This chapter was so much better than the previous one. I like it when Mashima decides to stick to one thing. While there was a lot of jumping around in this chapter, none of it was too distracting. The Laxus VS. Jura battle was absolutely fantastic. I really enjoyed seeing a fair and honest fight between two of the strongest magi from this series. Much like the characters themselves, I found myself smiling while reading it. I really love it when I’m able to feel what the characters in the story are feeling. That is something I always experience while reading shounen, and it is one of the many reasons why I love this category so much. (Yes, I read a lot of things aside from FAIRY TAIL)
I know there will be a lot of mixed opinions concerning the result of this battle. I know many people wanted to see Jura win. As for me, I always want FAIRY TAIL to win, but I wouldn’t mind if Jura would’ve won. I thought both these characters were great and did well. Anything could’ve happened really, but I’m glad things turned out the way they did. And I secretly squealed a bit when Laxus said he was fired up. There is just something really special about that phrase! Anyway, I thought Laxus totally deserved winning and I’m happy to see FAIRY TAIL in the lead. It was a glorious battle and the victory couldn’t have been more awesome. I loved seeing Jura fall with a smile. It made the battle seem so worth it.
So, if Laxus managed to defeat one of the ten saints, is he a part of them? Or how did you become one now again? My memory fails me. Or were there any certain qualifications needed to be one of the ten? Anyway, the battle was truly impressive. Now that Jura is down, the only strong “enemy” that remains on the field is Minerva. I really loved seeing Erza getting back up on her feet – in a new armour!
I am expecting Erza to win. Minerva has been playing king for way too long, but I know there are a lot of people who think it would be unrealistic if Erza won considering what kind of injury she has. But honestly, who would be better than Erza? To defeat Minerva that is. I can’t see anyone else being Minerva’s opponent, and this is the perfect opportunity to defeat her. I find it really cool that a new armour has been introduced for this battle. I really look forward to seeing what this new set is capable of doing. Erza can’t be anything but impressive so I expect some great action in the continuation of these two girls’ fight against each other. Well, technically it’s Minerva against the entirety of FAIRY TAIL’s rage so maybe not just “two girls”.
Ignoring the stronger magi of the guild, let’s move on to my favourite part of the chapter – Gray and Juvia. I wish their moment would’ve been longer… I was totally not fangirl screaming or anything while seeing Gray take Juvia’s hand. Totally not. Okay fine, I did. But I’m so happy that we’ll get to see the two of them combine their magic. I expect a fantastic Unison Raid between the two of them. Not only will it be awesome for my fangirl heart, but also in terms of magic because their elements are related. It will be interesting to see how Lyon reacts on Gray’s “closeness” to Juvia… Ahh, love triangles are so much fun!
Having said that, next week’s chapter title doesn’t tell us much about what might happen. But hopefully we’ll see some more exhilarating action!