Stars: Stephen Hoff, Todd Haberkorn, Cherami Leigh
What they say: Hot-headed fire wizard Natsu and his team of high-powered pals are back! Harnessing the forces of dragon fire, ice, weaponry, and the zodiac, four young wizards from the infamous magical guild Fairy Tail team up. In season two the friends unite with other guilds to take on one of the darkest guilds in the wizarding world!
What I say: After a pretty long absence Funimation finally brings us the second season of Fairy Tail! Picking up from the aftermath of the whole Laxus affair, this stretch of episodes starts off with a few self contained episodes focusing on Lucy. After that it’s on to another long epic in which Fairy Tail’s strongest team (Natsu, Gray, Lucy and Erza of course) bands together with three other guilds in order to face off against the dark guild Oración Seis. Of course, as is required on long running anime, a boatload of new characters are introduced. You already know some of these will become permanent cast members. The seemingly most important new characters are Wendy and her cat friend Carla, which seems to be a foil for Happy.
I will not go into the story much as spoilers would abound and things happen that shine a new light on some earlier episodes so when we are not being overrun with all the newbies, it does play into the larger storyline. The animation is top notch and everything looks great. These Blu-Ray editions are crystal clear and both English and Japanese soundtracks are well executed and worth enjoying depending on your preference. The set also ships with DVD copies of the episodes. Extras include creditless opening and closing and a couple of episode commentaries.
This run of episodes definitely keeps things moving even thought it started off a bit slow. However, once the good stuff starts, it’s right back on track.