「天使の涙」 (Tenshi no Namida)
“An Angel’s Tears”
The end is nigh. I’m pretty sure a conclusion to this arc awaits us in the future two or three episodes. There is hardly any time left for comedy, nearly no irrelevant dialogues at all – today’s episode featured battles and plot driven speeches, and that’s all! I do think things are going too fast now, and it makes me wonder why some episodes were wasted on trivial characters such as the Jiggle Butt Gang instead of the main story of this arc.
Gray’s battle was the main event of this episode, and to be honest – while I do understand that the season is near its ending and this arc must reach a conclusion, I think the planning could’ve been better. The battle between Gray and Angel seemed too easy, and things went too fast. Last time Gray faced this woman, he was teamed up with Freed which didn’t seem like a bad combination at all (compared to the other teams Cana put together). I remember Dan was there too, and the three of them lost quite badly. Also, Angel didn’t show any signs of being in pain while summoning her angels last time. And now, all of sudden, everything was just too easy.
Aside from the pacing, and sudden change in powers, the battle itself was really enjoyable and it reminded me a lot of Gray’s battle against Juvia during the Phantom Lord arc. Both Juvia and Angel are masochistic women in very different ways; both were saved by Gray. Now all that’s missing is Angel falling in love with Gray, and then we’ll have yet another rival for Juvia, but also, a copy of her. Unlike Juvia’s powers though, Angel’s magic consumes her vitality – something she finds joy in as she naïvely believes that by using this magic, she will die and become a real angel who can be united with the deity she loves.
Gray (with some help from Dan) did a great job revealing the ugly side of Angel’s magic and managed to save her, so now, only three of the Oración Seis remain – Brain II, Imitatia, and Cobra. The latter is currently facing Erza. Their battle could be seen for a short moment in today’s episode, but very little happened. I assume the two of them will have a proper duel next week which I’m looking forward to very much. Kinana was seen in the preview so we might see what happens when the Dragon Slayer is reunited with his pet. Speaking of Dragon Slayer; Cobra isn’t a real Dragon Slayer, but he has the magic of one, yet he hasn’t used that in this arc yet. We’ve only seem him relying on sound, so this makes me wonder, did he lose his magic? Is this somewhat related to Kinana? And if it is, will he regain his old powers when and if he is reunited with her? I guess we’ll have to wait for next week to find out!