The Fairy Tail fandom is in a sensitive place right now. Some people are happy, some are disappointed, and others are somewhere in the middle. That is the case with the Gruvia scene as well, since many of us expected something more. However, the thing that most people agree on is that Gruvia is indeed canon. Lets take a look at the breakdown.
We see a drunk Juvia attempting to take off her clothes, in a manor very reminiscent of Gray stripping. As we all know, Juvia adopted this habit while they were living together back in the Avatar arc. Gray’s reaction to her stripping now strongly contrasts his reaction back then. He used to have NO reaction. But since it was confirmed Gray does have feelings for Juvia back in chapter 499, his reaction to her showing her body off now is very profound. We first see Gray blushing while exclaiming that she needs to stop this act. Adding fuel to the fire, Gildarts visibly ogles the increasingly naked Juvia. Gray was not having that. Not. One. Bit.
Then Gray continues to physically drag Juvia somewhere else privately, criticizing her for publicly stripping. It’s ironic because Juvia has scolded Gray for stripping in the past on numerous occasions, but now the shoe is on the other foot. Gray has taken on Juvia’s previous role, acting protective, and embarrassed, implying that Gray’s feelings are mirroring Juvia’s once again.Gray also dragged Juvia off, just as Juvia had once done to him when she wanted to be alone with him before the GMG. Back on topic, Juvia apologizes to Gray, as he inspects her body, which leads into a conversation about their respective scars. This is important because, since the beginning of Fairy Tail, Mashima-sensei has highlighted how significant scars are when it comes to Gray. Not only that, but these scars are proof of how far the two are willing to go for one another. A symbol of their love for each other.
Gray asks if Juvia can have Wendy remove the scar, but Juvia doesn’t mind it and points out the fact that he still has his, too. Gray immediately retorts back saying it’s different because he’s a man and she’s a woman. Scrambling to justify himself, Gray mentions Juvia’s body, and is cut off by her questioning him.
Gray is now the one ogling her body with a huge blush as she sits in a seductive pose staring up at him. Unable to come up with a good response, he embarrassingly states that she is his. Still having elements of a tsundere, Gray tries to play the situation off while being heavily flustered. Despite this, Juvia understands him and becomes love struck. In the Japanese raw, Gray says “ore no mono da”, which is translated as “you belong to me” or “you are mine”. However it’s a line that only implies the subject, so when taking context into consideration, Gray could also be saying that Juvia’s body is his as well. Meaning Gray is actually asking for/suggesting sex. That’s a big deal for a character like him.
Regardless of translation, Gray is into Juvia, and they have most likely been in a relationship for quite some time considering this is a year after the war. Gray wouldn’t be saying something so blatantly sexual to her if they weren’t already together, and Gray is also so comfortable stating something this openly to her. He would not have waited a year to answer her, so either the answer we have all been waiting for was off paneled (which still makes no sense), or it was chapter 499 as a whole.
In Mashima-sensei’s mind, 499 was an answer. Gray stated that Juvia wasn’t a friend, that he wanted to protect her no matter what, and Juvia said Gray’s words made her happy. Juvia understood at that point that their feelings were mutual. 453 was just the same. Gray was grateful to her for always being by his side, and asked her to wait until after the war for his answer. She smiled knowingly there, aware even then what Gray meant, and what his answer would be.
Smooth Gray smooth
In addition, in the Harvest Festival art book, Mashima-sensei commented under the Gruvia postcard, which was labeled autumn of romantic love, that he went on the attack with this specific drawing, and he drew it when the main story was about Gruvia. Coupled with the most recent twitter sketches, including the one which showed an intimate moment between a blushy Gray and Juvia, their foreheads touching and both smiling happily, showcases that he had already given us the answer long ago.
Also, after Wendy overheard Gray’s words to Juvia, she had the exact same, flustered reaction to what Gray said, as she did when she overheard Levy mention a “baby” to Gajeel. Thus, Mashima-sensei is implying that Gray and Juvia are also in an adult relationship. Lucy had been narrating about other couples, and what had happened in the year. She states that Gray and Juvia have also gotten close/along, which parallels Gajeel and Levy (who are explicitly canon with the same “getting along” line). In official English translations in anime and manga, the phrase “getting along well” often is used as a comment on a couples romantic relationship.Their relationship over the year timeskip has likely been slowly progressing in a private but known manner. When talking about relationships, it is clear Lucy sees Gray and Juvia as a couple.
