Fairy Tail

April 28, 2013

Woah!!! It ended?! Finally?! After 3.5 years?! For sure?! Here was I resigned to the fact that Fairy Tail will join the likes of Naruto and One Piece in running forever even when the universe ends but it seems to have surprised me. Instead, it joined the ranks of long running animes to finally end its run such as Bleach, Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn and Keroro Gunsou. Wow. I still can’t believe it even for some time now. There is a very good reason for this. No, it is not because the people have become bored with it (like a certain long running ninja series) but rather the contents of the anime have caught up to the manga. There is always this dilemma when this happens. Either you stop it or you put in mindless fillers and keep the series going and going (like a certain long running ninja series). Even the Energizer bunny can’t last that long. And so on March 30th, the anime series finally ends its run after 175 episodes. Feels like a long time if you have been watching faithfully every week. Thank goodness I wasn’t following a certain long running ninja series.

This show has been so long and my memories of course have become hazier and hazier by the week. I can’t remember much of the earlier episodes. I just remember them generally. That is why this is going to be one of the shortest blog for a long running series. I know I don’t want to waste my time putting up long winded summaries like I do for short animes because eventually I too can’t really remember if it happened. So I will just put up very briefly of what happened in each arc. Even if they seem long winded but they are considered brief, considering the amount of information and plot that this series has. There is of course the good ol’ Wikipedia and Wikia for decent and overflowing information if I ever wish to refresh or read up on what is going on or need to know about this series. There are lots of devoted fans out there so I’m sure they will do a better job in listing down the characters, episodes, images and other terms than this simpleton’s blog.

Basically as the title of the anime suggests, it is about this strongest magic guild in the fantasy world of Magnolia in Fiore, Fairy Tail. At first glance, many would see them as a rambunctious and noisy guild filled with magic users who only seem to drink, have fun or pick fights that causes massive destruction instead of doing proper jobs. A young celestial wizard becomes the newest member of this guild after running away from home, determined to lead an independent life of her own. Together with the guild members, they go on in lots of adventures, getting into trouble, save the world, kick villains’ butt and most important of all, build and strengthen bonds among themselves. I guess this is what makes them the strongest. Not their magic powers. They learn a thing or two about themselves, about others, about the world, help others, help those in need, etc. You get the picture. If you like big fantasy adventures with big action and some comedy, this is your cup of tea. But be prepared to stay up all night or days because you can’t finish this fairytale in just one bedtime story. You’re in for the long ride.

Lucy Heartfilia – Blonde 17 year old joins the guild after running away from home. She is a celestial wizard and is able to summon celestial spirits or open gates of the stars to aid her in battles or other tasks. It makes you wonder if all her Zodiac celestial spirits are some sort of a circus because they are absolutely weirdoes. Like Taurus is a perverted muscular bull, Virgo some S&M maid, Cancer a hairstylist with a pair of scissors, Aquarius has a freaking mean attitude and doesn’t like her dates interrupted and Sagittarius is some guy in a horse suit. Lucy doesn’t have all the Zodiac keys at first but she’ll obtain them all (or most of it) along the way. One of her celestial spirits is Plue. Yes. It’s that bug from Rave.

Natsu Dragneel – The fiery, hot-headed, reckless and carefree fire wizard who lets his fists do the talking. He is a first generation Dragon Slayer and his father is supposedly a dragon named Igneel. Apparently, dragons went missing several years ago and he is on a mission to find out what happened to them. Has motion sickness. Cannot ride in vehicles. Yes, any sort of vehicles. What kind of a hero has such an obvious weakness? Has a flying cat named Happy accompanying him almost everywhere. Fish loving Happy feels like a character that makes comical punch lines for comic relief. Natsu and Happy love crashing in at Lucy’s rented apartment. She has to pay rent. They don’t. Can’t blame her for blowing her top, can’t you?

Gray Fullbuster – Ice wizard who is always in conflict with Natsu. Always butting heads with each other and trying to best each other. They are like frenemies. Even though they dislike (not hate) each other’s guts, they still respect each other as guild members and will help out whenever the need arises. It’s more of a last resort. Eternal stripper and would strip down naked even without himself knowing it. I guess it comes natural.

Erza Scarlet – Nicknamed Titania and is the most powerful female wizard in the guild. Serious, no nonsense and strict (though, she too has a quirk or two) her main magic power is to summon and re-equip herself with all sorts of armour and swords that she keeps in a different dimension and space. If you ask me, though different armours and swords give different effects and powers, it makes her look like she is cosplaying. Yeah. Those armours look very much like cosplaying outfits. She is the one who keeps Natsu and Gray in line. If they don’t stop fighting, she’s going to whip their ass. You don’t want to mess with her. Seriously.

Makarov Dreyar – The current third master of the guild. This little old dude may seem like an old geezer but he deeply cares about his children (the guild members). Other current main members in this guild include Elfman Strauss (big guy who thinks anything is manly – even if you’re a woman), Mirajane (Elfman’s older sister who is a pin-up model and is the bartender and administrator of the guild – another woman you don’t want to mess and make mad. Serious. Take my word for it), Cana Alberona (drunkard who uses tarot cards), Levy McGarden (specializes in writing runes), Alzack Connell and Bisca Moulin (guns pair), Reedus Jonah (fat painter dude), Jet (fast dude), Droy (plant dude), Macao Conbolt (purple flare user), Wakaba Mine (smoke magic), Laki Olietta (wood magic), Nab Nasaro (Native American guy who never gets to picking up a job), Max Alors (sand user), Warren Rocko (telepathic user), Laxus (Makarov’s arrogant and electric wizard grandson) and Mystogan (nobody has really seen his face or know who he is).

Introduction Arc
* Lucy mistakes somebody else as Salamander (Natsu’s nickname) and ends up discovering this jerk’s plan to smuggle out young girls. The true Salamander saves the day and Lucy joins Fairy Tail.
* Lucy, Natsu and Happy take on a job to steal and then burn some book from a wealthy corrupted man. The book turns out to be an apology letter from his father for neglecting him.
* Erza recruits Natsu and Gray along with Lucy to stop the evil guild called Eisenwald led by the wind wizard, Erigor from using some flute that will kill anyone who hears it. His plan is to kill all the guild masters who are gathered for a meeting.

Galuna Island Arc
* S-Class missions are only reserved for S-Class wizards. Natsu isn’t and is desperate to take a mission to prove himself. Plus, the rewards are much higher. Lucy is dragged along. The people of the island are under some curse that is slowly turning them into monsters during moon light.
* Gray is supposed to bring them back but once he learns of the plot to unleash Deliora, a super powerful monster that his late teacher, Ul once sealed away using her life, he decides to join and end this before the monster is resurrected.
* Lyon Vastia and his subordinates, Sherry Blendy, Yuuka Suzuki and Toby Horhorta want to unleash Deliora because of the thinking that in order to surpass Ul, they must defeat this beast.
* Gray believes Ul is not dead. Flashback reveals when Deliora ravaged his town, he and Lyon became Ul’s disciple to learn ice magic to defeat the beast (I guess this is where his stripping habits come from too). However Deliora’s return and more powerful than ever means that Ul had to use her ultimate magic to seal the beast. Iced Shell has her body transformed into a giant ice block to seal in Deliora. So if Lyon melts the ice away with the moon light, he is like killing Ul.
* Lyon knows this and despite so is still bent on resurrecting Deliora. The monster is resurrected but soon dies because for the entire time it was encased in Iced Shell, Ul was zapping its life force away. Thank goodness it was a short-lived freedom.
* As for the islanders, they weren’t under a curse to begin with. They were actually monsters themselves and due to the moon light ritual Lyon was doing, it caused them to turn human and altered their memories. The heroes destroy an invisible membrane hovering over the island to restore everything back to normal. Lyon and his subordinates repent their ways and promise to turn over a new leaf.
* Filler episodes: Due to a strange book, the Fairy Tail members begin swapping each other’s bodies. It’s one helluva messy swap… Lucy learns how Natsu befriended Happy (the cat was born out of an egg?) and Natsu’s childhood friend, Lisanna (youngest sister of Mirajane and Elfman). What happened to her? She died. Oh…

Phantom Lord Arc
* Fairy Tail can’t be the only guild in town, right? Phantom Lord is another rival guild and it seems they have a bone to pick with Fairy Tail. When Phantom Lord’s guild master, Jose Porla attacks and destroys part of Fairy Tail’s headquarters, Makarov didn’t retaliate and feign ignorance. But when Levy is attacked and Lucy kidnapped, that is the last straw and Makarov declares all-out war against Phantom Lord for hurting his children.
* The reason Phantom Lord kidnaps Lucy is because they are being hired by Lucy’s father, Jude to get her back after the daughter of a rich family ran away. Natsu rescued her from her locked tower.
* Phantom Lord brings and fires some super magical power cannon at Fairy Tail’s base.
* Fairy Tail vs Element 4: Natsu vs Totomaru; Gray vs Juvia Loxar; Elfman vs Sol; Erza vs Aria. As expected, our heroes beat their enemies in the end.
* Phantom Lord has a resident Dragon Slayer too: Gajeel Redfox and his metal dragon is Metallica (who also went missing years ago). Natsu and Gajeel butt heads together with Lucy helping Natsu to overturn his misfortune of having no fire to eat and power by summoning Sagittarius.
* Fairy Law: A very powerful spell that purifies all evil. Jose became ‘victim’ to it when Makarov unleashes this spell on him. Battle over. Fairy Tail won.
* Phantom Lord is disbanded by the Magic Council.
* Lucy returns home to confront her father to reject him straight that she doesn’t want to inherit his vast wealth because she considers Fairy Tail her true home.
* Loke, one of the members of Fairy Tale is actually the Zodiac celestial spirit Leo. He was banished from the spirit realm for accidentally causing the death of his cruel master 3 years ago by preventing her summoning magic in order to avoid her bullying another celestial spirit Aries. Spending too much time away from the spirit realm will cause him to fade and die so Lucy faces and challenges the Celestial Spirit King on Loke’s contract and makes a new one with him, allowing him to return to the spirit realm and live.

