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This came sooner than i expected, a disappointing fairy tail chapter three chapters into an arc that had so much potential. Anyway, i do not know if you are reading this review after having read this fairy tail chapter or prior to it (which wouldn't make sense); but if it is prior and you are in the middle of opening that scanlation site to get to reading the chapter, i suggest you stop and run to Crunchy Roll instead.
If you have spent your Otaku life pretending to cry over your inability to show your appreciation to your favorite mangaka by accessing their their material officially, well you can no longer use the excuse of accessibility, at least not with 30 odd titles, because Crunchy roll now officially offers manga for your legal viewing pleasure, the company having entered into business with Kodanchi, which produces titles such as Fairy tail, Attack on Titan and Mysterious girlfriend X.
In other words you can now view these manga titles legally, giving back to the mangaka that deserves to receive compensation for the work they do, a simple matter of paying a measly $7 monthly subscription that will then grant you access to Fairy tail and more. Even if you wish to make the argument of finances Crunchy roll has on offer accounts free of subscription, limited especially in the sense that you can only view the most recent chapters, yet offering you all these titles legally for free. And again you are giving back to the mangaka, because free accounts come with ads that the company uses to compensate the mangaka.
So the next time you pick up Shingeki no Kyojin, see to it that you are doing so through the right means, otherwise you might lose your claim over the title Otaku. Besides, with crunchy roll you are getting the chapters at the exact same time they are being released in Japan; i would assume that to be a good thing if i knew the exact difference in time of release between Japan and the rest of the world. Anyway, Fairy tail….
Laxus arrives just in time to save his team and Yajima from Tempest. The two do battle. Laxus takes Tempest down in three hits. Tempest, surprised at the level of power conflicting with him, explodes into a black mist that proves detrimental to a mage’s health, seemingly destabilizing one’s magic. Tempest flees. Laxus sucks the black mist in before it can spread to the town.
The gang somehow returns to fairy tail. There lives are saved. Natsu declares war…

There are two points that i wish to make:
---One- this was an irritating chapter. Seriously Hiro spent the first two pages setting Tartaros up as the sort of enemy Fairy tail has been waiting to face.Earlier chapters even augured the possibility of this new arc taking place on a much grander scale. We saw Kyoukai decimate the entire Succubus eye guild, allowing us a glimpse of her true power.
Jackal massacred the entire magic council; and yet while allowing us a glimpse into the exact nature of Tartaros neither of those tasks were necessarily that impressive. This chapter, Tempest’s fight, was supposed to be Tartaros’ true test, to show to us just how badass they could be by going up against fairy tail. And all this chapter did was convince me that Tartaros falls far below Grimoire heart in rank.
I get it, Laxus is strong; but, three strikes? Really? That is all it took to take a demon of Zeref down? THREE FREAKIN STRIKES? I don’t know what Hiro is playing at with a chapter like this, but all the expectations i held for Tartaros as the true villain Fairy tail was waiting to come up against have gone out the window. But seriously, we are talking about a demon of Zeref, how does something supposed to be so powerful go down so easily. I didn’t need Laxus to lose, but i at least expected a fight of some sort, not what i saw in this chapter.
I was so excited about this new arc; but it seems like we are heading back into Daimatou Enbu territory, lots of build up, lots of potential but no payoff of any kind.
---Two- looking back on it now, 24 hours after reading it, this chapter wasn’t so bad. I was disappointed when i first read it, but a careful look at the chapter allows for some redeeming qualities to emerge. For one thing Laxus was awesome in this, technically being the strongest mage in Fiore outside of the masters and the four gods, having beaten Jura- and the four gods do not seem terribly strong considering how weak Warrod seemed; though we have yet to see him in battle so there might be more to his skills than meets the eye.
Besides, what would be the point of reading a manga that progresses along the exact same path that you would want it to? That would make it awfully predictable; the best manga are the ones that keep throwing you curve balls, that do the unexpected. So maybe it could be a good thing that Laxus prevailed; i hate shonen manga that follow that predictable route where team hero is trounced by an incredibly powerful foe, only to counter attack in the second half of the arc after acquiring some random and convenient power ups.
So maybe what we have isn’t a superior foe but an enemy on fairy tail’s level, allowing them to battle on equal terms, without relying on silly power ups. It depends on what Hiro has in mind, and maybe i will try to trust him with this arc. I just hope there is no aetherion or magical fires or energies for Natsu to consume, because i am tired of all these Fairy tail arcs ending the exact some way.
I came across some comments saying that this chapter indeed raises the stakes, that Fairy tail will eventually come up against Tartaros but with all their heavy hitters like Laxus, Mira Jane and Erza eliminated from the board, leaving the weaker members to contend with overwhelming odds. I hope that isn’t Hiro’s plan because i hate such stories, where a villain is only invincible because the strongest the protagonists have to offer happen to be absent.
It’s the reason i hate Gildartz’s absence. Because no matter how powerful a foe is you cannot help but think that Gildartz would wipe the floor with enemy A or B if he were present. I want an enemy that is powerful all around, a threat whether he is dealing with Lucy or Makarov.
What Tempest said was interesting. Just like a cat it seems he has multiple lives, because he killed himself to perform that attack.
RATING:> i cannot decide if this is a 1/5 or 4/5; so i will leave it unrated and decide on its quality based on future events, whether this leads to greater things. Natsu’s declaration about going to war felt weak. I would have hoped that by the time Fairy tail rose to stop Tartaros it would have been after taking heavy losses.
See my last review on ch. 357.

