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Chapter Review: Fairy Tail (537)

+ posted by Kaoz in Manga Reviews on May 29, 2017 05:17


Fairy Tail - Chapter 537 Review by XXEliteXXAceXX

Chapter 537: "The Power of Life"

Depending on how you look at it, this chapter could be very sentimental or very disappointing. Personally, I see what was being conveyed but it could have been executed better.

Storyline

This week's chapter starts off with Mavis Vermilion kneeling beside Zeref Dragneel as he lays on the ground, after being defeated. In an attempt to ridicule Zeref for the damage he has caused, Mavis finds herself having remorse over their past. She reveals that the reason why she couldn't kill Zeref was because she never really loved him. In hearing this, Zeref figures out the answer to the one thing he never understood: why he couldn't die. Conflicted with herself, Mavis keeps repeating that she doesn't love him but ultimately gives in to her emotions. As Zeref embraces Mavis in his arms, the curse of contradiction starts to work, making the two of them disappear and confirming their love for one another.

Outside of Fairy Tail's guild hall, Makarov Dreyar is seen waking up after having believed to been dead. He explains this miracle by saying it felt like a dream and that some sort of lifeforce had flown through him. The last page shows Zeref and Mavis having a great time together for eternity.


Analysis

Zeref and Mavis - From a storytelling perspective, this made sense. Zeref was unable to die or 'immortal' because he was never loved. Despite loving others himself, people had always hate him due to the suffering he has caused which is the result of the curse. Mavis, on the other hand, was not only affected by the curse but also conflicting with her own emotions. This caused her to kill people unintentionally because she loved them while letting someone like Zeref live because she loved and hated him. In a way, that is understandable since he helped her and also brought misery into her life. Overall, I feel this could be a separate story in itself; logically, however, it did not make sense nor did it align perfectly with the plot.

One Magic - It seems there is nothing more to the One Magic except love. I particularly do not like this explanation but I guess it appeals only to certain groups.


Criticisms

Some major problems I had with this chapter were the misleading hype and the overly-simplistic plot that was stretched over the course of many chapters.

Plot - If Mavis was able to kill Zeref and willing to sacrifice herself, the series could have ended back in the Tenrou Arc... All she needed to do was tell Zeref to release her from Fairy Heart and convince Fairy Tail that she would take care of him while they focus on defeating Acnologia. Instead, we got a love story from Zeref and Mavis that didn't necessarily correlate with the story at all, especially after all the progression that had been made. Fairy Tail was practically being used as a plot device to reunite the two lovers.

Hype - Another major concern. No foreshadowing whatsoever. We got false hype with E.N.D which stretched over an arc... Then, to make matters worse, the whole Neo-Eclipse plan and FH went nowhere. The villains were a disappointment. And their goal was right in front of their eyes all along.

Makarov's Return - At this point, there is nothing more to say. We'll just have to accept that no deaths will happen in this series.


Final Thoughts

Overall, I wasn't too thrilled with the chapter. Most of what had happened seemed kind of pointless. Story-wise, we had a lot of progression in the past, but the ending was so underwhelming... Sure, there was some meaning to it. But it felt too obscured to have an impact on the reader. Anyways, I hope next week's chapter will be more interesting.

Looking forward to Chapter 538: When The Flames Die Out!


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