Last month I had so many guesses again for the puzzle. It's so funny, because as I type the clue here I'm always so scared that I'm making it too easy for you guys ^__^"
Anyways, congrats to Nucky and Fi, who kinda teamed me to get the answer. Technically it was Nucky who said it first, but he merely posted a huge-ass list of possible answers and then couldn't be stuffed picking out and explaining the correct one, so Fi got the full answer in the end~
What was that answer you ask? Well, ladies and gents and others, it was Warcry~!! Allow me to explain:
Four times the manliness: A hint at the guild. In fact, all of the fours -as many of you pointed out- were a reference to Quatro Cerberus.
Four times the bawl: Bawl means to cry.
Four times the conflict: Conflict is another word for war. This and the previous lne were meant to give you his name: Warcry.
Four times the fall: Warcry's place in the story - he was fodder and only fell to Orga~
Well, I hope you all get it now. Trust me, they may be small-ish, but I try to drop in as many related hints as I can ;D Many of you got so close with your guesses - like, Warcry's fight, the QC guild etc, but remember that due to the random button I use, the answer can be anything on the Wiki really ;P
So.... let me press this random button once more *clicks*
( .__.) Shit...
M'kay... this one is HARD. I dunno... I hope I can even come up with something ("-__-)
You clue is:
"Sing a song of fivepence, A pocket full of pride, One certain Ice Mage, Tunefully supplied"
Oh lord > o < I hope you even know where to begin ^__^"
You guys did a lot of debating and decided that Sayla's ability to make books fly was part of her Macro Curse.
We all had a very long talk about the term Demon Form, and after Kuro and I co-wrote a short novel detailing how the term was stupid and misused everyone agreed and we removed it from the respective pages it was corrupting.
We got a new race name: Etherious~! All of the Nine Demon Gates and those summoned from the Book of Zeref now take this race title.
Some discussion about the ranks of the Tartarus members was discussed and changed from 'Mage' to 'Demon'.
After I debated the status of the Garou Knights as villains, we decided the very tag villain was misrepresenting a lot of characters, and decided that the tags would be renamed as 'antagonist' and 'former antagonist'.
I said fuck all in the discussion, but in the end Minerva and Doriate were removed from the race Etherious... something about the Book of Zeref and what not... I'm still not sure to be honest ^__^"
We have not made a decision yet as to the spell Zeref was using when he like froze time in front of Natsu, so get over to his talk page and start the conversation back up so we can reach a decision and close the darn thing ;D
Where do I begin? Where do I begin? Where do I begin? WHERE DO I BEGIN?
It's been so long... Yes, yes it has been. After waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting, we have finally gotten our anime back!! Is this a good thing? Weeeeell, I think so :D ...for the most part ^__^"
It's been so long I can't even remember how I used to do these... Oh! That's right! I used to start with a review of the OP and ED :D Guess I'll do that~
I LOVE THIS OPENING!!
Omg... Seriously. I was so high when the first ep aired (like, so freakin' high) and just watching this made me squeal with delight.
First, the song is just awesomesauce... Literally. The chorus is addictive and I love that it's such a poppy song, but the images of destruction and sadness paired with it throughout the ep just work.
The start is so well animated and really touching with the whole Natsu/Lucy thing - I mean, heck, this opening has so much NatsuLucy ^__^" NaLu fans must have spontaneously combusted just seeing it XD
Seeing Sting was great (he's so well animated!) and Crime S :D Again, this team has still fudged up Jellal's hair, but I'll leave that 'til later >__>
And then the chorus!! THECHORUSTHECHORUSTHECHORUS!! The bit with the Garou Knights is SO COOL, and I love the little clip of Natsu and Kama battling it out - the animation is just so smooth :O And then the threesome (hehe) between Erza, Minerva and Kagura... awesome! Fast paced and edgy and...
Hold the phone... ( .__.)
This is a very fast little clip here... Lemme just slow it down a bit...