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---Kuroshitsuji- Black Butler, it’s been a few years since i learnt of the existence of this manga, and anime; though it is only now that i have taken it upon myself to actually check it out. Well, maybe that isn’t entirely true, i gave the manga a go a few years back and i was sorely disappointed, dropping it five chapters in. The anime is another issue, the story proving to be more intriguing than i credited it the first time.
The anime follows the story of young Ciel Phantomhive, earl of…somewhere, who, following the tragic death of his parents and the circumstances that followed entered a contract with a demon named Sebastian, now butler to the phantomhive house.
Ten episodes in it is safe to say that all those smart, smooth, suave, multi skilled butlers anime is so fond of producing where constructed around the image of Sebastian, who refers to himself as one hell of a butler.
Rating- 3/5, with everything i have seen so far, Black butler isn’t great, but has the potential to become so, though the case of the week set up (Ciel is basically Sherlock Holmes) might get tiring.
---Majestic Prince- 15 episodes in, i think i am going to give Majestic prince a break, the space sci-fi failing to deliver on the potential it displayed quite
early on in the series; something about how goofy they characters can be takes away from the seriousness of the situation, and the comedy still isn’t funny, making some of the female characters look rather dumb.
The story tries to prove itself unique, yet there is a hook lacking in the presentation; truth be told the only thing that has been keeping me around are the battles, which, with the crisp animation, are pretty impressive, especially with the unique nature of each mech. But there is more to a good anime than simple action; i need an equally engaging story.
Rating: 3/5, majestic prince is still entertaining, but nothing you would turn to if you are in need of something really electrifying to watch.
---Devil survivor- It’s strange that i am only wrapping up with devil survivornow, for some reason assuming that the ten episodes i had watched where all that there was. If you haven’t watched it yet, devil survivor follows the survivor of an apocalyptic event; basically the earth will be consumed by a void unless
humanity can prove itself to the god Polaris by defeating six massively powerful demons in the next six days.
The premise had me hooked instantly when i first came across the series, because of how urgent the threat seemed; from episode one you are told that the earth will be destroyed in six days, and that time line means the story is unlikely to waste time with any irrelevant filler material.
The finale wasn’t what i expected and i was disappointed, partially because the protagonist and hero irritated me, with the villain (if you could call him that) endearing himself to me better; as such his defeat didn’t sit well with me, and of course there were the convenient power ups granted to the hero just in time to defeat his opponent; a very cheesy tool to use in this day and age.
Rating: 3/5, devil survivor was great until those last four episodes. Sure there were some good elements, but overall it was lacking.
---Hataraku-maou sama- Let me just say that I LOVE THIS SHOW, and again i actually thought the series was done at episode 11. Finally wrapping
up the series i am really hoping we get a sequel, because this finale was, unlike Devil survivor, what i expected, with more crazy antics from dark lord Maou and hero Emily; and of course my favorite, Alciel, Maou’s faithful general. This show is a must watch; i probably should have put it at the top.
Rating: 5/5, even knowing that Maou would win, it was still an exciting few minutes watching him take a beating, wondering if he could win with Oba’s revival.
That is that for anime, nothing particularly mind blowing outside of Hataraku-maou sama. I need to find more series in the mold of this show.
Highlights: Maou’s demon sword.


