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Recap / Fairy Tail Phantom Lord Arc

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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.
  • Adult Fear: Having a guild trust you with retrieving your runaway daughter unharmed, only for them to start a guild war and indirectly make your relationship with her worse rather than better through your actions.
  • All for Nothing: Phantom Lord was founded specifically to rival Fairy Tail and one day bring them down. Their efforts at doing so wound up getting them dissolved by the Magic Council by the end of this arc.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Gajeel seriously damages the Fairy Tail guildhall, kickstarting the guild war between Fairy Tail and Phantom Lord.
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  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Fairy Tail erupts in cheers after Makarov defeats Jose with Fairy Law, ending the guild war.
  • 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 Wheels: Phantom Lord's headquarters walks on legs.
  • 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.
  • Battle in the Rain: Gray has a brawl with Juvia atop Phantom Lord's headquarters, which eventually cements her Heel–Face Turn. It is, appropriately enough, set in a rainstorm since Juvia often causes downpours.
  • 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, Phantom Lord is no more, 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.
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  • 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.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Jude left a job request for Phantom Lord, anticipating that they would retrieve Lucy unharmed so that she can help his family business. He didn't calculate what would happen should they decide to start a guild war with Fairy Tail...
  • 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 and doesn't know that she is in actuality The Runaway until it's too late. To make matters go From Bad to 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.
  • From Bad to Worse: This is what Fairy Tail goes through. Their guildhall gets seriously damaged by Gajeel. The Shadow Gear team is wounded and Makarov and Fairy Tail declare war on Phantom Lord. Makarov is seriously injured and Fairy Tail retreats. Meanwhile, Lucy gets kidnapped by the Element 4 and before she can escape, she learns that Jude recruited Phantom Lord to retrieve her. Then, Fairy Tail's guildhall gets destroyed and Lucy is captured again. Later, Jose reveals that he intends to hold Lucy until he is able to completely monopolize her family's wealth. If it wasn't for Polryusica healing Makarov, Phantom Lord would have won.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Lucy goes into a major one when the Fairy Tail guildhall is destroyed and when she later discovers that her father, Jude, hired Phantom Lord to retrieve her. This lasts throughout the whole arc.
    • All Jude can do is stand in shock as Lucy decides to leave her family life behind for good.
  • Humongous Mecha: Phantom Lord's guildhall can turn into a robotic mecha.
  • It's Personal: Marakov is willing to let the building go, but attacking his guild members? That's a big no-no, as Phantom Lord found out the hard way.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Lucy's actions in running away from home when she was young caused Jude to have Phantom Lord retrieve her for a business opportunity, which led to the guild war with Fairy Tail.
  • 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.
    • Juvia has a brief one the moment Gray nullifies her Sierra magic and freezes her with Ice Geyser.
    • Jose has a horrified look on his face 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.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If Jude had only told Phantom Lord of his plans to have Lucy back for an Arranged Marriage without starting a guild war, things would have gone a lot better. Jose instead instigates the war and holds Lucy hostage with the intention of obtaining the Heartfilia family's fortune, but doesn't realize that she actually ran off until it's far too late.
  • Punched Across the Room: This is exaggerated when Natsu beats Gajeel.
  • Ramming Always Works: When you ram something with a huge object, you're bound to do some serious damage, as Fairy Tail's guildhall can attest to when Phantom Lord's mooks did just that.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • While well-intentioned, Jude learns the hard way that when your 17-year-old daughter who ran out on you finds out that you hired a guild to find her unharmed to help your business only for them to nearly destroy her guild and hold her for ransom, she will be understandably outraged to the point where she wants nothing more to do with you.
    • Instigating a war between two guilds won't exactly give your guild leniency, as the Magic Council has to interrogate Fairy Tail when all is said and done.
  • "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 for Fairy Tail, therefore disowning Jude.
  • Relative Button: Gajeel seriously wounding the Shadow Gear team is what pushes Makarov to declare war on Phantom Lord.
  • 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.
  • This Is Unforgivable!:
    • Makarov is understandably furious when the Shadow Gear team gets seriously injured by Gajeel to the point that they decide to start a guild war with Phantom Lord
    • Lucy's reaction when she learns that he's hired Phantom Lord to bring her back home for an Arranged Marriage is outrage.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Jude Heartfilia unknowingly sows the seeds for the events of this arc via a job request, which was picked up by Phantom Lord. Phantom Lord unleashes the doom when they attack Fairy Tail; as a result, the guild war nearly destroys both factions and Lucy ultimately disowns her father.

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