I think this was the most adorable FAIRY TAIL chapter I’ve read so far!
It’s time for another side story! This story features Gildarts who is seen traveling alone, far away from the Grand Magic Games. Gildarts is getting old; he has a back pain which causes him to stop for a while. That is, until he spots a damsel in distress. As the womanizer he is, Gildarts leaves his baggage and runs over to the lady to save her. The bad guys who were disturbing the girl run away. A successful Gildarts turns flirtingly to the girl who surprisingly also runs away.
Sighing, Gildarts picks up his luggage and continues with his travels. He reaches a worn down village, and it turns out that the girl he saved lives in it. She apologizes to him for her earlier behaviour and introduces Gildarts to her elders. The latter thanks Gildarts and explains the village’s situation. It seems that the village was attacked by some beast that left the village in this devastating situation. Gildarts feels compassion for this village and decides to help them somehow, by hunting down the beast.
Gildarts enters a cave which seems to be the home of many reptiles. Very soon, he runs into a big beastlike creature which probably is the one who caused all the sadness in the village. Gildarts dodges the beast’s claws and punches him down on the ground, causing an explosion. The beast is no more.
Back at the village, Gildarts is treated as a hero. A party is being held to celebrate his heroic act where fine drinks are served, and beautiful women dance – things that appeal to Gildarts very much. The girl he saved earlier whispers something to him, probably some form of confession; it definitely sets Gildarts hormones on fire.
A young boy pokes Gildarts and tells him to come watch something through a magical monitor they’ve set up in the village. Gildarts goes to look and sees that this is showing the Grand Magic Games. Gildarts sees Erza’s triumphant victory from Pandemonium, and then, his beloved daughter’s performance in MPF shows up. Feeling proud of his daughter, Gildarts runs around, telling all the villagers how great she is. He brags about her so much that he ends up tripping, landing on his face. The landing is strong enough to cause the ground in the village to crack and separate into many pieces.
The chapter ends with Gildarts being kicked out by the very angry villagers, however, as the proud father he is, he couldn’t have been happier.
For a chapter that has no text, this sure told us a lot. I find it amazing when artists can tell stories with pictures only. And it’s not just that quality of the mangaka that made me enjoy today’s chapter. The story itself was adorable, sweet, and very fun. It was also very refreshing to see something away from the games for a while. While Gildarts has been present in the anime a lot, I must say I’ve missed seeing him in the manga. He is the strongest mage of the guild, so I can understand why he is absent so often. Having him present in all arcs would definitely give FAIRY TAIL too many advantages. But if we get chapters/episodes with Gildarts’ own adventures, I won’t complain at all!
Ever since we found out that Gildarts is Cana’s father, he has gradually become more adorable to me. While everyone in this manga is funny already, most of their humouristic sides have been leaning towards the typical shounen slapstick comedy, so I find Gildarts’ ridiculous fatherly love very refreshing and cute. As the womanizer he is, it’s good that he has one girl in his life that will never leave him – his daughter. I think I’d cry with pride if I were in his shoes too. I mean, Cana is an amazing woman, and it’s a shame the two of them spent so few moments together.
Aside from the very adorable Gildarts, we had the serious side of him too. Gildarts didn’t get his rank for no reason – punching that big beast with one hit sure was impressive – and he didn’t even use any magic. Gildarts’ physical strength amazes me so much. To be able to one-hit-KO big and tough monsters, or fall hard enough to crack the ground – why does Natsu even bother to challenge this man?
There isn’t much to say about this chapter aside from how much I loved it. While it was true to the comedy of FAIRY TAIL, it had a very unique feeling, and I think anyone, even someone who doesn’t read this manga, might find this chapter enjoyable.
So now that the two side stories have been published, it’s time for us to return to serious games. I’m dying to know what’s going on in the arena, so I’m very excited about the upcoming chapter. Hopefully, it’ll be a blast!