Okay but David would probably start buying Max things he knows Max likes, especially after seeing what Max’s parents get him. David wants to let Max know he cares about the kids interests, be it whatever, no matter how silly or strange it might be.
Imagine David buying Max comic books of Max’s favorite super hero or something cause he know’s that’s what Max likes, and holy hell, “the kid deserves more than just a hoodie!” David has probably said on more than one occasion.
Alright. Here’s another rant coming your way. There I was watching a tribute for my favorite girl, Lucy Heartfilia, and I naturally go down afterwards to read the comments. There were positive ones, sure, but there were alot more negative comments about Lucy. Any fan of Lucy has probably heard it all; that she’s weak, she’s just a tool for fanservice, or that the show would have been so much better without her. Um. No.
Before I begin fully ranting, I’ll admit that I am a bit behind on Fairy Tail. College and other responsibilities took its toll. However, I have been keeping up with the story, even if I haven’t gotten to explore it myself for awhile. That said, here we go.
First off, the fanservice. I really get upset when Lucy is called out for her choice in clothing. This girl has lived under her fathers thumb since her mother died. She was made to dress like a lady of her station at all times. When she arrived home after Phantom Lords defeat, we were able to see an example of what she had been made to wear during her time at the manor.
From her shoulders down, she is completely covered. Can you imagine how uncomfortable that dress is? It’s heavy. It’s restricting. It was likely bought for her to wear without her approval or consent. It’s another form of control her father had over her. I’m sure that one of the first things Lucy did when she left the mansion, not home–but the mansion, was find new clothes to wear. Part of it was likely to make it more difficult for people to spot the Heartfilia Heiress, but a bigger part was that she was taking her fathers control over her and his expectations and tossing them away.
People complain that her clothing choices are way too revealing, but guess what? It’s her body and, after so many years of being told how to present herself, she can finally dress how she wants to dress. And maybe, after she grows older and, yes, more mature, she may start dressing more modestly. But right now, she is literally a teenager who spent most of her life under a domineering tyrant for a father. She’s rebelling even as she gains hold of her freedom, as any teenager would.
Moving on to another statement that ticks me off; Lucy Heartfilia is weak. Um. What? Starting off, what we know about Lucy is superficial. She is a celestial mage who desperately wants to join her favorite guild. We know practically nothing else. As the story goes, we get to see more of her and her growth. Natsu, Erza, and Gray are already obvious BAMFs. They’ve grown up training and fighting and going on missions. You know who hasn’t? Lucy Heartfilia. Again, she was raised in a rich lifestyle with each of her life decisions, besides running away, made for her. Now, maybe she was allowed to train her magic, but was it encouraged? Unlikely. Her father wanted her to grow up and marry someone who would benefit the company. That was her sole mission in life. Magic was not part of the equation. Fighting definitely wasn’t. So she joins the guild with maybe a year of traveling under her belt, give or take. Though we didn’t see it, she had started growing in that time. She collected more Gate Keys and became proficient with a whip. Once she joins Fairy Tail, she has had that one year of growth compared to a decade or more that the others had.
We see her grow more, magically, when she forcefully closes Taurus’s gate once Sherry had taken control of him in the Galuna Island arc.
We discover that Forced Gate Closures should be impossible. This is a fact that is brought up again when Loke is discovered to be Leo the Lion and we are shown through flashback his days with the abusive Karen and how he refused to let her close the gate, despite the fact that it was literally killing him to do so. Lucy Heartfilia has, in one of the very first arcs, done something impossible. Please remember she has only just joined Fairy Tail and has very little experience under her belt.
Let’s skip ahead now to the Phantom Lord arc. During this arc, we finally learn more about Lucy’s background. She is the runaway heiress who just wanted to be happy and have her freedom. Now, after a year or so of her father not putting much if any effort into finding her, he sends a dark guild after her guild, her family. We see Lucy break in this arc. She is tortured physically and emotionally. She contemplates leaving Fairy Tail and returning to her father, even as she knows that she will never experience the happiness that she has felt during her time in this guild. She would give up her freedom for her new family’s sake. That isn’t weakness, that is strength that not many people possess. That is selflessness. In the end, she is vulnerable. Her life story has been revealed to her guild. They know, or at least have some idea of, the neglect she faced at her fathers hands. She is exposed and she has been all the more accepted for it. Her family fought for her and so now she knows she has to fight for them. She knows that he would do it all again until he got what she wanted and so she decides to confront him, the man who was her tormentor since her mother died. She travels to her fathers manor alone. She once more wears the clothes that confine her. She meets with her father, hears what he has to say, and then makes it clear that he will never again control her. She rips her dress, the physical symbol of her imprisonment at his hands, and she tells her father that she is a member of Fairy Tail and that if he ever tried attacking them again, they would destroy him just like any other enemy.
She tells him that all she ever wanted was acceptance. To quote the dub, she says, “I’m not Lucky Lucy Heartfilia anymore. I’m Lucy of Fairy Tail. The people there treat me like family. Something that you never did.” She disowns herself from the Heartfilia name. She confronts her tormentor, she destroys her shackles, and she makes it clear that he cannot and he will not seek to control her anymore. Physically and magically, she may not have shown her strength here. But she did so emotionally. Lucy Heartfilia freed herself.
I could go on and on with further examples of Lucy being strong; saving Loke, smiling through her pain when against Kain, holding Natsu back when in Edolas upon discovering the Lacrima, forgiving Cana when she betrayed her and later encouraging her to confess to Gildarts, letting Flare torture and humiliate her in front of the entirety of Fiore in order to save Asuka, time traveling in the hopes of saving her guild and others, sacrificing Aquarius, her oldest friend, in order to save her guild, even though it was likely the most painful experience she had ever endured, etc. etc.
Without Lucy, Team Natsu would have never formed. Makarov and the other guild masters might have died under Lullaby’s sound. They never would have met Gajeel and Juvia. Loke would have died. Angel would have continued using and abusing her spirits. It’s very likely that Fairy Tail would have never left Edolas without Lucy there. Fairy Tail could have ended at that point, and what a sad ending it would be.
Lucy Heartfilia, physically, may not be the strongest person in the guild. But emotionally? Magically? She is so, so strong. She’s there for her friends. She won’t abandon them when the going gets tough. She will fight to the death for the people she cares about. She may get knocked down. She may need help getting back up sometimes. But she always does. She has broken and put herself back together, stronger and even more steadfast than before. Strength is more than punching through a wall or beating up the bad guy. Strength is also facing your fears head on, even with the uncertainty that you’ll make it out alive. And Lucy does this constantly.
Lucy deserves all the respect in the world. This girl is a survivor, if people can’t see that then they need to rewatch the show because it’s all there, from the very beginning, and it just becomes more clear as the story continues.
The Nishigori girls would TOTALLY bet Yurio a hair makeover that he loses at ~ambiguous card game~ but it seems like he would secretly kinda like the attention. LOOK @electricbluepinwheel I drew more Yurio I hope you’re happy.