So, a world in which cats wear the pants in their relationship with humans eh? Hmm...I wonder where I heard that kind of notion before
Anyway, so this particular episode of Fairy Tail was where the truth was told of how and why Happy and Charle were sent to Earthland from Edolas. As it turns out from the Exceed Queen's personnel, Nichiya and Nady, Charle's predictions were mostly correct in that they were sent to aid in helping Edolas steal precious magic from their more magic-friendly parallel world. But what was particularly crushing was the revelation that Happy and Charle weren't owned by Natsu and Wendy by random coincidence; rather, they in particular were sent to assassinate the Dragon Slayers, but were changed to catalysts for sending them to be magic batteries to the sky land.
This moment of exposition sure was more dark than the animation quality implied
It's actually interesting how this arc in the Fairy Tail anime is currently airing alongside Luffy's backstory in One Piece. In that storyline, the nobles and royalty in the Goa Kingdom have become so devoted to their status that killing off the unpriveleged hadn't garned a second thought. Meanwhile, in Fairy Tail, it's hard not to think that the cat-like Exceeds considered humans to be just as disposable, just by how cold and unfazed Nichiya and Nady acted when providing the juxtaposition. There's some dark corruption in that adorable town of cats, and apparently it'll take the mascots of Fairy Tail to figure it all out.
But speaking of the Fairy Tail felines, it was high time that Happy would stand above from just telling the punch lines to puns and actually had some fine character development after 80 episodes of rolling his "r's". The amount of pained emotion he gave when screaming how he and Charle weren't puppets, but members of Fairy Tail made for one of the most powerful moments yet in the series. No wonder the imagery of his tearful rage was displayed in the current credits.
Edolas Gajeel. Filler character? Yes. Extremely fun times to be had still with him and Earthland Gajeel? Absolutely
To keep the whole episode from being just a series of melodramatic shock moments, it also showed Gajeel and Edolas Gajeel teaming up to help do their bit and saving the crystallized Fairy Tail wizards. As Gajeel himself points out, it's hard to tell if his parallel persona is truly on his side (he is
a journalist after all). But it made for some genuine Fairy Tail style fun times with infiltration, even if it wasn't in the manga.
But taking the whole episode as a whole, it sadly wasn't much more than some bromance between the Gajeels and Happy finally showing some dignity. There was hardly any action to speak of, and nothing really
happened in terms of making some progress in the saving the day. But all in all, it was a good episode that was definitely the start of the Edolas Arc getting revved up.