Gray-sama is back. When I saw him, I thought we would have a moment with Juvia but no. But don’t worry, Gray and Juvia’s reunion is coming, we just have to be patient. I feel that Mashima is taking his time making their reunion because he knows how much we are waiting for it and mainly because it’s not yet time.
Of course I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure there will be a Gruvia moment at some point. Their reunion on the battlefield may not be as romantic as expected but I think we will have a few interactions and probably something more important in the end of this arc (a real reunion). I can’t see things differently, although I prefer to avoid having high expectations about how this moment could be. There were too many important moments between them in this arc. Mashima can’t act as if nothing had happened, it wouldn’t make sense. So, wait and see :)
All these posts about this “shipping war” on my favorite tag… Would it be possible to move on ?
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Gray & Juvia + similiarity during their Tartaros fights [x]
I was actually inspired by this NaLu post by jhayni-in-the-rain. It made me think: a great deal of characters have also linked Gray and Juvia romantically too, whether it’s comedic or serious. Many characters have picked up on Juvia’s side (she doesn’t hide it), Gray’s side, or both.
Alzack and Bisca
The first time we get a glimpse of Alzack and Bisca watching Gray and Juvia’s relationship develop is early on during a celebration at the guild. The future couple watches Juvia pour Gray a drink, and it won’t be the only time they observe from afar.
Gray and Juvia are eating caramade franks together at the table. Gray tells Juvia she’s way too sticky with it, so he tries to teach her how to eat it the right way. Alzack and Bisca observe the two, and refer to Gray and Juvia acting “lovey-dovey” with each other. Ironically, these are the two characters that end up being confirmed canon. Alzack and Bisca get married, and have a child. Bisca wonders how she could be active like Juvia. Moreover, one of the canon pairings in the series considers Gray and Juvia to be “cute together” and “lovey-dovey”. That’s an interesting note.
Lucy is constantly telling Juvia she is not her love rival, and Gray even confirms that as well in chapter 275 when both characters agree Juvia’s vision of Gray/Lucy being together will never happen. Lucy is not a love rival; rather she seems to support Gray and Juvia together. In the above panel, we see Lucy almost snickering at the fact Juvia wants to be Gray’s partner in the S-class exam. It’s a common way to tease someone about their feelings.
So while Lucy has teased them, she’s also shown major support and comfort. Juvia is near death in the Tartaros arc after defeating Keith, and all she wants is to see Gray. Lucy reassures her by hugging the girl, telling her that she will see him very soon.
Erza is one of the biggest Gruvia supporters in the series. The first time she makes a comment on their bond is in regards Juvia’s side. She remarks that Juvia’s true power comes from her strong feelings for her loved one (Gray).
It’s not just Juvia that Erza makes comments about or to. During the Grand Magic Games, Gray and Erza talk on the balcony where even she sees what’s going on between the pair. Erza tells Gray that he should have sensed Juvia’s feelings for him by now; giving a knowing/soft smile. She asks him why can’t he be a little more resolute. She asks him “Why don’t you make everything clear?” To this question, Gray turns his face and blushes.
Erza is someone Gray has known for a long time. They have a great relationship. You can see the smirk she had on her face as if she knew something.
Erza has commented on Gray and Juvia’s sides individually on separate occasions, but in the 413 days special chapter, she once again shows her support for both of them.
When Juvia reaches the guild, Erza notices she’s in a good mood. Therefore, the requip mage asks what’s going on and if anything pleasant has happened. Juvia puts her hands on her blushing face, saying today she is going to meet Gray, and it’s the 413th day anniversary of when they met. And so Erza asks Juvia how she will celebrate the occasion, to which Juvia replies she’s doing nothing because she is fine with it simply being a happy day. Erza tells Juvia that isn’t right and she should make Gray a happy man (put him in high spirits) by giving him a present because it’s an anniversary. Therefore, Erza is encouraging Juvia to make a move; also wanting the two to be happy.
Later on, Erza comforts a crying Juvia after finding out it’s a mourning day for Gray. While walking, she spots Gray wearing the homemade scarf Juvia knitted for him. He is smiling, which results in her smiling warmly as well. Safe to say that Erza supports Gray and Juvia together romantically, and wishes for them to be happy.
