I should have learned by now never to question Fairy Tail in its capacity to consistently hit my funny bone, because it seems like Mashima sensei has up the ante yet again with the introduction of Zirconis – in his flesh and blood, not just the soul that Wendy summoned! It was made apparent from the first time we met the Jade Dragon that he has a wicked sense of humor and an absolute disdain for the human race. Those attributes remained very well intact and there can only be room for more laughs now that we know Zirconis possesses a unique magic that allows him to strip anyone naked! Lucy, who has always been a prime subject of fanservice exploitation, was clearly the easiest target and I thank Zirconis from the bottom of my heart for giving us such a scrumptious feast of eyes almost right away. It looks like Wendy will be the main force in the match-up with the Jade Dragon, but her lack of offensive resources – save for Sky Dragon’s Roar, will probably put her at a disadvantage. That’s something which needs to be addressed in the coming chapters and frankly, I wouldn’t be so quick to write off the rest of the cast in this battle, especially if Wendy’s support magic could somehow increase the potency of their attacks against the almighty creature. But before all that, there’s another important matter at hand that requires our attention – the need to strip Mira nee and Yukino naked, and you can be sure I’ve got my fingers crossed for a rewarding exhibition of “plot” and “back story” next week!
The rest of the match-up were pretty predictable – each of the Dragon Slayer will be taking on a particular dragon, just as Natsu has advocated – but even I have to admit Cobra’s grand entrance was pretty badass and whether it was intentionally or not, the contrast with Ichiya’s embarrassing blunders could not have been greater. I would have expected Erza and the gang to play a more significant part in the battle against the dragons, but the unveiling of Motherglare’s spawns will keep their hands tied for the time being, and the bulk of the burden will most likely land on Laxus’ shoulders as he confronts Atlas Flame with the assistance of the Raijinshuu! Then there’s the question of how will Sting and Rogue react when they figure out who the backstage manipulator in all of this is and while it appeared as if Natsu’s inspirational words have resonated well with the Twin Dragons, everything can change in the blink of an eye if and when future-Rogue decides to chisel in. Most of the mysteries of this arc have been laid bare, but the big question mark next to future-Rogue remains one great variable that has yet to be explored and that will surely demand our attention in the next few chapters before all the facts are finally buttoned down.
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #FairyTail 330: Naked Lucy! Thanks you for the fanservice, Zirconis. Now how about puffing at Mira nee and Yukino as well? #Manga