celestialcontrail ASKED:
Being mentioned in your post about Gruvians you like really made me happy. :^)

I’m glad! ^-^ It makes me happy when I see you like or reblog my posts, and whenever you add anything it’s always interesting, and you make great points. ^^

Also, I love your writing (I still haven’t finished reading your fic A Lapse Of Memory, but I promise I will do so this weekend and review!)!

Posted August 22, 2014 @ 00:58
Anonymous ASKED:
While I agree with you on the part that Gruvia will get a small setback at the end of this arc I also believe that it won't matter that much since I get the feeling the walls around Gray's heart will crumble down even more when he sees the fragile state Juvia is in right now. I would love it that after this arc Gray would look out for Juvia more (without stifling her) but that will, unfortunately, most likely not happen *sighs*

kanarenee:

squisherific:

No, I totally agree, anon! I don’t think whatever comedic setback Gruvia has at the end of this arc will matter much at all. I think, first of all, that it can’t possibly be as harsh as another rejection, which is really the only thing that could significantly set back the pair (and even when it happened during the GMG, if anything, Gruvia’s bond has only strengthened since then lol). 

So, with that in mind, there’s really not much that will dampen the current progress that Gruvia have already made in this arc (and like you said, that’s not even factoring in Juvia’s current condition and Gray’s eventual reaction to it), including how important Juvia clearly is to Gray, as well as the fact that Juvia did such a huge service to both Gray and his dad, AND essentially received Silver’s blessing as well as his wish to take care of Gray in his stead. These are huge milestones for the couple, and nothing will cancel them out. They’ll just likely get a silly moment near the end that will “ruin” the serious/touching atmosphere that SHOULD have occurred if Mashima didn’t feel like trolling us lol!

As for Gray looking out for Juvia, I honestly think he already does such a GOOD job of that already. ^^ I mean, let’s face it, Gray is practically her personal bodyguard at this point lol. Even when he doesn’t appear to be around, somehow he manages to pop up right in the nick of time to rescue Juvia, which I love, because it shows he always there for her, and it’s like he’s made it his mission to look out for her.

Heck, even emotionally we saw that Gray was supporting her in that “I’m here with you” moment. He already cares about Juvia tremendously, and if that increases, well, I don’t know how much more it could possibly strengthen, considering he’s already died for this girl. As I’ve said in a recent post, they both have gone above and beyond for each others always.  But I’d certainly love to see more examples of Gray looking out for Juvia, and surely Mashima will deliver, since he always has done so when it comes to these two being there for each other in one way or another. ^__^

I just wanna respond about the comedic set back (although all of this post is absolutely lovely!).

I have had this idea in my head for a while— I really would not be surprised to see the comedic set back actually end up being a good thing.

I definitely expect Juvia, if she is in a better position than we last saw her by the end of this arc, to go back to her usual comedic self. I don’t expect her to forgive herself as quickly as Gray does (if he even feels he needs to at all, which I don’t think he will), but I do expect that she would want to make him happy and make him think she was okay.

But at the same time, I don’t see another rejection. I see Juvia saying something silly about a date or about a honeymoon or a vacation after its all over for the two of them, and Gray telling her she doesn’t have to act like that anymore or that she doesn’t have to try so hard for him.

Another scenerio I see is their first encounter— their reunion— having the comedic moment and Gray interrupting Juvia before she can get too far in with a hug or something else to let her know he knows what she did and he is glad she is okay. It may not even need words.

The thing is, we have see Gray progress in how he deals with Juvia’s fangirling. At first he avoided it at all costs, then he denied it, then he attacked it head on by saying he didn’t like it. At the same time, he has grown closer to her. The next step would be to call her out on it, because she really doesn’t need to try so hard— she already has his affection— and interrupting her despite the moment to pull back the Juvia he loves. That’s addressing it, showing her it’s not needed, and letting her know he cares.

I honestly wouldn’t be surprised. It wouldn’t be cannon, but it goes with the trend of how Gray has adjusted to Juvia’s actions since the beginning of the series. He’s developed— getting better at being direct with her, letting her know what he wants, showing he he trusts her. She’s developed— trusting him, not falling into her fangirl mode as much but still doing things that are on some level above and beyond, allowing herself to be vulnerable around him. It’s a logical next step. 

Or maybe I just have wishful thinking ;)

Great thoughts! And it’s not that I wouldn’t love for Mashima to take this route, because I WOULD. However, I already had fooled myself once into thinking Mashima was going to phase out/tone down Juvia’s fangirling after the rejection occurred. I bought into everything everyone was saying about Gray not liking Juvia’s fangirly antics, and this rejection would show a change in Juvia where she would become less fangirly.

