I couldn’t stop myself from grinning throughout the entire chapter as the Natsu fangirl I am.
I constantly got chills while reading this chapter. And it’s not just because I absolutely love Natsu – it’s because I thought this chapter was amazing!
Of course, not everyone shares my opinion. I noticed some negativity over how one-sided this battle was. Personally, I don’t think it’s one-sided considering that Natsu and Gajeel were being punched around by Sting and Rogue in the previous chapter (for the sake of studying their opponents’ powers). Each guild got their own chapter to show their strength; turns out that FAIRY TAIL was the stronger one. Also, Natsu’s motivation was his will to avenge his friends which, in my opinion, is a much stronger resolve than Sting’s promise to Lector, and this might make me seem a bit biased, but I really wanted FAIRY TAIL to win this, so, I couldn’t be happier with this chapter’s outcome.
I know I said I respect Sting for his promise to Lector, and I still do, but after giving it some thorough thinking, I realized that Sting shouldn’t be very respected. I mean, while he is valuing his promise to Lector (and their friendship), he mocks others’ relationships. So in the end, I couldn’t sympathize with Sting when he fell while thinking about Lector.
Rogue on the other hand, hmm.. I don’t have much to say about the guy but I definitely like him more than Sting at the moment. I still expect them both to end up in FAIRY TAIL in the future, and if they do, I know I’ll be able to forgive them easily like I did with Gajeel. This is something I love about FAIRY TAIL – it has the ability to make any character likable!
But no one is more likable than Natsu if you ask me! He was brilliant in this chapter. I knew he’d win this fight because of how predictable most battles in this manga are, but I didn’t expect him to win in such an epic way. Not only did he beat two Dragon Slayers at once all alone, he also proved that power doesn’t matter – it’s all about your heart. Man, I love shounen despite the clichés.
Natsu’s attack in the end was insane. I don’t think I’ve seen it before, is it new? The attack’s name reminded me of Byakuya from Bleach – the way the fire became flower petals/blades; it was quite impressive.
I’m very pleased with this week’s chapter and I can’t praise it enough. Hopefully we’ll see Erza fighting Minerva soon and I expect that to be even more impressive than Natsu’s battle. I’m also very curious to find out who the crying person was near the beginning of this chapter. I thought it would be Zeref until Ultear said the presence was slightly different from him. Hmm, who could that be? Anyway, looking forward to next week! This arc just keeps getting better!