Fairy Tail x Rave Master

Oh my god... Elie. <3

ELIE. NUFF’ SAID.

Here’s one way to get me to watch Fairy Tail! I got­ta say… I real­ly miss Rave. That man­ga has to be one of my all-time favorite shounen man­ga series, and it’s a shame that the ani­me adap­ta­tion was can­celled before it got to the real­ly good bits of the man­ga. I love the fact that the orig­i­nal seiyuu from the 2001 ani­me reprise their roles as the Rave War­riors here. And they looked so good with mod­ern ani­ma­tion and their final­ized designs from the man­ga. Man, I *real­ly* want a reboot of the Rave anime…

As for Fairy Tail, I’ve read the man­ga and watched some episodes of the ani­me. I real­ly like the char­ac­ters, but every­thing else seems to be so… shal­low com­pared to Hiro Mashima’s pre­vi­ous work, which is dis­ap­point­ing. That isn’t to say that the OVA did­n’t inspire me to catch up with the series regard­less, if only for Wendy’s cute­ness and Nat­su’s badassery.

I WILL GIVE YOU EVERYTHING

May you please give me this bug?”

How nos­tal­gic! Elie is as cute and bub­bly as she’s always been, think­ing every­thing is an insect and such.

I don’t think I’ve men­tioned it before, but I LOVE Hap­py’s voice. It’s always great to see Rie Kugimiya voic­ing a role oth­er than tsun­dere — type­cast­ing her as that arche­type has got­ten more than annoying.

I look all fancyswancy now.

Even though I’ve read the man­ga, I iden­ti­fy Haru most­ly with his orig­i­nal ani­me design. It might be because I saw the ani­me first, but his old ani­me design remind­ed me of those clas­sis PS1 RPGs I used to love.

But he looks just as cool here though and resem­bles what I would imag­ine to be a mod­ern depic­tion of a JRPG hero. Well, a JRPG hero that does­n’t look like a tool. (*cough*Japanese PS3 Nier*cough*)

DA FUCK IS THAT

True to Rave, Haru is a good Samar­i­tan and helps Nat­su dur­ing (what I assume) is one of his motion sick­ness episodes.

Also true to form, the per­son he ends up help­ing isn’t exact­ly your nor­mal per­son. Cue clas­sic Haru reaction.

This is why Elie is moe

PERFECT DESCRIPTION

Oh my god, Elie’s imper­son­ation of Tanchi­mo made me laugh so hard. 😛

Also gave me a heart attack. That was absolute­ly adorable.

My bug!

This is mine!

Oh yeah, I often for­get that there’s a Plue in Fairy Tail. I always hate it when peo­ple see some­thing from Rave and say “oh, it’s that car­rot nose thing from Fairy Tail!”. No, no, no. Plue orig­i­nat­ed from Rave!

They’re almost as bad as the peo­ple who think cer­tain char­ac­ters in Super Smash Bros. orig­i­nat­ed from there. Ugh. (Yes, there are peo­ple like that.)

Neko

Neko…

Jelly

Jel­ly…

Those are his boners

Those are his boners

Griff seemed extra horny here than he was in Rave. Con­sid­er­ing the amount of fanser­vice Fairy Tail sup­pos­ed­ly devolves into (from what I’ve heard), I’m not surprised.

Lucy’s pret­ty hot and so are her pink panties.

Expy showdown

Expy show­down!

Yeah, I got around to read­ing the man­ga ver­sion of this crossover too (I actu­al­ly haven’t heard of it until the ani­me ver­sion was released, fun­ni­ly enough…). I like it how the oth­er Rave War­riors get more screen­time in this ver­sion in com­par­i­son to the man­ga ver­sion, where they don’t appear until the very end.

Musi­ca > Gray, by the way.

Sounds like my wife

Speak­ing of crim­i­nals with “big boobs and dual-wield­ing weapons”, I’m pret­ty sure Elie’s boobs weren’t that big in Rave.

Also, threat­en Elie and Haru WILL mess you up.

KARYUU NO TEKKEN

KARYUU NO TEKKEN!

SILFARION!

SILFARION!

…kind of why the Haru vs. Nat­su fight was sort of bull­shit. Haru should have won. Why did­n’t he use Rune­save to cut through Nat­su’s fire? He should have had Rune­save by this time, because he used Melforce.

I like Nat­su and all, but the Mage Guild in gen­er­al kind of lose their upper-hand with the Ten Com­mand­men­t’s Rune­save sword. He’s the god damned Rave Master!

