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The 'Nashi' interview in Barcelona:
The whole interview was posted a couple of days ago and I wanted to give an accurate translation (google translator can never be trusted) so here it is! c: (RP2 are the interviewers while HM stands for Hiro Mashima, just in case you're confused.)

RP2: The first thing to do is to thank sensei for giving us these minutes. We'd like to start with: why are your works always around magic?

HM: Because I'd love to learn how to do magic.

RP2: Do you feel comfortable developing stories centered on magic?

HM: Yes, I feel very comfortable because magic is what allows you, on one side, to dream while on the other side, gives you a big amount of freedom. In the end, it is a fantasy world, but the feelings of the characters have a special importance.

RP2: Have you thought about getting into other stories about magic?

HM: Yes, I'm thinking in a lot of them. What I don't know is if I can announce any of them in any early future.

RP2: There's a lot of rumors about your influences, could you tell us which were your true beginnings?

HM: The truth is that I was never an assistant of any mangaka.

RP2: And how have you defined your style, then?

HM: Of course I have lot of influence from mangakas from the past, but the most important thing to define my own style was draw a lot, I am auto didactic and via the way of trial and error and having the chance of showing my work to the readers and receive their feedback and impressions I have formed my own style.

RP2: What do you think of the fact of your work being edited out of japan?

HM: It is something that makes me very happy.

RP2: Being curious, why do the characters have the names of seasons?

HM: That is because you know the names of seasons in japanese (laughter). In the end it had something to do with the situation with the magazine at that moment, in said magazine Rave was also published and at that time there were no other stories with the fantasy theme, 'magic'. I wanted to have names with lot of 'tone' in them, like the occidental names, but then maybe japanese readers wouldn't feel very identified or would think it was too far away from what they knew, and from there the first character was born, Haru.

RP2: Changing the subject a bit, recently the adaptation of Fairy Tail was aired on the anime screen, are you satisfied with the work done by A-1 pictures and Masaya Fujimori?

HM: Yes, I am very proud of it.

RP2: Do you think maybe Fairy Tail is living its best moment now? Do you think it can go for more?

HM: That depends on the fans, I am willing to create stories more and more interesting and entertaining but obviously the popularity level influences a lot.

RP2: Do you have any other surprise reserved for us?

HM: I love surprising my readers, it doesn't seem like seven years passed already, but yes, I still have a lot of ideas to keep surprising everyone.

RP2: We'd like to know, in the hypothetical case in which Natsu and Lucy ended together, have you thought any time of the names for their children?

HM: I don't know what to say, I have  never thought about it (laughter). But, without a doubt, it would be Nashi (nothing).

RP2: We'd like to know if there will be any more short stories about Fairy Tail?

HM: Yes, I'll make plenty of them.

RP2: Would you like for Fairy Tail hame with the Monster Hunter style to exist?

HM: Of course I would.

RP2: With what character would you play?

HM: Natsu of course, but also Erza could change her outfit more easily and that would be fun too.

RP2: With which of your characters from Fairy Tail do you feel more identified with?

HM: That's complicated, all the characters have a part of me, so I could say they all recemble me in a certain way but in another way they're nothing alike at all.  Maybe the one who has the most parts of me would be Lucy, but in any case, they're all very evenly split.

RP2: Have you visited Spain before?

HM: It is my first time and it's a great country.

RP2: Have you tasted any of our custom dishes?

HM: Potato tortilla (laughter).

RP2: What message do you have for our readers?

HM: Being a mangaka means thinking about the readers, so you try to not only draw what you think is interesting, but what your readers are expecting as well.


  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Fairy Tail Songs
  • Reading: Fairy Tail, Naruto
  • Watching: Fairy Tail, Naruto
  • Playing: Noting just watching anime/manga
  • Eating: Lasagna
  • Drinking: Water
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Lordroticiv Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
it is pretty obvious this will be the case though. Hiro makes his ships obvious. Levy and Gajeel. Evergreen and Elfman, it's practically shoved down our throats. and they do end up the way we expect them to. maybe not the name will be the same
ShootingStar1925 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 16, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
It says "In the hypothetical case . . ." so does that mean that they got together?  Sorry, but my mind is drawing a major blank on the meaning of that word XD  And also, I am so confused because some people are saying that Nalu is canon and others are saying that it isn't, so I am so confused XD
Xphoenix-pyroX Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
for those people that keep saying "nashi means pear"
nashi has TWO meanings. 
1. pear
2. nothing
when people say nashi means nothing they mean that it LITERALLY means "nothing". it's a more informal version of the word "no".

i like nalu AND greylu. (i find juvia to be annoying, but i accept the fact that greyvia is probably gonna happen).