Another common concern that has been raised, is about Gray going out on a hundred year quest. Bear in mind, the 100 year quest is not a quest that lasts for a hundred years. It is a quest that has been available for a hundred years and not been completed, which indicates the difficulty of the quest. It was something Gildarts could not do alone. However, we have five incredibly powerful mages embarking on the quest. We see Juvia in the guild interacting with her fellow guild mates without concern. This indicates a secure status in their relationship.
Not to mention, Mashima-sensei clearly wanted to end the series on Team Natsu for nostalgic reasons. A couple does not always have to go on a mission together.
In conclusion, it is possible we might receive extra content in the future, as Mashima-sensei tweeted that he was still working on further FT-related projects. Also, canon is not defined by babies and marriage alone. Canon is defined by whatever is official in the story. And it is official that Gray and Juvia share mutual feelings, Gray himself states in this very chapter that Juvia is his.
Hey! I recently have been on social media a lot more and on Instagram a lot of people have been upset with Hiro for the scene between Natsu and Lucy. I was too at first whenever I saw it without translations but, with translations it make’s sense. A LOT OF SENSE. It may not be fully-canon but here comes something I have at the end to tell you. First off let’s start off with the beginning of the scene.
First off take a moment to realize, Lucy had a hang-over. She wakes up and we see her look over at something and guess who has a chair pulled up near her.
Natsu stayed there with her the whole night to make sure she was okay in the morning.
This confirms it more whenever she remembers everything she did. Natsu carried her home. HE changed her. She slept with them for a while most likely. Happy also said “Lucy is ashamed of herself.” Natsu defends her and says “Don’t say that, Happy…” He didn’t ask Lucy for permission for the job, just saying. HE SAID come on, so the permission thing will be in a few minutes.. anyways Lucy begins having memories and she get’s emotional.
She is crying so hard, she remembered everything when he mentioned Job. It made her remember how she got to this point. How she was free. How she had family.
She hugs him and we see many tears. She is expressing love through Gratitude and Thankfulness. Natsu is stunned, you can tell how wide his eyes are.
You see Natsu uncertain on what to do exactly. He looks at happy but you can tell he’s concerned about her. Happy is too.
Whenever she said all that, you could tell he understood what she meant. He was about to tell her something to, because he held onto her arms for a second and you saw her face zoomed out slightly and she said “Eh…. Wai-” She was about to say wait but then her face got zoomed to her closing her eyes and making a hmmm- sound. I think Natsu was about to kiss her but, she didn’t know how to react since she never kissed anyone before so he was afraid he upset her.. so then we saw this.
Natsu stopped himself and said “We should get to work!!!” and Happy agreed. Lucy was like HEEEEEEEH!!? Confused for a second since he stopped. LUCY says “When people think you’re going to do something interesting.. you….” *coughs* A KISS *coughs* Natsu responds with “It’s Ok. We’ll be together forever from now on.” Which to me was a love confession. For one we saw her blush super hard and I felt like it was Natsu’s way to do it. How I know this is look at this scene :
Gajeel didn’t say “I love you.” In his confession but he did say “I really did….want to walk with you… side by side FOREVER.”
Natsu said “We’ll be together FOREVER from now on.” Lucy blushed harder from the comment as well. Natsu knew what she meant.
In the first panel of the next page Lucy was like “Wait a minute! I still didn’t finish packing my bag..” Natsu packed her BAG FOR HER. What a sweetheart! Literally. Not to mention Happy or Natsu put ero-panties in there. ;)
There was also the scene about permission, it could of been Natsu basically telling Lucy his feelings because he doesn’t have to get permission from Lucy to go on a job. She goes on a job with them NO MATTER what.
Not to mention they are going on A 100-YEAR QUEST… So then the end page looked like this..
HONESTLY the ending was WAY TOO OPEN for it to be an ending. I think we all possibly know’s what this means. Like I said, Hiro made tweets saying how even though the original is over that it doesn’t mean fairy tail is over and that he has various projects planned. One of the projects was about the anime of course but, I think this means he is continuing the story and it will show them do the 100 year quest. I have a feeling about this because, Rave Master had a different ending from this. I know they are two seperate mangas but, you all said “She is clearly a shounen ending.” Rave Master was also a Shounen manga. The manga ended with Elie and Haru kissing and a time skip to show them getting married. There was a one chapter story after that showing their child. The ending suggests more will come for fairy tail and my prediction is :
We will see all of them going on the 100-year-quest. Something tramautic happens in the middle of the quests something similar to this scene in rave master (instead it’ll be Natsu and Lucy, and yes I am predicting the future of Nalu by a future story, do not hate or judge please. <3)
Natsu will be taken away from these bad guys and basically I feel like the 6 of them (Erza, Gray, Wendy, Happy, Carla, and Lucy) will abandon to quest momentarily and save Natsu and when that happens… something similar to this could happen :
Which is a kiss which I kinda think could happen and then we see them all walking back to the guild and then we some words like this chapter, telling about life and stuff… then we would sees something similar to this :
Or Hiro could be just making us make the ending ourselves. Letting us decide what happened and what we want to happen. We will find out, the 26th when it officially releases but when it does, I can assure you whatever happens and whatever Hiro is making we will certainly like.
