Last month I used the random page feature and gave you all a haiku to solve. Well, many of you tried and after many, many guesses and clues, Umy figured it out~! The answer was in fact Sand Body, a spell used by Kurohebi :)
For those a little confused, every line in the haiku was meant to be taken literally:
Hidden in plain sight: This is what the spell does.
Earthy particles unite: What the spell looks like.
Snake prepares to strike: A hint at the user, whose name is literally Black Snake.
So that was that. I did get a laugh out of all the people who went WAAAAAY beyond and started looking far too deep into the haiku. I wasn't going to make it that hard :P Anyways, I used the random page button again, and this month you well get another puzzle.
However, last month I gave out so many clues and "you're close"s. This month, NO! I will not be saying anything about your answers... I will merely say "no" if your answer is incorrect, so the best of luck! Remember, the answer can be a person, a place, a spell, a Magic, a fight... anything no thanks to this random button.
You clue is:
"Four times the manliness, Four times the bawl, Four times the conflict, Four times the fall."
A couple of hints in there... I hope I didn't make it too hard/easy :/ Have fun everyone~!
This month was the Fairy Fest! If you haven't, check out all of the lovely omakes Mashima published in 4 different magazines!
Some discussion about Water Magic took place and I dunno what happened, but it ended with the pages being separated.
A very, very long-winded and boring debate about Franmalth's Curse and abilities took place, and I had no idea what the fuck was going on, so I didn't participate :) Some decision was made though~
Leli and Megan proved that they were idiots by renaming Cyclops Monster to Cyclops without asking anyone and when the page never needed to be renamed in the first place >__> After an actual discussion, we changed the page name back and concluded that Leli and Mega are freakin' retarded.
Like Water Magic, Sand Magic got a similar treatment... or something... Tbh, I have no idea what those discussions were about ( .__.)
Umy put forth a bunch of renaming options from the English release of volume 41. We voted and some were implemented, so see the list to the left for those that were.
This month's Sexiest Mage Alive is, excuse me, was one of the world's sexiest women alive, Ultear Milkovich! Ultear is a former Dark Mage of Grimoire Heart who, after a heart-felt and frankly bullshit battle with Gray Fullbuster, decided to turn against her evil ways and join Crime Sorcière with Jellal Fernandes and Meredy. During some boring conflict after the Grand Magic Games, Ultear sacrificed her youth and beauty to save the lives of countless individuals... which was perhaps the stupidest thing she's every done. Being hot is way more important than the deaths of a few bastards. >_> Now, I know many of you may be wondering why I'm featuring her if she's no longer hot. Well, consider this issue an issue that pays homage to the beauty that once was - like Pamela Anderson or Tyra Banks. :/
(Ultear Milkovich) to (Meredy) "From other people's point of view, I look like a monster. I'm a stupid woman who imagines she can create a happy life by piling up her sins."
No make-up, Knife in my gut, and I'm still stuntin' on you bitches!
Keep in mind that somewhere in this article there is some small puzzle (it could be a question or something totally random) that, if solved, will grant you one of the following:
I will make you mod for a day.
De-power any mod of your choosing for an hour.
Block anyone of your pleasing for 30 minutes.
Previously on Fairy Tail
Previously on Fairy Tail Natsu has a little encounter with the all-powerful Zeref, who explains to him that Igneel could not defeat E.N.D., and that he, too, will soon be faced with the decision of letting the so-stipulated as the strongest Demon from the book of Zeref live or die. Meanwhile, Fairy Tail launches its counterattack! At the same time, Lucy and Wendy head to the control room.
I- Chapter 374: Revolution
Ladies and gentlemen this week's cover features the hot-headed Natsu Dragneel and his blue flying Neko Happy. Revolution commences by introducing Kieth, a strange, skeleton-like Demon who terrorizes our two novices. As they turn to gaze as the ticking clock, Franwhatever appears behind Kieth, frightening our little princesses even more! However, like the boss Lucy is, she how old is Lucy rapidly reaches for her keys to summons both Taurus and Aries. Bam! Two at once, this is why I love Lucy. The two spirits do a combo attack that allows the two girls to escape the room and talk about what to do next. However...
