Shepard-senpai noticed me?!
I don’t dare tread the Fairy Tail tag, but I don’t know if this was brought up yet.
I believe the entire conversation between Gajeel and Levy, before Levy used Air magic, was Gajeel (somehow) shouting underwater, while Levy (with the special thought bubble type on the left) was only thinking these things in her mind.
There was no verbal communication prior to the air bubble, just Levy shaking her head to Gajeel’s demands as she thought her reply.
So I think its a safe bet Gajeel assumed she used magic from the get-go to give him air, and is COMPLETELY unaware of what really happened, pfahaha.
You know, I think the big problem with Levy is a lack of panel time. She’s a secondary character, and Jet and Droy are even less important. While I’m sure she cares for them, she doesn’t really get a lot of space to show it.
I do think that Team Shadow Gear is drifting apart, but I’m not going to assign blame to any one person. Sometimes relationships do re-orient, ya know? And Jet and Droy have their own roles to play in that. It seems to me that the seven-year gap was hard on Shadow Gear, because Jet and Droy got older and more… settled? in a rut? while Levy is still young, energetic, and ambitious. Take for instance, the beach training camp where Jet and Droy decided not to get their second origins released along with everyone else. In fact, they just left.
They’ve separated themselves from Levy at other times, too. In the Sun Village arc, they insisted on going on a job without her. In Tartaros, Jet and Droy ended up with Warren and the Strausses, while Levy, as near as I can tell, was by herself and NOT glommed on to Gajeel. She didn’t go to Gajeel until she heard his voice and realized he was in trouble.
Yes, Levy’s big relationship development is with Gajeel. But there’s no doubt in my mind that she cares for other people, too. She and Lucy are close, and act close: calling each other -chan, Lucy teasing Levy about wanting to train with Gajeel, and Levy looking horrified while Minerva tortured Lucy. I also loved when Levy helped Wendy figure out how to read the spells Porlyusica gave her. And Levy was also absorbed in the problems Tartaros caused: she found a book about END at the beginning, and then did her math magic to figure out where Cube was.
I don’t think it’s fair to compare Levy with Juvia. Juvia, as a character, is more equivalent to Gajeel in terms of visibility, panel time, plot importance, and development. Levy’s the next tier down from both of them.
Evergreen did not have to contend with the 7-year gap problem, since all of the Raijinshuu was on Tenrou. And Freed and Bixlow are more like brothers to her, who are actively promoting Elfever. This is a different situation from Shadow Gear, where Jet and Droy had romantic feelings for Levy for the longest time and are having a hard time coping with the reality of Gajevy. That’s bound to create *some* awkwardness in Shadow Gear that isn’t present in the Raijinshuu.
And actually, this arc, I’ve thought that Elfever has had the problem of not *enough* caring from Elfman’s side. Aside from that moment at Evergreen’s side, he hasn’t thought about her since. When he was about to blow up the guild hall, with the girl he loves lying poisoned inside it, the only name he said was Lisanna’s. This was disappointing to me, especially with the development they had at Tenrou and during the GMG. Crossing my fingers for more Elfever coming up!
Sooo, in sum, I think we shouldn’t be too hard on Levy, or Jet, or Droy, or Mashima. The reality is that there are many characters in FT, they are not all of the same importance, and there’s not really a good way of doing justice to them all, given the limitations of the medium Mashima’s working in. (As a writer, for instance, it’s easy enough for me to insert a line that goes: “I hope Jet and Droy are okay,” thought Levy as the black water swept over her. Mashima would have to draw and devote an entire panel to this. He has to make choices about what’s really relevant and important to the main storyline.)
Now I wanna draw Berno witness Gajeel growing up through the years in the court system only to catch a glimpse of him as a Fairy Tail mage and be happy for him.
This development was so shoe-horned in and I wish there was hints of this before Tenrou, BUT it was a well done-shoe horn that I’ll happily run with ;___;
Now I’m gonna pray that Levy doesn’t sink into the background character with no-lines for 50+ chapters HELL after these two amazing chapters.
GAJEEL TEARS AT LONG LAST. They are deeeeeliciooous, nomnomnom.
The Will & Lying Cat (Saga)
Never thought I’d see the day that a Legend of Korra episode made me cry.
In other news, thank God its Friday. This week has been a beast.
Haha of course it would be THIS chapter that would come out later than usual. HRRGGHHH-I HAVE HORRIBLE PATIENCEEEE.