Recap / Fairy Tail Phantom Lord Arc

Chapters: 47-69, Episodes: 21-29

Short Summary

Fairy Tail declares war on rival guild Phantom Lord due to several unprovoked attacks.

Main Summary

After returning home from the Galuna Island mission, Team Natsu finds their guildhall damaged. Marakov confirms the culprits to be a rival guild, Phantom Lord, but is willing to overlook the slight since it's just a building. However, when three of their own members are attacked the following day, Marakov declares war between the two guilds. Lucy is targetted by Phantom Lord for kidnapping, who claim it's their main purpose in the attacks, but the guild rallies in her defense, causing the war to escalate including an attack by Phantom Lord's Transforming Mecha Base On Legs, and a summoned army of shades. Team Natsu and a few Ensemble Darkhorses shut down the base and defeat Phantom Lord's best wizards, and Makarov ends the fight with a Fantastic Nuke on the leader of Phantom Lord and his summoned army.

The Phantom Lord arc contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Lisanna's death is more elaborated upon in the anime.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Gajeel seriously damages the Fairy Tail guildhall, kickstarting the guild war between Fairy Tail and Phantom Lord.
  • And This Is for...: Natsu yells out all of the who suffered at Phantom Lord's hands as he deals the finishing blows to Gajeel.
  • Base On Legs: Phantom Lord's headquarters.
  • Batman Gambit: Jose Porla uses his super weapon Jupiter on Fairy Tail knowing Erza would most likely block the attack. This would leave Fairy Tail weak enough so that he could capture Lucy.
  • Big Bad: Master Jose is the main antagonist of the arc.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Fairy Tail is triumphant in the guild war with Phantom Lord, Jose's plan to hold Lucy for ransom is stopped, Elfman regains his Take-Over powers, and Juvia defects from Phantom Lord and joins Fairy Tail. However, the guildhalls of Phantom Lord and Fairy Tail are destroyed, Fairy Tail is interrogated by the Magic Council, and Jude and Lucy are estranged.
  • Canon Foreigner: The anime adds Boze and Sue as Gajeel's subordinates.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Elfman vs. Sol when he does a Full-Body Take Over; Erza vs. Aria; and Makarov vs. Jose.
  • De-Power: Looks like it's happened to Makarov, but he got better.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Sol.
  • Evil Is Petty: Jose starts the whole war once he finds out Lucy is part of the Heartfilia clan and Jude has him retrieve her. He thinks that her funds were benefiting Fairy Tail, not knowing that she is The Runaway until it's too late. To make things worse, Jose decides that by keeping Lucy hostage for a certain amount of time, he'll obtain her family's whole fortune and make Phantom Lord the top guild in Fiore.
  • Fantastic Nuke:
    • The Abyss Break spell the Phantom Lord Headquarters attempts to cast is implied to be this.
    • Downplayed with the discriminate and non-lethal (in this instance) but devastating Fairy Law spell.
  • Five-Bad Band
    • Big Bad: Jose
    • The Dragon: Gajeel Redfox
    • Evil Genius: Totomaru and Sol
    • The Brute: Aria
    • Dark Chick: Juvia Lockser
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Fairy Law.
  • Humongous Mecha: Phantom Lord's guildhall can turn into one.
  • It's Personal: Marakov is willing to let the building go, but attacking his guild members? Big no-no.
  • Making a Splash: Juvia.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • The members of Phantom Lord have this reaction when Fairy Tail busts into their guild.
    • Fairy Tail's horrified reaction when Phantom Lord is about to deploy Jupiter onto their guildhall.
  • Mind Rape: Sol vs. Elfman.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Jose is willing to both fire a huge cannon and preform a spell that would wipe out the whole town just to destroy Fairy Tail.
  • Offhand Backhand: Makarov does this to Aria when he tries to ambush him again.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Sol loses his composure when Elfman regains his Take-Over powers and sends him flying.
    • Jose has a moment of terror when Makarov is about to invoke Fairy Law on his guild.
    • Jude has a small panic when he realizes that Lucy isn't going to go through with his arranged marriage after all.
  • One-Man Army: Mystogan manages to defeat all of the Phantom Lord subdivisions offscreen.
  • Punched Across the Room: Exaggerated when Natsu beats Gajeel.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lucy delivers a very brutal one to Jude when, in retaliation for nearly causing her guild to be destroyed by Phantom Lord and almost certainly leading Jose to hold her for ransom, she's decided to not participate in his Arranged Marriage and is leaving her home, therefore disowning Jude.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Gray during his fight with Juvia when, in trying to freeze one of her attacks, accidentally grabs her breast by mistake.
  • Transforming Mecha: the Phantom Lord Headquarters.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Jude Heartfilia sows the seeds for said doom and Jose unleashes it; as a result, the guild war nearly destroys both factions and Lucy disowns her father.
  • War Arc
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Jupiter Cannon can fire a powerful blast enough to cause mass destruction.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Lucy realizes that Jude took desperate measures to have Lucy help his family business. It worked a little too well when he indirectly causes Phantom Lord to attack Fairy Tail.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Jude calls Lucy out on running away without telling him.