None other than Kieth appears out of thin air. Just as he readies to fire off some sort of Curse, our Ice Wizard Gray strikes just in time. Lucy and Wendy leave Gray alone for him to deal with Kieth, who murmurs something about "you are Silver's..." Now, call me crazy, but I think Kieth was trying to say something important here! Just as our ladies think that they are free, Fran appears, covered in Aries' fluff (catching Lucy & Happy)! Wendy is quick enough to evade Fran's attack, but Fran is resilient enough to attempt capturing her again. Not only does he fail, but he is completely shocked to see the one who he could not beat prior to this whole dilemma: Natsu!
Lucy is happy to see her knight in shinning armor as Wendy keeps on flying with Carla~ With Wendy finally out of Fran's aim, Natsu and Lucy get ready to fight the Demon. However, the Demon shocks them when he reveals that he has absorbed Lucy's golden spirits! He attempts to use them against Natsu after some rat jokes, but he ultimately fails when he turns into Taurus, who Natsu has no problem punching (I wonder why tho...all he does is flirt with Lucy). Nevertheless, the ball Demon gets up and reveals that he will use his strongest soul! Meanwhile, Wendy and Carla fly to Face!
How do you rate Chapter 374?
II- Chapter 375: Herculean Madness
A beautiful Lucy cover we are given this week, along with a mini Happy-Navigator machine. Herculean Madness quickly reveals Fran's strongest soul without a second to waste. Who is his strongest soul you may ask yourself? None other than master Hades! Although not an exact replica of him, Fran claims that it's the soul that matters, not the appearance. Right... Anyway, by now Wendy is flying towards Face along with Carla, who tries to go as fast as she can. Gotta hand it to Carla. Back to the battle, Natsu reminds us that he was the one who defeated Hades, but Fran does not buy it.
Natsu thinks that he's just about done when he goes into LF Dragon mode and releases a shocking roar. But to our shock, Fran turns out to be a much more tougher opponent than we originally anticipated. The ball absorbs Natsu's Magic! Not only is Natsu now defenseless, but Lucy is just sitting there...doing nothing! What is the color of Ichiya's hair? As the ball Demon explains that all Demons from the books of Zeref can fight an entire army, we get an update on the other fights. Whilst Mira is getting bombarded with books, Lisanna just watches. Erza continues to run from Kyouka's echii fantasy. And then we move on to Wendy, who finally reaches the cave where Face is located!
However, Carla, who has been working really hard, is now tired. Wendy ends up carrying her (such nice friends). As Wendy explores the cave, little did she know a Demon creeps on her.
How do you rate Chapter 375?
III- Chapter 376: Wendy vs. Ezel
Natsu, Lucy and Happy all claim this week's cover. Not only are they a big, happy family, our three favorite heroes are out feasting! Wendy vs. Ezel, true to its name, unlike Jellal's shit battle, begins by giving us a recap of Fran's claim from the previous chapter. Albeit, unlike the last chapter, Lucy does...nope, still doing nothing. Anyway, on to a more exciting topic... Wendy is walking through the cave as she looks for Face. Along the way, Rem-bug crawls up her skirt. As she slaps the Rem-bug off her leg, Ezel makes his presence known and jumps the young slayer! Wendy attempts to use her Magic to put up a fight, but Ezel ends up overpowering her rather easily. What is the number of known Dragon Slayers?
Just as Ezel has her pinned down, and after introducing the dildo-Face, Carla jumps (fucking kawaii) and begins to scratch-attack Ezel; ordering him to let Wendy go. Then...Hiro does the unthinkable. Ezel begins to chew on Carla like a small piece of gum! However, before Carla is completely eaten, she reminds Wendy that there is air around. Understanding the meaning behind her words, Wendy rapidly consumes the air filled with Etherion. And then, our little slayer releases a powerful attack after entering Dragon Force!!!
How do you rate Chapter 376?
