「レギオンの猛威」 (Region no Moui)
“The Fury of Legion”
We all knew by now that Hughes, Sugarboy, and Coco were after the clock hand, but I’m pretty sure very few expected this filler arc to be related to the manga. I don’t intend to spoil anything for you, in case you don’t read the manga (which I think you should), but I doubt what I’m about to say would spoil anything.
In the current manga arc, there have been some references to an incident related to something called “Zentopia”, something that made little sense to me then, but now it’s all so clear! I wouldn’t call this “filler” anymore, but it isn’t necessary to watch this.
Leaving the manga, we now know that our current villains are part of something called “Legion corps”, they’re warriors related to Zentopia. They’ve been sent by the archbishop of Zentopia to retrieve the Lucy’s clock hand, which she obviously doesn’t want to give up, considering that it’s her father’s last memento. According to Byro, this mission is a crusade. By connecting this with what I know from the manga, I can pretty much figure out what Zentopia is, but this is an anime post, so I’ll leave it at that.
The episode itself was very action filled and exciting to watch. We had battles going on everywhere – Lily fighting Coco against his contradicting feelings, Hughes fighting Lucy’s stellar spirits – unable to possess them because they’re not human (but she was clever enough to use Michelle as a cover), Gildarts having some trouble landing any hits on Byro who appears to have some sort of negating magic, and of course Natsu – who managed to find a way to destroy Sugarboy’s magic – only to end up getting stuck with him. I actually expected Gray to show up because he fought Sugarboy in Edolas. I can’t say I was surprised seeing him there. But I was surprised to see Erza helping Gildarts because I assumed he’d be able to manage without help, however, the help wasn’t really needed.
The one who was in need of help didn’t get any at all, so in the end, Lucy lost the key, and it seemed to me that the enemies retreated for now. I always ask myself why Lucy rarely brings out Gemini. If Gemini is capable of copying another person, including that person’s magic abilities, why doesn’t Lucy use that key more often? It’s a bit upsetting to see Lucy losing “important” battles almost all the time. But on the other hand, I guess this was necessary because of the clock hand. But overall, Lucy has never really had any impressive battle. The few wins she has achieved aren’t very exciting. I certainly hope that the end of this arc will bring more justice to her character.
Oh, I almost forgot, near the end of the episode, you could hear some new music playing. The fourth FAIRY TAIL soundtrack volume needs a release date because the new music is great!
Based on what I’ve seen on the preview, it seems like we’ll finally get to see the priest Exceed from the opening sequence and the current eyecatch in next week’s episode! Looks like some story development (and some silly comedy) is up ahead which I’m looking forward to very much!
Note: Please, use the spoiler tags!