Flame Dragon vs. Flame God

Flame Dragon vs. Flame God is an anime episode of Fairy Tail that was released on 11/11/2011
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The battle between Fairy Tail and Grimoire Heart's Seven Kin of Purgatory finally begins! Mirajane and Lisanna strive to protect their guild against a powerful Azuma, Lucy, Loke, Gray and Cana struggle to land a hit on the untouchable Caprico and Natsu, the Dragon Slayer, faces off against the God Slayer, Zancrow in a final showdown to determine whose flames is the most powerful. Will Fairy Tail become victorious or will they suffer a humiliating defeat against one of the strongest dark guilds in the magical world?

Plot Summary

Hades stands on the shores of Tenrou Island and remarks that destroying Fairy Tail is an essential step in finding and retrieving Zeref and that he awaits the reports of triumph from the Seven Kin of Purgatory. In the meantime, Caprico confronts Gray, Lucy, Cana and Loke and introduces himself as one of the Seven Kin while the others face off against the other Kin members with the exception of Ultear, whose currently searching for Zeref, and Kain, who remains lost on the island. Hades then ends saying that although Makarov did a good job leading Fairy Tail for the past 48 years, Fairy Tail's story ends now.

God's flames vs. Dragon's flames
God's flames vs. Dragon's flames

Elsewhere, Natsu and Zancrow exchange punches with the latter seemingly having an upper-hand. Zancrow then remembers to introduce himself with Natsu doing likewise, however Zancrow comments that he already knows everything about him since his reckless rampages are well-known among the Balam Alliance. As Zancrow begins to taunt him about his list of successful yet insignificant battles, Natsu questions if he indeed was taught by a god to which Zancrow says that if Hades is to be called a god then yes. Natsu laughs at this and says that unlike him, who was taught by a mere human, he was taught by a real dragon which Zancrow compares to a gecko. Natsu then prepares to release his finishing blow and warns Wendy and the others to clear the area. As he does this, Zancrow also prepares his final attack and the two unleash a huge force of flames at each other. Natsu, however, becomes overwhelmed and gets pushed back while Zancrow uses this chance to take down Wendy, Happy, Charle and Pantherlily with his dark flames. Not given up yet, Natsu uses his dragon roar to attack Zancrow but becomes shocked as he witnesses his flames getting eaten by the self-proclaimed God Slayer. Zancrow returns the attack with his own which blasts Natsu and the others to another location.

In another battle, Lucy and the others express their confusion and frustration as they try but fail to hit Caprico. Lucy wonders how he's able to do all this especially since he's not using any magic to dodge their attacks while Gray states that he had a feeling from the start that their attacks wouldn't hit. Caprico tells them that its not their imagination and that they are powerless before him. Loke suddenly figures out who he is and thinks to himself that this is bad particularly for Lucy.

Elsewhere on the island, a lost Natsu walks through a forest and smells a familiar scent. As he runs towards it, he finds an injured Makarov and asks who had done this to him but Makarov replies telling him that Fairy Tail will lose this battle. Natsu refuses to belief it and exclaims that they'll win but Makarov begs him to take everyone and run. Natsu asks how he could say such a thing as Fairy Tail's master to which Makarov says that sometimes retreat is their only option, causing Natsu to recall his defeat against Zancrow. Suddenly Zancrow appears and reveals that Hades was the one who had defeated Makarov. Makarov immediately tells Natsu to run away for he's no match but Natsu refuses to do so even as he shakes and sweats in fear. As he begins to understand that what he's feeling is truly fear, he concludes that the fear he's feeling is not the one Gildarts taught him but the fear of having someone else other than him defeat Hades. He then bursts into flames and claims that he will be the one to defeat Hades.

Mirajane catches Azuma off guard
Mirajane catches Azuma off guard

On another battlefield, Azuma stands before Mirajane and Lisanna and states that he had drawn the short straw whereby he first had to deal with children and cats and now he has to face women. He then attacks them with some explosions but they easily dodge them. Lisanna expresses her surprise at his incredible magical power and charges at him saying that its the reason why she won't hold back as she uses her Animal Soul Take Over to transform into a bird to attack. Upon stopping her leg's claw with his hand, Lisanna transforms into a penguin to free herself. Mirajane, whose watching from afar, notes her surprise at Lisanna's ability to chain her transformations at such a high level. Although Lisanna manages to evade and block some of Azuma's explosions, her and Mirajane are eventually knocked back by one of his blasts. Azuma tells them that their differences in power cannot be overcome by spirit alone but Lisanna retorts saying that it doesn't matter for they're just protecting their home to return to. Suddenly, Mirajane appears behind Azuma and lands a powerful hit on him however he manages to block it. Nevertheless, he begins to wonder how she managed to almost catch him off guard and the incredible amount of magical pressure he sensed from her that very instant. Mirajane tells Lisanna to go and warn the others but she refuses saying that they should both combine their powers to defeat Azuma. Mirajane decides to allow and it faces Azuma, telling him that he'll pay for underestimating the power of their guild and family.

