In general I was just really really happy with them. The past few chapters have just had… questionable stuff going on? There were some things I just didn’t like all that much, and I’m still don’t really like they “Gray being set up as evil-just kidding!” thing, but these two chapters were just so fun.
Mostly I loved Lucy haha, the development of her powers has just blown me away. Physical strength has never been her forte, that just wasn’t what made her powerful, so whenever I thought of her getting stronger I figured it would be developing the skills she does have, but her gaining physical strength from Taurus is just amazing because it means she has no more weak points??!? She’s completely overcome the weaker aspects of her power, and that’s just one of her spirits, I mean there’s so much I’m sure she can do now, she’s all of a sudden a lot more versatile and ahhhhh I love her
On the Gray/Juvia front, I’m really happy that they addressed the fact that they need to talk? Stuff like that tends to just get swept under the rug in manga, so I’m really happy talking is actually going to happen. It seems like Mashima is hinting at Natsu and Lucy talking about things later as well, so I’m really happy he’s doing that more, it was something I’ve always felt the manga lacked. Makes perfect sense that Gray and Juvia can’t talk now, so again I’m glad we know they’re going to talk later
Other than that everyone is more powerful and great and I love them kicking butt and taking names. Also I may be the only one who cares, but I’m pretty sure Erza has a new slight flip in her bangs and I really like it. So there’s that.
I don’t really have much to say about the villains, they’re pretty boring to me, and I think Mashima mentioned having issues coming up with new characters. I hope they stick around for a while, at least that way we may be able to know them more? Maybe they’ll be more interesting. And I don’t tend to like fodder characters used that way? Like why spend time naming them all etc if you don’t even use them, but I digress.