The sisters of the Sky, Wendy and Sherria, face off against the dark guild Orochi’s Fin. Meanwhile, Lucy finally gets to test out her new abilities. Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.
1. In case anyone was wondering whether this adaptation would be condensed and not really have spend enough time covering everything, this week opens with a flash back several minutes long on how Wendy and Sherria met. To be fair, this isn’t the worst thing in the world; I certainly mostly forgot how they met and had to look it up last week. Plus, their fight scene during the Grand Magic Games was one of my favorites–two fighters, closely matched enough to give us a good back and forth battle. The episode succinctly reminds us what these two girl’s powers are, how they met, and how they bonded over being two awkward people that are among the youngest in their guild.
2. Last week, Lucy gave out a hint she had been training in such a way that she could give Natsu a challenge in a sparring session, implying she’d learned some new magic of her own in the last year. Well, after Natsu leaves them to deal with the remnants of the monsters he hadn’t beaten unconscious already, we learn what that is. Lucy still uses her celestial magic, but she’s also learned how to give herself some of that magic, changing her abilities. It’s meant to be like Erza’s “Requip” ability, and comes with neat new outfits…but unfortunately she doesn’t get stronger at all.
If you’re a Lucy fan it’s hard not to be a little sad about this; playing her new ability for a joke implies she won’t get to be a heavy hitter. What’s even weirder is she was actually much more dangerous when she was using her magic whip–so maybe there’s more to this than meets the eye?
3. Well, Natsu wasn’t lying about his upgrade in abilities. While Wendy and Sherria can tear through most of Orochi Fin with ease, they don’t count on the dark guild having brought in a ringer. Bluenote Stinger, the second strongest of Grimoire Heart, has taken to renting his powers out as a freelancer. He seems to have forgotten his encounter with Fairy Tail initially, but hearing the name and seeing the Crest brings everything back to him. In seconds, he lays out everyone–Sherria, Wendy, Carla, and Happy.
….And then Natsu shows up. Now last time we saw Bluenote, he was going head to head with Gildarts–Fairy Gail’s most powerful member, and it was a fairly even match. This makes it all the more surprising when Natsu defeats Bluenote in a single punch, an absurd display of ability that leaves Orochi’s Fin immediately surrendering. As usual though, shonen power scaling is basically meaningless; has Natsu finally caught up with Erza, Lexus, and Gildarts? And if not, just how much stronger has everyone gotten?
4. With Orochi’s Fin defeated thanks to Natsu treating Bluenote like Guy Gardner, there’s nothing left except the tearful goodbyes. Despite misunderstanding how Wendy looks at Natsu, Sherria still encourages her to go back to Fairy Tail, promising the two of them will be friends no matter what guild she’s joined. Ultimately, Sherria’s just as excited to see Fairy Tail get back together as Natsu and the others.
For now, I’m probably not going to get that examination of whether Fairy Tail should even get to continue being a guild if they could be disbanded as easily as they were. But that seems to be because they’re a group of friends who share such a powerful bond everyone’s just happy to have them back.
5. Next Episode: The one thing that stuck out to everyone while the anime was off was how Gray had turned into a bad guy after the guild disbanded, so I’m pretty excited to finally get to this point. For a long while Gray wasn’t really a challenge to Natsu, as Natsu was forced to gain strength by leaps and bounds because he was fighting the primary arc villains, but that changed with the end of the last arc. Having gained the Ice Devil Slayer ability, he experienced a massive boost in strength and could easily be Natsu’s equal now, so hopefully we can get one solid fight from the two of them before he’s brought back into the fold. At least, if it’s possible to bring him in…
Fairy Tail is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.