Tower of Heaven Arc
* While on vacation, Erza remembers her horrifying past whereby she was a child slave to build a towering Tower of Heaven. She is soon kidnapped by her other friends who help build the tower as they view her as a traitor. Sho, Simon, Millianna and Wally bring her to Jellal Fernandez, a twin brother of Siegrain of the Magic Council. He is bent on completing this R-System.
* What I remember was that this tower is able to bring back life to the dead. And they intend to resurrect (thus the R-system) the darkest wizard ever in history, Zeref. When Erza was young, she tried to escape but was captured and tortured. Jellal who was a fellow child prisoner rescued her and was also captured. Erza led a rebellion to save him but Jellal had been brainwashed by Ultear Milkovich who thought he was Zeref. Brainwashed Jellal managed to persuade Erza to flee the tower while he stayed behind with the other slaves to complete it.
* Now, Erza’s friends plan to make her a living sacrifice in order to complete the tower.
* Fairy Tail vs Trinity Raven: Gray vs Fukurou (owl head); Erza vs Ikaruga (samurai girl); Lucy and Juvia vs Vivaldus Taka (heavy metal dude).
* Siegrain = Jellal. He tricks the Magic Council into firing a powerful magic spell, Etherion to destroy the tower. As the tower is laced with lacrima crystals inside, inside of leaving nothing but dust, it causes the tower to turn into a giant lacrima form and absorb all the energy around. Now it needs a sacrifice for a second activation to resurrect Zeref. Someone with equivalent powers. That’s where Erza comes in. But Natsu won’t have it his way and they fight.
* Jellal is dismayed over the massive destruction Natsu caused and makes himself a sacrifice by fusing with the tower. He tries to kill them both but Simon saves them and got killed. Natsu becomes furious in seeing Erza breaking down over her friend’s lifeless body. He eats the lacrima to defeat Jellal once and for all. Now that the tower is becoming unstable, Erza fuses herself with it to control it and save Natsu.
* Erza offers her friends to join Fairy Tail but they decline as they wish to see the world more.
* Fairy Tail’s main guild is now bigger than ever after renovations and restoration.
* Gajeel and Juvia officially join Fairy Tail. Juvia falls head over heels for Gray ever since he defeated her in their match. She considers Lucy as her rival for Gray’s affection though this is a misconception on her part.

Battle of Fairy Tail Arc
* Laxus decides to take over the guild by force. While celebrating the annual harvest festival, Laxus and his Raijinshuu consisting of Freed, Evergreen and Bickslow put their plan in motion by turning some of the guild members into stone. To save them, all the other guild members are forced to face off with each other in a battle royale. Makarov, Natsu and Gajeel are the only ones stuck inside the barrier with the ladies while the rest duke it out.
* Laxus has surrounded the entire city with his Thunder Palace. Attack them and you receive enough bolts to shock your system. One is enough to kill you if you’re not that strong.
* Fairy Tail vs Raijinshuu: Lucy and Loke vs Bickslow; Erza vs Evergreen; Mirajane vs Freed.
* Mystogan confronts Laxus at the cathedral in a showdown of the most powerful wizards in Fairy Tail. The truth of Mystogan’s identity is revealed… Jellal?! He looks like him but he’s not. Thus he can’t continue with this battle anymore and leaves it to Erza.
* Erza leaves it to Natsu to fight Laxus as she goes off to help take out Thunder Palace with everyone else who are still able. Lucy’s heartfelt speech must have given them the motivation to get zapped. At least nobody died when the Thunder Palace has been all taken out.
* Natsu with Gajeel’s aid (they refuse to acknowledge they’re cooperating to fight) battle Laxus who considers himself a second generation Dragon Slayer. Laxus becomes impatient and invokes Fairy Law to destroy everything but the spell is rendered useless because it does not recognize anything that is deemed an enemy. Plus, deep down in Laxus’ heart, he did not see his guild mates as foes too.
* Even if Laxus admits defeat and repents his ways (sort of), as punishment he is expelled from the guild. But everyone gives him a send-off by showing that finger gesture. No, not the middle one. The one where you make your hand like a gun with your palm facing you and point your index finger to the sky.
* Filler episodes: A reporter from the magazine Weekly Sorcerer, Jason (“COOOOOOLLLLL!!!”) interviews the Fairy Tail members (leaving out only Lucy; Gajeel’s shooby doo bop sucks…); Juvia tries to use a love potion on Gray but it backfires because everyone else drinks it and falls in love with the first thing they see – ultimate love panic!; Jude is now broke and even seeking Lucy for some money. She refuses to help him in any sort as she still harbours bitter feelings from then. But when she hears the merchant guild he is supposed to work at is being robbed, Lucy goes all out to save him only to find he isn’t around. Apparently he arrived late because he had no money for transport. Even if she hasn’t forgiven him or doesn’t admit it, Jude can still feel his daughter’s love.

Alliance/Oracion Seis Arc
* All the dark guilds in this world fall under the Baram Alliance that consists of 3 dark guilds. One of them is Oracion Seis and they have only 6 members: Brain (leader), Midnight (Brain’s ‘son’), Cobra (has very good hearing and a giant flying snake, Cubellios), Racer (speed and anything to do with it like his name) Angel (celestial wizard) and Hot Eye (money makes the world go round, desu ne?).
* To take down Oracion Seis, Fairy Tail and several other magic guilds form an alliance. They are Blue Pegasus which consists of Ichiya Vandaley Kotobuki (does this parfum guy have some sort of past relationship with Erza?) and his other ladies men Eve Tearm, Hibiki Lates and Ren Akatsuki; Lamia Scale includes Jura Neekis (one of the Ten Wizard Saints), Lyon and Sherry (looks like they both have joined a guild). Cait Shelter oddly only consists of a young girl Wendy Marvell and her cat Carla (pronounced Sharuru and officially spelled as Charles but I guess Carla would seem more feminine – NB: Happy’s one-sided love for her…). Wendy is believed to be a Dragon Slayer of the sky (and her missing dragon is Grandine). From Fairy Tail’s side will be the usual quartet of Natsu, Gray, Erza and Lucy.
* Oracion Seis plans to unleash a powerful magic spell called Nirvana.
* Oracion Seis attacks the alliance first, wiping out many of its members. Brain kidnaps Wendy and forces her to use her healing properties to revive… Jellal!
* Gray fights Racer and along with Lyon and Sherry’s help, they defeat the first Oracion Seis member. Brain sensing his defeat awakes Midnight from his slumber. Nirvana begins activating.
* Lucy faces off with Angel and with a little help from Hibiki, another Oracion Seis member goes down and Lucy obtains her Gemini keys.
* When Erza comes into contact with Jellal, that guy is amnesiac. He seems like a different person. Like as though he has turned over a new leaf. He feels guilty for the pain he has caused her and self destructs himself. Thankfully Erza convinces him to live and repent his ways. He agrees to help them stop Nirvana.

* Nirvana has gone into its second stage. It turns into a huge lost city. With legs. And it is on its way to destroy the Cait Shelter guild. As far as I remember, this guild was the one who created Nirvana 400 years ago. It was supposed to protect their tribe but was the same reason that caused their downfall.
* Natsu engages with Cobra in an aerial battle. Cobra can predict his moves because he can hear his thoughts. He is defeated when Natsu fights using his instinct. Don’t think. Just do it!
* Hot Eye was fighting Jura when Nirvana’s first stage was activated. This caused Hot Eye’s personality to change (guess what? He is looking for his brother Wally) and he defects from Oracion Seis. Midnight fights and defeats him. At the same time, Jura also fights Brain and easily prevails over him. This sets the revelation of the 7th member, Klodoa, Brain’s talking stick. I’m not sure if the stick is easier to beat up but Klodoa reveals that they are targeting Cait Shelter first because it is the only guild that can seal Nirvana.
* Erza and Jellal are being confronted with Midnight. Though Jellal got owned, Erza’s determination assured her victory.
* Seems Brain isn’t really out yet. With all the Oracion Seis members defeated, his other dark personality called Zero gets activated. He doesn’t break into a sweat beating Natsu and the gang but lets them live because he places priority in destroying Cait Shelter.
* Nirvana’s firing misses Cait Shelter because thanks to Blue Pegasus’ flying Christina ship that destroyed one of its legs in the nick of time. However to fully put it out of commission, all 6 legs must be destroyed at the same time. Natsu, Gray, Lucy, Erza, Wendy and Jellal station at a leg each and await the right time to destroy it. But Natsu must defeat Zero first who is stationed at this leg spot. We all know how this will turn up in the end, don’t we? Zero defeated. Nirvana destroyed. The day is saved.
* In the aftermath, Lahar the captain of the Custody Enforcement Unit from the Magic Council arrests Jellal and the latter does not resist.
* Cait Shelter is revealed to never have existed. It’s some sort of a ghost guild. Wendy was found by a young boy that looks like Jellal during his journey and put into care of this guild for her sake. Nirvana’s destruction means the guild has no longer a reason to exist and vanish.
* Wendy and Carla officially join Fairy Tail.

