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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age 11+

Based on 47 parent reviews

age 10+

Very good show but don’t get addicted

The ratings actually makes me wonder if they actually watched the anime. Fairy tail may look like a mature show on the surface but the message behind it is very heartwarming. It has made me laugh and cry. The show has a special place in my heart. The lessons I learned from the show are -Friendship and teamwork can defeat anyone, even people that are twice as strong as you -it’s ok to accept defeat and there will always be someone stronger than you but never give up -sometimes you have to sacrifice things for the greater good -give people second chances -there’s always 2 sides to the story -you’re never truly alone -even when times are tough, the people around you will always have your back I could go on and on about things I’ve learned. The “expert review” says that the show doesn’t teach kids anything but I beg to differ. It doesn’t even provide any insight on the plot. Families need to let kids watch these shows but if you get addicted, it’s very hard to stop binging it. Of course it’s “violent”, it’s a show about fighting evil. What do you expect? It’s the same level of violence as any superhero movie and no one gets killed/has blood spilt. They even show mercy on the bad guys. Isn’t that a lesson you want to teach kids? The only alcohol and drug usage is drinking beer and there is only one guy smoking a pipe (his spells comes from his pipe). Some of these reviews are saying things that didn’t even happen in the show and if they did, it wasn’t even shown for 10 seconds. Fairy Tail is an anime that appeals to all ages above 10. Sure it has some “fan service” but it is minimal and is easy to look past it. Whoever is in charge of rating the show needs to watch at least 10 episodes. It’s very clear that they only watched two. How do you judge a show that has more than 200 episodes by watching 2? Also, common sense needs to let users rate the show’s message and all that, not the one person that’s an employee
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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (47 ):
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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