5 Point Discussions – Fairy Tail 8: “The 7th Guild Master”
by Sage Ashford
Fairy Tail begins to rebuild their guild hall, and there are only two questions left. Who’s going to lead the guild now? And where did Makarov, the original leader, go? 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. Was there ever any doubt who the new Fairy Tail guildmaster would be? As much as I wanted Natsu to try and assume a bit more responsibility, the second he starts hanging out with Elfman, Gray, and the rest, he slipped right back into old habits. He’s still exactly the kind of idiot who’s willing to get into a sparring match in the middle of a guildhall that’s not even halfway rebuilt yet. Things get out of hand until Erza shows up, and with a single glare puts everyone back to work. No one else commands that level of respect. Frankly, they dodged a bullet–someone clocked Mirajane with a bottle of wine, and if she woke up and went into her demon form the whole place likely would’ve been rubble…again.
2. Before Erza can hand out any punishments for all the idiots in her guild, a missing member of Fairy Tail shows up: Mest Grayder, formerly Doranbolt, a member of the magic council that used his memory erasing powers to brainwash himself and spy for the guild. Mest takes Erza into a hidden chamber of Fairy Tail’s base to show her the secret all Fairy Tail leaders eventually learn: Mavis Vermillion, the first guild master, is still alive, her body frozen in stasis. It’s something the viewers have known for some time, but has been a mystery to everyone on the team besides Makarov. Speaking of, we’ve been wondering where he is, and this episode decided to hand out all the answers. But not before we discover Natsu, Gray, Lucy, Wendy, Carla, and Happy have snuck down there with them.
3. Who would’ve guessed reforming Fairy Tail was a poor idea? In a flashback, our heroes are finally shown Makarov’s true reason for disbanding the guild–the Alvarez Empire, a nation to the West of their own, has been after Fairy Tail’s Lumen Histoire spell, and Mavis, the source of that magic. The only thing stopping them were the magic weapons developed by the Council, all of which were destroyed in their various encounters with all the dark guilds.
Natsu suggests simply fighting them, but Mest explains why this is an impossibility. The Alvarez Empire managed to do the impossible, and unite over seven hundred magic guilds into a single unified military force, meaning it would literally be thousands of mages against a single magic guild. Makarov disbanded the guild to get the attention off his kids, then traveled west to try and delay Alvarez from attacking, leaving Mest to attempt to reform the Magic Council. Mest accomplished his mission, but since Makarov hasn’t returned, they all agree he either didn’t know, or had been captured.
On the spot, they all agree to go after him…but not to tell the rest of the guild, instead assembling a small group in the hopes of sneaking in, finding their master and making their way out.
4. Of course, Mest isn’t the only one who knows the secrets of the Magic Council. Already aware of what they’ve learned, Gajeel decides to reform the B Team from the Grand Magic Games with himself, Juvia, Cana, and Mirajane. They’re just missing one other member: Laxus Dreyar, Makarov’s grandson and one of the most powerful members of the guild. They agree to set off to find him and the rest of the Thunder God Tribe before setting off on their mission. If Natsu being involved didn’t already erase any chance of this being a “quiet” mission, involving Laxus and Gajeel definitely put an end to it.
So, we’ve finally come to the last “threat” to Natsu and the rest of Fairy Tail–an entire freaking country. Honestly though, what else could stand in their way at this point? They obliterated this last dark guild with such ease it took seven members to tear through two thousand. It feels absurd, but Natsu punched a god and it exploded–absurd is right where we should be.
5. Next Episode: Everyone’s headed towards the Alvarez Empire! But before that…a beach episode? Sigh. Just as everything was getting exciting from a plot perspective, between the Alvarez Empire, Acnologia, and Zeref–somehow we’re taking a detour to give us Fairy Tail’s requisite amount of fanservice. It does look like there’s a little fighting present, so hopefully they won’t waste too much of our time with this.
Fairy Tail is available for streaming at Funimation.