Daphne Arc
* This is actually filler episodes. Natsu finds out rumours about a woman named Daphne who has met dragons. However it is a trap and to make matters worse, Gray is on her side. Daphne uses Natsu’s power as source to power her Dragonoid which is on its way to destroy Magnolia. The other Fairy Tail members fight and destroy it after they learn the reason Gray helped her out was so that she could capture Natsu and help destroy Dragonoid from within (via overloading it with power) and lift a curse that caused the inhabitants of a town to turn invisible.
* Natsu and Happy uproot and ‘steal’ a rainbow sakura tree for sick Lucy to view since she can’t attend the flower viewing.
* Wendy’s first big job involves working in a theatre troupe.
* Fairy Tail engages in their annual 24 hour endurance marathon. Makarov makes the one who finish last to dress up as a girl! And their photo will be published in Weekly Sorcerer! Better get your asses moving. It’s the case of the Tortoise and the Bunny for Jet and when he realizes he is at the back of the pack after oversleeping, he makes a dash only to find that Happy has already won the race followed by Wendy and Carla. The final spurt has other Fairy Tail members crossing the lines and the only ones left behind are Jet, Natsu, Gajeel and Gray. They fumble and try to outdo each other to avoid being last but since they crossed the line together, all of them are considered finishing in last place! Time to put on those girly outfits! NO WAY, MAN!!!

Edolas Arc
* The least favourite arc of mine starts off with one of the most powerful Fairy Tail members has returned after a long mission journey: Gildarts. Everybody is wary of his return because he has crash magic. Anything he crashes into goes boom. Dangerous.
* Mystogan was the young boy whom Wendy met and saved. Seems he has been going around plugging up holes in the dimension called Anima. It is a powerful magic that will destroy Magnolia. He feels he can’t stop it now. And before you know it, a bright light booms down on Fairy Tail’s guild and everything and everyone goes missing. The only ones left behind are Natsu, Happy, Wendy and Carla but they are soon transported to Edolas by Mystogan (something about them being Dragon Slayers so they’re immune to Anima’s effect).
* Apparently there are 2 sets of worlds in this universe. Earthland (as we know where Magnolia and everything else we seen happened so far) and Edolas. The other world where Happy and Carla supposedly came from. Cats called Exceeds rule over humans and every human in Earthland has a doppelganger in Edolas. Although they have a total opposite personality. Who would have thought Natsu is such a chicken but drives a cool and mean machine? Who would have thought Lucy is a badass leader of the guild? What about Gray who loves putting on more clothes and totally digs Juvia who doesn’t care about his affection and loves to walk around scantily? Yeah. Wendy is all grown-up and busty.
* So the quartet wander about in Edolas to rescue their friends when they bump into their Edolas version of Fairy Tail. Almost everyone in Fairy Tail as said has an exact opposite except one: Erza. Erza Knightwalker to be exact. In Edolas, she leads the Royal Army Captain and is known as Fairy Hunter because of her persistence in hunting down the rogue guild of Fairy Tail (which is always on the run).
* You see, unlike Earthland, Edolas is magic deficient. You can’t use it as many times or any time you please as magic can’t be stored in one’s body. However magic can be stored in the form of magic crystals called lacrima. That is what happened to Earthland’s Fairy Tail guild. One member is enough to materialize a huge lacrima. Enough to send the people salivating. That’s how powerful and sacred magic is.
* Carla thought her memories of this place are coming back and leads the rest to rescue their friends because the ‘map’ of the place starts popping up in her head. Till they walk in a trap that has her human friends captured. It is actually clairvoyance on her part though Carla is stunned that she unknowingly caused her friends to be captured while Knightwalker praises her in capturing their enemies.

* Carla and Happy are brought back to Extalia, home of the Exceeds and meet Queen Shaggot and her right hand men (cats rather), Nichiya (Ichiya look-a-like?) and Nadi (can’t stop punching upwards in the air, can’t he?). They learn why they have been sent to Earthland since birth: To destroy Dragon Slayers. There were hundreds of Exceed eggs dropped to Earthland 6 years ago just for this mission. I don’t remember about the part how they decided to change that to bring the Dragon Slayers here so that they could use their magic.
* Gajeel is a lucky Fair Tail not to be crystallized in lacrima. So he and his Edo counterpart (a reporter?) decide to crash a lacrima viewing exhibition and set free their friends. Erza and Gray are freed.
* Faust is the king of Edolas and you can tell by his face that he is power crazy. Make that magic crazy too. He has been planning for a while to destroy Exceeds once and for all and finally fires his ETD (Exceed Total Destruction) Cannon that turns Exceeds into lacrima. He also plans to use the lacrima from Earthland’s Fairy Tail to power his Dragon Chain Cannon to destroy them so that magic could forever rain down on Edolas. No more worries if you’re short of magic, huh?
* Gajeel’s attempt to save more of his friends is thwarted by another Royal Army Captain, Panther Lily (the only Exceed in Faust’s army). Natsu, Gray and Lucy fight off other Royal Army Captains that include Sugarboy (goofy gay?), Hughes (“Amazing” guy) and Byro (old fart).
* Coco, the young girl working as a messenger for the Royal Army decides to disobey Faust and defect when she realizes his act would harm her best friend Lily. She steals the key supposedly to activate Dragon Chain Cannon and is subsequently destroyed by Gray.

* Erza impersonates as Knightwalker to present Natsu and Gray as hostage to Faust and to disarm the Dragon Chain Cannon. Till the real Knightwalker appears. So much for Plan A.
* Shaggot’s divinity status was a lie cooked up by their Elders to shield Exceeds from humans.
* Mystogan finally arrives in Edolas after sealing Anima and is actually Edolas’ Prince Jellal. He is the one who saved abandoned Lily and brought him in.
* Erza faces off with Knightwalker while Natsu, Gajeel and Wendy cooperate to fight Faust in his Droma Anim. Dragon Slayers vs mechanical dragon? You know the fights will end. I know how it will.
* Mystogan plans to make himself a villain and turn Lily into a hero by sacrificing himself so that the people can be given renewed hope via a hero. Lily can’t do that to his saviour but Mystogan won’t budge. Then comes Natsu acting as a rowdy villain to fight Mystogan and turn him into a hero. This is his way of bidding farewell to Mystogan from Fairy Tail. Earthland Fairy Tail are teleported back to their original world with the Exceeds tagging along (Extalia got destroyed). Mystogan stays behind and rebuilds Edolas as their new prince. Mystogan exiles Faust while the Royal Army Captains are ‘punished’ into helping the citizens to rebuild Edolas.
* Back in Earthland, Shaggot leads the other Exceeds to find the other eggs. Lily officially becomes a Fairy Tail member in place of Mystogan and becomes Gajeel’s pet cat. Sort of. Hey, Natsu has one, Wendy has one, so why can’t this Dragon Slayer have his own too?
* An Edolas inhabitant seemed to have stowed away with Fairy Tail back to Earthland: Lisanna. Isn’t she the Edolas’ version? Well, no. She is Earthland’s. Confused? When Elfman went berserk with his powers and failed to save her, she was believed to have died but mysteriously vanished into thin air. I take that as she got transported to Edolas. The one in Edolas died for real so the Edolas Fairy Tail took her in. Now that her own Fairy Tail has come, it’s time to head home. And so Fairy Tail regains another member.

S-Class Promotion Exam/Tenroujima Arc
* It’s that time of year again whereby a Fairy Tail member will have a chance to be promoted to S-Class rank and take on S-Class jobs (and earn higher rewards of course). Makarov has chosen 8 finalists for this exam that is to be held at their very own sacred island called Tenroujima. They are Natsu, Gray, Elfman, Freed, Levy, Juvia, Cana and Mest. Mest who? Another mysteriously dude who claims he is a disciple of Mystogan. No wonder nobody can remember who he is. Or could they? Each finalist are to engage a partner that will help them in achieving the S-Class status. They are Happy, Loke, Evergreen, Bickslow, Gajeel, Lisanna, Lucy and Wendy respectively.
* For the first round, teams need to pick a route. Of the 8 possible routes, 3 of them will have an S-Class wizard stationed there (Erza, Gildarts and Mirajane). The other 4 routes will have 2 of them converging and only the winners will pass. The final route is a free route in which there is no obstacle and it’s like a free walk over to the next round.
* Those who end up fighting S-Class Wizards are Natsu-Happy vs Gildarts, Juvia-Lisanna vs Erza and Elfman-Evergreen vs Mirajane. Natsu became overwhelmed with Gildarts power and as reluctant as he may, he admits defeat in which Gildarts passes him. Sometimes admitting once weakness and knowing when to withdraw is a strong point. Juvia and Lisanna couldn’t overcome Erza’s might while Elfman manages to defeat Mirajane with a big lie that he and Evergreen are engaged.
* Gray-Loke ends up fighting Mest-Wendy in which victory goes to the former. Picking on a little girl, aren’t they? The other match has Freed-Bickslow against Cana-Lucy in which the latter emerges victorious. That means the only other pair left, Levy-Gajeel got the safe route. Boring, isn’t it? At least for Gajeel.
* Carla and Lily head to Tenroujima to investigate as they suspect Mest isn’t really a Fairy Tail member. Suspiciously enough, Mest persuades Wendy to search for something on this island.
* For the second round, the winning teams must find the grave of Fairy Tail’s founder, Mavis Vermillion.

