Chapter 504 (Beware of Spoilers)
Keep it in mind this is more ship than plot-wise.
Finally a chapter I actually really enjoyed.
First we see Gray and Natsu and they both look pissed. Understandable. But what really pleased me was the fact that Gray asked Natsu if he was END before everything started for two reasons: 1) he just can’t take the word of an enemy’s like that, and 2) he clearly still hoped Natsu wasn’t the thing he wanted to destroy and kill. Natsu has been his friend for more than a decade and I think this is what hurt him the most.
Another very strong point of the chapter: Gray can’t even say that Juvia ia dead. He just says: “Because of that, Juvia…” He is so hopeless he can’t even complete his thought because it hurts him to do so! He’s still floating on that cloud of pain and sadness.
Gray wants to kill Natsu. KILL his best friend. At any other day he wouldn’t say that, or even think it. Right now his loss is too fresh in his mind and he isn’t thinking straight. He doesn’t have anything else to lose (sure, he has his friends, but he saw the woman he loves sacrificing herself for him and he lost his mind).
Then it cuts to Lucy and she decides to go after Natsu. Lovely sweet Lucy. 💕
And to me one the best panels of the chapter: Juvia, even severely wounded, wants to go after Gray not because she wants to see him (that too, obviously), not because she thinks he needs physical saving but because she knows that right now he’s suffering so much with her death he is at his breaking point. She knows he is too close to break completely because he lost her. Juvia is well aware of his feelings for her now I still want a spoken confession and she knows he can’t handle another loss.
And then it cuts to a panel with Gray pretty much as a savage, hitting Natsu.
Natsu starts to turn into END when he sees Lucy’s “lifeless body” (in his mind) and starts to cry. I love it when the boys cry. It’s only when he sees her that way and he cries that END actually activates.
Basically the boys are losing it because of the girls and that makes me soooo happy!
Another great part was that the girls are going to get the boys. Lucy and Juvia have their minds set on finding them and they are most likely arriving together and in time to stop the two boys to hit each other. I sooooo want to see Gray’s stupid happy face when he notices Juvia is alive! I need at least a hug!
And guess who’s wound opened while fighting Natsu? Yeah! The Juvia Wound is opened now, it’s bleeding and I hope it means something. My headcanon is that when Wendy tries to heal it, Gray asks her to leave the scar because he needs that one to be on the outside instead of inside him.
Overall that chapter was pretty good even if I think it happened too fast, but with the interruption of the other stuff going on it will take a while for us to see the real fight.