Mangaka: Hiro Mashima Title: Erza vs Azuma Rating: 8/10
Synopsis: Sorry this is so late, first of all. Second of all…I was disappointed…but we’ll get back to that.
We continue from where we left off last week with the Fairies staring down their respective enemies confused as they feel their power being drained. Azuma taunts Erza, wanting to see her serious. With the guild’s fate in her hands, Erza is quick on the uptake and launches a fierce attack at Azuma. Azuma defends and strikes back and we have a series of powerful blows being exchanged back and forth, each of them taking significant damage. Erza, desperate to defeat him, racks through her brain trying to decide which armour to use as he already had destroyed two of her strongest, the Fairy and Purgatory armours.
We discover (lol) that she also has a Seduction armour which was a good little moment. of comic relief (wear it for me Erza-sama!). She then settles for her ultimate armour, no armour (what we call her “samurai armour”) and concentrates all her power into her sword. Azuma counter attacks as well and all of a sudden Fairy Tail turns into tentacle porn…but we’ll get back to that as well. He delivers one final ultimate move and then…Titania falls :|. We then randomly switch locations to a Council jail cell where Gerard whispers Erza’s name…
Likes: I was disappointed but don’t get me wrong it wasn’t a bad chapter. There were some very nice effects and the fighting was pretty well done. I really liked the part when Erza was talking about pouring all her power into the blade of her sword. Very epic and samurai-ish.
Dislikes: It seemed rushed, the entire battle, definitely not up to par with the usual Hiro-chan awesomeness. It was well done but I just wasn’t feeling it like how I usually feel his battle scenes, and this is not just because Erza-sama lost but I’ll talk about that more in Random Rant Time. Also I didn’t like that whole random tentacle porn like scene 😐 I mean I’m not saying that Azuma can’t grab her or anything but when I saw that panel my eyebrows just shot up. I dunno it just really seemed unlike Hiro-chan. He’s usually kinda pervy yeah, what with Lucy’s boobs and Erza’s random moments but nothing ever quite like that so it just really threw me off and really seemed out of place to me. I dunno. All in all, the entire chapter was just too anti-climactic especially after all that setting up. I expected more, quite frankly, but we’ll see what he does next week.
More Chapater Ratings:
§eraph: 8.5/10 “The tree of life has fallen and the faeries magical power continues to wane. Erza and Azuma’s fight was average (average in FT means generally good btw) I would have been a bit happier if the fight lasted a bit longer. The same goes for Gildarts and Bluenote’s fight. I wish Mashima had prolonged that just a bit more too. We hardly saw anything there. Azuma reminds me of an Ent (you know, those talking trees from LOTR…just sayin’) He’s….kind of hot actually 😐 Also, he sees Erza naked AGAIN. Are the clouds that cover her privates meant for us or for us AND the characters? If the latter, I dunno why she would need the seduction armour. That was a chuckle worthy moment right there. Anyway, ♫ Azuma and Erza sittin’ in a “tree”…♫
je§ter: 8/10 “This chapter seriously packs some blistering action! But it’s over blisteringly quick too… So sad… But, still quite enjoyable. Though to address mu§e on the matter of the “tentacle” scene… If you were Azuma, after having seen her naked so many times, what would you have done? Be honest now…no one likes a fibber! As for me…all I can say is…everyone’s halfway dead Erza…no one’s gonna see your seduction armour…just have fun with it! :D”
Random Rant Time: SO DISAPPOINTED!! I waited weeks and weeks and weeks for this chapter and then Hiro comes and brings me this. Now don’t get me wrong. Like I said before it was a good chapter it was just sooo ANTI-CLIMACTIC. Like when I was finished I literally said “wait…that’s it? Just so?” There was nothing to it, not his usual substance, the battle scene was rushed and half-assed at best (though better than that one time when he totally botched Mira’s fight with Azuma). I’m so irritated. Maybe Azuma is the key here…actually. Maybe it’s HIS fault Hiro’s been not up to par because now that I think about it, every time Azuma fights Hiro-chan just messes it up. And like I said, this is not about Erza-sama losing. If she had lost and it had been a great fight I would’ve been equally as happy, once it seemed REALISTIC and WELL DONE and IN PLACE. But this was just…**sigh**. Anyway…
I hate you, Azuma…for feeling up my sexy Erza-sama. I agree with §eraph though, he is kinda hot. Well, let’s see what happens next week. Hopefully it’ll be better.
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