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FAIRY TAIL 293 – The Perfume Dedicated to You

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I’m shaking all over – this chapter was so exciting!

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Summary:

The Tag Battle is on! First up we have Ichiya and Rabbit from Blue Pegasus VS. Bacchus and Rocker from Quatro Puppy. Right at the start of the battle, Rabbit decides to take off his mask/head and reveal his true identity – something even his team mates are unfamiliar with.

It turns out that Rabbit is Nichiya – Ichiya’s counterpart from Extalia in Edolas, also an Exceed. Together they can perform “Double Ikemen Attacks” which seems to be a “dangerous perfume” according to the team itself. This revelation shocks many people – even Erza who faints from this.

Ichiya starts telling the story behind how they met only to be interrupted by Bacchus landing a punch on Nichiya. Ren questions Nichiya’s ability to fight but Ichiya assures him that the Exceed is in possession of battle powers similar to his because they have the same face only to be proven wrong when he finds Nichiya knocked out on the ground.

With one member out, Quatro Puppy have no reason for holding back anymore. They unleash several attacks on Ichiya, sending him flying. While being mid-air, Ichiya apologizes to Nichiya for dragging him into this battle without knowing what a gentleman he was – in other words, “handsome”.

Ichiya will not allow Nichiya’s thoughts to be wasted because being handsome is justice. He dedicates the perfume called “Victory” to Nichiya – a perfume that is Ichiya’s beautiful dreamer – “Hohoemi – Smiling face”.

Dazzling Quatro Puppy with his smile, he takes the opportunity to smash them into a wall, knocking the entire team out. Blue Pegasus wins this Tag Battle. The audience is quite torn over this, some (Natsu and the other Blue Pegasus members) find him amazing while others are disgusted.

Moving on to the second match in this Tag Battle game, we have Lyon and Yuuka from Lamia Scale up against Kagura and Millianna from Mermaid Heel. The match ends at the time limit of 30 minutes resulting with a draw. Yuuka seems upset over the fact that Kagura is so strong but doesn’t use her true strength. Apparently, no one has ever seen her get serious. Kagura tells Millianna that she’d be dead if she’d be up against Lyon in a death match so she has to become stronger.

It’s time for the next battle where we have the guild known as the strongest one seven years ago up against the one that currently claims that title – Natsu and Gajeel from FAIRY TAIL VS. Sting and Rogue from Sabertooth, a battle between four Dragon Slayers.

Somewhere else in a mountainous area, some dragons are talking about the Dragon Slayers that they’ve created. It seems that they’re going to test their creations to see if they can make their dreams come true by exceeding dragons. The time for them to take action is drawing close as the Dragon King Festival will be upon them soon.

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My inner fangirl screamed a bit near the end of the chapter. I’m still shaking all over – this chapter was so exciting! Besides having an epic ending, this chapter was also very fun to read – Ichiya’s “smiling” face is so… handsome?

Okay, jokes aside, I really enjoyed Blue Pegasus today. With all the intensity going around in the recent chapters, I found it quite pleasant to read some comedy. But I’m a little bit disappointed that Ichiya’s battle took so many pages while the one between Lamia Scale and Mermaid Heel just had one. The story has been progressing insanely fast lately. I don’t know if the reason behind that is to make sure that the anime doesn’t catch up with this manga again or if it’s fast for the sake of the upcoming Dragon King Festival (possible new arc), but I hope the anime will drag out some battles. I’d really like to see Millianna and Kagura fight.

Who would’ve thought that Rabbit would be Nichiya? I know I didn’t! It was a pleasant surprise to me as it made things more fun to read. I don’t know if it’s just me but Bacchus, based on his looks, seems kind of strong and intimidating so I was shocked to see him go down that easily but it was definitely a fun result. I feel a bit sorry for Quatro Puppy – they try so hard yet gain so little, but on the other hand, they’ve always been in the hilarious panels so I don’t mind them losing as they do it with style!

Leaving the amusing parts and moving on to the more serious battle – Sabertooth VS. FAIRY TAIL; I am so excited. My expectations for this battle are very high. It’ll be interesting to see four Dragon Slayers fight in the same battle. What makes it even more interesting is that the dragons are back and this battle seems to be a part of some sort of prophecy or dream of the dragons.

With Igneel being back, I assume Metalicana will appear soon too because Gajeel is also involved in this match. The Dragon King Festival, I wonder what this means. A “Dragon King” – is that the title of the strongest Dragon Slayer?

So, we now know that the dragons are back, and we have an intense battle ahead of us – can it get any better? I wish to see FAIRY TAIL knock some sense into Sabertooth. Next week will hopefully bring us an amazing chapter! I am looking forward to that, very much.

Moete kitazou!