Ahhhhh...?? ( .__.) Well... Hopefully I'm the only one who noticed the massive slip in animation quality here and all of the darn awful faces :) So good to know that nobody else is going to know about this~ ^__^
Back to business and Hisui looks wicked in this opening! The same with some of the later shots of Chelia and Lyon and Gray :D And, admittedly, seeing Natsu walking through that fire was very cool >__> Hem... just a little...
But, hands down, the best part of this opening was that little smile during the chorus. It was perfectly timed with the music and had me grinning like an idiot. Worry not anime-only peeps, I will not spoil, but soon you will watch this opening with new eyes~
Points to Gajeel too for that awesome little clip :D :D :D I think this opening deserves an A+, would watch again, Jellal or GTFO ^__^
Not much to say about this ending to be honest. I find FT endings normally bore me to death - there are very few that I actually enjoy and bother watching through/listening to... .... aaaaaaand this isn't one of them.
First, I was SHOCKED by the content. So much NaLu! And, usually, the endings relate to a character in the arc or include something that we've seen in manga material. As such, seeing this ending come right out of the blue when something like this has never been seen in the manga/anime and is totally A/U, I was really surprised.
It was sweet and well animated I guess and, again, I'm sure NaLu fans are drinking it up (haha NaLi fans >:3) but as a not-so-intense NaLu fan, it really does little for me ( .__.)
Hoping the next one is better~
After months and month and months of waiting and waiting and waiting, we open the newest episode of Fairy Tail wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiith...
FILLER~! \( ^__^)/
W-wait... what? ( o__o) *starts the episode over* Filler? Why would there be filler if this is meant to be picking back up where the mang-
*anime's director runs in* Shhhhh... Shh Shh Shh... It's okay~
Uhhhh.... Okay then. So yeah, we start the episode off with filler, which I guess the anime team inserted to get everyone pumped for events to come and to give a dark overshadow to the arc. I can't really complain to be honest, and mainly for two reasons:
This is the sort of filler I'd prefer to see rather than stupid/pointless conversations and poor and boring extensions of fights.
The animation was stunning... full stop.
So, we see Natsu and Lucy (lol, well not really Lucy XD) fighting some Dragons in a barren wasteland~ Pretty cool :) This doesn't last long though, for we cut to the glorious opening and then jump back to a place people are probably more familiar with - the night of the 4th day of the Grand Magic Games.
Remember how I said, like, 5 lines ago that I hate pointless filler conversations...??
Heeeeeeeeh ( -__-)~
So, we fluff around for some time with Gray and Natsu fighting and Lucy telling them off and Mira and Elfman commenting on Wendy and Erza getting her cake smooshed... the usual. I dunno, I guess I can overlook this because maybe the animators wanted to slowly introduce the characters again now that their designs are different and such. This certainly seemed to be the case, what with them all entering one at a time and having their own little introduction and all.
But then Gajeel turns up (looking mighty fine too I might add~) and we finally kick off into manga material, as he states that he wants to take the group back below the Domus Flau to show them what he found earlier that day as he was wandering around.
BUT BUT BUT!! Hold the phone, because we are jumping~! That's right, fuck whatever huge ass secret Gajeel needs to show everyone, because we are heading to Sabertooth!
To be honest, I COMPLETELY forgot this scene existed until I saw it, and then a lot of feels came rushing back. I think the anime did an AMAZING job with this entire part of the episode - the animation was great, Sting's VA stepped up and just gave an emotional performance and everything was just top notch. I actually choked up when Lector disappeared and Sting was crying, something I didn't do whilst reading this particular part of the manga. You know the anime is doing a good job when it elicits emotions you never had when reading the source material, so a big thumbs up here :)
Though, I have to say the best part of that scene was seeing Minerva look like a cow as she smirked and stated that everything was good XD
OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!! Guess who comes in next???
That's right, it's mah glorious, hunky, suave, supermegafoxyawesomehawt true love Jellal ^__^ And he's still stalking people~ What a man <3
Anyways, the anime does this retarded leap between two people's work as it zooms up on Jellal's shocked face (no, it was a very wtf moment for me too) but then we cut to Jellal talking to the other awesome members of CS...
