An Unfair Battle
- Lucy recalls all of the unfair treatment of her guild members and promises to win: This was added in to show how both injustice and care for her guild members gives Lucy strength, creating more reason to respect her as a character. Though, it also creates an even stronger feeling of devastation when she lost.
- Mavis discusss what Ivan might be up to: The plot within the plot. Whatever Ivan is up to will be in addition to the plot of the Grand Magic Games as a whole. This complexity makes the show more interesting and less one-dimensional.
- Lucy summons multiple spirits at once to attack: At least one other predication I got right! Lucy being able to attack with multiple spirits proves she is more powerful, and now a force to be reckoned with.
- Flare threatens a small child in the audience if Lucy doesn’t lose: This proves exactly how evil and pathetic Raven Tail is. Not only do they just want to humiliate Fairy Tail, but they don’t even care who they have to hurt to make it happen.
- Flare tortures Lucy: This shows the previous point in action, physically. Flare feels no remorse whatsoever, and beats Lucy senseless.
- Natsu saves the child so Lucy uses new magic to win: This came as a shock because we thought her summoning multiple spirits at once was the new magic. But Lucy is even more powerful than that now.
- Lucy’s magic disappears suddenly and Flare wins: Raven Tail would go so far as to have another member of their guild from the outside use their magic against Lucy so that Flare would still win. To the plot, Flare winning means that for certain from now on Fairy Tail is going to come out on top.
- Natsu comforts Lucy: Even through all of that horribleness, team Fairy Tail is positive. Natsu comforting Lucy and saying this is all for better in the big picture shows that the good will triumph over evil no matter what happens. (I know that sounded cliché, but it’s true!)
The Shining Star
Lucy absolutely showed the most growth in this episode. Not only by her extreme increase in magical power but also in how much pride she takes in her guild. The whole reason she was able to perform that level of magic is because she was motivated by her intense love for her fellow guild members. In addition to this, though she is crying at the end after being humiliated, she tells Natsu she is “all fired up” after he comforts her. This shows that there is absolutely nothing that can break her spirit, and that she will never give up−a huge contrast from how she was a lot earlier in the show.
Never Give Up
While this theme could be seen a little bit in the last episode, it was highly prevalent in this one through Lucy and Natsu. Lucy was the one actually defeated, and she didn’t lose her hopes or her spirit. I couldn’t help but get a bit teary-eyed myself at how inspirational I found this episode to be, despite its darkness.
“Bad Omen” Predictions
Are things really going to continue to just get worse? The title definitely makes it sounds that way. Because of my firm belief that Fairy Tail is going to win by the end, I do not know what to predict for next week. Another loss? That seems unlikely. Perhaps something bad will happen to a different guild that is not Fairy Tail? We can only hope that it’s someone else!
Though this episode was extremely hard to watch at some points, it definitely still held my attention, and was highly inspirational. Therefore, I would give it a solid 10/10!
Please visit again next week for my full review on episode 160, “Bad Omen!”