I don’t want to say this fairy tail chapter was bad, because it wasn’t. It was simply boring.
Lucy escapes and joins the princess at the gates. Everyone is caught up on the whole Rogue matter. Lucy quickly denies any intentions of stopping the eclipse. Some distance off, news of the coming dragons has reached all ears. The king of Fiore explains that even with the power of eclipse, there are a few hundred dragons that will definitely survive, at which point he calls upon all the guilds assembled in the square to join hands and help him fight the coming dragons. Everyone pledges their strength, and they all rejoice.Elsewhere, Natsu and Rogue have engaged in battle.
Natsu pledges to stop Rogue and his ways, and since Natsu died in the future in the dragon war, rogue sees no reason not to kill him.
There were some high points in this chapter. Jellal showing up to two magic council members was pretty bold and exciting. But then again even if they wanted to arrest him, what could they do?
We now know that if the gate is closed, it’s game over because it apparently takes seven or so years to accumulate all that magic.
Rogue Vs Natsu just isn’t exciting to me. Natsu is going to decimate Rogue quickly and efficiently using nakama power, which will be an unfortunate ending; but it will be better than natsu talking rogue out of his killing craze.
MY RATING:> 2.5, not bad but still boring.
Erza Scarlet is an S-Class mage of fairy tail, famous for her requip magic; she is a member of team Natsu (actually team Erza) and one of the main female protagonists of the series.
Erza is very strict, and will often criticize other members of her guild for their habits and behaviors. She is also impatient and will get short with people that take too long to reply to her, all of which make her one of the more socially awkward members of the guild, at least at one point. Most guild members will avoid her as such, afraid of incurring her wrath; though their is no doubting Erza’s sense of justice and her immovable loyalty to the guild.
Lucy once described Erza to her mother as Strong, warm, beautiful and full of passion, while her Edolas counterpart, Erza knightstalker, called her cool and strong. Erza has referred to herself before as someone who was always crying because she couldn’t protect and defend her friends. This also stems from the numerous occasions others have had to put their lives on the line to protect her. As such,Erza has always described her armor as a defense, not only against threats to her body, but to her will and spirit, going so far as to say that without it, she feels naked and vulnerable, which is why she is rarely seen outside of her heart kreutz armor.
Erza has been known to be quite liberal with herself, in that she seems to have no problem with men seeing her naked body. This is shown on the occasion that she went to take a shower and asked Natsu and Gray to join her, as the three of them had take baths together often as children. On another occasion, when the team was off at a hot spring and it was realized that the boys were peeping at them, Erza was quick to invite them to join the girls. In both cases, Lucy is shocked at Erza’s casual manner towards such matters,and each time Erza doesn’t see what the big deal is.
Erza’s childhood is a tragic one. Born in the village of Rosemary, Erza’s home was attacked by a zeref cult; Erza managed to save kagura, but she was captured and taken, along with other children to an island where they worked as slaves to build the tower of heaven. There , despite harsh conditions, she met and bonded with Jellal, Simon and the other children working besides her; it is Jellal that adds Scarlet to her one name, Erza, because of her long beautiful red hair. she also befriended Rob, a fairy tail guild mage and a friend of Makarov that was kidnapped to help complete the tower. He tells her about fairy tail whilst also teaching her about magic.
At the height of cruelty in the slave encampment some time later, one of the other slaves, Sho, makes a plan for eleven year old Erza and her friends to escape but the guards foil it. They decide that the mastermind be taken to the disciplinery chamber. Jellal announces himself mastermind to protect erza, but the guards work it out that Erza was responsible, sending her off to be punished.
Erza is tortured to the brink of death, and even loses an eye. Eventually Jellal can’t take it, and launches a rescue attempt; he rescues Erza but he himself is captured. Finally fed up with the way things are ran, Erza leads a revolt, and it is initially successful, with the slaves overpowering the guards. Then the tower mages arrive and begin to drive back the force. Erza watches in horror as her friend Simon’s lower Jaw is blown off by a magical attack; rob also sacrifices himself to save Erza. Finally overwhelmed, Erza access her latent magical power and turns the gurads’ weapons against them, slaughtering them all.
Erza rescues Jellal, but he has changed, having fallen under the power of Zeref. He mercilessly slaughters the guards, and makes clear his belief, that to stop bad things from happening, they must complete the tower of heaven and use it as a weapon against all others. Erza won’t join him, so Jellal throws her out of the tower into the sea. He won’t kill her because took care of the mages for him. But she tells her go on, alone, without the rest of the slaves, or their friends. They would stay on and work on the tower. She was not to say a word to anyone else about the tower and or even attempt to stop him. He held their friends’ lives in his hand and if she did anything to jeopardize his plans in anyway, he would end them.
Erza leaves washes onto the shores of Fiore and finds fairy tail, where she quickly becomes famous for her anti social attitude and strength. Natsu and gray often challenge her to battle, eager to prove themselves her betters, but each time she beat them down. This coupled with Erza’s attitude makes her less than popular with the pair, until the day Gray runs into her by the river and in challenging her, sees the tears rolling down her face. He and Natsu quickly realize that all those times Erza would shun company, she was off on her own, weeping for her lost comrades.