MEREDY!! ^______________________^ Yaaaaaay~! She looks SO MUCH better in this version of the anime than she did in the last! I'm hoping we'll get a nice new profile pic for her soon :) Also, I noticed that they changed around the colour scheme for CS... Now Ultear and Meredy wear black cloaks, whilst Jellal's is still blue? Then again, they were shown with the normal colour scheme in the OP...?? Granted though the OP also put Minerva in her old clothes and stuffed up in a few places, so I guess we'll have to wait for more eps to see if they are sticking to these new colours.
Oh! On this note, kudos to the new team for actually bothering to make the buildings and backdrops look like they do in the manga. I am so relieved to actually see Mercurius looking like Mercurius, and not some drugged-up basement dweller's version of the Disney castle.
Speaking of amazing looking locations, we move to the Dragon graveyard and catch back up with Gajeel, Natsu and the gang as they arrive.
To be honest, I don't have much to say about the rest of this episode, because it just followed the manga exactly as it should have~ Zirconis looked great and his playful and serious nature was brought to life by his VA, the animation of the Dragons in general was nice, and the back-story colourful and properly represented. Milky Way looked STUNNING too - exactly how I hoped it would be. Yeah, in all honesty I can't find one thing to really berate the anime for here. Just a great, great job :D
In the last few minutes of the episode we see Arcadios and Yukino again, and, as seems to be the norm for this episode, they are looking good too. And then we cut back to this apocalypse preview for some more clips of Natsu fighting the Dragons, which I must say for the most part looked great :) I have to tip my hat to the animator that worked on Natsu's flames - they looked so awesome ^__^
Now, of course, I am typing this closer to the end of the month, so I have seen the episodes that come after this one. It's kind of sad, because at the time, I remember being so pumped over the episode and excited for what was to come...
...Sad to say that things didn't go as I would have liked, but, for this glorious little piece of anime perfection, I leave with a huge smile~ Even if you don't watch the anime, this is worth your time. If you would like to see the anime team at their best and watch an example of how the Fairy Tail anime should be done, this is the episode for you.
... and... if only... if only things could have stayed this good~
Fairy Tail anime viewers: OMG! The last episode was so amazing! I can't wait to see the next one ^__^ This is so great~ All of our waiting was totally worth it!!!
Animators: What's this you say? You like it when the animation quality is up, the bullshit is down and everything just makes you want to watch the episode again?
Fairy Tail anime viewers: Yes! Please, bring us more awesomeness~
Animators: Well, here you go~ Here is episode 177 :)
Fairy Tail anime viewers: Wait... What? What the fuck is this?? o__O It looks horrible!
Okay, stupidity aside... I think it was at this point in time that many of us realised that we had been trolled by the anime in episode 176. 176 was some mighty tease, getting us all worked up and enthusiastic so that the fall would hurt just as much.
I really don't have much to say about this episode - I did not like it that much, and I was just disappointed on so many levels.
However!! And this is a big however. I have to give credit where credit is due, and this episode did shine brightly in one clear aspect.
I don't know how to compliment the music team behind Fairy Tail enough on their compositions and dedication towards making the anime sound (music-wise) as amazing as it can. Seriously, hearing the new OSTs throughout this ep was the only thing that stopped me from going completely insane. I can't wait for these tracks to be released :)
Back to the episode though, and I don't understand where the amazing animation went... Literally... I am gob-smacked by the instant and completely obvious drop in quality. Just obviously BAD moments in the anime where I go "Lol, just WTF am I watching?"
As such, I'm not sure what to type here. I could go scene by scene and point out all of the crappy screenshots I've found, but I think that'll just annoy anime-only fans, clog the Wiki with crappy screenshots and be a big bore for everyone else, and besides, the story was still followed quite closely, so I have no real comments on that either :/
So, I guess just to make a point to all of the anime-only fans, the reason we berate the anime so much on quality is not because it is a little worse than the manga. We understand that moving images are hard to make - the reason we berate the anime is that no, the anime is not a little under the quality of the manga...
...it comes nowhere fucking close.
