Finally, I’ve got the chance to read chapter 423! I’ve been waiting all week for this chapter to be released after seeing Blue Note Stinger in the previous chapter. I thought, since Gildarts Clive isn’t around, who else would have to fight him than Natsu Dragneel? And that is exactly what we get in this chapter, and what a shock!
It is definitely a chapter that showcases how much Natsu has gotten stronger over the course of a year. Back then, during the Tenrou Island arc, Natsu could not even touch Blue Note. But today, everything changes! In just one breath, everything changes.
I can almost hear Fairy Tail addicts clamoring for a rematch between Gildarts and Natsu. Well, what if Gildarts, too, has gotten stronger in one year? We’ll just have to wait and see.
I feel that this new arc of Fairy Tail is what Hiro Mashima really wanted to happen in the beginning: a purposeful journey between Natsu, Lucy Heartfilia, and Happy, much like RaVe. With that, I cannot wait to read unto the incoming chapters.
Chapter Disappointment: Wendy Marvell and Chelia Blendy’s supposed tag fight with the monster tamer (and Blue Note, I suppose) didn’t happen. That would have been nice to see: kids going against the big guys. 😉
Chapter Approval: Defeating Blue Note in just one breath.
Chapter Witticism: Natsu being oblivious of things around him. Seriously, after a year of training, he still hasn’t learned to put things into perspective. -_-
Chapter Cliffhanger: Juvia Lockser has gone back to being depressed…!? And, Wendy blushing on the suggestion that she loved (in a romantic way, I presume) Natsu. Ha! Ha! Ha!