There are certain things I’ve come to expect from Fairy Tail. First, the characters are going to look great – it has one of the best-looking casts in the Shounen universe. And second, the ensuing resolution will almost always be pretty straightforward – as the power of teamwork and nakama defy all expectations! The pacing and tone of the Grand Magic Games Arc is, however, quite puzzling, and the moving target is one that I can never get a fix on. We’ve gotten a quick wrap-up for the Erza-Jellal subplot this week and unfortunately, it was nowhere close to the intense showdown that I was expecting. But to my great surprise, the most recent bombshell actually came from elsewhere and when Gray’s unfortunate demise was made apparent, my jaw literally dropped in disbelief and the moment of shock felt pretty real. Of course, anyone who’s a fan of Fairy Tail knows this is almost certainly not the end-game – at least, I hope not – and when the concept of magic is at the crux of the story, there’s always a chance that Mashima sensei could pull a rabbit out of his hat and revive their fallen comrades through some unknown means. I should make clear that Juvia is one of my favorite characters in Fairy Tail – only second to Erza among the main casts, and my adoration for her has obviously extended to Gray – which probably explains why the latest happenings hit me harder than it should. The sight of Juvia breaking down was pretty unsettling, to say the least, and I suspect the catastrophic fate that befell Gray could mark the beginning of the series’ darkest and most somber effort.
No question, what happened in this chapter will be a game changer and lying at the center of all of this is none other than Ultear Milkovich. It’s clear that Ultear is suffering through an identity crisis of her own, and even when she tries to do the right thing, her checkered past is a baggage that continues to haunt her till this day. I have no doubt her proficiency in the Lost Magic – Arc of Time, will be critical in turning the events around, and the long history that she shares with Gray will unquestionably weigh on the ultimate decision that she makes. Killing the Rogue of the current timeline is most likely the easiest way out – and one that I presume Juvia will be quick to endorse, but such a pragmatic answer is obviously not going to sit well with Natsu’s idealism and he will most probably seek out a win-win solution that keeps everyone alive. As I’ve said in my first Fairy Tail post, the series is, first and foremost, a shounen story that is synonymous to pure happiness and while the recent occurrence has ostensibly taken a darker turn, I don’t expect its core theme to assume a dramatic change at this stage – not now, and probably not ever!
- “I brought the dragon with me” – Sting’s silly antics is very reminiscent of Natsu’s. It managed to draw a chuckle out of me in this grim chapter.
- “Should I become stained with evil, the light will surely kill me” – Could such a remark from Rogue be a death flag for Sting?
- “Gray sama and my butt, ufufu~” – Words can’t describe just how adorable Juvia is, but I shall shower you with my “fanboying” on another day – preferable when she’s smiling!
- I’ve said this before and I’m going to say it again, Ultear, in her post-timeskip get-up, is just insanely hot! Not quite at Erza’s level just yet, but close enough.
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #FairyTail 334: Noooo… this can’t be happening! The unexpected first kill and tears from Juvia that break my heart #Manga
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