Chapter 499 Analysis Part 2
I love Juvia in this chapter. Juvia has always been shown to put others, not just Gray, before her. Her resolve to commit suicide was to be expected. But what gets me the most is how she handled the whole ordeal.
We know Juvia had normal inner struggles because she motivates herself to go through with her plan:
Even if it’s a for a loved one; ending one’s life must be hard knowing the type of pain you’re going to self inflict. Gajeel admitted having no future with Levy terrified him. I’m sure Juvia had the same fear. Yet she looked within herself and overcame this. She found the strength to go through with her plan. But she didn’t stop there. Her love for Gray was so immense that she managed to give Gray a tender smile as if trying to mask the disturbing scene that was about to unfold :
A smile that she kept as she fatally struck herself:
She accepted her death and was grateful for the happiness she found even if it was for a short time. But she knew Gray wasn’t going to take it the same way after all the deaths he has witnessed. So she tried to make it less traumatic as she could ignoring her own suffering.
She told Gray how happy he made her:
She encouraged him to not despair for her:
She stayed positive until the very end with a smile that quite frankly breaks anybody:
And you know what hits me in the feels the most? The fact Juvia was determine to give her life thinking Gray didn’t feel the same way.
She didn’t expect it nor cared because what mattered was his life. If this isn’t selfless love than I don’t know what it is.