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 436: Memoirs Chapter Assessment

Upon inspecting the chapter cover, we see Zeref and the text, “Everything about myself… I will tell you.” OMG!! This is the chapter that is going to reveal a big secret, is it not?

Indeed, it is! We travel back 400 years ago to where Zeref’s history began, back when he was still a little kid. A backstory chapter, eh? Something in the vein of Fairy Tail Zero and Tale of Fairy Tail: Ice Trail.

Apparently, Zeref was a brilliant child, a genius, at the Mildian Magic Academy. At a young age, he touched on a taboo: magic and its relation to life and death, something along the lines of necromancy. Then, we flash forward to the present and see that Zeref was dreaming about it(?). Then, he looks at the book of E.N.D., then exclaims, “Natsu…” then says that he had a younger brother once, but he died. In that moment, I knew that that younger brother was Natsu. It was not profound in my mind yet, but I knew and just kept it under wraps since I was just beginning to read the chapter.

Then, we flashback again and the young Zeref is now talking about the R-System. And then, we see a teenage Zeref researching on the Eclipse project. At that point, his superior says that he is expelled from the academy… and that his brother is not coming back.

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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 434: Crumbling Fist Chapter Assessment

This is one amazing chapter! Definitely a Fairy Tail chapter that emphasizes familial and friendship bonds and the drive to become stronger to protect those you hold dear: everything that the Fairy Tail guild has been all this time.

Again, the focus is on Natsu Dragneel as he attempts to take down the gigantic Ikusatsunagi. That scene of him running through Ikusatsunagi’s blade while being watched by Erza Scarlet is reminiscent of a similar scene during the Oracion Seis arc (Chapter 147: Guild of Hope, pages 15 to 17). Pages nine up to the end were emotionally-charged with Natsu in focus. In particular, page 13, the one that showed a flashback of Igneel, the Flame Dragon King and the adoptive father of Natsu. Man! That was one heck of a flashback! I still remember that chapter wherein Igneel died at the hands of Acnologia, and was witnessed by Natsu (Chapter 414: Drops of Flame). Very heartbreaking! I still wish the dragons in Fairy Tail are in existence.

Nevertheless, it was a triumphant chapter indeed! Ikusatsunagi was defeated and Arlock, along with the members of Avatar were taught a lesson on valuing your companions and the relationships established with them. It is one of those chapters that will put a smile on your face. 😀

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Fairy Tail 433: Ikusatsunagi Chapter Assessment

This is mostly an action-filled chapter that confirmed my earlier assumption: The purification ritual involves sacrificing the lives of the guild members of Avatar, and not really the inhabitants of Malva City.

In this chapter, we see Natsu Dragneel going up against a guild master, again. A rather nice action sequence ensues, with a dash of comic relief: Natsu smashed against Arlock’s magical barrier. 😉 In the end, Natsu is able to overwhelm Arlock’s barriers and takes him down. Then, Arlock, an obvious summoner, calls forth Ikusatsunagi, one of the Yakuma 18 War Gods, whatever that is. And, he is huge! He actually reminds me of Elfman Strauss’ Full-Body Take Over: Beast Soul, that spell where Elfman takes over the image and abilities of the “king of monsters”. It made me think that maybe Elfman would make an appearance. (He did not.)

Anyway, I loved this chapter and because it is the first part of a two-part chapter release, we get to see what happens next! 🙂 😀

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Chapter Disappointment: Nothing to be disappointed about here.

Chapter Approval: Natsu has become overpowered! At long last, we can hope for immediate finishes to battles and that he can easily overcome setbacks of powerful antagonists. That, or Avatar is probably just a weak enemy.

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