There are so many things I’m unhappy about with this current storyline, but how Gray looks is not one of them. YUM. ^-^
Shallowness aside, let’s get started.
So, last chapter Natsu didn’t want to tell Lucy anything, made a big scene about how she just has to trust him, but he can’t say what’s going on. And yet, he tells her anyway in this chapter. It makes me feel like Mashima changed his mind in between chapters, or realized he needed some way for Natsu to share his info, because he never dips into Natsu’s thoughts, so this really was the only way. Although he didn’t tell Lucy about Frosch, so he is keeping that from her still. I’m happy though that the Nalu moments keep coming ohoho. ^-^
Gray… Gray, Gray, Gray, Gray. Here’s my problem. I’m looking at this storyline from the perspective as a Juvia fan and as a Gray fan. As a fan of both characters, everything I did not want to have happen, is happening.
At first I was like, it would be such a waste of a set up if this situation was not dragged out, but if you’re going to sideline Juvia in this way, then it better not be dragged out. If you’re telling us the only way for Juvia to recover is for Gray to come back to that house, then that better happen ASAP. And yet, that doesn’t now look like it will be happening “ASAP.”
Plus, it infuriates me that Mashima is playing with the character’s origins, and yet the only thing he’s done for Juvia is the “rain woman’ situation. Juvia was a very active participant in her origin story. She was involved in a fight against an opposing guild’s member named Gray Fullbuster, who told her he wouldn’t lose because he was a FT wizard. I’m just saying, it would be a waste of a setup to not flip the tables on that right now, as Juvia is currently the one who’s a FT wizard, while Gray no longer is. But, my hopes are not high that Juvia will get involved, other than being name-dropped in some way. I think that part, at least, is inevitable should Natsu confront Gray.
Secondly, I wanted so badly for Gray to just be faking. I was sure he was. He would never fall into darkness. He’s not someone who can be corrupted so easily. There’s no way he’s obsessed with getting revenge…
I STUCK UP FOR YOU, BRO! I had your back!!! *sigh*
Honestly, is there a chance he still may be faking to some extent? Maybe? Here’s the thing, every thing he said in this chapter, was said TO the Avatar members who he knows suspect him of double-crossing them/being an informant for the council. Is he? I don’t know if he’s the informant, since the council only now seemed to learn that Gray is even a part of Avatar in the first place, so it doesn’t seem like it. It still doesn’t mean Gray as we knew him is completely lost, and is simply following the will of this darkness. I feel like there is a part of him that is acting on the side of good, rather than being entirely influenced by an evil force, and I will cling to that hope for as long as I can lol.
Also, I think it’s interesting that they brought up his family, Ur, Ultear, his guild, but no mention of who he was shacked up with for the last six months just before he joined Avatar.
Lastly, Gajeel! I like that he’s part of the council and is a captain of troops! It makes his flashback in Tartarus way more relevant, although shame on him for not having an issue with arresting Gray lol! j/k! It’s classic Gajeel actually haha.
The good news is that I can’t say the current storyline isn’t interesting. It is very interesting, I just wish that everything I desperately wanted to not happen, wasn’t now happening lmao.