III- Chapter 377: The Sky Dragon's Rage
A colored Wendy takes the first page! Not only is it colored, but she's in Dragon Force! For the cover we have lots of characters walking about. Lucy x Sting anyone? Anyway~ The chapter begins with Wendy kicking ass. She disappears as if air, and reappears behind Ezel, kicking him to the ground. Ezel tries to put up a good fight, but Wendy ends up getting the upper hand.
But Ezel's not done yet! He gets into his Attack Mode and matches Wendy's power. But that doesn't last long, as Wendy gathers more air and attacks with it. Soon enough, she ends up sending Ezel flying into Face (such disappointment...) and seemingly wins the lot. But as she falls, exhausted, the timer is still going. Meanwhile aboard Cube, the Mages feel the island shaking.
How do you rate Chapter 377?
III- Chapter 378: Friends Forever
Friends Forever gets a pretty kawaii cover, featuring Wendy and Carla enjoying a nice, spring day. As Cube shakes, Natsu and Lucy continue talking to Fran. At the same time, we get updates on the other battles. Gray uses his Ice-Make against Kieth while Sayla...is throwing her books. Lol. How many Dragons did Lucy say would invade Fiore? Just then, Lamy awakens and makes Lisanna her opponent. Oh boy... Back to Wendy and Carla. The two converse, and Carla reveals that she looked into the future to see how they can stop Face. Man, Carla is turning into a useful character.
However, the one and only way would require two sacrifices; their lives. Carla tells Wendy to get away, as far as she can. But Wendy refuses, admitting that she had a blast being her friend. As they get ready to push a button, they revisit long memories of when they first met. The two press the button and promise to be friends in the afterlife... Face goes off, but in the nick of time, Doranbolt appears and saves both Carla and Wendy with his Teleportation Magic!!!
This month... I bring you something different. Yep, the three fics this month will be all about... *drumroll* crack ships~!!
*hears a collective whine* Yeah, yeah. I'm not the biggest fan of crack ships either, but apparently there are A LOT of people who are. So, to please them in this issue, I will find some cute/nice fics for some unusual or different pairs.
Due to the Sabertooth omake making me really happy, and Sting, Rogue and Yukino's popularity in general, I tried to find some crackfics about Fiore's second strongest guild, so I hope you enjoy~
As always, if you are an avid fanfic reader and know of a great fic you'd like everyone to see, message me or talk to me in chat and I'll check it out and probably add it to my article :3
☆ Helpful Phrases ☆
Okay, for those of you who are unaware of fanfiction, or not as immersed in it as I am, I'll just run through a few terms I may use or that may be important for you whilst you are reading. These can include acronyms or just jargon that you will find a lot if you look at the stories on fanfiction.net, or any other fanfiction website.
A/U: A simple acronym that means 'Alternate Universe'. AU fanfiction usually takes on one of two mediums. Either A, the fanfiction involves all of the characters from the original story, but put in a different world (i.e: Natsu and Lucy living in New York) or B, the characters in their original world, but with slight alterations from the original series (i.e: Fiore, but with no Mages or anything magical). As such, whilst some AU fanfictions can be very similar to the original story if the author, say, keeps Magic and merely changes the setting to a high school, other AU fanfictions can be very unique and differing from the original series.
Crack: A joking term some authors use to describe a story they have written that is likely completely stupid or written just for a laugh. In general, crack fics can hold a variety of features, but are called so because you would have to think the author is on crack to have come up with such ridiculous ideas. Some examples of crack fiction could be a story about Lucy falling in love with Zancrow, or Natsu deciding one day that he wants to be a transvestite.
Drabble: If an author describes their story as a drabble series, it usually means that their story is just a slice-of-life fanfic with nothing much deep and meaningful in terms of plot and character development. Usually these fanfics are just a bit of fun, and not something that you have to focus on incredibly well or remember many details for.
Fanfiction ratings: Every fanfiction on fanfiction.net is categorised into one of 4 categories depending on its content. This starts with K and K+ fiction, which are stories that anyone can read. T fiction comes next, being labelled so because it is advised that people under the age of 13 do not read them. Finally, you get M fiction, restricted to those 18 or older.
