This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced more details about the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film on Wednesday. The film will open in Japan on May 6, and the tagline on the new poster visual (pictured below) by manga creator Hiro Mashima reads, "That power … is it hope or destruction…?"
Mashima is drawing 193 pages of storyboard for the film (pictured below), and is also serving as executive producer. Mashima also drew the first key visual for the film, which features Natsu half transformed into a dragon.
The issue is also revealing the returning cast and character designs for the following characters:
Tetsuya Kakihara as Natsu Dragneel Aya Hirano as Lucy Heartfilia Rie Kugimiya as Happy Yūichi Nakamura as Gray Fullbuster Sayaka Ohara as Erza Scarlet Satomi Satou as Wendy Yui Horie as Carla/Charle
The characters will be wearing new outfits in the film.
The issue is also revealing three film-original characters:
Sonia, a beautiful young woman. Zash, a man who looks both evil and strong. Animus, a man who looks like a king based on his garments, and whose expression suggests he has an ulterior motive.
Mashima drew the rough sketches for all of the above characters.
Tatsuma Minamikawa (episode director for Aldnoah.Zero, Attack on Titan, Haganai NEXT) is directing the film at A-1 Pictures. Shoji Yonemura is returning from the previous two television anime series to write the script, Yuuko Yamada (chief animation director for Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East, Persona 3 the Movie #3 Falling Down) is the character designer and chief animation director, and Yasuharu Takanashi is returning from the previous anime series and Fairy Tail Zero to compose the music. GAGA is distributing the film. Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine had announced in May 2015 that Fairy Tail was getting a second anime film.
The manga follows the adventures of world's most notorious mage guild, Fairy Tail. The manga already inspired two television anime, several previous original video anime projects, and spinoff manga. The franchise's first anime film, Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess, opened in Japan on August 18, 2012.
The television anime series also revealed in March that a new project is in the works.
Del Rey published the first 12 volumes of the original manga in North America, and Kodansha Comics resumed publishing the manga in English with the 13th volume in 2011. Crunchyroll streamed the second television anime into several countries as it aired in Japan, and Funimation has been releasing DVD/Blu-ray Disc sets.
Finally finished it, FT (Fanservice Tail) because literally the only thing that made a huge impression was Lucy's seductive solo dance, all the fucking budget went in there.
Now onto a more serious note.
-The twist where we thought Sonya and Animus were different beings but then later revealed that they are in 1 body (they show some Animus scenes here and there but later shows that it was Sonya under the influence of Animus, btw Animus is a dragon inside Sonya's body that wants to regain his prime power via Dragon's cry staff)
-Natsu foreshadowing what happens later on (personally I liked it, earlier part of the movie for gags they show Natsu's face drawing closer to Lucy's and asks her "What do I look like to you?" down the road when Natsu went half dragon mode it freaked him out after his rampage and asked Lucy again "What do I look like to you?")
-Natsu's half dragon mode or rather Animus called him END after he saw him transform, basically that half dragon in him wasnt his Dragon Force like some thought, its a form that even Natsu didnt know, it just popped out of him and freaked him out afterwards. (foreshadowing in the manga that Natsu may transform into it again)
-Natsu and Wendy's nin nin gag.
-Charle's humanoid form (funny thing is, her sequence while transforming, shit looked like it came out from Sailor Moon)
-Wendy's Dragon Force kicking ass.
-Erza casting "Grand Chariot" or rather a move that created 7 celestial spell circles (This came out of nowhere for me, I dont remember her being able to use it)
-Natsu's END mode, the only cool part in the movie.
-Lucy's seductive solo dance... yes.. very seductive.
-Fight animation was amazing as expected
-Acnologia and Brandish cameo in the after credits that was hype.
-ED song Super Staaaar!!!
-Juvia's Gray delusions... they overdid it, got annoying way too fast.
-Laxus and Gildarts not showing up.
-The plot was horrible, the fights were good but none of them stood out, Natsu's final fight didnt even last 1 mint, he instantly rekt'd Animus in his dragon body full powered with Dragon's cry.
-Boobs jiggling all the fucking time, dont get me wrong I dont hate it, but watching something like that with other people around is uncomfortable for me.
-Magic circles (besides Erza's grand chariot) didnt come back!! and Natsu didnt even use any of his signature moves, just putting fire in his fists is all he did.
-The anime changing some parts (they gave out a rough draft of Hiro Mashima in manga form of the whole movie, basically the plot is there, Natsu's getup wasnt supposed to be changed with this weird yellow shirt and the final fight where he fought Zash in the manga but got changed and he died from using the staff)
-I was sitting in the front because the other seats were taken.... (my neck hurts)
Also yes no announcement for a new season... sadly... I felt like all of us in the movie house were waiting for the announcement, even after the lights popped out a lot of us were still sitting and hoping.
News on FUNimation's screenings and worldwide screenings:
FUNimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it will hold the North American premiere for the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry film at Anime Central on May 20. The screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles, and attendees will receive a poster.
Funimation also announced that the film is "coming soon to theaters" in North America and it will update with more information.
The film opened in Japan on on Friday, and earned 53,888,700 yen (about US$474,848) in its first weekend to rank at #10.
The film will also open in at least 16 countries besides Japan in May, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, nine countries in Central America and South America, Thailand, and France, in addition to the United States.
Funimation Films announced on Friday that it will screen the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry film at 300 U.S. and 12 Canadian theaters this August. The film will screen in Japanese with English subtitles on August 14 and then screen with an English dub on August 16 and August 19. The English dub will also screen on August 17 in Canada only.
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