Fairy Tail Chapter 538 Review
Well this chapter was… odd…
Our cover page is the Tenrou Island arc and it’s just kinda meh. It’s following the standard group shot theme of the other memory chapters but there’s nothing all that interesting or dynamic about this. But onto the chapter proper
We open with the letters of END returning to their book. Okay I understand what Lucy’s doing about writing down the experiences of Natsu so that he will stay Natsu but why? Okay well the obvious idea is that this will prevent the END personality from taking over but aside from the first time we saw the semi END form there really was not indication of his personality changing. In fact, this seems like it’s confused about what it wants to be, is it saving Natsu’s life? Is it keeping Natsu from transforming? It’s playing fast and loose, which really is jarring.
Gray she’s Lucy struggle and starts destroying the “demon” in her arm. SO wait that’s an actual demon not organic link? Also If it’s spreading through and becoming part of Lucy how can you completely destroy with no adverse effect to her? But what does that matter another character is safe from consequence.
The Book of END fades due to Zeref’s death and Natsu returns alive. Okay again we get into my problem with this re writing in the book, how does it stop Natsu from dying with Zeref. He’s still a demon from the book of Zeref. I guess it might be that Lucy still has the organic link in her and the book is no longer needed for Zeref’s bond but rather he has a bond with Lucy.
Yeah It was over in a complete and total disappointment of a climax but I wouldn’t expect anything else from Natsu.
Natsu delivers the news that the first is gone. Oh no so sad.
Oh never mind grieving over.
We cut to a random island, where the Blue pegasus group is recovering.
You have a responsibility? Please check my 536 review on why that responsibility is total bull crap, but now add on it’s for Anna and Ichiya as well. Given the ending of this chapter that sentiment has become really damn hollow. Also we gave shit to Gray gfor iced shell and how it feels like character regression, now we have Jellal with actual character regression, wonder if he’ll get some shit. Also seems Wendy has fixed up his ribs.
Cut back to Team Natsu where everything is winding down and they talk about the things they have to do. Gray stating he has to apologize to Juvia, which I don’t understand given the fact that this flash back seems to be implying he should apologize for beating her but if you were trying to stay true to the whole “I’ll give you answer” thing then shouldn’t those flashbacks be of him using iced shell.
Lucy points out she has to find Aquarius’s key, which I like and Happy seems to imply that there’s something special he and Natsu want to do after the war (even though only thing Natsu said was he had a bucket list and not something ‘special’”
And Natsu is gone.
Yeah he’s sooooooo gone. Totally. I’m sure this’ll last half a chapter.
Last page shows how Natsu is kinda being a dick but at the same time Wendy notices cracks in the sky.
Post chapter follow up: This was a blah chapter. There is very little substance to it and a lot of things that happen are kinda vague. I will say it’s good to have a breather chapter but nothing is really progressed for the characters other than restating what they want to do after the war.
On the positive side, it is nice to see team Natsu back together and them interact, and it’s also nice to be reminded that there are still goals after this ordeal is over. Also positive, the possible return of Acnologia.
On the negative side, the worst problem with this chapter on it’s own is pacing. Things are happening way too fast fr a breather chapter, jumping around and delivering news about Mavis all feel resolved really fast. Another problem with the chapter is the Jellal scene, while I was for Jellal dying because it would have him come full circle this actually is presenting him to be regressing which honestly something that shouldn’t happen to a character who’s already got a lot of rushed character development.
This all put together there’s just nothing to chapter, it all honestly felt like padding. It’s not bad pre say but it’s not exactly good.
Final Judment: 5/10
- Ultimately padding
- rushed pacing
- Captivating ending