And, probably most scarily, and the one you've seen 1,000 times over:
Think you can see my point? That last one in particular I do not understand in the slightest. Even in the anime IT WAS A STATIC SHOT!! There was no movement, so why did the team redraw the manga image to make all of the characters look like they have melted faces? Why not just copy it over? *sighs* Makes no sense to me. Plus, All of Blue Pegasus and Lyon also looked very poor. I dunno, the lines were just simple and the colours - they looked more like draft versions than a final copy imo :/
Oh, and I totally loled at those people in the crowd who were waving Raven Tail flags~
But, poor animation and set up story aside, I can't say I hated the episode :/ I dunno... I guess there will always be something I like about seeing the characters of FT put into colour and moving about with voices. Plus, as I said before, the soundtrack just awes me on so many level~
Though, just before I finish up here, I got such a laugh out of Mirajane's stupid run at the end of the episode. Oh man XD It was just so bad. If you are looking for a good laugh, I highly recommend looking at it again :P
And, so we went into the third episode preview hoping.... no, scratch that... PRAYING that things would improve. Did they? Well, I guess... but not by much ( -__-)~
Omg... that opening track * ^ *
Da da dum da da da da da de da di de dum, da da dum da de da de da de dah de di dum~
Good job opening with that track animators... you have calmed the raging beast somewhat ( -__-)
But this is the start of the final day of the Grand Magic Games!! So LET'S GO!!
... ( .__.) *sighs* ( _ _)
Let's try that again~
I said... LET'S GO!!!!!!
Much better ^__^
Oh... and before I continue, can I just comment that the new way the team animated Ichiya scares the living daylights out of me O__o He looks so scary it's not even funny DX
But, moving on and we are once again filled in on the teams - what say you anime-only people, do you know everyone yet, or should we repeat it ten more times??
Anyway, the rather well-animated (this time around) Rescue Team run towards Mercurius whilst the Games are getting underway. The final day is an all out battle and everyone - yes, even those Raven Tail supporters - are rearing to go~
I have to admit, this first part of the episode with all of the other guilds moving and striking each other was quite well done, and I don't really have any complaints. A few animation slip ups here and there, but overall it was interesting to watch.
I have to say though, I was kinda annoyed that the anime made that longer introduction to Sting smashing Bacchus. I thought it was a lot more epic in the manga simply because Sting came out of nowhere more unexpectedly, and I think it would have been nicer if the crew had just done the same here rather than the whole pause and "something is coming" technique. Ah well though :/
Then we got Mavis' little speech, and whilst I liked it, I was irked over the fact that they kept Mavis all cute. If you guys remember the manga, she got really creepy for a moment there, and seemed like that 100+ y/o master we all were waiting to see. I wanted her voice to go deeper and her actions to reflect this slight personality flip, but, alas, no. So, for the anime-only's, here's what you missed out on T^T Epicness:
But, the fights continue and FT steps in and I spend a good portion of the episode trying to decide whether or not Erza's new outfit looks retarded or whether it looks better than I thought it would... I still haven't reached a decision and slowly, member by member we are reducing the game down to the top tiers - namely: All of FT, all of ST, Jura, Chelia, Lyon and Kagura. Starting to make some fight match-ups anionly's? We were at this point in the manga ;D
But screw that, because we cut back to the Rescue Team for a bit of set up and more fluffing around. Dunno, guess this was fine XD As I said in my blog comment, I have to hand it to the team for Hisui... she has looked stunning in every episode so far - a real level of awesome that I wish all of the other characters could match :)
And so, the team + Lucy + Yukino become trapped in the rather good looking Abyss Palace~ To be honest, due to the opening I cannot wait for the events that occur down here to unfold, and I hope what comes up is animated well, because if so, it will be very, very awesome :D Plus we'll hopefully get new profile pictures and gifs for abilities and the like ^__^ Always nice~
A few seconds before the end and things are set up when Gray arrives in a library to face Rufus. I always wondered why the GMG planners decided to let these guys with awesome Magic abilities fight in the middle of the freakin' capital where they can easily blow things up, but whatever *shrugs* Rufus, looking pretty good and sounding super cocky with his awesome VA, decides to face Gray, and we head for the credits with Gray...
Having a weird haircut??
