In the world of Fairy Tail, mages work out of different guilds, but unrecognized dark guilds run amok and cause trouble. The mightiest guild is reputed to be Fairy Tail where newcomer Lucy joins up.
And it wasn’t quite what she thought it would be.
I’ll give this much to whoever planned out where different volumes of Hiro Mashima’s series begin and end: they tend to end in what looks like the middle of a story, creating a cliffhanger to entice readers to keep going. We saw in the previous volumes that Lucy is fairly shocked to learn that Fairy Tale, for all its awesome reputation, seems to be made up of goof-offs, clowns, and weirdos that don’t appear to be even the slightest bit formidable. But then an emergency came in and Lucy went with fire mage Natsu, his permanent rival in bickering ice mage Gray, the enigmatic and legitimately formidable woman Erza, and Happy the Talking Cat to deal with the dark guild Eisenwald. Those jerks got a hold of a flute full of dark magic that kills anyone who hears its song, and as of Volume 2, they were headed to a train station with a good intercom system.
As it is, most of Volume 3 covers these four mages (plus Happy) as they try to stop a much larger dark guild that has a few tricks of their own up their sleeve, and it doesn’t help that Natsu and Gray are arguing for most of the adventure anyway.
I really dug this. Natsu and Lucy are more or less the main characters, and Natsu gets to show off some of his powers in the midway point against an overconfident wind mage. The artwork is goofy and exaggerated, as is the humor. I got about 150 pages of goofy adventure, and then, like always, it ends on something of a cliffhanger, so I may have to return to this one sooner rather than later. 8.5 out of 10 wind shields.