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FAIRY TAIL 306 – Gray VS. Rufus

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I think my expression is similar to Juvia’s right now.

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Summary:

Mavis had planned for Gray to fight Rufus from the beginning but she doesn’t know if he can win. Rufus has to be defeated first because he knows everyone’s locations. Gray begged Mavis to let him fight Rufus. Mavis thought that emotions can sometimes overcome calculations and therefore she allowed Gray to tackle the challenge.

Gray launches his “Freeze Lancer” towards Rufus who easily dodges and memorizes the attack. He also dodges Gray’s next attack, “Ice Impact”. Rufus tells Gray that he uses memories as weapons. Through memorizing magic he has seen, he gives shape to new magic. Rufus makes a new magic based on Orga’s lightning one and Gray’s ice magic – “Freezing Sword of Black Lightning”. In other words, Rufus can create his own original magic.

Rufus also seems to be able to undo his opponents’ magic by “forgetting” them. Gray who was defending himself with a shield is hit by Rufus’ magic as his shield breaks. Rufus tells Gray that the battle is a requiem for him because he won’t be able to win.

Gray throws off his shirt. He tells Rufus that he has never lost to the same opponent twice after becoming a member of FAIRY TAIL. He uses a new attack – “Unlimited”, which seems to surprise Rufus. The attack, or technique, allows Gray to form various weapons of ice. The shaping speed of the many weapons is so fast that Rufus’ memorization magic can’t keep up.

Gray traps Rufus in a prison of ice but Rufus says he can use flames, however, those flames aren’t strong enough because Gray has seen stronger. The dual-wielding Gray hits Rufus with his “Ice Bringer” and knocks him out. Gray wins the battle and to show off, he wears Rufus’ hat.

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Hooray for Gray! It didn’t come as a surprise to me when he defeated Rufus but that didn’t make the fight less exciting. Considering that Gray lost his previous battle and has been portrayed as one of the weaker characters in this arc, it was a nice comeback for him. The glorious victory was very satisfying and the last page had me looking like Juvia. But maybe without the hearts… (I am a Natsu fangirl after all).

Rufus’ memorization magic, despite having flaws, it has the capability to be one of the best ones of this series. Imagine if he were to memorize something like “Fairy Law” or “Fairy Glitter”? Of course, having the strongest magic is useless when one’s opponent is as fast as Gray. The battle finale was truly marvelous and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. Was that some form of Unlimited Blade Works? It was also quite nice to see Gray indirectly honoring Natsu when Rufus tried to burn everything.

Now that FAIRY TAIL has taken down one of the Sabertooth members, they are once again in the lead. However, only with one point. I doubt Rufus was the leader. No, the five-point challenge will probably be Minerva from Sabertooth and Kagura from Mermaid Heel. Oh, I almost forgot, we still have Jura out there. So it’s too early to celebrate this victory, but at least now, FAIRY TAIL can move with ease without being watched by Rufus. Good job Mavis, your calculations have been nothing but impressive so far!

Aside from the battle, there wasn’t much going on in this chapter. We saw Natsu’s team for a brief moment but that’s all there is to that. I hope to see them explore the city they’re in. Ah, there is so much I want to see but the chapters are so short… This is truly one of the most exciting arcs of this series so far because there is so much going on and so many characters are involved!

Moete kitazou!

November 1, 2012 at 7:23 am
40 comments »
  • November 1, 2012 at 7:32 amWuz

    I sat here with the biggest grin ever while i was reading this chapter. Gray needed that victory. And he downright slaughtered Rufus!

  • November 1, 2012 at 7:37 amsantoryu13

    Gray.. you are a bamf. This is why you are one of my favorites.

  • November 1, 2012 at 7:54 amKarmafan

    Mavis is FT’s secret weapon. I bet the other guilds don’t have a strategist of her level planning things out. No wonder she was Master #1.

  • November 1, 2012 at 8:10 amEuzio

    “Ice Make…. UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS!!!

    That’s what it looked like to me anyway XD

    • November 1, 2012 at 11:23 amMasterDragonKnight

      I am the bone of my sword.
      Ice is my body, and frost is my blood.
      I have created over a thousand sculptures.
      Unknown to clothes.
      Nor known to pants.
      Have withstood cold to create many masterpieces.
      Yet, this body will never wear anything.
      So as I Ice-Make, Unlimited Blade Works!

      • November 1, 2012 at 3:55 pmJust Passing By

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      • November 2, 2012 at 7:59 amCybersteel

        I am the bone of my pervertedness,
        PANTSU is my body, and ECCHI is my blood,
        I have broken over a thousand dresses,
        unknown to shame, nor known to decency,
        I have withstood pain to break many dresses,
        yet, these hands will never hold any OPPAI,
        so, as i pray, UNLIMITED DRESS BREAKER!!!

      • November 2, 2012 at 8:19 amCaptain

        C-C-C-Ccombo breaker!

  • November 1, 2012 at 8:27 amAkiRan

    So not only tactical leads the winning, but the spirit of each member and trust. This chapter seems to blow the reader off once again.

  • November 1, 2012 at 8:39 amAnza

    Awww I was hoping the fight would be longer, I’ve wanted Gray to wipe that smug smile off Rufus’ face for a long damn time.

