The Fairy Tail Priestess of the Phoenix (Maiden of the Phoenix/Hoo no Miko) Movie is fast approaching. I’m very sure a lot of Fairy Tail fans are anxiously waiting for this movie to be released. The movie is based on Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail manga and anime series, but is not connected to the main story. The story is about a mysterious girl named Eclair. She somehow lost her memories and all she could remember is that she must deliver the two Phoenix Stones somewhere. Eclair somehow bumped into Lucy. During that time Lucy was depressed due to a failed request (mission). Eclair has somehow lost her memory, and the only thing she remembers is that she must deliver the “Phoenix Stone” in her possession to somewhere. Soon after, Fairy Tail is attacked by the dark guild Carbuncle, who launch a sinister plot against Fairy Tail.
If you don’t know about it yet, Fairy Tail is essentially the latest in the long line of entertaining action/fighting shounen anime such as Naruto and Bleach. That being said, the show features plenty of well-endowed women, heart-clenching friendship, and intense but inevitably predictable fight scenes. If this is not something you want to watch, look no further. However, if you do enjoy the general scheme of these things, you’re probably going to enjoy this show, and, as relevant to this review, its first movie: Priestess of the Phoenix. From the hatred of mages from Eclair to the beating the Fairy Tail gang received, though quite frustrating only made this movie better and original. And I have to say I loved Momon! So cute and brave.
It’s fun having a series you may love or like to get a movie. As is a staple with Fairy Tail, the movie deals with some supernatural power which while intended for good, nevertheless is used for evil. In this case, the general idea is Immortality. It is on this point that I personally would have enjoyed a greater depth of inspection. Being unable to die can and has been interpreted in so many different ways, that a new rendition would have been a fantastic contribution to the film. Unfortunately, the understanding of the idea is kept shallow, and therefore while a few psychological expositions are made interpretable, they hardly take center stage, or even slip out from behind the curtains. The movie as a whole isn’t nearly as likely to sate your appetite for an excellent metaphysical inspection rather than simply as an action sideshow for fans.
From my perspective, this show is good for one of two things. One, is as something for fans to enjoy simply as a piece of bonus art, or two, as a stepping stone for individuals who are unaware of the series, but are interested in the general action/passion shonen theme. If this is your first introduction to Fairy Tail, give it a chance before dismissing it outright for whatever faults the movie may have. The central storyline of the anime is far more interesting and creative. You really only get a small slice of what the show as a whole is about and it does a good job at what it tries to do. Decent for all kids, probably preferred for teens to early adults due to its various fan-service scenes, but overall, a very stable, safe show to latch onto if you’re looking for something to fill in the space of a good shonen action flick.