Things That Have Been Said in My Household but with Fairy Tail
<b>Natsu:</b> Gray<p/><b>Gray:</b> What?<p/><b>Natsu:</b> Are you gay?<p/><b>Gray:</b> No.<p/><b>Natsu:</b> Are you sure?<p/><b>Gray:</b> 100%<p/><b>Natsu:</b> okay..*signals towards the others that he's not*<p/><b>Gajeel:</b> You would think he would have come out the closet by now..<p/><b>Gray:</b> IM NOT GAY YOU FUCKERS.<p/><b></b> ___<p/><b>Gray:</b> ERZA THE STUPID CAT SCRATCHED THE CURTAINS AGAIN.<p/><b>Gajeel:</b> DONT YOU DARE TALK TO LILY THAT WAY. AND HOW DARE YOU ACCUSE MY PRECIOUS CAT OF SUCH CRIME. IT COULD HAVE BEEN NATSU.<p/><b>Natsu:</b> *from downstairs* HEY!!<p/><b></b> __<p/><b></b> *door bell rings*<p/><b>Gray:</b> *answers it* NATSU YOURE GIRLFRIEND IS HERE.<p/><b>Lucy:</b> actually we're no--<p/><b>Erza:</b> There's my future daughter-in-law!<p/><b>Natsu:</b> shUT UP GUYS.<p/><b></b> ___<p/><b>Erza:</b> NATSU AND GAJEEL STOP CLIMBING THE FUCKING TREE BEFORE ONE OF YOU END UP FALLING AN--<p/><b>Natsu:</b> *falls off tree*<p/><b>Erza:</b> Good Luck getting to a hospital you vermons. *walks back inside while Natsu cries and Gajeel laughs*<p/><b></b> ___<p/><b></b> *door bell*<p/><b>Gray:</b> I GOT IT- *opens it* ERZA IT'S THAT GUY YOU LIKE.<p/><b>Jellal:</b> Uhh.<p/><b>Erza:</b> SHUT THE HELL UP GRAY.<p/><b></b> ___<p/><b></b> *door rings*<p/><b>Gray:</b> I GOT IT-*answers it*<p/><b>Juvia:</b> Hi Gray.<p/><b>Gray:</b> *flustered*<p/><b>Natsu:</b> OH LOOK IT'S GRAY'S WIFE.<p/><b>Gray:</b> shuT UP NATSU.<p/><b></b> __<p/><b></b> *natsu and lucy sitting in the treehouse*<p/><b>Gajeel:</b> BE GENTLE WITH THE GIRL NATSU.<p/><b>Gray:</b> YEAH DONT BE SO RUFF WITH MY SISTER-IN-LAW.<p/><b>Natsu:</b> WE'RE NOT EVEN DATING<p/><b>Wendy:</b> Natsu, stop being a liar. And a bad one for that matter.<p/><b></b> ___<p/><b>Levy:</b> *knocks*<p/><b>Gray:</b> I GOT IT. *answers it* Oh hey Levy.<p/><b>Levy:</b> Hi Gray, is Gajeel home?<p/><b>Gray:</b> Yeah just a second, GAJEEL THAT GIRL YOU HAD THAT DREAM ABOUT IS HERE.<p/><b>Gajeel:</b> SHUT THE HELL UP GRAY.<p/><b></b> ___<p/><b>Natsu:</b> *leans in to kiss Lucy*<p/><b>Lucy:</b> *does same*<p/><b>Erza:</b> IT'S ABOUT FUCKING TIME YOU HORNYLESS TEENAGERS.<p/><b>Lucy:</b> Hi Erza..<p/><b>Natsu:</b> serIOUSLY.<p/><b></b> ___<p/><b></b> *everyone arguing*<p/><b>Laxus:</b> SHUT UP ALL OF YOU. NO WONDER NONE OF YOU HAVENT GOT LAID YET.<p/><b>Gray:</b> SHUT UP LAXUS.<p/><b></b> __<p/><b><strike></b> that door thing is a tradition of some sort </strike><p/></p>