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  • The next event, Chartiot, is a race ontop of moving chariots
  • Natsu is in this event, alongside Gajeel, and they are at a clear disadvantage
  • Turns out all DragonSlayers have motion sickness on moving vehichles and as a result, String from Sabertooth is stuck struggling at the end with natsu and Gajeel
  • Natsu and Gajeel continue their tenacious trek to the finish line, and are asked by Sting as to why they are trying so ahrd
  • Natsu responds by stating that they are doing it for their comrades that they left behind when they disappeared from seven years.
  • Natsu and Gajeel manage to grab the third last and second last places, while Sting drops out of the race, disgusted by the answer he receieved
  • The Next battle, is between “Toby” from lamia Scale and “BlackSnake” from Raven Tail
  • BLackSnake wins the battle
  • The following battle is between Elfman and Bacchus
  • Bacchus had, the previous night, out drank Cana in a tavern, and humiliated her
  • Bacchus makes a bet with Elfman, stating that he’ll take both his sisters at once if he wins
  • Enraged, Elfman charges
  • The battle seems one sided at first, but Elfman is able to win by going on the defensive with his Lizard man take-over
  • The episode ends as Elfman Wins


Opinions (B+):

Finally, we see some progress from Fairy Tail as they attempt to establish themselves as the number one Guild in Fiore. Until recently, Fairy Tail has been stuck in last place, but things seems to be finally looking up, if only by a really small amount.

I have to say I’m glad I’m done with this past semester. Calling it my life’s most stressful and difficult semester is an understatement. But now its done, and I’m recovered from the extreme fatigue I’ve had as a result of it. Anime Evo should start getting regular updates from me, and the first and foremost is to be blogging Fairy Tail every week, on time from now on.

Now then, these last two episodes were actually pretty interesting. I wouldn’t call them the best episodes I’ve ever seen, but this arc in general is just good stuff all around.

Episode 161, Chariot, primarily focused on bringing Natsu and Gajeel toe to toe with Sting from Sabertooth. I have to admit, the race was kind of dissappointing, even if it was funny. Seems the whole motion sickness thing has become a common theme with all Dragon Slayers now, something that I’m not entirely convinced needed to happen.

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Motion Sick DragonSlayers is a thing now eh?

While Gajeel kept wondering why he suddenly developed motion sickness, no real clear answer was given. The motion sickness thing used to be a totally Natsu thing, and I didn’t see the reason to just have every Dragon Slayer, from Natsu to Sting to even Laxus have that problem. Its funny yes, and a bit of a trade off as well, but its gone from being a character quirk to an actual “weakness” that all Dragon Slayers have.

Still the whole race between Natsu, Gajeel and Sting, where they were all in last place did give Natsu the chance for another cool speach. And damn! Natsu seems to be really hitting these motivational speeches out of the park lately. It totally made sense that the real reason the returning members of Fairy Tail are trying so hard is for the people they unintentionally left behind.

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I definitely felt that it was a touching moment, and It was nice to see Natsu actually “kind of” keep his promise, even if he did come in 3rd last. Like I said, there’s progress happening for Fairy Tail, but its just a rather tiny amount.

We also got clued into what Carla’s actual prediction/prophecy was. It was interesting to note that it was actually “different” from what we heard an episode ago. The vision in  fact, showed the royal palace crumbling and Lucy “singing” as it did happen.

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Regardless, Carla decided to ignore her premonition, and not tell Lucy when she came to visit Natsu, who was still passed out from Motion sickness.

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I’ll comment on the whole “Eclipse Project” Plan that seems to be brewing here. I think its interesting to note that the Captain of the Gaurd is actually playing up the differences between Fairy Tail and Raven Tail to his advantage and actually trying to kidnap Lucy. Man… these Celestial mages are pretty darn useful aren’t they? Seems every end of the world plot requires them in some way or the other. XD

And then we proceeded to the rather uninteresting battle between “Toby” and “BlackSnake”. Honestly, I wasn’t too surprised by the outome, as Raven Tail does seem to be able to hold its own bar the occasional weakling like Claire. What I was surprised with, was a sort of mutual respect echoing between Toby and BlackSnake, and their whole bet and everything seemed to be between two equals. That, of course, was pretty much thrown out the window over Toby” stupid sock joke, that became “an evil” act BlackSnake.

