5 Point Discussions – Fairy Tail (2018) 5: “The Purification Plan”

by Sage Ashford

The dark guild Avatar finally puts their Purification Plan into action. Will the few members of Fairy Tail gathered so far be able to do anything to stop it? Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.

1. After Gray rescues Natsu, Lucy, and Happy, the group rush off to Avatar’s target, and we learn how Gray got involved in this mess to begin with.  After Fairy Tail was disbanded, Erza was contacted by Jellal and informed her of the existence of the newest Dark Guild aiming to revive Zeref.  Together they worked to figure out Avatar’s plan, but eventually they needed someone who could work on the inside, leading to her asking Gray to work undercover for her.
The mission was meant to be handled much quicker, but it turns out whoever was organizing Avatar was pretty smart–the group has multiple branches and no one branch (or even the headquarters) is aware of the locations of the others. With no other solution presenting itself, Gray was forced to abandon Juvia until they were able to finally get all the members of Avatar in the same area to shut them down at once. Erza claims she told Gray not to tell Juvia because it’s an undercover mission and the fewer people know the better. That’s a fair enough argument, but…why couldn’t Juvia join with Gray?  You’re expanding the circle from two to three, but literally no one else would’ve known, so what’s the problem?  Instead Gray just seems like a bad boyfriend for abandoning Juvia for half a year.

2. With it being too late to warn anyone else, it’s left to Natsu, Lucy, Gray, Happy, and Erza to try and stop Avatar’s plan: wiping out an entire town, hoping the bloody massacre would be enough to summon Zeref.   To their credit, Avatar has an army on their side…but the fight is still pretty one-sided in the heroes’ favor.  It’s their first real opportunity any of them (besides Natsu) has to show off their abilities, so Avatar’s two thousand strong army felt more like the enemies in a Dynasty Warriors game–just there to help the heroes build their combos up.  One thing’s for sure, Mashima does know how to please the audience–this is exactly the kind of beat down I want to see after so many years away.

3. A few weeks ago I talked about Lucy’s new power-up and how even the show itself seemed to be making fun of it. Well, that goes out the window this episode–she summons Taurus to help her with the fight, then imbues herself with some of Taurus’ powers and becomes just as destructive as everyone else. Her outfit’s a little absurd but that’s (sadly) about the norm for Fairy Tail, and it gave her whip the ability to lay out dozens of Avatar mages at a time–like everyone else in the series, this is easily the most powerful she’s ever been.

4. As a guild, Fairy Tail’s single-handedly wiped out every important Dark Guild in the former Baram Alliance (Oracion Seis, Grimoire Heart, and Tartaros), and Avatar definitely doesn’t get to be the exception to the rule. Even their generals don’t get to present much trouble. The only challenge is Mary, who’s Black Magic ability Virus can cause damage to the organs of anyone she attacks.  But true to the RPG-ass way this whole episode played out, status ailments only work if you don’t have a White Mage.  Just when things look bleak for Lucy and Taurus, Wendy arrives and nullifies the damage on them, and Lucy one-shots Mary with a single punch.
The other generals in Avatar’s army last about as long–Erza makes it seem like she’s about to lose but wipes out her enemy without even changing costumes, while Gray never seems to be in trouble and then gets back up from a recovered Juvia.  This fight was embarrassingly easy, so I’m hoping this is the show’s way of telling us Dark Guilds are no longer a threat to the team.

5. Next Episode: Despite blowing through the incredibly large army of mooks Avatar brought, there’s still a back-up plan in place that involves summoning Ikusatsunagi, a god of calamity who Arlock feels certain will ultimately cause enough death and destruction to summon Zeref.  As absurd as it sounds, I want nothing more than for Natsu to beat this new god single-handedly.  So often in the last two seasons Natsu was punching well out of his weight class, but if he’s really going to come into his own and actually shut Zeref down, he’s going to need to jump to the top tier sooner rather than later. Why not now?
Fairy Tail is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

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