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1. With most of Spriggan 12’s scrubs taken care of, we’ve entered a new stage of battle. Literally, as Irene uses her powers to warp all of Fiore, condensing it to 1/20th the size of what it was before. This has the effect of serving as a randomizer for every citizen on the island, placing them in completely different locations than they were before. It’s an OP ability to be sure, especially considering it’s a spell she’s never used but it achieves both it’s major goals: getting Zeref right next to Mavis, and putting Acnologia somewhere off the country. However, it also has the pretty neat side effect of putting our main characters in new locations, and that opens up the opportunity for new alliances and potential battles.
2. We’re starting to get more into Irene’s backstory, or at least the flags are going up for that. After activating Universe One, she winds up in the castle with the King and Princess of Fiore. Of course the royal army tries to “evict” her from the throne, but they offer so little resistance their loss happens off-screen.
But what’s of particular note this week is her actions with the King and Princess. Specifically, she turns Princess Hisui into a green mouse, and questions whether the King can love her daughter when she’s no longer human. Because he’s not a monster, the answer is of course he can. (Plus, she’s pretty adorable as a mouse.) But it’s the kind of pointed question that feels like it’s linked to some sort of trauma from her back story. Take that with her noticing Erza’s energy and actually seeking her out with a creepy giant eye that could make Sauron blush, and it’s clear we’re finding out about her sooner rather than later.
3. Zera’s totally coming back, isn’t she?
This episode featured one of the biggest surprises of this season plus one of the least surprising moments..and managed to combine them both. First off, surprising absolutely no one, Gajeel isn’t dead. Instead, Mashima plays with the idea of unity of time for a bit and reveals Irene activated Universe One at the exact moment Bloodman tried to drag Gajeel into the great beyond. The result? A Gajeel that has to deal with an embarrassing, honest love confession.
But Gajeel also meets Zera, Mavis’ friend from Tenrou Island. Zera met a pretty sad end last time we saw her, because Mavis’ power could only keep her generated when she wasn’t consciously aware of it. With Mavis’ body being reawakened for the first time in a century, it’s served as a sort of unconscious “reset” for her generation of Zera’s illusion, which means she’s back…at least until Mavis meets her again. Only I’m not so sure. There’s really no reason to even bring Zera back unless she’s going to get to come “back” for good, no? Fairy Tail’s always been pretty bad with leaving people dead to begin with–the death total here is drastically lower than any other shonen I can think of off the top of my head. It’s always been more of the “mass consumption Disney” than the Brothers Grimm.
In any case, while Zera’s back, she’s around long enough to tell the entire guild to go rally around Mavis, which is definitely the best possible course of action given Mavis is staring down the most powerful wizard that’s ever lived.
4. “I’m as powerful as Superman. Why does everyone forget that?” That’s what this scene reminds me of. Irene’s subordinates Juliet and Heine make quick work of nearly the entire Fairy Tail guild (minus all the people remotely approaching heavy hitters) with their unique binding abilities, and things almost begin to look pretty bleak for them until Mirajane steps up. After Zera gives them the order to return to the guild to save Mavis, Mirajane stays by herself to face both girls at once.
Mirajane’s story arc is downplayed over the course of Fairy Tail–partially because she’s not one of the Main Cast members, partially because of Mashima’s penchant for fanservice. When we meet her, she’s basically just the team bartender, the constantly put-upon woman who has to deal with Fairy Tail’s rowdiness. It isn’t until we see some flashbacks that we even realize she was once just as active a member of the group as everyone else. She stops using her powers thanks to a traumatic experience with her family, but once she gets over that she gets right back into action. And quietly, she’s established herself as one of the most powerful members of the guild–worthy of her rivalry with Erza, the “Queen of Fairies”. That’s why it’s no surprise she wins fairly easily, transforming into a new Takeover Soul form and beating both Juliet and Heine in a single blow.
5. Even though Fairy Tail is a soft, baby universe where no one is ever really hurt, closing out on this still left me pretty terrified for Mirajane. Especially after we learn Juliet and Heine were nothing more than enchantments. Irene was so absurdly powerful she was able to imbue these weapons with their own personalities and human bodies.
Fairy Tail is available for streaming on Funimation and Crunchyroll.