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EDIT: It seems like the series might not be ending afterall, but going on break! Lets hope that is indeed the case! [Details, Click Here!]

So we’re finally here huh? The second last episode of the Fairy Tail anime series? Wow. I’ll say that its been a ride, and I’ve loved writing about Fairy Tail for as long as I have. I think my only regret is not writing about the series for its last month. Being a person who’s in his senior year of college, I’ve been on crunch this semester as I finish my senior project. I’ve kind of went away from all my life’s other obligations in an effort to buckle down and get stuff done.

I assumed, I thought that I’d just catch up once things settled down and I was done with my own project and really most of what I need to do in college before I graduate. I planned to get back into reviewing Fairy Tail this very week, and then, of course, the big news happened.

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Fairy Tail won’t be continuing past episode 175. It will end this month, one week from now. Its a hard pill to swallow really. I got really big into blogging with both Durarara!! and Fairy Tail. With Fairy Tail, it really was never hard to find stuff to write about. When I’ve written about other series, I’ll always encounter periods when I just don’t know what to say, but Fairy Tail… It’s definitely something special.

Its ironic that I blasted the series a few episodes back for the whole thing with Yukino and Sabertooth, and right after that, we literally see the end of the series.

What I think is the most difficult for fans like myself to swallow, is where the series is ending. This isn’t an organic ending of the series, its ending mid-arc, right in the middle of one of the most exciting and interesting arcs Fairy Tail has done yet. The real tragedy is that the series is finally showing signs of living up to its potential.

Characters like Laxus, Wendy, Lucy, Natsu have all come so far. We’ve even got some focus on the romance in the series, both in terms of Erza and Gray. There’s been great character moments as Erza took on a hundred monsters, laxus decimated the entirety of Raven Tail and Natsu pretty much picked a fight with the entire Sabertooth guild.

We also have a huge plot brewing for Lucy and the Captain of the Gaurd. There’s even the whole concept of the Festival of the Dragon King… And it looks pretty darn difficult for them to wrap up all the threads of the arc in the next episode.

So the ending of the series is not really an ending, its a cancellation, pure and simple. Was it because the series just isn’t as popular? Did the movie just sell enough tickets? Did the anime simply catch up with the manga too much? I’m not sure. I’m just sad to see the series go, I really am.

With that in mind, its hard not to have this news impact my impressions of this episode. I’ll say this though, Fairy Tail is really giving us an epic battle as it closes out. Despite the sense of dread regarding the end of the series, this episode was one of the most entertaining episodes in the series.

The back and forth between The two duos of Dragon Slayers was just… amazing.

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The first part of the battle had Natsu and Gajeel dominate over Sting and Rogue. The second part, which started off the episode had Sting and Rogue turn the tables with their Dragon Slayer magic. Both got faster, and used their teamwork to get the upperhand.

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Natsu paralyzed by Sting’s Magic circle and Gajeel could barely keep up with Rogue at first. That quickly changed, however, and soon enough, we had the most awesome come back from both Gajeel and Natsu. It didn’t matter that Natsu and Gajeel’s magic was simple, their battle experience more than made up for it. As Fairy Tail began to turn the tide of the battle in their favor, Sting decided to go all out on a big attack:

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Maaaaaaan! Never has Natsu been as badass as when he blocked Sting’s major attack, with… ONE HAND! Not only that but Gajeel was able to easily counter Rogue’s shadow attacks as well. For a while, once again, it seemed like Fairy Tail was on top.

Of course, like any good, close battle, things changed quickly, and mostly because of Sting’s “promise” to Lector.

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Now I have to comment, I wasn’t all too impressed with the whole backstory behind Sting’s obsession of defeating Natsu. The whole thing felt a bit under developed. Given the truly tragic back stories we’ve seen from this series, I wasn’t too enthralled or sympathetic to Sting’s whole childhood.

