Fairy Tail – Chapter 258
Here’s a recurring scenario in shonen: the main hero has a special power which, at first, seems to be unique to him, but we soon discover dozens of other characters like him. Like in One Piece, where there were only three Devil Fruit users in the first hundred or so chapters, but now they’re everywhere. When you think of it like that, it’s actually very intriguing that we haven’t seen many Dragon Slayers in Fairy Tail. In over 250 chapters, we’ve only come across 5 of them, and I think Laxus and Cobra are supposed to be some bizarre new version of them.
It’s even more interesting when you consider that Hiro Mashima openly admits he sucks at planning long term. Aside from a few characters and one or two plot points, there isn’t very much that carries over between story arcs. But the Dragon Slayers are different somehow. They’re one of the only things that existed in Fairy Tail from the very beginning, and we’ve seen enough specific details to know that there’s a plan for them.
Now we’re finally getting a story arc with a pair of them as enemies, and they not only have their own cats, but they’re somehow connected to Natsu and Gajeel. With this coming on the heels of the recent timeskip – which I still maintain had to have SOME higher purpose – it’s looking like this next story arc will get more involved with how the hell Dragon Slayer magic actually works. If nothing else, I’m curious as to how these characters met, and if it has anything to do with the overall mythology.
I generally liked the various story arcs in Fairy Tail, but there was always a problem in that they never felt connected. One minute you could be hunting down a powerful dark guild, the next you’re in an alternate universe. This current arc likely won’t have any direct connections to the others, but with any luck, we’ll be dealing with some questions that have been around since the beginning. It does feel like the story is accelerating, if only a little, so maybe this is where the real action begins to take shape.