Now that the darkest secret is out in the open, it seems like Rogue of the current timeline will be put in a tough spot – his self-esteem was never very high to begin with and the latest revelation is bound to exacerbate his identity crisis further. Of course, there are questions that remained answered and we are still completely in the dark about why his future self turned out the way he did. The latest unveilings weren’t even conveyed first-hand by the perpetrator himself and with Natsu’s head-on confrontation keeping future-Rogue swamped, it looks like the highly anticipated showdown between the two Rogues might not be happening as soon as I thought. But even without a proper clarification, Rogue probably harbors a secret desire to bring upon all the faults and contempt on himself, and I suspect we might start to see evidence of that transpire in the next few chapters – perhaps in the form of a deliberate suicide! Such an undesirable development is obviously not going to sit well with Natsu – or Sting, for that matter – and it almost goes without saying that they’ll do everything in their power to prevent the aforementioned outcome.
But as always, things are almost never quite as simple in the Grand Magic Games Arc, and what comes next for Rogue could very well hinge on Ultear’s assessment and self-restraint. Ultear, like Jellal, remains a wild card in all of this, and as she has aptly pointed out, the Rogue of the present is a conspicuous weak spot for his evil future counterpart – putting the current one to rest would almost immediately resolve the time paradox, thereby limiting the casualties to the minimum. It’s hardly a surprise to learn that Natsu’s response to her proposal was nothing short of a blatant “No”, and while the quick retorts unmistakably argue in favor of his own idealistic views, the answer that he put forth were perfectly consistent with his characterization – after all, he wouldn’t be the Natsu we all love without such unwavering optimism and dignity. Whether Ultear will uphold her end of the bargain or not is a subject that remained shrouded in a constant state of flux – my guess is that someone or something will thwart her attempt at the critical juncture, but that’s clearly an off-the-cuff prediction on my part and your hunch is probably as good as anyone’s at this stage. For now, the only thing that we can say for certain is that what Ultear does next is key in determining Rogue’s ultimate fate and without a doubt, I’ll be on pins and needles waiting to see how the latest events unfold.
- The Daimatou Enbu Chronological Chart is pretty useful in illustrating what has happened thus far. I’m sure there are some out there who are still confused by the many turn of events.
- “We just became friends right?” – Future-Rogue seems slightly perturbed by the fact that his Dragon Manipulation Magic can be overwritten by mere friendship!
- “He ate Altas Flame’s flames?” – Clearly, future-Rogue doesn’t know Natsu very well. He shoves almost anything into his mouth!
- That’s quite a seductive posture that Ultear is donning over here – Needless to say, she is insanely hot!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #FairyTail 333: The dark secret it out in the open – Rogue knows! What’s Ultear gonna do next – kill or show mercy? #Manga