Natsu torches Madmorl’s and burns through his armor. Wendy now nude, is given some clothing from the spirit world. Lucy, Carla, Gray, and Happy get back together, and prepare to fight Skullion and Madmorl. Shocking everyone, Madmorl gets up after Natsu’s match. Natsu’s flames begin emitting heat, resulting in Kyria’s clothing melting. Ezra’s is unaffected because she’s wearing the “armor of the flame empress.” Kyria attacks claiming that “we’re going to eat these flames.”
Ezra isn’t phased by this and she attacks using Flame Empress’s Rising Fire Cutter. Kyria is teleported by Skullion. Natsu and the rest of Fairy Tail impress Skullion. He reveals that they are no longer interested in the Water God. They now want the White Witch, he reveals that there are more of them. Skullion then leaves, promising that they will return. Their ship dissipates into ash. The Water God Dragon awakens and tells Caramille’s to run.
The villains of the series so far are too generic. Skullion in particular has thin characterization. While it’s likely that they will get more depth, but so far their behavior is predictable. That said a guild of Dragon Eaters seem interesting. I haven’t been able to really get into this series yet. It’s only the 16th chapter, but I feel something is missing. I like reading it but not as excited for the chapter like I am for other series.
One of my goals for 2019 is to add more varied content to my blog. List have been popular for a while and of course they’re simple and easy posts to create. First I decided to make some rules:
I’m only going to include anime characters from anime/manga I’ve read or watched. Mainly because I would be familiar with their powers.
I’m only going to include ONE character per series. This is difficult to do, because there are many strong characters in any given series, but I want some variety.
I think it will be difficult to determine how each character on the list would fare against each other, so I going to focus how strong they are within their series. However, I will be thinking how they compare relative to each other.
[Note] This list and any others will focus on characters that MOSTLY or significantly use the element. In this case water. What that would result in is having a list of characters that will have more that just the element in their abilities and I will be factoring these other abilities in as well.
5. Kyogre (Pokemon)
Kyogre is a Water-type legendary Pokemon that was introduced during the third Generation of the Pokemon series. A massive Pokemon modeled after a whale. Kyogre possessed the ability to “expand the oceans” and has control over water and rain. Kyogre is a part of the “weather trio” along with Groudon and Rayquaza.
Kyogre was given a power up during the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games. Called “Primal Reversion,” a Pokemon undergoes a transformation “restore a Pokemon’s true powers as the Pokémon absorbs the energy of nature to greatly increase its power.” Like most legendary Pokemon, Kyogre is capable of using many different types of TM’s. It has a powerful signature move called Origin Pulse. The move shoots multiple orbs and fire energy beams.
Why is Kyogre on this 5th on this list?
Despite his worldwide weather effects, Kyogre is largely limited in it’s ability. Very passive in nature Kyogre isn’t much of a fighter to begin with and it only really has one significant move, Origin Pulse.
Harribel is the former 3rd Espada in Aizen’s army. She eventually becomes the ruler of Hueco Mundo. Like most Espada, Harribel has tremendous skill with a sword. She’s capable of holding her own against a captain-level Shinigami like Hitsugaya. She was even able to hold off a captain and two lieutenant-level Visored together.
She possessed incredible spiritual power and was highly perceptive during combat. Tier was considered to be a master tactician. Her hierro “harden skin” was strong enough to survive Hitsugaya’s attacks without much damage. She also has abilities typical to most Espada like Cero, Sonido and Descorrer.
When Harribel uses her Resurreccion, she releases her special ability. With her new abilities she is able to manipulate water. Her best water techniques are:
Hirviendo – Pointing her blade out, Harribel boils any form of water which comes close to it, including ice, and deflects it around her.
La Gota – Harribel can condense large amounts of water around her blade before firing it as a blast which resembles a shark tooth. She can fire multiple blasts in rapid succession with relative ease. The blasts strike with enough force to demolish houses.
Cascada – Harribel launches a rushing surge of water at her enemy. The torrent of water is large enough to cover several town blocks.
Why is Tier Harribel 4th on this list?
