It has been a long time since I laughed so hard at a FAIRY TAIL chapter. I think I have to wipe my tears before I continue writing this post.
It’s the third night of the Grand Magic Games. Levy recommends everyone to visit “Ryuuzetsu Land”, the most well-known summer rage spot in Fiore (a pool). Everyone wants to go because it’s so hot. Since the master took off somewhere with Laxus, the remaining FAIRY TAIL members can’t ask for permission, so they head to the pool without any notice. A mysterious person (the woman Jellal was following, last week) appears to be listening to the conversation from outside of the bar (where the FAIRY TAIL members are).
The girls have arrived at the pool, all healed and ready for some fun. Natsu has already started without everyone. He is seen riding a train on the water, although, the fun doesn’t last long as his motion sickness takes over. Jet and Droy fear that Natsu might barf in the pool. The Exceed trio runs off towards an aquarium, followed by Levy and Gajeel (the latter doesn’t seem very interested). Cana didn’t bring her swimsuit so she decided to show up in her underwear – something that upsets the adults, and also raises the question “doesn’t she always wear a swimsuit though?”.
The Strauss sisters are talking about their brother, Elfman, who apparently already is in Ryuuzetsu Land, hiding from his sisters. Elfman joined Evergreen along with the remaining Raijinshuu members. Somewhere else, near a ride called “Love Love Slider”, Juvia is inviting Gray to slide around on the said ride. Gray, true to his powers, refuses to go with her so Lyon takes over. Wendy meet up with Chelia and the two of them run off to have fun. Warren refers to them as angels. Quatro Puppy is seen relaxing in the pool.
From nowhere, Jenny shows up and pulls off Mirajane’s bikini top, exposing her to Macao and Wakaba. As a payback, Mirajane pulls down Jenny’s bikini bottom, giving the two men nosebleeds. Somewhere else, Lucy and Erza are being treated like queens by the hosts of Blue Pegasus. When Ichiya shows up, Erza takes Lucy and leaves.
Lucy strolls away and finds Mavis swimming around. Apparently, Makarov and Laxus are there too, to keep her company. On the other side, Erza runs into Jellal whose reason for being here is the magic power he was chasing.
Everyone is having fun; happy faces can be seen everywhere. That is, until Flare shows up behind Lucy. It turns out that Raven Tail’s members weren’t captured, only interrogated because they broke rules, not the law. Flare apologizes to Lucy and leaves. Lucy is surprised, but happy.
Natsu and Ichiya are having a race. Despite Alzack and Bisca’s warnings, they both run and fall. Ichiya flies towards Erza and Jellal. The latter notices the incoming man and pushes Erza over to save her from being hit, but he ends up grabbing her breasts by accident. It doesn’t seem like Erza minds very much though.
Ichiya wasn’t the only one who was sent flying. Natsu flies towards Gray, Lyon, and Juvia who are arguing near the Love Love Slider. Natsu crashes into the two males, pushing them over onto the slide. The ride seems to work with magic, so it forces Lyon and Gray to embrace throughout the entire ride, setting Juvia’s boy’s love awareness on fire. Gray and Lyon obviously dislike the situation and start freezing everything around them (including people). Natsu counters the ice with his fire, causing an explosion that Sting and Lector from Sabertooth are watching from their balcony.
The Ryuuzetsu Land is no more but a memory. Everyone is worn out, spread out everywhere in different awkward positions. Natsu is seen laughing at the center of it all. The chapter ends with Makarov and Mavis crying over the repair bill that is adressed to FAIRY TAIL.
Last week, some of the comments said that the upcoming two chapters would be side stories, which turned out to be true. I was fearing that this would be a bad thing considering the cliffhangers from chapter 297, but, I can’t say that I’m disappointed. I was thinking “oh no” when I saw the first page of this chapter, but when it was over, I found myself crying with laughter, so I guess I can say that I loved this side story. The comedy in FAIRY TAIL is, after all, the thing I enjoy the most in this manga. It’s so simple, it’s the typical slapstick kind, but so enjoyable. I think everyone knows this by now, but I must say it again – I love FAIRY TAIL.
It’s quite difficult to write about the chapter itself as its story wasn’t something special. But everything that happened today was very amusing, and certainly very shippable. I know it’s hard to come across romance in mainstream shounen titles, but that doesn’t mean that there is no such thing. Aside from the comedy, FAIRY TAIL centers a lot on bonds, and some of them appear very romantic to me despite being funny. Erza and Jellal, I don’t think I have to say much about them. They’ve already kissed, so in my eyes, that’s a confirmed ship for sure. But now we have Elfman and Evergreen, Levy and Gajeel – both “couples” share very sweet moments in this chapter. If this isn’t romance, I don’t know what is. So let the shipping begin!
Speaking of shipping, I don’t know what to say about Juvia’s boy’s love delusions. While it is funny, I hope she doesn’t support Lyon and Gray in the future. I want her to remain a creepy Gray stalker (hopefully she will be acknowledged as a “woman” by Gray soon). Oh well, a lot of ships on the waters today (haha), but there was more to this chapter than the funny romantic moments.
Cana showing up in her underwear, I thought that was hilarious. Ichiya was quite funny too. I can’t say I feel sorry for him, but he sure made me laugh a lot.
Aside from the laugh fest, there was some seriousness to this chapter too. The woman Jellal was following was here (after listening to some advice from FAIRY TAIL). I am super curious now, who can she be? There are many theories; most of them point towards one of the FAIRY TAIL girls from the future. I’m not entirely sure myself, so I won’t make any assumption for now.
Flare showing up in this chapter was quite a surprise. Her apology to Lucy seemed very sincere and kind, but I don’t understand why she apologized. She doesn’t seem like a person who would change for the better so easily. To be honest, she looks like a psychopath, so I can’t help but wonder if this apology was fake or not. Also, we now know that Raven Tail’s members are free, so I expect to see them again in a future arc about the Lumen Histoire. So while this was a side story, we got some major information too concerning the future aspects of this manga.
By the way, something I noticed as a fan of the anime, this chapter had a spoiler for the current filler arc.
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Next week’s chapter will be a side story too, so I hope to see some comedy. Hopefully Natsu won’t cause any further accident then (poor masters). Looking forward to chapter 299!
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