Grimoire Heart Assault Arc
* While searching for the grave, Elfman-Evergreen and Natsu-Happy come into contact with a young man supposedly known as Zeref. It seems anything he touches turns into death and anything. Or at least his death aura randomly starts shooting out death waves. Not that he has control over it. Not that he wants to kill. Natsu could’ve been dead but his scarf saved him.
* At the same time, Hades the leader of Grimoire Heart orders his generals known as Seven Kin of Purgatory that include Ultear, Meldy, Zancrow, Rusty Rose, Caprico and Hikaru Kain to launch an assault on Tenroujima. Their goal is to find Zeref and resurrect him for their ideal World of Great Magic. A place where only wizards with magic thrive and those without (like ordinary humans) will perish.
* Mest is revealed to be a member of the Magic Council under Lahar. His real name is Dranbalt and is tasked with infiltrating Fairy Tail to find evidence to disband them.
* The exam is put on hold since Grimoire Heart has launched an assault. One of the Seven Kin of Purgatory, Azuma who has infiltrated the island earlier, destroys Mest’s reinforcement ships. Makarov uses Fairy Law to repel Grimoire Heart but Hades uses Grimoire Law to counter it and injures Makarov. Hades is revealed to be Purehito, Fairy Tails’ second master and Makarov’s predecessor.
* Each of the Seven Kin of Purgatory practises Lost Magic abilities. Natsu fights Zancrow in the battle of Dragon Slayer vs God Slayer. Yellow flames vs black flames. Clearly Zancrow’s powers are too much for Natsu to handle but he improvises by eating both their flames for a new power up.
* Lucy, Cana, Gray and Loke fight Caprico who is supposedly one of the Zodiac celestial spirits gone rogue. Caprico turns out to be a human fusing himself with the Zodiac celestial spirit Capricorn. When he was tricked into possessing Loke, he got destroyed instead and frees Capricorn.
* Mirajane and Lisanna go up against Azuma. Mirajane sacrifices herself to save Lisanna (though she very much lives but is heavily injured).
* Elfman and Evergreen vs Rusty Rose and lost to the latter’s Arc of Embodiment power.

* Lucy deciphers where Mavis’ grave is so Cana knocks her out to take the spoils for herself (she’s desperate to promote into S-Class after year after year of failing). She is revealed to be Gildarts’ daughter whom he is unaware of. She takes a super power called Fairy Glitter from Mavis’ grave.
* The comical team of Natsu and Lucy fight against Hikaru in a comical bout. Natsu and Happy use Hikaru’s voodoo doll and turn Lucy into a human fireball to defeat Hikaru!
* Juvia vs Meldy. The latter wants to kill Gray because she believes he hurt her saviour Ultear. Juvia is determined not to let that happen to her beloved and fights her despite their senses being linked to each other (Meldy, Juvia and Gray could feel each other’s feelings and pain). Though Juvia wins, she prevents Meldy from committing suicide for her failure.
* Ultear finds Zeref and captures him.
* Gray encounters Ultear. Guess what? Ul was Ultear’s mother. He knows she was spouting crap when she tells him he is his ally and it was Ultear’s wish to resurrect Zeref. Ultear was abandoned to a magic facility to be experimented on. When she escaped, she was devastated to find Ul taking Gray and Lyon under her wing. She became enraged and this led to her becoming a follower under Hades. So it’s revenge she wants? When Gray defeats her, she is able to see Ul’s memories (I guess when Deliora’s ice melted, it went into the sea – technically you can view her memories from anywhere in the world, right?). Ultear realizes Ul did love her after all.
* Azuma plans to destroy the great big tree in the middle of Tenroujima because it contains the power that protects all those with the Fairy Tail mark. It’s no wonder why our Fairy Tail guys survive even in the most dangerous of situations. He is absorbing the tree’s magic, thus rendering the Fairy Tail members on the island weak. He absorbs all Fairy Tail members’ power except Erza, leaving her to play the role of the heroine who must defeat him to save her friends. She draws enough power after hearing Jellal’s voice to bet him.
* Gildarts vs Bluenote Stinger. Grimoire Heart’s second in command moves out when Seven Kin of Purgatory starts falling. Initially Bluenote came into Cana but she’s not match for him till Gildarts show up. After Erza’s victory over Azuma that returned the powers to her comrades, Gildarts defeats Bluenote.
* Likewise, Rusty Rose is fighting against Freed, Bickslow, Levy, Lisanna and Lily. Again, Erza’s victory was the turning point in assuring Fairy Tail’s victory.
* Zeref was handed over the Meldy before Ultear had her bout with Gray. Juvia chased her. They bump into Zancrow who reveals Ultear was the culprit who destroyed Meldy’s home. Zeref awakens and his death wave kills Zancrow.

* Natsu, Lucy, Wendy, Happy, Carla and Lily board Grimoire Heart’s ship to fight Hades but they can’t even ruffle his hair. To their surprise, Laxus returns to fight Hades as revenge for Makarov. It is because he is not part of Fairy Tail that he is free to do as he wishes. Hades is so powerful that Laxus himself can’t defeat this old guy. It took the cooperation of Natsu, Lucy, Gray, Erza and Wendy to bring down this geezer. Even that, it is thanks to the Exceeds who were stumbling around for Hades’ power source and destroyed his mechanical heart.
* Grimoire Heart is left defeated and to Hades’ surprise, Zeref is on board the ship. He dismisses their goal of achieving such a world because it’s just fairytale cooked up by his followers. Their efforts to revive him were futile because he was never ‘asleep’. Accusing them of awakening Acnologia, he destroys the ship and kills Hades along with Hikaru and Rusty Rose.
* Ultear after resurrecting Tenroujima’s big tree, tries to kill herself to atone for her sins only to be stopped by Meldy who forgives her.
* Makarov postpones the S-Class Promotion Exam while Gildarts learn about Cana.
* Just as Fairy Tail thought they could breathe a sigh of relief, here comes the mother of all problems. Acnologia the black dragon is supposedly the most powerful, destructive and fearsome dragon attacks Fairy Tail. Makarov wanted to fend off Acnologia to let his children get away but they’re not leaving their gramps behind. Eventually Acnologia was too powerful and wipes out everybody and the island. OMG. Fairy Tail gone for good? I thought everyone holding hands in a circle trying to put on some defensive barrier spell felt a little gay…

X791 Arc
* Yup. Seven long years have passed since Fairy Tail members who have left for Tenroujima had returned. Romeo, the son of Macao never stopped believing they will return one day. Oh, he looks like a mini Natsu.
* Fairy Tail now is in shambles. No more the strongest guild as before. Many members have left leaving a skeleton staff. Those who stayed behind have aged. Macao has assumed the role of Fairy Tail’s fourth guild master while Wakaba as his assistant. Man, they really look so old. Must be all the worrying throughout the years. Jet looks hagged, Droy and Reedus swap body size with Droy the fatty and Reedus the slim one. Nab has a stomach and is still unable to get a job (I guess the only part of him that didn’t change). Alzack and Bisca are married and have a daughter named Asuka.
* Fairy Tail is at the mercy of being bullied by another guild called Twilight Ogre who is harassing them for the debts they owe. Suddenly they get their butts kicked by Natsu! OMG! Is that Natsu for real?! He and the rest of the gang are back?! But how?
* Apparently when Acnologia attacked and disappeared on that day, Mavis protected them. I don’t know why it took 7 years for them to unfreeze. Just like returning from a long vacation, isn’t it? With the strongest members back in town, Twilight Ogre can’t be bossy anymore. Or else… I’m sure they would prefer to talk things out than risk fighting, eh?
* There are so many changes within the span of 7 years that just went by so you could imagine how shocked Lucy was when she discovered her father’s demise recently. So where has all the hate gone to now? For each year passed, he left a present in her rented home. Now do you realize how much your father loves you? Too bad she had to realize that when he’s gone.
* Lamia Scale throws a welcome party for Fairy Tail. Lyon falls in love with Juvia. The feeling is not mutual for her. Like how Gray’s is for her…
* Filler episodes: Natsu and Lucy take on a job to capture some escape convict who plans to gatecrash a ball a wealthy count holds to find a husband for his daughter. Guess what? They’re in love with each other. Just to prove himself that he truly loves her, he must turn himself in, in which he does; Lucy turned herself invisible and though this may seem cheeky at first, it becomes serious when the effect also has people’s memories of her starting to disappear! Thankfully everyone manages to recall her and bring her back to existence; Remember those annoying butt shaking petty criminals from Rave? They’re back here! Natsu, Lucy and Wendy are guarding a train carrying gold. The Jiggle Butt Gang plans to steal it but after getting rid of Natsu and Lucy, all that is left is Wendy. They want to recruit her for their nefarious ways (because of her Dragon Slayer power) and though she disagrees, she plays along with them and tries to talk and make them turn over a new leaf. Does she really have to wear those tight suits too? Anyway the idiotic trio got what they deserved and a taste of Natsu’s fiery punch.

Key of the Starry Sky Arc
* Although this is considered a filler arc, I find this the most confusing one as I am unable to follow most of the story and plot.
* It all begins when a girl named Michelle Lobster arrives at their doorstep claiming to be a distant relative of Lucy. In her hands is a large clock hand supposedly a memento left behind by Jude. Lucy is determined to find out what was it that her father left behind for her.
* Edolas’ Royal Army counterparts pay their visit to Fairy Tail: Mary Hughes (who is a woman), Sugarboy (loves anything spicy) and Coco (sprinter girl) from Legion Corps demand the guild hand over Lucy from them.
* Of course the close knit Fairy Tail guys aren’t going to just say yes and to let the real Lucy and Michelle escape, all the girls impersonate as Lucy since Legion doesn’t know how the real one looks like. Eventually Hughes takes the clock hand from her and Legion retreats.
* Byro (a much more menacing figure than his Edolas’ counterpart) is the leader of Legion and under the orders of Zentopia’s Archbishop to retrieve parts of the legendary clock. He rides a giant octopus.
* Lucy and co head back to the former’s mansion to find out more clues about the clock and stumble upon a children’s picture book called Key of the Starry Sky by Will Neville in which this legendary clock may be based on. They are attack by a couple of Legion members, Samuel (an Exceed who always thinks his calculations are right) and Dan Straight (knight in no-so-shining armour who falls in love at first sight at any pretty woman he sees. That’s Lucy). Natsu is shrunk into a mini version.
* Fairy Tail goes in search for part of the missing clock in hopes they can do so before Legion. They split into several groups and use the clues in the book for their search.
* Natsu, Happy, Romeo, Lucy and Michelle meet a group of archaeologists on their way before falling into a labyrinth in the middle of a dessert. They face off with Dan and Coco.
* Lyon joins Gray and Juvia upon hearing their mission (I guess he wants to impress Juvia). Gray fights Sugarboy in another parallel dimension for the clock part.
* Gajeel, Lily and Levy are searching for the parts in the mountains only to encounter Samuel.
* Erza, Wendy and Carla are at an old library. Their foes are the annoying Jiggle Butt Gang. Fart power?
* Mirajane and Lisanna uncover a clock part underwater. They encounter some resistance from Hughes.