Together, they force her out of her shell and into the warmth of fairy tail. Around that time, Makarov takes her to the guild medic who gives her her new artificial eye. later on, she takes her S class mage test and passes, becoming the youngest ever S class mage in a fairy tail history, at 15 years.
I have always thought that most anime and manga series that try to create strong female characters get it wrong. it usually feels like they are way too self aware of the fact that they have in their hands a female character and they must somehow maker her a strong female person on screen. Usually that plays out in two ways. They will male the female character as egregiously anti ‘normal female character’ as possible by usually making her bigger than normal, maybe meaner looking, with a very violent streak, the kind that breaks heads, pulls off arms and tears guts out of enemies; basically a monster. The other way is to compare and make her superior to the most ideal male counterpart around. Usually you will have male person A that can do act x better than anyone,but the strong female character breaks that record a hundred times over. Or male person B can do very difficult task Y that no one can even begin to accomplish, but the strong female character can do it without even trying.
Basically they define the strength of female characters by how much better they can do something than their male counterparts. So their very definition is determined by how they fair in relation to male characters. This, to me, always seems so forced, like someone out there is out to make a point. It simply doesn’t work; and as far as i am concerned, when they think they have pulled it off, they haven’t created strong female characters. They have created lunatics.
Erza is the masterpiece of Hiro’s mind.She is Hiro at his best. To me, Hiro didn’t look at a blueprint of Erza and ask himself how he was going to make a great strong female character. That is what most idiotic mangaka do. It seems like Hiro looked at a blueprint of Erza and asked himself how he was going to make great fairy tail character; female or not, it didn’t matter. And by focusing on that, by not trying to simply make some point, Hiro succeeds so well with Erza.
I like the fact that Erza is called the strongest female mage in fairy tail, and the strongest female mage in Fiore. The ‘female' in the title adds a little something to her character, in that Hiro isn’t going to define Erza by comparing her to her other male S class mage comrades, otherwise he would have called her the second or third or whatever strongest mage in fairy tail. We might ask who the strongest is. Some think she lies at the bottom of the S class mage list, just above Mira Jane. I think she can go toe to toe and even stands more than a good chance of beating each and everyone of them, minus Gildartz and Makarov who are monsters. But that isn’t mentioned. There is rarely a mention, either by the other guild members or Erza herself of whether or not she is stronger than Laxus, Mystogun and the rest. She doesn’t even make mention of her title as the strongest female mage. it doesn’t matter because she doesn’t have to say anything.
Hiro lets us see Erza in action and shows us her feats, and rather than tell us, he lets her actions speak for themselves, that she is strong. Erza isn’t my favorite or even the strongest female character. That would be Clare and Revy and whoever else i might have forgotten. But erza is way up there. She is an icon in anime. I have come across anime and manga fans on the internet that, for unknown reasons, absolutely hate fairy tail. And most of them have admitted to possessing a grudging respect for Erza, a character they don’t even know.
As far as Erza is concerned, i will just point out some of her highlights. Firstly is her story which is truly tragic. We saw her interact with Jellal so many times in the beginning, but never truly understood why she was so antagonistic towards him. Then we learn of who they were, their friendship during times of hardship. They both suffered and felt great anger for the pain they had been forced to endure. But Erza focused that anger on her friends and developed a passion to protect all that were dear to her. Jellal however focused that anger towards those that had made his dear ones suffer, and that grew into a hate that consumed him. I have always thought that the S class arc was the best arc of fairy tail so far-let’s wait and see how this one ends. But after thinking about it, i realize that the best ever arc of fairy tail was this tower of heaven arc.
It wasn’t merely brilliant (sort of) it was brutal. Here Hiro shorn as a story teller. I won’t lie i was surprised at the kind of carnage involved in what seemed to me to be a kids’ manga. The way Erza cut those guards down, Simon getting his jaw blown off, Jellal’s actions. it is no wonder she fights so hard to protect fairy tail. She knows what it is like to lose friends, and it is indeed a testament to her self control that she met with and tolerated Jellal on several occasions, while knowing that he held her friends at ransom.
I was first blown away by Erza during the phantom Lord arc. The guild’s entire HQ had walked to fairy tail, charged its super canon Jupiter and was ready to decimate fairy tail and everyone and everything around it. Makarov was temporarily dispatched, mystogun, laxus and Gildartz were no were to be seen and the only other S class mage in sight was Mirajane, who is still useless here.
So what does Erza do? Does she run, using her magic to evacuate as many of her people as possible before the attack? No. She changes into her Adamantine armor and takes the Jupiter blast head on, a blast mind you that can level a small town. Sure she was down, but not dead. And when things began to go side ways, with phantom lord’s four strongest unleashed, she stands herself up and saves natsu after he has beaten by the strongest of the four, the telekinetic wielding Aria. Yes she straggles, she just took a canon to the body. But she beats him, then she faces off against Jose, Phantom Lord’s master minutes later, and while she was beaten, she actually gives him a good fight, to the point that he compliments her awesome power. I was convinced that at full power, Erza could have torn Jose apart.
