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Weekly Fairy Tail: Episode #88

Topic started by Babylonian on July 16, 2011. Last post by lovinlucysass 4 months, 3 weeks ago.
Post by Babylonian (16 posts) See mini bio Level 10
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It's Lucy's time to shine as she faces off against Bydo in a glorious display of whip mastery and acrobatics. Gray fights Sugar Boy for the key that will either kill all his friends or save them, and Virgo seems to think she's on a different show. Plus Fairy Tail's animators make sure we get to see plenty of what matters most; Lucy's enormous bikini-clad chest.

Sweet, we finally get to see Lucy use that cool-ass whip from the intro
Sweet, we finally get to see Lucy use that cool-ass whip from the intro
Octo-Bydo
Octo-Bydo

Lucy wastes no time this week in her battle against Bydo summoning Taurus and Virgo into the fray. Bydo is a tricky one though, not only is he more agile than he looks, he also has a bunch of dangerous potions up his sleeve. Unleashing deadly fire and wind attacks and even transforming himself into a giant octopus monster!--hey, this is anime... tentacles were bound to show up eventually, right?

Poor little Coco just wants everyone to get along. Talking about Coco, does anyone else find her voice adorable?

Masenko-ha?
Masenko-ha?

After Taurus and Virgo are no match for Bydo--the latter of whom clearly thinking she's on Dragon Ball Z--Lucy gets a new weapon from the Spirit World. An extendible whip called 'Eridanus's Fleuve d'Etoile' or 'The river of stars' for those of us who don't speak French. I've always thought Lucy is far too skilled to be standing in the background all the time summoning spirits Pokémon-style to fight for her. I think it's cool to see her showing off her own skills, or hey, maybe I just have a thing for girls with whips, who knows?

We get another glimpse at Gajeel's battle with Pantherlily at some point, but it's hardly worth mentioning, it was just to remind you it's still happening. Instead, the animators seemed far more focused on showing Lucy in her bikini, which I'm not at all complaining about. But if they're more than happy to show Lucy in all her boobtastic glory like this, why did they bother censoring Edo-Lucy's outfit before? Just seems a little odd to me.

After Natsu finishes Hughes and Bydo off, the rest of the episode has Gray chasing after Johnny Bravo--sorry, Sugar Boy--on a bike he conveniently acquired off-screen. Sugar Boy didn't need a bike of his own though, since he can inexplicably glide across the ground at high speed. After catching him the two fought over the key until it cracked and shattered. Sugar Boy told Gray that key was his only hope of saving his friends (and for a second, even I thought Gray was reckless destroying the thing) but Gray reminded us all that he's an 'Ice Maker Magic wizard' and can make all the silly big keys he needs. Oh, and he finished Sugar Boy off using his arm + elbow ice sword combo, which is always awesome.

Episode Rating: 4/5

While I didn't find it quite as exciting as last week's instalment, we had Dragon Ball Z moves, Lucy kicking ass and that Johnny Bravo guy finally beaten silly... what more could you ask for really? Well, I guess we didn't get any more Erza-on-Erza action as I'd hoped, but still, the story is progressing at a good pace and according to the preview, Edo-Erza is back next week. Or is she? I get the feeling from the preview that it might be Earthland Erza in disguise. What do you think?

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Post by takashichea (13,821 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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"Erza-on-Erza action"

I like to see that as well. (if you know what I mean) Just kidding!

Awesome job, Newten!

I do agree with Lucy Ashuray's outfit. Erza Knightwalker got the same clothes on, I believe. Also, Erza Knightwalker has a nice look than Erza Scarlet due to her hair style that makes her eyes look ba-boom!

Lucy Heartphilia is like the sex object of Fairy Tail. Erza and Juvia cannot beat her. In the manga, Hiro Mashima likes to draw her from awkward angles to show off her body.

For the male equivalent, Gray is the male sex object with his stripping fetish. Though he needs more spotlight and more clothes to strip off.