I my opinion Harribel is a far superior fighting tactician than the passive Kyogre. She has a larger variety of techniques as well. However, most of her abilities are shared with other Espada and she only has a handful of unique techniques.
Juvia is a S-Class Mage from the Fairy Tail Guild. She can produce, control and manipulate water. She has a variety of different ways she can produce water, for example she can produce water blades that are strong enough to slice through rock or metal. She can also turn herself into water, allowing physical and magical attack pass through her without damaging her. Some of her best techniques are:
Water Lock – Juvia has the ability to materialize a large circular mass of water, and unlike the Water Dome, it contains no oxygen inside. This spell is used to capture enemies and incapacitate them by suffocation.
Sierra – A full body transformation resembling Water Body, used by Juvia in a state of strong agitation or other influencing emotion (e.g. jealousy or rage). Her strong emotions cause her full body transformation to heat up/boil. This is a short ranged attack which displays enormous, unpredictable speed.
Water-Make – a form of Molding Magic that lets Juvia create, or at the very least manipulate existing water. The scope of usage is not limited to just pure water, but also to things that contain it in large quantities, such as blood.
Why is Juvia 3rd on this list?
I didn’t list all the techniques she possess, her variety is far superior to Kyogre and Tier. While Kyogre can influence the seas, Juvia has more direct control over it. Unlike, Tier, Juvia can even turn herself into water and has defensive water abilities as well.
Tobirama was considered one of the most powerful shinobi ever. He was considered the “fastest shinobi,” at least during his time. His chakra control was such that he could use difficult techniques with just one hand seal. Like most ninja, Tobirama had a large number of sill sets, from summoning techniques, barrier ninjutsu to the Shadow Clone Technique.
Tobirama was an “adept sensor.” He could “accurately detect the presence and location of targets in the surrounding area. He could even sense persons countries away, identify a target’s ancestry from their chakra signature, and even pinpoint a target’s exact location while blinded,” simply by touching his finger to the ground.
While, he could use all nature transformations he mastered Water Release. He could create large amounts of water without a water source. He could use high level water jutsu at any time. He could shoot high pressure water beams that could slice through his targets, create walls of water and cover an entire battlefield with water. Some of his best techniques were:
Flying Thunder God Technique – he could instantly teleport himself and/or other targets to any location marked with his seal.
Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation – which revives the dead into immortal, regenerating bodies.
Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags – to take advantage of the revived bodies’ natural advantages, using them in kamikaze-like attacks to create near-infinite chains of explosions on a target. He was said to use it whenever he needed to clear a map.
Why is Tobirama 2nd on this list?
To be honest Juvia has superior water abilities than Tobirama. What puts him ahead of her is his other abilities, Space-Time ninjutsu Flying Thunder God Technique is a powerful S-Rank technique. He has a number of techniques that surpass Juvia’s.
Jinbe was the second captain of the Sun Pirates. A former Shichibukai he possessed massive strength. He is so far the strongest fishman seen in the One Piece series. Despite his large size he move quite fast as well. Jinbe also has impressive endurance, able to take a “baptizing” in boiling water.
He was able to hold his own against Big Mom, he even took a direct sword attack from her. While in water he becomes even more powerful, he an excellent swimmer and he’s able to “suppress” any fear he may have. He has mastered Fish-Man Karate, he’s a great strategists, he can communicate with fish life and has become skilled in Haki. His most powerful abilities are:
Fish-Man Karate – According to Jinbe, the secret of Fish-Man Karate is mastery of the water in the user’s direct vicinity, using its power to send powerful waves impacting the water within the opponent’s body. Because every creature has a high percentage of water in their body, the users of Fish-Man Karate are able to battle opponents that are usually highly resistant (if not immune) against blows and punches.
Busoshoku Haki – is a form of Haki that allows the user to use their spirit to create, in essence, an invisible armor around themselves.
Buraikan – A secret technique of the Fish-Man Karate. Jinbe concentrates in one hand a large amount of water that he shoots at close range against his opponent. The impact is so strong that the water penetrates the opponent’s body and gets out from the other end.
