Way too similar! And let's not also forget the resemblance of Gajeel and Monkey D. Dragon. I watch both Fairy Tail and One Piece but I'm very much a bigger fan of OP, and seeing OP characters getting somehow "ripped off", makes me a bit frustrated. It would be better if Mashima-sensei kept his character basis at a minimum.
i know that the man that is doing the FT is the right hand of echiro oda the creator of the moste amazing anime that i have seen so they probabbly help each other and in other words the personallty of some characters from FT and OP have some similaritis like and they have that childis comedy both of them and its nice but still one piece ruls the only thing that was better in FT are the soundtraks they are really good
Hiro Mashima uses the basic design of a few characters from other Manga. Loki for example looks a lot like Ichigo, before it was revealed he was a spirit of the zodiac. Gildarts looks a lot like Shanks. I'm sure there is more, but I just haven't connected them yet.
Still, it's only the basic design, cause there is still differences. For example, Shanks has wavy red hair, and is a lot more muscular, with a much bigger neck, while Gildarts has slicked back orange hair, and a smaller muscular structure, though not by much.
It's true both lost their left arms, but Gildarts also lost his left leg to the same creature he lost his arm too. So, while similar, they are different.
Personally, I love both One Piece and Fairy Tail, and have been a fan of One Piece for much longer then Fairy Tail, but I still don't see the big fuss about borrowing the basic designs for characters.
Guildarts was made by Machima to look like shanks, its a "tribute" to the character. Its intentional that they look so similar, they both share red head, both have the same beard, both miss left arm, both in their early 40s. Everyone should know this.
i read fairy tail waaay before one piece, hell i read bleach, naruto, fma, eyeshield 21 and lots other shounen manga before i tried reading/watching OP last year. got hooked since then.
i love fairy tail at the moment but somehow got bored with it. then my bro introduced me too OP. i thought that the mangaka 4 OP and FT was the same person coz the art was so alike and they also got these super power things too. then when i took a second look on them, i'm certain that FT is nothing OP got more originality in them. FT is not near enough.
i still read them tho', hoping it would somehow back to their epicness when i first hooked with it. hopefully..
yeah thats right ._. they have power of ''friendship'' bull especially natsu.. and especially the osts, the fan service got a little crazy. but even in the recent episodes, mashima is making erza and lucy dress like sluts. honestly, im a little dissapointed...