Did anyone expect this twist?
With the Pandemonium and MPF events being over, FAIRY TAIL A is now in the fourth place on the chart with their 22 points (sharing that spot with Mermaid Heel) while FAIRY TAIL B is right below with their 20 points.
It’s still day 3, and there are some battles going on in the Grand Magic Games. We see Millianna from Mermaid Heel defeating Semas from Quatro Puppy in the first match. Erza notices that Millianna has gotten stronger, and Natsu reminds us that he had a hard time fighting her (in the Tower of Heaven arc).
The pacing is quick, we’re moving on to the second match where we find Rufus from Sabertooth fighting Eve Tearm from Blue Pegasus. Lahar who is observing the game tells the commentator that Eve used to be a Rune Knight and a member of the custody enforcement unit, just like Lahar himself is right now. Eve was an outstanding talent and now, after entering a guild, his magic is even stronger.
Rufus, who at the beginning of the match told Eve that he’d memorize Eve’s magic, uses his “Memory Make”, an ancient spell which can give form to memories. Rufus uses his “Moyuru Daichi no Gou – Karma of the Burning Fields” on Eve, sending him flying across the arena and probably burning him in the process – something that leads to his victory. This stirs some feelings in Gray who wants to defeat Rufus.
Hibiki tells Ichiya that they’ve fallen in the rankings but Ichiya reminds him that they still have a secret weapon – a bunny, or someone wearing a bunny costume. It appears that the members of Blue Pegasus themselves don’t know who is hiding in this outfit.
Leaving that, we find ourselves at the third and main match of this chapter (this is the chapter’s title), Laxus Dreyar from FAIRY TAIL B is up against Alexei from Ravel Tail. Everyone in his team is cheering for him but it seems that Juvia is feeling some sort of unpleasant premonition. It looks like the magic council is prepared, Lahar has brought along some people from his unit. He is told that he must stop the match if any impropriety is seen (because it’s Raven Tail).
It seems that FAIRY TAIL is prepared for something suspicious to happen. Warren contacts some of his guild members through his telepathy magic, one of them being Bisca who is prepared with her magic sniper, he also contacts Team Raijinshuu and Lisanna who are spying on Raven Tail’s members. So, FAIRY TAIL is prepared in case Ravel Tail does something. This is something that makes Mavis very happy as she says that FAIRY TAIL has become the ultimate form of guild that she’d hoped for.
The match starts, Laxus asks Alexei who he is but doesn’t really get the chance to finish the question as he gets elbowed by his opponent. Alexei lands some hits on Laxus who can’t even lift a finger. Everyone in FAIRY TAIL is surprised.
Suddenly we see Laxus standing, still confronting Alexei, while his “clone” is getting beaten on the ground. It turns out that some kind of illusion magic has been used. The Laxus getting beaten by Alexei is just an illusion for the audience. The real Laxus and Alexei can’t be heard or seen right now.
Alexei tells Laxus that Raven Tail isn’t aiming for victory, this battle is just a “smoke screen”, and depending on their discussion, he might even let Laxus win the battle. Laxus ignores the offer and says that this isn’t related to illusions. He will fight the real Alexei and put an end to it now, but that seems impossible as we see that the other members of Raven Tail are in the arena, hidden by the illusion, and Laxus would probably not be able to take them all on.
Alexei reminds Laxus that he should know this, and removes his mask – and reveals himself as Laxus father, something that doesn’t surprise Laxus at all. And it looks like Ravel Tail is out after one thing – the location of “Lumen Historie”, something Alexei assumes that his son knows of, but it turns out, he doesn’t. Laxus tells Alexei that the master’s enemies are his enemies too and prepares for a fight (against all members of Raven Tail).
Last week, someone assumed that Laxus and Alexei might be related because of their names, and wow, I must say, well noticed! I totally didn’t expect this twist but it sure made things more interesting!
As soon as Alexei revealed himself to be Laxus’ father, I knew Laxus wouldn’t step down. Alexei hasn’t been the father Laxus needed – Makarov has, and also, this series doesn’t really focus on family bonds. It’s all about your comrades and the people you’ve grown up with. The bond of the heart is stronger than the bond of blood – this is why I love FAIRY TAIL!
As for the battle itself, well, I was a bit surprised when I saw Laxus getting beaten like that but I somehow had a feeling that this isn’t right, he shouldn’t be this weak. But it looks like he is going to face a whole team now, I wonder how this will work out. I think Laxus might stand a chance. I don’t expect him to win, but I think he might be able to do something to break the illusion, which might lead to this battle being canceled.
The title of next week’s chapter is “Real Family” so I assume we’ll be continuing on this current battle, still no sign of “Eclipse” or anything related to the stellar magi. While the pacing in this arc is insanely fast and good, it’s very slow at revealing things, which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just frustrating for me as a reader to know that something bad is waiting for Lucy and I can’t know what it is. I’ve been curious ever since we found out about this, and it’s been nearly a month, if not more, since then…
Oh well, I guess we’ll find out at some point now that the entire Raven Tail team is involved in a fight, although, I doubt next week will be any fighting. I have a feeling that we’ll get a lot of story development and perhaps some dialogues and flashbacks, probably about Makarov and Alexei. I’m also a bit curious about this “Lumen Historie”, and as far as I know, that means “History of light”, please correct me if I’m wrong.
Having that said, I’m looking forward to next week! My FAIRY TAIL anime post will be up later during the day!