Seriously how is it that i have more fun reading manga than watching anime each and every week. There is always something memorable happening.
---Mother Keeper- I didn’t actually watch mother keeper this week; in fact i finished it a few weeks back; this is me expressing frustration over how long it has been since a new chapter was released. I am starting to think we won’t be getting anything else from this manga; no way the mangaka chose to take a break at such a crucial moment.
---Great Teacher OnizukA- I do not know where this manga has been all these years; it is the sort of story i have been waiting to read, well maybe not
this exactly, but a manga series that is so action packed, humorous while somehow managing to deliver a fairly dramatic story.
GTO follows the story of 22 year old Onizuka; once optimistic about a future filled with money, cigarettes, laziness and girls, Onizuka finds himself despondent, barely finishing college, with no prospects of success in sight. Following a series of events that allow Onizuka a glimpse into the world he craves, he comes to the conclusion that he can achieve his dreams by becoming a teacher; and not just any teacher but the greatest teacher in Japan; and so the hi-jinks commence.
I will not say more; this is a manga series you need to read for yourself.
Rating: 5/5
---Noblese- what kind of week would this be in manga without noblese wowing me as it has time and time again? This Manhwa can literally do no wrong,
going form one mind blowing arc to another, and the fact that i have so much of it to read, blazing through entire arcs at one go somehow accentuates my experience. Just when i thought i had seen how awesome the story could get with the DA 5 saga, the manhwa enters the Lukedonia arc, the best arc in Noblese so far, with Raziel and Frankenstein finally returning to the home of the nobles, to face Rai’s past and reveal the secrets behind his path as the one that stands above even the nobles.
Seriously, can Noblese really get better after this arc? And that battle of blood between the current Lord and Rai…simply epic. And of course no arc would be complete without Frankenstein giving us a glimpse of his Dark spear; i cannot wait to delve deeper into the world of Noblese, especially how someone as powerful as Frankenstein came to call Rai master..
Rating: 5/5, i am really hoping the Manhwa gives Shinwoo and company a bigger role to play in the story.
---Fairy tail- fairy tail is on a roll with the Tartaros arc, last week seeing the demon gate Jackal decimate the entire magical
council, this week seeing the near destruction of the Rainjinshu by the demon gate Tempest as well as foreshadowing the clash with Laxus next week. If Tartaros keeps this up, they might truly turn out to be the greatest villains in fairy tail, even superior to Hades and his Grimoire heart.
Rating: 4/5, i beg you, Hiro, not to disappoint use again.
---Beelzebub- Beelzebub, Noblese and Magi are the only three manga (and Manhwa) i am reading right now that simply cannot disappoint; Beelzebub launched into the America arc this week, Oga and company heading to Los Angeles while we learn of the seven deadly sins, the seven strongest demons in the underworld, kings in their own right whose kingship is now under Beelzebub the third’s rule, six of whom have now fallen into the hands of the Solomon Company.
And it seems like Iris, Beel’s mother might be in league with the Solomon Company,
because it is only by her power that the company could have acquired the sins. With Beel and Oga heading to confront her, The omens of slaughter preparing to take on Fuji, Takamiya included, Beelzebub is set to deliver one of its strongest arcs yet.
Rating: 4/5
Really its nice to know that, when i am feeling tired and listless, in need of something entertaining to electrify me, Manga and Manhwa exists in the droves to meet the need.
Highlights: Tempest (fairy tail), RK-4, Ragnarok, Regis’s fight (Noblese), head teacher suplex, Onizuki’s interview (GTO).
Anyway that was my week in anime and manga; what was yours like, and have you read/watched any of these?
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This is the portion of a fairy tail arc where i say Fairy tail is on a roll and this could be the series’ best and most explosive arc yet. Now most times i would warn of being too hasty, this being fairy after all; yet the tone of this arc feels somewhat different, giving me hope that we might finally get an arc worth the fairy tail hype, not seen since the tower of heaven arc (which messed things up by reviving Erza; though Hiro was in an unfortunate situation because i would have lost interest if Erza had exited from the story).


