Selene’s plans have been set in motion and with it the gathering of the Dark Dragon Slayers has resulted. Diabolos plays their strongest hand in order to pursue the path of an age without Dragons. They have attacked the Great Labyrinth where the Sixth of the Five Dragon Gods slumber. A Sixth Dragon that would presumably awaken once the seal of the Five Dragon Gods is lifted. Selene intends to exploit the power within the Great Labyrinth to make defeating Viernes and Ignia into a reality. With Elefseria now aware of Diabolos’s movements and Fairy Tail present, it is only a matter of time before the conflict between Fairy Tail and Diabolos begins.Continue reading
What an abrupt and unexpected development. I was not anticipating such a scenario to unfold right after the conclusion of the Elentir arc. The choice Selene made goes beyond conceit and arrogance. It was carefully planned and executed. The burning desire for vengeance could be felt through the manner in which it was effected. Suzaku was played and so were the rest of the Diabolos. Selene understood the weakness perceived in herself as well as those in the forces opposing her and exploited both remarkably. Her actions in regards to what was done to her son, Kurnugi, has left me in reverence at her brutal magnificence. How spectacular Selene, what a move.Continue reading
A power cold enough to chill one to the bone and a fantasy warm enough to melt the heart. Such is the Mugen Setsugekka that Hakune attempted to defeat Gray with. Yet within the maelstrom of happiness, Gray held on to his purpose and shattered the illusion devoid of the one he loves. Deep down what Gray seeks is the embrace of those he loves and moments of normality to share amongst them. Simple and blissful moments of celebration together with his family. Moments that he had not had the opportunity to experience with them. Part of Gray was certainly seduced by such joy yet another aspect of himself feels he has a duty beyond making himself happy. A desire to respond to the immeasurable love he has received.Continue reading
When an end arrives, emotions from the corners of the extremes meld together into an ineffable moment. Whether it be joy, sorrow, relief, disappointment, satisfaction, numbness or indifference. It is a moment where the many feelings one holds for that experience cascades together. A story is no different. Upon its end, you come to characterise the meaning of the experience within emotion. If a story is particularly enjoyable and resonant with ones heart, a fascination for what lies beyond emerges. Such is the case with Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest for me. I can’t help but feel privileged and grateful that such a joyous and enjoyable story has a continuation. A story that now sees Fairy Tail target the 100 Years Quest that no other mage guild has managed to complete is over a century. Let the new adventure commence!Continue reading
Fairy Tail may not delve into themes as deep as identity and existentialism or analysis the philosophy of freedom and responsibility against the constructs of religion and society and it may not challenge the darker themes it does begin to voyage into but what Fairy Tail does have is heart, and a lot of it. It’s emotionally powerful scenes drive the story, the character development and the characters themselves. The encouraging touch of its embrace resonances deep within the reader, inspiring connections with the characters alive in its story and struggling through its world to be formed. And central to that evocation is the heart of the story; the guild Fairy Tail.
The heart is a miraculous existence that allows us to connect to others, to share our emotions with them and to have emotions shared with us. And yet, along with the joy it is able to conjure, the shadows of its rhythm also awakens a darker beat of love. A realm of negativity in which the echoes of optimism and bonds of relation can be submerged and lost within. Such concepts are the navigating expressions embodying the adventures and journeys within Fairy Tail. Characters lose themselves within their pain, torment and heart yet through their shared connection with others, they are able to accept the debilitating thoughts within their mind and embrace the warmth of their imperfections.Continue reading
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.
In the end, it doesn’t seem fair, does it? Irene, who loved so much and gave so much for humanity, found herself continually mocked by the hands of fate. Irene didn’t get the chance to get to know Erza, to spend quality time together with her and to be a parent to her daughter. Irene was broken by the subjects of her love and cast down into a spiral filled with suffering and anguish eventually being overwhelmed by madness where she found herself driven by the desire to kill her own daughter. Since being imprisoned by her husband, it was moments of suffering followed by moments of suffering. Only at the end did Irene come to reclaim back the humanity slowly being lost within her rage. Still, it would have been inspiring and heart-warming if Irene had gotten the opportunity to be a mother and the chance to share her life with her daughter.
No matter the pain Irene had to endure, no matter the years of torment she was broken by, no matter the loss she had suffered, when it came to her daughter, Irene could not forsake herself. She could not stop acknowledging the love she had for her daughter. Despite the act of abandonment, Irene had good intentions and ultimately feared Erza falling victim to her growing insanity. Irene knew the danger the darkness growing inside her represented and did not want the smile full of purity and hope that made her feel human again to disappear from Erza. Consequently, Irene left Erza at Rosemary Village to give her a future. Continue reading
In a state of utter dismay and hatred, Irene bears her enchantments and claws at her very own daughter seeking to ease the despair gnawing away at the shadows of her mind. Fueled by rage and the madness overwhelming her, Irene unleashes her Dragon form and summons a meteorite to crush Erza beneath. Erza in turn acknowledging her mother’s misfortune underlying her sins conveys the spirit she inherited from her mother in the form of an act intended to stop her mother. Will the disconnection between the two finally find a common ground?