Acnologia really is a piece of work. How arrogant can he get stating that as Irene is the mother of Dragon Slayers, she is his sin. Does he really believe that he is THAT significant that the fate of the world and its future rest on his shoulders. It should be the other way around, because Irene created Dragon Slaying magic and failed to stop herself from succumbing to the effects of its power, she should be the one feeling the need to clear the consequences of her sins by stopping/crushing Acnologia and ensuring a brighter future for the next generation.
Back against a wall and motivated by the guilt of his sins, Gray cast his life into one final spell to seal away the darkness plaguing his best friend, his guild and himself. Empowered by his magic, life, and memories, Gray enhances the effects of Iced Shell with Lost Magic. Resolving to be forgotten from everyone dear to him, he channels his spirit into sealing Zeref.
A reality twisted by the misfortune of life. A wish for happiness tainted by the weight of its worth. A resolve to save another crippled by the darkness of its shadow. Two brothers torn apart by unfortunate circumstance. Two lovers separated by a curse born from the desire to save. Embraced by tragedy and guided by pain, those caught up in the indifferent flow of time now find themselves conflicting against ones dear to them.
The strangest things really do occur when you least expect it. Definitely was not expecting an in depth look into Zeref’s past and certainly not any information on Natsu’s origins, but it all makes sense now, how exactly Natsu connects in with Zeref. I now understand why Zeref is fond of Natsu and why Zeref has cast himself into the role of being the annihilator of all humans. Zeref may not desire such an outcome, but the end which can be brought about by such an outcome warrants the need to follow such a path. Zeref wishes to die, but is unable to, the contradictory curse governing him has forced him to walk a path he may not want in order to reach a result he truly desires. The duty Zeref speaks of is of being a villain evil enough so that it inspires a hero strong enough to end him to finally appear – Natsu.
Reduced to nothingness and numbed of sensation, the world before one turns to darkness, yet within that formless stream of existence and space, the magic of one’s soul manifest into a light connecting their being to the endless depths of the world. Broken down and stripped of her five senses, Erza manifest her spirit into a light capable of residing within the flow of the world, ultimately awakening a sensation beyond form.
And so the wings of hope cast aside the clouds of despair and reveal the rays of light awaiting beyond such impending doom. Appearing before his son and resolving to open a path for his son to prevent the end of the world from culminating into destruction, he engages the Black Dragon, Acnologia.
And so the darkness thick in despair invades the skies and hearts sensitive to such terror find themselves shaken by the realisation of its appearance. Unexpected and inconceivable, the King of Dragons arrives in front of the humans and demons for a purpose yet to be revealed but one which will have serious repercussions for the fate and the state of the world.