The meeting of the demon gates commences, among the seven present demons, some of whom express anger at their preclusion from the scheme in play, Kyouka asking for patience and calm as the initiated strategy plays out. The seven have congregated at the Zeref shrine, speaking of the loyalty they share for their master.

Elsewhere the rainjinshu have been tasked with running a restaurant, a duty they execute in the company of Yamaji, former member of the Magic council; Laxus is absent. While discussing the recent events regarding Tartaros’ attack on the council, the restaurant is attacked and obliterated by the demon Tempest.

All the rainjinshuu are defeated, with Tempest then cornering his true target Yamaji; just as he squeezes the life out of the little man, he is struck by a bolt of lightening, signaling Laxus’ appearance. The two face off in battle…


It is difficult to read this the second chapter of the Tartaros arc and not experience some excitement at the prospect of a fairy tail arc that might actually produce some unpredictable surprises.

With two chapters, Hiro has allowed me to experience some genuine excitement about fairy tail, not hindered by my reservations over what the series has done in the past. True i am taking into consideration the possibility that Hiro is doing what he always does, create great set up chapters but fail to deliver an exciting story. However that isn’t stopping from property enjoying this chapter, as it normally would, the worry that any excitement i am feeling now Hiro will ruin by the halfway point.

The arc has so far set up Tartaros as a formidable guild, probably the most powerful enemy they have faced. It is worth pointing out that just because these demons are from the book of Zeref doesn’t automatically make them invincible; after all Lullaby was attested to being some unstoppable creature, only for fairy tail to annihilate him without breaking a sweat. It is unlikely that every demon Zeref created is a Deliora.

Each new chapter seems to focus on introducing a specific demon gate. We saw jackal eliminate the entire magic council; and now we are about to see Tempest take on laxus, because destroying the restaurant and the rest of the thunder club isn’t that great a feat. How Tempest does against Laxus, who took down god slayer Ogre with one punch- supposedly Saber tooth’s strongest mage- and defeated the strongest wizard saint, outside of the four gods, will determine how strong he is, or we think he is.

I am really hoping Hiro makes this fight both unpredictable and short; i do not want this continuing to a second or third chapter. The demon worship at the shrine makes you wonder if zeref is really giving the orders here. Sure he wasn’t looking too pleasant the last time we saw him; yet i doubt that he has anything to do with Tartaros’ actions, more like they are clinging to the image of the old Zeref that created them. But then again who summoned them out of the book.

I think when Zeref finally makes his move it will be something grand, beyond the scale of even Tartaros. You have to wonder why Tartaros is so hellbent on eliminating the council, going so far as to seek out an ex council member. This is more than just eliminating their authority, as Yamaji holds no political power at the moment. And if they are targeting all council members, past and present, that means they will be going after Urtear and Jellal, which should be interesting.

RATING: 5/5, great chapter, this is twice in a row that Hiro has managed to impress me and let’s hope he can keep the pace going.

Highlight: Tempest.

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When i first watched Blassreitter a few years back i remember being really amazed by the quality of the series, not merely the amazing CG effects but the interesting and somewhat broody characters, intricate story and bad ass fight scenes between mecha suite clad heroes and villains.
It took a little over 12 episodes for me to lose the taste for Blassreitter and by the end it wasn’t the anime that i had began watching two dozen episodes ago; a shame really, because it had so much potential.