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I think it's cool to see her showing off her own skills, or hey, maybe I just have a thing for girls with whips, who knows?

Newten, you are like Taurus! Remember Taurus wants Erza to punish him in some episode. Ha ha!

Post by sickVisionz (4,309 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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What's the animation like on this fight? I've been thinking about giving Fairy Tail another shot if they stepped it up from where it was when I dropped it.

Post by Halberdierv2 (1,296 posts) See mini bio Level 17
well, if they'res a way to get me watching the anime... they've found it!
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,648 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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The whole Edolas story arc seemed to increase the number of female crotch shots the manga had. That's what I got from the manga version. This is not a complaint though. That comparison picture reminds me of the that article I wrote on the Oppai Code.

I really hope these articles continue to do well. I would like to try one if the series was big enough. I tried One Piece, but that didn't seem to work with the readers.

Post by Lurkero (415 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I didn't realize how inconsistent censorship is for these shows. It's okay for Lucy to be fighting in a bikini, but they censor an outfit that doesn't show more skin than the bikini itself? I want to say that the costume change was made to make it easier on the animators, but it doesn't seem like that's the case.

I've always thought Lucy is  far too skilled to be standing in the background all the time summoning spirits Pokémon-style to fight for her

I never thought that. Lucy has never shown potential to be her own fighter. Not from any scene I can remember. She's like Nami from One Piece, except Nami is intelligent.

@sickVisionz said:

What's the animation like on this fight? I've been thinking about giving Fairy Tail another shot if they stepped it up from where it was when I dropped it.

The animation in Fairy Tail has improved since the speed line equivalent in the early episodes. They still happen sometimes, but for the most part there is more animation and action than still frames and pans.
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,245 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@takashichea said:

I do agree with Lucy Ashuray's outfit. Erza Knightwalker got the same clothes on, I believe. Also, Erza Knightwalker has a nice look than Erza Scarlet due to her hair style that makes her eyes look ba-boom!

Yeah I don't really get why they changed the outfit. Still, all they really did was zip it up and cover her thighs, it makes it look a bit more like bike leathers, I think I actually prefer it that way.

Heaven Wheel Armour
Heaven Wheel Armour

Knightwalker's hair givers her a more feisty look. Don't forget Scarlet's hair sometimes changes with her armour though. I think Scarlet's Heaven Wheel Armour is my favourite, I want to see her use it against Knightwalker.

@sickVisionz: I actually checked some early episodes after I saw your comment, man, I didn't realise how much better they look now. I guess it depends on when you dropped it though, I'd suggest checking some episodes out to see. Are you reading the manga or did you drop Fairy Tail completely?

@FoxxFireArt: Might partially be because the manga for One Piece is already covered. The main reason I chose Fairy Tail was because the editors weren't covering it at all.

@lurkero: Sure she has, she's very proficient with a whip, and her Edolas counterpart appears to almost be the Erza of her Fairy Tail guild, she's all the proof you need that Lucy can be a decent fighter all by herself. At the very least I think she should fight alongside her spirits more. That's why I'm hoping she'll keep her new whip from this episode.

Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
I very much enjoy all your thoughts on how Lucy gets used to please the audience. But how bout you pick out screenshots that are more suggestive next time. Good show with the comparison picture and it makes me sad such pointless changes are made.
 
Lastly, Johnny Bravo FTW!!
  
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,357 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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Great article, Newten! This reminds me that I really need to get back into watching Fairy Tail (I had stopped at Episode 7 in order to watch Steins;Gate).

Post by Daniel_Newton (3,245 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@sotyfan16: Heh, it was mainly that Lucy-eye-view shot that got me (the one I used for the article thumbnail). Half of the screen was taken up by Lucy-boobs.

I imagine a lot of it is from the manga, I'll have to check I guess. I might do more manga/anime comparisons next week.

