It looks like the destruction of the Eclipse Gate is, indeed, the ultimate resolution of this story arc – aside from the utter speed at which everything wrapped up, I don’t think there’s any big surprises from this chapter. The conclusion stayed true to the core themes of Fairy Tail – it was blissful, reflective and unequivocally heartwarming, just the way the fans love it! The last few panels were, above all, beautifully portrayed – it appears that future-Lucy was transported back to her own time and the dreadful events that supposedly befell Fairy Tail did not occur! The sight of Lucy embracing Natsu from behind almost brought me to my knees in sheer delight and words can’t describe just how happy I am to see the tears of joy from her face – no one is more deserving of a happy ending than future-Lucy and the poor girl has certainly been through a whole lot!
Everything looked fine and dandy on the surface, but if there’s one thing that I would like to nitpick – it’ll most certainly be the precipitate departure of the Jade Dragon Zirconis, who you might recall, possesses a unique magic that allows him to strip anyone naked! I’m not going to lie – it’s highly regrettable that Lucy’s the only one who has fallen victim to his perverted tricks and now that Zirconis’ gone, my dream of seeing a bevy of beauties stripped to their bare skin is no longer coming to pass. Mashima sensei should have known better than to tempt us with such possibilities, especially when he’s clearly not going to live up to his end of the bargain. It was a vicious move on his part to say the least and I sincerely hope this is not the last time we see the Jade Dragon in action! Aside from Zirconis, another development worthy of note is future-Rogue’s words of caution – the fact that Frosch’s life is in perilous danger and it was the Exceed’s unfortunate demise that made him into the person he is! None of that is remarkably surprising – in fact, it fits into my prediction last week perfectly well. It seems like Future-Rogue’s role in the current narrative is, indeed, that of an admonition – a heads-up given to Natsu and his gang before the imminent showdown with Acnologia! As Mavis Vermillion aptly pointed out, none of the Dragon Slayers was able to defeat the mighty creatures and the latest showdown simply draws attention to the enormous gap in their powers! It’s hardly an exaggeration to say there are many questions that remained unanswered – not least of which is Ultear’s fate that was left hanging in midair! I’m excited to see what comes next and a Great Dance Tournament is definitely an excellent way to kick-start the next story arc – one that, hopefully, makes up for Zirconis’ premature exit!
- Awwwwww… – If only I can make a blog post with just one word!
- It looks like we’ll be having three chapters in succession in the next two weeks (126 pages in total) – This is probably not the great news that the anime fans want to hear!
- Gray’s not the one that Juvia’s hugging, that’s quite a surprise – Meredy’s probably a better hugger anyway!
- Now that Mavis has made her appearance, the only key character that’s missing from all this hoo-hah is Minerva!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #FairyTail 337: I’m gonna miss you, Zirconis! The sight of Lucy embracing Natsu from behind was beautiful #Manga