Chapter 428 review
Okay, Juvia wasn’t wearing Gray’s necklace as I hoped. I’d be lying
if I said wasn’t disappointed. I wanted more than mere boob fanservice and from the looks of it, Juvia won’t be getting action anytime soon. I’ll keep hoping she’s the one keeping his necklace somewhere and Mashima didn’t want to let us know yet though. I know
it’s quite possible that Gray might not be wearing it anymore to
symbolize the fact that he’s left a big part of himself behind but,
dunno, somehow it seems a bit odd to me given that he’s never taken it
off before. Buuut it might just be my wishful thinking.
Off to more important parts.
Gray’s attitude towards Natsu as well as his comment about Juvia was much better than I feared to be honest. I expected something along the lines of “Juvia huh? Like I care about her anymore.” or “I don’t give a damn about you guys anymore” and “You’re wasting my time. I have much greater things to do”.
Now, I might be looking to much into it, but from Gray’s expression I’d say that Natsu’s comment did have some impact on him. He could have said something but he didn’t, as though he took a moment to contemplate about her, worrying and waiting for him.
IN THE FACE!!!
I enjoyed this a little too much! He deserved that slap, you go Lucy! I’m glad Mashima gave us a bit of this brOTP again, we hadn’t seen it in a while and it’s quite underrated IMO. This must have been painful for Lucy, she’s been thinking about them, searching for them for a whole year and there he is acting like they don’t need his friendship and vice versa. She has suffered a lot all these months, trying to cope with her loneliness, her bitterness about Natsu leaving has been penting up, and Gray’s words were the last straw that made her burst. I find this so bittersweet, for the person who said he would show no mercy to any woman or child who tries to hurt Lucy and that he won’t hand her over to evil hands even if he had to die, to be the one who needs a wake up call by her right now.
What’s really interesting though is Gray’s expressions:
I don’t know about you, but he looks reluctant to me. I’m not
doubting that he’s been swayed by the darkness at this point, but he
does seem like he’s forcing himself to act tough and like this family
doesn’t matter to him anymore. He didn’t want them to get into trouble,
or fight them seriously.
No matter what he says, I won’t believe he’s completely sane, that his frame of mind hasn’t been affected by the malice of those black marks.
This is the real Gray:
Gray wouldn’t allow innnocent people to die for his own deeds. He’s
either been corrupted by dark magic, or he needs an Oscar ‘cause if
there’s a slightest chance this is just an act, then it’s too damn good.
Also, is that an earring on his left ear or it’s just hair? I can’t tell lol.
On the bright side of things though:
Aaaw yiss Council!Gajevy is officially a thing!!! Who’s dying to know the details? *happily raises hand*
Finally, can we take a moment to appreciate how far Gajeel has come?
From a broken young man who didn’t care about anything to this admirable sense of justice. So proud of you Gajeel!