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Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012) Movie Poster

Japanese title: 劇場版 FAIRY TAIL 鳳凰の巫女 (Gekijōban Fearī Teiru: Hōō no Miko)
Japanese title: 劇場版 FAIRY TAIL 鳳凰の巫女 (Gekijōban Fearī Teiru: Hōō no Miko)

Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012)
at a glance

Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012) is an anime movie directed by Masaya Fujimori. It is based on the popular Japanese shōnen manga and anime series Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima; which has won Animax Asia's Anime of the Year award in 2010 and Meilleur anime japonais de l'année et Meilleure voix française de l'année at the 19th L'Anime & Manga Grand Prix in 2012. Although it is one of the well known manga and anime series today, the animated feature only received a limited release in Japan and made available worldwide a year later.

Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012) Trailer

Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012) Synopsis

The mightiest team of mages from the magic kingdom's most infamous guild faces evil rising from the embers in this action-packed feature length adventure. Follow Fairy Tail's dream team — Natsu, Gray, Erza, Lucy, Wendy, Happy, and Carla — as they lend a helping hand to a girl with little memory and a grudge against wizards. As they uncover clues about her mysterious past, a lunatic prince hatches a half-baked plan to sacrifice her in exchange for immortality. When the fool unleashes an ancient force, a raging war becomes the fiercest inferno Fairy Tail has ever faced. Can the guild with a heart of gold save the planet from a fiery finish?

Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012) Review

Natsu, Erza, Lucy, Wendy, Carla, Gray and Happy.
Natsu, Erza, Lucy, Wendy, Carla, Gray and Happy.

As a long time fan of Hiro Mashima's works such as Rave Masters and Fairy Tail, I won't deny that I am really fond of the characters and this one easily becomes one of my favorite but honestly that doesn't mean I'll only write praises for the movie because I can be quite critical.

Let's begin with what I don't like about Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012). There is not much really, but I prefer to be honest; I am not comfortable with some of the character's design, particularly or rather, especially the designs of some of the female Fairy Tail guild members. It's really mean if I say they look not as pretty as in the manga and anime series but it is quite noticeable that they look different.


Sometimes in the movie, I find them weird. It's a little like plastic surgery done to their faces. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with alterations, it's their choice but the point is, it is like an unsuccessful plastic surgery which makes people feel uncomfortable looking at them. So whose fault? In this case, maybe the "surgeon"?! :/

(Seriously, what have you done to my favorite Erza and Mira-nee!!
Luckily my favorite exceed Carla still as adorable!!) T-T

Momon and Éclair.
Momon and Éclair.

Enough with whining. Good news is, despite that flaw, this movie is still one of the nicest anime adaptation I have ever seen! Truly, I am not exaggerating. It has a completely new story arc that has never appeared before in the manga or the anime itself, with new characters and setting or location introduced. It is truly a pleasure unlike some of the other animated features which are usually just a summary version of the anime, which is boring or a major let down.

That reason alone is already good enough to why you should watch this Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012). Besides, it also have a great story which is also touching. If you are easily moved, you may find yourself crying at least twice. No joke.

People cry not because they are weak. It is because they have been strong for too long.
People cry not because they are weak. It is because they have been strong for too long.

To those who are new to Fairy Tail universe, it is not a fairy tale. It sets in a magical world called Earth Land, featuring not one or two or three but tens to hundreds of different characters with unique backstory from time to time. Most times it is funny and at times it is mysterious but most significantly, it has plenty of valuable life lessons which are always uplifting!

Therefore, I would say Fairy Tail is an exceptional and sensible work of art. If I have to rank my favorite manga and anime of all time, it would be certainly my #3 favorite, just right behind the Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama and Rave Master by the same mangaka who also create Fairy Tail, Hiro Mashima.

In brief, true, I may appear to be a little biased as it easily becomes one of my favorite but no, I won't simply list any movie without reasons into my favorite list, alright? If you need some anime movie suggestion, this would certainly be one of it! ^_^

PS. Oh BTW, this is my 50th animated feature review! It's been great, thanks for reading! <3

Who will like this?

Anime lovers especially Fairy Tail fans will love this!

PS. This movie cannot be compared with the manga and anime but it does able to give a glimpse of how the Fairy Tail world is!

Details of the movie

Director: Masaya Fujimori
Producer: Not sure.
Story: Hiro Mashima
Screenplay: Masashi Sogo
Cinematography: Yasuharu Takanashi
Music: Yasuharu Takanashi
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Starring: Tetsuya Kakihara, Aya Hirano, Rie Kugimiya, Yūichi Nakamura, Sayaka Ōhara, Satomi Satō, Yui Horie, Aya Endō, Mika Kanai
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Shochiku, FUNimation Entertainment
Country: Japan
Language: Japan, English
Genre: Action Adventure Comedy Drama Fantasy
Running time: 86 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 911,467 est.

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Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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