February 20, 2012

Character Spotlight: Natsu Dragneel

...We are Fairy Tail! We're from the guild that doesn't know when to stop! We won't survive unless we keep running!"

At first glance, Natsu might seem like your typical shounen hero with a characteristic energetic one-sided personality but he's not just a copy of the shounen hero archetype. 

Natsu is impulsive, he does things on a whim and unexpectedly...
 "You want to join Fairy Tail, right? Then come with me!"

You might think, well don't the other shounen heroes do that too? Natsu's world is different from that of other shounen heroes. He's not the strongest mage in his guild. Natsu is more of a key player, than the leader in Fairy Tail. We have seen underdogs (Naruto), under-aged talent (Gon from Hunter x Hunter), prodigies (Ichigo from Bleach, Yusuke from Yu Yu Hakusho), and captains (Luffy from One Piece) in shounen anime, but not the key player shounen hero. Though he's not the strongest in his guild everyone treats Natsu like the key member. That makes us wonder... Will he one day become the leader or a S-Rank mage? Or will he stay a hot-headed mage that picks fights with the stronger guys?? This question alone probably attracts the more serious shounen-watching experts to Fairy Tail...
And Natsu was raised by a fire dragon named Igneel who taught him fire dragon slayer magic

You might be tempted to write off Fairy Tail as another shounen story copied out of the textbook but without Natsu there is no reason to watch Fairy Tail.

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