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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….
THE PLOT:>
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…
MY REVIEW:>

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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