Recap: Fairy Tail Tower Of Heaven Arc

Chapters: 75-102, Episodes: 33-41

Short Summary

Natsu, Happy, Lucy, Erza, Gray and Juvia go on vacation and are kidnapped by figures from Erza's past. This forces her friends to follow after her to the mysterious Tower of Heaven. Flashbacks to Erza's Dark and Troubled Past and Stuff Blowing Up ensues.

Main Summary

  • Animal Motifs: Birds for the Trinity Ravens. Ikaruga means Japanese Grosbeak, Taka means Hawk and Fukuro Owl.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: Erza's friends seem to be the Quirky Miniboss Squad, but save for a brief fight with Natsu against Wally and Millianna, they redeem themselves fairly quickly. Trinity Raven takes over the role after that. Mashima got too attached to them to keep them as villains.
  • Big Bad: Jellal/Siegrain.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • The casino scene in the anime when Wally attacks Natsu. In the manga, he pins Natsu to the ground and fires his gun into Natsu's mouth. The anime changes this to him using his powers to pin Natsu to one of the casino machines and firing an arm cannon into his mouth when he screams.
    • The whips and chains from the manga are also replaced with magic that, while probably still as painful, looks a lot less despicable when used on small children.
    • Jellal using his newly acquired magic to kill the Zeref cultists in a very bloody manner is changed to simply making them puff up and disappear.
    • Averted however with other things that are actually made creepier by the anime, like the elite troops becoming floating zombies and the deaths of Rob and one of the slavers, who are turned to dust onscreen.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Juvia while under Vidaldus Taka's control. Jellal is revealed to have been as well via Ultear.
  • Carnival of Killers: Trinity Raven.
  • Cat Girl: Millianna.
  • Clothing Damage: The first thing Succubus!Juvia does? Ripping Lucy's blouse off, of course. Played more seriously with Erza, whose armors are destroyed one by one by Ikaruga.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Tower of Heaven's "disciplinary chamber", where the victim is restrained to be brutally flogged (hit with magic electricity in the anime). Erza, falsely accused of an escape attempt that was actually Sho's idea, is not only covered in whip marks by the time Jellal rescues her, but her right eye is destroyed. Jellal ends up taking her place as a torture victim for killing three cultists on the way to rescuing her.
  • Combined Energy Attack: Lucy and Juvia with Unison Raid.
  • Cool Mask: Natsu gets stuck in one while searching for Happy.
  • The Dandy: Wally.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Invoked by Vidaldus Taka: he could have easily won by using his Rock of the Succubus on both Lucy and Juvia, but he really wanted to see a Cat Fight.
  • Eye Scream: Erza and Simon in a flashback.
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Natsu tickles Erza while she's unable to move.
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!: The slave revolt in Erza's flashback. They succeeded, and then Ultear had to muck up everything by brainwashing Jellal.
  • Good All Along: Simon, who always suspected something was fishy about Jellal but kept quiet to keep his friends safe.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • Erza loses her right eye from torture. When Jellal finds her, she's lying on the ground in such a manner that her hair conceals the eye, though you can see blood covering the right half of her face. The next scene shows her with an eyepatch.
    • During the slave revolt, Simon takes a magic blast to the face, with the resulting smoke concealing the damage. He currently has a metal lower jaw and an eyepatch over his left eye.
    • In the manga, the now tortured-into-evil actually newly Brainwashed and Crazy Jellal kills the cultists in such a gruesome manner that their blood splashes into panels where they themselves can't actually be seen. Erza was horrified, despite hating them as much as Jellal did.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Though she'd been hanging around the background since the end of the Phantom Lord arc, this arc makes it official for Juvia.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Rob in Erza's flashback, Simon in the present day. Erza attempts this at the end of the arc but Natsu manages to save her.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Ikaruga, who can even cut through dimensions.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Ikaruga's katana can destroy and cut up all of Erza's armors, and she's defeated when Erza uses a katana herself.
  • Kill Sat: Etherion. Subverted in that it doesn't destroy the tower, and is in fact what Jellal wants to complete it.
  • Light Is Not Good: All of Jellal's spells, plus the previously encountered Abyss Break.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Jellal who, as his thought projection Siegrain, manages to convince the Magic Coucil to fire Etherion to complete the tower. However...
    • Man Behind the Man: ...Ultear was manipulating Jellal since his days as a slave to unlock one of Zeref's seals. What's more is that she's working for another boss.
  • Made a Slave: Erza's backstory as she, along with Jellal and her friends, were part of the many kidnappees that were forced to work on the tower.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The reason Erza has an artificial eye. She was falsely accused of a foiled escape attempt (it was actually Sho's idea), which led to the cultists destroying her right eye as punishment.
  • Mood Whiplash: After Erza is beaten by Jellal and unable to move, Natsu comes to her and tickles her while she can't fight back.
  • Musical Assassin: Vidaldus Taka
  • Shaggy Dog Story: It's revealed by Ultear at the end of the arc that Zeref was never dead to begin with, so all of the reasons and actions for creating the tower were for absolutely nothing.
  • Ship Tease: Erza has a lot of this throughout the arc. The most prominent being with Jellal, Simon, and Natsu.
  • Undying Loyalty: Natsu refuses to let Erza die.
  • Warrior Poet: Ikaruga, with Haiku.
  • Wham Episode: The current Magic Council is left in ruins after this arc thanks to Ultear and disbands shortly after.