Hey peoples! Long time no see! or was it no talk? interact? communicate? Apparently I haven't been on wiki since August 26th. Why? I started College! \(^_^)/
FT Wiki : No one cares.
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Anyways.... I'm actually nearing the deadline of an assignment but screw it, I needed to type a blog. Oh hey! It's my 7th blog! In the context of this series, that means it is special right?! Destiny even?!
FT Wiki : GTFO weeb!
Ahem! So I went for a whole month without watching anime or reading my usual manga, because A) need to adjust to America, B) need to adjust to College life and C) need to make friends-
FT Wiki : Pfft! He thinks he can make friends.
Uh.... with all that going on, I have had a very uplifting experience. Not even gonna bother looking at my anime and manga backlog because I will literally faint so it's perfectly fine! >_> <_<
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Moving on to the actual point of this blog though. Through just one month of College, my perspective has changed quite a bit. I watch anime at one of my clubs and while we don't actually have critical discussions of what we watch, I make it a point to write up a mini review for my colleagues from High School(it is just a thing we *cough*I*cough* do) and I am surprised at how I can touch on nuances a bit better.
Bringing this back to Fairy Tail, I actually missed the whole Gray defeating Invel and the Brandish fiasco, and was only staying updated by reading tweets by Misk and others. Then later I read up to ch 502. Just yesterday I read 503 and 504 and checked the chapter review for 504. Pointless info, but while reading, I had very different impressions than I did a month ago. I cannot explain them entirely but you know that "Mashima perspective" thing I had going on? Where I would analyse chapters based on Mashima's idea when formulating it? Well, it has improved? changed? Idk What I do know is that Mashima's structure felt very... neutral? regular? Maybe it is coz College life has gotten me a bit worked up or something or because I'm not overloading on manga as much as I used to. Maybe even it is because I haven't been in wiki discussions for a while.
I was especially interested in reactions to Natsu's 'awakening' and the moment I saw that buildup at end of 502, I was like- I know what CNBA3 has to say about this. >:D ..... Jokes aside, the moment that happened, I knew Mashima was going to speed to the predicted event. I'm sure plenty of people felt the same(though I didn't check all the blogs)
I really like the whole thing about Natsu Vs Gray coinciding with Naruto Vs Sasuke. I still haven't watched the grand final battle(anime version) but I'm glad they put their effort into it. If not DBZ, it was Naruto that got so many of us started on proper anime(Studio Ghibli and toy franchise promotions non-inclusive) so it deserved that attention for the final battle. No one gave a crap about Kaguya, even with the forced backstory for her character(and that abominable animation...), but people do care for the two characters that made the biggest impressions when starting this series. As a sign of respect, I agreed not to badmouth the essence of Naruto again. Talking about fillers is redundant at this point and a waste of energy. I am gonna keep badmouthing Dragon Ball franchise(except the original series) but that's a different topic.
Sorry, that's going on a weird tangent.... Anyways, recent developments in FT, have left me with some new impressions. Things did not seem as... forced? Idek. It felt more fluid than what I was used to experiencing. Judging from the conflicting opinions, this is not necessarily indicative of any improvement on Mashima's part, because the flaws and inconsistencies for the sake of appeal value are evident, but that's precisely it. I get that appeal almost instantly now. I don't have to try and come up with too many things in order to easily transition between developments. I guess other shounen manga aid this as well in a way because I frankly gave up on criticizing Toriko, and I began to take Nanatsu no Taizai in more of a stride rather than avid fanboying. Haven't even touched One Piece yet and maybe that improved my general mood for reading as well? Idk
Anyways, that's it for now. This is just a way of saying I'm still alive and getting used to US College life. You can bring up topics from the past month if you feel the need, but otherwise, I can just reply to random questions. :P I read up on the Fairy Tail Wiki in Anime: Summer 2016 blog and comments, but since I stopped watching due to College, I cannot actually say much about anything. The only thing I am most updated on is Mob Psycho 100 and even that is because I skipped watching it when they were showing it at my club lol. I found that I can now download anime episodes directly from Funimation and other places for some reason on my new laptop, so that's a thing. Horriblesubs and torrents basically became redundant. Other than that, I am interested in quite a few series this new season but I'm seeing a lot of people unsatisfied and bored with the line-up. At this point, I'm watching anime for more than just entertainment value so it is fine for me, but yeah, would appreciate a discussion. :)
FT Wiki : Finally! Stay away longer this time, or better yet, KYS!