「怒涛の対決! ナツ vs. ラクサス」 (Dotou no Taiketsu! Natsu vs. Rakusasu)
“Raging Battle! Natsu vs. Laxus”
It looks like I was wrong last week. That “rod” was not a key. Last week, some of you said that it looked like a clock hand, and that was actually correct! But I’m still not sure what this clock hand does, I think it involves some form of chaos.
Leaving that and moving on with the main events of the episode – I must say, this episode felt pretty random and unplanned. It was amusing to watch, but things were all over the place. I have nothing against a good battle between Natsu and Laxus, but Wendy suggesting a showdown for it seemed pretty random. Throwing a festival for the battle seemed pretty random too.
Unfortunately, the battle ended within a few seconds. I expected Natsu to put up a fight, so I must say that I’m quite surprised he lost so quickly. In his first battle with Laxus, nearly 80 episodes ago, he put up a real fight. I expected him to lose, but not like this. Oh well, it was fun to watch so I can’t really complain. Something worth mentioning about this battle is the background music. I don’t recognize the track at all and I’ve listened through all three volumes of the soundtrack. I’m assuming a fourth volume is on its way but I haven’t found any information about it.
Another very random and odd thing in this episode was Erza and Gray’s mission. The mission seemed very out place, but I’m not expecting very much from this filler season so I’m easily amused. While this mission was odd, it did bring justice to Juvia’s character – jealous Juvia is so funny!
While there was a lot of randomness going on in this episode, there was also a lot of story progress. As I mentioned in the first paragraph – we now know what that rod is. We also have three characters from the opening section introduced, although, I wouldn’t call this an introduction because it turns out – we’ve seen them before! I didn’t notice that these characters weren’t new when I saw the opening – but they’re actually from the Edolas arc – an arc that unfortunately lacks coverage on Random Curiosity. Based on what I’ve seen in the preview, we can assume that our three returning characters – Hughes, Sugarboy, and Coco are here to find Lucy.
I can’t say for sure if they are evil or not. They might be the Earth Land versions, and if they are, then whatever I said about them not being new, is wrong. But if they’re from Edolas, they might not be evil. If I recall correctly, Coco was one of the nice guys during the Edolas arc, but you can never be too sure!
With that being said, I can round things up by saying that this was a weak and random episode, but definitely amusing. I’m looking forward to some story progress next week.
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