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Alvarez Empire Arc: Recap

Ncduru February 28, 2016 User blog:Ncduru
Welcome to the Alvarez Empire Arc Recap Blog!
Alvarez Empire arc

Just as the title states, this blog is just to recap our thoughts on the arc so far, cause we're nearing 40 chapters which is usually the length of a normal arc, but we all know this isn't a normal arc, so this to me is basically the midpoint. Regardless how you feel on it, you can't lie that this arc has got us hype, made us sigh, happy, sad, angry, anxious for every chapter (at least for me) which sounds about right as a Fairy Tail fan lol. I get goosebumps from most chapters which is a sign I like what's happening. The amount of opinions on the arc have been so differing but in general I'm seeing alot of people like this arc as it has something for everyone.

Me? I've been on record on my previous blog saying that this could definitely be the best arc in FT and so far so good... But let's get down to business.

The Arc So Far

  • FT gets rebuilt, Mest recruits Team Natsu to retrieve Makarov from the Alvarez Empire
  • Landfall on Caracole Island, Brandish appears and shrinks the island, lets Team Natsu get away, which leads to them meeting up with Angel as she knows where the master is
  • Dimaria, Ajeel, and Invel get introduced as well as Emperor Spriggan or as we know him as Zeref, Mest saves Makarov, Team Natsu escapes from Ajeel with the help of Fairy Tail Team B, Laxus, and the Thunder God Tribe and Ichiya lol
  • Mavis talks about her past with Zeref, how she killed Mak's mom, they kiss, she goes into a coma, Precht turns her into Fairy Heart before becoming Hades, which is what Zeref is after to take on Acno
  • War begins, Ajeel attacks Magnolia and fights Erza, Brandish "takes on" Lucy, Wahl takes on TGT
  • They succeed defending the city, Wahl's real body coming with Dimaria, destroys Christina, Ichiya alerts the other guilds, Saber & BP to the north, Lamia and MH to the south, Mavis sends out FT members to each side
  • Natsu flys to Zeref, they fight, he uses Igneel's power, Zeref still is alive, drops the truth bomb that they're related, he and the DS are from 400 years ago, Layla opened the gate, etc. Natsu doesn't care, goes to kill him, Happy saves him
  • Fights starting to break out around the country, Dimaria and Wahl take on the south forces, Bradman appears up north, God Serena takes on the Gods of Ishgar, Marin chokes out Brandish who gets saved by Lucy and tells her about her hatred of her mother, which Aquarius appears to tell the truth
  • Natsu gets cancer, God Serena fucks up the GoL but gets his shit fucked by Acno who's after the other 7 DS, Laxus destroys Wahl, Sky Sisters' take on Dimaria, Crime Sorceire appears, Carla bouta die, Ultear about to boost up the Sky Sis


The Good

  • First and foremost, gotta talk about the 12s. I personally haven't had a more enjoyable cast of villains (who don't really feel like villains) in FT since Oracion Seis. I literally have been enjoying all of them, no matter if you think their overrated, or haven't shown much. Hiro did a good job on making their personalities, designs, magics etc (Dimaria O_o oh shittt).
  • Love that the other guilds in Fiore joined, I would of hung myself if FT just fought an entire empire. Just... no.
  • Surprisingly we've made it almost 40 chapters without all of the 12s revealed. I like that Hiro is doing this cause usually at the beginning of the arc he reveals them all in one go. I see you Hiro adapting lol
  • Another shoutout to Hiro, we all know how he likes to blatantly foreshadow his battles which I'm cool with but I can see why people would say its predictable. He did that again in Chp 452, which made people say "Oh it's gonna be Ajeel vs. Natsu, Gray vs. Invel, Dimaria or Brandish vs. Erza blah, blah, blah" lol we all look dumb. Who tf had Dimaria vs. the SS & Ultear, Neinhart vs. Erza, Kagura, and Jellal and so on? With Hiro, he tricked us to believing they were gonna fight to set up fights we didn't expect so I gotta give it to him cause he switched up the usual script for him.
  • Acno joining the war, murking shit, and on a mission. Nothing else to say. Simply the best
  • We knew CS would join the war, but gotta admit... their entrance was too badass lol. Never knew how much I liked them till Chp 474 which brings to....

The ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • So Ultear is back. I gotta admit I rather her and Aquarius didn't come back but this is one of those moments where I don't give a fuck cause Ultear, besides Zeref, to me is one of the best overall crafted characters that Hiro made, honestly everything about her was just made out so well to me so count me that I loved that Hiro did this, although if Hiro finesses her explanation the right way, like if she only looks young cause of the time-space world shit I would love this even more... which he did so I'm glad! She only looks like that cause of the time-space area so she's not really back and about to disappear soon... still rather she ain't come at all but who cares
  • The fights. Pretty satisfied so far. Erza vs. Ajeel was good for an Erza fight, TGT vs. fake wahl was cool/funny, Natsu vs. Zeref & God Serena vs. GoL I NEED to see in the anime, with Laxus vs. Wahl the worst. But the thing that will push this over the top to be the best arc of FT is that the losses on FT side has to start piling up... in Tartaros, Laxus and TGT got taken out early (even though TGT is out again basically), Aquarius, and what not. People are so concerned with deaths when FT isn't built like that but I agree with this take: if someone important is gonna die this would be the best arc to do so
  • Randi and Lucy's naked battle. I'm a fanservice guy but I already know I'm gonna hate it when the anime censors the fuck outta this, to the point where they're gonna have the same convo over a table drinking tea... fuck that
  • Brandish. Love her but hope she really doesn't say fuck it completely and not even participate in the war anymore... she's staying true to her personality but war is war. Get that ass back in there!

The Bad

  • Aquarius appearing. I feel like a hypocrite that I love that Ultear is back but idk why, I just hated her coming back, just felt like it shouldn't have happened but for semantics I liked how she gave Lucy a mission for after the war, only thing I liked
  • Mavis and Makarov. I love Mavis but man, this bitch is blowing my life. First she's the reason why this war is happening, from everything she did in Zero but I understand why cause she saved Yuri's life. But in the present? No excuses. She's not "Lisanna" useless yet but her forte is planning and probability and she's been fucking up alot in that category lately... now she's thinking about taking on Zeref herself? Smh stop Mavis. Don't even get me started with Makarov. You're a Wizard Saint but you're not doing shit, just give Erza the title of GM and die already
  • FT still playing "Saved By The Bell". Not liking how everything is going wrong until FT shows up, makes the other guilds feel weaker


Like I've said, the barometer for this arc is Tartaros, since that was the best arc in my eyes, which around the halfway point of that arc was Lucy's fight against the members and Aquarius' sacrifice. I still believe that Alvarez has been more steady than Tartaros but in due time we'll know. Besides that discuss what you liked so far, what you didn't, and what you wanna see for the future chapters in the war!

So far, at the halfway point, which arc do you like more?

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Favorite Spriggan 12?

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Rate the arc so far?

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