「カグラ vs. ユキノ」 (Kagura vs. Yukino)
“Kagura vs. Yukino”
This episode covers the first FAIRY TAIL chapter I blogged here on RC, and for that reason it felt very special to me. But at the same time, it worries me that the anime is so close to the manga. A filler arc in the middle of the current one would be weird, and I see no proper end point for now. I thought the battles would be dragged out a lot more than they already have been, but things are still quite fast paced. Oh well, the same thing happened during the previous arc so hopefully we will see this tournament come to an end without any distracting filler episodes in between to interrupt the current story.
I was expecting a new opening and ending sequence but it seems like that will have to wait till next week. Anyway, today’s episode introduced us to a new celestial mage – Yukino from Sabertooth. Her opponent was none other than Kagura from Mermaid Heel. I was looking forward to this duel so much, and I worried that my expectations might be too high, but luckily, that was not the case. In fact, this fight went above and beyond my expectations. I can’t believe I’m writing this in a FAIRY TAIL post, but here goes – I thought the animation during this battle was great! There, I said it! It makes me very sad that this anime’s animation is one that has scared away many fans, but this episode truly stood out. It wasn’t something great, and nowhere near most of the shows currently airing, but for an episode from this franchise, it was such an improvement! I’m really pleased with the visuals today. As for the other things that impressed me – we finally know what the last golden keys look like. I absolutely love Libra’s design and I find her magic very handy. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see Libra do very well because of Kagura’s abilities.
It’s quite interesting to see how Yukino went all out, revealing all her abilities to us in this episode while we still know hardly anything about Kagura. That shows how strong the latter is, and she is definitely going to be a tough opponent in future battles. I am definitely looking forward to seeing Kagura in more battles, and hopefully, she’ll be as impressive as she was today. I do feel very sorry for Yukino though. Her guild may not be a dark one, but the way they treat its members makes me wish Sabertooth could be banned. Not only is the guild filled with rude magi, even its master is a condescending man who disrespects the people he should treat as his own children.
I just hope that FAIRY TAIL, or any other guild really, teaches Sabertooth what it means to be companions, or what it means to be a team. And speaking of teams, or rather companions, we have an old friend returning in this episode. Mermaid Heel’s cloaked member turned out to be Millianna! It’s nice to see how the Tower of Heaven arc is tying into the current one with reoccurring characters. Jellal is here too, so things are bound to be livened up for better or for worse. But I’m really happy to see Erza reunited with her childhood friend. Their glomp session was really adorable! And by the way, Millianna has truly changed – she is absolutely gorgeous now. But then again, most women in this series are, and my favourite one in terms of beauty is probably Erza. Which one is yours?
Next week’s episode does not seem to be focusing on any kind of battle. Perhaps it’s time to dive into some of the more mysterious aspects of this arc, such as the uneasiness Jellal is seen feeling, or perhaps Arcadios and his interest in celestial magi? Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to the episode, and hopefully, we’ll have new opening and ending sequences then.