Anonymous ASKED:
You are my trusted Gruvia guide...I just finished chatting with someone who claims that Hiro Mashima apparently said he prefers Graylu but would rather cater to the fans by giving us Gruvia. I've only been a part of this fandom for a few months so I have to ask if you know anything about this.

Aww that’s lovely, anon! And whoever it was you were chatting with was lying to you. Mashima never stated any such thing, and if this person still claims that he did, ask them to show some place where he stated it (a scan, or an interview, or a tweet of his, etc.), because they wont be able to, since it doesn’t exist.

In fact, the only time Mashima mentioned a preference for a Gray pairing, was when a fan asked him on twitter if he liked Gray and Juvia together, and he said he does like the combination of the two, and he also likes their current one-sided relationship, but who knows what will happen between them in the future (and that last bit was said in a very teasing tone). ^__~

Mashima’s tweet:

http://twitter.com/hiro_mashima/status/377438114853429248

If Mashima was truly going by popularity, and trying to please the fans, then Gray and Lucy would have happened over Gruvia, and/or Mashima would have created some kind of love triangle between Natsu, Lucy and Gray. Because, before the Tenroujima arc, Gray and Lucy was a far more popular ship than Gruvia. Juvia was not a prominent character at all prior to that arc, and was in fact missing from two arcs back-to-back.

Additionally, Juvia’s feelings for Gray were widely viewed as just a comedic crush that would go no where (I certainly felt that way at the time). So, many people did not take it seriously, and did not ship it.

Therefore, as you can see, if Mashima was doing things to simply appease the fans, then Gray and Lucy would have been pushed rather than Gruvia making progress. IMO, the second Juvia was introduced into the story, Mashima had already decided on her being Gray’s love interest, and it was just a matter of time before he started expanding on both their relationship, and Juvia’s role in the series. 

And Gruvia is only so popular now because Mashima himself made it so. He has created all these moments, and constantly developed their relationship, and gave people many reasons to ship it. So, the fans actually are following Mashima’s lead, not the other way around. Gruvia is popular and gets featured as much as it does because Mashima wants it to be so. HE likes Gruvia. He is the captain of the Gruvia ship hee! ^^

Posted September 17, 2014 @ 01:00

melllllly:

The “Love” Section

When Gemini copied Gray, they revealed a little of Gray’s thoughts. His initial thoughts of Lucy were “pretty darn cute” and “somewhat interested in her” but there are no further developments in their relationship. Instead,they share a “comfortable friendship” with each other. Also, he often treats Juvia’s intense approaches harshly but there are times where he will take her hand and tell her kind words like “I’m with you”. Does he just think of her as a friend or……?

Gray’s Relationship with Juvia

Juvia fell in love with Gray at first sight during the fight between Fairy Tail and Phantom Lord. With her love appeal escalating each passing day since she joined Fairy Tail, are Gray’s feelings getting somewhat wavered?! It seems like ice and water magic are compatible with each other…?!

Picture© bluechuii.

And there it is. ^-^

Posted September 16, 2014 @ 22:26 VIA

The text in Gray’s Love Section

Major thanks to BluecChuii for the scan:

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Here’s the Japanese text in Gray’s “Love” section that I found on 2ch:

【ラブ】 

ルーシィについて 

「ルックスは好み」「少し気がある」との事だが、 

2人の関係に特に進展があるわけでもなく、 

お互い気の置けない仲間" といったところか。 

ジュビアについて 

猛烈なアプローチにつれなくあしらうことが多いが、 

時には手をとって「オレがついてる」と優しい言葉をかけることも。 

仲間思いなだけか、それとも……

It essentially translates (VERY roughly) to:

As was said by GeminiGray, he is interested in Lucy’s looks, but there hasn’t been any progress on that front, and they are just friends/Lucy is someone easy to get along with/talk to.

While with Juvia, it says “he’s often harsh towards her, but he also sometimes says gentle things like “I’m here with you” and sometimes he holds her hand. Does he just think of her as a friend, or…!?”

Like I said, this is a a VERY rough translation, and there are far better people working on what is really being said, so I suggest we all just wait patiently to read what is really going on. But, it does seem like they are clearly stating Gray and Lucy are friends, while simultaneously hinting that Gray and Juvia have something more going on.

Honestly, after being worried that gray’s profile would feature a ton of other girls just to tease his love life, this is beyond awesome as a Gruvia fan. They are hardly being subtle here with the Gruvia tease to say the least lol!

Also, I can’t wait until the “relationship” portion is also translated, because they used that Gruvia cover to represent Gray’s close relationships (With Natsu and Juvia having the biggest/most prominent pics obviously), and there’s a couple of “!?” and some trailing off there too for Juvia’s section lol!

