5 Point Discussions – Fairy Tail (2018) 28: “White Dragneel”

by Sage Ashford

Mavis comes face to face with Zeref, and learns more of his plan for her and the rest of her guild! Elsewhere, the members of Fairy Tail attempt to close around the guild to rescue their first master! 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. Compared to shows like Hunter x Hunter or JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Fairy Tail is easily the safest shonen universe…but clearly no one informed Irene. It certainly felt creepy enough seeing her appear behind Mirajane last week, but I expected her to beat up on her a bit and then move on. Instead, she outright threatens to torture her until she’s an unrecognizable mass of flesh. I went from being upset about the fanservice-y aspect of Mirajane being tied up to being literally terrified for the character. Fairy Tail isn’t really a show where people get grievously injured. The only thing that saved Mirajane from a terrible fate was August and Brandish arriving and August commanding her to assemble alongside the remaining members of the 12. Rather than torturing her, August gives her a “quick” death by shooting her through the heart only for us to learn…like not even five minutes later that Brandish shrank the wound to the size of a paper cut, saving her life.
This is another of those episodes where there’s a lot happening at once, so individual crucial moments aren’t being given time to breathe. I was feeling pretty bummed about the death of a fan-favorite character…only for it to immediately be confirmed she wasn’t even injured. At least they gave Gajeel an episode.

2. I’m a sucker for emotional moments and reuniting long lost family members, so it’s frustrating for me to point out they completely blew any of the gravitas of this one. Yukino’s been looking for her sister since he was kidnapped by some worshippers of Zeref, and they finally meet in the middle of the forest while Elfman’s finding her way to the his guild hall.
But between them barely bothering to sum up the two character’s histories and Sorano’s…unique choice of dress, it was impossible to take this moment seriously, and that’s without addressing the fact that it’s a two minute moment sandwiched between Mirajane’s (not really) death and Mavis confronting the man she once loved and Fairy Tail’s potential last stand. I get that Mashima was probably tired of doing the manga by this point, but that’s no reason why the animated version couldn’t have adapted this and placed their own touch to it all.

3. It’s worth saying at this point that if you pay attention to how they’ve been adapting the manga and where they are in relation, at the end of this episode there’s only 50 chapters left. So it’s frustrating to see this moment where all of the Spriggan 12 unite…literally all of them. Not just the big guns remaining, but the ones who were defeated like Neinhart and Ajeel…and the ones who are DEAD like Wall and God Serena, thanks to Neinhart’s abilities. Aside from important plot reveals, it feels like every episode since this war started has been rendered entirely pointless. We’d built the odds up against team Fairy Tail enough without this–they still had to beat Zeref, August, Irene, Invel, and Larcade Dragneel–they needed MORE threats?
Zeref and Mavis’ conversation is cut short as Invel arrives and uses his powers to seal up Mavis’ thoughts, while Irene prepares to use her magical abilities to separate the Fairy Heart from Mavis’ body so they can use it on Acnologia, another of the problems Fairy Tail still needs to figure out.

4. As team Fairy Tail gathers around the area surrounding their guild hall, we finally reach the moment shown during the first episode of the new series…and it feels incredibly silly. Thanks to Zeref having captured Mavis, we’ve introduced a ticking clock of sorts as Irene has to separate the magic from Mavis’ body before it’s all over, but Natsu and the others are sleeping peacefully on the cliff overlooking the guild. It makes them look incompetent, but fortunately that doesn’t last long before they rush into the thick of battle to face off against nearly one million soldiers with only the seven of them. Of course, the last time there was “only seven” members of Fairy Tail they crushed an entire Dark Guild’s army by themselves. And this time they get reinforcements from the rest of their allies. So while the opening parts of this episode are pure horror, it’s balanced out by a heroic beatdown of more grunts than all eight episodes of the Star Wars franchise put together.

5. Next Episode: This episode ends with a showdown between the Histoire of God Serena, Ishgar’s most powerful mage…and Gildarts, the most powerful man in Fairy Tail This was a fight I didn’t know I could have, but now that it’s been teased it’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted. The only downside is that this is the part where, presumably, all the major characters of Fairy Tail split up to take on the 12, so we’re going to get the usual shonen “series of simultaneous fights”. Great.
Fairy Tail is available for streaming on Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Hulu.

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