Fluff: A term used to describe a fanfiction that contains cutesie, almost cliche romance. The dialogue in conversations is usually not deep and meaningful in any way, rather just there to show the interactions between pairs.
Head Canon: Head Canon is a less popular term than many here, but is used to relate that something that happens in a fanfic is the product of what the author believes happened in the original story, even though it may not necessarily be canon. For example, an author could write a story about Laki during the Grand Magic Games, but detail some trauma she went through during the seven year time skip, even though events of the time skip (for Laki) are unknown. A Head Canon then basically states that the author strongly believes such an event happened, and will write their story as if it did.
Lemon: A fanfiction that warns of lemon is telling you that at some point in the story there will be an explicit sex scene. For those who think that such scenes can't be that bad, lemon fiction is usually only found in the M section of the site, and these fanfics are very, very hardcore when it comes to sex scenes. I'm not talking about two characters falling into a bed together or just kissing, lemon fanfiction is amazingly descriptive. As such, be careful if you don't want to read such things and avoid them.
Lime: A less concentrated version of a lemon. Lime fictions usually just involve characters cuddling or kissing and usually do not contain explicit scenes. Better for people who don't like the full-on nature of lemon fics.
Non-con/Dub-con: You may see these warnings alongside lemon/smut warnings in the description or opening of a fanfic. These warnings stipulate that a sex scene occurs in the fiction where one of the participants is either non-consenting, or has dubious consent. In general these are fictions that include rape, so if this is something that you would not want to read, avoid the fanfic or ask the author for more information before reading ahead.
OC: An OC is an 'Original Character'. Pretty straight-forward. Stories that contain OC's or are about OC's merely contain a character not from the original series, rather someone new the author has created.
OOC: OOC, or 'Out Of Character', is a term some authors and/or reviewers use to describe a character that behaves outside their typical personality of the original series. Sometimes the characters are purposely written differently, but at times the author merely admits that they had trouble writing a certain character into their personality, and will warn readers that something may happen that seems odd for that said character. An example of OOCness could be Gray complimenting Juvia and Juvia reacting by yelling at him, punching him and then walking off for no previously hinted at reason.
One-shot: A one-shot is a story that takes place in one chapter. The author could be telling a short story, expanding a manga scene, or anything they like, however the entire fiction is not continued past the one chapter it contains. One-shots can be great for interesting short stories or lemon fiction, but if you are looking for something with an in-depth plot and character development, one-shots will not be for you. Two-shots, three-shots etc. are the same thing, merely with the number of chapters implied.
Smut: See Lemon - it's the same thing.
Expresso, by xXCatnipScarletXx
Romance - RogueXKagura - T
"It was just the eve of summer when they met."
As I said at the start, I'm not a big fan of crackships and the like, so my ratings for these stories may be a little lower than normal just due to that.
So... Rogue and Kagura. This pair has been circulating tumblr for some time and gaining in popularity. I think the story is that Kagura keeps an eye on Sabertooth because she "owns" Yukino's life, and many of the shippers put Yukino and Sting together and then have Rogue falling for Kagura. I... Well I guess it's a nice story, but as neither a Kagura fan nor much of a Rogue fan, it does little for me.
But, then we get fanfiction, and this one is just a short, 3 chapter story in a slight A/U where Kagura and Rogue meet in a coffee shop, following how Rogue tries to find Kagura and ask her out.
The fic is sweet and quite funny at times, and I like how Kagura in particular was written, though Rogue seemed a little too intense for me at times. Minerva also appears and she's great, with a funny little twist being introduced with her, Erza and Kagura XD
I get the feeling that this fic was meant to be slightly longer, but that the author just decided to end it after three chapters, because the ending doesn't have a complete feeling of 'finale' about it; however, that isn't to say that it doesn't end on a good note. The dialogue in particular is very, VERY entertaining, and overall this is a cute read that I'm sure KaguraRogue fans will appreciate.
On this note, the author has a few other fics with a few other crack ships, so if you enjoyed this one, make sure to check out some of her/his others ;)
"Lucy's idea of romance had always included Natsu, but now she thought differently now that Lisanna was back. She decided to ignore the heartbreak , but that apparently wasn't the best way to deal with it, according to certain female members of the guild. It's a match-making heaven for Mirajane."
