Within the madness of hunger overwhelming the Dragon Eaters is a misery defining the consumed Dragon’s soul which perpetually eats away at the silence of ones mind. The flesh consumed carries with it the magic power of the Dragon but when the hosting form represents an imbalanced human body, the resulting magic merging with the form creates an instability and conflict abrasively clashing the mind with the stolen power. These echoes of vengeance continuously terrorize the host forcing the remedy of locking away the soul within a box to lighten the erosion of mental constancy. Kirin came to dread the whispers of wrath whereas over the course of destruction, defeat, regret and renewal, Laxus learned to envelop the crackling temptation of power with the thunderous symphony of his own reformed lightning.
Laxus was so unbelievably badass in this chapter. I may have been incorrect in my expectation of Elexion’s lacrima being a possession of the Dreyar family but even without an intimate connection between Laxus and Elexion, there is a representation on display by Laxus embracing both the severity of lightning and the piercing resolve it has when it commits itself to the path of force. Laxus was unflinching in his determination. The lacrima embodied a source of entrapment and in response of such a weight, Laxus liberated himself from the chains that could bind him. He ripped out the Lightning lacrima from his chest and unequivocally detached himself from its confines. The parameters of power become a clutch to Laxus. And once freedom dawned within him signaled by the lacrima hitting the ground, his mind embraced the limitlessness of magic. He consumed Elexion’s magic power and made it his own. The Thunder’s Wrath was converted by Laxus into the Thunder Dragon King’s Red Lightning. An attack defined not by the voice of Elexion but by the blood and spirit of Laxus Dreyar, the strongest [active] wizard within Fairy Tail (Gildarts can enjoy being a dad and I’m okay with Erza being just behind Laxus in terms of power for the time being).
Kirin’s flashback was very interesting. I was not expecting to see the outcome of Elexion’s fight to conclude with Georg’s victory. Did Georg really defeat Elexion or were there other factors in play that resulted in Elexion being weakened before facing Georg. I just find it very curious that someone whom Selene effortless dispatched was able to defeat a King of Dragon’s 30 years ago, which likely embodied a weaker Georg than the one who got squashed by Selene. Did old age hit Elexion hard or were was he previously injured from another fight he had. Or was Elexion even THE Thunder Dragon King and not just a self-claimed King. Georg is a very interesting character. He was the guild leader of Diabolos and likely the slayer of all the Dragons whom the members gained their powers from. Georg likely intentionally targeted young kids in order to build up within them a reliance to him which would over time equate to loyalty. I find incredibly amusing that for such a powerful character Georg was killed in such an unbelievably and spectacularly anticlimactic way. Was Selene just that strong? In the face of her anger and power, even Dragon King’s of elements mean little? I suppose Selene could very well be one of the strongest Dragon’s within Fairy Tail. She is without question one of the most intelligent and interesting Dragons.
Seeing Kirin as a child was such a welcome addition. So far, there was no sense of attachment to Kirin as a character, just a feeling of opposition for an antagonist that stands in the way of the heroes. But with the flashback and the revelation of the trauma he had suffered in the form of the never-ending anger and regret consuming his mind, you can’t help but feel a little for Kirin at what he had to endure while growing up. Kirin was recruited by Georg and pushed toward taking on the burden of madness. Equally as important was the affection Wraith showed Kirin. While Diabolos was built up as an army, they also exist as a group akin to a family. Diabolos may have been maleficent in their operations but as a group, they were very sincere. The fact that someone like Suzaku was able to function within the guild conveys that there were aspects of earnest within Diabolos. The sisterly bond Kiria and Misaki share also adds to this belief. Back to Kirin’s flashback, I thought it was very affecting to see him take Wraith’s words to heart and rely on them as a mantra to ward of darkness or in this case, a box to keep the anger of Elexion from overwhelming his mind. Sentimentality existed within Kirin. Ultimately though, Kirin was still affected by Elexion’s constant whispers. The lie Laxus deceived and stunned Kirin with was only possible because Elexion’s anger and terror meant something to Kirin on an existential level. The fear of Kirin’s nightmares came to paralyze him as Laxus unleashed his attack.
I now look forward to seeing more of Diabolos’s history as I do believe there is room to both humanize and develop the members as recurring characters within Fairy Tail. They may currently be antagonist but with time, suffering and defeat, perspectives can change. Diabolos have continued to remain relevant since the start of the 100 Years Quest, so I believe they can continue to remain relevant going forward but this time not as antagonist but characters who can assist in the upcoming conflict against Dogramag, Ignia and Viernes. Very much looking forward to the next chapter.
June 26, 2022 at 4:28 am
Just finally read the chapter and I have to confess that I was impressed with Kirin’s characterization. Not that it was necessarily needed, but it just added a charm to his character and to the conflict that made the fight that much more enjoyable. This is a biweekly series, so of course we can’t spend that much time with events but I wouldn’t have minded to have spent more time with his story – I find his inner conflict really interesting. I’m more and more curious as to what will be made of Diabolos, they’ve been a truly curious group during the course of 100yq. And yeah, Laxus was a full-on badass. Great review, Syphin!
June 26, 2022 at 4:33 am
Just finally read the chapter and I have to confess that I was impressed with Kirin’s characterization. Not that it was necessarily needed, but it just added a charm his character and the conflict that made the fight that much more enjoyable. This is a biweekly series, so of course we can’t spend that much time with events but I wouldn’t have minded to have spent more time with his story – I find his inner conflict really interesting. I’m more and more curious about what will be made of Diabolos, they’ve been a curiously handled group through the course of 100yq. And yeah, Laxus was a full-on badass. Great review, Syphin!