Oh... no... Sorry ^__^" My bad~
He's actually staring him down :)
This episode was all over the place for me. Some parts were just outstandingly well done... and others had me cringing, so let's divide this up, shall we??
There was only one part of this episode that actually impressed me, and that was the animation of some of Gray's spells. I must say, I was really worried that the anime would just throw aside Mashima's glorious art from the corresponding chapter and reanimate everything to be very simple. As such, I was glad to see that most of the spells looked great and/or were very close to their original manga form.
This in particular impressed me quite a bit~
So, kudos to the team for the spells, but unfortunately, this is where my appreciation of the episode ends :(
Oh... no... wait...
ORGA'S LIGHTNING IS STILL BLACK!
Okay... I'm done now~
There are quite a few things here, but let me just start with the expressions Gray wore for most of the episode. I dunno... he just looked very.... derpy throughout most of the scenes :/ Rufus had his ups and downs, but I think he was at least a little better.
The fight contained a lot of filler, and, whilst I don't mind the odd addtional attack or banter, I felt it just dragged out here and made the fight really slow and boring. I dunno, are there any anionlys who would care to give me their opinion through manga-un-biased eyes?? Plus, whilst I don't blame the team for having Rufus create new spells - I mean, his Magic is very diverse - I found these spells were just kind of... lame :< Specially that giant in the ice one... no seriously wtf was that ( -__-)
And then we get other extensions through the crowd and Juvia...
OH LORD!! JUST KILL ME NOW! DX
These sorts of extensions bore me to tears, and this episode was no different. Cana and Lisanna and Makarov and seemingly every FT member in the stands had to comment at least 50 times, and I swear... how many times did Juvia appear and say the same damn thing!? Uhg ( -__-) I mean, Rufus is also fighting, why not cut Juvia's 4th personal monologue and add in Orga or Sting or Minerva being all cocky as Gray falls?? I mean, come on! Shake it up a little >__>
Overall I found it was this mess that really dragged the episode down for me :/
Uhhhhh... Rescue Team filler?? :/ Really? I wasn't expecting it and I know it was just meant to be for a laugh, but in all honesty, I didn't find it funny and it was just really lame. I mean... *sighs* I dunno... I just didn't like it >__>
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo... where does this leave us now? Well, Rufus is defeated and the Grand Magic Game rages on to some hopefully good fights and from the looks of the preview we are finally getting our first look at the people who will appear in the Abyss Palace. Again, I'm hoping the animation steps up and really delivers for these fights, but, to be honest, with 3 episodes of average animation come and gone, I'm not looking too enthusiastic >__>
I just hope the anime team realises how sad I am after the amazingness that was episode 176 T^T
Okay, I have something special this month... and next month actually ^__^"
Due to the fact that I also have to write TMiTA alongside this article now, I may have to make some alterations as to how many fics I review and so on, but for now, I'm going to bring you two slightly different fanfiction projects that I think are absolutely awesome!
So, hopefully you become just as excited as me :D
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.
Age of Gladiators, by Nicole4211
Romance - Drama - Action - M - Multiple Pairings
"Romance, drama, family feuds, fierce battles, jealousy, intrigue and sorrow amass in this tale of life as a Gladiator in Ancient Rome. Follow the FT characters you love as they fight for survival in a time where money and blood means power. Watch as strong friendships are created in times of need and love blooms in the most unlikely of situations."
It's rare in the world of fanfiction for the medium of a story to ever expand past the chapters published by the author. Sometimes the author will have one piece of fanart made for their story, but this is usually only after their story has multiple chapters and has garnered a large supportive fanbase. As such, when I heard that two artists on tumblr (one a writer, the other a fanartist) were going to collaborate to produce an illustrated fanfic, I was very excited.
Nicole4211 is a very talented writer. She has numerous Fairy Tail stories and the ones I have read have been very enjoyable.
Approvesport is a tumblr artist who turns the art of Fairy Tail from a manga into something I'd expect to see in a professional Western animated movie. Her works are really really something~
Together, these two are collaborating to produce "Age of Gladiators", a story that will supposedly follow multiple Fairy Tail characters in the A/U of Ancient Rome. The various characters all come from different backgrounds - anything from Princes, to slaves, to rising gladiators - and meet and interact as they all become gladiators and need to trust each other as civilisation rapidly change around them.
