Frosch is so cute!
Things got quite complicated in today’s chapter. I don’t doubt that this is Lucy from the future. Knowing that Lucy was missing in the future narrated by Levy, it only makes sense for her to be here. But it is true that her behaviour is very peculiar. I’m really happy to see that Natsu didn’t bother questioning anything. Seeing how much he trusts his dear friend made me smile and appreciate him so much more than I already do. But at the same time, he is being very naïve, a bit too much perhaps. Hopefully, Jellal might be able to sort things out. I don’t think that the future Lucy is an imposter, but there are definitely lies in her story, as Arcadios also noticed. It’s hard for me to trust Arcadios, but I won’t write anything about that because it’s not really relevant for this chapter.
Let’s not forget that Jellal felt Zeref’s presence around the future Lucy. I doubt that’s because of her travelling through the gate. Lucy is most likely keeping some important information from her friends, but she is probably real. I do wonder why she lied about her arrival though. Or about Eclipse 2. Is she lying to hide the fact that the gate holds the power to wipe out the country? Knowing her guild, they’ll most likely try to stop it, so is she keeping secrets so they won’t get in the way? It’s quite confusing and it’s hard to make sense of the plans with the information we have. Hopefully we’ll find out more soon. I know one thing for sure, and that’s the fact that this time travelling thing is truly intriguing and I’m really enjoying this arc even though it is all over the place at the moment.
Perhaps it would be easier to make sense of these plot twists if Mashima would give us one thing at the time. Seeing how the story jumps back and forth between characters without giving us proper details about anything can be quite frustrating. I must say that I’m enjoying this arc a lot more in the anime because it’s more viewer-friendly there. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the manga, but I’m finding some pacing issues every now and then that aren’t visible in the anime at all.
I hope we get to see Gajeel and Rogue’s fight properly next week, without any jumps. I expected Rogue to be a friendly person, so it didn’t come as a surprise when he gave up. But I am really interested in his powers. I don’t think we’ve seen magic having its own persona in FAIRY TAIL before. I don’t expect Rogue to win though. And I assume Frosch will play a bigger role in that battle. I’m a little bit disappointed that we didn’t see much of her cuteness even though the chapter was named after her. Still, I’m glad that she managed to indirectly stop the fight. Next week’s chapter will be exciting! I really look forward to see Gajeel in action. He hasn’t been given a chance to fight properly yet. I really hope that he wins.