「解き放たれた絶望」 (Tokihanatareta Zetsubou)
I think this was the most exciting episode of the current arc so far and it just keeps getting better. Oh, where do I start? I can begin with Erza’s team – they really surprised me today; I definitely didn’t expect to see Erza lose a battle like this. Also, I’m a bit upset we never saw any impressive action scenes featuring Evergreen, although, considering the fact that Cana was affected by mind controlling magic (dreams) while putting these teams together (according to Bickslow’s conclusion based on Erigor’s story), I’m not surprised to see so many of the teams failing.
It appeared to me that many fans were disappointed in the lack of strength coming from FAIRY TAIL, which is understandable, but I don’t see a reason for them to remain upset now that we’ve been given so many explanations – seven years without any physical activities, bad teamwork because of the teams, and of course – traitors! But this doesn’t mean that they will keep losing all fights; the story will just progress a bit slower which is good considering how close to the manga the anime is.
Aside from the losses, we’ve had some successful teams as well! Sometimes, I forget how striking Juvia can be when she’s engaged in a battle. It’s been so long since we saw her fighting seriously. I thought her battle against Gatman was very impressive, and I was slightly sad when Gajeel ended the fight so quickly. I wouldn’t mind if the battle would’ve been a minute longer. Gajeel and Juvia’s triumphant victory didn’t come as a surprise to me as they’re both originally from the same guild and have probably fought together several times before joining FAIRY TAIL.
The contradictions within Zentopia are continuing. While it was obvious that Oración Seis were part of Zentopia, it is now a given fact. Technically it’s not Zentopia; it’s just Lapointe playing both ends in this game where apparently Oración Seis have the upper hand.
I didn’t expect Jackpot to be Klodoa so I was positively surprised to see him unzip that ridiculous costume. He shouldn’t be a threat to FAIRY TAIL so I consider him to be out of this game for now. But that doesn’t mean that it’s game over. Midnight is up against FAIRY TAIL’s only married couple – the Guns Magic wielders – Alzack and Bisca who both seem to have some problems fighting their opponent.
Oración Seis are clearly dominating everyone in this arc, even the Legion Corps. They’ve set everything they planned in motion. The only thing left to do is to capture Lucy which shouldn’t be too hard now that “Michelle” – or Imitatia – turned out to be one of them. While I had been suspecting Michelle for a long time, I was still a bit surprised and excited to see her as an antagonist. I don’t think she’s completely evil though as she was seen crying while apologizing to Lucy before revealing her true colors. I think the same thing applies to Cobra; he might be one of the good guys later because he is only looking for his snake – his one true friend.
With so much power on Oración Seis’ side (including the power to control the Legion Corps), the Infinity Clock rising and activating itself, people revealing their true identities, and Lucy probably being captured – how will luck return to FAIRY TAIL’s side? The preview isn’t promising at all, in fact, I’m scared of it because it seems like the Jiggly Butt Gang will return – oh, the horror!
Hopefully they won’t be too ridiculous or have a lot of screen time, so aside from them, I hope to see more about the clock itself. I’m still a bit lost about its effects; I know there will be “chaos” and that this is some sort of crusade, but the chaos itself needs more explanation which I hope to see next week!