Laxus' return + Makarov's death would be a great end to this arc.
Okay, I'm glad that I was right that Zancrow wasn't down for the count, but I had hoped that he would pop back in during the final battle to cockblock Natsu or something, and not ''o hai gaiz *dead*''. Oh well, he's not much of a loss, anyway.
Everything else, the standard ''we'll take 'em down because we're comrades'' hoo-rah, and the bit with Ultear was expected (I mean, how else would Meredy get a heel turn with Ultear in the picture). There really, really should be no way they could take down Hades, but since we're getting to the final battle, bullshit detectors are at maximum.
Unless the now-conscious Zeref screws everything up.
Is it me, or is Zancrow the first character that was killed on screen ?
First we have Shimon, Erza's childhood friend and number one reason why it's hard to take Jellal seriously as a sympathetic character mind control notwithstanding.
And then we have Racer from the Oracion Seis. Although, he did survive in the anime thanks to Lyon removing his kamikaze bomb. Beats me as to which holds precedence.Spoiler!
Doesn't happen nearly as much as it did in Rave Master, but in a way I'm glad it's that way. Not to mention Makarov is perpetually in death's balance in every arc he's involved in, this one being the most dire. Poor old guy.
The chapter, I thought was really good. Erza there to catch a seriously beaten down Gray, and then Natsu with that dumb, contagious grin of his. Loved the camaraderie that scene showed.
I'm gonna have to say Zancrow is most likely toast. Acnologia, jeez why didn't you just Avada Kedavra him Mr. No Name Zeref. Still, was nice to see Zancrow got back to his feet all on his own after his fight with Natsu. If anything that shows he has more endurance considering he didn't have a certain Skyslayer.
All the good that did him when faced with a literal calamity in human form. Zeref's ties to the history of magic and the Dragonslayers is something I hope is shown at least a tidbit this arc.
Final fight incoming! This is a seriously dangerous team, albeit one that is also severely exhausted and injured by this point. Still:
-Dragon incarnate, check
-Versatile armor maiden, check
-Alchemic ice forger, check
-Celestial summoner, check (Though I think Loki and Caprico are out of action, Loki at least)
-Best support mage you could ever ask for, check
Hades should dominate early on then face some resistance when determinator mode/nakama power kicks in. I'm expecting one hell of a fight that's for sure. Go Fairy Tail!