Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry has finally hit theaters here in the US, so I headed to my local theater to catch a subbed showing of it. Dragon Cry sits right before the final arcs of Fairy Tail, with a nod coming at the end of the film to those final arcs. In this sense, if you are caught up on the Manga or Anime, this movie should fit right in there for you story wise.

Dragon Cry refers to the name of a staff which holds the sadness and fury of the dragons, and thus immense power. The staff was locked up and owned by Fiore, the nation where the Fairy Tail guild resides. The staff is stolen by Zash for the island nation of Stella. Fearing the power of the Dragon Cry being unleashed, Fiore enlists the help of the guild to retrieve it.This is where our story kicks off. The usual antics are present here, with Juvia’s love and immense jealousy for Gray bringing laughs from the crowd. On the other hand, Natsu’s usual “I’m fired up” was not present in the film. Natsu’s initial failings only to go beyond his limits were however. Those hoping for some fan service won’t be disappointed either, as the bar scene has plenty of that. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if XSEED wanted to make a game based off of that scene.

All in all, Dragon Cry never got really intense. It reminded me a bit of when I watched One Piece: Gold, where it focused more on hitting all of the jokes the series is known for crammed into one movie.  While the stakes were high, it never really felt that way. The only impactful moment was the aforementioned nod to the final arcs of the Fairy Tail story, which I’ve chosen to leave out what that is in this article. You know, spoilers and all that.

That’s not to say that it was a bad movie. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend 85 minutes, this isn’t a bad way to do it. It was quite entertaining, and if you think about it, this type of movie makes a lot of sense. It fits as an additional adventure to the story without being required to watch the TV anime. A fun story packed full of jokes that gives you more of what you want from the characters you’ve grown to love is what you want from a story like this.

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