Now, I say supposedly because this fic is very, very new. In fact, there has only been one chapter published, but, A) it was very good, and B) the fic has already garnered a large audience due to its promotion.
If you're still a little confused, let me explain a little more. Nicole4211 will be writing the chapters, and, when each one is released, Approvesport publishes supporting artworks for viewing. For example, the first chapter, which was all about Natsu and Igneel, was published not long ago alongside this image.
Intrigued yet? I know I was ;D
So, this is the project I bring you this month. I know I for one will be following this fic and the additional art with much interest, and I look forward to seeing how the story progresses. Make sure you check out Approvesport's tumblr for more images - as she has posted quite a few pieces of concept art as well.
To get you excited, here are two of my favourite pieces of concept that have been released thus far:
Mirajane, the Emperor's daughter who is sweet and kind until she gets into the ring, where she turns into a lethal fighter, and Laxus, the cocky, arrogant fighter who is betrothed to Mirajane and hiding a deep secret.
Erza, the slave-set-free who fights just as well as any man in the arena and earned her respect and approval, and Jellal, the underground thief/spy who threatens to ruin her carefully crafted world.
Okay, I hope you liked this special version of FF. I'll be back next month with another artist's project that I personally think is even more amazing than this one. I only chose to do this one first in fact because this second project is only just getting put into motion in May ;D
I rate "Age of Gladiators" a N/A out of 10 hahahaha, because I like to actually finish reading fanfics before I rate them :P
You can read Age of Gladiatorshere and watch for updates of Approvesport's amazing art here.
FTW Guys: You're one of us ManjuPa, accept your fate! (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ
Rai: NEVER! I'm above the law-
(Police siren sound gets closer)
Rai: HOLY SHIT!! I take it back .. (╯°□°）╯.. Now, lets move on to what you whores came here for ( *^*) .. ACCEPT ME AS YOUR ONLY HARD-WORKING ADMI-
MDM:(points gun at Rai) Don't .. (ノಠ益ಠ)=ε︻̷̿┻̿═━一 .. don't you dare try to put yourself and word "Hard Working" in one sentence .. its a Holy TABOO that is written in Holy Fairy Bible of Chaos the ONLY!
Rai: Come on? Just this one time .. .. no? .. okay ( ,_,) Then just enjoy this flash and leave me alone with mah achievements ..
Welcome to the latest issue of The Earth Land Chronicles. This article will a relatively sarcastic overview of things in the Fairy Tail series, which will probably be presented in chronological order. This could include main villains, Dragon Slayers, Celestial Spirits, probably in the order they were revealed. Our first series will be the story arcs of Fairy Tail, with an arc being done each month. So let's continue with the Grand Magic Games arc.
Welcome back to The Earth Land Chronicles, people!
Sorry about last month not having an issue. I was out of it due to personal reasons as well as starting my new job. However, now I'm back and we're now at the final day of the Grand Magic Games! It's been a long road but there's still a lot more, but before we get to the events, we've gotta get into what lead up to them!
However, the biggest piece of real life news is that - yes - the anime is back! The series has returned in color with a new studio attached to the project. Whether or not it's for the better is a matter of heavy debate, but it's here nonetheless.
As to the actual plot, we start off with an anime scene of a bleak future where Dragons rule and Lucy is seemingly the only one left. Except she's not! Natsu is still there and tells her it'll all be alright as he heads into the fight to battle the beasts.
Back in the present, Fairy Tail's Mages are in a bar and fighting as usual until Gajeel shows up and tells them he wants to show them something! Taking Wendy, Natsu, Lucy, Gray and the 3 Exceed them to the Dragon Graveyard he found thanks to Natsu shoving him into a cart, the group sees all the Dragon skeletons. However, Wendy realizes that Grandine's spell Milky Way can help her communicate with one of their dead souls and learn what happened. Using this spell, she calls forth the soul of the perverted Jade Dragon Zirconis, who explains the truth.
