I can’t do a lot right now but I can drew you this stupid comic with your favorite character! I LOVE YOU, do whatever you need to feel better! Wait, don’t use that as an excuse to kill someone. I can’t be an accomplice.
Ok. I’ll start this post saying that my goal is NOT to start another fucking ship war, or even bashing ships of any kind. I’m here to explain how I feel about people saying that Gray/Lucy is an IMPOSSIBLE ship. It might be a bit long in the beginning because I’ll explain how I feel towards the Faory Tail Fandom in general, then it’ll be more graphic and fast (like, pictures and little comments on Graylu)
First of all, the main problem of the Fairy Tail Fandom is the kinda childish position most of fans have when talking about ships (and this is why that I am barely active in it despite being a great fan of FT since years). Ships War and Ships bashing are something omnipresent in this Fandom, knowing that the big 5 NaLu, Jerza, Gruvia and GaLevy are the dominant ships. When I say some fans are childish, I mean that people who ship the “Big Five” (I am mostly okay with these ships though -with a personal preference over GaLevy but whatever) are often the most intolerant of the fandom. None of these ships are canon (but they are largely hinted by Hiro Mashima, YES) but these shippers still think that they are the ONLY ships acceptable. To make their point, they’re doing photoset, posts collecting moments of their OTP (a bit like what ill be doing for graylu) finding theories, reading between the lines… WELL, you can say they’re kinda forcing their opinion on everyone. Yes, I do understand how it is to have an “OTP” because I, too, have some, but when I see posts bashing ‘minor ships’ or saying that ‘Character1xCharacter2 is impossible !!!!! Character2xCharacter3 wins!!!” it really bothers me.
So, yes, I’m finally coming to my Graylu point. I’m not usually really invested in this kind of things. I don’t consider myself as a hardcore GrayxLucy shipper, nor I don’t think I hate GrayxJuvia or NatsuxLucy. These are different ships. Characters are not “meant to be with only this one or that one other character”. They are fucking characters. You can ship both Nalu and Graylu for instance. That’s my case. (Even though I don’t ship Gruvia for waaaay others reasons than shipping Gray with Lucy, but that’s not my point by now)
What pushed me into writing this post while not being an ultra GrayLu shipper is when I came across some bashing posts, and particularly some of these anonymous confession posts, saying things like “I don’t really see reasons to ship GrayLu”
My point will be given 2 axises, the 1st one being a rhetorical question and 2nd one being the most important :
1) why the fuck do you need a reason to ship something
2) Gray and Lucy are undeniably friends. Like, good friends. I hear people from here “YOU CAN BE FRIENDS WITHOUT BEING HYPOTHETICALLY ROMANTICALLY INVOLVED” to which I’ll answer : hell yes my dear, you can. That’s the purpose of friendship, on of the main topics of Fairy Tail.
But you can also be friends with someone, and have a great complicity or even more : a great chemistry with them. That’s how I see Gray and Lucy ; as really good friends with a damn fucking good chemistry, which has been shown uncountable times since the beginning of the manga (450+ chapters you’ll forgive me for not searching through all of them, I’m not that dedicated)
SO how can you say GrayLu shippers it’s absurd of them to ship when you see this :
-a tacit and strong complicity (and fucking confidence from Lucy in Gray when you know how strong his powers can be!!!)
-a good understanding of each other (and a constant care/worry too)
-a closeness comfortable enough to be like that without doing any fuss over it
-understanding and complicity (act 2) that leads to quick forgiveness AND FUCKING INNUENDOS/JOKES MAN :
(so, well basically this whole page)
but mostly the two last panels ok
-you can’t deny that they are OFTEN standing next to each other, talking to each other, well they’re being close as friends (and more if you’re an hardcore one who wants to see it romantically, you do what you want!!!)
like I mean
these are sample. you can find 500 other panel of them just being there. standing together. for no actual reason. And that’s cool, because it reflects their dynamic : comfortable and just casual.
-do I have to talk about both their expressions on this panel? Like the relief of being friends again, after the tantrum act thrown by Gray when he was a so-called-antagonist?
i don’t think I have to. You don’t need my words to appreciate this.
-AND OBVIOUSLY THEIR UNISON RAID in the last chapter (chap 446) well not exactly a unison raid, but when they fought together like when Gray AKNOWLEDGED Lucy as a comrade, yes, but also a valuable FIGHTER :
(they were both awesome by the way, but finally seing Lucy getting more and more confidence in her fighting skill of the chapters just made me so happy -this is finally a fucking character development)
WELLl I could go on like this for years with pictures to prove my point, but I think it’s enough for now. You can see all of what I said like”friendship thing” and I’ll be totally okay with you : Gray and Lucy are friends, and their friendship is healthy, but don’t force people into thinking friendship is the ONLY relationship acceptable and possible between them.
Acknowledge the fact that due to all those small interactions, it’s LEGIT for some people to ship them and to hope to see them in a committed relationship.
SO TO CONCLUDE : TO YOU MY DEAR GRAYLU SHIPPERS YOUR SHIP IS NOT INVALID, GO ON SHIPPING THEM BC THEY ARE REALLY COOL AND CUTE
and to you all the haters, the ones for whom “graylu is impossible and inexistant” well isn’t it sad to be the mono-shipper asshole?