Ah. It's just so funny to me. If you look for a Sting fic on fanfiction.net, 90% of what you find are stories where Lucy gets kicked out of Team Natsu by Lisanna and she ends up falling for him. No, I'm not kidding... there are SO MANY fics where Lucy is kicked out of Team Natsu, and Lisanna is always the bitch character and Natsu is always really mean and leading both women on.
But then you get a story like 'Changes in the Heart', and for me, these kinds of stories are just hilarious. They remind me of all those dramatic TV shows where there are so many pairs and scandals XD This fic is mainly StingXLucy and NatsuXLucy, but there is also a bit of LisannaXNatsu, GajeelXLevy and MinervaXSting. For a moment I thought the author might include some RogueXLevy as well, but... no... it never really gets to that. They're more like friends at the end, which I liked. Another very popular fic thing is to have Lucy and Sting get together and Rogue and Levy. Dunno *shrugs* it just happens a lot.
This fic starts out in the typical way: Lisanna is back from Edolas and she and Natsu are much closer. As such, Lucy is slowly pushed out of Team Natsu, and, as always in these stories, Erza and Gray do nothing about it. Sorry to all of the bazillion authors who write this kind of story, but I've never understood how Gray and Erza can do nothing and let Lucy leave Team Natsu (or even FT in some of the more extreme cases in these fics). I'll let it slide though.
Trying to get over Natsu, Lucy is doted on by Mira, who tries to find her a boyfriend. When Sting, Rogue and their Exceeds pass through town, Mira asks Sting to be Lucy's boyfriend, and for some reason Sting agrees. Heck, Sting and Rogue then join Fairy Tail and that's how Rogue and Levy meet - Rogue tries to help Levy with her relationship problems with Gajeel.
The story unfolds and it's basically Natsu getting jealous and Sting trying to keep Lucy and Lucy not knowing who to pick and Lisanna being a bitch about the whole things. However, there is a twist later on in the story that makes a lot of the slightly odd (to me) relationships make more sense, and I'm very happy the author took the story in that direction. Minerva makes a very nice appearance, and the ten chapters end with a set up to a sequel - which I haven't read at this stage.
The writing is good and the story flows nicely and is very well set in the Fairy Tail world. Sting, Rogue, Levy, Gajeel and Mirajane are all written spot-on; Lucy and Lisanna a little less so, but I'm not complaining.
I guess what kept me reading this fic was just the laugh I get out of crack pairings, and seeing the fighting manga we know and love turned into a soap opera XD I found myself just laughing aloud at times at the pairs and wanting to stuff 10,000 cookies into my mouth, but this wasn't a bad thing. So, again, if crack ships are up your alley, definitely check this out, because I'm sure it'll be worth your while ;D
"My interpretation of what happened to Millianna of Mermaid Heel, behind the scenes, during Erza Scarlet and Kagura's match in the Grand Magic Games, while in the clutches of the sadistic mage of Guild Sabertooth, Minerva."
Okay, not so much a crackship here, but a story about three characters you might not expect to see together. I have mentioned in previous issues that I like stories that take an unwritten section of the FT manga and write them out, and this is exactly what 'Perils of Millianna' does.
This short story covers what happened to Millianna and Lector whilst they were in Minerva's clutches as Erza and Kagura fought. If you remember, Minerva turned up and dumped a bruised and beaten Millianna to the ground after Erza defeated Kagura, and this fic talks about how that happened. Of course, this fic does contain some intense things, so if you aren't comfortable reading about torture and the like, it's probably best you avoid this.
However, there is also a bit of niceness in this fic through the relationship that Millianna and Lector develop. You can see Lector's change in personality due to Minerva's cruelty, and the author does a great job of writing the characters and the events so that they fit into the canon story.
Just a short little fanfic, but I think many will enjoy it~
Hey guys! I hope you all had a great March! We definitely had a very great month of Fairy Tail, as not only did we have an additional chapter during this month but we also got some special Omakes~ Now, April is just around the corner and the flowers are going to be blooming bright~ but the most exciting part of April is... THE RETURN OF THE FAIRY TAIL ANIME!
