「ルーシィとミッシェル」 (Ruushii to Missheru)
“Lucy and Michelle”
All trains eventually terminate, and that moment is here for us – the passengers of this enjoyable filler train. It is time to step off the train at its final station.
Wow, what a finale! I must say that I’m impressed. It has been a while since I saw such an exciting finale. Even though Natsu was the highlighted person in this episode, my praise will only go to Lucy. It was nice to see her finally take control of the situation and do something instead of being the damsel in distress. Also, aside from the exciting action, the flashbacks from Michelle’s past were really sweet and heartwarming.
Throughout this series, Natsu or Erza have always been the ones to save their comrades in difficult situations, but this is probably the first time in a long while that Lucy was given a chance to shine and show that she is strong, although, she was encouraged by Michelle. Watching her feel proud of herself as a FAIRY TAIL mage, and also a Heartfilia, covered my face with a smile, and when she unleashed her powers into the Infinity Clock I had goosebumps all over. It wasn’t the rescue act itself that had me so excited; it was the fact that Lucy was so brilliant today! I wish this could happen more often because I know Lucy is strong, but this series is very unfair to her. She either has to face overpowered enemies or ridiculously weak ones. Situations like today’s where she can show her potential are very rare and that’s such a shame.
Well, I’m glad she was given this chance. When Lucy found out she’d be launched out of the clock, I knew we’d see the scene from the opening sequence. If you haven’t noticed yet – all FAIRY TAIL’s opening sequences have scenes from future episodes and they’re filled with spoilers! So I just knew Natsu would find her and catch her against all laws of nature (he must be running at rocket speed). I was hoping they’d land in a more romantic way (yes, I ship these two), but I guess a blushing Lucy and a painfully crushed Natsu works as well because it was quite funny.
Cobra finally met Kinana but it didn’t last too long. Nevertheless, it was still a very pleasing scene and I’m very happy to see that Cobra cares so much about his snake. To me, it seems like he didn’t care about Oración Seis for real, only Kinana. He was probably just there because he never left the group. Now that Cobra has been arrested, I doubt we’ll ever see him again, but at least, his character was given a proper conclusion. The same can be said about Brain II whom I also don’t expect to see again. He was a worthy opponent and a good villain of this arc.
Now that the fillers are over, we’re going to dive into a canon arc and to be honest, that really worries me. The manga is approximately 50 chapters ahead of the anime. Starting with episode 151, both the manga and this anime will be on the same arc. I have no idea how this will work out but I’m very excited about the upcoming story. Of course, there will be some transitional moments in next week’s episode first so the new story will probably be introduced at the end. I’m really fired up about this!
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Final impressions of the “Key of the Starry Sky” arc:
The word “filler” has become a very negative one in the anime sphere. I believe the cause for that are some of the filler arcs in other mainstream shounen titles. This has caused a lot rage among anime fans and nowadays, most people ignore these arcs. I’ve come across shows where I’ve absolutely hated the fillers but then again, some of my favorite shows are built up with nothing but original anime episodes. One of my favorite shows, if not my favorite, is Natsume Yuujinchou, and the majority of that anime’s episodes are all original stories. I don’t think it’s fair to say that fillers are bad because they’re just stories that weren’t included in the manga. A certain story can be bad, but not fillers if you ask me.
So what makes FAIRY TAIL’s fillers so different from other mainstream shounen shows? To be honest, there isn’t much of a difference in terms of action. This is a shounen so there will be a lot of “nakama” talk, many questionable power-ups, weird enemies, out of character situations – but FAIRY TAIL has something I think many other shounen titles (not all of them) lack – comedy. The humoristic side of FAIRY TAIL combined with its characters is this series’ strongest point to me and it’s very silly – close to slapstick comedy and I think that is part of its charm. The comedy in FAIRY TAIL suits almost everyone and I think most anime fans will find something to laugh at. This is the advantage of this series – it can rely on its comedy.
I think a show is automatically more enjoyable when characters have outstanding personalities and that’s what almost everyone in FAIRY TAIL has. This is the main reason why this show’s fillers are so enjoyable. Even if the plot has its ups and downs, the characters are so interesting that you ignore the flaws of the anime.
Of course, a show like this shouldn’t just be character driven; there must be a plot too. This arc about the clock has been a wild ride. Overall, I think it has been fun to watch because Lucy had so many good moments throughout this arc. She is usually tossed around everywhere so it was definitely amazing to see her shine. This arc was really fair to her, so what can I say? – A medal to the writer!
Aside from the characters we’re already so used to, the villains in this arc were interesting too. First of all, I really enjoyed how new versions of old characters were used. Using Earth Land versions of Edolas characters was a brilliant move because I felt more familiar with the characters that way.
One thing Mashima Hiro does a lot is to turn villains into heroes, which is a quite worn out concept at this point so I was really glad to see Oración Seis again. It’s nice to know that there are some stubborn evil guys out there who despite being defeated didn’t give up, and I don’t think defeating them a second time changed their attitude at all, except for Cobra and Angel. So it was definitely a pleasant surprise to see returning villains.
Something else I wish to praise this arc for is how it gave us a lot of insight into Jude’s last days. Jude isn’t a very likable father. We know he loved his daughter but his caring side showed up too late. When he passed away, I didn’t feel sad because he was gone, I was just sad for Lucy because she had no biological family left. But with this arc, we were given a chance to see Jude accept his new life as a hard working man, and he became more likable in my eyes. I’ve written so much about things I enjoyed, but I almost forgot my favorite part of this filler arc – Michelle!
Michelle was a brilliant character and I will definitely miss her very much. She was adorable, hilarious, sweet, and I enjoyed every moment she was on my screen. Even when she turned out to be a villain, I still liked her and I felt sympathy for her. I’m really glad she was set free at the end, and I’m happy that Lucy remembered her. Even though she has gone back to being a lifeless doll now, her soul will live on, and she can be with her beloved nee-san forever!
I’ve done nothing but praise this arc, but there are of course some things that I thought could’ve been better. I wish we would’ve gotten to know more about the real Michelle Lobster. Also, a lot of the fights were really rushed near the end which felt very unnatural considering how weak FAIRY TAIL appeared to be in the first half of this arc, but what I disliked more than anything was the very unnecessary characters that showed up at some parts – namely the Jiggly Butt Gang. While they did play a role in Natsu’s prison breakout, they were constantly awkward in every other episode they took part in. While they were childish and funny, they didn’t suit the story at all.
But what can you do given the current situation where everyone is supposed to be weak after a long time skip? I must say that this filler arc was very enjoyable and it delivered very well considering how weird timing it had. I expected this to arc to have more flaws than it did, but I honestly think this is a decent arc and it brought justice to many characters while staying true to the source material.
So all I can say that this was definitely worth watching and well worth blogging. I’m looking forward to the new canon arc that starts next week!