The creator of Fairy Tail is no stranger to fan service, but Hiro Mashima may have taken things too far the other day. Taking to social media, the artist decided to teach fans the best way to draw a couple kissing, and that wasn't too strange for him to do. But as netizens quickly realized Mashima was using Natsu and Lucy as his test subjects, things began riling up before a rather unexpected roadblock got in the shippers' way.
The whole thing began when Mashima posted a series of sketches to Twitter. It was there the Fairy Tail artist said he wanted to show fans step by step how couples should be drawn kissing. He began his lesson with a look at a rough sketch of a man and woman embracing one another... but the second sketch riled up fans as they realized who the couple was.
キスの日。イラストメイキング。 pic.twitter.com/uitQ2IPAnv— 真島ヒロ (@hiro_mashima) May 23, 2020
The next picture added some details to the blank forms which reveal their true identity. It turns out the couple includes Natsu and Lucy who are looking very intimate here. Natsu is holding Lucy close to his chest with an arm around her upper back. As for the heroine, she is leaning into her long time friend for a kiss with her eyes closed, and Natsu is ready to oblige her.
Just before the two can finally kiss, Mashima made sure to tease fans before stopping the couple. In the end, the artist turned Natsu and Lucy into a different couple who most definitely don't want to kiss. As you can see in the slides below, fans are surprised by the last minute switch, but they should have expected nothing less from Mashima. His love for NaLu is without compare, but the Fairy Tail creator loves teasing fans about whether or not the couple will ever become canon.
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stop playing with my feelings :,)— ella; 43•321 (@SunkissedHerron) May 23, 2020
We Could Have Had It All
WHYYYY. So near and so far at the same time, I want to cry. pic.twitter.com/xvIrMEz7CE— 𝓛𝓾𝓬𝔂 ✰ (@SlayerRushi) May 23, 2020
Trollshima at it again😭 Love the sketch though😍 Thank you!!😂— Chengggg // SEMI-HIATUS (Studentlife TVT) (@mchengggg) May 23, 2020
We'll Do It Ourselves
We can't stop it. ( so, I'm sorry, I don't know.) pic.twitter.com/4IjcLNg0yu— Чокнутый пельмень (@_applepi_____) May 23, 2020
All Our Love
I AM GOING TO TROLL YOU BACK WITH LOVE SO HARD, JUST YOU WATCH!!!! ❤❤❤❤❤...whispers: thank you for the inspiration, truly, yours, zippi— zippi (@zippi44) May 23, 2020
That last one the mega troll from Mashima HAHA.
Now just need to see the Nalu one finished with an actual kiss there Mashima haha. But, hopefully we get that in 100 Years Quest. pic.twitter.com/YyTHYqMYuG— Tailee (Read FT 100YQ) (@FT_Tailee) May 23, 2020