With time running out before the Jupiter fires again, Natsu has his hands full fighting Totomaru. He ends up putting together a huge fire attack that intentionally misses Totomaru and instead hits and destroys the cannon. In response, Jose transforms the fortress into a mechanical giant, and it starts casting a forbidden magic spell. In order to buy some time, Mirajane decides to try to give herself up while still looking like Lucy, but Jose sees through the disguise, picks her up with the giant, and starts to crush her. Gray and Elfman meanwhile help Natsu get rid of Totomaru, and the three decide to split up to try to find the giant’s source of power. This leads to Elfman facing off against Element 4 member Sol, but Elfman is at a disadvantage because Sol knows all about his past, and Sol uses his memories of Lisanna against him. With Elfman down, Sol casts a spell to trap him in his own memories, forcing Elfman to relive how he had killed Lisanna after attempting a Take Over on a powerful beast. Mirajane can see this from where she’s being crushed, and when she calls out to him because she doesn’t want to lose him as well, he breaks free of the spell. He had swore that he’d never see his sister’s tears again, and he now powers up to do a whole body Take Over, transforming himself into the same beast as before.
It felt like they packed a lot of stuff into this episode plot-wise. Given how used to Bleach I am, I was expecting the battle between Natsu and Totomaru to take longer and maybe get sidelined while they focused on the Elfman and Mirajane stuff. Instead, that battle was resolved fairly quickly with Natsu saving the day (using his brains again too), and the story then pivoted pretty quickly to the siblings. It was nice of course to finally find out what happened to Lisanna, but I am still sort of curious about why Mirajane isn’t as powerful anymore – is it just a lost will to fight? They didn’t show Natsu’s reaction to her death either, so maybe we’ll find all that out later. For the time being, it looks like Elfman is going to kick Sol’s ass, and next episode will move on to the battle between Gray and Juvia.
Unfortunately, as you may have heard, I am retiring from anime blogging at the end of this season, and this is the last FAIRY TAIL post that I will be making. Based on the two seasons of it that I’ve now seen, I think it’s a decent series that could use some better battle animation but has fairly interesting story arcs. It was never the most compelling of the shows I was watching, but it’s a solid choice if you’re looking for a shounen action series.