* Natsu fights Byro and finds Legion’s motive of gathering the clock parts to prevent the resurrection of Infinity Clock suspicious. Byro’s ability nullifies all magic so Natsu has a hard time burning him.
* Other Fairy Tail members show up in the labyrinth with their clock parts they gathered. Coco betrays Legion after finding Fairy Tail’s friendship touching.
* However appearing in the midst of it all is Oracion Seis. They’re back. Led by Midnight who now calls himself Brain II, the rest of the members include old ones like Angel, Cobra and Racer and new ones such as Grim Reaper (Erigor’s new name. Now bald and amnesiac) and Jackpot (giant teddy bear with slots on his stomach?). It is all part of their plan to make them gather the clock parts because when they are close enough, Infinity Clock will assemble by itself. The reborn Oracion Seis has powered up a lot (each sacrificed something important to gain such powers) and attacks Fairy Tail and Legion. If not for Blue Pegasus saving their ass, they could have been done for. Oracion Seis disappears with the clock parts. Lucy realizes that Jude gave her the clock part to prevent it from being assembled. Too late, huh? If he had only made it clearer in his writing. Since they’re now into this mess, I guess they’ve got to clean it up and stop Oracion Seis from whatever plans they have with Infinity Clock.
* Coco has been imprisoned so Cardinal Rapowant adds convict Gattman Kubrick (strange block head he’s got) to the team as replacement.
* Gildarts and Laki continue their investigation which brings them to a place filled with artificial priests and nuns. They find a comatose body of what they believed is supposed to be the real Michelle.
* Because Oracion Seis has been going around destroying churches as part of their plan to resurrect Infinity Clock, Fairy Tail splits up into groups based on Cana’s divination to protect churches that aren’t assaulted yet.
* Lahar convinces Dranbalt out of retirement to help him investigate current matters. Dranbalt is still suffering from depression over his guilt on what happened to Fairy Tail at Tenroujima 7 years ago. He still hasn’t gotten over it?
* Natsu-Elfman-Lucy-Michelle vs Byro vs Jackpot; Wendy-Bickslow vs Grim Reaper; Happy-Carla-Lily vs Samuel; Gajeel-Juvia vs Hughes-Gattman; Gray-Freed vs Angel; Erza-Evergreen-Max vs Cobra.
* Lahar and Dranbalt’s investigation lead them to a girl, Katja who is one of the many celestial wizards who are descendants of Will Neville and must protect some organic link that serves as a seal on the Infinity Clock. Till Racer shows up and uses Anti-Link to disable that link. Though this causes her to lose her magic powers, on the bright side she doesn’t have to live with the ‘curse’ for the rest of her life.
* When all of Will Neville’s descendants’ link have been severed and thus lifting the seal, Midnight who is at Will Neville’s coffin destroys it to make Infinity Clock turn into its true form: A giant bony fish? Alzack and Bisca can do nothing much to stop him.

* Jackpot is revealed to be Klodoa hiding inside that oversized teddy bear suit. But he is not actually the sixth member of Oracion Seis. Guess who is the sixth member? I’m sure Michelle’s actions have been suspicious lately. Jenjejeng… Michelle! Or rather, Imitatia. Plant woman… Imitatia orders Byro to take Lucy. He can’t refuse since she has the seal of the Archbishop which he must obey faithfully.
* Lucy is pinned to a device in Infinity Clock to activate Real Nightmare as a celestial wizard is needed to control it. When it is fully activated, it will cause everyone to lose their state of time.
* Natsu is imprisoned in the cathedral but breaks free with the comical help of Jiggle Butt Gang. He also frees Coco.
* Ichiya offers some of the Fairy Tail members to fly up in his Christina to infiltrate the flying cathedral.
* Rapowant as you may have guessed a long time ago is the sneaky villain behind everything from controlling the Archbishop to the activation of Infinity Clock. Too bad he turns out to be another puppet created by Midnight using Zero’s hair.
* Mirajane vs Racer; Ichiya vs the octopus; Natsu-Coco vs Gattman but interrupted when remorseful Hughes comes to the former’s aid; Erza vs Cobra; Gray-Dan vs Angel; Gajeel vs Midnight; Gildarts vs Byro; Coco vs Samuel (the latter wants to assassinate Lucy but changed his mind after a fist bout with Lily); Natsu-Elfman-Romeo vs Imitatia.
* Lucy is in danger of being absorbed and fused with the Infinity Clock. The Archbishop wakes up to his senses and informs of a way to end this by destroying the many chains the flying fish is linking itself to the ground. Every able bodied of Fairy Tail and Legion cooperate to destroy those chains.
* When Imitatia realizes she has been tricked by Midnight (she wanted to be with Lucy forever but got the raw end of the deal because once Lucy is fused with Infinity Clock, everyone’s memories will be erased – that’s like being with her forever, right?), she regrets all that she has done and frantically tries to undo the process. Imitatia is revealed to be Lucy’s doll. As the only child in the family, Lucy treated it like her ‘sister’, the reason why Michelle kept referring to Lucy as her big sister.
* Natsu defeats Midnight since the latter couldn’t control Infinity Clock entirely by himself (other Oracion Seis members have been defeated by now). Lucy is floating aimlessly inside the clock as she remembers memories with Michelle. She hears her friends calling her and with the help of a celestial spirit, she breaks out from the clock. This causes the Infinity Clock to break up and scatter while returning all those descendants affected by Anti-Link to return to their normal states. Lucy is happily reunited with her mates once more.
* In the aftermath, Legion is ordered by the Archbishop to retrieve those clock parts and seal them for good. They make amends with Fairy Tail one last time before leaving on a long journey.

Grand Magic Games Arc
* The most interesting arc in my books as it pits different guilds together but…
* Makarov shows Gildarts an underground secret of Fairy Tail called Lumen Histoire because Gildarts will be the next guild master for Fairy Tail. However Gildarts doesn’t really want to become the next master yet and reappoints Makarov as the next master before heading off on a solo journey to who knows where. Sneaky… He also wants Makarov to reinstate Laxus back into Fairy Tail.
* Due to the missing 7 years, Fairy Tail has fallen from being Fiore’s strongest guild. That honour now goes to Sabretooth. Sting Eucliffe and Rogue Cheney are both third generation Dragon Slayers and once looked up to Natsu and Gajeel. They both have an Exceed each, the arrogant Lectar and the retard Frosch.
* Every year, there is this Grand Magic Games held in Fiore’s capital, Crocus to determine the ranks of the guilds. For 6 consecutive years, Fairy Tail has always finished last, turning them into laughing stocks and for those (weaker) members who stayed put, it became such an embarrassing event to forget. Despite their desire not to compete this year, Natsu and the rest want a piece of this action. So there is no argument that Fairy Tail is going to enter this year’s tournament and reclaim that top spot.
* Natsu and co are training hard with 3 months more to the games when they are whisked away to the celestial spirit world so that they can throw them a feast to celebrate their return. After all the food and entertainment, they think they can use this alternate dimension to enhance their time and do serious training. Unfortunately, 1 day in the spirit world = 3 months in Earthland. FFFUUUUU!!!! Give us back our time!!!
* Reformed Jellal, Ultear and Meldy have formed their little own guild called Crime Sorciere and dedicate themselves in destroying dark guilds that try to resurrect Zeref or use his power. They have a request from Fairy Tail to help them out because for the past several years, they have been detecting some magic anomaly that feels closely to Zeref’s at the Grand Magic Games but couldn’t pinpoint its exact source. In exchange for their help, they help awaken Fairy Tail’s Second Origin, supposedly some powerful magic within them, although the process going through it is painful enough.
* Makarov has selected Natsu, Gray, Erza, Lucy and Wendy to be Fairy Tail’s representative at the games as each time is allowed to have 5 members plus 1 reserve.
* When they arrive at Crocus, Wendy is ambushed by an unknown figure.
* Because of the hundreds of guilds participating in this year’s event, a qualification round is held to trim down the participants to only 8 teams. Wendy is missing and Fairy Tail is in the midst of being disqualified if they don’t start moving and make their way through the sky labyrinth. The first 8 teams to find their way out will qualify. Without haste, Elfman quickly takes Wendy’s place as Fairy Tail begins the mad scramble with other guilds.
* Wendy’s unconscious body is found near the Mercurius palace and is taken back to their base for recovery by Poluchka.
* Natsu and co finally find the labyrinth’s exit and thought they were the first to arrive. Well, they’re the eighth and final team to arrive. Barely made it, huh?
* On the first day of the games, the final 8 teams are announced in ascending order of arrival. Fairy Tail receives the most boos and continuously being mocked by the crowd. In 7th place is Quatro Cerberus (consists of Rocker, War Cry, Yaeger, Nobarly and Semmes), 6th place goes to Mermaid Heel (all-female guild comprising of Kagura Mikazuchi, Beth Vanderwood, Arania Web, Risley Law and Millianna), taking 5th place is Blue Pegasus (Ichiya, Eve, Hibiki, Ren and… Rabbit?) and in 4th place is Lamia Scale (Jura, Lyon, Yuuka, Toby and Cheria – Sherry’s cousin).
* Coming in at 3rd place surprises many because Raven Tail is supposedly a dark guild. Did they just turn into a good one? That is what’s baffling Makarov because Raven Tail is headed by his own son Ivan. They are the ones who attacked Wendy as their ‘greeting’. Those participating include Alexei, Obra, Flare Corona, Kurohebi and Nullpuding.
* Even surprising everyone in second place is… Fairy Tail again?! Consisting of Laxus, Mirajane, Gajeel, Juvia and Mystogan (Jellal in disguise for his up-close investigation) with Cana as reserve. It seems that every guild is allowed 2 teams, thus contributing to the many participants during the start before the trim. Natsu’s team will be identified as Fairy Tail A while Laxus is Fairy Tail B.
* Of course the crowd favourite Sabretooth is in first place. They include Sting, Rogue, Rufus Lohr, Orga Nanagear and Yukino Aguria.
* Oddly, Mavis is also a spectator at the games to give her support although she remains a spectre, a ghost. Only those with the Fairy Tail mark can see her. She’s funny as a ghost. I mean, at times she feels the need to go to the toilet or even feels nervous. Even if she’s a ghost?!
* The Grand Magic Games will last for 5 days and each day there will be a main contest (rules will only be announced when each guild has selected their member to participate). First place gets 10 points, second = 8 points, third = 7 points, so forth and last place = 0 points. After that, there will be a one-on-one battle among the teams with the victor getting 10 points, none for the losing team and 5 points each when it is a tie (if both sides are still standing after the time limit of the battle). The commentators will be Chapati Lola (watch out for his falling wig), former Magic Council member Yajima (a close friend to Makarov) and a guest commentator.

