Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail did not pull the trigger on a few of the core pairings fans expected to see, but there was one that took fans by surprise as it naturally developed over the course of the series.
The Levy and Gajeel pairing is one of the favorite pairs in the entire series, and Mashima paid tribute to their hilarious back and forth with new art.
Gajeel and Levy's relationship was one characterized by comical elements, and that is continued on here through Mashima's newest sketch. Sharing the work to Twitter, this sketch reveals a sleeping Gajeel (all comfortable in a set of pajamas) completely unaware of how much of a burden he's being to Levy. That's pretty much emblematic of their entire relationship, as Levy usually has to support the weight of the two of them literally and figuratively, and it's hilarious to see it visually.
Levy does not seem so happy to be carrying Gajeel in this moment, but it also does not seem like she minds too much. She's a bit embarrassed by the moment for sure, but she's more struggling under the dead weight of the sleeping Gajeel. Probably doesn't help that he's an Iron Dragon Slayer who probably weighs more than the average mage on a standard basis.
Fairy Tail was originally created by Hiro Mashima for Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine, running from 2006 to 2017 and selling over 60 million copies. The series is set in a fantasy world full of magic following Natsu Dragneel, a fire breathing wizard with the powers of a dragon who is in search of his missing foster father, the dragon Igneel. As he and his wizarding guild Fairy Tail get into adventures, Natsu always tries to find a way to succeed.
The series was later adapted into an anime by A-1 Pictures, Dentsu Inc., and Satelight in 2009 and ended its first run in 2013. A second season ran from 2014 to 2016, and the third season serves as the final one. If you're itching for more Fairy Tail right now, Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest is an official manga sequel to the original series featuring original storyboards provided by Hiro Mashima and illustrated by Atsuo Ueda. The series picks up right where the original manga ends as Natsu, Lucy, and the others embark on the "100 Years Quest" that no mage has ever completed before.