Miken: Katt’ll have her series back eventually, but she’s busy for now and Minnie’s got exams, so episode 2 has fallen into my not-so-sane hands~
Hmm…I didn’t notice the date on the first screenshot at first, though it’s almost definitely just a coincidence~ Lucy’s little summary at the end pretty much explains this episode, but I’ll go into barely any more detail: The first portion of this episode entail Lucy entering Fairy Tail and the mayhem that ensues. We get tons of character introductions at rapid fire and a big brawl that ends up with Gray in even more of a state of undress than he usually is. The latter portion involves Natsu and Lucy heading off to find Macao, whose son is panicked because his dad’s been gone for longer than he planned. Naturally, this is all resolved quickly. Also, a few details are given about Natsu’s past with his dragon “father” and not much else is said.
I suppose I could also do a little fangirling since this is lighter fare……..GRAAAAAAAY~ I don’t know why, but I like him disproportionally more than most of the other characters (barring Erza and Mirajane). He’s sort of like Natsu, but only very slightly more levelheaded. He’s also not as stable as Natsu in terms of how his past drives him, but I suppose I should leave the spoiling for when/after that detail has been revealed.
As for the music in this episode, I have a number of complaints that start with the composer just rearranging some well-known tunes. I mean, we have Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, the Can-Can — though they do somewhat fit, I expected something more original to accentuate the scenes. Surely it isn’t impossible to come up with a lighthearted tune for a friendly brawl, now is it? …Though I do like that the Celtic influences in a number of the tracks quite a bit and that very nearly makes up for it. Still, some of the stuff just felt so…so heavy for a series such as Fairy Tail. Sure, they were used during “big” moments or somewhat touching ones, but it makes those scenes feel more overdramatic than they already are.
I also didn’t realize this while reading the manga, but Fairy Tail can really switch quickly between serious and downright silly and it’s pretty jolting sometimes…Miken’s Enjoyment Level: 8/10
Miken’s Anticipation Level: 7/10
I’ve read the manga, so I have the (dis)advantage of knowing what happens next…thus the low anticipation.