I’m going to have to repeat what I said last week, “that was really quick” – it looks like Ultear’s sacrifice in Chapter 335 was, indeed, the ultimate climax, and the swift defeat of future-Rogue at the hands of Natsu this week should mark the wind off of this story arc. Natsu’s triumph was delivered by a one-hit knockout that is increasingly prevalent in Fairy Tail these days – it wasn’t especially creative, but it sure as hell was flashy and the large panels that depict Natsu’s charged up attacks were quite a visual feat. The fate of Frosch was finally brought to forefront and as expected, the frog-like Exceed (It’s a he!) is no longer alive in future-Rogue’s timeline – presumably killed by the Black Dragon, Acnologia like the rest of his people. There wasn’t a whole lot of elucidation from fallen time traveler – he didn’t particularly single out a reason as to why he turned out the way he did and it doesn’t seem like we’ll be getting the much anticipated face-off between future-Rogue and his counterpart in the present.
The quick succession of events didn’t exactly pan out the way I had expected and this brings me to the point at issue – which is the role of future-Rogue in the current narrative. My prediction could be long shot, but it seems to me that his purpose could be that of an admonition – a heads-up given to Natsu and his gang before the imminent showdown with Acnologia. But interestingly, future-Rogue has not made any mention of Zeref in the apocalypse that he described and I have a certain suspicion the Killing Mage might have a crucial part to play in the forthcoming confrontation. We know for a fact that he’s most likely in the company of Acnologia and such an obvious cop-out is something that is most definitely worthy of note. With the destruction of the Eclipse Gate, it remains to be seen if the latest development could reverse all that has happened thus far – that, of course, includes Ultear’s valiant sacrifice last week. My guess is that things will not progress as swimmingly as Lucy had hoped and when you’re dealing with the concept of time manipulation, there’s bound to be a few caveats that are overlooked – and perhaps such a revelation could link the recent happenings to Acnologia’s day of reckoning!
- I’m ecstatic to see Yukino again! – her induction into Fairy Tail can’t come sooner! I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
- “It wasn’t me either” – poor Happy, he’s always at the receiving end of the verbal jabs! It could be because he’s always naked.
- So are we absolutely certain that Frosch is a male? – the vagueness of his gender has been bugging me quite some time!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #FairyTail 336: I’m going to have to repeat what I said last week, “that was really quick” – Natsu’s victory and smashing right into the Eclipse Gate! #Manga