So I feel there are a lot of people who feel this manga goes over the top with their "nakama power-ups," and to be perfectly honest I don't understand why. To me at least, a "nakama power-up" suggests one of the good guys is going to lose and is clearly weaker than their opponent, until their opponent threatens one of their friends or something and all of a sudden the good guy's hidden power is released or something (e.g. Yusuke vs. Suzaku in YYH).
The powership of friendship is certainly an over-arching theme much like a lot of shounen manga, but I really don't feel "nakama power-ups" really happen that much in this manga, at least not any more than others. Am I missing something? Maybe I'm confused about what a "nakama power-up" is? If anyone could enlighten me on this I'd really appreciate it.
Well, its not like the idea is clearly defined
Anyways, in general it refers to FT characters being almost beaten and then suddenly getting a surge of power out of nowhere which enables to beat the odds. Its not necessarily something tangible like dragon force but in some cases it is also included. I would argue this is the most exaggerated nakama powerup we have seen so far and the situations are pretty much there every arc in some form or another.
well, point taken on it not exactly being clearly defined to begin with anyway haha.
Still, I guess I feel the "out of nowhere" part is a bit overstated. Even in your example wasn't it the magic from all the other FT members on the island managing to break free from Azuma's incredibly convenient tree powers? Hell, they even foreshadowed it a bit with Natsu being able to "feel" (apparently at least) that Erza was the one fighting the first time Azuma used FT's power against Erza (Terra something or other). It was certainly executed in a cheesy fashion, really no denying that, but it's not like she thought of her nakama or heard them yell something and suddenly get this burst of magic power. Like what happened in History's Greatest Disciple Kenichi this week with the Grand Elder's feelings or ki or whatever (disclaimer: I like this manga) someone reaching Kenichi from miles away resulting in him remembering his friends and thus getting up with re-awakened fighting spirit (or something along those lines).
Again don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say it's not there, I just don't understand how FT worse than Naruto or Bleach or One Piece or other shounen manga in this regard? Like how did FT became the face of it when it seems basically on par with all the other "friendship wins every time!" manga
Fairy Tail definitely takes the theme of friendship much farther than any of the other anime/manga I'm into. Of course it's not always won with friendship, there's a lot of eating other magic and some strategy here and there, and then there's just fights that are won with sheer strength i.e. Gildartz vs Bluenote, but it definitely happens a lot, especially if it's a big and important fight.
FT did once took a loss and retreat. Remember when makarov was taken out during the fight against phantom? FT did win eventually but only when makarov came back and took jose out himself.
Even with the Makarov retreat. It displays the opposite. They started losing once Makarov went down because their morale fell. Natsu even had that flame of emotion thing where the more he gets pissed off. The stronger his flames become. Or any other time he beats someone through will. He beats someone who can control flames by somehow gaining control of his own flames through force of will mid battle. Or taking down Zancrow and his black flames by somehow emptying himself of magic that allows him to now eat the flames? how does it work? who knows really. He just did it.
While I do see a fair bit of nakama power up, I don't feel like this page is one of them, even if it looks like that. It looks more to me like the guy was dumb enough to try use Erza's friend magic power to harm her. So it doesn't feel bs to me, really. But I'm probably the minority.
Last edited by exacta; June 15, 2014 at 05:37 PM.
Seeing the last chapter it seems like on top of the nakama power up there is such a thing as the nakama power-down. It basically means that that just like nakama's can give you power depending on arbitrary plot circumstances a lack of nakama can also result in your power effectively decreasing to near pathetic levels. Minerva was a victim of that. Now that sting and rogue have shown up to be all nakama-dovey with her it is likely that her power will increase over 9000 and then become an uneasy ally to the gang through the rest of the series along with developing a somewhat disturbing obsession with outmatching erza in terms of strength and ridiculous hair.
Nakama power up is ok with me especially with strong opponent and thats only rule that they can use it, similar in real life situation. Trying to protect something that you love.
FT Imo has taken the bonds of friendship aka the Nakama Power up to far for me. Before it was a theme and plot device but ever since that Erza incident it's become an ass pull....like the rest of the story after The Grand Magic Tournamet, Lol...You gotta love you some Fairy Tail though
Franmalth confirming that magic and souls being related actually was kind of an extension to this theory.
Frankly, nearly everything in Fairy Tail can be explained in an accaptable way. And when I find such a way, it makes it quite more difficult for me to accept something as Nakama-Power-Up-Bullshit. I even took the above moment as such before giving it some thought.
However, feelings (thus, also friendship) definitely is very important in the FT-universe. As far as I noticed, it can function as a general source of power, Natsu probably being the one that exploits that the most with his Flames of Emotion. And this kinda means that Nakama Power is a running theme in Fairy Tail, although it is much less than what the general rumor says.