The fights not over
The fights not over

Back to Natsu, he starts to land several punches and kicks on Zancrow but are ineffective as Zancrow retaliates by easily knocking him back. He then slices through numerous trees with his black flames in an effort get rid of the Dragon Slayer however Natsu proves to be more formidable as he uses the giant tree stumps to slam them on top of Zancrow. But Zancrow gains the upper hand as he easily burns through the tree stump and traps Natsu in a sphere of black flames that can potentially kill him. However, Makarov stops Zancrow by grabbing onto him with his giant hand. With the master stubbornly refusing to let go until Natsu is released, Zancrow engulfs his entire body with his flames which subsequently burns Makarov's hand. Despite this, Makarov tightens his grip on the God Slayer and tells him that he should not underestimate the power of family. As Zancrow wonders out loud about who would be the first to fall, Natsu's magical power completely vanishes making Zancrow shout in glee however it soon turns to shock as Natsu begins to eat his flames. According to Makarov, Natsu emptied his magic power to create a vessel which allowed him to eat Zancrow's flames. Makarov then knocks Zancrow to the sky in anger that Natsu had used such a life-threatening move while Natsu combined both his dragon flames and the black flames to defeat Zancrow.

Points of Interest

  • Lisanna did a new Animal Take-Over:Penguin (Anime only).
  • Lisanna did five Animal Take-Overs in this episode.
  • Lisanna can chain her Take-Overs instantly. According to Mirajane, this is a high level technique (Anime Only).
  • This is the second time Lisanna used her Tiger Take-Over in the anime.
  • According to Zancrow, Natsu is well-known among the Balam Alliance (Anime Only).
  • Although Zancrow calls his Lost Magic "God Slayer", he was not taught by a god but by Hades unlike Natsu whose "Dragon Slayer" magic was taught by a real dragon (that which the name implies).
  • Loke seems to know who Caprico is.
  • None of the attacks from Loke, Lucy, Cana and Gray hit Caprico for reasons yet to be revealed.
  • This is the first time Makarov said that Fairy Tail can't win a fight.
  • Natsu was able to come up with a strategy to eat Zancrow's flames which involved the emptying of his own magic power.
  • Family is a huge theme in this episode.

Manga & Anime Differences

  • Lisanna's fight against Azuma never occurred in the manga.
  • Hades' speech was altered in the anime. He did not mention about raising the Seven Kin or about their magic being closest to the root of all magic.
  • Zancrow's list of Natsu's "small" accomplishments and his fame among the Ballam Alliance for his rampages were not mentioned by Zancrow in the manga.
  • Wendy, Charle, Happy, and Pantherlily were not in the sky when Zancrow attacked them with his flames in the manga. Nor did Natsu tell them to get away.
  • Happy and the others were not falling following Zancrow's finishing attack in the manga.
  • In the manga, Caprico attacked and hit Cana, Lucy, Loke and Gray whereas in the anime he mostly stood while they unsuccessfully attacked him.
  • Pantherlily never inquired about Grimoire Heart guild in the manga.

Miscellaneous

Japanese Episode Name

"Karyū vs. Enjin" (火竜 vs. 炎神)

Story ArcTenrou Island
Manga Chapter218 and 219
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)
Zancrow ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tetsu Shiratori ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Wendy Marvell ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Satomi Satō ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Happy ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Rie Kugimiya ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Carla ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yui Horie ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Pantherlily ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiroki Touchi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Zeref ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akira Ishida ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Hades ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Masashi Hirose ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Caprico ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kazuya Kuroda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Cana Alberona ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Eri Kitamura ( 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)
Loke ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Daisuke Kishio ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Makarov Dreyar ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Shinichi Kotani ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Lisanna Strauss ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Harumi Sakurai ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mirajane Strauss ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ryoko Ono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Azuma ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ryuzaburo Otomo ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ultear Milkovich ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Miyuki Sawashiro ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)

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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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