I haven’t had a good rant about Fairy Tail in a while, mainly because it’s not worth a lengthy whine in a blog post. But this…this is stupid. This is a level of stupid that makes me struggle to think of anything more stupid.
If there’s one chapter in Fairy Tail that can get me to quit reading it, this is the one.
Well, Erza’s Heart Kreuz sword and armour are her default set, but she swaps to other armours so much I don’t think they define her anymore. Hell, she beats more enemies in her hot pants and breast bindings than her regular armour.
That said, this is probably far more iconic and easier to produce than, say, her Armadura Fairy armour. And heck, it does look good.
I sorely wish Fairy Tail could be as good as this…
I…really don’t know what to feel about this chapter.
On the one hand, I see Mashima-sensei put some effort into bringing all the elements of his story together. So they aren’t actually as disparate as they have been presented thus far in the series. Connecting Eclipse, the dragons (and slayers), Zeref, Acnologia…it all seems pretty well done from a overarching story perspective.
So the truth is out.
Fairy Heart is infinite magic.
But I have to apologise to Mashima-sensei for getting way too agitated over the plot hole of the 7-year timeskip. Re-reading the manga, I realised that Zeref told Makarov that he only recently decided he wanted Fairy Heart. Convenient way of circumventing the issue, but it’s a shit load better than leaving it as a massive plot hole.
Still not convinced by the necessity of Alvarez to counter Acnologia. Still not convinced by Face or Etherion as weapons effective against Alvarez (which Makarov pointed out, and Zeref agreed to a certain extent). Still not convinced that Ivan didn’t take the opportunity to enter the foreclosed Fairy Tail building during the timeskip to try and find Fairy Heart again.
Zeref is still a pretty lacklustre villain, and the series is about to embark on its usual predictable fights. I’m basically just waiting for all this to end with Natsu beating Zeref but probably not killing him. Maybe Mavis can kiss him and end his life like he put her in stasis the last time. Meh.
What…the heck just happened?
I like that Mashima-sensei redeemed his many, many Zeref contradictions by making it a core part of his powers. I also know that there are plenty of other problems with his conceptualisation of Zeref that doesn’t fit despite this new ‘development’, but I’ll cut him some slack.
But a Zeref/Mavis pairing that causes Mavis to die, and I’m guessing Zeref wants her back to revive her? For love?
I’m surprised by this plot twist. Not pleasantly so, but I’m surprised. And I’m not sure I want to see what’s next. Humanising Zeref has only made him a far more boring character/villain. If the reason Zeref wants Fairy Heart aka Mavis is really for love, then I’m going to flip.
I find myself blogging about Fairy Tail a lot these days.
So the reason behind the creation of the Albareth Empire is revealed. To fight Acnologia. SERIOUSLY?
What’s the point of that random face-off between Zeref and Acnologia a few chapters earlier then? Also, you are fucking Zeref. There’s zero need for a bloody empire to fight Acnologia.
And then there’s the whole Lumen Histoire/Fairy Heart thing. I get it, it’s a super-powerful magic that even Zeref wants. Guess what? FOR SEVEN BLOODY YEARS, THE STUPID FAIRY TAIL BUILDING WAS UNDER FORECLOSURE AND COMPLETELY EMPTY.
In that time, you could have easily popped in, smashed the building to bits, found the secret entrance and gotten your hands on Fairy Heart. SEVEN FUCKING YEARS TO DO IT.
Also, as nice as it is to bring in the Dragon King Festival, a concept you threw out eons ago, are you seriously insinuating that it’s all Zeref’s grand plan to create a huge melee between dark wizards, dragons and humans and see who survives? Why can’t you just use your haxx skills and kill the shit out of everyone without resorting to these random plans? You told Makarov you wanted to exterminate humans. THEN JUST DO IT.
I’m so annoyed right now. I didn’t expect a good reason for all this, but it turned out to be worse than I thought.
Oh, and convenient Makarov rescue is convenient.
I guess I should take back what I said about how Zeref is probably the most useless villain I’ve ever seen. Being king of Albareth, a plot twist I didn’t see coming, changed that.
I haven’t blogged about manga in a long while now, maybe because I gave up on ranting about Naruto, and Fairy Tail was never really worthy of big criticism. Rather, it just annoyed me. After all, it never raised my hopes of it becoming anything more than just an above average piece of entertainment (now below average).
But I’m more than a little angry at this chapter. Sure, I got mad at how Zeref is the most useless bogeyman since bogeymen existed, and how Mashima-sensei is chopping down two main villains in Acnologia and Zeref into just one. I got mad at Zeref’s backstory appearing out of completely nowhere, with zero narrative prompt to bring about the flashback, and I hated the utterly pointless Avatar arc. I also got real pissed writing the Edolas arc given the number of plot holes I found and had to address. I didn’t rant about them here though.
I wouldn’t say that chapter 439 compares in the intensity of my anger over other chapters, but it’s the kind of thing that slowly drives you up the wall because it looks good on the surface, but stinks of stupidity when you delve deeper.