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Parents' Guide to

Fairy Tail

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sexy, violent anime with some merit, mixed messages.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 46 parent reviews

age 8+

Great anime but a couple of flaws

Great anime would recommend. The main reason why I said 8+ is because of 2 main reasons 1. Some of the outfits the girls wear are a little revealing for example outfits that a character named Erza requips in to such as her flame empress armor or just in General what a character named Lucy wears on a normal basis 2. A character named Gray likes to strip down to his underwear ( nothing past that is shown) and he just walks around like that. Some background ( he is an ice wizard and the woman who trained him Ur made him train in his underwear and it became a habit) Overall this is a great anime and just take into account how mature your child is because other than the min two points I made there is drinking and some light swearing so just take into account how mature your child is I was fine at 8 but that was just me
age 12+
This is pretty good but in Fairy tail is too much fanservice ! :(

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (46 ):
Kids say (203 ):

Fairy Tail appeals to anime fans, thanks to a plot that's layered with curious characters, legends, and a story that evolves at a believable pace rather than all at once. It's more complex than most, and the characters run the gamut of personality styles, which helps keep things interesting. Both Lucy and Natsu have positive qualities that make them decent protagonists as well.

But what the show has an excess of is content that's not suited to the kids who typically seek out anime series. Violence is the norm in this genre, but Fairy Tail's is even more prevalent than its peers'. Even more noticeable is the show's rather questionable portrayal of women, whose physical attributes (busty chests, thin frames, and accentuated curves) get more attention than their abilities do, and who often have less upstanding characteristics (apparent alcoholism and a bad case of popularity envy, to name a couple) than do their male counterparts. The bottom line? Its story is well developed and will keep viewers' interest, but the mature content is better suited to teens than to kids.

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