Anyways, this month, Umneilicious is going to be kept short and we will just be discussing what we've LOVED this month. Let's get started~
Fairy Tail Spring Festival!
Now, who didn't see this coming? I love when Hiro Mashima goes out of his way to give us more than what we ask for. Sure, people may not enjoy the story at times, or some may think its "predictable", and others may say that Fairy Tail is just "fanservice". Whatever your opinion may be, you cannot take away the fact that Hiro Mashima goes above and beyond and is truly one of the best in this business.
The Omakes we received this month only got better and better.
Frosch was just too cute! I'm happy he got more of a spotlight because Lector hogged it all during the GMG. "Ooooh I'm dead" pfftt big whoop.
His partner, Rogue, definitely seems to be blossoming ever since Sting introduced Nakama-love into the Guild. He even got gropey-hands with Yukino~ Speaking of which, is it not interesting to think that they chill with the sister of a Dark Mage of the Oracion Seis, a corner of the Balam Alliance? I love how everyone is connected in someway~
Miss Juvia Lockser and all her lovestruck glory~ I mean, I would've liked to see another shtick from her but I guess she decided to step it up a notch by giving us a tour of her bedroom. Her stalker levels are intensifying. :3
Erza Scarlet is very peculiar. She can be oblivious and go with the flow (agreeing with the 413th day anniversary) but also shed so much knowledge. She also whooped some cowgirl bootay.
Speaking of the Cowgirl, it's Bisca Mulan Rouge! I've never been so interested in Bisca before, mainly because discovering that she used to be a punk-ass bitch makes her seem so much cooler. Also, her former name... It just makes me want to shout: Giuchie, Giuchie, ya ya dada~! Mochachino Frappalata~ (I forget how it goes.) I wonder how Mr. Docile Alzack lasso'd her in and got into her pantaloons~ because after that, she squirted a child out of her hooter named...
Asuka-desu~! Honestly, during the GMG, I thought she was just a weird toddler and rarely spoke but it seems this one's got a sharp mouth just like mommy did.
But yeah. I love festivities~ Thank you so much for this chapter-studded month, Hiro Mashima <3 You are very Umneilicious indeed~
March was really fun, and what better way to ease into April than with special chapters. We all know the Tartarus arc is very serious, and slipping all the adorable side stories within those chapters would be very difficult. Having them as additional were just great <3 Now we can carry on with our arc AND watch the super duper amazing return of the anime! MASAYUME CHASING~!!! See you around, everyone :D
What do you want to see in the return of the anime?!
A: I would like to see my battle against Titania to be portrayed as a truly honorable one.
Do you believe in Aliens?
A: Such entities exist only within the minds of those who are not one with their hearts. Once you truly learn of yourself and your surroundings, you need not to believe in extra terrestrials to partially explain the mysteries of life.
How has Fairy Tail Spring Festival been going?
A: The festivities are very quaint. Mermaid Heel shall remain idle until they take center stage!
What's your favorite song?
A:Find You - Zedd Dedicated to the scarlet-haired girl whom I thought I'd never meet again.
If you had a kid, what would you name him/her/it/carrot?
A: Takahiro Mikazuchi, Nobunaga Mikazuchi, Akinari Mikazuchi, Arihiro Mikazuchi, Tenshikaze Mikazuchi, Kabukishiro Mikazuchi... or Simon Jr.
This is AWESOME!!!! I love Pokemon, I love Fairy Tail, and I love crossover fan-art, so I knew I had to feature this picture. :3 Natsu makes for an adorable Pokemon. :D Anyhow, the art quality is great. The colors and lines are nice and neat and perhaps most importantly of all - it makes me happy. ^___^ This awesome piece of art was drawn and colored by manu-chann. I give it .
YES, a magazine JUST for Fairy Tail. How awesome is that?!!
FAIRY TAIL ZERO?!!
So with the return of the anime, the main page will no longer have a featured episode, but will have the recent episode. But even though it won't be featured, let's vote for what would have been the next featured episode!