Ok, this is not going to be a very insightful review since my thoughts are still really raw.
So, Juvia and Gray did indeed live together, train together, and eat together for 6 months, NOT nearly a year. She’s been alone in that village waiting for him, even though she did indeed try and look in the beginning, and when she couldn’t find him, she just decided he’d hopefully come back one day, because this was their home (my feels!!!).
Even though Juvia has indeed reverted to her rain woman status, she still brought the lols anyway, what with her delusions in the beginning and Natsu holding her back, and then her bragging to Lucy about living alone with Gray, and her fake out of having slept with Gray, but then admitting she was kicked out lol! That to me means they are still not canon yet, and I’m more than fine with that, because I would have been pretty frustrated if they had hit canon in the time skip, only for Mashima to have torn them apart again in this way, and have to wait for them to reconcile once more.
Along with the sort of silliness also came some serious business, like Juvia being sick and collapsing, and just her despair over Gray having disappeared, and her hope that he would come back. I loved Natsu vowing to bring Gray back to her, and saying he’s going to bring the guild back as well, with Juvia tearing up at the thought of having her love and her true home/family back at last.
I also really liked when Natsu mentioned that Gray was a bastard for abandoning Juvia, Lucy pointed out that Natsu did the same to them, and then Juvia (who clearly ships them hard lol) told them to get a room as Natsu looked guilty at Lucy’s words. ^^
I also thought it was interesting that Gray indeed was having this issue of the tattoo spreading while he was still with Juvia, and he slowly drifted away until he stopped coming back entirely.
Now, I know Juvia is sick, and everything, but I really hope that Mashima does NOT make her stay in that rainy village and wait for Natsu, Lucy and Wendy to bring Gray back. Because I have a bad feeling that is EXACTLY what Mashima is going to do (which is why he made her sick in the first place, so he has an excuse for her to not join them), so that when Gray does finally come home to Juvia, the rain will clear away, and we’ll have our happy ending. I want Juvia to be an active participant in this quest to get Gray. But, yeah, my hopes are not high with this setup. >_<
Also, I loved all the flashes of Juvia and Gray’s life together over the 6 months. I’m so glad Mashima showed us that. It was so cute seeing juvia wearily picking up his clothes that he stripped off, like it was so routine, and even as if she had gotten a little sick of it haha!
And Gray is absolutely turning into a mini Silver, and you’ll have no complaints from me about that, because I love me some papa Silver haha! Now, the big question is, is Gray faking so he could get info about Zeref and END in this dark guild? And if so, why not just tell Juvia before disappearing for so long like that? If not, then what the heck is going on with him?
I still think he’s faking TBH. And I still think he didn’t tell Juvia because he wanted to keep her out of harms way. But, we’ll see. Finally, I loved the cute bits of Natsu-Juvia BrOTP. This is the most interaction they’ve ever had in the series, and it was sweet! ^-^
P.S. That girl who smiled at Gray at the end… If Juvia gets involved, that bitch gonna get wrecked. Just sayin’.