Dead-End of Despair

Dead-End of Despair is an anime episode of Fairy Tail that was released on 12/16/2011
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While Natsu and his gang unite with Wendy's group, Mest arrives with some bad news. Juvia fights Meldy alone when Meldy points that she will kill Gray for making Ultear's life horrible. Will Juvia be victorious in her battle?

Plot Summary

A recap of Lucy, Happy, and Natsu's battle with Kain is narrated by Natsu, Happy, and Lucy themselves. Lucy and Happy struggle to free Natsu who forgot that he can blast the rocks with his flames much to Happy and Lucy's annoyance.

In Erza and Juvia's battle, Meldy scores a hit on Juvia due her sensory blades' ability. Meanwhile, Natsu, Lucy, and Happy find that Zeref is gone. Then, Lucy tells Natsu that she will look for Cana, and Lucy's leg rise up due to Happy manipulating the doll. However, Lucy gets revenge by bending Happy's doll. Lucy explains Grimoire Heart's motives to Natsu, and she asks Happy to search for their ship. Somehow, Happy's magic is gone, so Natsu suggests going back to Wendy's group. At Route E, Cana searches for Mavis's grave and talks about her goal to meet that person. She reaches a light at the end of the tunnel. Somewhere in the forest, Gray talks about how Cana has not drank any alcohol since they got to Tenrou island. Suddenly, he spots Ultear carrying Zeref on her back. Gray notices the similarities between Ultear and Ur's faces. At the Grimoire Heart ship, BlueNote Stinger finds Hades impressed about how Fairy Tail managed to defeat three members of the Seven Kin. BlueNote wants to fight in order to keep his body from going soft when he tries to sink the ship. Hades stop him and wants Fairy Tail to come here.

At Lahar's ship, Mest learns that Bluenote is here. Lahar wants to contact headquarters, yet Mest takes the communications lacrima with him and teleports. Natsu and the gang arrive to Makarov's resting place with Mest arriving moments later. Mest introduce himself as Dranbalt and wants everyone to evacuate because the island might get shot down by Etherion. Happy shares his experiences with Pantherlily while Charla adds that the guild gets into trouble too much. Wendy and Natsu protests, and Natsu and the others tells him that they fight to protect the island. Wendy notices storm clouds. In the swamps, Juvia falls while Meldy labels Juvia as number 13 and Erza as number 4. Meldy attacks Erza and Juvia which Juvia suffers the blow. After Meldy states that Makarov is the 2nd most important person, she tells Erza that Gray is number 1 because he hurt Ultear by causing Ultear's mother to die. Before she can attack Erza, Juvia deflects the blades and the rain suddenly pours. Even though Erza tells Juvia to calm down, Juvia shoots like a jet and catches Meldy by surprise after she blasts Meldy. Erza notices that Juvia is a whole different person. Juvia tells Erza to search for Gray and the others. Back to Gray, he still follows Ultear. By the rocks, Rustyrose shares his poetic words about the rain and notices Azuma's body scratch. Azuma tells Rustyrose not to estimate Fairy Tail whose members can turn convictions into blade.

Dead End of Despair
Dead End of Despair

With Juvia's battle resuming, Meldy explains how strange fate is with two people with opposite views of Gray are meeting each other. She asks Juvia to think of Gray, and when Juvia blushes about Gray, Meldy blasts Juvia with the spell, Magulty Sense. She explains that Juvia and Gray can feel each other's senses. Juvia blushes bright red at the thoughts of "being one with Gray" which causes Gray to blush as well. Meldy tells Juvia that she will cause Gray to die, and this causes Juvia to attack Meldy. Quickly, Meldy uses Three Spread Sense link spell on Juvia, so both of them (and Gray) can feel the pain that Juvia inflicts on Meldy. She explains to Juvia that if one of us dies, Gray dies as well.

Points of Interest

  • The narrator makes a comparison between Fairy Tail and Grimoire Heart like light to dark and fairy to demon. ( Yin and Yang Concept)
  • A little taste of karma occurs when Happy gets punished by Lucy for his mischievous deeds.
  • Bluenote Stinger makes his debut as a silhouette. He is known for destroying the Blue Dragon Regiment during the Cabria War.
  • Meldy's moves: Magulty Lese, Magulty Sense and Three Spread Sense Link

Manga & Anime Differences

  • In the manga, Juvia and Erza's battle did not appear before Gray finds Ur. The anime has their battle at the beginning and after Mest arrives to inform Natsu's group.
  • Only in the anime, Happy shares his experiences from the tower of heaven arc, and Charle and Panther lily comment.


  • Japanese Name: "Zetsubō no Fukurokōji" (絶望の袋小路)
  • Manga Chapter: Chapter 228 and 229
  • Opening Theme: "Towa No Kizuna" by Daisy x Daisy
  • Ending Theme: "Kono Te Nobashite" by Hi-Fi Camp

Characters & Voice Actors

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Natsu Dragneel ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tetsuya Kakihara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Happy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Rie Kugimiya ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Lucy Heartfilia ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Aya Hirano ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Gray Fullbuster ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yuuichi Nakamura ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ultear Milkovich ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Miyuki Sawashiro ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Zeref ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akira Ishida ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Meldy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Saori Goto ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Erza Scarlet ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sayaka Ohara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Juvia Lockser ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mai Nakahara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Hades ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Masashi Hirose ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Bluenote Stinger ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Chuck Huber ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Shiro Saito ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Doranbolt ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shuuhei Sakaguchi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Lahar ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hideyuki Hayami ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Cana Alberona ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Eri Kitamura ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Pantherlily ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Carla ( x ) ( x ) ( x )


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Hiro Mashima Original Concept The mangaka of the popular action/adventure/fantasy series Fairy Tail.
Shinji Ishihira Director A Storyboard artist that is the Director of the Fairy Tail anime.
Masashi Sogo Series Composition
Aoi Yamamoto Character Artist/Designer Animator
Shoji Yonemura Writer
Yasuharu Takanashi Music The composer of most anime installments. He also composed four Pretty Cure series: Fresh, Heartcatch, Suite, and Smile.


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