Clash at Kardia Cathedral! is the 46th episode of the Fairy Tail anime.
The Thunder God Tribe is defeated, and so Natsu, Erza, Gajeel, and even Mystogan go after the source of the Battle of Fairy Tail: Laxus Dreyar. Battles begin between Laxus and three of the four Mages who are after him, with Mystogan and Erza leaving, with the latter going off to stop the Thunder Palace, leaving Natsu alone to face Laxus.
With the Thunder God Tribe defeated, only Laxus Dreyar and his Thunder Palace need to be defeated in order to grant victory to Fairy Tail and to ensure the safety of Magnolia. Opposing Laxus are four strong Mages: Natsu, Gajeel, Erza and Mystogan.
Inside the Festival Hall, as Levy contemplates the actions taken by Laxus, Porlyusica arrives, demanding to see Makarov. After she has examined him, she requests the presence of Laxus, for Makarov is currently at death's door, shocking Levy.
Concurrently, Laxus is reminiscing about his younger days inside the Cathedral. He remembers one debate he had with Makarov, in which he confessed that he was fed up of being recognized as the "Master's grandson", scolding Makarov for having expelled his father, Ivan Dreyar. Ivan had been expelled for bringing harm to his fellow guildmates, but Laxus had been unforgiving and threatened to leave Fairy Tail to join his father's guild. Before leaving, Laxus swore that he would one day be stronger than Makarov. Laxus then returns to the present, in which he chastises himself for thinking these thoughts.
Moments later, Mystogan enters the room, and demands that Laxus deactivate the Thunder Palace. They get into an argument on who is stronger, with Laxus stating that it must be one of them. Mystogan reminds him of Erza and Laxus starts to refer to him as "Another-", which makes Mystogan attack. Mystogan inquires of his source, and Laxus states that he may reveal it, if he is defeated. The battle officially begins and Mystogan is the one to make the first move. The two seem evenly-matched in their battle, but they are interrupted when Natsu and Erza enter the Cathedral, drawing Mystogan's attention. Laxus sees this as a chance and strikes Mystogan's mask, burning it. He is successful, and both Natsu and Erza see Mystogan's true face, one which is identical to Jellal's. They are both left speechless, and Mystogan apologizes to Erza saying he didn’t intend for her to know. He claims to know Jellal, but to not be him. He apologizes once more, and disappears.
Laxus sees this as another opening and hits Erza with a lighting bolt, which momentarily debilitates her. Natsu starts his battle with Laxus. They both deliver hits, but utterly ineffective ones. At this time Erza recovers from the shock, and decides to fight Laxus using her Lightning Empress Armor. She also demands Laxus to cease his Thunder Palace, but he won’t; not until Makarov resigns (as he is ignorant of the fact that Makarov is debilitated). They continue attacking each other with their Lightning Magic. At this moment, Natsu asks Erza to let him fight Laxus, and she agrees in order to leave and destroy the Lacrimas. They both reconfirm their belief in each other, and Erza goes out and summons blades, wanting them and the spirits of her friends to help her. This silent plea of her is felt by Gray, Lucy and Happy, who all run to get everyone. Gray, in particular, has a plan. He wants to find the telepathic Warren Rocko in order to call everyone in Fairy Tail and ask them to help Erza. With this in mind, he runs throughout the city.
Back at the Cathedral, Natsu and Laxus's battle rages on. They both attack forcefully, but no one seems to gain the upper hand. Furious, Laxus unleashes a big bolt of lightning, and Natsu is knocked down. Laxus still thinks of the Thunder Palace, and wonders why his grandfather hasn't resigned yet. Natsu tells him not to be concerned as Erza will take care of it. Outside, Erza is summoning more and more blades, and this is visibly tiring her. However, she doesn’t let go; she continues summoning, ready to hit the Lacrimas. Meanwhile, the battle between Laxus and Natsu continues, both beginning to get serious.
Characters in Order of Appearance
Battles & Events
- Mystogan vs. Laxus Dreyar (started and concluded)
- Erza Scarlet & Natsu Dragneel vs. Laxus Dreyar (started and concluded)
- Natsu Dragneel & Gajeel Redfox vs. Laxus Dreyar (started)
Magic, Spells, and Abilities used
- Letter Magic (文字魔法 Moji Mahō)
- Jutsu Shiki (術式 Jutsu Shiki)
- Lightning Magic (雷系各種魔法 Kaminari Kei Kakushu Mahō)
- Dragon Slayer Magic (滅竜魔法 Metsuryū Mahō)
- Fire Dragon Slayer Magic (炎の滅竜魔法 Honō no Metsuryū Mahō)
- Spatial Magic (空間魔法 Kūkan Mahō)
- Aera (翼 Ēra)
- Word Enchantment
- Skyscraper (摩天楼 Matenrō)
- Five Layered Magic Circle: Sacred Song (五重魔法陣 御神楽 Gojūmahōjin: Mikagura)
- Lightning Body
- Fire Dragon's Iron Fist (火竜の鉄拳 Karyū no Tekken)
- Fire Dragon's Claw (火竜の鉤爪 Karyū no Kagitsume)
- Fire Dragon's Roar (火竜の咆哮 Karyū no Hōkō)
- Fire Dragon's Brilliant Flame (火竜の煌炎 Karyū no Kōen)
- Hand-to-Hand Combat
- Heart Kreuz Armor (ハートクロス鎧 Hāto Kurosu Yoroi)
- Black Wing Armor (黒羽の鎧 Kureha no Yoroi)
- Lightning Empress Armor (雷帝の鎧 Raitei no Yoroi)
- Heaven's Wheel Armor (天輪の鎧 Tenrin no Yoroi)
- Magic Staves
- Spear of Lightning
Manga & Anime Differences
- The anime includes a scene of Natsu and Erza frantically searching for Laxus.
- There is a clip in the anime of Lucy and Happy wandering around town and worrying about the Lacrimas. In the manga, Lucy is shown asleep after her battle with Bickslow, and Happy is watching over her.
- In the manga, Laxus wears a leopard-print shirt, whilst in the anime it is purple.
- The cloth present across Mystogan's face has an army print in the manga, whilst it is dark green in the anime.
- Whilst in Mystogan's Skyscraper attack in the manga, Laxus is wrapped up in belts. In the anime, stretchy black cords wrap around him.
- In the anime, when Natsu goes to engage Laxus, Laxus removes his coat and headphones. This does not happen in the manga.
- In the anime, Erza knocks Natsu to the ground before attacking Laxus. In the manga, she attacks after Laxus sends Natsu flying backwards and is open.
- The wings on Erza's Black Wing Armor are feathery in the manga. In the anime however, they are bat-like.
- The manga shows Erza requiping into her Lightning Empress Armor and then immediately leaving to deal with the Lacrima around the city. In the anime, Erza requips her Lightning Empress Armor, has a small battle with Laxus and then decides to leave.
- The anime adds a scene in which Lucy, Happy and Gray hear Erza's voice as she asks for assistance in destroying the Lacrima. There is also an added clip of Gray searching for Warren Rocko.
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