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Fairy Tail – Chapter 261

Fairy Tail 261

I could have selected a more suitable image. I chose not to.

Here we find ourselves in the middle of a training arc. It’s something we haven’t actually seen from Fairy Tail yet, which is more than a little surprising. You would have expected a series that’s primarily about the daily lives of an adventurer guild to spend some time on their combat preparation. Hell, the last arc dealt with the S-Class Exam, which sounds like something you’d do a little training for. But now everyone has been warped into the future, and they need to get their strength back up to compete with the other guilds. I would spend some time talking about the bizarre choice of splitting up the time skip and the training arc when they could have been done simultaneously, but I think everyone who reads this series already knows all about that. Moving seven years ahead was a poor choice in general, and while a part of me still thinks there was a point to it, it hasn’t done a good job at proving that. Read the rest of this entry

Fairy Tail – Chapter 258

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Okay seriously, who comes up with these names?

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. Read the rest of this entry

Fairy Tail – Chapter 253

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THIS is how you lead into a time skip!

Um…okay…not sure where to start. I guess I’ll should start with the previous chapter, which I considered writing an entry about, but then wisely decided to wait for this week. I’d been expecting the guild leader, Makarov, to die by the end of this storyline, and I suspect most readers have as well. When he stayed behind to hold off Acnologia, I was sure that this would finally be his time, as he sacrifices himself so the guild may continue on. But since it hadn’t happened yet, I waited for this chapter to say anything. With this chapter…I don’t know anymore. Maybe the reaper held back because he was just as confused as we are. Read the rest of this entry

Fairy Tail – Chapter 246

Natsu's new ultimate attack

I think Natsu needs a breath mint.

You know, when this arc started, I really thought part of the theme would be the guild working together as a group. It was something I wanted to see for some time, since the overall point of having a closely-knit organization like the guild should be how they work together. In the past, we’d gotten a taste of that (particularly in the fight with Laxus), and I was hoping we’d see more of that here. And…yeah, I guess we’ve seen some of that in this arc, but not on the level I’d hoped for.

The fight with Hades started off looking like it would involve the teamwork I wanted. You have a number of different characters facing the enemy leader at once, which is more than the previous arc required. It would show that the villain was strong enough to require a force beyond what was used in the past, which he’d need to be to beat Makarov. But no, that was not to be.

After a chapter of the group working together to try to beat Hades, he shrugged off all their attacks and started pounding on them until Laxus showed up. And since Laxus couldn’t beat Hades (he even said he probably shouldn’t, which I thought was a nice touch), he transferred his powers to Natsu, setting up a traditional 1-on-1 boss fight. And in this chapter, it turned out even THAT didn’t work. Of course it wasn’t too hard to see coming, since someone like Hades wouldn’t lose in the middle of a chapter.

At this rate, I’m not sure how the fight will actually end, especially since Natsu claims to have run out of magic (Drinking Game: take a shot every time someone says that in this story arc). Since Hades seems to be setting himself up as some sort of living magical nexus of power, it’s entirely possible he won’t get beaten this arc, but that still doesn’t explain how he leaves without anyone dying. The only other thing I can think of is that Cana’s new magic upgrade will actually do something to help save everyone. Right now, though, I don’t see any way that teamwork will help out. Maybe everyone gets down and prays for someone, but I doubt that counts as teamwork.