Fairy Tail has a mixed image among anime fans. Only a bias fan will tell you otherwise.
Before I make my point, I’ll let the reviews do the talking….
As you can tell — the reviews speak highly of Fairy Tail. The fact is the majority of reviews are mostly good.
It’s even rated better than some anime shows people don’t necessarily hate (Aria The Animation, Squid Girl).
But as for why Fairy Tail has a negative reputation in spite of the ratings, there’s a couple of reasons.
I’ll knock this one out the gate. Fan service is extreme later into the series, and sometimes it flat out ruins the moment.
It’s the kind of fan service that loses its meaning because of how often it’s abused at times.
Some people can’t stand it, and will abandon Fairy Tail for that reason alone (I don’t really blame them).
Power of friendship
Let’s get one thing straight… the power of friendship has been around forever. People act like Fairy Tail invented it when
- One Piece
- Dragon Ball Z
And many other anime have been doing it for years and years. Especially DBZ.
But even still, it’s true that “the power of friendship” can be too much to swallow in Fairy Tail.
Certain fights could have turned out more interesting and emotional if the power of friendship was never utilized.
But of course — that would mean characters people love would die. That’s the whole point of it.
It’s used to prevent the obvious outcome from becoming true.
This is another aspect of Fairy Tail that boils the blood of anime fans. Some can’t stand it and think it’s corny as F.
When you take those two “flaws” out the picture, Fairy Tail is actually:
- Funny as F.
- Diverse (a lot of unique characters, abilities).
- And it looks good.
But the fan service and P.O.F is too much for some fans.
It’s still a successful anime regardless, probably because of its target audience. And because it’s so polarizing (like Sword Art Online).