Summary Key Points:
- Natsu and co explain the situation to the Edolas Fairy Tail and head to the capital
- Edolas Lucy follows them, and helps them out, also getting them magic weapons
- In the world of Edolas, Magic is an actual object, and is used by combining Lacrima with other items
- Gajeel also arrives in the capital city, and finds himself being avoided by everyone
- He finds that his Edolas version is actually an underground freelance writer, and heads out to search for his other self
- Natsu, Edolas Lucy and Wendy, along with Happy and Carla run into the royal army
- As they are able to escape, they end up seeing the Royal Army taking in the other Lucy
- As Natsu runs to rescue her, Lucy pulls out her key and summons Scorpio, easily taking down the soldiers
We get more deep into things with the 80th episode of Fairy tail, even if it is at a calm and slow pace. We are introduced to the entire cast of villains, and get to see more Alternate Fairy Tail goodness. The Edolas Arc proves yet again, that it was and is a stroke of genius, adding the right mix of old and new characters for a majorly intriguing premise.
The episode’s first major event was seeing the team of villains. I must admit, As awesome as Fairy Tail is with its main characters, the villains seem to lack more and more generally. I mean, Jellal aside, most of the villains have been pretty lame or downright annoying. Its sad, but Edolas’s Royal army is of little exception to this fact:
Most of the characters here were either cliche’s or just generally ripped off from other Anime. Panther Lily in particular, reminded me a lot of Komomura from Bleach, except that he was a bit more depressive if nothing else. Byro was the classic evil, short little schemer, Hughes was the super hyper and somewhat annoying dude, and Sugar Boy was your classic gay guy. Erza… was well Erza, except obviously on the more evil side of things. I’m not sure if Erza is inherrently evil in this world, or if she’s got the same problem that Erza of Eathland does, she just NEEDS to follow orders and submit to authority, regardless of whether its right or wrong.
The one strong and somewhat intriguing character, was the king of Edolas, Faust. Faust is definitely you’re old, twisted and definitely insane old tyrant. I’m curious to know just how strong he is, but if at the moment, the guy just looks like a man with too much age and a huge unsatiable lust for power.
The other major cool thing was seeing two other members of Fairy Tail (Eathland version) make it through the whole Anima process and join our heroes. First, we got to see Gajeel. Its interesting to note that Natsu and Wendy are a lot more powerless than Gajeel. Gajeel being an Iron Dragonslayer, still has his extremely durable body to fight with. I was actually expecting Gajeel to get beat up real bad by the three jerks he ran into, but I’m definitely glad that he just beat them down. Gajeel just isn’t the sort of character you want to see be too darn weak.
The very idea of the Edolas Gajeel being an underground writer, that criticizes the empire is beyond cool. Its nice to see that no matter where Gajeel is, he’s a trouble maker and rebellious, doing whatever he wants. Gajeel’s definitely the “wolverine” (X-Men) esque character in Fairy Tail, or if you want another parallel, he’s like Sanosuke Sagara from Kenshin XD
Either way, it’ll be interesting to see Gajeel meet his other self. Speaking of other selves, we had Edolas Lucy actually run into Earthland Lucy. I think it was pretty funny how Natsu and everyone else kept referring to Edolas Lucy as “Scary Lucy” XD
Its also a lot funnier to see that Edolas Lucy is borderline Tsundere XD I chuckled when she mentioned the whole: “Being pressured, I kinda might like it” thing. Just goes to show how different she is from the other Lucy. As if that weren’t enough, it was brought home by the fact that she laughed at hearing how the other Lucy was. I think Edolas Lucy might actually be envious of Earthland Lucy, as I feel like she never got the luxury of being able to act more feminine and girl like like Earthland Lucy did.
And of course, the episode ended on both Lucys running into each other. I find it hilarious how even Lucy has her Celestial magic going. It kind of makes sense given that Lucy actually uses objects to channel her magic, which is pretty similar to how magic works in Edolas.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention. Natsu, with a fire sword? HELL YES! This is definitely a very very awesome idea. I think Edolas does a good job of making Natsu weaker than everyone else, and gives him a worthy obstacle to overcome before he can eventually challenge Faust and the Kingdom.
All in all, great episode. I feel like this was another one of those “building up” to something epic episodes. I think its rather nice that Fairy Tail is willing to spend as much time as it is fleshing out the conflict and story before getting into the fights!
Gajeel and Lucy spend some quality time with their alternate selves, Natsu and Wendy Train to master their new weapons and Edolas Natsu finally makes an appearance!
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