That was quick – I can’t help but feel the decision to revive Gray was considerably too swift in the making. The part that Ultear played in his resurrection was especially candid and it was as straight from the shoulder as it gets in terms of what she did and what she needed to do – Arc of Time Last Aegis, just this one spell. Don’t get me wrong – I fully expected Gray to make a return sooner or later, but to erase all of what happened in a single chapter was still quite baffling, and there was hardly sufficient time for us to take in all the drama and commotion that ensued. Not surprisingly, it was the depiction of Ultear’s dilemma that continues to fascinate me to no end, and her flashback this week highlighted yet again just how complex and conflicted she is as a person. It was nice to see Hades in his flesh and blood again, and Ultear’s interaction with her former guild Master showcased a more sympathetic side of her characterization that is so often ignored, both by herself and perhaps the readers – the poor girl is simply a lonely soul who wants to regain the time of happiness that she shared with her mother. Her innocent longing was what prompted the prodigy to delve into the Lost Magic of time and, indeed, it was also such a development that made it possible for her to reverse the flow of time at this critical juncture – even if it was merely a minute!
The events that eventuated following the unleash of Ultear’s Last Aegis were a good example of the Butterfly Effect in force. We saw the impact that such small changes have on the future and the effect was magnifying like waves across the battlefield – it wasn’t just Gray’s life that was spared, Macao Conbolt, Droy, and Bacchus were able to live for another day as a result of Ultear’s intervention. Be that as it may, I’m not sure if such a breakthrough was adequate to turn the tide of war and it remains to be seen how the humans can win this battle with their ostensibly futile attempts. Natsu and the Dragon Slayers are obviously key in their retaliative effort and while I don’t believe this will be the last time we see Ultear in action – she’s probably not dead, at least I hope not – I sincerely hope the ones she saved will make good use of her courageous sacrifice, not least of which is Gray – whose seeming “back from the dead” could just give him the epiphany he needs to make a move on Juvia. It’s a long shot, I know, but nothing would make me happier than to see Juvia’s manic love for Gray reciprocated and it goes without saying that I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the best outcome!
- A loli Ultear with twin tails – I know a certain RandomC author who would go completely gaga over her!
- “I am Fire and Life incarnate! Now and forever, I am PHOENIX!” – The resemblance is uncanny! Let’s hope Ultear can find a way to survive this ordeal.
- Quatro Cerberus just can’t catch a break – Is it just me, or does Bacchus always seem to get the short end of the stick?
- Ultear looks absolutely gorgeous at the cover page of this week’s chapter – Yes, I do realize I mention this almost every week!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #FairyTail 335: A valiant sacrifice and the Butterfly Effect of a mere minute – I hope Ultear can make it out alive! #Manga