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Listen… I get it, Raven Tail is bad, but wasn’t there a better way to show this? This was straight up silliness, coupled with (As Gaurdian Enzo from LiA would often say) Mustache twirling villainy. The way BlackSnake was protrayed was a bit too cartoony and stupid, even for Fairy Tail. So he ripped a Sock, the same Sock that Toby couldn’t find for a few months because he was dumb enough to hang it around his neck? Honestly, at that point “Limbo” deserved to be slapped for his stupidity. The whole affair reeked of stupidity, and no, it wasn’t so stupid that it was funny either…

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The conclusion of the fight bled right into episode 162. The focus of which, was the battle between Elfman and Bacchus. I’ll say this, I was never a big fan of the Bacchus character, but it was satisfying to see Elfman actually beat him and win one for the team. For the longest time, I’ve seen Elfman as all talk and no walk, and if there is one thing that I’ve loved about this arc, its totally given Elfman a makeover and made him cool.

Perseverance and tenacity was the name of the game in Elfman’s battle with Bacchus, who was known to be on Erza’s level. I found it interesting that the King of Fiore, actually requeested a battle between Erza and Bacchus. I’m curious as to why we haven’t seen his face yet, but he seems to be totally unaware of what his captain of the guard is planning.

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In any case, Elfman actually managed to transform into his Lizard from and hold out against all of Bacchus’s devastating attacks. I’m a bit curious as to why Elfman didn’t use his “hard as hell” Takeover that he got in the battle with Grimoire Heart instead of his new Lizard takeover, but well, I guess that’s just a minor detail.

Elfman Wins!

Finally a winner for Fairy Tail!

With Elfman having won this battle, and Lucy still safe from the Captain’s clutches, things seem to be going well for Fairy Tail. Here’s to seeing what happens next week! (the episode for which, is only 4 days away again! XD).



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Next week, we have a Bikini showdown? Mirajane is involved? Well… Uhh… see you guys next week I suppose? XD

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  • Justin Miller

    Sting said that only *Real* dragon slayers have the motion sickness weakness..perhaps Gajeel’s training helped him power up so mutch..that he got the weakness?

    I thought Black snake was quite a cool villan..untill the sock ripping bit..not cool Kuro-Hebi!
    I loved it when Natsu clotheslined the gun-Toting kidnapper it was like Go Natsu Save your Nakama!
    I thought Baccus automaticly lost when he said he wanted to sleep with Elfman’s sisters if he won.. if there is one thing you dont do is make a play for Elf-neechan,s sisters
    Finally Fairy Tail gets some glory and i will admit it was pretty Gloryious..Elfman was just amazing and why is the music of FT getting better and they still wont release the 4th OST..shame

  • FlareKnight

    I’d agree that the motion sickness thing didn’t make much sense. Wendy has seemed fine on various instances, limited exposure for Gajeel, but he seemed alright. It really is weird.

    The whole Toby thing seemed stupid. How are we supposed to take Lamia Scale seriously as a top guild when Toby is one of their top members going to this tournament? I get they want to use old characters to not have to overwhelm us with even more new faces, but he was always weak…and stupid. I could barely feel bad for him and was surprised it even took that long for him to lose.

    Think we already knew how evil Raven Tail was without the silliness of this fight. Lucy vs. Flare was more than good enough.

    On that note, it really is amazing how every evil scheme these days requires a Celestial Wizard. I mean how many times has someone tried or actually succeeded in kidnapping Lucy? Considering she’s dirt poor now she is remarkably popular as a kidnapping target.

    Good for Elfman. He needed a chance to stand up and show what he could do out there. Now that he can manage full-body takeover it was a chance to show his skills. Of course this win came more from endurance than skills, it got the job done. Now he can step aside for a restored Wendy. I was surprised he got a fight, but think it makes sense since he needed a chance to do something before getting replaced.

