psychometry: When Natsu first grabs hold of the Dragon Cry, he feels the dragons' anger, pain and sorrow. His face is in tears after this. Sonya later experiences the exact same thing when she takes the staff, which leads to her turning on Animus.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Three Stars, consisting of Doll, Gapri and Swan.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sonya stands up to Animus, telling him that his soul used to be kind, but now it has been tainted by darkness and she doesn't want to see anymore people get hurt. Animus responds by batting her aside after seeing that Natsu survived his injury.
  • Say My Name: Happy says Natsu's name in tears after seeing that Natsu got impaled by one of Animus's dragon spikes.
  • Sensor Character:
    • Sonya's magic can detect lifeforms. This proved to be useful in helping the Fairy Tail wizards escape Zash's guards.
    • More comically, Juvia claims to have a "Gray Sensor"/"Gray-dar" in her head.
  • Ship Tease: Natsu and Lucy, as this movie had some great moments for both of them.
  • Split Personality: Subverted. At first it appears that Animus is this for Sonya, only for him to be revealed to be a dragon who sealed himself inside Sonya.
  • The Stinger: Acnologia in his human form breaking the ribbon that was once the Dragon Cry. We see how Animus lived inside Sonya to keep her alive and protect her for over 400 years and how Acnologia started his intent to kill all dragons, demonstrating it to the dragons in the Graveyard. Then, watching Acnologia on the mountain are Brandish, Invel, and Zeref, who says the final battle is about to begin.
  • Super Speed: Gapri rides on a floating ball which makes him move as fast as the eye can see.
  • Swiss Army Tears: Happy and Lucy cry over Natsu (who got impaled by one of Animus's dragon spikes). One of Lucy's tears goes into Natsu's mouth, waking him up and continuing his fight with Animus, despite his injury.
  • Taking the Bullet: Scorpio gets shot by Zash to protect Lucy. Later, Juvia protects a little girl from one of Catherine's fire blasts.
  • They Died Because of You: Animus tells Natsu that it was because of the Dragon Slayers that dragons started falling into decline, especially since it brought about Acnologia's rise to power. Of course, said Dragon Slayer magic wouldn't have been conceived if it wasn't for dragons like him preying on humans and the humans seeking a way to defend themselves.
  • Title Drop: The subtitle takes its name from the MacGuffin that Natsu's group are trying to take back from the Stella kingdom.
    • Later done when Sonya says "I've never seen a dragon cry," to Animus before he fades.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • The very first promotional image shows Natsu's quasi-transformation into a dragon, which doesn't happen until the very climax of the movie. One of the official posters even highlights this form, while it also shows up in quite a few trailers.
    • Downplayed in regards to the dragon in the final poster and other promos. While the presence of a dragon is something of a twist in the movie's third act, it still hides the fact that it is the true form of King Animus, the supposedly human Big Bad.
  • Transformation Sequence: Carla and Lucy have this. Carla changes into a human, Lucy changes into her Star Dress Capricorn form. It's also notable that the Capricorn form is the only one she never used in the manga proper, so this is essentially a roundabout way of completing the set.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Sonya and Animus were childhood friends in the past. According to Sonya, Animus used to have a kind heart, but over time, Animus's soul was tainted by darkness and he wanted the Dragon Cry for himself. In reality, Animus was just using her from the very beginning.
  • World Building: The movie goes into a bit more detail with the technique Igneel and the other missing dragons used to seal themselves in the Dragon Slayers' bodies. It turns out that there are other dragons like Animus who know such a spell, but it cannot be used carelessly on humans unless their bodies are compatible (i.e., a Dragon Slayer), or else they would be unable to escape.

"Lucy... what do I look like to you?"

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