“I’m not very fond of magic. Because magic… Brings tremendous sorrow with it.”
“Natsu… Does magic only cause sadness? Is that really true? If magic is what made me cry… There’s gotta be a way it can make me stop crying too.“
Set shortly after the death of Lucy’s father, Jude Heartfilia, another complication unfolds for the guild of Fairy Tail. A mysterious young woman, Éclair, had fallen into the hands of Team Natsu. At first, she acted coldly, stating she had a distaste in magic, but after Natsu, Lucy and their companions dug deeper into Éclair’s past, they understood her feelings and developed a friendship with her that would never break. Together, they travel to a nearby country outside of Fiore, where they discover something tragic about the Phoenix Stone that Éclair possesses, that could potentially destroy the world into dust and ashes.
‘Fairy Tail: Priestess of the Phoenix’ is an adaption based on the anime and manga series ‘Fairy Tail’ by Hiro Mashima. It was premiered in Japan on August 18. 2012, and has been licensed by FUNimation.
Expertly directed by Masaya Fujmori, the film plays with the viewer’s emotions, continuously shifting what they feel about the particular scene in front of them. With each passing scene, the emotions in an individual are constantly teased. From one scene of the movie to another, there is always something that keeps the viewers wanting more, such as the epic battles being fought, the comedic relief that characters give, and the sad flashbacks of Éclair’s past.
Yasuharu Takanashi had the honour of completing the music and soundtracks for the movie, and had done so exquisitely. He not only guides the story along with the background music, but helps to enhance each playing scene to its finest. The intense music produced gives viewers a feeling of utter excitement, for example, when Team Natsu were on a job at the beginning of the film, chasing endlessly after their enemies, and the soft, almost sad music, pulls at the heartstrings, which would make anyone’s heart falter, such as when Éclair spoke about her past.
With depressing parts to be discovered, awkward moments to be embarrassed about, legendary battled to be remembered and an everlasting bond of friendship in the film, ‘Fairy Tail: Priestess of the Phoenix’ not only brings a tear to your eye, a smile to your face or a missing heartbeat, but an experience that won’t easily be forgotten. You’ll feel huge waves of emotions engulf you, which is only another way that makes this film special.
All in all, ‘Fairy Tail: Priestess of the Phoenix’ is easily one of my favourite movies of all time. It made me laugh and cry, and filled me with so much adrenaline. But what I like most about it is that its true meaning digs deeper into the whole story. The Fairy Tail Guild treasures every person they befriend, either old or new, and will go to great lengths to protect someone they loved. The guild delves into the true meaning of friendship, because bonds are so tight that they would never break, no matter what they face. Like they always say, Fairy Tail members never leave a comrade behind.