Who is evil?
Well, that didn’t last long. I think everyone expected Gajeel to win, but wow, talk about showing off! I imagined this battle would be longer, and that Gajeel would do more than this. I’m not disappointed, just a bit surprised. I’m very glad that I watch the anime because the flow of the story is so much better there. The manga is certainly rushing through all the events of this arc. Perhaps that’s necessary because there is so much going on, but I don’t see any harm in slowing things down just a little bit.
And I’m totally not saying that so I can write shorter summaries. Anyway, the battle ended as I thought it would and I’m very pleased with it. I’m also really happy to see that Gajeel was given some time to shine. Of course, this isn’t enough to outrank Natsu who took down both Rogue and Sting, but still, Gajeel truly impressed me today. But there is one character who impressed me even more than he did. And that is Frosch!
Perhaps Frosch isn’t the most relevant and important character in this arc, but I still can’t bring myself to stop loving her. She’s not just adorable, but she has an amazing heart. Obviously she is a helpless Exceed who wouldn’t be able to do anything for Rogue, physically that is. Yet she stood up for him to protect her beloved friend (is that even allowed in this tournament?). I was really touched by that panel and I really felt my love for her grow.
And speaking of love – why aren’t Gajeel and Levy going out yet? All these small hints… Did anyone notice the chapter cover image? Mashima will be the end of me! I am absolutely certain that these two will be a true couple sometime. They must be! They’re too adorable together.
So now that Gajeel’s battle is over, there are many questions that weren’t answered. I honestly thought that Gajeel had become a different person by swallowing the shadows but it turns out that he only got himself another type of magic. But aside from that, I’m still curious about what relationship Raios shares with Gajeel. I assume this wasn’t the last time we saw that shadow, and considering that it’s part of a Dragon Slayer, I imagine a dragon must be involved soon. So many villains show up and just leave randomly. First Raven Tail, and now this. I’m sure we’ll see both of them returning in the future, or perhaps in this arc itself.
As for the other half of the manga – to be honest, I don’t find Natsu’s team’s battles quite that interesting compared to the ones in the arena. It feels quite strange for me to say that because Natsu is my all time favourite character, but I think his team is a bit too all over the place at the moment. I do wish to know what happened to Mirajane though; she was seen running off alone somewhere last week. The only character in that team, aside from Natsu himself, that I find interesting right now is Future Lucy. Her plans seem to go wrong. Jellal thinks that she is fake but Arcadios says that Hisui may be the culprit here. It’s hard to figure out who is evil or what could possibly cause the dragons to appear. I don’t know what to expect from the future chapters, which is quite a new feeling to me. Shounen tends to have quite a lot of clichés and predictable moments, but this arc has constantly been surprising me with its many plot twists. I am definitely looking forward to Arcadios theory, and at the same time, I really want to see more epic battles in the arena!