After reading the latest chapter, I just came in to say
God what a shitty series
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Wow, actually reading through the posts I'm quite surprised so many of you liked this chapter. I absolutely fucking hated it.
First let's talk about fatso. Apparently Mashima thinks it's worthwhile to have a character in the guild who's so pathetic he still pines after a little girl now that's he aged 7 years and she hasn't aged at all, and does nothing but binge.
Then there's the training. How much more cliche does it get than "suffer a lot to become really strong really fast!"? It would be tolerable if it were executed uniquely and creatively but nope, it's just them rolling on the floor and wailing. I get that the spirit world thing was supposed to be a humorous curveball, but I would have been happier if the guild trained up the legit way--you know, for a nice change from CONSTANT hax.
Finally, that GODAWFUL romance. I wanted to fucking puke. If you're going to do romance, you've got to go it slow, this is some fanfic level instant forgiveness oh I hate you but that means I want to bone you bullshit.
But the major asspull power up was established last chapter. It was a power that wrenched out your true potential and it was going to be really painful. Everything about that training was expected this chapter, and last chapter took most of the heat for the method. I thought it was kind of funny how everyone looked at Natsu's suffering and had second thoughts about going through with it themselves, or questioned is it really THAT painful?
The romance…yeah, I'm not a fan but I'm not an anti-fan either. I just don't care either way about it so which ever way it goes, whatever. That's why I thought the chapter was alright.
Nothing bothersome, but nothing that stuck out either. Except Happy's jerkassery~