「すれ違った時間の分だけ」 (Surechigatta Jikan no Bun dake)
“Just Enough Time to Pass Each Other”
I’ve been waiting for this episode for so long, and now it’s finally here! Oh, where do I start? Let’s begin with Virgo – why is she such an amazing character? I don’t know if it’s her poker face, or seriousness, but she is probably one of the funniest characters of this series. Lucy’s fights have rarely been fair. She has always had disadvantages throughout her battles despite having so many keys. One might wonder if her keys are weak, but they sure raise the comedy value of FAIRY TAIL.
Alright, so while the party from last week took up all the time our team needed for preparations, everything turned out to be okay anyway because of Jellal, Ultear, and Meldy’s return – or Crime Sorcière as they prefer to be called. Jellal is quite a complicated character. Sometimes I like him, sometimes I don’t. While I like his kind and caring heart, it’s hard to accept that he has committed crimes. But on the other hand, all the bad things he did weren’t really his deeds so it’s hard to judge the man. At least, now he is doing something good for the sake of justice. The Magic Council isn’t really dependable and I’m sure Jellal’s team can bring more justice to Fiore than the authority.
Aside from taking out dark guilds, the team also has the ability to boost magical power by unlocking the latent powers inside magi. I don’t think that is a thing to recommend though. The treatment looked painful, but I’m glad FAIRY TAIL “improved” their magic so they stand a chance in the tournament. Let’s not forget that there are other guilds in the games as well. Lamia Scale and Blue Pegasus were shown early in the episode. I don’t recall seeing this in the manga but I really enjoyed watching how other guilds are feeling about the tournament. Sting seemed quite excited when he heard that Natsu was participating. Rogue however, did not appear to be so interested. I’ve always wondered what the connection between Sabertooth’s dragon slayers is. Their teamwork is great from what we’ve seen but Rogue seems to be vastly different from Sting. To be honest, I don’t care much about them yet but it’s time to do so because they’re important characters of this arc. I do admit that I love their Exceeds though, especially Frosch; she is adorable!
But my favorite Exceed will always be Happy (closely followed by Lily), I mean, how can you not love Happy? He is hilarious! The way this episode ended… I don’t even – I replayed the kick scene over and over again. I know Kugimiya Rie is best known for all the tsundere characters she has voiced, but personally, I think Happy is her best role so far. The sarcasm, the irony, the passion – she brings out Happy’s personality flawlessly!
The kick scene was funny, but the best part of the episode was obviously the passionate scene between Erza and Jellal. In the manga, the two of them were shown as silhouettes so it was hard to tell what was going on. But the anime delivered this scene perfectly. It was artistic and beautiful. Whether or not Jellal deserves Erza is a good question, but she obviously likes the man so I support this ship! I know Jellal pushed Erza away, but I know their lips touched. They kissed! I’m going to be stubborn and refuse to believe anything else because my heart won’t allow the two of them to walk away without sharing a kiss…
Alright, so now that everyone is prepared for the tournament, let’s go to Crocus, the capital of Fiore, where the Grand Magic Games will take place!