Finding out that Dragons once ruled the world till humans exterminated them and that Acnologia is the Dragon King, killed all the Dragons they see and was once human, the Mages are stunned. As Zirconis' soul leaves, Arcadios and Yukino, having somehow found the place with seemingly nobody telling them and coming to the exact location of the Fairy Tail Mages, tell everyone that they have a plan to beat Zeref and invite them to Mercurius Castle.
Meanwhile, at Sabertooth's lodge, Master Jiemma is pissed with Sting and Rogue for losing to Natsu and decides to beat the crap out of them for it. However, it seems Lector has changed since the beginning and defends them. Having forgotten that he let the Exceed into the guild, Jiemma seemingly exterminates him, leaving Sting in despair and anger, enough to cause him to rise up against Jiemma and deliver a powerful shot, piercing his body and shocking everyone, aside from Minerva really, who is glad, if anything.
Over at the castle, Arcadios reveals that he orchestrated the failed kidnapping on the 2nd day of the games and apologizes, stating he needed Lucy since she was a Celestial Spirit Mage. Showing the Mages his Eclipse Project, one designed to travel back in time to kill Zeref before he was powerful and immortal, he doesn't get to do much else before Darton and his forces arrest him, Yukino and Lucy, saying that messing with time is too dangerous. Natsu's attempt to stop them is useless as being near the gate sucks out his Magic. With Lucy arrested the Fairy Tail Mages are told only one thing after being ejected: They can have an audience with the king to let her go if they win the Grand Magic Games.
Of course, when they reveal this to their guildmates, nobody is really happy and they decide that they can't directly attack the kingdom, but they won't lie down and let themselves take it either. Constructing a plan, Natsu, Wendy, Mirajane and the Exceed go to the castle to break Lucy out while Juvia joins Team Fairy Tail to participate in the games as a cover for the operation. Now with two teams on the go for one common goal, will Fairy Tail be able to accomplish?
Arriving at the castle in disguise, the group locates the dungeon and breaks out Lucy and Yukino, but while the former is changing clothes, cause that's currently the most important thing rather than getting out while wearing whatever she currently had on, the group falls through a trap floor. Yes, the Exceed, who can fly, fall through the trap floor. Yes, they don't try and save anyone. They really wanted to push this group further down, didn't they? But anyways, the group comes across a battered and beaten Arcadios down there in what's called Abyss Palace, where Princess Hisui E. Fiore, the best drawn character in the new anime, condemns them to death.
Meanwhile at the games, the "Grand Magic Game" is the name of the game where they run around the city to attack one another and score points, earning 5 if they take out a team later and earning 1 for anyone else. So naturally, the other teams get in on fast but shockingly, Fairy Tail's team doesn't. They even stand completely still. How lucky are they that they didn't get attacked by anyone while doing this? However, they do eventually get moving as it is revealed that Mavis Vermilion planned everything and they now know how to fight their opponents.
Rufus of Sabertooth is the first to make his move but thanks to Mavis, everyone knows how to evade his attack, or block in Laxus's case. Taking out various Mages like Jenny, Hibiki Lates, Ren and such, Fairy Tail's team soon becomes a formidable force with seemingly only Jura posing a real threat as Mavis can't find a way to deal with him. Eventually, the battles culminate in Gray finding Rufus in a library, seeking to beat him in a 1-vs-1.
The battle isn't easy in the least for Gray, since Rufus has a monstrously OP Magic that in the hands of someone more capable than him would be pretty much unstoppable. Mixing Magic, forgetting Magic, Rufus can do it all and give himself power or put his opponent at a disadvantage. It's only when Gray goes too fast that the weakness is realized: Rufus can't memorize things that he can't comprehend and mass speed is massively incomprehensible. Using this, Gray's able to turn the tide of the battle on Rufus, taking him out in the end and earning a point for his team. I gotta admit, seeing him take Rufus' hat and put it on was rather sexy.
