Fairy Tail is an anime with a plain sailing plotline, surrounded by a fairly simple theme: the power of friendship.
Staying true to its Shōnen nature, Fairy Tail is packed with fast-paced action sequences and amazing fighting stances. Not only does it explore a wide range of characters, but it also brings plenty of fan service.
The show has aired for 10 years (2009-2019) and has exhaustive content to keep you hooked.
1. Chronological Order
According to Funimation’s catalog, Fairy Tail has nine seasons and 328 episodes in total. It has also received two movies and nine OVAs. The best way to watch the anime is by following its chronological order.
- Fairy Tail (Season 1- Season 2) – Episode 1-69
- Fairy Tail OVA 1 Welcome to Fairy Hills!!
- Fairy Tail OVA 2 Fairy Academy
- Fairy Tail OVA 3 Memory Days
- Fairy Tail (Season 2- Season 4) – Episode 70-124
- Prologue: The Sunrise
- Fairy Tail: Phoenix Priestess (Movie) (2012)
- Fairy Tail (Season 4- Season 5)- Episode 125-150
- Fairy Tail OVA 6 Fairy Tail X Rave
- Fairy Tail (Season 6) – Episode 151-153
- Fairy Tail OVA 4 Fairies’ Training Camp
- Fairy Tail (Season 6) – Episode 154-170
- Fairy Tail OVA 5 The Exciting Ryuzetsu Land
- Fairy Tail (Season 6) – Episode 171-175
- Fairy Tail: The First Morning (Movie) (2013)
- Fairy Tail (Season 7) – Episode 176-203
- Fairy Tail OVA 7 Fairies’ Penalty Game
- Fairy Tail (Season 7) – Episode 204-233
- Fairy Tail OVA 8 Natsu vs Mavis
- Fairy Tail OVA 9 Fairies’ Christmas
- Fairy Tail (Season 7- Season 8) – Episode 234-277
- Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry (Movie) (2017)
- Fairy Tail (Season 9) (278-328)
2. All Fairy Tail Media
Fairy Tail has a straightforward plot and can thus be watched easily, even without the chronological order. Watching all the seasons first without any interruptions and then completing the movies and OVAs is also logical.
- Season 1 (2009-10): 48 episodes (1-48)
- Season 2 (2010-11) 24 episodes (49-72)
- Season 3 (2011) 28 episodes (73-100)
- Season 4 (2011-12) 25 episodes (101-125)
- Season 5 (2012) 25 episodes(126-150)
- Season 6 (2012-13) 25 episodes (151-175)
- Season 7 (2014-15) 90 episodes (176-265)
- Season 8 (2016) 12 episodes (266-277)
- Season 9 (2018-19) 51 episodes (278-328)
- Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012)
- Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry (2017)
- OVA 1: Welcome to Fairy Hills!! (2011)
- OVA 2: Fairy Academy: Yankee-kun and Yankee-chan (2011)
- Prologue: The Sunrise
- OVA 3: Memory Days (2012)
- OVA 4: Fairies’ Training Camp (2012)
- OVA 5: The Exciting Ryuzetsu Land (2013)
- OVA 6: Fairy Tail x Rave (2013)
- OVA 7: Fairies’ Penalty Game (2016)
- OVA 8: Natsu vs Mavis (2016)
- OVA 9: Fairies’ Christmas (2016)
3. Where to watch Fairy Tail with English subtitles and dub?
The complete Fairy Tail anime with all seasons and movies are available to watch on Funimation. Crunchyroll also has all the episodes. However, the OVAs are not licensed for streaming on any platform.
|Fairy Tail Installment||Where to watch with Eng sub and dub|
|Season 1 (2009-10)||Funimation, Hulu, Crunchyroll|
|Season 2 (2010-11)||Funimation, Hulu, Crunchyroll|
|Season 3 (2011)||Funimation, Crunchyroll|
|Season 4 (2011-12)||Funimation, Crunchyroll|
|Season 5 (2012)||Funimation, Crunchyroll|
|Season 6 (2012-13)||Funimation, Crunchyroll|
|Season 7 (2014-15)||Funimation, Crunchyroll|
|Season 8 (2016)||Funimation, Crunchyroll|
|Season 9 (2018-19)||Funimation, Crunchyroll|
|OVA: Prologue: The Sunrise||Funimation|
|Movie 2: Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012)||Funimation|
|Movie 3: Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry (2017)||Crunchyroll, Funimation|
4. Can you watch Fairy Tail offline?
Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu offer to stream Fairy Tail, and they all have download options available with their different packages. So, you can watch the series offline if you have a subscription.
|Streaming Service||Subscription Packages||Offline Viewing|
|Crunchyroll||Fan – $7.99/month||No|
|Mega Fan – $9.99/month||Yes|
|Ultimate Fan – $14.99/month||Yes|
|Funimation||Premium: $5.99 a month / $59.99 per year||No|
|Premium Plus: $7.99 a month / $79.99 per year||Yes|
|Premium Plus Ultra: $99.99 per year||Yes|
|Hulu||Ad-Supported: $7.99/month (or $79.99/year)||Yes|
|No Ads: $14.99/month||Yes|
If Fairy Tail isn’t available on any streaming website in your area, then you can use a VPN to bypass the geo-block. Some of the top VPN service providers in the game are ExpressVPN, Nord VPN, Proton VPN, Cyberghost, and Private Internet Access, to name a few.
All you have to do is connect to a country where your preferred anime is streaming, and voila, you can now watch Fairy Tail even if it is unavailable in your region.
There are many unpaid VPN services at hand or free browser extensions. However, using low-tier VPN providers might decrease your speed and get you blocked by streaming services. Connection drops and unsecured encryption are also other disadvantages.
The important thing is that Fairy Tail is present on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu’s catalogs, so set your VPN to a suitable location to access the anime from anywhere.
6. How much time will it take to complete Fairy Tail?
It will take almost seven days to complete Fairy Tail, or 137.85 hours. You can watch it in seven days if you watch it with absolutely no breaks in between. However, a more realistic number would be a month.
The breakdown of the duration of each season and installment are given below:
|Fairy Tail Installment||Duration in minutes|
|Movie 1: Prologue: The Sunrise||12|
|Movie 2: Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (2012)||86|
|Movie 3: Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry (2017)||85|
|OVA 1: Welcome to Fairy Hills!! (2011)||24|
|OVA 2: Fairy Academy: Yankee-kun and Yankee-chan (2011)||24|
|OVA 3: Memory Days (2012)||24|
|OVA 4: Fairies’ Training Camp (2012)||24|
|OVA 5: The Exciting Ryuzetsu Land (2013)||24|
|OVA 6: Fairy Tail x Rave (2013)||24|
|OVA 7: Fairies’ Penalty Game (2016)||24|
|OVA 8: Natsu vs Mavis (2016)||24|
|OVA 9: Fairies’ Christmas (2016)||24|
Since the plot of the anime is not hard to grasp, the chronological order, as well as just completing the seasons before, can both work. It depends on whether you want to rigidly follow the timeline or not.
8. About Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima.
During his journey to explore the Kingdom of Fiore, Natsu Dragneel, a dragon slayer wizard from the Fairy Tail guild, becomes friends with a young celestial wizard named Lucy Heartfilia and invites her to join Fairy Tail.
Lucy agrees and forms a team with Natsu and his cat-like partner, Happy. The team was later joined by other members: Gray Fullbuster, an ice wizard; Erza Scarlet, a magical knight; and Wendy Marvell and Carla, another dragon slayer and Exceed duo.