“Eclipse” is brought up again – finally!
It turns out Lucy didn’t end up last – she managed to survive the five minute rule and therefore she placed second, gaining her team 8 points.
Lucy falls but Gray and Natsu are quick to catch her. People are rushing in to aid her (medics from many guilds). Minerva doesn’t think she was unfair as she says that it’s thanks to her that Lucy made it to second place – she also adds that Lucy is a useless piece of trash girl. This obviously upsets Natsu who seems to prepare for a battle with Sabertooth (the main guild members have shown up), but Erza stops him.
There is a lot of tension in the air. The audience seems to have noticed the feelings between the guilds in the arena. Erza tells Sabertooth that she doesn’t care if they’re the strongest guild in Fiore, but she reminds them that they’ve made enemies of the worst possible guild to piss off.
Moving on, we find ourselves at some kind of infirmary where Lucy is being treated. Her team members and Porlyusica are present. Soon the other members of the guild show up. It seems that Lucy’s life isn’t in danger thanks to Chelia and Wendy’s emergency treatment.
Lucy wakes up and apologizes (for not winning), but her team members tell her that she did well and there is no need to apologize. Lucy asks for her keys and when she sees that they’re safe she falls asleep.
Makarov shows up with some news. It turns out that both FAIRY TAIL’s teams are to be combined into a new one because there is currently an odd number of teams after Raven Tail’s disqualification, but only five members are allowed to be in this new team. The new team will go by FAIRY TAIL A’s points because that team had the lower point total.
Gray reminds everyone that only the “Tag-Team Battle” is left but Porlyusica corrects him by saying that there is a battle on the last day where all five members take part at once. Natsu says that he’ll definitely take revenge for Lucy and he’ll never forgive Sabertooth.
It’s time for the Tag-Team match where everyone compete 2 on 2. The match-ups are the following:
Blue Pegasus VS. Quatro Puppy
Mermaid Heel VS. Lamia Scale
Sabertooth VS. FAIRY TAIL
As FAIRY TAIL heads out, the remaining members are cheering on them. The feelings of the guild have become one. It’s time to show everyone the strength of FAIRY TAIL’s bonds. The whole arena is shaking as the new team enters which consists of:
There is a huge applause for this new team. It seems like they’ve retaken their former popularity within the 4 days of this tournament.
On another side of the arena (in the audience), Datong and Arcadios are looking at the games. They notice that Lucy is missing but Arcadios knows she is in the sick bay. They are still after her and seem to have a new plan on how to get her. They’ll enjoy the festival for now, and their plan goes into motion in 3 days. Eclipse will happen, it will change the world, and Lord Zeref is waiting.
Back at the arena, it looks like opponents are set:
Gajeel & Natsu VS. Sting & Rogue
Gray VS. Rufus
Erza VS. Minerva
Laxus VS. Orga
Natsu is all fired up!
Datong is strolling around above the arena. He is thinking about the festival; he says that once, it was called something else – “Ryuuousai – The Dragon King Festival”, – The banquet of “dragons”, “humans”, and “demons”…
I’m so glad Lucy didn’t end up last. I didn’t notice that Lucy managed to stay in the sphere past the five minutes so I assumed she lost. While I’m still mad at Minerva for torturing Lucy, I’m happier now that I know Lucy got the points she deserved, although I don’t think that Minerva deserves the score she got.
As expected, this incident fueled Natsu’s rage. His battle with Sting didn’t come as a surprise to me at all. Same goes with Gajeel’s battle. A dragon slayer showdown will be interesting. I hope Sabertooth will learn a lesson from this fight.
The new team didn’t surprise me very much. I didn’t feel the same excitement as the audience did when the team entered the stage because it was quite obvious, but I wonder why they decided to merge the teams now and not earlier right after Raven Tail’s disqualification. I know it’s because the tag team battle needs even numbers of teams but I think this procedure could’ve taken place earlier, not that I mind though.
Leaving the battles, it seems like we’ve finally got some information on “Eclipse”. It’s still vague but now we know that it’s related to Zeref. I’m not sure if Eclipse is related to Zeref’s magic or Zeref himself, but whatever it is – it can’t be good, especially not if Lucy is a sacrifice in this (I assume she is a planned sacrifice).
Oh well, at least she is okay for now and it looks like Sabertooth is up for a good lesson (I hope). Having that said, it seems like we won’t get to see much from the battle we’re hoping for as next week’s chapter title involves perfumes – and we all know what guild is related to that… But Blue Pegasus always manages to make me laugh so I expect a fun fight next week!