^-^

Posted September 16, 2014 @ 19:39

sasskiiia:

what about this whole ‘there’s something going on between Gray and Juvia’ the whole time? are they implying they’re secretly dating or what? which they totally are

They don’t mean it like that. They mean that Gray acts harsh/cold towards her (like the rejection), but then he does and says gentle things like the 366 moment, which seems to show that there might be more to Gray’s feelings than he’s letting on. ^__~

Posted September 16, 2014 @ 19:31 VIA

dorely103:

So I showed my Japanese friend the passage about Gray’s love life in the 3rd FT magazine and he told me that it says Gray finds Lucy attractive from the Gemini copy incident…however there is no real relationship development there. THERE IS, HOWEVER, SOMETHING GOING ON BETWEEN JUVIA AND GRAY. It teases in the end that from the hand grabbing time where Gray tells Juvia that he is “with her” there could be something going on between them….more than what Gray is showing

;)

Posted September 16, 2014 @ 19:24 VIA

http://squisherific.tumblr.com/post/97678885781/sasskiiia-hm-so-it-looks-like-juvia-isnt 

dominantorange:

sasskiiia:

Hm…. so it looks like Juvia isn’t featured “as a character”, like Happy, together with Gray BUT STILL THIS MEANS WE”LL PROBABLY GET OUR OWN MAGAZINE VOLUME ABOUT JUVIA!! *___* (She’s in Gray’s “love” section, tho, but I bet they’re talking about how the rejection didn’t stick or…

I hope she also has a “mystery” part for future plot relevance… but I always forget she’s just a side character. Still hoping though. :)

That would be great! I’d love for them to give us some type of tease/more info relating to her history and background, and open up the possibility of more focus on her in the future. ^^

Posted September 16, 2014 @ 18:28 VIA - SOURCE

rieriebee:

squisherific:

rieriebee:

bluechuii:

Some people wanted to see some pages from Vol 3 :3
So heres some.
If you want some more or some from Vol 1 and 2 just ask :3

For those of you curious, I think part of Gray’s love section regarding Juvia says this:

猛烈なアプローチにつれなくあしらうことが多いが、 

時には手をとって「オレがついてる」と優しい言葉をかけることも。 

仲間思いなだけか、それとも…… 

Which roughly translates to “Leading to an intense approach often [often harsh with], the time he took her hand and saying the kind words of “I’m here with you”. A friend that he thinks about, or……" [are they friends, or….?]

It’s a cliffhanger that implies Juvia means more to Gray than just a friend/more than he lets on. ^___^ 

Although I’m waiting for melllllly to confirm everything else. XD (as well as Juvia’s part in Gray’s relationship chart, wow she has a huge picture)

Yup, the 366 moment is definitely listed there (which in itself was a clear parallel, contrast and contradiction of the rejection scene pictured lol), as well as a clear tease of Gray seeing Juvia as more than just a friend. ^__~

Oh yeah, I can see it’s there (with my eyes squinted kinda lol) it definitely says 「オレがついてる」- “Ore ga tsuiteru/I’m here with you”.  Despite the rejection panel, the text is in favor of Gruvia from what I can read. That’s why they say you must read everything. ;) Although still going to wait for the better translators of course. Interesting how they interpreted chapter 366 and Gray holding Juvia’s hand as romantic seeing as it’s under the love category. ;)

Yeah, I can’t wait until we get some confirmation. ^^ And exactly! Anyone saying that the “366 moment” is something Gray would do for ANY FRIEND, and that it didn’t mean anything romantic, and yet here they are bringing it up in Gray’s “Love” section, insinuating that it was indeed romantic, and contradictory of Gray’s harsh behavior towards Juvia, like that rejection. 

Posted September 16, 2014 @ 18:24 VIA - SOURCE

rieriebee:

bluechuii:

Some people wanted to see some pages from Vol 3 :3
So heres some.
If you want some more or some from Vol 1 and 2 just ask :3

For those of you curious, I think part of Gray’s love section regarding Juvia says this:

猛烈なアプローチにつれなくあしらうことが多いが、 

時には手をとって「オレがついてる」と優しい言葉をかけることも。 

仲間思いなだけか、それとも…… 

Which roughly translates to “Leading to an intense approach often [often harsh with], the time he took her hand and saying the kind words of “I’m here with you”. A friend that he thinks about, or……" [are they friends, or….?]

It’s a cliffhanger that implies Juvia means more to Gray than just a friend/more than he lets on. ^___^ 

Although I’m waiting for melllllly to confirm everything else. XD (as well as Juvia’s part in Gray’s relationship chart, wow she has a huge picture)

Yup, the 366 moment is definitely listed there (which in itself was a clear parallel, contrast and contradiction of the rejection scene pictured lol), as well as a clear tease of Gray seeing Juvia as more than just a friend. ^__~

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