Another character that finds it extremely clear that Juvia loves Gray. Throughout this battle, Meredy is constantly stressing the bond that Gray and Juvia have; enough to emotionally link them together through her magic.
She even felt the need to tell Ultear that Juvia is close to Gray.
After returning from Tenrou Island, Meredy witnesses the two, thinking that the relationship hasn’t really gone anywhere “yet”. The keyword here is “yet”. Though personally, I’d disagree. I do think the relationship has progressed, though that’s from the beginning of the series. Nevertheless, the fact that Meredy even sees them as a potential couple says something.
Lyon and Chelia
These two characters, more specifically Lyon, are extremely important. Lets start with Chelia though, who is a character known for love. Love is the most important thing to her, and sees Gray and Juvia’s bond romantic by watching the two perform their attack together (don’t get me started on Mashima’s/his editor’s side text: Gray and Juvia’s synchronized attack of love).
Then we have Lyon, who has known Gray since he was young. They are rivals. They are brothers. Lyon knows Gray very well, and the fact that he believes Gray is being lovey/affectionate with Juvia is telling. This is also coming from a guy in love with Juvia. Lyon sees the bond the two share. He doesn’t only comment on Gray’s side, but Juvia’s as well:
He knows that his love will forever be one sided, thus he backs off.
Silver is, by far, the most important character that has linked Gray and Juvia romantically. He is Gray’s father. The entire battle between Gray and Silver is extremely emotional, and for some reason, he assumes that Juvia is Gray’s woman. She just gives off that vibe. ;)
Silver is handing Juvia a task that Gray himself could not do. He is also entrusting his son to Juvia, telling her she must defeat Keith (which will also terminate Silver) for Gray’s sake. Authors don’t tend to use these deep connections for characters that are only friends or will remain friends forever. On another note, it’s interesting how Juvia calls Silver “father”, referring to him as if Gray’s dad is her own/father-in-law.
And of course, Silver tells Juvia to take care of Gray/leaves Gray to her. Juvia promises she will. Again, this is significant because the father-son bond is very powerful. Gray’s father, somehow, was able to sense Gray and Juvia’s bond.
Cana, Mirajane, and Lisanna
Cana watches Gray and Juvia’s bread exchange. Seeing their interaction, she gives a smirk, turning to Mira and asking what’s going on over there because she thought Gray shot her down (that’s linking them romantically). Mira replies that it’s the same as always with a smile on her face. This adds support to the claim that Gray’s rejection will not stick. They were pointing out how Gray and Juvia’s actions were completely contradicting that rejection.
Again, it’s to make an important point regarding Gray and Juvia. The author constantly featuring Gray and Juvia in a positive light speaks volumes when it comes to his intentions.
So I don’t get off track, Lisanna makes a comment in the very same scene about the atmosphere in the room. She’s not talking about some friendship atmosphere, that’s for sure. Furthermore….
Volume 44’s extras confirms the scene has romantic undertones. Of course.
Look at that again….
This is from volume 33. Mirajane has picked up on Gruvia’s “more than friends” bond awhile ago. Her comment here is also on Gray’s side of things and how he wants to specifically wants to peek on Juvia of all girls.
Now if I want to nitpick, I can mention how Loke smirked at Gray asking about Juvia during the S-class exam and how Makarov sent Gray on a mission with Juvia alone (specifically to take care of her) when she first joined the guild. Though these two examples don’t necessarily link them romantically, they don’t hurt.
Of course other ships have gotten comments from other characters as well, but what’s really important is the quality of them. Gruvia has both quality, and quantity. Characters that are close to them, and not so close to them see the “unspoken” or “more than friends” aspect of their relationship. I mean, Gray’s childhood friend/rival/brother, Gray’s father, a confirmed canon couple… they are all good sources.
Gray and Juvia still have a bit to go before becoming official, but aside from this, with all the progression they have and keep receiving, the chances of Gruvia happening before or by the end of the series are very high. :)