Alright, opinion time folks before I hit the sack and mull over this.
I really don't want to get into another long-LONG-winded shounen series. I did it already with Naruto, and was planning on that being my first -and only- one. Stopped cold after ep 135 of the original series and its accompanying 3 movies, and decided I had enough of that. No fillers, no Shippuden, nothing more, and I know (for myself) I chose right.
So I was told about Fairy Tail via PM. I queued up the first dub episode (I watch dubs, part preference, part necessity) on YT. Okay, so that was alright...seems charming enough, if a bit juvenile (ie: the fanservice). But then I look it up on Wikipedia and my eyes got about as big as those -of- a stereotypical anime character. Two-hundered-twenty-TWO episodes....and counting (it's in its 2nd series of episodes....the first ended somewhere in the 100s)?!?!
Unless I can be convinced otherwise that this is worth it, Uhm.....NO! Harry Potter already did the whole 'wizards/witches in a magic academy building up their abilities to face off an ultimate antagonist' thing. Only difference I'm seeing is that HP had a start and end to it and somewhat of a story even if it jumped around at times. Fairy Tail, from what I've read about it online, seems to take the bare minimum of HP's premise, replaces the characters and setting with its own slightly-more-Japaneseque ones, and throws in more females and atypical shonen action/battles spanning multiple episodes and those episodes blocked up into arcs, ala Naruto or DBZ.
I just don't think I can pursue an anime of that kind of sprawl anymore.
Not a knock on the series or its fanbase at all. I just have other titles I want to commit time to that are quite shorter (thus more manageable) and may offer a bit more depth.
I'm about to prep a list of every last title I own and know, and note those that I feel I can still play in a solo or group game on here in that list to use across all boards.