「そしてオレたちは頂上を目指す」 (Soshite Ore-tachi wa Choujou o Mezasu)
“And So, We Aim for the Top”
I have been waiting for this arc since… I don’t even remember, but I’m super excited and I definitely think this arc will be a blast. Just look at the opening sequence – it’s a party already!
I assumed that the anime would drag things out for the sake of the manga, and while things were a bit slower, for an example, Natsu and Max testing their powers, nothing was slow enough to be boring, and this episode’s events were nowhere as slow as I expected them to be. In fact, I enjoyed every minute of the episode. Much like the previous arcs, there are some extra lines for each character to speak, but that’s perfect for someone like me who happens to love the characters more than anything in this series. I don’t intend to compare the manga and the anime in future posts. I just thought I’d point out some typical differences that we’ll come across (if you happen to read the manga as well), as this is the first canon arc I’m blogging here on Random Curiosity (I picked up FAIRY TAIL during a canon arc ending, weird timing, I know).
Today’s episode was very eventful despite having characters goofing around most of the time. We have Gildarts who returned the “master” title to Makarov through a letter he wrote before departing on a journey. Then there is Wendy whose plate is quite full now with big revelations such as Porlyusica being the Edolas counterpart of Grandeeney, but that’s not all – Wendy received some notes from Porlyusica who wrote them down during a meeting with the sky dragon.
While she is said to loathe mankind, I believe there is a loving heart beneath that cold appearance of Porlyusica. Watching her chase away everyone only to end up talking to them later made me laugh a lot, and seeing her opening up to Wendy was very heartwarming. I know I’ve said this before, but Wendy is an amazing character who has grown more than anyone in this series, and she still has a long way to go ahead of her. I really love her character. In the midst of all the strong and quite silly characters, there is one very young, kind, and rationally thinking girl. I look forward to seeing Wendy when she has mastered the new Sky Magic. And I also wish we’d see Porlyusica more often. Now that she has a link with Wendy, I hope to see the kinder side of her that is capable of smiling. Hopefully, we’ll learn why she is a human and not a dragon. For now, my guess is that dragons are magical creatures, and since Edolas is a world without magic, the dragons and all other magical beings are humans there.
The main event of this episode, and this arc, was the introduction to the Grand Magic Games – finally! I believe this is the first arc where all guilds in Fiore will be involved so I’m super excited. There will be loads of characters, tons of action – a true party! And no, these aren’t spoilers from the manga, I’m just saying what I’ve seen in the opening sequence. Makarov shows his true face – being number one in Fiore isn’t his goal. It’s all about the money! Ah, why is this show so funny? Jokes aside, to regain the reputation the guild once had, they’ll have to face a tough challenge. FAIRY TAIL is currently the weakest guild, and not just that – the team from Tenrou Island haven’t gone through any training during the last seven years. Fighting against the new Oración Seis (the villains of the filler arc, in case you didn’t watch it) didn’t improve their strength as they fought them with what they had to begin with. And let’s not forget that FAIRY TAIL was backed up by Zentopia near the arc ending. So FAIRY TAIL is what it used to be seven years ago – stuck in time.
Luckily, there are three months left until the tournament begins so hopefully, FAIRY TAIL will grow stronger. The preview for next week’s episode is a bit confusing though. It says training, but I just see swimsuits and stellar spirits. But I’m sure it will be fun because that’s what it looks like it’ll be!
Note: Use the spoiler tags!