Leave it to Natsu to come up with the most bizarre schemes – when all else is lost, just shove everything into your big fat mouth and it’ll be A-Okay! Consuming the dragon’s flame seems like the kind of wild idea that is right up Natsu’s alley, but the subsequent development is probably something that even the Fire Dragon Slayer didn’t see coming – the fact that he was able to pacify Atlas Flame and bring the dragon to his side. The interesting turn of events could mark a shift of strategic advantage to the human’s favor, but it also leads to an interesting question of just what kind of beings the dragons are – or rather, what exactly is the driving force and motivation behind the mighty creatures. The intentions of the dragons remained shrouded in enigma and as far as I can tell, there appears to be a fascinating mix of contrasts within their ranks, not too dissimilar from the humans. Such variance in characterization can clearly be seen in Atlas Flame, who apparently switched sides the moment Natsu’s connection to Igneel has been made clear – even if it means antagonizing his own kinds. But what’s potentially most interesting about this entire shenanigan is the huge question mark next to future-Rogue’s Dragon Manipulation Magic – how does it work and how strong a clasp does it have on the dragons? For all we know, the whole notion could be a farce – an improvisation that future-Rogue conjured up from thin air, and the flock of dragons who are supposedly under his control could transgress the reins and go rampant at any time.
Speaking of future-Rogue, he’s certainly a megalomaniac of the highest order – on the surface, anyway! I still think there’s more to his back story than meets the eyes and the the lack of any mention of Frosch thus far is probably key to such exposition. For now, it seems like he’s preoccupied with the prospect of a world conquest and perhaps more importantly, the seemingly despotic man has also shown a fervent desire to defeat Acnologia at all cost. His connection to the Black Dragon has been vaguely hinted at on numerous occasions and I have a certain suspicion Zeref might have a hand in this conspiracy as well. There are many big questions surrounding future-Rogue that could use some answers, but I don’t think he’s ready to respond to any of them just yet – presumably not before getting his ass handed to him! Natsu couldn’t have found a better ally than Atlas Flame – whose elemental affinity is the perfect fit for him, and I have no doubt their combo will be more than capable of putting up a good fight against the all-powerful dragons. Whether Natsu’s exemplar will be replicated by the rest of the gang is anyone’s guess, but what’s clear at this point is that his valiant effort has given humanity a glimmer of hope and I suspect this is probably just the beginning of the massive counterattack by the Dragon Slayers – one that, at long last, allows them to live up their monikers!
- Natsu sure did butter up to Atlas Flame quick enough – he’s already calling him “oji san”!
- I must say – the lack of fanservice in this chapter is somewhat disappointing. Mashima sensei has to some extent, spoiled me rotten with the last few chapters!
- Now that we have Laxus and the Raijinshuu heading towards where Zirconis is, does that mean a naked Evergreen is not too far in the horizon?
- Check out this awesome prize figure of gakusei-Lucy at Stereoman’s blog! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for one that features Erza – which unfortunately remains absent from the production pipeline!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #FairyTail 332: Natsu’s gonna eat you up! A valuable ally shows up in the form of a dragon #Manga