DEM BOOBS

DEM BOOBS

DAT ASS

DAT ASS

Don't worry I still like you Lucy

She’s bet­ter than you in every way.”

Dat Bunny Suit

It’s Erza. The bat­tle’s been decided.

If only Julia and Erza actu­al­ly inter­act­ed in this episode. They’re both very, very scary alpha women, and I’m pret­ty sure Julia wrecked Ruby’s casi­no in a bun­ny girl out­fit as well.

Rampaging bunny girl

Haru just found some­thing scari­er than his girl­friend’s ton­fa guns. Much scarier.

Who the hell said Fairy Tail was a Rave remake?

Who was it that told me that Fairy Tail was like Rave again? Com­plete and utter bull. I mean, aside from the humor, I don’t see how Haru/Natsu and Lucy/Elie are any­thing alike. At least the for­mer two have hot­blood to com­pare, but the hero­ines? Very, very different.

OMG A TALKING EVERYTHING!

HOLY SHIT, A TALKING PENGUIN!”
HOLY SHIT, A TALKING CAAAAT!!!”

Yeah, the humor def­i­nite­ly mesh­es togeth­er well. Not to men­tion, Griff gets the “Puff Puff” he’s been want­i­ng for over a decade.

Kickass heroines are always welcome!

Elie: Kick-Ass Mode On

And Elie gets to show us how awe­some she is with her ton­fa guns. Imag­ine if Elie went Ethe­ri­on on all the mooks + Big Bad? Where­as, Lucy does­n’t do jack shit with her Celes­tial Spir­its for the rest of the episode.

Now, I’m well aware that Lucy can be a use­ful char­ac­ter. But she’s pret­ty damn use­less *here*.

hnnnnng

She plays with dolls? And she sports twintails?

Jeez, this Wendy girl is down­right adorable!

TENRYUU NO HOUKOU!

On top of that, she has a cool-look­ing move called “Ten­ryuu no Houk­ou”? This girl… is awesome.

Badass couple! ...TM

This is what I was wait­ing for: Let and Julia, the awe­some drag­on bat­tle cou­ple of the Rave War­riors. Julia nev­er appeared in human form in the ani­me, so I’m guess­ing she final­ly gets a voice here.

Ugh, this spe­cial keeps remind­ing me how dis­ap­point­ed I was that the Groove Adven­ture Rave ani­me did­n’t con­tin­ue into Let’s more awe­some sto­ry­lines. ;_;

Two Dragons and One Loli

Drag­on Slay­er teams up with the Drag­on Race? It sounds like a weird com­bi­na­tion, but in actu­al­i­ty, it’s perfection.

How is this not awkward

I’m sur­prised Musi­ca did­n’t com­ment on Gray’s nudi­ty until they were bat­tling against the coin mooks.

I like it how they end­ed up get­ting along well, though. Musi­ca always was one of those char­ac­ters that stuck true to the naka­ma trope and bond­ed through good ol’ fists.

Oooh boy

And the yaoi strip­ping ship­ping begins.

Get your minds out of the gutter.

Lucy goes commando

Forc­ing Lucy to go com­man­do? Damn.

Damn.

The pret­ty girl does­n’t get to do any­thing the whole OVA and now you take away her panties?!

Spring returns to kick ass with Summer

Spring meets Sum­mer… or something

My absolute favorite part of the crossover was the final fight scene, where Haru and Nat­su set­tle their dif­fer­ences and start kick­ing the crap out of the OVA’s not-so Big Bad togeth­er. As a Rave fan, I enjoyed the fact that they played the first Groove Adven­ture Rave open­ing (But­ter­fly Kiss) dur­ing the team-ups.

It was like a Super Sen­tai crossover, only with less rain­bow overload.

GRAVITY CORE!

GRAVITY CORE!

KARYUU NO KAGIZUME!

KARYUU NO KAGIZUME!

Loli Slayer

THE LOLI SLAYER

DRAGON COUPLE

THE DRAGON COUPLE

THE SILVER CLAIMER

THE SILVER CLAIMER

THE NUDIST

THE NUDIST

THE SEXY ALPHA WOMAN

THE SEXY ALPHA WOMAN

You know, they real­ly should have paired up Julia with Erza. I guess they did­n’t want to sep­a­rate her from Let, which is fine and all, but… I want­ed her to destroy things togeth­er with Erza.

EXPLOOOOOSION!

EXPLOOOOOSION!

And now, for the dia­logue exchange that gave me a stroke:

Translation - Rave has romance and you don't!

Those two are our heroes, huh?”

o_o

o_o

Maybe I should hook up with Natsu

Yup!”

