Found the first three volumes of Fairy Tail for cheap and gave it a shot because I liked GAR. Big mistake; Natsu's dumb, obstreperous, no-nuance nature is every bit as off-putting as Luffy's. Honestly, he feels like a carbon copy of the latter, save for the fact that Luffy's "happy-go-luckyness" is switched for erratic anger. It also doesn't help that of all the elemental affinities he could've had, it had to be fucking fire. Creative bankruptcy doesn't begin to address said element when it comes to Japanese fiction; at this point I can safely say that I've seen every single generic, boring fire technique/attack/spell/whateverthefuck.
The manga would've been better served with Gray as its protagonist, I'd say.
It's a real shame, too, as there's some nice world-building here, a lot of colorful characters, and I like Mashima's sense of humor, but...it's hard to get over what an utter void of personality and originality Natsu is.
Can someone tell me if he changes at all throughout the story? Otherwise I'm just going to give 'em away. :/