So lately I have been contemplating on watching Fairy Tail. I tried watching the first episode since Youtube offered it in both dub and sub, I really didn't find it that appealing really. Plus I keep hearing people say it really picks up after you watch like 20 episodes into it. Something that I really cannot see myself spending that much time especially after coming off Gurren Lagann that did so much in just less than 30.
So I am going to ask you all. Is Fairy Tail worth the investment???
Depends on how you weigh worth the investment. It has its fair share of fillers(most of which are later in series, most of which I skipped watching by looking at episode lists for anime of filler and nonfiller episodes.) But I don't believe it overstretches filler episodes. In fact, I think there were only two streams of fillers down the line of five-seven episode role, but those can just as easily be skipped and nothing of major importance will be missed. I know the mirror thing for Lucy was a filler arc later in series, which was pretty lengthy one in that '5-7+' episode range. But I wouldn't consider it having as many fillers as Bleach(most of that anime is filler) or Naruto(good portion of that series is filler) and I know One Piece was pretty bad with some lengthy filler series(but then again, that anime is probably second longest right behind Case Closed)
I actually stopped watching Fairy Tail, not that it was bad, just that, my interest tends to waver with longer run series. I had to force myself to catch up on Shippuden series. Not touching Bleach cause that anime is nothing but a clusterfuck hence its inevitable stopping in production that and the driving of fillers didn't do it much justice either. One Piece I strayed from as well, but only given the sheer amount of episodes it has and that it is still in continuation so, naaah. Was fun watching it, but I am sure with its close to 700 episodes they should of found the One Piece thirty times by now.
It has its action moments, comical ones. I would generally recommend watching sub versions over dubs any day since from personal experience, lot of the dub acting is just bad and takes away from character. Though there are rare instances dub is better than sub as well, I actually prefer Kenshin dub over subs(cause he sound too squeaky/girly.)
I thought it picked up within the first ten episodes honestly.
Then again, I can't say I was big fan of Gurren Lagann. If you are going for mecha anime there are better(in my opinion) ones out there. Code Geass. Argevollian, Aldnoah Zero, Vandread, Buddy Complex(though they ended it prematurely given lack of sells. *Sigh*) and there was some more recent(ended) one of Samurai Era with mechs, can't remember its name. All the episodes were listed by tarot card names.