Gyojin Jiujitsu: Water Heart – Jinbe plunges into the sea. Using a jujitsu technique (unarmed martial art that originates in the bushi battle methods), Jinbe centralizes in both hands an enormous amount of water, to then transfer it to the surface.
Why is Jinbe on the top of the list?
Simply put he possess all the qualities of the previous four. He has great water techniques, intelligence, physical strength, speed, varied types of techniques and he is able to do battle in water, under water and on land.
In this chapter Team Natsu finally encounters Mercuphobia. Kyria prepares to attack him but is teleported by someone called Skarion. Their bodies disappeared in ash. The team figures that it was likely some sort of Ash magic that is used to “move from one place to the other.” Regardless, Mercuphobia asks Natsu if he “came to slay him.” Natsu surprisingly doesn’t appear to be eager for a fight. He responds, “not exactly.” Natsu admits that they are here to seal him but isn’t sure that they’re going to if he’s a “good guy.”
Team Natsu feels a sense of relief. They are under the impression that they won’rt have to “seal,” him now. However, Mercuphobia tells them that they “must seal him.” He decides that team Natsu are now his guest. He brings them to his palace, where he shows them his “underwater farm,” “medical facility,” and “watch tower.” Everyone feels that the water god is “good.” He tells them that he actually has “killed many humans in the past.” He had a change of heart over the years.
Mercuphobia informs them that he can “no longer control his powers.” He believes he must be killed to prevent his powers from effecting other cities. Before he dies he must do something. It’s not elaborated on before we see Kyria and her group. We are introduced to Mage Guild Diabolos Corpse Dragon Skarion Raider who suggests that Mercuphobia is a “false” water god. The water god’s interaction with team Natsu was surprising. Now that he’s change it became more difficult to see him evil.
The I was evil until this special person changed me has been done many time before. I don’t particular hate the trope but it’s a common one. That said he wouldn’t be as complicated without this change. If Mercuphobia isn’t evil anymore then some else must become the conflict. That remains to be seen as we find out what the water god must do. However, all this change seems to be fake or according to Skarion, the water god is. That appears to be a waste of a character but we shall see what he meant.
Team Natsu arrives at a hotel in Elmina, they’re greeted by a fish that’s wearing a top of a tux. Natsu and Happy plan on eating it, only for it to transform into a human. The fish turn man greets them, when questioned whether he’s a fish or human, he confirms that he’s a fish. However, he quickly remembers that he has a date, and runs off to meet with someone named Sameko. He warns team Natsu that they must “drink the complimentary beverage left in your rooms.”
According to him, “humans will not be able to live here.” Gray awakens the following morning to find that he’s underwater, but he can breathe and talk. The entire town becomes submerged in the ocean. The receptionist finally introduces himself as, Kashima, the manager of hotel journey. When Gray asks about the water God, Kashima and the other fish turn on them and attack. Meanwhile, Touka reveals that she uses “water-type magic,” She also reveals that she has a tail.
There wasn’t much in this chapter regarding the dragons, but the world building was great. Fairy Tail’s biggest drawback was never it’s world-building, but it bad use of power scaling that is typical for shonen manga series. This chapter only briefly switches to the other members of Fairy Tail, hopefully they will continue to matter in this new series.
I’m really enjoying the chapter’s so far. Without having to introduce characters, the series can just start. Fairy Tail 100 years quest feels familiar but fresh. Team Natsu arrives at Southern Giltena in the Valeria Region. They encounter weird “walking jellyfish,” Natsu’s first instinct is to eat them, the jellyfish attempt to jump into Lucy’s and Natsu’s mouth. Wendy blows the rest away, but Natsu eats his. Lucy says that her mouth is “numbed.”
Regardless, Giltena is presented as a completely new continent. This certainly allows for Atsuo Ueda to tell a relatively new story with an established series and known characters. I think that this should happen more than it does, Boruto is another series that has a new illustrated and writer, while the original creator maintain influence. The quest is similar, seal all five of the dragons. For some reason I assumed they would fight them all at the same time.
