Alice’s dish was spectacular and the fact that she incorporated a sequence in how her dish was to be eaten to deepen the level of flavour and satisfaction of the meal was incredibly well thought out. Not only did Alice bring forward a fantastical and elegant presentation, she utilised her flavours in such a unique and wondrous way, you can’t help but admire the level of thinking that went into creating the dish. Such a complex and technical dish that sings on so many levels had me wondering intensely throughout the chapter how exactly Souma would go about combating such an overwhelming dish…then I seen his back and my worries disappeared.
How cute it was to see Asuka determined to get the memento her parents sold in the past to pay for her medical prescription fees back. Those past seven years when the main group of Fairy Tail were frozen in time sure must have been hard for the rest of the mages left in the guild, they had to endure through some tough circumstances and make some really difficult decisions. It’s great having some focus on those characters who don’t normally get to shine within the general Fairy Tail story, it helps flesh them out quite some bit.
What a cute and unique way Erza has of handling situations. Even though she may appear cold and brutal when being strict, it comes off in such a loving and embracing way that you can’t help but admire the way she tackles problems. Even in situations where Erza handles it in such absurd and unorthodox ways, the sincere and natural smile she wears makes you accept her strangeness as being one of her charming points. Erza truly is a unique and radiantly memorable character.
Enveloped and embraced, the intangible touch of wind resonates through the air empowering one towards a state of overwhelming freedom. And like the enchanting flow of wind with its powerful and gentle disposition, Wendy soars. And carried by the wings of wind, she dances.
Developments sure transpired quickly this chapter, especially Kyros’s flashback and Sugar’s “demise”. But I don’t mind at all, with those relevant developments out of the way now, we can finally get into the climax of the arc – the battle with Doflamingo. And concerning that battle, with everything Doflamingo has done and the amount of people he has forced to suffer, he so NEEDS an ass-kicking this arc. Regardless of how strong and capable Doflamingo is, this arc has built him up as a villain who has accumulated too many sins to let escape or have another arc without getting his just deserts this arc. And with the cliff-hanger this chapter, Usopp has ensured that Doflamingo is half-way on his way to receiving his beating.
What a surprise, I definitely was not expecting Hagoromo, the Rikudou Sennin to appear all of sudden in Naruto’s inner self while Naruto struggles between the borders of life and death. But how necessary and enlightening it is that we have it, a lot definitely was explained and made clear about the story and history of chakra and the conflict behind the Uchiha and Senju. It is also interesting to note that Naruto and likely Sasuke can right the wrongs made centuries ago that has created consequences existing even today, with a decision. Naruto will definitely be up to ending the insignificant feud started centuries ago, but will Sasuke?
Is it just me or does anyone else find Gremmy grossly offensive to the sensibilities? I mean like dam, those squinted eyes and pretentious smile just severely rub me the wrong way. If Kubo-sensei intended to create a character that repeatedly grates away at ones sensibilities, he succeeded, magnificently. Gremmy’s whole design, demeanor, attitude, cockiness, dialog, everything about him screams bastard. I can’t say I’m entertained much by his character so far, the arrogant nature central to his personality is pretty much urging my desire of wanting Zaraki/Yachiru to trash him on. Hopefully this battle won’t take much longer for “Zaraki” to wrap up.
What exactly did Gowther see inside Dreyfus? What was that shadow? Does this mean that Dreyfus has been manipulated by a darker power all this time? Ah, so many questions with so little answers being given this chapter, yet the intensity turned up at the end with Helbram grossly wounding Diane and King arriving to stop him from dealing the finishing blow. Hopefully Diane will survive, but I wonder if this will cause King to go over the edge and get serious with Helbram unlike their previous encounter, especially considering that Helbram is a cunning opponent with a dangerous ability.
The world of cooking really is vast, not just cuisine styles become relevant in creating memorable dishes but the form of the dish also ends up playing a major part in how satisfying a person perceives the dish to be. On top of Souma challenging different cuisine styles in the manga so far, he is now faced with having to utilise the form of the dish to create an impact overwhelming the judges before they even end up being engrossed in the flavours. Alice being his opponent may just end up being the most advantageous event he has concerning the Autumn Election. If Souma can surpass the “hurdle” called Alice, his cooking really will be taken to another dimension, one that can express the different layers of skills he has acquired so far.
So the emotionless Deadly Sin has finally revealed the terror that his abilities embody…to invade a person’s mind and literally destroy a person mentally, what a fearsome and shocking ability. The power of illusion, yet what Gowther utilises are the strongest illusions of all, the truth a person tries desperately to hide away from and reject. That piercing darkness within each person’s heart has the potential to eat them mentally when confronted by Gowther and his ability. Dreyfus felt that first-hand and is currently in a state of despair and trauma.