it seems like Lucy's the damsel in distress for most of the new arc

Why I Personally Don’t Ship NaLu

(Short little disclaimer, this isn’t meant to bash anyone. This is all just my personal opinion. If you don’t like it well….sucks to be you I guess…I mean..there’s a thing called ‘Black listing’. It’s a real split second download to your computer. So yeah, anyways, lets get right into this.)

Now, every show has it’s dynamic. And sometimes, the subtle part of its dynamic is the ships. While ships aren’t generally the biggest topic in a show or manga series, it can be the biggest topic that can explode in all sorts of ways in a story’s fanbase, mainly negative or positive. With Fairy Tail, One of the biggest ships of the big 4 that has blown up since the beginning is Nalu.

Originally posted by ft-aesthetic

Nalu is a ship between Natsu and Lucy, and while they are generally moderate static characters that are very likable, the ship itself is kinda….eehhhhh.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with it. In fact, the ship itself is a nice thought. But there are a few attributes that are kinda holding me back from shipping them and making me a fellow neutral anti of the ship:

1. It’s too cliche

Natsu and Lucy are known as the main protagonists. Which is fine and dandy. But if the two were to get together (which, thankfully they haven’t), it would’ve..quite honestly been the biggest cliche. I mean think about it, the down to earth girl with a passion for what she does, meets an incredibly energetic boy who does what he wants and from then on the two go on quests and deal with a bunch of bullcrap together and all sorts of stuff that you’d see in super hero movies or something like that.

Welp. I’ve seen this happen so many times to the point where it’s just a very big, disappointing cliche to me. It just wouldn’t satisfy me at all. In fact, it would bore me. Just like how it kinda bore me when other couples from different fandoms followed such cliche and it just kinda made me groan in frustration. Mostly because I feel like the authors don’t take their conclusion seriously, or hell, even give up a little halfway through the story for that matter. 

So long story short, two protags getting together is a big cliche and I personally want a satisfying ending in an anime for once where it didn’t involve romance whatsoever through the entire series and had a platonic ending where everyone is all good and the relationships are left open ending. Quite honestly, the ending of Fairy Tail was a bit….lazy. So I was kinda left unsatisfied, but thankful that it’s over.

2. The Couple Itself is Underdeveloped and Repetitive

You might not believe me, but trust me when I say that the couple is underdeveloped and barely worked on.

Why do I say this? Well, because Nalu repeats the same things over and over again to the point where it’s barely developed and it’s become rinse and repeat.

I mean, come on, They go on missions and an arc starts.

So far so good.

Then they start learning about all that’s happening and the conflict begins.

So far so good.

They run into new enemies who are starting the trouble. They try to fight them and they get incredibly injured. Natsu does his thing, and just runs off or just wants to fight everything (which is usually the comedic relief). Of course, Lucy is the main target to getting injured, or captured, or whatever, Natsu gets pissed and he starts beating the living shit out of the enemies, the others come in, Lucy miraculously survives and so does everyone else and the day is saved.

……*eye roll*

I’m sorry, but that’s not developing. That’s repeating the same thing over and over again only using different situations to make it look like it’s not the same thing. Quite honestly, it’s gotten to the point where I feel like Mashima has reduced a morally strong, female character who I could look up to, into a damsel in distress who likes to for some reason wear revealing ass clothes that bring out the giant tumors on her chest during missions.

(There are several more examples but I don’t want this post as long as it already is. Trust me, I wear revealing clothes myself, but never in my life would I wear some of the outfits she would wear in public. Even if it’s for comedic relief, most of the time, it’s completely unnecessary. A girl can wear what she wants, and proudly show off her proportions, but there are boundaries on what’s considered sexy and too much, like level of cleavage. It just kinda disappoints me how Lucy tends to look like some sex symbol of the Fairy Tail series).

So yeah, Nalu is very very underdeveloped and hard to enjoy or notice any development between the two.

3. The Two Are on Completely Different Levels

Natsu is pretty strong because of plot armor, and Lucy is weak without her keys but still lives because plot armor. Enough said.

I know Lucy tried using other magic, but that didn’t work out for her. While yes, she’s gotten strong, she didn’t get to anyone’s level so..yeah..still a little weak but she’s getting there. There’s just more Lucy needs to learn is all.

4.The Compatibility is Seriously Low

I know I’m gonna get so much disagreement for this, but this is seriously all that I see not to mention proved at least a few times.

Natsu has a serious lack of understanding towards Love in general. While it has been implied that he had feelings for Lisanna while they were kids, keep in mind that they were only kids. Kids don’t generally know any better and they don’t understand what it’s like to be in love with someone. Having a crush is a hell of a lot different than being in love with someone. When you have a crush, it goes away over time, when you’re in love with someone, it never goes away and it stays with you. So quite honestly, Natsu being in love with someone would be totally out of character and just wouldn’t feel right. At all. In fact, I’d seriously be like “Who in the hell are you and what have you done to Natsu?” if he were to suddenly develop romantic feelings out of nowhere.