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It was impressive that both Sting and Rogue could use Dragon Force at will though. As both Erza and Jellal recounted, Natsu had only been able to tap into that power under very special circumstances.

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What followed was pretty obvious except for the fact that Sting himself was able to take on and flatten both Natsu and Gajeel by himself.

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Now, at this point, I’ll admit to not even remotely thinking that Natsu or Gajeel would stay down. What did surprise me, however, was how this episode ended.

Natsu’s one of the cockiest, brash and aggressive main character’s I’ve come to know. Throughout the series, I’ve gotten comments from a lot of Anime Evo readers that have stated that Natsu doesn’t have much of a personality. Given that he’s a shounen lead, that’s a fair assumption, but one that I truly disagree with.

Natsu’s been a bit of a constant force, but his improvement and his ability to get things done in tight spots has been one of the highlights of the series. Natsu’s the powerful bull doser, sure, and he even prefers to use his fists rather than his brain at times. But I truly enjoy how he fights for what he believes in, for those closest to him, and never backs down.

He’s somewhat childish, but he has the power and the hard work to back up all his aggressiveness and his way of life. Honestly, there’s really no character like Natsu, and he’s a very different beast from characters like Luffy, Naruto or Ichigo.

He’s a confident, cocky guy who fights for what’s right and looks like a complete badass while doing it.

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And yes, the fact that Natsu took on both Sting and Rogue after witnessing their Dragon Force forms, was darn awesome. If you’re not impressed by that awesome, manly show of bravado that Natsu showed off, then I can honestly state that you’re in the wrong show. If that moment didn’t feel epic, make you chuckle and smile with excitement, then I can only say that this series isn’t for you, as unforunate as it is.

The fact that Natsu is taking on both Sting and Rogue has me super excited, in the same way I was suprised, excited and enthralled by both Erza and Laxus’s recent battles. While itt’s sad that the next episode will mark the end of the series, I so cannot wait for it. It’ll be a bittersweet ending for a series that was only continuing to get better and better.

Preview:

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This is it. The last episode of the Fairy Tail series. If you’re still following this blog, then see you next week for the last time I suppose?



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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Miller/703922941 Justin Miller

    Hey Setsuken The anime isnt ending its just going on Hiatus untill the Manga is further ahead. I think there will be a Best of Fairy Tail Reruns for now. So dont worry its not over yet. we will just have to wait P.S Hiro Himself said that it isnt ending a few weeks ago =p

    • setsuken

      You are correct sir. I have edited the post with a link to the article about the whole twitter thing at the top.

      Now the only question is how long we have to wait before we get Fairy Tail back in animated form.

  • FlareKnight

    I’ll say the series is definitely going to end (for a while) on a pretty badass note. Next episode should be pretty amazing.

    It has been a shocking development though to hear that it will stop even for a while. I mean, damn. This series has been a constant thing for years. While the big series have had trouble upon catching up to their source material, I’ve just loved this series. It really picked up from the early episodes and took off.

    I agree that it is at this point that we are seeing this huge cast grow as people. Wendy has gotten 100 episodes of development under her belt and she wasn’t there from the start. Finally that girl has gotten a chance to grow and become stronger mentally and physically. Laxus has certainly grown from the stubborn and frustrated Grandson of Makarov. He’s turned into a leader himself and is now someone who you can immediately turn to when asking “who really is going to lead this guild in the future?” Lisanna returned from Edolas, Gajeel has gone through quite a bit, Juvia and Gray is looking plausible, etc.

    For now just have to see how the next episode goes. It will be tough to not see this series animated per week. Let’s hope they go all out for the next one.

    • setsuken

      With my trip to a conference this week I unfortunately didn’t get to respond to this until the last episode was over.

      But suffice to say, I’d say my feelings remain the same if not stronger. I really do wish that Fairy Tail had kept going. I guess its just one of those things where all good things need to come to an end, even if only for a little while.

      Lets hope it is indeed a little while and not two to three years or more XD