Alright guys, as some of you may know, I am a big Fairy Tail fan. BUT I am a bigger shipper fan, and I will go down my ships because that's just what a good old fangirl does. Fairy Tail ended last year and with it many people were upset by how some of of the popular ships ended. As a fan, so was I because I wanted to see all the FT ships to have closure. There was one ship in particular that angered A LOT of fans, the Jerza ship. Jella and Erza always struck me as a strange ship because of the history that the two characters have.
Both of these characters have a painful past, since they were forced to work as slaves. Both children obviously bonded by the trauma and treatment that they received from their suppressors. Jellal has shown to be a kind boy towards Erza and it is shown in the anime that the girl takes a liking to him. Especially since Jellal gave her a surname when she did not have one. It was then hinted that Erza started to have feelings for Jellal in the series, it may have started as a infantil crush and grown into a deeper love through out the years. Unfortunately, for Jellal, he was being manipulated by what he thought was the ghost of Zeref. If brainwashing was not enough for him, he took over the slave system where Erza and himself grew up, and manipulated the slaves to work twice as hard by 'treating them better'. Obviously, he did a lot of horrid things during the time he was brainwashed and was cruel to Erza to the point he threaten her; thus forcing her to leave the land. Later on Jellal breaks away from the state he was in by Wendy and does not fully remember everything he did but he does know that he was not a very kind person while under the control of 'Zeref's ghost'. This is the part where I as a fan feel conflicted over the relationship between Erza and Jellal. Jellal was kind to Erza before being controlled but later became a ruthless cruel person, and even though he commited a lot of crimes Erza still forgives him and loves him. It makes me question as if their relationship could ever become real or healthy. Jellal continues to carry the burden and the guilt of what he did commit in the past; even though Erza confronts him and tells him to keep on living. However, he does not feel worth of being her lover because of his past.
A particular moment where this occured is the 'kissing scene' between the two characters. The intensity of the moment and the mood truly highlighted the love between the two lovers but took a different turn when Jellal pulled away from Erza. Being the gentlemen that he is now, his excuse was that he had a fiance and could not kiss her. As fans, we know that was a lie because he does not. The fiance excuse was to, what I believe, an excuse to not hurt Erza's feeling by not reciprocating his feelings for her. In truth, I believe he still continues to carries his scars and sins and does not feel worthy of Erza. Also, it makes me questions Erza's feelings on how he treated her when he threaten her during his brainwashing transition. I know is not 'really' his fault, but doesn't that make Erza feel a little traumatized to be threaten by a person she cares deeply for? Does she truly trust Jellal without a doubt, even after everything he put her through and did to her friends? It makes me question as to whether this couple could actually function without any challenges and if they will ever be truly together or just a tragic romance. Afterall, Erza does not have the fondest memory of her childhood or her parents (for those fans that have the read the manga, you know what I mean). Personally, I feel that these characters are not bound to have an actual relationship because of the history between them and the fact that Jellal continues to remain neutral in their romance. I also doubt that the author, Hiro Mashima, will bring these guys together because it may be a conflicted relationship because we know their relationship has had a rough past. So what do you guys think? Feel free to comment or send me a message and don't forget to follow My Otaku Anime! Stay tuned for the next post or if you want to see a specific FT send a comment or message.