Honestly, no matter how Mashima had ended the manga, this fandom would have done nothing but complain and insult the series and its author. We all seem to be forgetting something very important: Not everything is about the ships. From the start, fairy tail has been a manga about friendships - about the adventures of the guild members and the people they met on their journey. Yet, somewhere along the way, all this fandom started to care about was their ships. Even going so far as to insult and threaten each other and the author. Surely, I’m not the only one tired of shipwars and shounen mangas all ending with kids and timeskips?
Can we just…it just occurred to me as I was talking bout this with @pafdoot, but Anne and Gilbert, this soon into their acquaintance, have both seen each other at their most vulnerable. When Gilbert ran into her in the woods and Billy Andrews was about to do whatever it was he was about to do, Gilbert saw her head down, shoulders hunched, totally defeated and ready to accept whatever was going to happen.
Anne, when she shows up at his house to deliver the books and she meets his dad, is likely the only other student who knows about just how bad his dad is fairing. I mean I guess people know that his dad wasn’t doing well, but I doubt very much the rest of the town knows just how bad it is, but Anne does.
They’re both such good souls that they’d never take advantage of that knowledge, but it just speaks to the depth this show is building into their relationship, even at this early stage. Guys, GUYS, this is going to be the epic romance Gilbert and Anne deserve.