I think this chapter proves that the mysterious girl from the past chapters definitely is someone from the future.
Finally, the Eclipse plan is revealed to us! I’ve been waiting for so long, and I definitely think it was worth the wait because this concept of using the celestial magi’s powers to travel back in time is really interesting. It’s quite obvious that Arcadios lied to everyone. His desperate attempts at befriending FAIRY TAIL seemed to be working for a while, but of course, Natsu knew something was wrong. I was a bit afraid that the team would be convinced by Arcadios as he really presented his arguments quite well, but I’m glad FAIRY TAIL has some brains (a bit surprised that it’s Natsu though).
We know by now that Arcadios worships Zeref, so why would he want to go back in time? It’s assumable that his motive lies somewhere in Zeref’s immortality. Maybe Arcadios wants to learn the secrets behind becoming an eternal being? Maybe Arcadios wants to be “Zeref” himself? And what’s up with the minister? Arresting the celestial magi does not seem like a good way to prevent Eclipse from occuring. On the contrary, arresting the girls will only make it even more possible for the gates to open because they’ll be close to the gate itself. The minister may oppose to the plan, but he has been part of the group that has been working hard to make it happen. The Grand Magic Games isn’t a new thing. It is an annual tournament with shady motives. So the minister appears to be very suspicious to me. The question now is – where does the king come in?
The king, is he related to this project? If he has the power to let Lucy and Yukino go free, then he probably had a hand in their apprehension. There are so few people of power left to trust in Fiore…
With so much politics going around in FAIRY TAIL today, things are definitely becoming more interesting and exciting. Now that we know for sure that time traveling is involved, I think it’s safe to say that the mysterious girl is from the future. While it has been hinted that she is a time traveler and many of us have been guessing that for a long time now, this really seals the deal. Knowing that celestial magi’s magic is involved I can only assume that the girl can’t be anyone but Lucy. It can be Yukino too but that wouldn’t connect so well with Levy’s story from the future.
I wonder if the dragons’ disappearance is related to time traveling. The date can’t be a coincidence. Now that we’ve had so many chapters involving dragons, I’m sure we’re about to find out what really happened to them. The story in FAIRY TAIL hasn’t been this exciting in a long while, and I’m unquestionably looking forward to the next chapter. I hope Lucy is okay for now. Natsu, hurry up and charge that battery of yours!