Note: Mashima Hiro is releasing an art book called “Fantasia” containing FAIRY TAIL illustrations on Aug 17!

July 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm
30 comments »
  • July 27, 2012 at 6:37 pmSOSAnimeBoy

    Who was the Pegasus guy kissing??

    • July 27, 2012 at 6:47 pmimmblueversion

      Jenny?

  • July 27, 2012 at 6:44 pmAria-Stella

    It was an exciting chapter indeed ! but i was dissapointed at the same time

    we are in no mentality to see a stupid fight containing Ichiya -_- that thing disgusts me ! and what happened to all that fuzz about that drunk who is supposed Erza couldn’t come to an end in a fight with him ? why the hell did he got beat up so quickly ?

    then the 1 page fighting of Lamia scale …. i was like that’s it ? I wanted to see lion -_- I really miss him -_- but i guess there is no point in watching a battle that’ll end up with a draw , so as much as it made me sad i think it was a very clever move ^^

    WELCOME !! FINALLY FT VS. SABERTOOTH !! even thought i am not a very much natsu-fan but i feel it’s time for him to return to the lights ^^ , plus Mashima won’t be in a hurry to end ( Laxus – Gray – Erza )’s fights just to hurry up th show the badass battle of natsu ^^ .

    I think Fairy tail will win , that if nothing happens to inturrpt the fight , and rougo will have a change of heart and that will be the reason of their lose .

    anyway great chap. , can’t wait for the next one ^^

    • August 1, 2012 at 7:11 pmMasterDragonKnight

      we are in no mentality to see a stupid fight containing Ichiya -_- that thing disgusts me ! and what happened to all that fuzz about that drunk who is supposed Erza couldn’t come to an end in a fight with him ? why the hell did he got beat up so quickly ?

      I don’t know about you, but I would be pretty damn distracted by such a horrifying sight. I would be too mortified to be able to fight back.

  • July 27, 2012 at 7:00 pmimmblueversion

    Seeing as how the whole “dragon” plotline is so prevalent yet also so elusive in this series, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in seeing more of them. And with this “Dragon King” event finally arriving (and getting its first mention since chapter 101), it looks as though we’ll be getting more soon.

    I also really hope we get some flashbacks with the Dragon Slayers and their dragon parents. Especially Gajeel and (I’m not kidding) Sting and Rogue. Since Igneel mentioned the two late dragons by name (if I’m not mistaken, Sting’s dragon seems to be named “Weisslogia,” while I’d call Rogue’s “Sciadram”), we may get a chance.

    • July 27, 2012 at 7:19 pmStereoman

      I agree with you, flashbacks would be nice!

      I had no idea what Sting and Rogue’s dragons were called, thanks for sharing that information! :]

      • July 27, 2012 at 8:47 pmimmblueversion

        Well, Igneel said their names, though the translators spelled them differently (“Vicelogia” and “Skyadrum”). Plus the Japanese scans established which dragon was which via kanji: the first is the White Dragon (Sting) and the second is the Shadow Dragon (Rogue).

        Another thing I’m eager to see is just what White Dragon Slayer and Shadow Dragon Slayer magic is. I’m guessing Rogue eats shadows, but Sting? We saw him eat an arrow in his introduction, but what exactly does that entail? Well, we’ll find out soon enough.

    • July 27, 2012 at 10:52 pmSinTei

      Woah~! It was indeed mentioned in chapter 101. Including the Dragon King Feast. I can’t wait for them to join the fray. the next upcoming chapters will surely be one to look forward to.

    • July 28, 2012 at 12:05 pmMoridin

      I’m thinking the Dragon King “Festival” will have more to do with the Dragon’s themselves. I mean it’s never explained why the Dragon’s created Dragon Slayers in the first place. Could it be they are using the Dragon Slayers in some kind of proxy war for themselves to show who is more powerful. I mean it would not be the first time in a Shonen manga.

      Also Weisslogia is broken Japanese-German for White Knight, White Defender, or White Dragon (guessing that will be the Official Translation) take that for what it’s worth based on English scanlations, the Kanji I find is less descriptive then the translation I read. Also we know the German references are strong in this manga as the official translations (which make HM good money) of Mira’s, Elfman, and Lisana’s surname, Strauss in the is Austrio-German; I know I share the name.
      Furthermore I’ve noticed this issue in Japanese to English translations losing some meaning. The Kanji (which I’m not an expert in so take this as food for thought) they are using is actually quite vague hence the multiple translations with regards to the Dragon King Something. My opinion is I doubt it will be some kind of tournament (even Yu Yu Hakusho didn’t do two tournaments in a row) but you can bet Sting and Rogue will be involved some how based on the Dragons talks. Hell the last time this happened (based on memory) Wendy became a Guild Member… Fairy Tail has a way of collecting Dragon Slayers after all.

