Hiro Mashima wanted it canon he gave us a back story of Acnologia, introduced the new characters like brandish and Invel, mentioned the girl from the movie in the manga... I think that is more than enough for it to be considered cannon.
He even said he would of added more things in the manga from the movie, but that he simply didn't have time.
not really an assumption since it's made pretty obvious honestly. That said if Hiro wanted to introduce the thing in anime and was pretty much the producer of the movie don't see why it shouldn't be considered canon.
That said the movie itself was a little dissapointing to me...
yeah, they actually dropped many "characteristic" FT stuff after like the battle of FT arc like: Gray accidentaly insulting Mirajane, than the 100 time pay back after the battle with hades which became a rather common Natsu phrase before he is about to kick someones ass and even the entire thing of Gray and Natsu pissing themselfs in front of Erza. Like they still do, but it aint the same.
I dont HATE fairy tail because of that.
I just hated how Natsu got the wonkiest power scaling.
I honestly liked it until the Grand Magic Games arc, which is funny because people tell me that is when it went to shit.
Tldr: I am an opponent of fairy tail, But I have no problem with the series. I think it is enjoyable.
Imo, it isnt well written later on, but that is every shonen.
I give it 3 dancing chocobos, out of five. It aight lul.
(Plus, waifu Juvia is important in the first hundred episodes leggoo bois)
Wonkiest power scailing? I am confused...
Basically. I am not the biggest fan of dragon slayer magic.
I get friendship is power in verse, but dragon slayer magic just leads to weird vs debating.
Early on, Erza >> Natsu, right?
Even though Erza is much stronger, faster, durable etc, she should be the one fighting the main villain even if Natsu is th main character.
I just am not a big fan of throwing people with iron wills and win just cuz main character.
Even One Piece has that with luffy and trust me, not a fan of it there too.
It is just fairy tail does this way more imo.
(But then again, havent watched the show in three years, might give it another chance since I am old and boring now)
Unfortunately, I feel like she was wasted as a character as a whole.
I dont criticize Mashima that much, the dude is a genius with drawing and art, but honestly?
He has kind of a bad habit of introducing characters and just...
Leaving them there.
He was doing a good job in between the Tartaros and Alvarez empire arc. I was actually surprised for how good he was doing lol.
From the thing with Lucy things got better and better and than the dragons come back, Gray vs Silver, Juvia beating Keyes, Acnologia killing Igneel, Zeref retailing who Natsu is etc... It was a blast and even during Alvarez empire arc with Acnologia showing up, Larcade and mysteries around him, Wendy and Cherrua vs Dimaria was likely the best Spriggans fight, and than the emotional scenes that broke my heart...
And then just went down the hill from "oh look he/she is alive", Irene " I can't kill my daughter" oh really? What about the freakin meteor you just throw at her??? August random suicide, than the battles with Zeref and Acnologia (oh my god...)
Before the Tartarus arc tho i never watched FT for the story, only for entertainment(and because of Erza's character), only during Tartaros arc I got fairly interested in the story.
Honestly from most of shounens i would say FT is likely the most enjoyable one as it was rather "easy going story" there was nothing complicated or particulary important. Just good music, cool powers and funny characters.
Most of them actually from Full metal alchemist (tho that's likely a seinen to be fair) so From Shaman King to NNT
From HST I am only neutral on One piece. Like the story, but it tends to get boring in between major fights.
I think NNT and HxH would likely share the tittle of best shounen currently, that said HxH is on a hiatus (forever) and NNT is not over so things might get worse since we are coming closer to the peak of the story and we all know what happens to shounen when they come to the peak of the storie...