That, obviously was not the case, though. Yes, Juvia has been FAR less fangirly since the Tartarus arc started, but that is only because of how serious the circumstances have been IMO. When Mashima has depicted her outside the current storyline, however, she has been her usual fangirly self (hearts in the eyes, fawning over Gray, her bedroom essentially being a tribute to Gray-sama), such as in the “wanted-poster” -style color spread of all the players of the Tartarus arc, or the pics of Gray and Juvia on twitter, the Christmas comic, the New Years comic, and the 413 days special. All of those things show a Juvia who is still in full-out fangirl mode. 

And personally, I am of the (VERY unpopular) opinion that Gray was not rejecting Juvia’s fangirling, he was rejecting her COMPLETELY. SHE was the thing he didn’t like. Is that harsher than rejecting her fangirling? Yes, of course. And that’s the point. He was purposely trying to push her away IMO. And if Mashima ever decides to delve into Gray’s reasoning behind the rejection, we’ll find out why. 

That’s also why I say that Mashima had the golden opportunity after the rejection to knock back on Juvia’s fangirling, and yet he didn’t do so. Instead, it’s GRAY who has changed and has softened towards her. Hence, Gray is a tsundere, and when Juvia didn’t give up the way she should have, that threw him for a loop.

And the other thing is, it just doesn’t make sense for Mashima to drop Juvia’s fangirling to any extent, simply because it has become such a huge part of who Juvia is. When all is said and done, she still serves largely as a comedic character. She’s there to get a laugh, and one of Mashima’s favorite ways to do that is with her fangirling antics. So, I can’t see Mashima ever relinquishing that gag.

This is why, pre-rejection, I felt like the dynamic of Gray and Juvia was simply that Gray is a “tsundere,” and Juvia is the “fangirl” who will slowly win him over. Now that we’re well past the rejection, and seeing what has and has not changed, I’m even more certain that this is the case. Again, some insight into the rejection in the first place would go a long way in ironing everything out. But until someone within the manga says otherwise, I refuse to get attached to the idea of Juvia ever cutting down on her fangirling, because I just don’t see Mashima ever going there story-wise with her. It’s just become too big of a running gag and she just wouldn’t be Juvia anymore without it. 

Also, the fangirling isn’t really done for Gray’s sake anyway. None of the items in her room are for Gray’s sake. None of her enthusiastic behaviors, or paranoia, misunderstandings, or erotic fantasies are for Gray. That’s all for her (and to get a laugh from us). That’s just how she is.

The only thing we’ve ever seen her doing for Gray in an act of trying to win him over, is the bread thing really (and part of that was her correctly predicting how he was going to react, and trying to trap him into eating her offering by providing an alternative lol).  She also wanted to be his partner in the S-Class test, but that was partly because she wanted to be the one to help him win, and also as a means of being near him. 

All the other ways she has helped Gray (trying to protect him from Simon, her fight with Meredy, her defeat of Keith, and the moments when she eased his pain over a loss (Ur’s and Ultear’s) were things that she did simply because she loves him and wanted to protect him and/or were completely unintentional on her part. Heck, even the scarf she made him was born from an idea of Erza’s. She had no intention of giving a gift in the first place. 

So, you see, she’s not really trying that hard, or certainly her silly fangirly moments are usually not about her trying, but just about her wanting to be closer to him. We saw this a lot in the GMG (asking him out to dinner and wanting to ride the love-slider). She was trying to be bolder and pro-active in the hopes that it would advance their relationship if they did relationshippy things. But, she’s also just being herself, and doing things at her own pace.

Those impactful moments where Gray and her connect and/or she makes a positive difference in his life, is ALSO who she is. Yes, she’s a fangirl, but that’s not all she is. She’s also a wonderful, loyal, loving and strong person who gives her all for Gray always because she’s a good person who happens to be very compatible with him, and who loves him dearly. And none of that is ever going to change IMO. That’s why I think Mashima is showing us she’s just fine the way she is, and it’s really Gray who’s hung up on his own issues, and needs to meet her in the middle, which is exactly why we’re seeing HIM change instead of her.

Because, let’s face it, she has ALREADY changed tremendously since she was first introduced. She was too shy to even directly ask to be Gray’s S-class partner. Now, look at her. Asking him out to dinner and straightforwardly confessing her love to him, which is also something that took a great deal of time for her to pluck up the courage to do. She’s also no longer hiding behind corners, or pillars or admiring Gray from afar. She’s walking side by side with him, and has developed a close friendship and trust.