  • November 1, 2012 at 9:03 amCelecia01

    Gray is cool. (pun intended)

    I really felt that the artwork in this chapter was REALLY good. I’ve always said that Fairy Tail fights are the easiest to follow in the managa as they are so well drawn. Can’t wait to see this fight in the anime.

  • November 1, 2012 at 9:12 amMisk

    Even though the fight was quite short and I’m more looking forward to the rest of the battles, it was quite enjoyable. About time we saw Gray kicking some ass :3

  • November 1, 2012 at 9:42 aminferno

    too epic for works! amazing chapter

    • November 1, 2012 at 9:42 aminferno

      too epic for “words”… typo

      • November 1, 2012 at 11:29 amMasterDragonKnight

        Well, evidently so. XD

      • November 1, 2012 at 1:06 pmbaka

        I guess this chapter was so epic that he had a typo ;D

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    • November 1, 2012 at 10:33 amStereoman

      Lucy lost quite recently and Gray lost during his previous battle.

    • November 1, 2012 at 11:37 amCrook

      You’ve read the manga yet say Fairy TALE…?
      And yes, characters lose here as well, it’s exactly what the arc was focusing on for quite some time.

    • November 1, 2012 at 1:00 pmSuppa Tenko

      What are you talking about? the Fairy Tail team was losing all the time until the last 4 chapters.

    • November 1, 2012 at 1:04 pmJoe

      there was that whole getting nuked by a big black dragon not that long ago too.
      that was pretty harsh.
      quite a bit of losing in the arc before that too…

    • November 1, 2012 at 1:52 pml3reezer

      Dood… not reading the previous chapters and spelling the name of the series wrong… Not much merit…

    • November 1, 2012 at 8:53 pmdimasok

      Simon died too.. besides I would hate to lose any one of them. I love them all. The guild bonds is what makes the series so damn good.

    • November 1, 2012 at 11:25 pmlol

      they did for 7 years in the grand magic games after the core member were gone

  • November 1, 2012 at 11:22 amStormy

    Gray is one of my favourite characters and I am glad he defeated Rufus! It show’s not to underestimate Gray as you will get Iced in the end! Him wearing the hat was probably the icing on the cake to this battle though. Very funny! Hopefully he will have another epic fight during this round as well! (Maybe Lyon)?

  • November 1, 2012 at 12:09 pmAnanas

    Someone ordered some plot armor?

  • November 1, 2012 at 12:18 pmdimasok

    Best manga ever!

    After reading the boring Naruto/Bleach chapters, I’m so pumped for more Fairy Tale!
    Haven’t seen a single bad chapter so far!

  • November 1, 2012 at 12:42 pmXavier

    nice for Gray, and how the future battles will be…. Erza vs Kagura vs Minerva, Laxus vs Jura at least that is what I expect to see next chapters

  • November 1, 2012 at 1:24 pml3reezer

    HOT DAYUM, that was an excellent fight. Mashima knows how to deliver some bad ass content, when the clothes came off (even showing the fangirls, haha) and then the, “I’ve memorized stronger flames.”
    Once I saw the panel with Gray in the flashback being so adamant to fighting Rufus, I started tearing up a bit.
    Slight agreement with others about expecting the fight to last longer, but can’t really complain too much. The anime should be able to elongate it a bit, but hopefully that won’t ruin the intensity.

  • November 1, 2012 at 1:46 pmYanDaMan

    Mavis <3

    Also, lol, Unlimited Blade Works. Nice.

  • November 1, 2012 at 1:51 pmgawrshness

    Despite the fact that Gray put Rufus’ hat on his head as a sign of his triumph do you think it’s possible for Rufus to pull and Shiela and stand up again next chapter?

    • November 1, 2012 at 2:49 pmRukia

      No. They already awarded the point to Fairy Tail.

  • November 1, 2012 at 1:57 pmJiCi

    Glad to see Gray’s new powers, that was awesome !
    I’m only asking for one thing: please let him keep the hat, he looks great with it ^^.

  • November 1, 2012 at 2:26 pmKappaRamen

    The fight would’ve lasted longer if Rufus’s got more RAM

    • November 1, 2012 at 5:20 pmEuzio

      Nah, he needed more processing power. He shuda upgraded to an Octa-Core processor rather than stick to using Quad-Core XD

      • November 1, 2012 at 8:52 pmdimasok

        Nah he should have used a supercomputer.. the one they use at IBM to model protein unfolding lol

  • November 1, 2012 at 10:01 pmneckzor

    Now I await for the justice of having Lucy not being the weak one in the coming events down there in that hell palace XD
    Good to see Gray winning nice and swiftly, I can”t wait for what is next because really this has got me all motivated for the coming battles *U*

  • November 2, 2012 at 2:24 amEmD

    In typical Fairy Tail fashion, villains are built up, plot points are built up, hype is built up and then it fails to deliver at all points.

  • November 2, 2012 at 10:05 amK C M

    I am so happy for Gray, so all you Gray haters and bashers stop the hating and bashing.

  • November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pmMarisa

    The Rufus power reminds me on Adam blade in Needless