Day 1
* Personally the most interesting contest of all called Hidden. Clones of the participants are scattered all over the arena. You earn 1 point by taking out the real participant and in turn, the one who got owned loses 1 point. In addition, you lose 1 point if you hit a clone. Those participating in this contest are Gray, Juvia (because Gray is in it), Lyon (because Juvia is in it), Rufus, Nullpuding, Yaeger and Beth.
* When the contest begins, Nullpuding seems to be targeting Gray. Rather, Raven Tail is picking a bone with Fairy Tail. This causes Fairy Tail A to go dead last. It ends with Rufus uses his magic that attacks all participants at once, giving Sabretooth top spot and drawing first blood. Fairy Tail B and A occupy second bottom and last spot respectively. You know that underdogs and dark horses like them will surely make their way up, right?
* Lucy vs Flare – Although Lucy is a better fighter, crazy fire hair girl Flare plays dirty using Asuka as hostage without everyone’s knowledge. Lucy has to be a ‘good girl’ and gets whipped real badly by her. Till Natsu hears Lucy’s soft plea that Asuka is in danger. Once he puts away the danger, Lucy is able to go out at full force and summons some planetary magic that would certainly have earned her victory if not of Obra’s subtle intervention of cancelling out her magic. Because nobody but the higher level judges saw it, they have no choice but to announce Flare as the winner. Gray and Lucy’s humiliating lost only serves to increase the mocking from the crowd.
* Ren vs Arania – Victory goes to Blue Pegasus.
* Orga vs War Cry – No effort needed for Sabretooth to win this one. Easy victory.
* Mystogan vs Jura – In a closely fought match, Jellal is about to unleash his magic that would reveal his identity so that he could bring victory to Fairy Tail. But Ultear won’t risk it and uses Meldy’s sense link magic to tickle him into submission. What a big joke… What a big let-down…
* Carla sees a fearful vision that at the end of the games, Mercurius will crumble and Lucy in tears.

Day 2
* The Chariot contest is mostly not shown and even so it is at its end. Participants are to run across chariots leading to the arena in a free-for-all race. The odd part is that Sting, Natsu and Gajeel are all dead in last place! Something we learn that it seems all Dragon Slayers have this motion sickness! So it’s not just Natsu after all, eh? How embarrassing for someone with such a high and respected status as Dragon Slayers.
* Sting questions Natsu’s reasoning to participate in this games. Was it due to pressure? The Fairy Tail he knew wasn’t the kind to give in to what others think. Natsu’s heart moving speech about the bonds they share not only moved his comrades but the crowd as well. Yeah, at least they’ll think better of Fairy Tail next time. Sting drops out so Sabretooth goes from hero to zero in this contest as Natsu and Gajeel push themselves for 6th and 7th spot respectively. The race is won by Bacchus, Quatro Cerberus’ backup member and S-Class wizard who could fight on par with Erza.
* Toby vs Kurohebi – Dog boy wants to know Kurohebi’s real name and otherwise he will tell his own secret. Kurohebi wins and so what is Toby’s secret? His missing sock. Isn’t it around his neck? Bummer… To show how evil Kurohebi is, he rips it to bits.
* Elfman vs Bacchus – Due to a misunderstanding, it was supposed to be Erza against Bacchus. Which member of Fairy Tail starts with ‘E’ and has transformation ability? Sounds ambiguous, right? And so both sides make a wager. If Bacchus wins, he gets both his sisters and if Elfman wins, Quatro Cerberus changes its name to Quatro Puppy. It becomes a match of stamina with Bacchus most offensive attack versus Elfman’s most defensive armour. Who can outlast who? In the end, Elfman outlasts Bacchus and wins Fairy Tail A’s first full points.
* Mirajane vs Jenny – Blue Pegasus’ reserve member starts off the match with Mirajane, in swimsuit poses. Everybody just love the pinup models, eh? I don’t know how, it descended to every woman to drop in and pose in various outfits. WTF moment indeed. I don’t know how, but the men also got involved when they dress up as brides. With the match proper beginning, they make a bet that the loser has to pose naked for Weekly Sorcerer. Whoever loses, it’s a win for the guys, right? Jenny was so confident that she didn’t expect Mirajane to have powered up so much and loses this match. Look forward to naked Jenny next edition…
* Kagura vs Yukino – Both serious girls wager their lives for this match. Though celestial wizard Yukino has Libra and Pisces in her position, summoning the greatest celestial spirit, Ophiuchus wasn’t enough to best Kagura as she takes down Yukino with her gravity magic. Kagura spares Yukino’s life.
* Fiore’s squad captain, Arcadios seems to be putting his Eclipse Plan into action and that will happen on the last day of the match. He needs a celestial wizard for this plan to complete. Guess who fits that bill? Yup. Now he is spoilt for choice. Lucy or Yukino?
* Erza meets up with Millianna and is glad she has joined a guild. However Erza is thrown into dilemma because she is still out for revenge against Jellal, the very same reason that Kagura has.
* Sabretooth’s guild master, Gemma punishes Yukino for her failure by exiling her from the guild. Yukino goes to pay Lucy a visit and give her Libra and Pisces keys but Lucy won’t accept them seeing ownership of the Zodiac celestial spirits are based on trust and bond and can’t be transferred easily.
* When Yukino breaks down in front of Natsu and tells him how she was kicked out, Natsu barges into Sabretooth’s base to pick a fight with Gemma. If he wins, Gemma must quit Sabretooth. The match is stopped by Gemma’s daughter, Minerva taking Happy as hostage. Let’s take it out in the ring, okay?

Day 3
* Pandemonium is today’s match and it pits participants to fight in a citadel filled with demons. They can choose any amount of the 100 demons with various classes they want to fight. If they cannot defeat them all in their turn, they lose points in that round for demons they have defeated. So the key is not to be greedy. This goes on until all demons have been terminated and the winner is the one with the most points.
* Erza is picked to go first and guess what? She wants to fight all 100 demons! In a gruelling battle that has Erza change her armours back and forth, she finally takes out the super demon and automatically wins first place!!! Awesome!
* As for the rest, they need to be ranked so a simple game of hitting a magic device to measure their strength will suffice. Because Obra cannot show his magic, he makes his turn as a farce and gets the lowest score he can. Cana wins this match when she uses Fairy Glitter to pound the device. It’s off the scale! For the first time, it is Fairy Tail one-two.
* Millianna vs Semmes – Somebody needs to be the whipping boy, right? You can already guess who is going to win this. Cat girl FTW!
* Rufus vs Eve – Another swift match with Rufus attaining victory.
* Laxus vs Alexei – What looks like Laxus being beaten up by Alexei turns out to be an illusion. The real Laxus and Alexei are in an alternate dimension. Alexei turns out to be Ivan in disguise and he could easily turn the match into Fairy Tail’s favour if he just tells him the location of Lumen Histoire. I don’t think Laxus knows. Even if he does, will he tell? So Ivan and the rest of his guild members take on Laxus but they are no match for him. He beats everyone up as revenge for his friends. When the illusion is shattered, everyone is in a state of shock over the other secret match. The game officials announce Laxus as the winner and disqualify Raven Tail from the rest of the games (because Ivan is not supposed to participate). Ivan warns Laxus about Lumen Histoire which is supposed to be Fairy Tail’s darkness. That’s why Raven Tail was set up to as anti-Fairy Tail.
* Wendy vs Cheria – Sky Dragon Slayer vs Sky God Slayer? Wendy uses advanced magic to attack and just as it seems she is the winner, Cheria stands back up with all her wounds healed and Wendy’s magic is close to depleted. But this is part of Wendy’s plan to enhance Cheria’s attack. Given this much power, she miscalculates and misses Wendy. The first draw of the day with both teams sharing the spoils.
* Jellal has sensed that magic anomaly in Wendy-Cheria match. He accidentally bumps into Dranbalt and knows this is Earthland’s Jellal. Jellal follows the mysterious hooded figure he sensed the magic anomaly but is stopped by Lahar and Dranbalt. Though his face is revealed, Jellal is given reprieve thanks to Yajima that this Jellal is from Edolas. Lahar and Dranbalt have no choice but to give him face despite knowing Jellal is the real deal. So happen Kagura and Millianna have also seen Jellal’s face. Millianna is left to ponder if Erza is hiding him.
* Laxus confronts Makarov about Lumen Histoire and what Ivan said. He won’t reveal much but Mavis says it is Fairy Tail’s light. So which is true?
* Yukino becomes a sergeant under Arcadios’ command.

