Fairy Tail 437: Magnolia Chapter Assessment

And so, we all go back to where everything started. This actually feels like the first chapter of Fairy Tail! Anyway, Lucy Heartfilia has written letters to everyone she could come in contact with saying to meet up in Magnolia so they could bring Fairy Tail back. She, Natsu Dragneel, Happy, Carla, and Wendy Marvell are thus back in Magnolia. It is but fitting that Lucy be the one to assemble everyone for since I started reading Fairy Tail, it felt like the original plan for this manga was to have her as the central character. But, it is much better that the focus was directed to a group and other individuals outside of it.

Getting back to the story, Lucy feels that after the uneventful disbanding one year ago, everyone must have gotten on and/or moved on with their lives. As such, she feels downtrodden. While feeling sad, Cana Alberona approaches her—as if we would not be able to recognize her just from her back! Hah! Anyway, she cheers up Lucy and says that the disbanding was a good break for everyone to learn new things outside of guild life and to grow. Although we did not see her reaction to the guild disbanding (along with Erza Scarlet, Gray Fullbuster, and Gajeel Redfox’s, which we would like to have seen) I am sure it was a shock to them.

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Fairy Tail 435: Shout of Victory Chapter Assessment

Alas! This is the first chapter of the last set of two-part chapter releases for Fairy Tail. But who knows? We might get other future two-part chapter releases!

Anyway, it is all positive and all smiles in this chapter! Natsu Dragneel has defeated one of the Yakuma 18 War Gods: Ikusatsunagi. It was a majestic feat, something akin to Erza defeating 100 A-, B-, and C-class monsters, and an S-class monster during the Grand Magic Games—probably even more! Considering that Ikusatsunagi was gigantic and as a size comparison, Natsu looked like a fly on Ikusatsunagi’s sword! I guess this arc was made to showcase Natsu’s ability and how much he has gotten stronger in one year. Also, it showcases the other Fairy Tail members’ magical and combat growth.

As I was expecting, Gajeel Redfox, Pantherlily, and Levi McGarden would show up together with the soldiers of the Magic Council after Avatar was defeated. Typical. Nevertheless, it was great that they got to be reunited! And with Gajeel and Natsu seeing each other after a year, hilarity ensues! I just could not believe that Natsu still underestimates Gajeel! And Erza Scarlet, too! They both thought Gajeel did not have it in him to be an officer of the Magic Council! Ha! Ha!

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Fairy Tail 428: If our paths are different… Chapter Assessment

Personally, this is another disappointing chapter for me. It was anti-hero-ish. Also, taking a cue from the chapter title, I was expecting Natsu Dragneel to put some sense into Gray Fullbuster since he is taking “a different path”. Apparently, it had another connotation in that, Gray is “DEFINITELY taking a different path”. Yes, he really has gone mad with desire to face off with E.N.D., and has completely moved on from the disbandment of Fairy Tail.

I am with Lucy Heartfilia when she cried: Gray severing connections with his nakama is really painful. What a bastard!

Another disappointing thing that happened here is that Natsu and company were captured (AGAIN!?) by the same villains that he took down in the last chapter. Why does it always have to be like this!? Also, it seems that Mary is one of those annoying villains who smile, laugh, and have a sadistic nature. Don’t you just hate these kinds of characters!?

On the other hand, at least, we get to see Gajeel Redfox and… surprise! Levy McGarden! Aw! How… sweet…

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Chapter Disappointment: Gray turning down his (former?) friends and Natsu and company getting captured by villains that he shot down in the last chapter. All that display of power was for nothing!

Chapter Approval: Seeing Gajeel, and seeing that Levy, somehow, sticks to where he goes.

Chapter Witticism: Nothing funny in this chapter for me. 😛

Chapter Cliffhanger: Code Blue is the title of the next chapter. Hmm… not that much of an emergency in the next chapter then.

Fairy Tail 426: Blackheart Chapter Assessment

This chapter practically shows what Gray Fullbuster’s plans are. Apparently, he did join the Avatar dark guild to get his hands on the book, E.N.D. His guildmates know his history and are thus skeptical about his intentions, to which, Gray does reveal what they are! He even does so in a menacing way, like he was possessed, like his life’s purpose is solely to destroy E.N.D. Revenge?

We are also introduced to the members of Avatar in this chapter, but I’m really not interested in them. 😛 Meh!

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Chapter Disappointment: Gray becoming an anti-hero. We have one in Bleach; now, we have another in Fairy Tail!?

Chapter Approval: Seeing Gajeel Redfox in the last two pages. What’s more awesome is that he has become an official of the Magic Council’s Detention Enforcement Unit! I am so proud of Gajeel (and Pantherlily)! He definitely is the character that has transformed from the dark side and joined into the good, while maintaining some degree of being a badass.

Chapter Witticism: None for now.

Chapter Cliffhanger: I cannot wait for Natsu Dragneel and company to cross paths with Gajeel. Maybe we might see other characters, like Erza Scarlet and Levy McGarden. What’s more, the next chapter is entitled “The Underground Heated Battle.”