That was obviously a dumb assumption. Anyway, they will face one at a time. The first dragon is the water God dragon, Mercfovia. Once worshiped as a God in Elmina, team Natsu will head there to find clue of it’s location. In a flashback it is revealed that the reward for finishing the quest is “anything they desire.” It’s unlikely that he really mean “anything,” but it will be interesting to see what they as for. Meanwhile, Gajeel and Juvia begin to investigate (with Gajeel in a detective outfit) Touka. Finally, as team Natsu arrive in Elmina they are watched by two people.
Chapter 2, Pedigree of Dragon Slayers, begins with Ezra questioning Elefseria “who he is.” Considering that Magia Dragon is suppose to be a guild, the fact that there’s no wizards surprises her. Elefseria explains that all the wizards had died. With new wizards joining the newer guilds, the old guild were left without members. Natsu and Wendy “smell” something weird, Natsu asks him if he’s human. He reveals that he is human.
Elefseria has survived this long due to his turning into a dragon after overusing his dragon-slaying magic. In typical manga fashion, Elefseria begins to perv out on Lucy, transforming himself into a tiny version of himself and ends up in Lucy’s cleavage. Anyway, he reveals that he taught himself dragon-slaying magic. The only wizard to survive the quest is Gildarts.
They all sign oaths saying “they won’t talk about the 100 year quest, and that he or the Magic Council won’t be responsible if they die.” Lucy intimidated, questions whether she should go but she remembers that Virgo told her that ” she would have a fateful reunion on Giltena.” The quest is to “seal away the five dragons of Giltena known as “The Five God Dragons“. Each dragon is stated to rival the power of Acnologia. Dragons in Fairy Tail never really seem all that powerful or threatening compared to other wizards. It also seems that most wizards have dragon-slaying magic undermining how special the magic is.
As I’ve written before I’m rather lukewarm on the Fairy Tail series. It was confirm a while ago that a sequel to Fairy Tail will be illustrated by Atsuo Ueda with storyboards by Hiro Mashima. The sequel takes place directly after the events of the original. After defeating, Acnologia and Zeref the Fairy Tail guild is better than ever. The chapter begins in the year X633, an elderly man stand among corpses of a village as he states that “magic is not evil and that wizards must come together as one.” This day marked the day that first wizarding guild was established.
In the present, Max introduces 3 new members to Fairy Tail. Only one manages to remain as Laxus scares two of them off. The remaining member is Touka, she claims that she wants to “be in the same guild as Natsu.” She claims that he’s her “darling sweetheart,” stunning everyone. Natsu apparently rescued her from bandit’s a year prior. Makarov explains that Natsu wasn’t presence because he was attempting to fulfill the “Hundred Year Quest.”
The Fairy Tail universe is expanded as we see Team Natsu on the continent of Giltena. They arrive at the “world oldest guild,” Magia Dragon. While in the building Natsu and Wendy start to feel the presence of a dragon. This dragon introduces himself as “the Law Dragon Elefseria,” he asks them to fulfill there wishes. Fairy Tail has always been a rather ordinary manga, likable and well drawn the series didn’t really move the shonen genre forward. Fairy Tail doesn’t need to do this to be good, however, being so predictable can be disappointing.
The art-style of Atsuo Ueda is pretty good. It is very similar to that of Hiro Mashima, although the characters do feel more mature, detailed and taller. I don’t know what to expect from this series considering that Ueda is different from Mashima. Like Eden Zero, I don’t expect Fairy Tail 100 Year’s Quest to be much different. Furthermore, Fairy Tail has seen multiple spin-off’s that varied in length, I wonder how long this manga series will be. A series centered around one quest no matter how difficult probably won’t be 500 chapters long.
Eden’s Zero first chapter, In the Cherry Blossom Filled Sky is an interesting 78 page introduction to a new series by the creator of Fairy Tail, Hiro Mashima. Let’s get to it. First I enjoyed this chapter, but it is really similar to Fairy Tail. Shiki and Rebecca are title characters of this series, they’re very similar to Natsu and Lucy. This is of course largely due to the art style of Mashima. Eden also follows the common shonen series formula.
