Ah sweet the new chapter of Fairy Tail finally came out. Ok here we go first panel HELLO! Just about sums up my initial reaction.
Love that pop diva color page with the beauties of Fairy Tail while the guys are bunched in the background. Mashima has kept this going for so long and the plot still hasn't fallen flat yet, that is very impressive.
I was wondering what the remaining members of Grimoire were going to do, and now we have the answer to that. Rusty looks to be much too powerful for the girls and Lily to handle, I'm guessing someone interferes there.
Even in the middle of the rain only wearing a bikini Erza is still the most intimidating female in the entire manga. In fact that may have only increased her credibility. Mira was probably referencing Erza back when she was defeated and now we'll get to see the Titania strut her stuff for the first time since the exam began. I like Azuma too so it should be a good fight, don't be surprised once Erza busts out the Explosion Armor.
Gray and Ultear, yeah I just have no idea what's going on. Logic says Ultear's just playing Iceboy, but Deliora was a product of Zeref which Ur handled personally. Of course to save Gray, but could there have been another reason why? Mashima is going to put this off until the last possible moment too, I know it. Gray could really switch sides, and that is what keeps me guessing.
Bluenote having gravity based magic gives him a healthy dose of originality. I don't see him being defeated, Natsu simply isn't strong enough and no one else on the island surpasses the Salamander in brute strength. Gildartz returning is the only way I could possibly see him being dispatched. He most likely has some history with Fairy Tail as well if he's interested in Mavis.
Cana finally reveals her true intentions and they're not too far enough from what people predicted. She wants to meet with her father and apparently only feels she'd be able to if she attained S-Class. The grave is now emanating some type of energy so maybe it'll save the guild since it's currently in dire straits and Grimoire will have to retreat? Whatever the case this arc has been fantastic and I'm still invested after all this time.