The very manifestation of evil makes her grand return – Minerva Orland, the former ace of Sabertooth, is back and she’s all set to wreak havoc! Her whereabouts have been utterly unknown until this chapter and it was unquestionably a topic of intense debate among the manga readers – after all, Minerva’s sudden disappearance was misted in askance from day one and her presence was nowhere to be seen during the entire showdown with the dragons! No question, Minerva is the very definition of a two-faced bitch – calm, confident and beautiful on the front, but cruel, abominable and insidious in the rear! I’ll be honest, I’m a bit of a sadist myself – even so, it would certainly be a stretch to say I rejoiced in seeing the sheer brutality that Minerva has displayed and the sight of Lucy being subjected to such horrifying torment was pretty unpleasant to say the least! Minverva’s reappearance has far-reaching implications – for starters, there’s her involvement with the mysterious Dark Guild, Succubus Eyes, and their connection to the Village of the Sun, the same place where Erza & co. have just set foot on. Just who is Succubus Eyes and what are their intentions – none of that has been spelled out yet and your guess is probably as good as anyone’s at this stage. The only thing that I’m remotely assured of at this point is that Minerva’s quest for revenge has been set in motion and she’s certainly not going to let Fairy Tail off easy – of course, the same could be said for Erza & co., and I sure as hell hope they give Minerva a major can of whoop ass for the horrible things she did!
Speaking of the Erza & co., there’s definitely a throwback quality to seeing the main cast as a single unit again – it’s back to basics with Team Natsu and it looks like the new adventure has finally been determined! Their client, Warrod Cken, is certainly a fascinating individual and his many eccentricities were felt early and throughout. Standing tall as one of the Ten Wizard Saints, it’s not just his ludicrous treelike appearance that makes him stick out, Warrod also has the penchant to crack some of the most asinine jokes – they’re so appalling, I can’t help but get a chuckle or two out of it! His affiliation with Fairy Tail has been made apparent and as it turns out, Warrod is one of the original founders of the guild – along with Mavis, Precht and another unknown man. It remains to be seen how this revelation fits into the overall narratives and the point at issue is whether he shares a similar history with Zeref – a connection that was emphasized just recently in Chapter 340! No doubt, there’s more to the frozen Taiyo Village than meets the eyes and I have a sneaking suspicion both Succubus Eyes and the Treasure Hunter Guild, Sylph Labyrinth, have their sights set on the same prize – the “eternal flame” that the giants worshiped! Aptly pointed out by Gray, the giants looked eerily similar to evil demon, Deliora, and it’s certainly conceivable that Zeref could have a hand to play in this conspiracy – Who knows? Zeref might even be the very person who froze the entire village, and a tie-in with the Black Wizard may well be not too far on the horizon!
- A great shout out to RAVE, the very series that made me a fan of Mashima sensei’s work – Erza as Elie, Wendy as Haru and Charle as Plue!
- “It’s huge, it’s tiny!” – I see boob jokes everywhere. I wonder if Mashima sensei is a fan of High School DxD, “Oppai Banzai”!
- “Let onee san give it a try” – I’m already a huge fan of Kana and her boob-groping antics just made her all the more awesome!
- Boob-against-boob yuri action is simply the best – I must try to contain my massive nosebleed!
- “Sigh… talking about cleavages again” – No worries Levy, I’m sure your bust size is, at the very least, superior to Wendy’s!
- “Uh oh!”, don’t you dare mess with Erza – Her pissed-off face was just priceless!
- Everyone loves to hang out in Lucy’s room – Another great throwback, good times!
- Great news! The anime will be making its return very soon – Rest assured that the first episode will be blogged here at Random Curiosity!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #FairyTail 341 to 343: More fanservice & the return of the ultimate bitch. Let the rage begin! #Manga