Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012)

Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012) Poster

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

Other title: 妖精的尾巴之凤凰的巫女

Comments on Movie: Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012)
"It definitely doesn't disappoint." - Raymond Herrera, Anime Examiner.

"It's as accomplished and as polished as a movie spin-off from an anime series can be, putting most of the Naruto movies to shame, and up there with the first Bleach movie." - Jitendar Canth, MyReviewer.

"For fans of the Fairy Tail series, this movie will serve as an excellent place keeper until the next series gets rolling. The action is great, the characters are all here, and the ending is heartfelt." - Brandon A. DuHamel, Blu-rayDefinition.com.

"Funimation's dub doesn't fare so well this time. With Mashima directly involved, everything is brighter, funnier, more intensely felt, and yet Funimation's team delivers the same stoically, unenthusiastically professional work that dragged the TV series down." - Carl Kimlinger, AnimeNewsNetwork.

"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." - Rosalyn Lim.

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Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012) Trailer

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) 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?

Movie Review: Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012)
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.

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.

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 film blog's 50th animated feature review! It's been great, thanks for reading! <3

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

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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Behind the Scenes

Favorite Movie Character
My favorite characters for this movie would be Momon and Éclair. I will write about them later.

Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012) Movie Quotes
Compilation not complete yet. This is just half of the movie.
  1. I've been feeling strangely confident lately!
  2. Time to work! Let's go, Happy!
  3. Lucy, you had an evil glint in your eyes when you talk about the rewards, you know?
  4. Bring it on! I'm all fired up!
  5. We are only going after their leader, Geese. If we don't find him, we won't get the reward!
  6. She changed too quickly.
  7. Why are you following us? Isn't Natsu your partner?
  8. Carla, I have the responsibility of protecting you.
  9. Do you want to eat this fish?
  10. Leave us alone! Also, it isn't the time to talk about fish now!
  11. Tenryuu no Houkou! Roar of the Sky Dragon!
  12. You think you can turn us into fish food? I will turn you guys into grilled fish instead!
  13. Karyuu no Houkou! Roar of the Fire Dragon!
  14. This is just too cruel. 
  15. Hand over Geese now. I have no use of you all.
  16. You better prepare yourselves!
  17. Karyuu no Yokugeki! Wing Slash of the Fire Dragon!
  18. He's nude!
  19. Ice make floor!
  20. Get out of the way!
  21. That's what you get for roasting me. Can't help that!
  22. I haven't seen Lucy-sama's nice body in a while! It's still the best!
  23. You need to give them time to answer!
  24. Go back already!
  25. Open, Gate of the Lion! Loki!
  26. On the contrary Lucy, interrogating only one of them should be enough right?
  27. Can't you do something about the motion sickness?
  28. There he is! He is too obvious!
  29. What have you done? Not only did you destroy half the town, you let Geese got away too?!
  30. Fairy Tail? Before boasting about your guild's reputation, you should try getting the job done first. I am not paying!
  31. I'm sorry everyone. It's my fault.
  32. It's fine, we are with you!
  33. He means that we're all going to get it from Master, right?
  34. Shall we head back?
  35. I thought you are not coming back.
  36. I am sorry. We are supposed to be together forever, right?
  37. Worst case scenario, this power may be related to Zeref.
  38. In any case, we cannot afford a war.
  39. These meetings last way too long. Well, I'll leave the rest to you.
  40. As usual, Magnolia is the best.
  41. We failed big time! Zero reward. 
  42. Okaerinasai, Gray-sama!
  43. The guild without Gray-sama is like an ocean without water!
  44. Also, my love rival is nowhere in sight.
  45. What are you muttering to yourself over there? People will think you are weird if you keep talking to yourself.
  46. Alright! I'll do better next time!
  47. Please help Éclair!
  48. If we obtain the other Phoenix Stone and combine it with the stone that has been passed down through my family, a great miracle will occur.
  49. I have finally found her! The girl who possesses the stone!
  50. Soon, it will be 400 years since the Principality of Veronica was founded. That's why during the celebrations, I want to combine the stones in front of the populace so they can witness how superb and lovely I am. 
  51. Four hundred million, he said. Four hundred million jewels for such an easy job!
  52. The Carbuncle, the shining garnet that lies on the forehead of the beasts of the darkness. We will put our reputation on the line and retrieve it!
  53. Maybe she was just hungry?
  54. How about that bird that looks like a chicken?
  55. It seems to be her friend.
  56. It looks kinda tasty.
  57. I would have been find even if I didn't eat.
  58. Éclair! You shouldn't say that, it's a no-no!
  59. I'm Momon and she is Éclair. I took her in a few months ago.
  60. Isn't it the other way around?!
  61. Hold on! About the forest you want to go to... it's too dangerous! There is something sad about it.
  62. I heard that there are tons of monsters there.
  63. I have no choice but to go. 
  64. I don't know but I must go there.
  65. I am not too fond of magic, you see. Magic can be used to cause sorrow. 
  66. I am going with you!
  67. I'll make you change your thoughts on magic!
  68. We will accompany you as well. We have nothing to do anyways.
  69. Let them come along, okay?
  70. He said not to help him since it'll lose its effectiveness if it's used too often.
  71. I hate my stomach!
  72. I don't remember. It seems I am missing parts of my memory.
  73. Partial amnesia. There are some things I remember. For example, I don't like mages. I also like nosy even less.
  74. The whole city is overflowing with magic!
  75. First, we got to find food!
  76. Aye, Sir!


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