I’m shaking all over – this chapter was so exciting!
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.
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.
Note: Mashima Hiro is releasing an art book called “Fantasia” containing FAIRY TAIL illustrations on Aug 17!