Yeah, I would say Fairy Tail is more similar to One Piece. I've seen at least 40 episodes of Bleach and it's no where near as good as Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail's not entirely unique, but it's executed so well that it doesn't matter; it has heart and it's just really fun to watch.
There will definitely be season collections down the line, but it might be a while before that happens. It took Funimation forever to release the first One Piece collection, which they just released last month.
Funimation has been steadily posting episodes of Fairy Tail on their website, so if you want a better idea on whether you'll like it, you can check it out there. However, if anyone just checks out the first episode or so, keep in mind that it took me until the second arc (starts at episode 11) for the show captivate me. I understand that 11 episodes is a lot, so not everyone would be willing to take that chance. Also, I wouldn't recommend skipping episodes, since you'll miss out on getting to know the characters and the world.
Thanks for the very detailed response. I'll try to check out the posted episodes if/when I have the time. I have a semi-related follow-up question, if you don't mind:
When you mentioned that Funimation had just recently released a larger collection for One Piece
, I took a look at Amazon and found the set you meant
: the first 26 episodes, currently priced at $16.99!
That seems like a much better value to me (26 episodes for $16.99 vs. 12 episodes for $26.99--though I realize that there would be a larger investment for One Piece
in the long run compared to Fairy Tail
Now, here's my question: While you said Fairy Tail
was more similar to One Piece
, can you say whether Fairy Tail
might be preferable over One Piece
or vice versa? I've had an underlying desire to try out One Piece
ever since Funimation took over the dubbing duties (I subjected myself to the 4Kids episodes back in the day...*shudder*), but I never had the chance to do so. Sure, it's the textbook definition of a long series (400 episodes and still going in Japan), but the more I think about it, the more I think that that might not be such a bad thing...
Or would I be better off just reading the One Piece
manga, which I could do for free through my local library?
Sorry for the lengthy response; as you might guess, I'm picky when it comes to anime, so I appreciate as much guidance as I can get regarding series I might enjoy.