In a near-future central Europe, a mysterious “plague” has started turning corpses into creatures the public calls Demoniacs and officials call
Amalgams. Capable of bonding to and controlling machinery and typically prone to going on bloody rampages, the Amalgams have become a dire threat to public safety, one opposed by the members of the elite security organization XAT.
One living Amalgam, a loner who goes by the name of Joseph, known to the XAT as Blue ( blue in armored form), is able to control his transformation into an Amalgam and endeavors to defeat the ones that appear and run amok; however his actions are greatly misunderstood by XAT, with forces moving in the shadows behind him to promote the Amalgam transformations towards some apocalyptic goal.
Idolized champion motorcyclist Gerd Frentzen soon gets accidentally caught up in the whole affair, as does Malek, the bullied younger brother of XAT member Amanda, at which point death and chaos and many flashy battles ensue.


Blassreiter is one of those really sad sad anime series that i have watched, not because of how really bad it was, but because of how good it might have been; it actually reminds me of Guilty crown which infuriates me because of how amazing it could have been. But then again i can’t even compare the two because Guilty crown’s failings, in my eyes at least, where how ridiculously predictable and corny it could be. I had lost interest the moment they mentioned the second void virus and things played out exactly as you would expect when the hero loses his powers (seriously they had the chance to do something more original than that).
Blassreitter wasn’t predictable per say but it became quickly dreary with the passing of time, especially with the second half of the series. I will start with the good bits, because there were some interesting elements.

The Animation:> I wasn’t kidding when i compared this anime to Karas because clearly that was what they were going for. The normal animation was fairly impressive during the normal scenes, fluid and crisp; but it was with the battle scenes that things really took off, with Gozno switching from basic animation to full on CG techniques, creating a wholly unique feel to the picture.
When the characters would enter their demoniac/amalgam forms, the series usually took a turn for the better, with the really vivid colors and CGI somehow perfectly blending into the 2D environment, this only accentuated by the characters’ unique powers in their mecha forms. I point this out as an impressive element of the series, yet it also acts as a foil, because beyond the half way point things really take a turn for the worse.
For one thing, an incongruence begins to emerge between the CG elements of the characters and their 2D environment; after a while they do not mesh as well as they used to, but even that i could forgive because it wouldn’t have had much of an effect on my enjoyment, if it wasn’t for the direction.
Rating: 5/10, technically a 10/10 if not for the problems pointed out in the point below.

The action:> Think of someone sky diving out of a plane, a camera attached to their helmet as they twist and spin in the air. That is what this anime’s so called epic battles began to devolve into after a while, action sequences supposedly so fast that you couldn’t follow, yet simply rotating the camera and the angles around so fast, inverting the directions over and over again so quickly that you get more confused than impressed.
Of course i can understand the budget constraints. They were going for Karas level graphics and after a while it was obvious they lacked the movie budget to pull the effects off as effectively. Yet what they did with the battles felt like very cheap short cuts, basically jumping from one scene from the other during the action, so fast that it takes you a while to realize that in truth, they aren’t showing you anything, just a pair of guys jumping and leaping around each other, weapons blurring about randomly.
It pissed me off to no end and this feeds back into the animation and how its quality also began to suffer in tandem with the action scenes. Basically there is a point in the series where the animation seems to wow you, but after several episodes the CG elements do not look as amazing as you thought, the mecha suits looking more awkward than anything.
Rating:> 7/10, initially amazing, then not so much some time after.