looking at this. i really don't see how this is proof of nalu.... the interviewer asked "in the hypothetical event that" blah blah blah, but other translations say "in the UNLIKELY event that". which means that nalu is "unlikely" or "hypothetical". 

do i think it's actually gonna happen/would like it to happen? yeah xD i'd actually be really happy if they get together (but recently my greyxlucy feels have been resurfacing so I'm TORN).
Orihime98 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
If you type in define Nashi on google, you will see that Asian pear was the only thing that showed up and every dictionary I've encountered mentions about it being a pear or a type of fruit from a tree and such and such, haven't seen the word nothing or anything similar to it at all. And the hypothetic part of Natsu and Lucy end up together was the interviewer was just saying since he do see Nalu is happening in order to get his question out. Mashima did already admit that he hasn't thought about it and he even said without a doubt it'll be Nashi which is him answering the question of that'll be the name of their kid. I find it meaning nothing makes zero sense to his sentence especially when I've failed to see that's the meaning of that name and when its a combination of both Natsu's and Lucy's names.
eternalview Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
Imagine if Nashi were to pull a Chibiusa.
ChocolatNinja Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
I don't even want to think about the consequences of that... way too much time travel *hides*
JapanEatsSushi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eli-mei Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist
totaly no need to answer if you don't want or don't feel like it,
but does anyone else get that thing like when you first watch an anime you're not particaly interested in any ships at all but then you see fan art that's really cute and awsome and you totaly ship those two characters whether it turns out to be cannon or not?
(I had no idea people could get so angry at others because they ship different characters together man I'm innocent! X3)
I'm totaly open to people's opinions about other ships, even if I don't agree with you I won't argue because everyone is entitled to their own oppinion.
 I'm a nalu shipper at the moment :)
also even if Nalu doesn't happen I don't mind just as long as Lucy and Natsu can stay being friends that's all that really matters to me!
Btw I'm only to episode 8 of prt two in the anime and I'm only just into the lulaby ark in the Manga so... :)
I hope no one gets mad at me for saying this but I'm glad I wrote it down anyway I hope you all somehow get what you want to happen... also I read someone's coment earlier that said that Fairytail would be kinda boring with the ships added, I kinda agree but then you could always have like a next generation story like with all the ship's children continuing the story so I think you could make it work either way... sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings or anything :)
thatoneanimelover93 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Plz dont hate me for shipping them but:





again plz dont hate me :( these r just my opinions but ik a lot of u guys agree with me lol
TherealKaitekat Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
I ship all of those
eternalview Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Those ships look to be somewhat official so no worries.
BettyRowdyDark Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i ship all except Gruvia. I dont hate you, we all have our opinions
GiVeMeCoOkIeZ19 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best ships ever
cCcSKYcCc Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
NaLu 4EVER !!!! / There's more of a fan of the NaLu. ( NaLu fans %73 / NaLi fans %27 )  Hiro mashima not stupid. He won't Nali  //////// google transtle :D '-'  I hope you understand me.
XxCandiiixX Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student Artist
To who ever says That by Nashi he meant Nothing
have you seen the pictures he tweets?
Hate to burst your bubble but NaLu isn't canon--" I was as happy as you three years ago but I now have understood that it was only to confuse the fans. Some believe that it was a combination of NAtsu and Lucy(RuSHI), but nashi also meant 'nothing'. I'm still kinda confused now but I don't mind if NaLu won't have any child. Just as long as they got married ♥ xD however, you should know that your post may invite NaLu haters sending flames and in the worst scheme, report you or something like that. I mean, go ahead, be as most cheerful as you want, but make sure to not harm others in an way. I bet gralu or nali shippers will get pissed I'd they read this or something. Note: I'm a NaLu shipper so you can relax
GamerGirl1347 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I always imagined there daughters name being Ashe just because it's simple and pretty and related to fire
Crystaltenshii1709 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Actually Nashi is the combination of Natsu and Rushi (Lucy in Japanese). So those two are gonna end up together anyway.
Blue491 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Thats not proof!!!  He just said he never thought about giving names to their children and you were the ones who said "in the hypothetical case in which Natsu and Lucy ended together" YOU said that, he never said anything about NaLu begin real!!! 
granddragoonknight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well since hiro sama made rave master its already a possibly for lucy and natsu to be a couple since their counterparts in the rave universe did as well
Sprinqbreeze Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student
I don't mind NaLu, ship anything as long as I have GaLe :3
NaYu1234 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
nalu isn't canon. hate to burst anyone's bubble but he said he hasn't even thought about NaLu happening before and, it said the word Nashi meant nothing. I honestly have no idea why such a large amount of people, including the one who posted the translation for this interview, think that NaLu is canon, and I honestly hope it never is. Besides her looks and kindness, there really isn't much to Lucy, and she is just Natsu's very close friend. Erza has kissed and clearly likes Jellal, but that's because of how he was when she was a child. Erza and Natsu are somewhat similar in nature, and going by the fact that Natsu and Lisanna were almost dating as children, she would logically be the one Natsu ends up with, if he ends up with anyone, he really doesn't seem to show a lot of interest in women. Lucy will probably end up with either a new character, Loke, or Gray (for everyone who thinks he will end up with Juvia, she seems to be a pretty close friend of his, but he doesn't ever show any sign of returning the glaringly obvious feelings she has for him, so I don't think he will end up with Juvia) As for being influenced by readers, many readers, possibly more than the amount that want NaLu to happen, want Gray and Lucy to be together. 
DreamCatchers14 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
He said he hasn't thought of their child's name yet... Not the idea of NaLu.
ErzaLilac Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
1 Word Graylu
LeeylaG Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Firstly, Nashi has a meaning, it is the japanese Word for pear.
Second, Natsu and Lucy are always together, while Lisana is in the background. He was close to her before her travel to Edolas but after her returning they don't stood close together. And as you said that Lucy's only ability lies in her kind smile I'm wondering if you ever watched the anime or read the manga? What did Lisana better than Lucy? How can you say that Lisana has more abilities than Lucy? Don't get me wrong I like Lisana really but she is not the person that belongs to Natsu.
Orihime98 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
She just doesn't like Lucy to which she confirmed at the bottom and mostly ships him with Yukino and use Lisanna as an attempt for him to get with anybody but Lucy
LeeylaG Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
Mh,I will never understand it, but okay. Her opinion...
Moon--Cheese Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student General Artist
no offense to nalu shippers but i hope that nalu doesn't happen in the show (but go ahead full blast on shipping, i dont mind) because it just, well you know.
makes it less entertaining?
i mean what happened to me watching dragon ball z, i stopped after goku got married.
the main character is pulled away from the show in my opinion.
why else do you think hiro mashima avoids juvia and gray but still continues to add his inner shipping in it.
im fine if he likes shipping in the show
i mean its funny
like that episode with the natsu secret and blush thing but it was just a joke
so yup.