Pondering Rufus's loss, Minerva recalls that her father survived Sting's assault and we learn that she saved Lector but won't give him back to Sting until he wins the game by using the power Natsu used: Nakama Power. So now, it looks like while Team Fairy Tail is in a good position, the rescue team is in anything but. The find Arcadios battered and beaten but are attacked by the Garou Knights, one of whom happened to rip-off the design of my darling. GRR. Anyways, the battle is short and results in everyone being separated. Mirajane with Kamika, Wendy with Cosmos, Natsu with Kama, Panther Lily with Neppa and Lucy, Yukino and Happy with Uosuke.
The knights do present trouble at first, as Natsu is put on the ropes, Panther Lily can't deal with the acid attacks of Neppa, Kamika's poison seemingly hurts Mirajane and Cosmos seems to put Wendy to an eternal sleep. However, none of them are having as hard a time as Lucy and Yukino, who don't have their keys and thus no way to fight Uosuke, whom Arcadios says disintegrates even the bones of his opponents. Right off the bat, he opens a zone of lava that nearly melts the girls as they're about to fall in, only to be saved by Arcadios, who seemingly dies. However, we all know that in Fairy Tail, few people die (at least, at this point) and so Arcadios is really alive, saved by Horologium. Loke arrives as well with the girls' keys, allowing them to go on the offensive.
Yukino's spirit Pisces has an alternate form, one that takes the form of mother and son but is supposedly weak to water....yeah, a fish that's weak to water...what the hell? Anyways, Lucy summons Aquarius who manages to take out Uosuke with help while Natsu overcomes Kama, Panther Lily takes out Neppa, Mirajane, a Demon, enjoys Kamika's poison and Wendy is able to get through the eternal sleep thanks to her spells. One by one, the Garou Knights are defeated and all the Mages send them flying and landing in (in what is a lovely coincidence) the same place. Natsu here threatens to kill them if they don't reveal how to get out of the Abyss Palace.
Well, that was an interesting start to this first day. The teams have had varying degrees of success but we dunno how long this'll last and what more is waiting for them. Alright, we do know, but still. Anyways, that's the end of this edition of ELC! I know it all happens over the course of one day, but it's so damn big I need to split it up across a few issues. To see how it goes, join us next month as we continue to look at Fairy Tail's largest arc (to date).
How would you like Mashima to develop your character?
A: As the King of Demons, I better get a fucking good fight. However, something tells me that a certain human needs to defeat me somehow in order to save her nakama. I'd like to see her try. *evil smirk*
How would you like Mashima to develop your character?
A: Hmmmm, well I'd like to fight a little more. People are really mean to me because they underestimate the need for a smart, careful and analytical character, so if I could just use my Second Origin a bit they'd be eating their words! *fist pumps*
What's your favorite swear word?
A: Oh, I don't swear. I get enough of that from... uh, certain people *glances at Gajeel*
Make yourself an alias!
A: Oooh! Don't tell anyone this, but when I was sort of trying to write my novel I wrote myself in as the main character. I was an assassin called Blue Moon, it was really neat... i-in my head ( _ _)
What's your favorite video game?
A: I don't know if you'd count it as a video game, but I love Words With Friends :) I play Lucy all the time *whispers* She gets really pissed off because I always beat her by about 300 points ;D
Why is your name so weird?
A: Levy? Hmmm... Well, I don't think it's that weird~ I mean, there are worse things you could be called :)
This piece of art is AWESOME!!!! It is too sexy for the sexy, too sexy for a shirt, so sexy it hurts! It shakes its little tush on the catwalk. Horrible song reference about sexiness aside, this piece really is great. It's drawn spectacularly, and its risque enough for a perv like myself to enjoy, but not so risque that I can't force it down the throat of all you "innocent" wikians. :D Normally, I don't include non-colored pieces in the featured section (don't know why), but I wanted to include something different this time. (O, and random note, if you know of anyone who has some really great art and you want me to include it in my article, leave a message on my talk page, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or note me on deviantart. My user name there is the same as it is here.) This awesome piece of art was drawn by Sambre-sambre. I give it .
Welcome to the The Last Pollbender! The page where we hold all kinds of polls each month to find out what Fairy Tail fans' opinions are on any and every subject!
Hey guys~ Leli is lame so Carrot is taking over this article for the month :D Lol, I had no idea what questions to poll, so this is all just random crap that came to my mind XD