I was astonished by volume 20 of Fairy Tail. For the past few volumes, I was unsure if I wanted to continue reading this series, seemed to be just a typical formulaic shounen series, just one fight-filled arc after another. To be honest I was starting to get bored and considered dropping this series. Volume 20 revived my interest in a big way and convinced me that Mr. Mashima has quite a few tricks up his sleeve; he has created a series with as much potential as the other popular shounen titles, One Piece, Bleach, and Hunter X Hunter. The beginning of the volume gets off to a somewhat lackluster start, as the Nirvana arc is quickly concluded. It's kind of predictable, as Natsu shows off how awesome he is, and how incredibly powerful he can be (much like Luffy from One Piece) when he gets serious. There were a couple of amazing moments in this book. One was when the true nature of Wendy's guild Cait Shelter is revealed, and how Mashima manages to weave feelings of loss with happiness at the same time, allowing Wendy to take the next step in her life. The other amazing moment involved Jellal and Ezra. Without going into it, I would say it truly shows the depth of Ezra's complicated feelings toward Jellal, confirming what we have suspected all along. Finally we are thrust headlong into a new arc, the "Edolas" arc, where the first thing that happens is we learn more about the nature of the magic cats Happy and Carla. Just overall an amazing emotionally charged installment.