Another cool anime postcard arrived in my mailbox from Germany! This shows the character Flare Corona from the anime/manga series Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail is one of the major series referred to in otaku fandoms, probably among the top five alongside Naruto, ONE PIECE, Bleach and Dragonball Z. But for those who aren’t as familiar with all that jargon, it’s a show that has a LOT of fans. I haven’t watched it but I’m fair(l)y familiar with it and can identify it in a lineup (“Lucy is the perpetrator!” XD) Anyway, Flare is a villain who appears in the Grand Magic Games arc… which is a saga that’s about in the middle of the series. One of her trademarks is that she can use her hair to conjure fiery attacks and grab her opponents and swing them around. In this picture she’s shown as having one large braided ponytail, though in the series she has two braids. She also has a really unsettling demeanor – among the wide-eyed look, the slightly deranged expression and her cries of bloodlust, she seems pretty formidable! Actually this depiction of her here looks a lot more tame, despite the fact that she’s pointing a gun at the viewer. Then again, maybe that’s just a distraction for when she drills her braid into the ground to pop up on ’em with a sneak attack! Thanks a ton for this awesome postcard!