Warning! Spoilers for Fairy Tail's 545th chapter are below!
It's been a long time coming, but Fairy Tail has finally come to an end. The fan-favorite series got its start back in 2006, and creator Hiro Mashima wrapped his lengthy manga just recently. The long-awaited finale saw Fairy Tail wrap many of its questions, but there is one fans were dying to have answered:
Did Natsu and Lucy profess their undying love for one another?
Well, no - but that doesn't mean the manga didn't nod to the pair's popular ship.
Over the year, Natsu and Lucy have become a fan-favorite ship for fans of Fairy Tail. The two wizards are close friends, and the pair consider one another to be family thanks to their shared guild. It is because of Natsu that Lucy is able to join Fairy Tail in the first place and help save the world on more than one occasion.
So, really, fans were expecting the pair to at least reference their growing chemistry. You can blame Natsu for ruining the moment.
In the final chapter of Fairy Tail, Lucy comes out from a reverie and finds Natsu chilling in her apartment. The girl begins to cry after she thinks over all the moments Natsu has shared with her, causing her to leap forward into his arms. Stunned, Natsu listens as a tearful Lucy holds him close and thanks him from the bottom of his heart.
After a moment, Natsu pulls back and tells Lucy he has something to tell her. The moment is poised for a lovely confession, but Natsu's true nature shines through the set-up. The Dragon Slayer instead pulls Lucy from the home, telling the pair they are going to be late for the next mission, and the Celestial Wizard looks appropriately stunned by the turn of events.
So, if fans are lucky, Mashima may pen a follow-up in a few years which truly canonizes the NaLu ship. For now, fans will have to rely on fan-fiction to see their ship sail.
You can check out Kodansha Comics' summary of Fairy Tail below:
"Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu's not your typical hero—he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?"
If you are not familiar with Fairy Tail, then it is about time you familiarized yourself with the story. The series follows a guild of young, powerful wizards who call Fairy Tail family. Set in a fictional Earth, a boy named Natsu teams up with an unlikely friend Lucy Heartfilia as the latter dreams of becoming a powerful wizard. To date, there are more than 250 episodes of the acclaimed series, and fans can expect more to come in the new year.
To date, several million copies of Fairy Tail have been sold worldwide. Published by Del Ray in the west, there are over 35 million volumes of the manga in circulation at the moment. Kodansha Comics is now overseeing the release of Fairy Tail projects in the U.S. and other western territories, and the licensing return has helped the publisher amass popularity. Other series like Attack on Titan have also helped bolster Kodansha's visibility outside of Japan, so fans can expect the company to continue pushing out new content as it becomes available.