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「ラクサスvs.アレクセイ」 (Rakusasu vs. Arekusei)
“Laxus vs. Alexei”

Let the battles commence! Unfortunately, my beloved Stereo is unavailable for blogging today so I’m going to be taking her place covering FAIRY TAIL just this once. Sadly, that does mean this post probably won’t be nearly as awesome as usual since I can’t possibly hope to match her passionate writing, but I’ll do my best!

I’ve heard Stereo mention a few times that the pacing in the anime is far better than it was at this point in the manga and I find I have to agree. Things are moving quite rapidly in the manga and at times it feels like too much is going on – it’s almost as though Mashima is rushing to try and get ahead of the anime (I’m sure he’s not really)! In contrast, the anime is taking everything at a more leisurely pace, giving much deserved attention to the battles between other characters. This is something I really like, especially when there are so many interesting characters outside the main cast. Millianna’s moment in the spotlight against Semas is certainly something that deserves more than the mere two panels it was afforded in the manga! I love Millianna – she has to be one of my favourite non Fairy Tail guild members (no, it’s not just because she’s a catgirl, I swear!) so it’s entertaining to watch her make a comeback and win against Semas!

The Rufus vs. Eve battle is another good one with a little extra importance over Millianna’s fight. We learn a bit more about ‘Memory Make‘, a type of Ancient Magic which seems to allow Rufus to toy with memories and summon magic from his recollection. Eve certainly put up a good fight, but the ease with which Rufus blew him away almost suggests he’d merely been toying with him up until that point. The reason I consider this battle important is in Gray’s desire to be the one to defeat Rufus. This could be a pretty tough battle for him – Gray specialises in ice magic after all and we just saw how easily Rufus was able to decimate another similar magic user with the flames summoned from his memory.

At last we come to the highlight of the episode – the titular battle between Laxus and Alexei. Or rather, between Laxus and Alexei plus all of Raven Tail’s elite! Many may already have guessed the connection between Laxus and Alexei from their names – they are in fact father and son! Seeing Fairy Tail react with shock as Laxus is beaten around by the masked Raven Tail member roughly mirrored how I felt when originally reading the chapter so long ago – the idea is preposterous. Laxus is one of the toughest mages Fairy Tail has to offer, an opponent that even gives Natsu a lot of trouble. What kind of absurd power would it take to be able to knock him around the arena so effortlessly? Sadly we don’t really see much of the actual battle this episode, merely the illusory duel between father and son while the discussion is ongoing. But we do get to learn Raven Tail’s true motive – not to win the tournament, but to presumably crush Fairy Tail as the anti-Fairy Tail guild.

Next week should be quite the spectacular episode! Not only will we have Wendy’s chance to shine, but the battle between Laxus and the entirety of Raven Tail’s elite should come to a head. This is one of the things I love about FAIRY TAIL, that magnificent spirit they have. No odds are too great – Laxus will happily take on the whole lot of them just as Erza took on every monster within Pandemonium! I’m looking forward to it already! So to end with Stereo’s tradition:

Moete kitazou!

tl;dr: @MoombaDS – The battles commence and Raven Tail reveals their true purpose! #FairyTail

Random thoughts:

  • I love Mavis. She understands Fairy Tail so well, just as you’d expect from the first guild master. ‘Do everything to protect your comrades, and have fun.’ This is a tournament after all – a sporting event. Nothing is more important than enjoying participation!
  • Sometimes I find it really hard to take Blue Pegasus seriously. Perhaps it was they who should’ve had a name change!
  • Poor Eve, being subjected to such sights mid-battle! It’s no wonder he lost!
  • I still adore FAIRY TAIL’s music – not only is it magnificent by itself, but it always accentuates exactly the right moments!

Full-length images: 02, 03, 05, 06, 08, 09, 12, 13, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31, 32, 34, 36.

Random aside: I released an awesome eight track sci-fi electronic video-game-inspired album! You should listen to it, buy it, and spread the word or something!

 

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February 9, 2013 at 6:58 am
31 comments »
  • February 9, 2013 at 7:12 amtom

    Nice. I can’t wait to see it

  • February 9, 2013 at 7:20 amShroompat

    LAXUS FIGHT!!!

  • February 9, 2013 at 7:30 amrukia

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    • February 9, 2013 at 9:16 amMoridin

      She would have won her match had it not been for cheating by Raven Tail at the end, and that was in spite of the fact her opponent had taken a small child hostage as well…

    • February 9, 2013 at 10:01 amTre

      Huh? She only competed in one event so far, and as Moridin says, it’s one where she would have won easily if it weren’t for the cheating from Raven Tail.

    • February 10, 2013 at 2:06 amK C M

      What have you been smoking rukia.

  • February 9, 2013 at 7:58 amchrisraymondr

    My favorite part of the episode was the five minutes it took to see everyone’s’ shocked faces when Laxus got punched xD

  • February 9, 2013 at 8:59 amN0216332

    The lack of Mavis as soon as Laxus’ battle commence indicates that she knows what’s going on. why isn’t she saying anything O_o?

  • February 9, 2013 at 9:04 amStellarHime

    The question is..

    Why did Eve has such memories of Ichiya in that particular situation.. ==;

  • February 9, 2013 at 9:21 amMoridin

    I’ve noticed the Fairy Tail anime is starting to do these set up episodes more often now probably due to the fact they don’t want to catch up with the manga too fast. I for one am a fan of this kind of padding (not really filler by this point)as it fits better with the spirit of the manga, also getting to see more of Natsu (vs Sabertooth), Erza (vs Pandimonium), and Laxus (vs Raven Tail) go all out is great, as each of those “fights” were only really a couple of pages in the manga.