I was lukewarm on Fairy Tail, a series that has sold over 60 million copies. I afraid that I will probably feel the same about this series. However, that is certainly a premature prediction, so I will have to read more chapters to be certain. I’m not yet willing to dismiss Eden by calling it, Fairy Tail with Sci Fi, instead of magic. The story of Eden Zero follow’s a “young boy named Shiki who is being told by his robot grandfather about making friends and leaving this place one day.”
We fast forward a few years to find, Rebecca arriving at the abandoned themed park at Granbell Kingdom. She is partnered with a talking cat named Happy. Yes, Happy is also the name of a talking cat in the Fairy Tail series. I assume either Mashima has or had a cat named Happy or he’s trying to create a link between his series.
Regardless, Rebecca’s goal is to get 1 million subscribers to he “Blue Cat Channel.” I won’t spoil the twists that occur in this chapter, but I hope that Mashima will invert our expectations with this series. I haven’t decided whether I like this series or not, but I did find this chapter to be funny and sad, which is a good start. The biggest issue is that the resemblance between Fairy Tail and Eden Zero is so obvious that it may suffer for it. However, I’ll stick with Eden’s Zero for now.
The 516 chapter of Fairy Tail showed us the battle between mother and daughter, Eileen and Ezra. With her adopted family the members of Fairy Tail in danger, Ezra is determined to defeat her mother. Eileen, the strongest member of the Spriggan 12, begins to attack Ezra. She isn’t fearful of her mother as she has her “real” family by her side. As she say’s this, Wendy attacks with Sky Dragon’s Wing Attack.
Taking advantage of Eileen’s shock, Ezra uses Black Scarlet Double-Edge. Eileen is surprised that she has been wounded. Wendy tells her that she has some sympathy for Eileen, but would “never forgive someone who cannot love their own child.” Eileen is surprised to learn that Wendy won’t “Dragonify,” due to her dragon mother’s suppression of the dragon seed.
Eileen becomes enraged and attacks Wendy and Ezra. She believes that her life was taken from her and hates her body. Ezra offers to “put her out of her misery.” Ezra uses “Knight of God,” and Eileen responds by using Deus Zero. Wendy nullifies Deus Zero with her own version of the spell. Eileen seems pleased, as Ezra attacks her with her final strike. Eileen appears defeated, but it turns out that she plans on switching bodies with Wendy.
This was an interesting chapter, mostly due to the ending. It’s unclear whether Wendy is under complete control of Eileen or that they have switch bodies. It appears to be the later. However, if Wendy is still in her body she could still interfere with the battle. I predict that either Wendy will harm herself or Ezra will somehow break the spell.
Porlyusica tells the others that Juvia and Gray will be fine due to Brandish and Wendy’s aid. The mass inside Natsu’s body cannot be alter with Brandish’s magic. Porlyusica admits that even her abilities a insufficient to help Natsu. They assume that the mass is E.N.D, meanwhile, Natsu’s body begins to emit smoke. Lucy feels a cold breeze coming from Natsu. We see Natsu’s, inside of his heart according to Zeref.
Zeref tells Natsu that he will die soon. He says that he came into the heart of Natsu to fill in the gaps in his memories. Natsu is shown his parents from years ago, and the village was attacked by a dragon, Natsu, his mother and father were killed. Zeref claims that he resurrected Natsu as his final demon E.N.D. He said that he was entrusted to Igneel, where he meet the other dragon slayers like Gajeel. Zeref disappears and is replaced with Sting, who offers to show what is living inside of Natsu.
Sting verses Larcade
While, Sting searches for Rogue and Lector, he smells the others and heads in their direction. He arrives to save the his friends from Larcade. He’s quickly dismissive of Sting’s abilities. Larcade uses his tentacle attack on Sting, who proceeds to consume it, claiming that “nothing white” can hurt him. He says that he doesn’t see them getting along and Larcade smells like Natsu. This chapter was a slow one, but a good change in pace. The being in Natsu’s “heart,” was confusing. I found it sad that Natsu actually was killed during the dragon attack. I don’t have a great deal of faith that Sting will defeat Larcade, mostly because he’s already injured.
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