The Fire Dragon, The Monkey, And The Ox is the 2nd episode of the Fairy Tail anime. It first aired on October 19, 2009.
Lucy Heartfilia joins the Fairy Tail Guild with the help of her new friends Natsu Dragneel and Happy. They set out for a mission at Mt. Hakobe to search for and recover a missing Mage of Fairy Tail, Macao Conbolt, and bring him back to his son, Romeo.
In Era, the Magic Council's headquarters, the council is having a discussion about the Fairy Tail Guild and its destructive nature. The majority of the Council thinks that the members of Fairy Tail are idiots, with the exception of Siegrain, who apparently likes them. Eventually the Council is left with a dilemma since Fairy Tail is destructive, but at the same time a strong and competent Guild. For the time being, the council opts to leave them be. Meanwhile, Natsu and Lucy arrive at Fairy Tail and Natsu immediately kicks the door open while screaming to everyone that they've returned. The Mage who had informed Natsu of the appearance of "Salamander" (who Natsu thought was Igneel, but was actually Bora) in Hargeon Town immediately shouts at him, commenting on the damage he caused to the town. Natsu responds by kicking him across the hall while shouting to him that the Salamander they found was fake.
The Mage that was kicked then screams that it wasn't his problem and in the blink of an eye, a fight throughout the whole guild is raging. Gray Fullbuster is introduced as the Mage with extreme stripping problems while he goes to beat Natsu up but is stopped by Cana Alberona, who is presented as the ultimate drinker of Fairy Tail. She points out that Gray has stripped again. Elfman Strauss and Loke, other members of the guild, enter the fight too. Mirajane Strauss is also introduced while Lucy points out that the guild does not have one single sane person. The fight is stopped by Makarov, Fairy Tail's Guild Master, by means of his Giant Magic. After crushing Natsu under his foot, Makarov sees Lucy and transforms himself back to his original form as a small old man. He greets Lucy then jumps up on the second floor of the building. From there, he shows the angry reports from the Council about them, but then decides to burn them and throws them at Natsu to eat, stating that they shouldn't be afraid of those watchful eyes from above while Fairy Tail cheers. Lucy later gets her Fairy Tail stamp to confirm that she is an official member and goes to show it to Natsu who is standing in front of the request board looking for a job. He overhears Romeo Conbolt (the son of Macao Conbolt) talking to Makarov about his father not coming home for a week, but Makarov suggests that he should go home and wait patiently for him to come home because Macao can take care of himself. Natsu hits the request board and quietly goes after Macao. Lucy wonders why Natsu became so upset and Mirajane explains that Natsu probably saw himself in Romeo. Mirajane also tells Lucy about Natsu's life. Long ago, when Natsu was a child he was discovered by a red dragon. Mira further explains that the dragon was his foster father who decided to take him in. He taught Natsu about languages, culture and even magic. But one day, the dragon left Natsu and never returned. Lucy realizes that the dragon was Igneel, and Mirajane tells her that Natsu lives for the day to see Igneel again.
Later, Lucy and Natsu are sitting in a wagon on the way to the mountain where Macao was supposed to do his job. On the way there, Natsu gets motion sick again. The wagon later stops and the driver explains that he cannot go any further into the mountain. Lucy complains about the storm and low temperature of Mt. Hakobe and calls one of her spirits, Horologium, to encase her and keep her warm. They can't hear Lucy so Horologium translates for her. She asks why Macao would take a job that involved going to these mountains. Natsu explains that these mountains were inhabited by powerful creatures that Macao had to fight off, called Vulcans. Natsu screams for Macao, but a Vulcan ambushes him. The Vulcan then senses the smell of Lucy and happily kidnaps her. He puts Lucy in his cave and starts to dance around her. After a while, Lucy's spirit disappears as he can only protect her for a limited amount of time, however Natsu comes to the rescue but slips on the ice, which Lucy refers to as a pathetic entrance. He asks the Vulcan where Macao is and the Vulcan points at a hole in the wall. Natsu goes to take a closer look but instead gets kicked down the mountain by the Vulcan. Lucy screams after him and calls out another spirit, Taurus. The first thing he does is point out that Lucy has a nice body and then goes to fight the Vulcan for Lucy, but before he can inflict any damage, Natsu comes back and kicks him in the face, causing Taurus to fall unconscious as Natsu thought that he was another monster.
The Vulcan takes Taurus' axe and fights Natsu with it. Natsu slips again and just barely manages to block a hit from the Vulcan's axe. He melts the axe and then eats it to get more energy. He uses the Fire Dragon's Iron Fist to finish the Vulcan off. The Vulcan transforms back to a wounded Macao. Macao thinks that it's pathetic how he managed to take out nineteen Vulcans, but was Taken Over by the last one. However, Natsu assures him that nineteen is a number he can brag about.
Back in town, Romeo sits on stair steps while remembering the other boys teasing him for his dad and Fairy Tail about being Mages who sat around and did nothing all day but drink. He remembers that those bullies are the reason why he forced his dad to go out on a job. As he cries tears of regret, he is interrupted by Natsu shouting his name and a happy reunion between Macao and Romeo takes place. Romeo yells his joyous thanks to Natsu, Happy and Lucy for bringing his dad back home.
Characters in Order of Appearance
Battles & Events
- Lucy Heartfilia joins Fairy Tail (concluded)
- Search for Macao (started and concluded)
- Natsu Dragneel & Lucy Heartfilia vs. Vulcan (Macao Conbolt) (started and concluded)
Magic, Spells, and Abilities used
- Thought Projection (思念体 Shinentai)
- Magic Card (魔法の札 Majikku Kādo)
- Molding Magic (造形魔法 Zōkei Mahō)
- Ice-Make (氷の造形魔法 Aisu Meiku)
- Take Over (接収 Teiku Ōbā)
- Beast Soul (ビーストソウル Bīsuto Sōru)
- Ring Magic (指輪魔法 Yubiwa Mahō)
- Transformation Magic (変身魔法 Henshin Mahō)
- Dragon Slayer Magic (滅竜魔法 Metsuryū Mahō)
- Fire Dragon Slayer Magic (炎の滅竜魔法 Honō no Metsuryū Mahō)
- Giant (巨人 Jiyaianto)
- Fire Magic (火の魔法 Hi no Mahō)
- Spatial Magic (空間魔法 Kūkan Mahō)
- Defense Magic (防御魔法 Bōgyo Mahō)
- Aera (翼 Ēra)
- Magic Stamp Tool
- Magic Card
- Celestial Spirit Gate Keys
Manga & Anime Differences
- A few minor characters (such as Laki Olietta and Mickey Chickentiger) who were introduced later in the manga are introduced in this episode of the anime.
- Mirajane was hit by a bottle and bled in the manga, while she was hit by Elfman and knocked out in the anime.
- Makarov had listed out the complaints that the councils had for Fairy Tail in the manga, but went straight into burning it in the anime.
- The anime didn't include Natsu eating his Fiery Food.
- No recap was included in the anime.
- All references to Lucy's 'breasts' aren't included in the anime.
- Natsu only ate and shot one drop of Taurus' melted axe in the manga, while he ate and shot multiple drops in the anime.
- Macao falling through a crack followed by Natsu, Lucy and Happy resulting in Taurus saving all of them was removed in the Anime.
- In addition to having an adequate amount of First Aid Supply, the anime didn't include the fire surgery to stop Macao's bleeding.
- In the anime, Romeo is wearing a shirt with the same design as his father's necklace, but in the manga, he is wearing a shirt with a picture of a smiling sun on it.
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