The story:> With a heavy hitter like Gen Urobuchi on the team, this is where i expected the series to shine, and for a moment it did. We are presented with a pretty interesting character in racing star Gerd who, after contracting the plague and accepting its transformations as the only salvation for his career, kick starts a series of events that alter the future of the city.
Gerd’s collision with protagonist Joseph places the pale rider within XAT’s cross hairs, attracting the vengeful ire of Gerd’s best friend and XAT elite agent. What starts out as a misunderstanding, with Joseph as the hero eliminating dangerous demoniacs like Gerd, spirals out of control as
the plague begins to claim more lives.
Joseph is pushed into a corner, torn between destroying the amalgams urgently, before succumbing to his own plague infested illness and contending with the human elements, supposedly fighting to stop the plague but intent on eliminating what could be their only salvation. Thrown into the chaos is Amanda, torn between what she believes to be true, the evidence against Joseph and her determination to see him for what he truly is.
This basically plays out like a resident evil story, with a monstrous virus that, once contracted, warps the host mind for the worst, turning honorable intentions into a quest for apocalyptic domination. And as with any resident evil story there is death on a massive scale; yet because this is a resident evil like story, by a certain point many of the characters have resurrected as Amalgams with powerful new forms, now determined to destroy all that they once held dear.
Yet there is an element of humanity, with most amalgams, at least those that transform without the knowledge of their friends and team mates, it becomes a matter of survival. Having spent years eliminating Amalgams without mercy, you have characters that now understand what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a mecha infused fist, and it becomes a matter of claiming the nation for their own, a home without humans to hunt them.
There is lots of tragedy, too much in fact, with each character tortured by some dark past, some evil they suffered, even the villain Xargin and what created the barrier between him and friend Joseph, who chose to see the light in humanity where Xargin only saw darkness. There are some pretty clichéd moments, which is where this anime begins to fail for me.
Everyone just has to have some tortured past that explains why they are what they are. This reminds of bleach where every single arrancar and Espada was crafted into a sympathetic figure by the time of their death. It was infuriating then and even more so now. Blassreitter could do better than simply creating and relying on tragedy for shock factor.
That is what it felt like; sure there are some pretty impressive death scenes, which came as actual surprises. But most seem forced and unnecessary, trying to create the sort of tragic atmosphere that doesn’t lend the series strength. Joseph is interesting as a character, but very typical of the hero, just like Xargin is a typical villain who thinks he is bringing peace by destroying the world.
And of course he is so much more powerful than Joseph could ever imagine, yet the hero triumphs in the most corny manner possible, with a power up that, while this anime is completely sci-fi in nature, is completely supernatural, using undead spirits and the lot. It is probably one of the cheapest ends to a series i have ever seen, besides guilty crown and that utterly ridiculous defeat Gai (the only reason i watched Guilty crown) suffered from the weaker primary protagonist.
There are few things i hate in anime as much as contrived power ups, especially ones that have never been hinted upon before their use. Blassreitter messed up in the second half of its run.
Rating: 4/10, admittedly the story with Amanda’s brother was quite an interesting side plot, the racism theme it follows and how the kid begins to deal with the darkness of his transformations and its bloody consequences against his bullies. Though it makes no sense that he would keep it a secret from the one person who knew how to deal with the problem, Amanda working at XAT and all that. None the less Malek and Johann where my favorite characters.

Overall rating:> 6/10, could have been amazing but it spiraled out of control after a while. A lot of the mecha suits introduced in the
second half of the season, especially the paladin units and the hardware from Zwolf where wasted, like many great characters, cast aside before they could achieve their full potential.
Blassreitter, a pseudo German term roughly translated as pale rider-which is what Joseph is technically- is a 24 episode anime directed by Ichiro Itano with assistance from Gen Urobuchi, through the combined efforts of Gonzo (Afro samurai: Resurrection, Last Exile: Fam the silver wing (crappiest sequel ever), Strike witches, Welcome to the HNK, Basilisk, trinity blood, Hellsing, Samurai 7) and Nitroplus (Chaos head, stein’s gate, Fatezeo light novels); it was released in 2008.
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I don’t know what Hiro is up to, giving us one of the dullest chapter in ages last week, then following it up with its complete opposite. This chapter was epic, exactly what it set out to be, a prologue to the Tartaros arc; though every time i begin to celebrate that Fairy tail is on its way back to greatness (if it ever was great) i am reminded of how good Hiro is at set up chapters, only to fail epically when it comes to actually delivering.


The chapter kicks off with a look at the past, the magic council discussing Fairy tail’s return, their impact on the tournament and the possibility of cancelling the Grand magic games. The subject turns to Tartaros, with news of many guilds in the Balam alliance, affiliated to Tartaros, being annihilated over night. A few counselors seem to find the news suspicious, the way it coincides with fairy tail’s return.

