It’s Monday folks! Which means we talk about a favorite manga of ours and why you all should read it – this week’s Manga Monday is all about Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail.
Today I am going to be uncharacteristic and not recommend a manga.
Call it a flight of fancy if you will.
The thing is, Mashima’s manga starts off really well, and considering his pedigree (he was was one Eiichiro Oda’s assistants at one point) and had written a pretty successful long-running manga before (Groove Adventure Rave, which I should review, it is an underrated series, especially compared to Fairy Tail).
Mashima starts off the series with a clear story in mind, the first few story arcs were proper character and world building, setting things up for a proper shounen showdown of epic proportions.
And then he started introducing characters.
And more characters.
And even more characters.
Unfortunately Mashima may have cool ideas for characters, but he doesn’t seem to have a great handle on character design (sure the characters have costumes that make them visually distinct, but over the course of the violent shenanigans, the clothes get ripped apart and I seriously have no idea who is fighting who or what.
The other thing is that no one dies, so in this supposedly final story arc (which has been going on for an insanely long time) has everyone dropping in on everyone else (and also, thanks to bad story-telling, a crap ton of exposition) has you scratching your head trying to figure out characters’ motivations as they shout for revenge or “nee-sama.” (seriously, lots of nee-samas out there in this series).
Really in the end though, this series manages to do something no other has ever done, use up all the good will it has established building up to the penultimate story arc and piss it all away.