  • February 9, 2013 at 9:22 amCelecia01

    Once again Stereoman, loved the post!

    Secondly, wow. Seriously? Laxus vs Raven Tail and Wendy vs Celia in the same episode? I loved both fights in the manga and now they’re going to be animated at the same time? Fairy Tail is certainly an anime that makes me long for the next week to hurry up and arrive. Can’t wait for the next episode, it should be epic.

    Also, I’ve heard rumors flying around that Fairy Tail might not run for much longer as, forgive me for forgetting the name, the artist/author isn’t keen on long series and doesn’t want it to become too commercial like some of the other long running series. While I do agree with the logic and don’t want Fairy Tail to be tainted by the want for money, I do hope that it stays around a while longer. It’s always to me felt like a long running series with the pace of a short one, the arcs don’t drag out, the fights are amazing, the characters are lovable and the story is strong. Here’s hoping it’s just rumors, but if not, well, I suppose a war against the dragons is a pretty explosive way to end things.

    • February 9, 2013 at 9:36 amMisk

      As far as I know, Hiro Mashima has confirmed at least 3 more arcs after the Grand Magic Games one. Whether they get animated as well is a different question though.

    • February 9, 2013 at 4:00 pmMoridin

      This is the biggest non Shueisha (Jump series of Manga anthologies) Shōnen Manga in Japan right now in terms of Tankōbon Volume sales. The idea that his editors would allow him to stop is hard to believe I mean even Akira Toriyama (who ironically Hiro Mashima loves) was “convinced” (more money) to do TWO “final arcs” of Dragon Ball after his initially planned ending (Frieza). All that said on the anime side of things its really hard for a Shōnen show to be cancelled from TV as it takes a Bleach/InuYasha level of falling sales to cut it short and right now Fairy Tail is flying high.

      On a side note Moomba did the post…

    • February 10, 2013 at 8:25 amblahblah0625

      Moomba wrote it.

  • February 9, 2013 at 9:38 amMisk

    So despite the fact that this episode was adapted of only one chapter (!), it was pretty good. I liked seeing Millianna’s and Eve’s fights extended, they did a good job at that. Laxus is epic ;o

    Oh and also, I noticed that the animation in this episode was much better than usual! I probably don’t need to mention awesome soundtracks ;p

    Thank you for an awesome post, Moomba :3

    • February 10, 2013 at 6:30 amMoomba

      Seconded on enjoying the extended fights!

      Thanks for the kind words!

      • February 10, 2013 at 11:38 amMisk

        You’re welcome ^^

  • February 9, 2013 at 12:22 pmShadiic

    :3 Laxus is always dreamy when he’s about to kick ass

  • February 9, 2013 at 3:22 pmTSouL

    Two anticipated fights in next episode!

  • February 9, 2013 at 5:46 pmP Ko

    Oh my oh my Bisca you are delic… I mean… Yeah! Woo! Laxus! Yeah! ˁ˚ᴥ˚ˀ

  • February 9, 2013 at 8:08 pmBladewind

    Now if only last week’s Erza fight has as much animation budget as the Laxus fight… instead of all the stills.

  • February 10, 2013 at 8:57 amK C M

    Couldn’t Erza have noticed the illusion from alexei with Her artificial right eye.

    • February 10, 2013 at 11:37 amMisk

      Good point. She’d have to close the second eye though. Or maybe it’s not an illusion which directly affects eyes.

      • February 10, 2013 at 2:04 pmRava

        It’s not.

        Remember, people can’t hear them either — they’re hearing the fake battle sounds. A very simplified view is that it’s like they got made invisible to everyone, sort of.

      • February 10, 2013 at 2:08 pmK C M

        @ Misk
        Oops, I forgot about that, it’s true She would have to close Her left eye to see through it.
        You are right.

      • February 10, 2013 at 2:11 pmK C M

        PS.
        Whether it’s an illusion that affects the eyes or not She could still see through it, remember that’s how she defeated Midnight of Oracion Seis.

  • February 10, 2013 at 9:40 amStereoman

    Sadly, that does mean this post probably won’t be nearly as awesome as usual since I can’t possibly hope to match her passionate writing, but I’ll do my best!

    Aww, thank you so much for the kind words! But this is so not true! This is the best FT post ever after this one!

    Thank you so much for writing this for me while I was busy. Words aren’t enough to express how much it means to me. Thank you ;A; You’re the bestest!

  • February 10, 2013 at 9:15 pmAsunai

    Can’t wait for the next episode :3

  • February 10, 2013 at 11:30 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    the screen caps on this show are great! but i wont be fooled a third time! every time i give this show another chance after being enticed by the pics i get treated to sub par animation, magic “cgi” circles, and terrible rotating,zooming and whatever else you could do with photo shop stills during action sequences……not enjoyable.
    i realize shows like one piece get the lions share of budget and resources..but this show has been around for a while …right? why doesn’t it get treated to occasional peaks in animation and fluid battle sequences……ugh….i just cant stomach it

    • February 11, 2013 at 5:04 amMisk

      The animation quality is quite jumpy. For instance, I enjoyed this episode’s animation A LOT. It was the best one we’ve had for a while. But it’s possible the next one won’t be as good.. Too bad. Long running shows suffer from this. Even Naruto, sometimes the difference between two episodes is like a day and a night.

  • February 11, 2013 at 12:11 pmlujeur

    That last cap. S**t’s about to go down.