Day 4
* Naval Battle must be the favourite among the crowd. Think of it as an underwater sumo match. You push others out of the giant water sphere and try to be the last one standing. Why the crowd’s favourite? It’s because it is like a swimsuit battle with girls from each guild participating! Oh yeah! Who wouldn’t love to see Lucy, Juvia, Minerva, Jenny, Risley and Cheria battling it out? Oh wait. There’s Rocker in it too… Nobody gives a damn about the sole guy in this contest. What a disappointment. Anyway he was first to be pushed out. Though Juvia’s powers flushes many of the other girls out, her own distraction causes her to be kicked out. Only Minerva and Lucy are left.
* Minerva becomes merciless in beating up Lucy even after the contest has ended. This causes her Fairy Tail comrades to get upset as they rush to her side once the match is officially declared over. Lucy is taken to the infirmary for recovery.
* Makarov announces that the officials want both Fairy Tail teams to combine. Worse, their points won’t be combined and will take the lower one will be taken. Not fair, huh? But take it as a positive note because it means that this will be the strongest Fairy Tail team: Natsu, Gray, Erza, Laxus and Gajeel.
* Ichiya-Rabbit vs Bacchus-Rocker – Finally, Rabbit’s identity is revealed… NICHIYA???!!! WTF???!!! Apparently both guys bumped into each other in the woods and taken a liking for each other’s face. WTF. Since then, Nichiya joined Blue Pegasus. Anyway Nichiya is useless and goes out first. But Ichiya in his Incredible Hulk mode is sufficient enough to take out Bacchus and Rocker to win it for Blue Pegasus.
* Kagura-Millianna vs Lyon-Yuuka: Kagura lets Millianna handle the duo but when she is comically taken out, Kagura goes into action and knocks out Yuuka. The match ends in a draw.
* Natsu-Gajeel vs Sting-Rogue – The most anticipated match that we’ve all been waiting for. Four Dragon Slayers! The crowd is shocked when Natsu and Gajeel turn the tables on Sting and Rogue. This causes the Sabretooth duo who killed their respective dragons to power up into White Drive and Shadow Drive respectively. Fairy Tail is able to stand their ground so Sabretooth activates Dragon Force on their own will, resulting a huge crater in the arena. I think the match goes underground now. Sting beats up Natsu and Gajeel singlehandedly but the duo are still able to stand back up. Just how strong are these monsters? That was nothing. So much so Natsu and Gajeel have time to argue to fight Sabretooth alone. It ends with Natsu pushing Gajeel away in a mining cart. Motion sickness… Even with the combined powers of Sabretooth, Natsu in the end overpowers them both! With Sabretooth down, Fairy Tail is declared the winner of the match. In the standings, Fairy Tail overtakes Sabretooth as the new leader by a single point.
* Gajeel discovers a dragon graveyard below the arena.
* Jellal follows the hooded figure and is shocked to know who this person is. We won’t get to see the face yet because…

OVAs
* OVA 1: Lucy first arrives at the dorm for Fairy Tail female members. She takes up a weird job by an old woman to find some treasure. The grandma turns out to be a ghost and the treasure filled with jewels hidden in a tree hole supposedly to be given to young Erza but she died then.
* OVA 2: This is what happens when you turn Fairy Tail members and other cast of characters into a high school setting. No musical however. The principal of the school… Plue… Best in the world…
* OVA 3: They add time paradox here because the gang travel back in time when they were still their child selves. Despite trying hard not to come into contact with their younger selves, it turns out that their actions led to why Lucy decided to join Fairy Tail and the scar Natsu has.
* OVA 4: Taking place before the Grand Magic Games, other than their typical destructive antics, your fanservice filled episode when Natsu and co are at the beach for their training and why women are scary and dominating when drunk. At least that’s what the guys experienced. This episode main focus is on Mavis and how this lonesome ghost watching over Natsu and co decides to go support her guild at the games.

No Fairytale Ending Yet…
NoooOOOoooOOOooo!!!!!!! I can’t believe it ended incomplete just like that! There is still one more day of the games to go, right? What about the Eclipse Plan that involves Lucy? What about the newly discovered dragon graveyard? And it looks pretty grim from what we have glimpsed at the end of Carla’s vision that seems to have come true. Fairy Tail destroyed for good? So many questions and no answers… Yet. I understand that this is where the manga is currently at now and although I have not read the manga, I am pretty sure from what I have browsed through, it has enough material to cover at least another season of the series. Well, at least even if it wasn’t, they can drag and expand certain scenes like how long running animes do, right? Obviously with the big “To Be Continued…” words flashing right at the end of the series, it proves that the anime hasn’t really end yet and the series’ author has soothed fans (for now) to wait for the good news as the anime isn’t really the end. Not the end of the world. Really. I figure this is better than adding in mindless fillers that will bring down the good name of this series. Like a certain long running ninja series. And of course much better than putting in fillers right in the middle of important arcs. Several times. Like a certain long running but already ended shinigami series. Despite the unsatisfying ‘end’ after coming a long way over these years, I can say that this series lives up to its potential and from the looks of it, will even have greater potential in the future.

Characters
Well, just like any long running anime, the list of characters, major, supporting and minor ones have grown to such an extensive list. The members of Fairy Tail are growing gradually despite many of the non-important extras leaving after 7 years in the doldrums. Due to the tight bonds that the Fairy Tail members have, it is hard not to support them when they go all out to rescue their friends. This is what a guild or rather a family should be. Fairy Tail people might be oddballs but they are closely knit than any others that we have known. Besides, their rambunctious personalities are what define them. Despite their disorderly behaviour, deep down in their hearts they care very much and look out for each other. After such a long run, the characters really grow on you and many of them would leave some sort of mark, be it emotional or comical. Just like any other shonen genres, our main characters get more powerful, turn some enemies into allies and above all still remain generally the same character will know them since day one. Even so, they still have a great potential to grow further. Although some of them have undergone major changes like Mirajane who was once the badass resident of Fairy Tail. Now she is quite demure and gentle. Unless you provoke her or hurt her loved ones. Very minor characters that only appear in certain arcs are thrust into oblivion. Meaning, you might wonder so and so ended up. For instance some of the members from Element 4 of Phantom Lord. Once in a while you just hear about them (if I’m not mistaken, I remember only once) and that’s about it. Some characters I thought would play some sort of a significant role in an arc but they turn out to be nothing much like in Katja’s case in the Key of the Starry Sky arc. Her scattered appearance felt like she would be a major pivotal role in the arc but suddenly when her link was severed, it’s the end of her. Felt as though if they had just shown her once for that one or two episodes, it still would have been sufficed for the story to go on. It was disappointing for the Edolas counterparts too because here I thought they were going to play some major role throughout the arc only to see our Earthland counterparts are the one doing most of the work before the Edolas equals butt in at the end to help out with whatever that’s left.

Lessons
As mentioned, the show tries to teach us about the importance of being a family and looking out for each other. This is very evident in Fairy Tail and can be seen in almost every dramatic scene. They will never leave a guild member behind and treat them like their own family even if they are not blood related. There is a special bond that ties them together and it helps in getting through rough and bumpy rides. The other lesson learnt is never to judge a book by its cover. From the outside, Fairy Tail may seem like a bunch of rowdy people, getting drunk and wanting to pick a fight. But if you put that aside, they are pretty reliable and deserve to be called to strongest guild in Fiore. During the Grand Magic Games when everyone looked down upon them, with hard work, perseverance and determination, they manage to claw their way back into the hearts of everyone. Now they’re made to eat their words, huh? Of course the ultimate lesson is that good will always triumph evil after a long struggle. It’ll leave a very bad taste in the mouth if evil actually wins. This isn’t that kind of dark anime. Although evil can never be wiped out, at least with these good guys around, you can be assured that they will be kept at bay.

Drawing and Art
When I first take a look at the series when it was released, I thought it had very similar traits to One Piece and that the author for this one and the pirate themed manga is the same. You know, some of the characters really do have weird body parts but not all of them. But upon closer inspection, I realized that it isn’t so. The familiar art is because Fairy Tail’s author is the same one as Rave (though the latter manga series have already ended). Actually, it is the appearance of Plue that made me realize that and went to do a little research on it. Of course there are a handful of similarities you can see in both the series like some other characters having a very uncanny resemblance. For instance, Jellal/Mystogan is taken after Rave’s Sieghart while Oracion Seis’ name is borrowed from Rave’s Oracion Six. And then, who would have thought that the Jiggle Butt Gang would actually make a cameo in a couple of episodes. Overall, the art is a mix of funny, cute and good looking for the bunch of characters. I don’t really pay much attention to the backdrops and scenery since that isn’t what the main focus of this series is. It’s the characters that we should be paying attention at. But I suppose for a fantasy setting with magic, some of the lands are enchanting but other than that, the usual towns and all just feel normal. On a side note, I thought the younger versions of Fairy Tail members like Erza and Mirajane look cuter than their adult self. No, I’m not a lolicon! In each arc, I notice the main characters have a slight alteration or design in their outfit. I guess it will be a big bore if you had to see Natsu wearing the same ol’ clothes from the first episode right down to the last one.

