“It was always a circle, from our hero’s family home to an underworld to the rallying of the tropes, and Gareth always wanted to get Jyn back home again; it starts with the home and end with (a metaphorical) home.” - The Art of Rogue One, Josh Kushins
Kogoro was an interesting choice to pull Conan from the water in Sunflowers of Inferno and it reminded me of that time he was unable to save him from falling towards the sea during the storm back in Strategy Above the Depths (Super Ran to the rescue). Whether you think its relevant to their development at all depends on how you consider the movies and characterisation within them, but regardless… you gotta love a good parallel
Erwin and Levi’s complete trust bond on the battlefield strangely reminds me of Mikasa and Armin’s budding one. (I know Mikasa and Armin have trusted each other way before, but I meant budding in a way that it’s starting to show in the manga.)
I love how parallel the relationships are because whoever say that Mikasa does not give two shits about Armin can now be silent and appreciate the beauty of character development.
As for who Eren reminds me of:
I mean, it’s like Levi saves Hanji and Mikasa saves Eren.
The old war veterans to the golden trio. Gotta love them parallels.
Well, looks like even a member of the Spriggans is no match for Jellal, especially when the blue-haired man is angry. I gotta say, I knew that Neinhart would eventually be defeated, but everything happened so fast. I really like the whole idea behind the Spriggans - 12 powerful wizards acting as Zeref’s personal shield. As far as we know, they’ve come from all around the world and even though they know they’re just pawns in the black mage’s game, they are still very loyal to him and I greatly admire that. That’s why I feel like they have not been given the attention they deserve. As the arc progresses, it feels like they are getting less and less screen time, so to say, but I hope many of them will either come back and fight the protagonists once again or the remaining Spriggans would be even more important and intriguing (as it is in the case of Eileen/Irene and her connection to Erza).
The other thing I need to get off my chest is about what happened with Jellal. The guy is powerful. His character is complex. The main thing about him right now is that he’s walking the path of redemption and he’s trying to forgive himself for what he did in the past. The focus of this battle was supposed to be on his and Kagura’s rocky relationship, although it was kind of shifted on that Eileen woman with a connection to Erza’s past. I was quite hyped to see Jellal fight, yet his battle ended way too fast. I wish we could’ve seen him fight more, I wish Neinhart would have been a bigger challenge for him.
Anyway, moving on. I’m actually happy that everyone took care of their respective Historias before Neinhart was taken down. Last week I was really hyped about a possible unison raid between Juvia and Meredy and I was beaming with joy when it actually became reality in today’s chapter. I loved how Meredy has found a new way to use her magic. In the Tenrou arc she used it to inflict pain, now she knows she can amplify one’s magic with it and I’m honestly very happy with her development.
As for Lyon and Gray’s battle against Ur, I can’t say I’m disappointed. I wanted some Lyon character development and not only did I get that, but there was also development of his relationship with Gray. The Fairy Tail wizard has found the will to keep moving on even though he’s lost so many important people. Lyon’s character, however, has mainly been connected with his desire in the beginning of the manga to surpass Ur. Now that Ur is dead, Lyon has to find another reason to keep moving forward and I liked the way Gray gave him the strength and motivation to do that.
In last week’s chapter Wendy was the one who was receiving the roughest treatment, at least in my eyes. She was badly injured and couldn’t face her Historia, at least not alone. Wendy has become strong and now she’s not only super powerful, but she actually believes it and is ready to protect her loved ones no matter what. Seeing Carla, who almost died during the fight against Dimaria, rushing in and telling Wendy that they’ll always be together (the exact same thing they promised to each other after they fought Ezel in the Tartaros arc; gotta love them parallels), made me feel really bad for ever thinking that Carla is irritating. ^_^ Even if she sometimes is, there’s no doubt that she cares really much for the little dragon slayer and would protect her like a mother protects her child.
As for Laxus and Hades’ face off, I’m still very conflicted about its purpose. I discussed that with many of you last week (thank you for sharing your thoughts about the matter with me, it was really interesting to read so many different interpretations of the whole situation ^_^) and the most popular opinion was that it’s connected to the dragon slayer’s heritage. Yet, I don’t understand why Laxus’ hostility towards FT’s second master is connected to Mavis. Ever since she shared her story with the guild, I just can’t see Precht as a bad guy. His intentions were pure, at least at first. All he wanted was to save and protect Mavis, although in the end having to deal with her curse and being exposed to knowledge about powerful magic made him become the person known as Hades. Does Laxus actually consider what Precht did to protect Mavis’ body a bad thing? Or did he mean something else by “It’s time to repent for what you did to the first” ?
Back to the main fight, well, it’s now officially over. Not only did Jellal completely defeat Neinhart, but also by striking down Simon and acknowledging he was just an illusion, Kagura made it clear that she’s decided to try and forgive Jellal for murdering her brother. Her encouraging the Crime Sorciere mage emphasized that fact even further.
As I already mentioned, Neinhart was defeated. Whether he got killed or not was not clear, but judging by how quickly he was introduced and then removed from the scene, he might not be coming back. And that is kind of sad, because I find his magic quite intriguing and feel like it could’ve been explained even further.
Back in Fairy Tail everybody was preparing for the next fight, which is most probably gonna be against the super powerful and hyped Spriggan August. Natsu wanted to go ahead and face him alone and Lucy expressed her wish to join him as well, which made me want another Original Team Natsu battle in the near future.
Also, the pink-haired dragon slayer had decided that Brandish is a good girl and freed her from her prison cell. Believing in the good in people and having faith people can change for the better is a big part of Natsu’s character, yet I’m sometimes surprised by his absolute confidence that he won’t get betrayed or back-stabbed by said people.
Brandish experienced and learned a lot in this arc. I think she’s still trying to figure out her place in the war, but it seems like she’s starting to feel more comfortable with the Fairies now. She even shared some valuable information about the Spriggans with the guild. While August can be considered the strongest male Spriggan, there is also a certain scarlet-haired mage who’s considered the strongest female Spriggan. Yes, that’s Lady Eileen.
And speaking of her, she’s absolutely beautiful! Her hair is gorgeous and her looks remind me of a witch, although her hands are more like those of a demon.
Eileen (or Irene, as mentioned in some translations) Belserion’s connection to Erza remained a secret in this chapter, but it’s better this way. There’s already enough hype surrounding her, thanks to the possibility of her being Titania’s mother or sister, but I’d love to see Mashima gradually building up suspence before he drops the bomb. ^_^
Next week’s chapter is called The Monstrous Six. So far, six Spriggans have been defeated - Brandish, Ajeel, Wahl, Dimaria, Jacob and Neinhart. Next week’s chapter title most probably refers to the other six. And if they’re called The Monstrous Six, that means we have yet to see the protagonists struggle with their fights against Zeref’s personal squad. Out of those monsters, we know of August, Eileen, Bradman/Bloodman (the God of Death) and Invel, so there’s one or two (I’m still not sure if Serena was the 13th or the 12th Spriggan) Spriggans yet to be introduced. And if someone with a connection to one of the Fairies was kept a secret for so long, could that possibly mean the remaining Spriggan(s) might also be connected to one of the main characters?
So, what did you think of today’s chapter? ^_^ What do you think is Eileen/Irene’s connection to Erza? ^_^ And do you think we’ll get another Original Team Natsu fight so soon after the last one?