「エルフマン vs. バッカス」 (Erufuman vs. Bakkasu)
“Elfman vs. Bacchus”
My feelings are all over the place after watching today’s episode. There were so many moments that stood out in these battles. First of all, we had Toby’s fight. It seemed like a kind and friendly fight, but seeing how Kurohebi ripped apart the dog’s beloved sock made me feel sad and angry. Raven Tail is so far the worst guild I’ve seen in this series. They’re not your typical villains who simply want to see their evil plan bloom. No, they’re rude, evil, and condescending people. While I do admit that I did find Flare slightly likeable due to me being shallow and loving her voice actress, in general, I do not tolerate the behaviour Kurohebi showed Toby. And the same can be said about the people who targeted Lucy but caught Wendy instead. The royal guards are definitely up to something, and they have a lot of authority. Things are not looking good!
It’s a good thing that there are several guilds where the people are respectable despite being the opponents of the characters we support – such as Quatro Cerberus, or Quatro Puppy as they’re called now. Words aren’t enough to describe how epic Elfman’s battle was. I was completely overwhelmed by how impressive the fight was. It has been a long while since I was so moved by a battle in this show. The last time we had some truly exhilarating battles was during the Tenrou Island arc, and that was a long time ago. Lucy’s fight against Flare was quite impressive near the end but it was filled with cheating and unfair action. But Elfman’s battle was completely fair and honest. It also allowed us to see how strong he really is.
Elfman has truly developed through this series, he is the man! He has not only grown in size, but strength as well, and he seems far more intelligent than during the last time I saw him in a fight. The lizard form was very clever, but I am a bit surprised that his form wasn’t as detailed as it was in the manga (image requested by my friend, Shadiic). But that’s not really something that bothers me because this fight was nothing but amazing. There were several new tracks playing in the background and they all enhanced the intensiveness of the battle. I have been saying this over and over again, but we need that fourth soundtrack now! Anyway, the soundtrack alone was not the reason why the battle amazed me as much as it did. It was the frenzy of two strong and honest combatants in a fair fight, trying to protect something. In Bacchus case, it was his guild’s name, while Elfman fought to protect his sisters from the drunkard. After all the cheating and low points, it was truly refreshing to see FAIRY TAIL back in the game, and they earned their place, unlike another guild. It was also quite nice to see that the two fighters are good people, and are respected by their fellow teammates. I love companionship! Oh, did I ever mention that I really like Evergreen and Elfman’s relationship? They totally have something going on, I’m sure of it!
Next week’s episode will bring us another duel where two beauty pageant girls will “fight”. Well, the preview speaks for itself. I’m looking forward to see Mira in “action”. It will be fun!
Edit: FAIRY TAIL episode 163 will air in 2013.