  • July 27, 2012 at 7:43 pmYerocha

    Honestly, it took a little while for it to register how important the return of Igneel would be. I hope that’s not a bad sign for the upcoming story, because this festival could possibly be the shot in the arm this series needed.

    This next fight should be epic, after all the buildup there’s been for it throughout the arc. Want to see Sting get his face rearranged.

    • July 27, 2012 at 10:07 pmFSLightbringer

      I really agree with you about Sting! Rogue can be saved by his hesitation but Sting… MAN how I hate that guy!

      • July 28, 2012 at 12:08 pmMoridin

        Why do you hate sting, his a jerk but so was Gajeel in the beginning.

  • July 27, 2012 at 8:24 pmAnimus

    Wasn’t Jenny that dark-skinned dude’s fiance? Kissing someone else in broad daylight o.o

    • July 27, 2012 at 9:24 pmChris

      That is shirley you are thinking of.

      • July 28, 2012 at 1:50 amsecunda

        Sherry Blendy, actually.

  • July 27, 2012 at 9:18 pmLayfon

    “Isn’t he just some idiot…”

  • July 27, 2012 at 10:48 pmgawrshness

    well based on how Igneel was talking seems like Sting and Rogue’s dragons aren’t dead after all. And my friend you can be DAMN sure they will drag the battles in the anime, they have a knack for extra action there, and I’m not one to complain cause it’s always awesome. Another thing that bugged me; unlike Natsu Gajeel got to have his three months training so does that mean that unlike Natsu he didn’t get the second upgrade thing from Ultear?

  • July 27, 2012 at 11:17 pmDmonHiro

    I don’t really think Sting and Rouge’s dragons are actually DEAD.

    • July 28, 2012 at 12:17 pmMoridin

      I agree I think this chapter proves they’re quite alive. The Dragons seem to be omnipresent so far…

  • July 28, 2012 at 12:58 amTingster013

    Dragon slayer can never kill dragon, bet the dragon will always keep to themselves some skills and power that the slayer will never know…

  • July 28, 2012 at 1:40 amMisk

    I think the Dragon King is the king of all the dragons, the one who ordered them to hide, the only one who didn’t listen was Acnologia. If I’m right

  • July 28, 2012 at 7:46 amJello

    I think Mashima is intentionally pacing it this way to not let readers lose sight of what he’s planning. The worst thing an author can imagine for his plot is that midway through the arc, he’s suddenly lost readers’ interest because the buildup was too slow or too boring.

    Also, were the two names Igneel mentioned the dragon parents of Sting and Rogue? Not sure if he’s monologue’ing or what, but my first impression was that they’re not dead, unlike what Sting and Rogue mentioned at first. I don’t think Igneel is the kind of spiritually frustrated character to speak to his dead kin in monologue.

  • July 28, 2012 at 9:58 amcode fan

    I am shocked in how weak the exceed turned out to be, you would think he would be as strong as Lily considering he was a high rank general.

    • July 28, 2012 at 12:22 pmMoridin

      Lilly was the exception to the rule, look at Happy… hell they basically said Exceeds ruled Extalia through fear alone. It’s a reason they wanted to be viewed as Gods and Angels.

  • July 28, 2012 at 11:59 amYanDaMan

    Hater’s gona hate. I found Ichiya to be awesomely hilarious this chapter.

    • July 29, 2012 at 8:47 amAnanas

      At least let him do that.

  • July 28, 2012 at 9:11 pmTrombe

    Ichiya and Nichiya are the ultimate combo, I really lol’d

  • July 28, 2012 at 11:59 pmsherry

    Somehow, am I the only one who wondered: “since the dragons are ‘back’, is this actually the final arc of Fairy Tail?”, I mean, we’ve been through many arcs till now but the main story had always been about Natsu looking for Igneel (even though sometime we forget about it since it’s not mentioned that many times…) and the mystery about all the dragons going away 14 years ago, if it’s resolved, then it’s literally the end of the series then….?

    • July 29, 2012 at 8:48 amAnanas

      Shonen logic isn’t rule by common sense.

  • July 30, 2012 at 5:59 amRichien

    I was so excited about the update of fairytail cause I thought that its was all ready the “full brawl” of Sabertooth vs. Fairytail but UNFORTUNATELY NO…. I was very disappointed because it only showed the battle of Ichiya w/c was not very pleasing or should I say not important. And then I thought it would be a 5 vs. 5 but in the end page it was only Gajeel n Natsu vs. Sting n Rouge !!! so I’m very much confuse cause the last chapter I got goosebumps cause it was like the “Best of Fairy Tail could offer kinda thing” it was Erza, Natsu, Gray, Gajeel n Laxus vs. Rouge, Sting, Minerva, Rufus n Orga!!! so WTF happened or will happen?!!