5 Point Discussions – Fairy Tail (2018) 33: “Pleasure And Pain”

by Sage Ashford

Kagura winds up going against Larcade Dragneel, a member of the Spriggan 12.  She also learns of Larcade’s strange origins.  But can anyone defeat Larcade’s incredible powers? 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 Erza arrives, her presence (and her tears) alone is enough to shake Natsu and Gray out of their stupid fight.  This image is (mostly) great, as Erza gets to play big sister who talks her stupid younger brothers out of tearing into each other when the guild is at stake and lives are being lost.  However…it’s hard not to point out that she essentially calmed them down by shoving them into her boobs. It’s something I’d let go in another series, but one as fanservice-filled as Fairy Tail doesn’t get the same benefit of the doubt. It is a striking image to see the tear-streaked leader of Fairy Tail with her hands frozen and burned because she brought their battle to a stop with her bare hands…but it’s hard not to wonder if there wasn’t another way to draw this for an angle that doesn’t make people giggle if you pause it for a screenshot and try to talk about how poignant the entire thing is.

2. After stopping them from fighting, Erza and the others drag Natsu and Gray to see Polyursica, someone who can heal them and hopefully explain what’s happening with Natsu. But before they can get there, they run into Irene, who’s smartly looking to take out the most powerful members of Fairy Tail before they get better and create more problems for her.   Of course, instantly we get comparisons to Erza–which makes me think we’re edging ever closer to a reveal of her being Erza’s mother. That’s one of the few plot points left for these characters which hasn’t been explained yet: who were Erza’s parents?  Why’d they abandon her?

3. So Larcade’s power is basically this:

There’s no stepping around it, either. The power seems to not affect anyone who’s ever had sexual relations before, so he’s basically beating people by giving them orgasms.  On the one hand, you’ve got to congratulate Zeref for his willingness to use any abilities to help him reach his goal. On the other…really?  It makes me realize the main protagonists of the Tartarus arc were really just Zeref sitting around throwing anything at the wall while he was creating new mages, and some of his ideas got about as weird as they could.

There’s not much of a fight to be found in Larcade vs. Kagura, Yukino, and Sorano because of how Larcade’s magic works, but there are a few other noteworthy moments.  For one, the secret of Natsu being Zeref’s younger brother is finally released to everyone else–it’s something that hadn’t been known by anyone before now, so hopefully people will start to react appropriately to it.   We also learn Larcade is actually Mavis’ child, which raises…far more questions than it answers, actually. They shared all of one kiss between one another, so either he stole some genetic material from her when we weren’t paying attention, or anime is more confused about biology than ever.  Either’s likely, to be honest.

What stands out the most though is the amount of shade they threw at my guy Warren. Fairy Tail’s telepath, he’s played a key part in this war by relying strategies and messages to their teammates. But when Larcade’s Pleasure ability kicks in, he’s one of the only adults unaffected…at least with the teenage Fairy Tail members it could be assumed they’re just too young and too busy narrowly avoiding death from dark guilds and immortal insane people. But Warren? He strikes out that much?!  He’s not even on the show that much!

4. In case anyone was wondering how the new Crime Sorciere fared against one of the members of the Spriggan 12, the answer is…terribly. Crime Sorciere for this fight is basically Jellal plus Oracion Seis, a group which gave Fairy Tail no small amount of trouble in the past. But apparently during all these time skips they didn’t get the right amount of training in, because they get waxed off-screen. We pick up with the team just barely getting up for a second offensive before being put down again. Man, that curse of being a member of the Ten Wizard Saints must’ve spread to Jellal after he fake joined the team.  The real question is: what is August’s magic? I suspect it’s either that he can immediately clone someone else’s powers, or that he’s so long-lived he’s seen and used everything, thus having an answer to everyone.

5. Guess it’s finally time to delve into Erza’s past. But first, it seems like we’ll be looking into Natsu’s past. This sounds vaguely like a bunch of filler, but they’ve been on point with adapting three chapters a week, so it’s unlikely here is where they get all messed up.   Instead, guess we’ll finally get to see what his mom and dad were like personally.

Fairy Tail is available for streaming on Funimation and Crunchyroll.

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