And Lucy is incapable of having a boyfriend. While yes, she does have her moments where she wants to know what it’s like dating someone, she also has a lack of understanding of love, respect (even though most of her use of sarcasm are reality checks) and being in a relationship in general. Not to mention that the two are way too deep in bullshit Fairy Tail likes to get involved in, which leaves them no time to worry about romance.

Having an inexperienced couple is cute n all, but it’s also a big cliche.

5. It’s Not Really All That Appealing

I’m sorry, but I don’t buy the boob groping, constantly coming in Lucy’s house without permission, and slight sexual situations as deemed ‘romantic’. In fact, that sort of stuff is above all a stupid way of perceiving love.

If you really think stuff like that is romantic, then you don’t have a general knowledge of Love. Love doesn’t come from any of that. It comes from respect and understanding which Natsu barely seems to have throughout the series. Keep in mind you guys, Natsu is extremely childish, so it’s kind of understandable.

Not to mention Lucy has her own shit to deal with and seems way to serious to even put up with Natsu and his usual behavior.

And there you go. Those are my reasons. Now uh…I don’t know…watch fairy tail or…reread the manga…I don’t know…don’t really care.

Guest Review - NBC's Constantine

This is a guest post by El Appleby.   El is a 22 year-old Bi-identifying human living and working in Norwich, England. When they aren’t creating nerdy clothing and accessories, they’re obsessing over science fiction, video games or comic books.

It’s with a heavy heart this evening that I put away my digital copies of Hellblazer in order to sit down and finally watch the pilot of NBC’s Constantine. After a heavy dose of nostalgia I’m enthusiastic for this new installment in the franchise, but I’m also concerned.

I, like many in the bi community, am fiercely protective of John Constantine. He was one of the first interactions I had with a bisexual character that wasn’t shamed or abused purely on the basis of their sexuality. Also a working-class kid from a northern English city with a troubled childhood, Constantine’s character really struck a chord with 15 year-old me, and 7 years later I find myself still thinking “what would Constantine do?” in times of anguish. It made me see that maybe I could be the hero too, and not just the minor character in someone else’s story. Constantine was one of few characters like me in a time of my life where the representation of bisexuality and biromanticism was incredibly scarce.

The episode begins with Constantine (Matt Ryan) setting the scene. He looks the part, and the visuals are striking throughout, with impressive special effects. The thing that bothers me most is not Ryan’s performance - he seems to capture the passion, frustration, wit, even occasional cool indifference of Constantine marvellously - but his accent. It’s just so wrong. American viewers probably won’t notice this, but Ryan’s Welsh twang permeates the largely indistinct midlands/northern English accent. Not the Scouse I’d imagined. It’s not as bad as it could have been, (at least he’s not American) but it niggles. I really have to hope this is something Ryan will be working on because it makes it difficult to immerse myself in the show when I want to strangle him.

Cut to Atlanta, Georgia, where we meet Liv Aberdine (Lucy Griffiths). A character who won’t be appearing after this episode, apparently, rendering the entire plot of the pilot mostly irrelevant. Instead, we’re set to see the stunning Angelica Celaya portray Zed, a character from the comics. And, from the first few minutes of having Griffiths on-screen, I can see why they made the decision to go back to the source material for inspiration. Zed, at least in the comics, had agency by the bucketload, and this just isn’t something I’m getting from Aberdine. 

There’s nothing really wrong with Liv Aberdine as a character, but she’s drastically underdeveloped, always reactive, and seems to fall flat in comparison to Constantine, Manny the Angel (Harold Perrineau) and even the reserved Chas Chandler (Charles Halford) who only has a handful of lines. In fact, Constantine seems out of character to me when interacting with Aberdine, just a little too arrogant and willing to throw her into harms way, especially since his main character motivation appears to be manpain and guilt over allowing a demon to carry off the soul of a young girl.

Out of the characters with speaking parts in the show so far, 2 of the 5 women are killed, 1 is possessed, 1 has repeated attempts made on her life and the other is present only briefly before Aberdine sees a ghost/demon supposedly attempt to kill her. There’s not a single conversation between female characters that isn’t about a male character, so that’s the Bechdel test failed. All in all, the plot has a damsel-in-distress vibe that would feel more at home in Supernatural than Hellblazer.

Surprisingly, my concerns over ‘straightwashing’ Constantine weren’t relevant, although this is likely to change once Aberdine is replaced by Zed.

All in all I’d give this episode a 3/5. It’s visually impressive and has a lot of potential as a series but the pilot episode seriously missed the mark. I’m hoping with the introduction of better-written female characters and more intriguing plot arcs that it’ll really pick up. Reserving judgement til the series really begins.

- El