I think Hiro Mashima gets bored easily. He loves to bring out chapter after chapter of Fairy Tail, and sometimes he decides to do a comedy side story instead. I might do some searching and review some of the older side stories, but for now I want to review the two newest ones that have come out in the past couple of weeks.
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Welcome Home, Frosch is the side story about Sabretooth. It starts with Sting doing a joke parody of the previous guildmaster by making Yukino take off her clothes, but it turns out to be because they are going in swimsuits to jump in the new pool. Sting seems to have turned into a bit of a child now as he splashes everyone, until Lector comes over and announces that Frosch has gone missing. This of course, becomes the main story for this chapter.
|At least Sabretooth know how to treat a lady.|
Sting and Rogue start arguing over how Frosch doesn't know how to get back to the guild on his own, so Yukino steps up and tells them that they need to find the Exceed. They then run into Gajeel and Pantherlily, who gives them directions. After that, we see Wendy who gets scared by Rogue's desperation to find Frosch. This leads them to Frosch, who is looking at a large map. It turns out Frosch is trying to find his own way back, and Rogue decides to watch Frosch and let him make it back himself.
|Rogue... what happened to you?|
Next to appear are Gray and Juvia, who find Frosch is crying over the fact he is unable to get back to the Sabretooth guild. Rogue is emotional too but determined to let Frosch prove himself. Frosch is also determined and wants to get home without being walked there. Soon, after lots of distractions, Erza makes her cameo and gives Frosch directions... to Fairy Tail.
|So the moral of the story is... Frosch sucks?|
And now for Juvia's special story in 413 Days. We start off with a typical Hiro Mashima scene. Juvia taking a shower in what might be the creepiest shower scene I've seen in manga. We see Juvia intimately washing herself with a Gray-shaped sponge. We see Juvia drying herself off with a Gray towel. And we see Juvia kissing a Gray doll as she walks out. Juvia then tells Erza, Wendy and Carla that today is the 413th Day anniversary. If you can't figure it out yet, it has been 413 days since Juvia met Gray and she wants to celebrate it.
|A girl showering has made me shudder... Damn you, God.|
Erza tells Juvia to get Gray a gift, and Juvia loves that idea. After seeing her typical fantasy of Gray suddenly wanting to marry her for a simple reason like baking a cake, we skip forward a bit to see Juvia with a scarf she made for Gray. Juvia then starts to hallucinate and sees the two most popular couples of the entire series in her hallucinations. NaLu (Natsu/Lucy) and GaLe (Gajeel/Levy).
|*uncontrollable sobbing at this not actually happening... yet!*|
When Juvia finally finds Gray outside, he rejects the scarf in his usual bitchy way and walks to leave. Juvia is properly upset here and tells Gray it's their anniversary. Gray finds the anniversary the most random thing he's ever heard and chooses to not do as she asks and not be happy. Erza later meets a crying Juvia, who explains that she found out from Lyon that today was in fact the anniversary of the death of Ur, Gray's and Lyon's old master.
|Worst. Timing. Ever.|
Erza then gives Juvia some comfort, giving kind and wise words about how each day is your choice, whether or not you should celebrate it. Back to Gray, we see it's starting to snow and he looks about for something. He then finds the scarf abandoned in the snow and puts it on, which Erza sees and is happy about. After an apology from Gray to Juvia, Juvia offers a body pillow instead.
|Let James Franco explain to you, Gray.|
Overall, I laughed. I really did. The jokes were funny and plenty, with only a few not really hitting the mark. Seeing Rogue act like a comical idiot was one of the most upsetting things I've ever seen Hiro Mashima draw, and Juvia's shower scene went from sexy to crap within seconds with annoyed me greatly. However, the morals in each side story were thoughtful, if not a bit cliche. And although I want to smack Gray for being an insensitive prick to Juvia, I did find this new side of Sting interesting and I can't help but wonder if that's what we're going to see when he reappears in the proper series. Also, Hiro Mashima finally drew a GaLe pic and for that, I cry.
Lastly, we should remember these are non-canon side stories of Hiro Mashima making parodies of his own series and in no way should we believe Rogue is that stupid or Juvia rubs a Gray doll "down there". Although, you can believe it if you want to. Your choice.
Frosch Rating: 3/5
Juvia Rating: 4/5
Character of the Week: Juvia Lockser for providing some laughs, even if she did start off the chapter by giving me major creeps.
Best Part: When Sting parodied the dark scene with Yukino.
Worst Part: Whenever Rogue tried broke character and tried to be funny.
|*STILL SOBBING UNCONTROLLABLY*|
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