Chapter 535 thoughts
Favourite panels: These two panels made me fangirl way too hard!!! especially how amazing it looked in cohesion.
This simply shows Gray once again being a gentleman, a great support and friend to Lucy, once again as he always been!
Their friendship and BROTP moments are so underrated!! especially when they work together and interract as well as individuals that are natural and comfortable to be around with! I always did say they were the “normal” people of Team Natsu compared to the other strange ones haha!
We don’t even see Lucy being surprised whatsoever at Gray coming in, because she knows that Gray will protect her and have her back, so that they can reach Natsu. Natsu similarly knows that too that Gray is protecting his girl. The beautiful heartwarming smile from Lucy captured this scene perfectly, as it was fitting when it comes to the atmosphere and context of the bonding moment.
Gray knows full well that Lucy needs to reach Natsu, so naturally someone who is very close to them, he will do his best to make sure she reaches there in time.
Gray has always been someone who takes extra good care of women, and make sure their treated well no matter what mostly in general. Showing how nice, genuine of a character he is, always has been, and always will be.
Sometimes he gets unfairly mis-characterized because of poor misconceptions from some deluded edgy people,, but the truth is he’s always been someone who’s been very kind, warm, and protective of people, and shown so much to worry for them to a point of giving up his life for them No matter what!
He gets very flustered when a lady sheds tears, as we seen with his moments with Erza, he never wants that to happen. It makes Gray even more loveable.
Gray is just too precious~
Granted Gray has shown to be out of character in some scenes (particular due to being corruped by the darkness of his magic), but this is Gray at his best. It’s a good step upwards, especially with everything that went forward.
I liked how Natsu mentioned Gray a few times, and Lucy as well, showing their bonds to be very very close. I never understood how there were actually some people that denied that… Guess they must be not be reading the manga properly or something.
I’m well aware that Natsu will be the one to seal Zeref because of them being brothers, and foreshadowing from Tenrou Island arc, but I still want Zeref to be defeated via teamwork, since Natsu will get his time to shine against Acnologia anway, and hopefully we get that from Gray, Lucy, Happy, Natsu vs Zeref. Especially when Zeref is in another league compared to Natsu, especially when he’s powered up.
Also, in other scenes, I’m happy that Acnologia is finally doing something now, crushing Jellal like that was beautiful. Splendid. I don’t care about Jerza, so that made it even more splendid. I was like: “Yes!, finish off that fucker!” xD
On a side note:
I’m just sad that the manga is coming to an end soon, just two volumes left. Sure, this arc isn’t really that good when it comes to poor writing, rushed scenes, anticlimatic, asspulls, pathetic villian suicides, and displaying out of characterizations, but still we’ve been accustomed to this manga for so long, that it’s only going to be expected that we will miss it when the curtains are down, and the ships sail happy.
Now with that said, I did like the chaprer overall for the most part despite despite some glaring power inconsistency particularly from Natsu and Zeref