Fairy Tail Volume 20 by Hiro Mashima
The final showdown between the master of the Oracion Seis and the Alliance group (wizards from Fairy Tail, Cait Shelter, and other guilds) happens a bit too quickly at the beginning of this volume. The aftermath is more interesting, as characters sort out their feelings for each other and the Alliance members head back to their guilds. When our heroes return to Fairy Tail, a lot of new mythology is introduced. A higher level magical mission (way above the S-class missions) has been pursued by Gildarts, one of the most powerful wizards in the guild. His century mission (as in it takes a hundred years to complete) has failed since he had a run in with a black dragon. This revelation gets Natsu's interest, since he wants to find the dragon that trained him, All the dragons mysteriously disappeared several years ago. That quest will have to wait since Fairy Tail and the whole town of Magnolia has mysteriously disappeared through a magic portal. Magical talking cat Carla is forced to reveal her origin and that of Happy, Natsu's magical talking cat.
As I said, I thought the big finale for the Oracion Seis arc was not all that impressive. The new developments are intriguing though they seem like new additions to keep the story going rather than something planned all along. I'm ready for my break from Fairy Tail and this seems like a good spot. It's been fun and I may come back, but I will be trying another manga series soon.