This was expected, but I was hoping this could’ve been slower paced.
While this chapter wasn’t as fantastic as I’d expected it to be, it was quite good.
I expected the battle to last a bit longer, or Natsu taking some damage, but since the main story surrounds the games for now, it will always come back to that. I did not consider the fact that hurting a participant may cause trouble, so Minerva’s conversation with Natsu was pretty much of a “Why didn’t I think of this?”-moment.
And speaking of Minerva. I am very interested in her. Her lady-like mannerism was quite refreshing to see in this series because, as far as I know, most female characters in FAIRY TAIL are pretty neutral, simple, and some are very wild. I’m a bit surprised she managed to convince Natsu so easily. I know Natsu and Happy share a strong bond, and Natsu would do anything for his friends, but this fight was interrupted in such an anticlimactic way. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. I’d much rather read about “Eclipse” than one of Natsu’s fights. I guess next week’s chapter will surround Eclipse, and probably Lucy and Yukino too.
The last page of this chapter made me wonder when we’ll see Natsu and Sting having an epic fight (yes, I’m absolutely sure that we’ll see a battle between them soon). And speaking of fights, Yukino was kicked out because of her “poor” performance at the games, but in this chapter, we saw guild members being instantly knocked out by Natsu one by one. I wonder how Jiemma will handle them… Although, I doubt we’ll see any more members being kicked out, considering Natsu’s “warning” at the end.
I know many people are tired of Natsu’s “nakama” talk, but personally, I think that’s a part of this series’ charm. I love Natsu very much, and I think his love for his friends is one of the traits that makes him who he is. It may be repetitive, but I still love it!
Having that said, I hope we’ll get to know more about “Eclipse” next week, but whatever the next chapter brings us, I’m ready for it!