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Recap / Fairy Tail Sun Village Arc

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Chapters: 341-355, Episodes: 227-233

Short Summary .

Team Natsu go on a Request for the 4th member of the Ten Wizard Saints.

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Taiyou Village Arc has the following tropes:
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The inhabitants of Taiyou Village are Giants.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Team Natsu and Warrod all share a bath with Natsu and Gray reasoning that they've seen Lucy naked so much that the novelty has worn off.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Flare turns up to save Wendy and help her and Lucy battle the treasure hunters.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Sun Village is saved and Flare is finally reunited with the people who raised her. However, Minerva has escaped and Zeref is still out there.
  • Book Ends: The arc begins and ends with Erza being accidentally punched by Natsu and a Furo Scene.
  • Bowdlerise: The bath scene unlike the manga the anime only showed a brief moment of them in the water before putting them back in their clothing most likely due to the time of which the anime airs.
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  • Breather Arc: Definitely. Especially considering the dark overtones the last arc had. And then there's the next arc, dealing with Tartarus...
  • Clothing Damage: Erza rips Minerva's skirt, revealing her stripy panties.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • During an explanation of the Wizard Saints we see an image of Jose who hasn't been seen since the Phantom Lord arc.
    • Sylph Labyrinth is using Moon Drip, not seen since Galuna Island.
    • Erza imagines Doranbolt leering at her child self, referencing when he chose Wendy as his partner for the S-Class Exam.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Natsu versus the.. cyclops... bird... monster... thing.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Flare Corona of all characters gains a prominent role in this arc.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: What has become of Flare Corona with Raven Tail's disbandment. She sees returning to her native village as a way to atone for her misdeeds.
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  • Easily Forgiven: Despite the fact that Minerva has sadistically hurt two of Erza's friends in the past, Erza is more concerned that Minerva hasn't bothered to tell anyone in her guild that she is still alive and that she has joined a dark guild. It foreshadows the next arc where Erza is more concerned with helping Minerva then fighting her as an enemy.
  • Fanservice: This arc has quite a lot, even by Fairy Tail standards. The initial furo scene which lasts for half a chapter, the hot springs scene at the end which lasts for a whole chapter, and between these we have, of more obvious things: Lucy wearing very short shorts with lots of the Male Gaze on her butt, similar gaze on Flare's breasts, Erza losing her skirt and panties and fighting bottomless, characters generally losing clothing because they are turned small, naked Ultear in a mind sequence and a couple of panty shots here and there. Yeah...
  • Flashback Cut: We are shown the founding of Fairy Tail in one.
  • Fountain of Youth: Erza, Natsu, Gray, Lucy, Wendy, Flare, Minerva and the treasure hunters revert to children.
  • Foreshadowing: When we see the four founding members of Fairy Tail, they are Mavis, Hades, Warrod and someone we've never seen before who will more than likely play a role in the story in the future, who eventually turns out to be Yuri Dreyar by the time Fairy Tail Zero rolls around.
  • Furo Scene: Several ladies of Fairy Tail and Flare appear in one.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The flying... thing with one eye serves little purpose other than eating Doriarte as he starts to mention Tartarus after being defeated, and ends up roasted by Natsu as he relights the Eternal Flame.
  • Hot Springs Episode: The arc ends with one... in a unisex hot spring...
  • Hypocrite: The Fairy Tail group (minus Erza, who wasn't there), call the Sylph Labyrinth thieves for wanting to salvage the Eternal Flame, but go after the same group when they learn they possess a bottle with some of the Moon Drip, essentially intending to rob them.
  • Macguffin: The Eternal Flame.
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyones reaction to Natsu and Gray punching Erza. Then Natsu does it again.
    • A more serious one with Minerva who finds her entire Dark Guild wiped out.
  • Plant Person: Warrod.
  • Power-Up: Kyouka tries to force a power-up on Minerva.
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad: Sylph Labyrinth. Unlike most squads, however, they're actually pretty good at their job, much to their surprise.
  • Raised by Wolves: Or giants in this case. Flare is revealed be from Sun Village.
  • Sacrificial Lamb / Total Party Kill: All of Succubus' Eye gets wiped out, sans Minerva, in Chapter 354 by Kyouka of Tartaros.
  • Shipper on Deck: Cana ships Lucy X Natsu
  • Shoot the Bullet: Sagittarius is summoned to find the Sylph Labyrinth's sniper, and their ammo counters each other.
  • Theme Naming: FLARE CORONA is from the SUN village.
  • The Reveal: The Eternal Flame is Atlas Flame, the dragon that Natsu rode in the previous arc.
  • The Slow Path: It's been a few weeks at most for the cast since the GMG but it's been 400 years for Atlas Flame
  • To Be Continued: The last few chapters show... wait, who froze the village? Who is making Minerva of all people show obvious fear just by showing up? Oh, Crap!, it's Tartarus.
  • Treasure Hunter: Sylph Labyrinth claims they are a guild for this purpose. The Fairy Tail gang considers them thieves.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Occurs frequently thanks to Doriarte.
  • We Will Meet Again: Minerva to Erza.
  • Would Hurt a Child: A member of Succubus Eye specifically turns his enemies into children to make them easier to deal with.

Alternative Title(s): Taiyou Village Arc


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