    Of course I would have loved Erza vs. Bacchus since that guy deserved a bigger beating. No attempts made to make this guy sympathetic. Just a perverted jerk.

  • Clinton

    On Black Snake his gimmick is that he will do any action no matter how petty just to make someone sad. He know ripping the sock was not really that mean but it hurt Toby’s feelings which is why he did it. Not saying he is a deep character or anything though.

  • Kid Kaos

    I think that Gajeel having Motion Sickness is actually an important plot point, i mean, just look at what Sting said at that scene “Congratulations, you finally became a Real Dragon Slayer”. if you look back, you can notice that Gajeel always seemed weaker than Natsu. and Natsu showed to be more impresive than Gajeel in many areas like being able to eat other elements such as Etherion and Lightning, and using Dragon Force (no, Gajeel’s Iron Scales are not Fragon Force). Maybe Sting comment hint that Gajeel is now as strong as Natsu (or at least as Strong as Natsu from the begining of the series). probably Wendy doesn’t feel it either because she is weak (when comparing to Natsu or Gajeel) or because of her Healing powers. (if she can cure Natsu’s Motion Sickness she might have some resistance to it herself).

    Bacchus was a nice addition in my opinion for 2 reasons: He is one of the few characters in fairy tail to rely more on Martial Arts rather than magic powers (like Erza, who only use magic to change weapons), he gave relevance to “Quatro Puppy” (let’s face it, this is a Tournament arc, and only have 8 different guilds, so it’s a good thing to give some relevance to each of them. so far the only Guild that is not relevant is Mermaid Heel. but i’m sure they might have something).
    Also, props to Elfman for finally winning on for Fairy Tail and proving he’s a real OTOKO! i mean, if he was considered weak, not anymore since he managed to beat a guy who was on Erza’s level

    As for the Toby VS Kurohebi fight, i didn’t thought it was that uninteresting because of the animation (i was a little surprised to see how fluid it was the animation in this fight. Why didn’t they animate Jellal VS Jura like this?).

  • Kid Kaos

    one more thing. if you ignore the Filler, this is the only REAL time Celestial Mages were really the focus of the bad guys.

  • Ana

    I didn’t watch these two episodes. Lack of interest is my excuse, sorry.

    Oh Natsu, shut your trap. It’s for nothing but his nakama speeches are getting real tiring. Seriously, this series will never get a logical way to win instal using the tongue and magically gets power up? Call me cold betch if you want, but I want to see a real man, dude! XD Learn with Jellal!

    Dragon slayers with motion sickness. I wanted the author to pick Laxus and Rogue in that game instal,THAT would be laughable. Dunno why, but I see Dragon slayers nothing but a bunch of brainless derps. Guess dragon stuff dug in their heads so deep that their brains are lizard sized now. There’s two main things from Dragon slayers which are EXACTLY I dislike most of a male character: cockiness, stupidity and raw power. So yeah my tastes sucks. Look at me giving it a crap of care.

    Aaaaaaand of course the future has to be about Lucy. I have a bad feeling.

    Yeah Elfman was useful for a while. I remember when his victory caught everyone out of guard. Nobody expected that. And Bacchrus….I expected more of him. I thought he was going to be a real pain since Erza feared him but in the end he was nothing but a drunk joke. At least he has sense of humor.

    No comments about the other fight, it was plain stupid. The sock joke was plain stupid. Nuthing else said.

    Next episode, overdose of fanservice. Time to skip.

    ….seriously I don’t know when I will watch the anime again. If I ever will. In the manga it’s still the tournament, you guys aren’t much behind us.

    I’m losing more and more interest of this series. I don’t want to use my free time to look for others series, this one just happened to be on my list since years. I fear it will come one time and the series will get my nerves deep enough to make me drop it for good. Specially for a certain rumor I heard from the author himself.

  • Gekokujou

    Based on everyone’s reactions, I guess I was the only one feeling bad for Toby. I always knew Raven Tail was bad, but what Black Snake did was just plain wrong.