Written by Shiggins
When one thing ruins perfection...
I'm serious. I freaking adored this chapter until that came up! That one moment completely broke it apart and while it isn't enough to erase all the goodwill built up by this breathtaking chapter, it really did for a lot of other people. If you want to hear absolutely zero praise for this one, don't click today. I'm going to be talking about both beauty and piss this week.
Zeref lies on the floor, defeated by Natsu and with Mavis walking over to him. She begins her talk, saying how he has hurt her friends and cannot be forgiven for all his sins. We then talk more about the Black Magic of Death which, as we know very well, is powered by contradiction. The love from Zeref is what killed Mavis, literally.
|Goodnight, sweet couple. And flights of fairies sing thee to thy rest.|
However, Mavis had been unable to take Zeref's life because deep down, Mavis had not been able to love him. Mavis tells him how he helped her begin Fairy Tail, learn magic and much more, but everything he did means she can't truly love him. However, that itself is conflict because she is the only one who understands him and of course she loves him.
|I'm going to miss this adorable dork.|
Mavis kisses Zeref, and Zeref sheds tears himself as he is overcome with joy. Zeref and Mavis are covered in a bright light, the dark villain finally about to get some rest. Zeref wishes he could have patched things up with Natsu. And the curse takes them both. And as they disappear into the light, the power of love giving them the release they need... Makarov is woken up.
Resurrection is like death, to me, when used in a story. It should only serve the plot and never just be used for an emotional reaction. Great uses of death and resurrection include Gandalf, Goku, The Doctor (technically), Jean Grey and many more. This sadly, much like almost every fakeout from One Piece, is one of the worst. (Seriously, why don't more people give One Piece crap for doing the exact same goddamn thing? They pull this shit more than Game of Thrones pulls off a girl's blouse!)
If this had happened far earlier, maybe it could have worked. In an arc that hadn't already been filled with half-hearted fakeouts, this scene would have had a chance to tug at my heartstrings. Sadly, this resurrection will fulfil no true purpose in the plot other than making everyone happy, and that just undermines all the emotions and tragedy that Laxus and the others have gone through since Makarov's worthy sacrifice.
|Judging by her level of sadness, I'd say she's either about to lose Zeref, saw the Emoji Movie trailer or... Stepped on Lego!|
So... a mixed bag this week. And with no sign of Acnologia yet, I really am starting to question if this truly is the ending of the series. Much like Akira Toriyama, Hiro Mashima clearly loves to write on the edge of his seat and focus more on the present than the future, but ending it now would leave quite a few open roads. Franmalth, Orba, Ivan, Yuriy's death, Flare's return (not a priority but... I'd like it), the remaining Wizard Saints... Seriously, are we really about to end this?
Manga Rating: 2.5/5
Character of the Week: Mavis for her dialogue to Zeref and finally giving him a finale he deserved...
Best Part: Mavis and Zeref depart.
Worst Part: Makarov returns.
|Man, what a pointless arc in the long run... Loads of fun though and I really do miss Mystog... LUCY! CLOSE YOUR LEGS!|
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