Let me be clear about something...
This contains spoilers for Fairy Tail’s last chapter, 545, so if you’re trying to avoid it, you should probably skip this post.
I was indeed upset about Jerza, and to be honest part of me still is, BUT, I’m not saying in any way that the finale was shit, nor that it was a bad chapter. If anything, it’s one of the best chapters ever for me. But keep in mind, the chapter isn’t even actually out yet. Yes, we got the pages, we got the images, but we haven’t got the full translations yet.
From what it looks like, we got many good things: we got Gajevy confirmed with possible babies, Lucy publishing her novel and receiving an award, we got somewhat of a Gruvia confirmation moment, and a very implied NaLu moment; Laxus’ got a harem, and Anna and Lucy were actually talking !!! (Natsu and Gajeel looked like they were talking to/about Anna too). And best of all, we got Team Natsu going on another adventure together, which is exactly how most people wanted the manga to end. It is a happy ending. It looks like an amazing chapter, and I’m eternally grateful to Hiro Mashima for this wonderful series he wrote. Maybe we’ll see more of the ships someday, after all, he did say he still had other projects planned. We still got the anime too. Many things can still happen. It’s over, but there’s still things to look forward to. The ships are awesome, but in the end, this was a series about friendship and what a valuable things it is.
As for now, thank you, Hiro Mashima, for these amazing years of Fairy Tail. It’s a series I will always treasure in my heart (and in my book stands). It wasn’t perfect, but it brought a lot of joy to my life. I love the characters and they’re very special to me. Spread your wings, fairies!