Written by Shiggins
Like my ex would say if I ever had one... well, that was quick!
Irene has gotten her dream body! A tiny one, but then again she might not be picky about it. Erza stands in shock as Irene examines the wounds on her body that she received during this war, and I just want to say that I totally called it because there is indeed a tit joke!
Irene's real body collapses and Irene tells Erza that Wendy is gone, absorbed by Irene's personality. However, Irene is still super-powerful and able to absolutely destroy Erza, at least for now. While not as strong as before, Irene still has great power and she uses it to mock Erza and vow to wipe her out now. Irene is even able to use Wendy's Sky Dragon Slayer magic, just for extra pain.
With Wendy gone, Irene names herself Wendy Belserion (showing just how attached she was to the dragon but how little she thinks of her own self at this point), and Erza attacks but she can't hurt Wendy's body. We get a few flashbacks involving Wendy and Erza, including the more recent one before the war where Wendy promised to protect her, and Erza is blown up.
|Ha! See? I knew it! Little boobs! What's that? You say anyone could have predicted it? Well, I'm not anyone!|
|Just another comparison between mother and child for you.|
|"My bunny tail doesn't know the meaning of giving up!!"|
To Erza's shock, the damage from that attack barely hurt her and she realises that she was basically enhanced to resist the spells. How? Well, Wendy did it! The real Wendy, who is now inside Irene's body! As explained before, Wendy is an enchanter too so theoretically it was possible to swap bodies. Also, another boob joke!
Wendy in Irene's body attacks Irene in Wendy's body with Irene's magic, and Wendy is actually winning because Irene is stronger than Wendy which means Wendy can now defeat Irene and get her body back... Her body being Wendy's body, because she is Wendy and Wendy right now is Irene... Yes!
|Hey, that reminds me. When does Wendy start puberty? Are we not due for a chapter where Wendy's body starts to change, she has mood swings, a goth phase... I'm just wanting realism in a series called Fairy Tail.|
In an attempt to keep Wendy from taking her body back, Irene desperately begins to literally stab it with her own hand. I'm no doctor, but can a human stab themselves like that? Anyway, Wendy doesn't care and she activates the swap again so Irene is back in her old body and Wendy is back in her original body. That just leaves Erza to change to the traditional no-armour power-only outfit.
Opinion: Oh god next week...
I'm not ready for next week. Not at all. Erza got blown up! She got thrown about! She got attacked, and this was just from Irene in this chapter! I'm not even counting everything else in this war, and I'm not sure my body is strong enough to handle seeing Erza tear Irene apart with ease. It's coming and I'm hiding in my trench, wishing Baldrick would come up with a cunning plan!
For what it's worth, I did enjoy the short time we had of Wendy and Irene fighting each other in different bodies. I'm actually surprised Mashima-senpai didn't take full advantage of this, swapping more minds around or just creating more jokes that didn't involve breast size. Really, this feels like Mashima was holding back and resisting his inner urge to go crazy. To bring up the Ginyu comparison from the last review, it could have been great to see Irene somehow end up in other bodies. Or even put characters like Erza into Natsu's body, or Happy into August's... I'm just spit-balling here!
|Instead of all the other people in her body?!|
There is some debate from fans about Wendy swapping into Irene's body at all. On the one hand, it makes sense because Wendy has always been built up as an enchanter from the beginning and I actually think it's quite clever to have both characters be linked in such a way. I didn't even notice the connection until it was pointed out to me, so that is a legitimate twist that makes a lot of sense. On the other hand, how did Wendy do that enchantment/spell? Is it actually supremely easy, or is Wendy just so good she already figured it out in less than five minutes? Was Wendy a prodigy this whole time, or is this spell just like "I want this to happen" and then it happens? For me personally, I like it but only if I keep my mind from overthinking it.
If there is one thing I can say to soften the inevitable final blow you're going to watch next week, it's that Irene has been weakened to the point where Erza's victory won't be "because she's Erza". Irene literally stabbed herself in her own body, exhausted a lot of her magic and energy by using the enchantment in the first place, and let herself be stabbed on the head by Erza last chapter because she was focusing on a spell. So if it does help in any way... This is officially Irene at the weakest we've ever seen her.
|If characters could stop stabbing themselves in this war... That'd be greeeeeat.|
Manga Rating: 3/5
Character of the Week: Irene because damn it, she's still entertaining.
Best Part: "Wendy" vs "Irene"
Worst Part: Wendy Belserion's short life.
|I feel dirty looking at this.|
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/