「星降ル夜ニ」 (Hoshi Furu Yoru ni)
“On a Night of Falling Stars”
I wonder if Mashima Hiro has tried the multiplayer mode in the latest three Assassin’s Creed games. Hidden sure reminded me of that concept. We have players who hide while trying to locate their opponents in a sea with clones. The difference between Hidden and the Assassin’s Creed multiplayer mode is that you don’t have a certain target in the former. So everyone is your enemy.
To make the gap between the manga and the anime bigger, some scenes were dragged out or added, and I must say that the added content has been really good. I hardly notice that there still is filler content in the anime because of how well everything fits in. I also think that the added content makes the anime even better. The extended conversations between characters do not only give this show a great comedic value, they also improve the flow of the story. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the flow in the manga is bad because I think it’s great. But when you watch something animated, a certain common thread is essential for the story to feel good, while a manga can be straightforward because it’s easier for us to fill in blanks there.
Hidden was fun to watch, even if Gray was being constantly attacked by an unfair opponent. I said last week that Raven Tail is a suspicious guild, and today’s episode just made my statement stronger. Nalpudding ignoring everyone else but Gray was certainly frustrating to watch, but at the same time, it gives me a chance to yell “In your face!” to everyone who says that FAIRY TAIL is boring because the main characters never lose.
Aside from Gray’s devastating loss, the match allowed us to see some great action from all guilds. Beth’s magic was quite interesting, but why carrots? Eve’s magic was very impressive. Perhaps the music in the background during Eve’s attack made it seem more amazing than it actually is – which reminds me that the fourth FAIRY TAIL soundtrack needs a release date. From what I’ve heard so far, it is going to be amazing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, FAIRY TAIL’s soundtrack is my favourite one, and it’s not because I like the franchise – it’s because of how good the music is. Celtic folk music and rock, can it be any better?
My favourite parts from this episode were all the ones that involved Juvia. While I do feel sorry for her team because they could’ve done so much better if someone else would’ve entered this match, I couldn’t help myself but laugh at Juvia’s ridiculous actions. Lyon was quite funny too. He sure is a lucky man to be knocked out by a flying Juvia who is flashing her underwear.
While the episode had a lot of comedy and a great amount of unfair action, the most impressive fighter today was hands down Rufus. Even if Sabertooth is a bunch of arrogant people, I do admit that I thought Rufus was cool. He definitely earned his top spot, which was to be expected because of his guild’s current rank. But it’s upsetting to see FAIRY TAIL at the bottom, however, there are many games ahead of us so there is no need to feel down yet. Next week we’ll see Lucy fight the crazy looking Flare from Raven Tail. That can’t be good now that we know that Raven Tail is targeting FAIRY TAIL…