Written by Shiggins
After my brief complaint about how chapter 463 was too much fighting, and 464 was the perfect amount of both combat and conversation, 465 seems to be taking the exact opposite route and creating a perfect balance by just bombarding poor Natsu with information about his past and who he is. To put it simply, Natsu's life is going down.
|Obvious reference is obvious.|
|"OW! A tickle would have proven your point, damn it!"|
|Wait... How did Acnologia manage over 400 years of hiding away? Is he a ninja dragon?|
Opinion: Not much info there, huh?
You'll be surprised to hear that I wasn't entirely happy with this chapter actually. It's not the content itself I disliked, but more the manner of which it was told. This was a lot of information and almost all of it came with extra questions we needed to know about, but since so much was told so fast, we didn't get a full explanation of each piece. More importantly, Natsu didn't get to properly react to anything until the very end.
Natsu is Zeref's brother. Huge bombshell but Natsu didn't get to speak. Nor did he speak when he found out Lucy's mother was involved, or when some woman named Anna was mentioned, or when he found out he once died. These all deserved at least a short pause and a breath of shock, but Zeref never gave it. Future chapters should hopefully give us more emotion for Natsu, but right now, it's a bit disappointing to see him do nothing but scream before getting taken away.
|Dragon Slayer Babies, we make dreams come true...|
Secondly, we now know one of Lucy's ancestors; Anna. A Celestial Spirit mage that must have been some sort of ally to Zeref, and someone whom I can't help but wonder might make an official appearance one day. Hell, maybe we saw our first glimpse of this series' version of Yhwach or Kaguya, but with far more foreshadowing. Say what you like about her unexciting name, but an evil time-travelling Celestial Spirit mage could be great.
|So NaLu won't be incest? Oh thank god!|
Acnologia is still not on my good side. As a villain, I still struggle to find interest in him. Sure, his human form looks really sexy and he has certainly done some damage, but I just struggle to see what makes him so terrifying. I understand we're meant to see him as more of a beast or a force of nature, but that's actually kinda boring! In a series that's so devoted to character and interactions amongst them all, Acnologia just feels like a pest. He's like the Ronan the Accuser to Natsu's Star-Lord. The comparison doesn't help.
There's probably a lot more to talk about, but I'll leave that for the comments section. I finish this review, a bit exhausted but mostly satisfied. And you can add that to the wikiquote about me you've obviously created in my honour, ladies and gentlemen.
Manga Rating: 3.5/5
Character of the Week: Happy for extending the plot and the war, most likely causing the deaths of thousands of people and probably beloved characters... wait, why is this a good thing again?
Predictions: Next week is "Assassin", and I suppose we could go quite a few ways with that one. If we're lucky, this means we're moving onto either Team Blue Tooth or Team Mermaid Scale and the assassin might be a new member of the Spriggan 12. I've been wrong before, of course. And we should probably see Natsu freaking out too.
Best Part: Happy saves Natsu using the power of friendship, but in a way we can all approve of.
Worst Part: Great content rapidly fired out with little explanation for each.
|Tell you what, Mashima-senpai. If Minerva properly returns and I do actually find her nice personality as cute as the face she's making now, I might begin to forgive her difficult 180 from Tartarus Arc.|
Born under the stars of the Dark Gods, Shiggins owns the power of the Great Eye and is utterly magnificent in his omniscience. If you dare to discover more about someone as great as him, then go ahead. And to all my friends and family members, YOU are wrong and I should be disappointed! Not the other way round!,. You can find out about him or ask him stuff on ask.fm/shigginsishere or go to his tumblr page http://otakugajeel.tumblr.com/