Story/Drama
Though divided into several arcs, as mentioned not all are my favourite. After watching for a very long time, it is hard to say that the pacing and flow of the storyline is good. Because if it does, it wouldn’t have made me yawn on several occasions and find it hard to follow especially if it involves lots of terminologies (which this series is abundant of but not as bad that you need to crack your brains to understand). Sometimes it feels like a drag to sit and watch some of the drama unfold but I suppose they are still important in fleshing out the plot and the characters so patience is definitely a virtue. With some of the emotional drama scenes with the characters breaking down or being comforted by his/her comrades, such scenes are touching and would tug a heart string or two. Maybe because I’m already an ‘old’ person so I am more susceptible to more emotions. So those kind of scenes still do warm my heart and indirectly increase my rooting for the heroes.

Action
This is the main highlight and strength of the series. There are plenty of fight scenes to keep viewers occupied especially during the final moments of the arc. You can expect our main heroes taking on the antagonists of the arc and come out tops after all that beating. As everyone powers up with new skills and techniques, sometimes I can’t help feel that some of them are just a slight variation of certain moves. For example Natsu and Gajeel. I don’t keep count of how many flame or metal moves they have come up with when they fight their opponents but somehow I feel that one fire or steely move is almost similar to the last one they pull. I mean, how different can Natsu’s fire breathing skills get? Either he blows them out from his mouth or he channels them via his fists. Well, maybe how the flame materializes calls for a different name for the move. After all, it all ends the same, right? Natsu materializes his fire, throws it at enemy, enemy evades/blocks/gets hit. See the pattern? Still, the fights are engaging enough to draw you in although some may end in a way that makes you wonder what he had done or what moves he did to make him earn the victory. With the myriad of characters and each with their own power and strength, I suppose they did a good job in balancing their fight time and rotate the other supporting characters in Fairy Tail. Eventually it will be the big ones like Natsu, Gray and Erza to fight the main baddies but be rest assured that their fellow comrades will still have their share in the battle albeit to a lesser extent.

Romance/Love
Despite the few hints, I think it is safe to say that there is close to zero romance between our characters. I mean, the real kind of romance and love that you see in romance genre animes. Many have speculated about Natsu x Lucy and though there are a few indications, they are not conclusive and mere speculative. You might say the reason he and Happy always crash in her house instead of their own is because maybe he likes her but I think from Natsu’s thinking, it’s more fun to gatecrash other people’s home, right? Then you have cases like one-sided triangle love affair in the case of Lyon -> Juvia -> Gray. Well, Gray was advised somewhere in the end to make his feelings clear to Juvia after episodes after episodes of indecision. But then the series ended. It is also one-sided for Levy because she really does have a crush on Gajeel despite him injuring her in his debut. I guess some girls love bad boys after all. But then, Gajeel isn’t the kind to seem interested in love. Just be patient, Levy. There are hints too that it might happen for Erza and Jellal (they almost kissed!) but if that is to happen, it will have to wait for the current things to settle down first. More promising one should be between Elfman and Evergreen. Ever since that lie about them being engaged, noticed how they’ve been close together despite not admitting anything? Maybe the only blossoming romance was between Bisca and Alzack but we don’t get to see any of it since they are side characters in Fairy Tail and that 7 year warp just cut out their wedding and everything. Sure, we’ve got the handsome ladies men trio in Blue Pegasus but they seem to be more of flirting around than committing to serious relationship.

Comedy
Besides the action, there are many comical moments in the show whether it is during unimportant parts of the arc, the build up and even the serious fight itself. It is peppered throughout the series and sometimes the comedy factor can just pop up for a while and strike you to make you have a little chuckle. Of course we know the peculiar behaviour of Fairy Tail members and especially Natsu’s brawn over brains or Happy’s silly punch lines but somehow it doesn’t get old.

Fanservice
Sometimes, you just got to satisfy that element that stimulates the male audience. I feel that for the most part of this topic, Lucy plays a major role in giving viewers their fanservice due. The comical hijinks that she gets into, coupled in with the fact that she has a very well endowed body makes her a good source for many of the fanservice elements. Of course there are other many busty women in Fairy Tail and those outside the guild to provide this. For those not into mature woman, you have lolis like Wendy and even flat ones like Levy. Oops. Sorry.

Music
This is also another strong point for the series. With several soundtracks under its belt, there are a variety of background music that ranges from fast to slow, rock to ballad. What I noticed is that the main ones are a mix of Celtic music and rock. Especially the grandiose Fairy Tail theme which is magnificent and fits the overall theme of the series and the guild itself. It’s a good battle song if I should say so myself. Of course just like any other animes with their own soundtracks, there is bound to be variations in such a theme although I have not heard all of the soundtracks or all its variations. There are also classical orchestra pieces and the most prominent one is Bach’s Air On G String (which I believe is Juvia’s theme song). Overall, the music perfectly matches the mood and pace be it battle scenes or emotional dramatic ones.

Voice acting
With a long running anime, there is bound to be a very long line of cast of characters. Of course some casts play multiple roles especially side or minor characters. With so many characters in this series, you won’t even hear the difference unless you have very sharp ears. Many popular seiyuus have also lent their voices to the series. After such a long time, I have grown used to their voices and I don’t really have qualms about any mismatches or anything. Not that I can remember if there are any. So here is the very selected list of the casts:
Natsu = Tetsuya Kakihara (Kouichi in Linebarrels Of Iron)
Lucy = Aya Hirano (Haruhi in Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu)
Erza = Sayaka Ohara (Alicia in Aria The Animation)
Gray = Yuuichi Nakamura (Tomoya in Clannad)
Wendy = Satomi Satou (Chitanda in Hyouka)
Gajeel = Wataru Hatano (Yuuto in Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu)
Levi/Romeo = Mariya Ise (Aruka in Needless)
Juvia = Mai Nakahara (Mai in Mai-HiME)
Happy = Rie Kugimiya (Louise in Zero No Tsukaima)
Carla = Yui Horie (Yuuki in Vampire Knight)
Lily = Hiroki Touchi (Abel in Trinity Blood)
Elfman = Hiroki Yasumoto (Sado in Bleach)
Mirajane = Ryoko Ono (Atsuko in Minami-ke)
Cana = Eri Kitamura (Liliana in Campione)
Freed = Junichi Suwabe (Atobe in Prince Of Tennis)
Evergreen – Saori Seto (Grayfia (High School DxD)
Bickslow = Yoshihisa Kawahara (Bobby in Binbougami Ga)
Laxus = Katsuyuki Konishi (Kamina in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Lisanna = Harumi Sakurai (Hayami in H2O ~Footprints In The Sand)
Makarov = Shinpachi Tsuji (Daniel in Master Keaton)
Jellal/Mystogan = Daisuke Namikawa (Waver in Fate/Zero)
Gildarts = Kazuhiko Inoue (Kakashi in Naruto)
Sting = Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku in Code Geass)
Rogue = Kenichi Suzumura (Sougou in Gintama)
Lyon = Yuuki Kaji (Shu in Guilty Crown)
Ichiya = Sho Hayami (Ichigen in K)
Mest/Dranbalt = Shuuhei Sakaguchi (Kagerou in Nabari No Ou)
Midnight = Kouki Uchiyama (Ichika in Infinite Stratos)
Michelle = Yukana (Ai in Amagami SS)
Zeref = Akira Ishida (Gaara in Naruto)
Mamiko Noto = Mavis (Enma Ai in Jigoku Shoujo)

Opening and Ending Themes
For every season, they change their opening and ending themes. This means there are 14 opening and ending themes each. That’s 28 songs dude! They range from rock to slow ballads. Some of them sound funny and some sounded gay… Serious. Not many of the songs in Fairy Tail really appeal to me as I only prefer Kimi Ga Iru Kara by Mikuni Shimokawa (4th ending theme) and Glitter” (Starving Trancer Remix) by Another Infinity featuring Mayumi Morinaga (11th ending theme). One of the ‘annoying’ aspects of the opening theme is that it tends to be a battle spoiler. In here, you can see who fights who in that certain arc and perhaps in such a way throws away the guessing game need of who fights who. Of course those who have read the manga would certainly know the match ups but for a guy like myself who doesn’t, it felt like spoilers and made me go “Oh, so when is Natsu going to fight this so and so guy?”. I feel the ending theme credits are like a chibi gathering of the Fairy Tail family.

The Unexplained…
Throughout the series, I am sure there are many things that boggled my mind but I guess I have forgotten about them. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention when they were explained. But one of them that clearly bugs me till the end is that if Lily and Samuel the Exceeds can transform into their buff form, why haven’t we seen one for Happy and Carla? Maybe they aren’t really fighters so it is not required. I know. It will be totally weird if we are to see a very buffed Happy and a very sexy and mature Carla. Or a very comical one. That won’t look good on them…

Conclusion
So it will take some time before the anime resumes again. Hopefully. So good this series that right after the season ended, they have begun showing reruns of the series. I’m not that mad so I won’t be reliving nostalgia again even if I heard that some of the reruns (termed as Fairy Tail Best) might have extra scenes in selected episodes. I am pretty sure they are not going to show all 175 episodes again. That will take like another 3 over years, right? In a nutshell, this is quite a good series if you ever want to watch something over the long run with lots of potential plots, character developments, epic action, adventure, comedy and just about everything else. It’s nice having to escape into a different fantasy world and let all my imagination and creative fantasies let loose just thinking about this series. It is sad to leave the series for a while but hey, sometimes you need to take a breather once in a while. Now I am free on weekends and this enables me to watch more of other animes. That’s not so bad after all. This world may not have any magic powers, but after watching this show, I don’t really regret it all in the end despite the way it ended with many questions left hanging in the balance. Now, that is magic.

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