Howling at the Moon is the 82nd chapter of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail.

The fight continues between the Tower's slaves and the Black Cult. Erza comes in Jellal's cell and unties him, freeing him. But it is too late, Zeref already has full control over Jellal's mind. He says there is no such thing as freedom and freedom lies here itself. He kills the two guards who tortured him even though Erza told him not to. He wants to use the R-System to revive Zeref but Erza denies. Jellal uses his Magic to attack Erza and tell her to leave this place and live on her "fake" freedom. And if she approaches the Tower of Heaven again, Jellal threatens to kill everyone. Then Erza wakes up on a deserted beach, desperate. After having revealed to everyone her sad past, with tears in her eye, she decides to fight Jellal.


Erza frees Jellal

Erza hugs Jellal

As the arduous fight against the Tower of Heaven guards continues, Erza arrives at Jellal's room, where to two guards are standing and she defeats them quite easily. Erza unties Jellal and gives him feedback of what is happening and she says that they have won the battle, they have gained their freedom and are now free.

Ship ready to leave the Tower

The ship that will lead the slaves to freedom

As Erza runs, she realizes she is too late to rescue her friend as Zeref has gained complete control of Jellal’s heart. He says that freedom is already with them and now, there’s darkness within it. Meanwhile, all the prisoners are on the ships. Wally found a Magic Movie Crystal and watched a film with Millianna. Shô was waiting for Erza and Jellal to arrive so they can leave immediately and is quite worried that they are taking some time to get out there.

Evil Young Jellal

A young Jellal's sinister grin

Jellal was saying that in this world where there is no such thing as freedom, and the only way to get it is by bringing Zeref back to life. He kills the two guards who tortured him, even though Erza tells him not to. He wants her to complete the R-System together and when she refuses, he blasts her away, and tells her to leave with her “freedom”. But, he tells her not to tell anyone, and not to approach the Tower, or else he will kill everyone in order to keep the Tower a secret. He says that he will keep the prisoners there, to help him build the tower, which he believes to be the way to heaven. Erza then wakes up in a beach, powerlessly crying. Back in the present, Erza declares that she will fight Jellal.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Jellal Fernandes (flashback)
  2. Wally Buchanan (flashback)
  3. Millianna (flashback)
  4. Shô (flashback)
  5. Lucy Heartfilia
  6. Juvia Lockser
  7. Gray Fullbuster
  8. Erza Scarlet

Battles & Events

Magic, Spells, and Abilities used

Magic used

Spells used

Abilities used

  • Swordsmanship

Weapons used

  • Swords
  • Gun

Items used


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