Here we see Erza’s durability and power
Then there was the tower of heaven arc itself, in which i first begin losing faith in Hiro, that Erza lost so easily to some less than impressive enemies after carrying out so many great feats, until we find out that these new enemies are dear friends who think she abandoned them and are now working for Jellal. We then learn why Erza is constantly armored, that she is protecting her heart.
When Simon dies at Jellal’s hands, we finally see adult Erza break into tears at the passing of a great friend. But this allows her to shed her fears when she faces Ikagura, who possess a powerful katana that easily destroys each all her armors. she then sheds it and faces Ikagura, a great swordswoman, head on, with nothing but cloth to protect her. Basically she puts faith in her abilities to protect her body, and in defeating Ikagura she shows us just how skilled she is a swordswoman, and that she isn’t just a powerhouse dependant on magical armor. She proves this strength further by taking on and beating Jellal (granted he wasn’t using his meteor magic, but still).
This was one of the most epic moments in the manga, to see Natsu going dragon force; fairy tail was at its best; and one of saddest, to see Erza sacrificing her self to stop Etherion from exploding, because she could not bear to live while abandoning her new friends to death again. Here Hiro did what he did with Lucy last week, where he killed off a main character without actually doing it. Of course natsu emerges from the smoke and rubble with Erza safe and sound. But for a whole chapter before that, Hiro showed Erza dead, watching her funeral as her friends put her in the ground after she sacrificed herself to save them. It was so well done that if Erza had died there and then, i would have been completely fine with it. Because she had gone out in a perfect manner and she would go down quite well in fairy tail as an amazing character. Actually fairy tail might have taken a different more epic turn if that had happened.
There was that Laxus arc when, after Laxus traps the town in Lacryma that would not only destroy the town but would unleash a powerful bolt of energy into anyone that destroyed just one, Erza summoned more than two hundred swords and destroyed all of them in one go. It was an impressive display of her power in summoning all those swords and taking the resulting blast and surviving it. More than that, it showed her loyally and how far she would go to protect her guild. Actually i would have preferred Erza vs LAxus rather than Gajeel and Natsu Vs Laxus.
On the occasion that she met amnesiac Jellal, it was hard to tell if she had forgiven him, but even with him killing Simon, she didn’t seem to hold a grudge ag
ainst him. Rather the most heartbreaking moment in fairy tail was when the magic council took Jellal away even after he had helped stop Oracion Sais, to serve his life sentence. Erza secluded herself and broke down completely for the first time as she wept and wailed uncontrollably.
And of course there was the Erza Vs Erza fight during the Edolas arc, one of the best fights in fairy tail, far better than Natsu Vs Gajeel, because it was so dynamic. First they matched magic, The Knight Vs the ten commandments, then they turned to sword skills. And when all that had failed, weapons and armor broken, they turned to fists and tumbled and rumbled. No wonder even Natsu was so afraid to be anywhere near them when they were fighting. He turned and ran in the opposite direction as fast as possible.
But her greatest of fight was agains Azuma on tenroujima. He matched her srtength and surpassed it and she had to do more than she had done before to get a win. Sure the Minerva, Kagura business was impressive, but they had lousy endings. Though i won’t deny that the armor of Nakagami and Erza going second origin were awesome moments.
Erza is the best character fairy tail has. She should be the lead (or maybe gray or even Gajeel) instead of Natsu and Lucy. But she isn’t because Hiro doesn’t know what he is doing. She usually carries most arcs because she will either have the very best plots and stories-just look at Erza’s competition, minerva and Kagura; then consider Natsu’s rivals, String and rogue. It is like Hiro saves the best for her. And even when the stories aren’t great, you can expect that something awesome will happen so long as she is involved.
Erza uses requip magic, which allows her to summon a variety of armors with different attributes and weapons, and which endow her with different abilities. Right now all i can remember is the giant armor, which has super strength, the dark stalker armor which is meant for evil and dark forces and the wheel something armor, which has all those swords surrounding her body, ready to cut anyone in their range.
Erza’s particular requip magic is called THE KNIGHT. She has the ability to change armor so fast that she can do this mid battle in an instant, making her very unpredictable and powerful. Erza can also use sword magic and is in possession of telekinetic abilities. She also possess immense magical power, able to requip multiple powerful armor in succession. She has been shown to requip her heaven’s wheel armor which has over 200 swords around it and the mighty lightening empress armor without running out of magic. erza is said to have over a hundred different armors and 200 different weapons. If you still don’t understand why even Natsu is so afraid of her, then i won’t say any more.
As one of the strongest, Erza is also called TITANIA, THE QUEEN OF TEH FAIRIES.
RATING:> 8/5, EXCEEDS MY EXPECTATIONS.