Other counselors defend fairy tail, one suggesting that Tartaros might actually be responsible for destroying its own partners, in some strange bid to gain power while cutting away the weaklings. The Chairman, Gran doma, suggests action similar to the alliance between guilds that brought Oracion Seis, another member of the Balam Alliance down.

This time it would be the counselors combining their magic to bring Tartaros down. It is then that news reaches them of an intruder; explosions, initiated by a demon named Jackal, tear through the building, and when the smoke clears, only Daron Bolt and Org Roshi are alive. Daron bolt tries to help Org Roshi, who orders him to run as he falls foul of Jackal’s exploding magic.

Back at fairy tail, the guild celebrates its win and informs Makarov of all they had learnt from the village of the sun moments before the news reaches them.

Elsewhere Daron bolt arrives at the snake slayer’s (forgot his name) cell, informs him of the death of the counselor, and demands he tells him all he knows about Tartaros. The slayer will not budge, not even when bolt puts a knife to his neck. He wants bolt to secure his and the rest of Oracon Seis’ release before he can provide any information.

He does however provide him with an important bit of information; that none of the nine demon gates are even human, not even silver, but rather they are all demons from the book of Zeref (just like Deliora) and E.N.D is their lord, the strongest demon Zeref ever made. We catch a glimpse of seven of the gates assembling for a meeting.


I haven’t read a fairy tail chapter as good as this in a very long while. Actually the last time a fairy tail chapter got me this excited was when Gray died during the Daimatou embu, and even that chapter was mostly dull except for the end. This chapter does an epic job of setting up this next Tartaros arc, and clearly Hiro aims to raise the stakes of the battle this time.

I do not think we have ever seen villains as strong as this in fairy tail before, besides Zeref himself and Achnologia of course. The fact is Deliora was so strong that a mage as powerful as Ur had to sacrifice herself to contain it. If any of these guys are anywhere near as powerful as that, then Fairy tail is going to need a lot of Nakama power ups to even make a dent in this particular force.

It is interesting that this time the bad guys had the foresight to attack first; and the fact that one demon could lay to waste the entire council says quite a lot, either that the council was indeed that weak or that jackal is that strong. Seeing Daron bolt take a knife to the slayer’s neck quickly heightened the dark tone of the chapter. Clearly he was willing to kill to avenge his friends.

That brings up the question of the snake slayer. The last time we saw him, he was out of prison, fighting along side fairy tail to stop the dragon rampage. Then rather than escape, he handed himself back to the authorities and was returned to his jail cell. He clearly hinted to have heard something with his abilities in the time he was free and that led him to return to prison.

It is plausible that he knew of the Tartaros plot and, rather than gaining freedom all by himself, he thought to leverage his information for the release of his friends in the future. But that is another thing that doesn’t make sense. Oracion seis have never been the best of friends, despite being in the same guild. I do not see the snake slayer putting his life on the line to save them from their incarceration. So he clearly has something else in mind.

I am surprised by the deaths in this chapter; sure not exactly important characters, but none the less, people do not die in Fairy tail and that has always been one of its greatest weaknesses, its failure to go the extra mile and actually show the consequences of facing a powerful threat. Knowing that characters will not die in any situation usually innervates the sense of danger.

This time round Hiro might be moving to change that. This arc just might be what the Grand magic games arc was supposed to be but failed terribly, the best arc in fairy tail history.

It was interesting seeing silver in color; he didn’t look anything like Gildartz. More interesting though is the revelation that he isn’t human. That puts a spin on the devil slayer concept. Now we know why a devil slayer would hang around demons in the first place, and it makes you wonder if a devil slayer even exist. The way i see it silver is probably just a devil who is a slayer rather than a being that uses devil slayer magic per say.

It is like calling Igneel, a dragon, a dragon slayer because he can use dragon magic; it wouldn’t the biggest surprise if it turned out that Silver is actually a dragon slayer.

RATING:> 5/5, like i said this is the best chapter i have read in a very long long long while. And i know, Hiro is awesome at set ups but almost always fails to deliver in the end; but i will hold onto hope that that will not be the case this time.

HIGHLIGHT: jackal, that last page.

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