「星々の歌」 (Hoshiboshi no Uta)
“Song of the Stars”
It was hard for me to avoid smiling at this heartwarming episode filled with what I love the most about FAIRY TAIL. And no, I’m not talking about the fanservice, but that’s a nice thing too. For me, this series is all about love and bonds, and that’s what we were shown today – in a hilarious way of course. Everything was so enjoyable, and I believe the manga readers who are ignoring the anime can watch this episode and find it highly entertaining. The episode was amusing from beginning to end, and I couldn’t stop myself from giggling while watching it.
As the childish person I am, it was easy for me to relate to all the silliness in this episode. While some people might call Gray and Natsu immature for all the competitions they had, I’d simply call it “having fun”. I like to build castles of sand with my friends too but sadly, I’m nowhere as skilled as Natsu and Gray are, which surprises me. Well, Gray is artistic, no doubt, but Natsu… I’m jealous!
Aside from the boys having fun, let’s not forget that this is a training camp and not a vacation. Lucy discussing One Magic with Capricorn was a very touching scene to me. Lucy may be one of the weaker characters of this show, but she has a great heart and I admire her so much for it. Her conclusion that says that One Magic is related to love was very beautiful, and for the record, it makes a lot of sense too (with Hades) and it is truly something that fits this anime (because of how it makes friends more important than anything).
It’s interesting to see how different everyone’s training methods are. The main team which we saw today had a lot of fun on the beach, but the others seem to be going through more serious developments. I’m not sure what the Raijinshuu is up to, but the Strauss siblings were seen camping with Cana. So, a lot of training in the wild I guess. It will be interesting to see how everyone performs in the tournament which takes place in five days instead of three months!
When the anime hit the Zentopia filler arc, I was quite worried about the party chapter. I had no idea how the anime would pull it off but I’m glad everything went smoothly. I’d been looking forward to this party for so long, and I must say, it was better than expected. The Celestial world was beautifully done, and it was so nice to see all the spirits again, especially the sneaky king. I wonder if it’s possible to make a contract with him. That would make Lucy one of the strongest magi ever!
A party means good company, food, and music. The stellar spirits weren’t stingy; they brought us everything and a bit more! I laughed a lot at Natsu feeling troubled over the food, but Gray and Erza didn’t seem to have any problems with that, and Aries and Cancer weren’t so bothered. It was also quite nice to see Juvia bonding with Aquarius. I’m surprised she managed to do such a thing considering how grumpy that mermaid is. Also, I think Lucy’s old outfit looked really good on Juvia because it reminded me of the dress she was wearing when she joined FAIRY TAIL (the colors).
My favorite part of the episode was Lyra’s song. It has been so long since we last saw her. Her song was presented in a beautiful way. Nakajima Megumi is an amazing singer. But it wasn’t just her voice that grabbed my heart. The lovely pictures that were shown on the screen during the song were really fun to watch and heartwarming. I loved all the flashbacks with Jude and Michelle; they made the moment so emotional, and when Lucy started crying, I almost thought I would do so too. It was truly an amazing moment. I need to find myself a key like that…
Having said that, next week’s episode is one I really look forward to. I’ve been waiting for it for so long now, so I’m super excited! But for now, I’ll rest, because I feel dead like Gray, Erza, and Natsu after doing all these full-length shots.