Fairy Tail 257 Breakdown. A new beginning.
Hi WRA! Sorry for not doing the breakdown for three weeks in a row, but life has been hectic and I was really busy. Even in my free time, I just wasn’t in the mood because of a few things that happened to me these weeks. But I won’t bore you with my life anymore, so let’s start the breakdown!
So, we’re at the fourth chapter after the timeskip. The first two really failed, imo, save for that moment with Mavis the BEAST. She completely pwns all female (and male) mages in the series and she looks like a little kid. I hope Wendy will be that powerful someday.
Chapters 256 and 257 were good. They felt like a new beginning for Fairy Tail. Hopefully, Mashima will take this opportunity to develop the characters even more and stop it with the nakama power ups.
I also really liked the somber feeling they gave me. It’s so fitting. Fairy Tail lost seven years of time, seven years of their friends’ lives. And they can never get them back.
Lucy never really liked her father and I can’t really blame her because he was really a douchebag. He paid Phantom Lord to destroy Fairy Tail just to get her back. But it was always implied that he wasn’t that bad. He was just so obsessed with work that he forgot about his daughter. Also, his wife’s death probably hit him so hard that he worked even more to try to forget it, thus ignoring Lucy and making her hate him.
Even after he lost all his money, he still was a jerk and Lucy couldn’t forgive him, even though she cared for him enough to destroy a weak bandit guild to save him. As soon as he realized just what an idiot he had been, he tried to change and become a better person for her, but she disappeared before he could show her how much he changed. That’s why, even after his death, she’s unable to cry for him, no matter the sadness and pain.
On to a more epic part of the chapter, Makarov, Erza and Mirajane have gone to speak with Twilight Ogre to give them what they deserve. The master (who I will be calling Stonebeard) threatens Fairy Tail and insults them. Big mistake there, Stoney. You’re messing with a Wizard Saint and two S-Class Mages. Needless to say, Stonebeard pushes his luck and tries to pick a fight with Makarov, so he decides to pay him back for all the damage he did to Fairy Tail by completely pwning the entire guild.
In the meantime, Lucy’s wallowing in self-pity when her landlady arrives and literally drags her back to her house which she cleaned every day. It’s revealed that Lucy’s father sent her letters and presents every year on the day of her birthday, telling her that his moments with her and his wife were his happiest and he always loved her.
One of the things he said really hit me: Lucy’s mom was “blessed” and so is she. The image of a sacred statue in the same panel made me think that these words will be important later on. We know that Layla was a very strong Celestial Spirit mage and she died on the day the dragons disappeared, on 7/7/X777. Maybe she has an incredibly powerful Holy Magic that Lucy inherited. That’s why she is so in sync with her spirits and she even managed to summon them all at once.
Anyway, Lucy finally forgives her father and cries for his death. Natsu’s outside with a job and calls for her and she decides to come because she wants to somehow get back the time she lost by living her life to the fullest, for her father.
Something that really surprised about this chapter was Natsu. He didn’t act like the obnoxious kid he usually is. He was more mature than I thought possible for him. I hope Mashima will keep him like this and give him more development because I could actually like this new Natsu!
That’s it for me. Next week’s the start of a new arc and hopefully Mashima will show us that this timeskip wasn’t useless like we thought.
And before I forget…
See you in the comments!