Anime Crossovers and Fairy Tail X Rave
Anime crossovers – the act of combining two (or maybe more) anime shows together in an episode. Crossovers is a great way for showcasing the interactivity of two different worlds, and the interpersonal relationship between characters from each respective worlds. It’s incredibly fun to have your favorite characters entering an unknown world – a world with a totally different format and rules, and forced to align himself to the properties of the new world.
However, from the very few anime crossovers that I had watched, I mostly have pretty mixed feelings about them. Why?
The catch here is that if you were to line up two anime hand-in-hand, one can’t help but compare. This is my main issue when watching the Gintama X Sket Dance episodes. While the Sket Dance group is an incredibly fun bunch, I tend to find the boisterous Yorozuya from Gintama much more exhilarating, thrilling and exciting – you never knew when they would present a bizarre, unpredicted joke out of nowhere. The frank verdict here is that I like the Gintama characters more than Sket Dance characters, even though the characters of the latter aren’t too sloppy either. However, the lack of balance in character appeal here slightly degrade the quality of the crossover, as my attention was mostly focused on the Gintama cast rather than Sket Dance’s.
The other issue here is a bit more simple. Even if the crossovers combined two popular shows, it doesn’t really mean everyone had watched and kept up with them. Gintama aside, a lot of my friends here never really watched Sket Dance. Though my problem lies elsewhere – One Piece X Toriko. While I like One Piece, I never watched nor read Toriko (think I should probably start soon). In this case, personal preference and the lack of balance in appeal comes into play as well.
The positive side to all these however, is that the crossovers help advertise each other, and I assume it’s pretty much the main goal. Using the previous example, One Piece X Toriko – it helps to advertise Toriko, the underdog of the pairing; those who had never heard of Toriko, or those who had heard of it, but had never checked it out, might finally be interested after seeing them paired up with their favorite titles.
As you can see, I regard an equal balance of appeal from both shows a crucial consideration to take into account. Perhaps this is why I really, really like Fairy Tail X Rave – probably my favorite anime crossovers so far
from the very little I had came across. This time, I adore both series. Fairy Tail, while maintaining a typical shounen format, is still a pretty fun show – brimming with burning (see what I did there?) actions and fascinating music soundtracks. I don’t think I ever mentioned this before, but Rave is also one of my favorite manga. I first came across Rave on AXN – a TV channel which aired a few anime shows back then. It easily became one of my favorite anime shows too at that time, though the unfinished ending leave a lot to be desired, and thus, I turned to Rave’s manga.
Since a new season for Rave after all these years seem unlikely, it was great to see the Rave cast back again, together with their original seiyuu. The bunch from Fairy Tail is just as fun and rowdy, and the Rave characters are just as audacious – both characters from respective shows had extremely great chemistry with each other. Furthermore, Fairy Tail and Rave really works as a crossover, they have a lot of elements synonymous with each other – magic, Etherion, Oracon Seis and characters like Plue, Jellal/Sieghart and Jiggle Butt Gang emerging in both shows.
The crossover started with a Fairy Tail OP, and the characters from Fairy Tail meeting the Rave characters in a town, the former on guild business while the latter probably in the middle of their travels. The mentioning of Haru (Spring) from Rave and Natsu (Summer) from Fairy Tail and their seasonal reference of their names during their conversation is nice, since it’s an interesting discovery I found out when comparing their names.
Peaceful conversations don’t last of cause, and chaos immediately ensures due to some misunderstanding. Locked in combat, Haru and Natsu started rampaging around the town with their battle, though their bout didn’t last long however, as the two got humorously one-shotted by a certain someone from Fairy Tail.
Haru: You’re the type to save anyone faster than anybody else, right?
Haru: Hot-blooded types.
Natsu: And likewise, so you are, right?
Haru: Maybe it’s our fate to fight alongside after all…
Natsu: Plus we will not lose to anybody.
Interestingly, the anime added a lot of original material from here onwards not inclusive in the manga, and they did good. They introduced an enemy, which appeared in one of Fairy Tail’s filler arcs – Jackpot, albeit in a sort of modified form in this crossover. With the same goals and objectives insight, both the Fairy Tail and Rave groups worked together to defeat their common enemy, and throughout the fights, Fairy Tail’s signature celtic rock soundtracks were constantly blasting in the background. Not forgetting to have some attention for Rave too however, during the last section of the battle with Jackpot, Natsu and Haru fought together, with Rave’s opening serving as the background music – nothing but spectacular.
During their departure, unlike the manga, which ended with the characters mostly either feeling neutral (since a majority of them didn’t meet with each other) or frustrated (mostly in Natsu and Haru’s case) with the other’s group. The anime ended with a more positive note, as they fought together – bonds are formed. Both the characters from both shows look forward to meeting each other again, and obviously, I too, hope they will, manifesting the possibility of future Fairy Tail X Rave sequels.While official crossover episodes like these are still uncommon, I do hope there are more of these as time goes on, which seems likely. Despite my rants, crossovers are indeed amusing to watch. No doubt, I’m sure there will be more crossovers like these soon, but for now, Fairy Tail X Rave is indefinitely my favorite anime crossover for now.