After a profitable 11-year run, together with a preferred anime adaptation, Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail manga resulted in 2017. The favored shonen manga/anime enchanted followers with its wealthy, magical world and proved it was in a position to sustain with different hard-hitting shonen titles corresponding to Naruto, Bleach and One Piece.
A part of the sequence’ allure was the massive roster of vivid characters, and the way distinct every wizard was. Fairy Tail, which primarily adopted the lives of Lucy, Natsu, Erza and Grey (with Wendy and Gajeel added later), was nice at organically creating their relationships. In contrast to Naruto (except for Shikamaru and Temari), the romantic relationships, specifically, felt actual and earned. Lucy and Natsu, the 2 fundamental protagonists, are Fairy Tail‘s fundamental ship (identified to followers as “NaLu”), however Mashima has all the time stored the jury out on their true relationship.
Though the unique manga and anime sequence have ended, followers are nonetheless hoping for a NaLu affirmation in future Fairy Tail tasks. For now, this is a breakdown of NaLu’s historical past, and the place the 2 find yourself by the story’s conclusion.
Proof in Fairy Tail That Natsu & Lucy Look after Every Different
Lucy and Natsu share many charged moments, offering loads of proof that the 2 take care of one another romantically. Natsu was the one who invited Lucy to affix the Fairy Tail Guild, and from that scene ahead, they’d a right away connection. You could possibly actually write a whole ebook about all of those situations of romantic pressure, however we’ll follow a few of the extra vital ones.
Within the Phantom Lord arc, Lucy known as out for Natsu when she was falling from the Phantom Tower, realizing, someway, that Natsu would save her. That factors to a particular, virtually telepathic, bond between the duo. In a filler episode, Natsu and Lucy went to one another’s home to attend for the opposite and, regardless of being surrounded by associates they may hang around with, felt a pang of loneliness with out the opposite there. And throughout the Eclipse arc, the anime’s fifteenth Opening confirmed a notable NaLu second by which Natsu went berserk after Future Lucy was killed, particularly promising to guard Lucy’s future, not all of Fairy Tail’s.
There are additionally the extra basic, recurring hints, starting with the obvious: Natsu has seen Lucy bare a number of occasions and hasn’t precisely shied away. Scenes by which Natsu and Lucy save one another usually finish with them hugging in ways in which the digicam romantically frames, whereas filler episodes enhance the flirty moments between the 2, often specializing in the 2 virtually kissing or Lucy blushing at Natsu’s antics.
Do not Overlook Natsu’s First Love, Lisanna
On the finish of the day, Natsu and Lucy are a great pair due to their lengthy historical past and appropriate personalities. So, why did not they declare their emotions to 1 one other? And the place did the (attainable) lovebirds find yourself?
Earlier than we reply, we first have to handle the (elephant) wizard within the room: Lisanna Strauss. There’s a big group of “NaLi” shippers, and if we glance again on the first few episodes, we won’t precisely blame them. Natsu and Lisanna go manner again as childhood associates, and the innocence of their burgeoning relationship was lovely — Lisanna even outright proposed to Natsu.
Nonetheless, their time collectively was tragically minimize brief with Lisanna’s “death”; though she was finally introduced again to start out a attainable love triangle, issues simply weren’t the identical. Lisanna was largely ignored by Mashima, and her scenes principally revolved round combating in animal lingerie moderately than moments with Natsu. Mashima’s comments at an anime conference in France in 2019 may be seen as the ultimate gap to sink the ship: He admitted that, “personally, [he] [thinks] Lisanna is a nice girl, and it would be a shame to see her with a guy like Natsu. [He] [feels] that the Natsu and Lucy ship is more suitable.”
Mashima added, “At that time, what fans thought about romantic relationships became very important. I thought, whatever I do, they are going to hit me. Because of this, I thought to myself that the simplest thing would be for Natsu to remain as is so that nothing concrete happens.”
The place Fairy Tail’s Ending Left Natsu and Lucy
Judging by how fiercely fan wars can rage, we won’t blame Mashima for leaving issues open. However he did additionally say he appreciated NaLu higher, so he could also be telling readers that is his model of what is canon.
On the finish of the anime, Lucy confesses how a lot Natsu and Fairy Tail have influenced her, and lobbed the ball up for Natsu to admit his love… which he drops. However the two however band collectively for the 100 Years Quest spinoff, which has launched 9 volumes up to now (with an anime adaptation introduced), so Lucy and Natsu nonetheless have the chance to revisit their relationship standing.
Followers is likely to be upset with “Trollshima” for not confirming one of many sequence’ hottest ships, however the creator has given us loads of romantic subtext to work with. He is even gone on file admitting he likes NaLu, so we are able to presume the 2 have romantic emotions for one another — neven if there is no canon confession. And for dissatisfied NaLi shippers, Lisanna can nonetheless be thought of to be Natsu’s past love, whereas the open ending concerning his present romantic life leaves room for any shipper’s fantasies.