Plus, I’m just not a fan of Juvia constantly changing (or even feeling the need to change) so she can be more desirable to Gray. We saw some of that in the rejection chapter (Juvia version 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 2.0), and it’s not ok IMO. Let Gray do some changing, and stop being such a tsun, and stop bottling everything up, and start confiding in her more, and letting her in. Maybe if he did all of that, the changes that some people want from Juvia would happen naturally and over time, because she wouldn’t be putting Gray on a pedestal, since their relationship would have reached a different level, and he would no longer be this unattainable goal. 

In fact, I personally think she never really seriously considered Gray would ever love her back, which is why she didn’t take it so hard when he rejected her. She didn’t expect him to return her feelings in the first place. We even saw it with her reactions to Lyon’s pursuit of her. Funnily enough she was just like Gray. She’s not used to being loved like that. It’s a foreign situation to her, and she couldn’t fathom why he would love her, nor had any idea how to really deal with it. So, Gray and herself are actually already pretty similar in a lot of ways. Which is another reason why they make sense together. ^__~

Anyway, my point is if Juvia wasn’t the fangirl she is, and if she had never become as bold and direct as she started to be during the GMG, things would never have progressed to where they are now, because Gray would likely have continued to avoid the situation indefinitely. Gray only addressed the issue because she kept pressing it onto him.

She is emotionally open where Gray is very private. Because of her intense pursuit she has spurred this change in him, and has started to affect him in ways that others have not been able to. Her immense love and warmth that she constantly showers him in are things that he has grown fond of and attached to.

Otherwise he wouldn’t have softened towards her the way he has done, nor would he have this bond with her, nor continuously go to great lengths to keep her safe. And we recently saw just how big of a place Juvia has claimed in his heart. And that’s because, where others would have already long since given up, or allowed themselves to be distanced by Gray, Juvia has not. She refuses to be pushed away, and that’s what has made all the difference.

Posted August 22, 2014 @ 00:51 VIA - SOURCE

dooshiedoosh replied to your post “Did you see Lucy’s boyfriend fantasy section? Gajeel was also listed as a candidate xDDDD”

Squish…where is it? I wanna see it!!

A full translation isn’t out yet, but Thefairystales blog already mentioned some of the info here, and she’ll be translating the rest soon, and Gajeel’s pic in Lucy’s profile is floating around somewhere. And here’s the stuff about Gray. ^__^

Posted August 21, 2014 @ 20:11

THANKS TO SQUISHERIFIC 

fatedsong:

I would like to thank squisherific for saving gruvia through every single thing. She is like the Gruvian queen, every time something happens we all go to her expecting her to lift us up, ya know?

Not only does she help us continue to have faith in gruvia, she helps us against the anti’s….

AWWWW! This is the sweetest thing EVER! =^-^=

First of all, I’m definitely no queen. I can name so many amazing Gruvians who do so much for this fandom and make it what it is:

YOU, rieriebee, kanarenee, sasskiiia, BonneyQ, dooshiedoosh, honeyteacake, celestialcontrail, unisonraidd, sarapyon, yuuba, kurare13 are just a few names that come to mind. And that’s just a fraction of the awesome gruvians I’ve had the pleasure to interact with, and/or who’s posts always brighten up my dash and the tag with Gruvia love - whether it be fanart, or fics, or fun headcanons, or wonderfully analytical posts, graphics, or translations - All of those things contribute in HUGE ways that make my personal tumblr, Gruvia, and FT fandom experience way more enjoyable. ^-^

I’m just thankful to anybody who reads/likes/rebogs so many of my VERY rambly posts, or ever asks for my opinion, since it makes me happy. ^__^ And certainly, if I can make anybody feel better in any way, that also makes me really happy. So, thank you! This made my day. ^___________^

Posted August 21, 2014 @ 19:57 VIA
Anonymous ASKED:
While I agree with you on the part that Gruvia will get a small setback at the end of this arc I also believe that it won't matter that much since I get the feeling the walls around Gray's heart will crumble down even more when he sees the fragile state Juvia is in right now. I would love it that after this arc Gray would look out for Juvia more (without stifling her) but that will, unfortunately, most likely not happen *sighs*

No, I totally agree, anon! I don’t think whatever comedic setback Gruvia has at the end of this arc will matter much at all. I think, first of all, that it can’t possibly be as harsh as another rejection, which is really the only thing that could significantly set back the pair (and even when it happened during the GMG, if anything, Gruvia’s bond has only strengthened since then lol). 

