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Defeat Your Friends, To Save Your Friends
Lucky fights



Tomo no Tame ni Tomo o Ute

FUNimation Title

Defeat Your Friends to Save Your Friends

Episode Chronology
Adopted From



Fighting Festival Arc

Air Date

August 23, 2010

Theme Music
Opening Song

R.P.G. ~Rockin' Playing Game

Ending Song

Kimi ga Iru Kara

Episode Guide
Battle of Fairy Tail
Thunder Palace

Defeat Your Friends, To Save Your Friends (友の為に友を討て, 友の為に友を討て) is the 43rd episode of the Fairy Tail anime. It first aired on August 23, 2010.

The Battle of Fairy Tail rages on. Most of the Mages are wiped out by the Thunder God Tribe, leaving only Gajeel Redfox and Natsu Dragneel. Makarov is forced to choose between his position and his guild members. However, the two trapped Dragon Slayers manage to revive Erza Scarlet, taking their number to three. Immediately after, Mystogan arrives in town, upping the remaining participants to four.


The townspeople start to notice that the Fairy Tail members are fighting against each other. As they speak, Vijeeter Ecor breaks out of a wall, and is apparently fighting with Nab Lasaro. Vijeeter doesn’t want to fight, but faced with the fact that they are forced to. Elsewhere, battles begin between Max Alors and Warren Rocko, Macao Conbolt and Wakaba Mine, and Laki Olietta and four other girls.

Episode 43 - Makarov chastises Natsu

Makarov chastises Natsu

Meanwhile, at the screen that blocks Natsu Dragneel and Makarov, they witness the result of the battles. Happy concludes that this is indeed the battle Laxus Dreyar was looking for, and Natsu is furious, because… he can’t participate. Makarov scolds him for his wishes and adds that what they really need to do is beat the Thunder God Tribe so that the spell over the petrified girls breaks. Surprisingly, Natsu thinks that Laxus is only bluffing since he is one of their allies. Natsu keeps trying to get out, but the age limit seems to weight over him.

Freed slashing Reedus

Freed beats Reedus

Meanwhile, Reedus Jonah tries to get out of town and to Porlyusica. He is prohibited from doing so by Freed Justine’s Runes, and soon he engages in combat with Freed himself. In the city, Gray Fullbuster faces off against Bickslow while Elfman battles Evergreen. Reedus is defeated by Freed while Elfman is defeated by Evergreen.

Makarov's surrender

Makarov surrenders

Back at the contest hall, Laxus gives a Thought Projection of himself. He argues that now that Natsu and Erza Scarlet are unable to fight, victory is his, but Happy interrupts, reminding him of Gray. Laxus brushes this off, but Makarov concords with Happy too because Gray is strong. However, Gray is defeated by Bickslow. With the hopes of Fairy Tail out of commission, Makarov surrenders. However, Laxus wants Makarov to publicly announce his retirement as Master and to name Laxus as the new one. He leaves shortly afterwards to let Makarov decide.

Natsu tries to revive Erza

Natsu tries to revive Erza

Later, they find Gajeel Redfox still in the contest hall. They try to send him out to help fight against Laxus, but he is unable to as he is also prevented by the runes. Meanwhile, the Thunder God Tribe pulverizes those other Fairy Tail Mages who managed to win in their previous matches. Within the recent fights, the number of participants has dropped to only two: Gajeel and Natsu.
Erza beats them

Erza is revived

Seeing as they can’t get out, Natsu decides to turn Erza to normal by rubbing his fiery hands on her statue. After it cracks, Erza is freed. Her artificial eye had sucked away most of the Magic of Evergreen's Stone Eyes, weakening the statue. There are now three participants, but a fourth one arrives in the person of Mystogan who had just walked in town.

Erza leaves the contest hall first and is the one who runs into Evergreen.

Characters In Order of Appearance


Magic, Spells, and Abilities used

Magic used

  • Seith Magic (セイズ魔法, Seizu Mahō)
    • Animal Possession (動物憑, Dōbutsu Tsuki)
    • Human Possession (人形憑, Hitotsuki)
  • Telepathy (念話, Terepashī)
  • Sand Magic (砂魔法, Suna Mahō)
  • Guns Magic (銃弾魔法 (ガンズ・マジック), Ganzu Majikku)
  • Molding Magic (造形魔法, Zōkei Mahō)
    • Wood-Make (木の造形魔法 (ウッドメイク), Uddo Meiku)
    • Ice-Make (氷の造形魔法 (アイスメイク), Aisu Meiku)
  • Titan (巨人, Jiyaianto)
  • Aera (翼, Ēra)
  • Fire Magic (火の魔法, Hi no Mahō)
    • Purple Flare (紫の炎 (パープルフレア), Pāpuru Furea)
  • Smoke Magic (煙魔法, Kemuri Mahō)
  • Jutsu Shiki (術式, Jutsu Shiki)
  • Dark Écriture (闇の文字 (闇のエクリテュール), Yami no Ekurityūru)
  • Take Over (接収 (テイクオーバー), Teiku Ōbā)
    • Beast Soul (ビーストソウル Bīsuto Sōru)
  • Stone Eyes (石化眼, Sutōn Aisu)
  • Fairy Magic (妖精魔法, Yōsei Mahō)
  • Pict Magic (絵画魔法 ピクトマジック, Pikuto Majikku)
  • Thought Projection (思念体, Shinentai)
  • Dragon Slayer Magic (滅竜魔法, Metsuryū Mahō)
    • Fire Dragon Slayer Magic (火の滅竜魔法, Ka no Metsuryū Mahō)
    • Iron Dragon Slayer Magic (鉄の滅竜魔法, Tetsu no Metsuryū Mahō)

Spells used

  • Sand Wave (サンドェーヴ, Sando Vēvu)
  • Mud Shot (マッド・ショット, Maddo shotto)
  • Purple Rain (パープル・レイン, Pāpuru rein)
  • Smoke Fake
  • Dark Écriture: Teleportation
  • Beast Soul (ビーストソウル, Bīsuto Sōru)
  • Fairy Bomb: Gremlin (妖精爆弾: グレムリン, Yōsei Bakudan: Guremurin)
  • Maid Lucy
  • Line Formation (ライン・フォーメーション, Rain fōmēshon)
  • Freeze
  • Ice-Make: Hammer (ハンマー, Hanmā)
  • X Formation (エックス・フォーメイシュン, Ekkusu fōmeishun)
  • Fairy Ray
  • Tornado Shot (銃弾魔法 台風弾, Ganzu Majikku Torunēdo Shotto)
  • Iron Dragon's Club (鉄竜棍, Tetsuryūkon)

Abilities used

  • Flight
  • Swordsmanship
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat

Weapons used

  • Magic Guns
  • Scythes
  • Sword
  • Possessed Dolls

Items used

  • Magic Paint

Manga & Anime Differences

  • Laki was shown fighting more in the anime.
  • The anime showed Elfman getting turned into stone, but the manga implied it.
  • Reedus' fight with Freed was shown in the anime, wherein he created a fake Lucy in order to distract Freed. This was not shown in the manga as it simply showed Reedus defeated.
  • Gray's clothes differ slightly; in the anime, he wears a plain red t-shirt with a low blue v-neck, but in the manga, the t-shirt has a crocodile like pattern to it.
  • During his battle with Bickslow in the anime, Gray is distracted by a young girl looking out of her window at him, causing him to get hit by Bickslow's "babies". This is not in the manga.


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