While Makarov has been put under the care of a healing mage, the rest of Fairy Tail prepares to take on Phantom Lord again. Lucy is still moping because she blames herself for everything that’s happened, and she considers actually going home to her father. Natsu, however, reminds her that Fairy Tail is where she belongs. Unfortunately for the guild, Mystogan is missing and Laxus refuses to get involved, and things start looking really bad when Jose arrives in Magnolia with a mobile Phantom Lord fortress. This fortress is equipped with a huge cannon that Jose fires on the guild, and Erza has to use all of her strength to protect them.
Erza and the other guild members refuse to give up and hand over Lucy though, so Jose threatens them with another shot of the cannon, which will take 15 minutes to recharge, and he also sends out shade creatures made from his own magic. In response, Natsu, Gray, and Elfman decide to attack the fortress to try to destroy the cannon while everyone else fights the shade creatures. Mirajane also knocks out Lucy and gives her to Reedus to take to a hiding place, and Mirajane herself takes on Lucy’s appearance. Once inside the fortress, Natsu and Happy quickly find the charging chamber, but it’s guarded by one of the Element 4, Totomaru. This proves troublesome for Natsu because Totomaru is able to manipulate fire and can turn Natsu’s attacks against him. To make matters worse, time is running out because the cannon is almost ready to fire again.
This was a pretty good episode since it had some decent action and strong showings of friendship, but I really wish someone would just slap some sense into Lucy because I can’t stand it when characters like her mope around and blame themselves for entire episodes. I guess it can’t be helped because it’s part of her character development, and plus even if she wanted to fight, she’s missing her keys. What I think the right solution would be for her is to confront her father with Fairy Tail behind her and show him that she doesn’t need him and has friends to support her. That’s probably a bit too straightforward though, and we’d miss out on all the fighting between Fairy Tail and Phantom Lord. On that note, why the heck did Jose think that it was a good idea to reveal that it takes 15 minutes for the cannon to recharge? He gains nothing from it, and it allows his enemies to plan their attack and realize when they’re running out of time. Anyway, I’m really intrigued by the preview for next week because it seems to indicate that they’ll be showing more of Lisanna. This must be why the episode right before this arc started was about her and Natsu.
As you may have heard, I am retiring from anime blogging at the end of this season, but I’ll be covering one more episode of FAIRY TAIL before then. Please limit your comments on this post to those that are FAIRY TAIL related.