A lot of it's up to you guys really. What do you want to see in these articles? More screen caps? Manga differences/comparisons? Are the articles fine as they are? Don't be shy, let me know what you want to see. I'm all ears.

Post by Daniel_Newton (3,245 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@ShadowKnight508: Thanks. Hope you catch up some time and discuss the episodes with us, the more the merrier.

Post by Lurkero (415 posts) See mini bio Level 7

A lot of it's up to you guys really. What do you want to see in these articles? More screen caps? Manga differences/comparisons? Are the articles fine as they are? Don't be shy, let me know what you want to see. I'm all ears.

For now you are doing a great job. Try not to make Tom  and Godlen too jealous. Snce you're just starting I suggest writing the articles as you feel they should be and if you do something I don't like then I'll mention it.
 
It would be interesting if you talked about manga differences since you are reviewing the anime. I usually don't seek out that information out myself cause I'm not a manga reader.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@ShadowKnight508: Thanks. Hope you catch up some time and discuss the episodes with us, the more the merrier.

Yeah I should get on that since I'm on ep 5 or 6.
 
I do think Lucy-boobs are a big thing in the Fairy Tail production camp because most of the shots are lower so they can show her underboob coming out of the apparently (or conveniently) too small bikini top.
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,245 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@lurkero: OK cool. Yeah, the more I think about it the more it makes sense to talk about the differences between the episode and it's corresponding manga chapters. I might include a row of comparison images like the one I included this week.

@sotyfan16: Would be cool if you caught up. It's a fun series.

To be fair I doubt the costume actor box from the last episode has clothes to fit every size, right?

Post by bunnypoppop (4 posts) See mini bio Level 10

I get the feeling from the preview that it might be Earthland Erza in disguise. What do you think?


I think that is most likely Erza in disguise. If that was Edo-Erza, who was clearly beaten up, how did she manage to take Natsu prisoner? She also didn't look very evil-ish like Edo-Erza, so I think it must be Earthland's Erza. Besides, she can't lose now can she? I suppose we will have to wait and see anyhow. 
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Newten:
That's very plausible. Maybe it instantly measures the prisoner though and provides a costume 1 size smaller.
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,245 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@bunnypoppop: The other little detail that gives it away is the lack of a scar across her nose. When the Erzas started fighting, Knightwalker was cut across her nose and Scarlet on her cheek, the scar on her cheek could be hidden under her hair.

@sotyfan16: We may be putting too much thought into this now...

Post by afrokola (14 posts) See mini bio Level 10

They're pretty far along in the anime, haven't been following it to be quite honest. Maybe I'll catch up on this.

Post by takashichea (13,821 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@lurkero said:

A lot of it's up to you guys really. What do you want to see in these articles? More screen caps? Manga differences/comparisons? Are the articles fine as they are? Don't be shy, let me know what you want to see. I'm all ears.

For now you are doing a great job. Try not to make Tom and Godlen too jealous. Snce you're just starting I suggest writing the articles as you feel they should be and if you do something I don't like then I'll mention it. It would be interesting if you talked about manga differences since you are reviewing the anime. I usually don't seek out that information out myself cause I'm not a manga reader.

@Newten said:

@bunnypoppop: The other little detail that gives it away is the lack of a scar across her nose. When the Erzas started fighting, Knightwalker was cut across her nose and Scarlet on her cheek, the scar on her cheek could be hidden under her hair.

@sotyfan16: We may be putting too much thought into this now...

Don't worry guys. Anna and I add anime/manga differences in the episode wikis. I don't want to make Newten work too hard.

Episode 88 for wiki info

Episode 86 Erza vs Erza for people who want to see the scar: manga and anime difference/ censorship.

Please read our wiki pages. It means a lot to us. Thank you Newten and everyone.

Post by Lurkero (415 posts) See mini bio Level 7
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Sometimes I forget that this is a community site where lots of info can be added by users. I checked out some of the entries and yeah, Newten doesn't have to do it because others are doing a good job already.
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