Written by: Shiggins
And another huge question is finally answered!
Ever since the Tartaros Arc happened, we've been getting tons of questions asked and answered. Where did Igneel go? What will happen to the "evil" Minerva? Will any of these shipped couples ever smooch? These and more were always on our mind, and now we've finally got one less question to wonder about: What is Lumen Histoire?
|If I was about to get crushed, I probably wouldn't be laughing!|
However, I'm going to be a dick to you all and not talk about it until after we've talked about the rest of the chapter. (I'm such a nice guy!). And our chapter begins with Elfman and Lisanna surprisingly, finishing off the rest of the Lamy clones with the aid of Jet and Droy and surprisingly, a joke from Warren. Yeah... Warren was in a sort-of funny moment. Weird.
|I will admit, despite my dislike for Aquarius... This panel was a bit hard to look at.|
This is when Lucy meets up with the group and she explains to them what's going on, while hiding the hurt she's feeling over losing her first Celestial Spirit Aquarius. Apparently, Gajeel, Levy and Juvia are going to Porlyusica (I hate typing that name up) to give her the medicine to heal Laxus and his fanclub... I mean his friends.
|Back off, GaVia shippers! Levy got him first!|
We saw one panel where Gray seems to have found something odd, but I have no idea what it is to be honest. Is it the remains of Aquarius' key perhaps? Anyway, Lucy continues to talk about how Igneel is fighting Acnologia and just as everybody seems to get some hope, Wendy finally appears and reveals there are massive amounts of Face bombs to deal with.
|Maybe it's time for CERTAIN CHARACTERS to disappear now...|
Back to Mard Geer, who is talking about how he tries to keep all emotion down because it clouds his judgement. He puts down the End book and sits down on his throne, all cocky and pissed off, as he talks about how he will erase the emotion he's feeling and kill the three Dragon Slayers. Once again, we're given a sight as hundreds of thorn vines all rush about and attack.
|I think he's the first villain to ever try to justify his blandness... I almost respect that.|
The next few pages are mostly the same. Natsu rushes forward but is blown away by one hand, and Sting and Rogue help out too. It's clear that Natsu recognises Mard Geer as an enemy too strong to defeat alone so he's accepting their help now. (Huh. He's actually gone through character development!). Despite all these attacks, Mard Geer just knocks them all back and absorbs any attack. Hell, he even goes back to sitting on his throne!
|More thorns? Well, why not? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.|
Back to Lucy's group, Warren explains he could never use enough magic to contact every mage on the continent because he's not powerful enough. This is when the group suddenly hear the voice of Makarov call out to them and he reveals it's time to use Fairy Tail's final weapon and last hope: Lumen Histoire. And what is Lumen Histoire you may ask?
Opinion: Awesome, plain and simple. Yes, the ending is easily the highlight but the rest was pretty good too.
Going back to Elfman's group was enjoyable enough because we finally got some more explanation and development. Wendy returned and proved why my original theory of "ask every mage ever to destroy Face" can't work, and I was hoping she'd join the big fight soon anyway since this arc has been amazing for her. Although, am I the only one who is surprised that Gajeel is being told to leave the battlefield? He's a huge fighter and I'm surprised they don't want to keep him around.
|When did Fairy Tail start making all the characters look so sassy?|
The battle with Mard Geer is getting a bit interesting, admittedly. Yes, I still don't like Mard Geer and yes, he did try to justify his blandness which is fair. At this point, I look at Mard Geer more like an obstacle that's in the way, rather than an actual villain. A bit like an impenetrable wall, which is very accurate when you consider how bland both him and a wall can be.
His fight gave me Deja Vu however. It reminded me of when Natsu fought Gildarts during the S-Class Exam. Like Gildarts, Mard Geer is barely moving and Natsu isn't holding anything back. Could this be a sign that Gildarts is about to finally appear and help out? Am I overthinking this? Both are extremely possible, since I used to think Gray was going to go insane because of the Deliora flashbacks during the Sun Village Arc.
|Histoire... History... History of Fairy Tail... This should have been obvious!|
Lumen Histoire was Mavis Vermillion! And if you haven't taken a second to realise it yet, this is a huge game-changer. Does this mean Mavis never died? By the look of things, yes. Mavis was never dead and instead, her mind created the "ghost" of Mavis to walk about and talk to the Fairy Tail members.
If you're as great as I am, you'll have also been reading the Fairy Tail Zero series. (The review will be out soon. I promise.) And in the most recent chapter, Mavis revealed her magic is the power to create illusions. I don't think it's a coincidence that we discovered this magic on the same day Mavis revealed herself to us. (No pun intended).
Manga Rating: 5/5
Character of the Week: Makarov for revealing Fairy Tail's last hope.
Predictions: Mavis is being ressurected. Her magic will spread throughout the continent and request help from every mage out there, including Mermaid Heel, Lamia Scale etc. Or Mavis will just say "I'm awesome" and blow up every single Face bomb herself.
Best Part: Mavis is alive!
Worst Part: Gajeel may have just left the battle.
|Now THAT is an awesome cover! Thank you very much!|
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