The bond between hearts is stronger than the bond of blood.
Moving on from where we were last week, the conversation between Laxus and his father reveals that Raven Tail is an anti-FAIRY TAIL guild, specialized in magic that FAIRY TAIL members are weak against. They built this up during the seven years our main cast was missing on Tenrou Island.
Laxus tells Alexei that Makarov knew about this all along. Gajeel had been helping him by acting as a double spy. The reason why Makarov had ignored his son’s plans was the fact that Alexei hadn’t done anything wrong yet. Laxus adds that Makarov probably trusted Alexei somewhere in some corner of his heart because they’re family.
This revelation fuels the rage in Alexei who launches an attack towards Laxus. He says that he has lived in the shadows for this day, all in order to acquire the “Lumen Historie”. He didn’t take a chance to attack during these seven years because the people who were in the guild at that time probably lacked information about it.
Bursting out in anger, Alexei tells Laxus how he has desperately been looking for his goal. He asks Laxus to tell him as a son. He also orders Obra to erase Laxus’ magic – which makes it easy for Laxus to realize Obra was the one who attacked Wendy and Charle, and with that, he launches himself towards Obra, knocking him over, upsetting his father even more – who calls for aid from his team mates.
Laxus easily counters the attacks and knocks two of the Raven Tail members down (Flare and Nullpudding), avenging Gray and Lucy in the process. Kurohebi shows up too but he isn’t there for long as he is seen being knocked out my Laxus – all in one page. Alexei is now the only one left. He reminds Laxus that they’re family, but Laxus ignores that and tells his father that FAIRY TAIL is his family – and he will crush his family’s enemies.
Having that said, he punches Alexei and sends him flying. This dissolves the illusions Alexei had created. The audience is shocked and try to comprehend the situation, and somehow figure out what happened. Laxus ends up as the winner, and earns a lot of respect as he managed to take out an entire guild on his own. Everyone is happy for him except Makarov, whose face only shows disappointment caused by his own son. Mavis seems to be upset too.
The defeated Alexei calls for Laxus, and tells him that “Lumen Historie” is the darkness of FAIRY TAIL. He reminds Laxus that he’ll have to learn about the truth of FAIRY TAIL some day. A shocked Laxus stares at his father’s guild being taken away into custody. Obra’s black little creature tells FAIRY TAIL that they’ll meet again and escapes.
The panel discussions after this game determined that Raven Tail is disqualified and will not be allowed to enter for three years. Having that said, the game continues to the fourth match, the final match of the day – Wendy Marvel from FAIRY TAIL A up against Chelia Blendy from Lamia Scale.
Lyon says that Chelia’s strength is something the FAIRY TAIL members don’t know of – he thinks Gray might be surprised. Toby on the other hand is ignoring the battle and thanking Laxus instead – for avenging his socks.
The combatants enter the arena, both fall face down. It seems that both Chelia and Wendy have similar traits – especially the clumsiness. The commentator announces that this is going to be a very cute battle and he’ll root for both of them.
Meldy and Ultear notice something weird with Chelia’s magic. This seems to be related to Zeref. The chapter ends with Jellal running towards the arena, telling his friends to wait and remain idle.
Wow! This chapter completely blew my mind! I expected Laxus to land a few punches, but this was way better. This is why I love FAIRY TAIL, and I believe this concept of being strong when ones comrades are in danger is what makes this series so outstanding. Yes, it is an overused concept and very repetitive, but I still love it. I find this easy to relate to, because I know, most people do their best when they’re motivated. I’ll never grown tired of the “nakama” concept!
As for the fight itself, while it was impressive and interesting, it was also a bit disappointing that Raven Tail went down so fast. I loved the battle, it was intense, but I expected Raven Tail to be a little bit better than that. Alexei (I’m not sure whether I should call him that or Ivan), who said that his guild was specialized in anti-FAIRY TAIL magic raised my expectations for this chapter so much. He who reminded Laxus all the time that he was his father – shouldn’t he as a father, know his son’s power better than anyone? I know Laxus has gone through some training but still, his father had seven years to reach this point while Laxus had three months (after the Tenrou Island incident)…
But this isn’t the last time we’ll see Ravel Tail. The way things went in this chapter indicates that something much bigger is waiting for us. This “Lumen Historie” is still unclear, and we have “Eclipse” hanging in the air, and now, Zeref’s magic is in the game too! The latter will probably be shown in the next chapter as we’ll see Chelia and Wendy fight each other – I expect a great battle with a lot of adorable moments in it. Chelia seems sweet but I’m rooting for Wendy! I can’t say much about Eclipse as we know very little about it.
Last week, some people wondered why I didn’t write much about Lumen Historie (and the fact that it probably was the secret underground room beneath FAIRY TAIL’s original guild building). The point is, I had forgotten about it, I’m very sorry. But I’ve read some old chapters so my memory is less dusty now. I’m wondering if Lumen Historie is some sort of history as the name indicates or if it’s some form of magic. Or maybe both combined – who knows? I doubt we’ll get to know anything about it now. This will probably remain an enigma for a while, just like Eclipse.
Having that said, I’m looking forward to Wendy’s battle. At first, I thought it would be some sort of cute fight between two clumsy girls, but it seems that there is more to this. I wonder what kind of magic Chelia uses, Lyon was talking about it for a short while – this might surprise Gray, hmm… Zeref, and a surprise for Gray, not sure how that works. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
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