Written by Shiggins
Ever since the war in Fairy Tail started, a slight uprising of requests for a final review of this arc has been increasing. It has been a very controversial arc, especially when this was revealed to be the finale all of a sudden, giving everyone a shock and worried we'd go away unhappy. After it was all said and done however, was the arc a roaring success or a dribbling pile of excrement that has tarnished Fairy Tail's name forever?
FULL SPOILERS AHEAD
|Look at all you sexy bastards... Damn. It's like the war of the supermodels.|
|This feels like it was so long ago... Also, goddamn this picture is cool!|
|"I'm surrounded by idiots."|
|Don't. Okay? Just... Don't get me started. God Serena, the Wizard Saints... None of it. I'm not even touching that.|
It should be pointed out that, for the most part, these battles aren't actually bad. (Although Erza and that meteor was definitely a load of nope...). In fact, many of them are a lot of fun. However, this is the war arc. The final battle. "Not bad" is not enough. These battles needed to be huge, chaotic and full of agony. People obviously reacted poorly, shitting on the fight scenes for lack of size. And honestly, they aren't worth shitting on. I've looked back now. I've taken a deep breath. Most of these battles are good, but again, the big question keeps popping up; Is that enough for the final arc?
|Whenever the series went dark, it was a great experience. More of that, please! (Although not too much, since that would make it an unpleasant read).|
Now, let's address what is arguably the most prominent issue; The deaths.
Now, I am actually one of the few here who will tell you that no, a series does not need to have deaths all the time. The people who think the only way you can have a good story is by killing off tons of heroes can go fuck themselves in my book... However, this is not just any arc. This is the final arc. The war arc.
|The power of boobs solves every problem.|
|Oh, and we can never forget one of the funniest images in Fairy Tail. Every detail on this thing is just hilarious.|
Thankfully, only Anna appears in this arc but her scenes are a huge black spot for this review. With almost no explanation and dozens of questions raised, Anna felt like someone who had her story cut off in the middle due to a loss of time. She appeared, brought in a horrible waste of time to try to kill Acnologia, failed, then just stuck around until the arc ended. We never even saw her talk to Lucy until the final chapter when the war was over!
Of course, we all know this isn't the only plot point that was an absolute farce. Natsu's E.N.D is debatably the worst conclusion in this war, basically resulting in Natsu not turning into a demon because... well, because he said he wasn't going to. What could have been an visually interesting representation of willpower essentially dissolves into nothing. Now that is a true shame.
|That feeling in my chest as I look at this? Yeah, that's my heart breaking as I realise it is impossible to truly hate this arc.|
Mavis' discussion of how she died.
Mavis' final goodbye with Zeref.
The death of Makarov.
Gajeel admitting his love.
Irene's brutal pregnancy.
Sherria losing her magic.
Sabertooth being crucified.
Gray and Juvia sacrificing themselves for the other.
August's tragic story...
|TEARS, PEOPLE! I EXPECT ALL THE TEARS!|
So in the end, what was Alvarez Empire? The worst? The best? For me, it was neither. It was a good arc with some amazing moments of emotion and character, with spats of problems here and there, most of which are in the second half of the war. I would still probably rank it in my Top 5 Fairy Tail Arcs. However, this arc will be forever plagued by the question; Was it good enough for a final arc? Short answer; Probably not.
|Okay, can we now please stop with the wars? Fairy Tail, Naruto, Bleach, Magi, One Piece... Enough! What's next? A Pokemon War?! WHEN DOES IT END?!|
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