So, with that in mind, there’s really not much that will dampen the current progress that Gruvia have already made in this arc (and like you said, that’s not even factoring in Juvia’s current condition and Gray’s eventual reaction to it), including how important Juvia clearly is to Gray, as well as the fact that Juvia did such a huge service to both Gray and his dad, AND essentially received Silver’s blessing as well as his wish to take care of Gray in his stead. These are huge milestones for the couple, and nothing will cancel them out. They’ll just likely get a silly moment near the end that will “ruin” the serious/touching atmosphere that SHOULD have occurred if Mashima didn’t feel like trolling us lol!

As for Gray looking out for Juvia, I honestly think he already does such a GOOD job of that already. ^^ I mean, let’s face it, Gray is practically her personal bodyguard at this point lol. Even when he doesn’t appear to be around, somehow he manages to pop up right in the nick of time to rescue Juvia, which I love, because it shows he always there for her, and it’s like he’s made it his mission to look out for her.

Heck, even emotionally we saw that Gray was supporting her in that “I’m here with you” moment. He already cares about Juvia tremendously, and if that increases, well, I don’t know how much more it could possibly strengthen, considering he’s already died for this girl. As I’ve said in a recent post, they both have gone above and beyond for each others always.  But I’d certainly love to see more examples of Gray looking out for Juvia, and surely Mashima will deliver, since he always has done so when it comes to these two being there for each other in one way or another. ^__^

Posted August 21, 2014 @ 18:16
Posted August 21, 2014 @ 18:12 VIA - SOURCE
Anonymous ASKED:
imagine if gray's stripping habit rubbed off on juvia? haha considering out of all the females minus wendy she is the one with the most modest and less revealing.

lol! Thankfully I don’t think that will ever happen. I really love Juvia’s shyness about her body. it’s a nice contrast to most of the women in the series, and certainly to Gray. It just adds to the charm of the pair with the whole “opposites attract” element. ^-^ 

Posted August 21, 2014 @ 18:10
berryjewel:

fairytailconfess:

submitted by anonymous

I have to disagree with you, anon.I do see where you’re coming from, however I feel a lot of fans forget a very important part of Juvia.
Juvia was depressed. She was shunned. She was lonely. She never smiled before Gray and Fairy Tail.
Now, we have a happy, loving and caring mage of Fairy Tail. As stated numerous times, her strength comes from her loved ones. However, it’s not just magic strength. It’s also mental fortitude. Without hesitation, she shielded Gray from Simon’s attack back in the TOH arc.
Her sadness got the better of her when she was Succubus Juvia but ultimately pulled through it thanks to Lucy.
She hit a lightning lacrima so she didn’t have to fight Cana when they were trapped by Freed’s runes.
She hurt herself once again to save Gray’s life via Meredy’s sensory links.
Recently, she took down Keith the necromancer even though she knew Silver would die once again and would bring pain to Gray.
Of course, Gray plays a large part in Juvia’s development. She loves him, so it’s natural. Don’t forget Lucy, Gajeel, Cana, Erza and Meredy play their parts also. They all make Juvia into who she is today.
Physical strength isn’t everything in Fairy Tail, despite popular belief. Juvia possesses great mental strength which must not be underestimated.
I believe she’s a lot stronger than her initial introduction.

berryjewel:

fairytailconfess:

submitted by anonymous

I have to disagree with you, anon.
I do see where you’re coming from, however I feel a lot of fans forget a very important part of Juvia.

Juvia was depressed. She was shunned. She was lonely. She never smiled before Gray and Fairy Tail.

Now, we have a happy, loving and caring mage of Fairy Tail. As stated numerous times, her strength comes from her loved ones. However, it’s not just magic strength. It’s also mental fortitude. Without hesitation, she shielded Gray from Simon’s attack back in the TOH arc.

Her sadness got the better of her when she was Succubus Juvia but ultimately pulled through it thanks to Lucy.

She hit a lightning lacrima so she didn’t have to fight Cana when they were trapped by Freed’s runes.

She hurt herself once again to save Gray’s life via Meredy’s sensory links.

Recently, she took down Keith the necromancer even though she knew Silver would die once again and would bring pain to Gray.

Of course, Gray plays a large part in Juvia’s development. She loves him, so it’s natural. Don’t forget Lucy, Gajeel, Cana, Erza and Meredy play their parts also. They all make Juvia into who she is today.

Physical strength isn’t everything in Fairy Tail, despite popular belief. Juvia possesses great mental strength which must not be underestimated.

I believe she’s a lot stronger than her initial introduction.

Posted August 21, 2014 @ 18:08 VIA - SOURCE

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Posted August 21, 2014 @ 18:05 VIA

fairy-mage:

Meet my lovely OTPs. :’)

Posted August 21, 2014 @ 18:04 VIA