Episode 10: I liked the catgirl better when she was less about fan service

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This episode was pretty slow, particularly in comparison to the combat-heavy episodes.

The pace was not accelerated when the writers felt the need to remind us of Erza’s angst-laden backstory.

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Actually, this reminder was necessary, because I have seen every episode and I can’t keep track of the ensemble cast. Casual watchers will remember even less than I do.

All the same, Erza looks like a better candidate for a main character than Natsu. I suppose Natsu is a good depiction of the ideal self-image of the boy who buys the manga, and Erza is an attempt to write a dramatic character with serious emotions and relationships.

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