Seriously, why Juvia?
Why do I love Juvia so freaking much?
To be honest, I spent a long time avoiding Fairy Tail. I didn’t want to like Fairy Tail, because I knew exactly how I was going to end up being, the same way I was with every other series. I would connect with the main female lead, ship the major ships, and get tied in pairing wars. I would enjoy the side characters and they would be my safe ships.
And then my fiance started watching it and asked me to watch along, and before I knew it I was engrossed in a very different way.
Lucy wasn’t my favorite character.
I didn’t ship the biggest ship.
I wasn’t involved in pairing wars.
But the character I fell in love with was one of the most dramatic, comical, and the one that either got the most love or the most hate. It has taken me a long time to figure out exactly why I love her so much, but as I sat here tonight feeling giddy over the Vol. 3 translations of Gray’s love page, it finally hit.
With Juvia, you get a little bit of everything. She is what I want most you in every character all rolled into one.
Lets touch on those points:
1. She’s funny.
Juvia is absolutely hilarious. She never ceases to make me smile— she makes for some of the most awkward situations (Gray-bread, anyone? The 413 special where all came back with an apology Juvia-pillow? Asking to be spanked as punishmen?), and they are always used to bring light to an otherwise dark portion of the story, or to kick us back up to the lighthearted level.
This is such a drastic change to Juvia, and it forecasts so much about her— all this humor, coming from a character who was previously sullen, dark, and borderline emotionless. As soon as the light came into her life, Juvia became the light to everyone else— including us, the reader.
It shows that no matter what, you can pick yourself back up and truck forward and achieve so much. You can be for others that which you never had.
2.She’s dedicated and loyal.
It is difficult to argue this point; there are few people in Fairy Tail who will do what Juvia does for the rest of the team. Even before joining up with the guild, she overcame possession to protect Lucy because she was a friend (despite mistaking her for a love rival). She sacrificed herself for Cana so she wouldn’t have to hurt any of her Fairy Tail nakama during the Fighting Festival. She broke her own leg in order to save Gray and Meredy on Tenroujima, sending Erza away from the fight even though she had been previously defeated and overpowered. She defeated Keith and took on the magic barrier particle poisoning to give Gray— and the rest of Fairy Tail— a chance to survive.
Juvia is loyal to a fault to all of the people in Fairy Tail— not just Gray. There is not a member in her guild that Juvia would not protect with her life.
3. She knows what she wants and works to get it.
Despite how it is comedic and sometimes seems pushy, Juvia knows what she wants. She wants acknowledgement from her friends in Fairy Tail. She wants Gray to acknowledge her as more than a friend.
So she works, she trains, she pops up and makes offers for dates and does things most people would never do (celebrating her 413th day anniversary, for example). She sacrifices herself to prove a point. Juvia does not give up, now that she’s been given happiness.
4. She is STRONG, physically and emotionally.
Lets juts reflect on a few facts about Juvia here— she was an S Class Member of Phantom Lord, who was only defeated because Gray was able to take advantage of her changing emotional state. After joining Fairy Tail, Juvia could not bring herself to hurt her friends and she failed the S Class trials.
And yet, when it came time to defeat a member of the 7 Kin of Purgatory, Juvia’s power frightened Erza. Erza, who is often considered the strongest female of the guild.
When Juvia fought Keith, she was under emotional duress, had the pressure of Gray’s future and the lives of all her friends in her hands, and she managed to defeat a demon that no one else was able to touch in one attack— a DEFENSIVE attack at that. And despite being poisoned, she is completely fine again.
Despite her childhood being anything but warm, Juvia has managed to become one of the warmest and most caring characters in the series, the one who is able to put everyone else before her and who fights for others happiness. It takes a lot of emotional strength to pull back from what Juvia was living under— and yet here she is, this shining, smiling ball of sunshine.
5. She is self sacrificing but her ultimate goal is to live for what she loves— and because of this, is able to make the hard decisions no one else can make.
This is most obviously portrayed in her last two big fights— Tenroujima and Tartaros.
On Tenroujima, Juvia is placed in the precarious situation of having her senses and emotions linked with Gray and Meredy— but if one of them dies, they all die. Desperate to save someone she loves, Juvia breaks her leg (transferring pain to Gray and to Meredy). Then she talks to Meredy and explains to her that so long as she has something to love she must live. She connects with her enemy and defeats her not only with her physical prowess, but with her emotional strength. Meredy is overcome and the spell is lifted, because she is moved by Juvia’s desire to live for the one she loves.
During the battle with Tartaros, Juvia is again placed in the position where she must make a decision. She is fighting a key demon who has the power of necromancy, and is given the task from Gray’s father to kill the demon. Problem is, killing Keith means killing Silver and hurting Gray— but if she doesn’t, none of them have a chance to survive. So Juvia does it, despite not wanting to, she steels herself and focuses on her belief that love is not easily broken.
This is Juvia displaying her drive to live for her friends, and also her ability to make decisiosn that no one else can. She is often placed in the position of having to chose between her own happiness and the happiness of others, or the survival of everyone and the happiness of one person. Juvia is able to make the only decision that can be made and despite her guilt, she knows she did what she had to do.
6. She is empathetic, mature and respectful.
The main example I want to place here is that despite how badly she wants to be Gray’s girlfriend, when Silver asks if she is, she tells him no. She didn’t say “not yet”, she didn’t say “yes”. That no shows that Juvia respects Gray’s decision and the rejection he gave her earlier— and at the same time, shows she really does not know how important she is to Gray.
She calls Gray’s father “otou-sama” as if he were someone she wanted to have as a father-in-law, and constantly uses honorifics (kun, sama, chan) to separate herself from others and show her respect. She is often found crying and connecting to other characters situations (crying for Meredy’s love for Ultear, crying over Gray’s death, crying or Gray’s loss of his father, etc).
7. She is willing to call people out when they are wrong or disrespectful— no matter who they are.
After the GMG during the celebration, Juvia notices Gray is down. Normally, one would expect that Juvia would not scold him, but she does something so much better. She gives him the opportunity to tell her whats wrong, and when he does not and his mood does not change, she tells him it’s rude to make a face like that when everyone else is celebrating— and that is what brings him out of his funk.
After the defeat of Phantom Lord, it is Juvia who pushes Gajeel to open up to the other members of Fairy Tail and make friends, to be friendlier.
These are just two example of Juvia denying bad behavior, despite her closeness to the other person. She is able to identify when something needs to be done for the better of the other, and how to address it without creating a bigger problem.
There are so many other reasons, but these are the main ones for me. Juvia is the type of character I can find something to strive to be in— because she is a little of everything and I wouldn’t have her any other way. The only thing that frustrates me is that no other character loves Juvia the way she loves them. Fairy has become her world, and despite what she does for everyone else, she seems to always be on the back burner (I’m talking about you, chapter 399 with sad Juvia and everyone else is too busy talking to notice even her brotp Gajeel).
As a Juvia fan this is frustrating but I have to remember that Mashima doesn’t view her the same way I do; I do have my fingers crossed for more major development for her!