As any Rave fan should know, Elie more than just wants Haru and vice-ver­sa. I haven’t read Fairy Tail in a while, so I have no idea if there has been any indi­ca­tion of a future Natsu/Lucy pair­ing. Or romance in general.

At the very least, Elie’s com­ment made me smile.

This is a lot more satisfying than the manga version!

So, what my ver­dict on this spe­cial? It’s a nice crossover, and is def­i­nite­ly a great treat for peo­ple who were fans of Rave and were sad that the char­ac­ters haven’t been ani­mat­ed in over a decade.

The skirt's flying up and she has no panties

*ene­my mode on*

For me, it made me absolute­ly want a new Groove Adven­ture Rave ani­me that adapts the man­ga all the way through. It’s hon­est­ly a real­ly good shounen series that you don’t real­ly see much of nowa­days out­side of One Piece and Hunter x Hunter, which share some of the same fol­low­ing traits as Rave. There’s plen­ty of adven­ture, tear­jerk­ing moments, romance, good char­ac­ter devel­op­ment, and an over­ar­ch­ing plot-line and goal. One of the bet­ter Drag­on Ball-inspired man­ga out there.

It just *needs* to be rean­i­mat­ed, pron­to. I will throw my mon­ey at A‑1 Pic­tures for it, god dammit! The char­ac­ters looked absolute­ly gor­geous here, and with the man­ga already fin­ished a long time ago, there’s no need for fillers to drag the qual­i­ty down.

Booty shake

I approve of this booty shake ED

Rave real­ly nev­er got the respect it deserved. I do enjoy Fairy Tail for what it is, but it just does­n’t have the same qual­i­ty as Rave for me. And I absolute­ly detest a good por­tion of its fan­base for obvi­ous rea­sons. I’m glad that this OVA renewed inter­est in the Rave series though, so much that I can dis­re­gard the crowd its attracting.

R.I.P. Lazen­by’s screen time in this blog post.

6 thoughts on “Fairy Tail x Rave Master

  1. This was inter­est­ing to read, I only watched a lit­tle of Rave Mas­ter years ago when it was on sci-fi but I remem­ber a lit­tle of it (I nev­er real­ly got into it).

    I also have nev­er watched Fairy Tail, although with all the fan-ser­vice pics I keep see­ing maybe I should…lol

    Yeah­h­hh, Elie’s boobs weren’t near­ly as big in Rave LOL. I always find that humor­ous when watch­ing anoth­er adap­ta­tion of an ani­me (like Win­ry in FMA Broth­er­hood for example).

    1. @Shikon: There was two main prob­lems with the Rave Mas­ter ani­me. 1) it had a severe­ly edit­ed dub, and 2) it nev­er fin­ished or went on to the real­ly good parts. You should give the man­ga a go, though I rec­om­mend a few episodes of the ani­me as well — it has an awe­some sound­track. The man­ga has some good Elie fanser­vice scenes as well. 😛 And on the plus side, it does­n’t detract from the story.

  2. I’ve seen a cou­ple of episodes of Rave back then and I’ve seen around 70+ episodes of Fairy Tail… I’m actu­al­ly just look­ing for time to watch and real­ly fin­ish both 😀
    hav­ing been able to get a glimpse of both series, I’m actu­al­ly plan­ning to watch this OVA but I’m still bat­tling myself whether I should fin­ish both first (or just at least fin­ish Rave) in order to ful­ly enjoy this OVA

    1. @-blacksheep: I def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend get­ting more famil­iar with Rave if you want to get the full feel of “ser­vice” from this spe­cial, so-to-speak. I def­i­nite­ly would­n’t have got the same feel­ing of adren­a­line from hear­ing But­ter­fly Kiss play­ing in the back­ground if I had­n’t got­ten close to the series before­hand. But it’s not need­ed, I sup­pose. On the Fairy Tail end of things, I think 70 episodes worth of knowl­edge is enough. Aside from the *pres­ence* of one or two char­ac­ters, there’s real­ly no plot spoilers.

      And if you’re plan­ning on fin­ish­ing Rave, remem­ber to read the man­ga for that since the ani­me nev­er finished.

  3. I love Rave Mas­ter back when I first watched it years ago, so I’ll watch this show. Though, it’s rather sad because I can’t see [spoil­er] Sieghart. He’s a real bro! [/spoiler]

  4. @Gun_Blazinsky: [spoiler]I want­ed to see Sieghart too! 😛 Since Fairy Tail has a Sieg looka­like, I guess Mashima did­n’t want to include him because FT fans would be con­fused. :/[/spoiler]

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