A couple of things come to mind reading this chapter of Fairy Tail. Firstly, is it really that simple to become a slayer? Because I thought one needed contact with an entity steeped in a specific element to gain control over its magical form.
Like a dragon slayer training under a dragon. And why bother? For what purpose did Deliora determine to gain slayer magic, a demon so powerful as to have laid to waste several cities, now cowering against a mere ice mage.
Gray Vs. Silver officially commences with Gray immediately pushed to his limits against a superior foe.
A lot of action in this chapter and yet it felt a lot like set up for some breakthrough Gray will probably achieve in the coming week.
Not complaining, I liked this chapter, and the action was pretty well choreographed to display Gray’s full range of attacks. I appreciate Hiro’s attempt to make this battle about more than mere power levels.
Gray actually applied himself in displaying the dynamism of his magic, using ice make in various unique ways, from the Gatling guns to the giant hammer and the sword. Pretty impressive art as well.
I have always found Hiro’s art to peak when drawing Gray’s ice magic in action; as opposed to the various hazy panels that are Natsu’s dull battles. Maybe fire doesn’t translate as well on paper.
Whatever the case, I actually found myself entertained by this chapter. That isn’t to say that I am not still apprehensive about what is to come next. The fact that Deliora was so afraid of Gray as to resort to using slayer magic is nonsensical, seeing as not even Ur could match his capabilities.
More importantly, this is starting to mirror the Mardgeer situation; Deliora placed an entire village under ice with a single wave of his hand. Why is the fight against Gray still moving a this pace?
Not only should he have murdered Gray a long time ago, taking into account how helpless Gray is against him, but even if we are to believe that Deliora is more interested in causing more pain than actual killing, he spent most of this chapter standing about and letting Gray unleash a barrage of attacks against him.
As it is we have yet to see an actual fight between Silver and Gray. For pits sake Deliora froze the entire battlefield for no logical reason. Why worry about a few non ice projectiles if he could have simply placed Gray himself on ice.
+Predictions: Yes, Gray is going to master ice slayer magic; at the very least expect him to eat Deliora’s ice at some point, probably on Ur’s advice.
RATING: 6/10, yes pretty entertaining. Fairy Tail is best when it maintains an air of unpredictability, even though I am pretty sure I know how this is going to progress.