my opinion, pls dont hate my wife is pregnant (jk jk jk, if you saw the piglet and pooh bear joke you'll get it)
RandomxPenguin Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
I agree, I mean if any of the ships went canon, the show would get a bit boring not to mention it will send some fans into a frenzy if a couple they did'n't ship went canon *cough* me *cough*..... anyways, all in all, i agree with you....
Moon--Cheese Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Better play it safe and just keep doing what thry do.
NarutoFanGirl1000 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist
i agree it would be best if nalu wasn't canon
Moon--Cheese Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student General Artist
People can still ship it, but show-wise, it wouldn't be all too- enjoyable to watch.
NarutoFanGirl1000 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist
true very very true 
TheWriterAndGoddess Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Hey that's fine and shipping is just part of the show plus it's good for the characters of the show to get romantic interests because it's means the characters are matureing and just because a show has a little bit of romance doesn't mean you should stop watching the show (also Dragon Ball Z is still has epic moments and fights so you can forget all of romance stuff) and I think hiro won't cannon Nalu until the very end so yeah. Oh and I don't hate you for not liking it it's all cool
Moon--Cheese Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you, you have spared me and my wife.
TheWriterAndGoddess Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Your welcome! :)
justmeJuli Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm shipping Nalu very much but the fact that Hiro said how'd he call their child doesn't mean they are actually going to have one xD
FeelingSmurfy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Actually the name Nashi is put together from Natsu and some other translation of the name Lucy. Also he said he hadn't really thought about Nalu before so it isn't really cannon. Though I would absultely love it if Natsu and Lucy got together hehe
Zobear55 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If nashi mean "not here yet" maybe hiro is saying HE WASNT THINKING ABOUT IT AS A MAIN IDEA but did consider it. so i guess nalu is happening and nashi might happen too. But when i watch the anime and read the manga, yes there is romance but only a lil it is mainly action (at the beginning) then we start to go into fairytail 2014 thats when nalu gets interesting. Personally im all for nalu and yea its going to happen but nashi idk if that will really come true.
oFairyTailo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
he said if they had one not they will have one :(Cry forever 
Lindako Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
feels ;n; now I'm disappointed
Fluffy-Tuna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconlaughsplz: don't you guys get the joke?
Nashi? Nashi means nothing, so he basically said that there won't be a NaLu child. He didn't confirm anything at all.
I have nothing against NaLu, but really, that joke was glaringly obvious.
XCraftingBlue Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nashi is a japanese word for pear
That-Kawaii-Chic Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
*Heavy Breathing* the feels   YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS NALU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3!!!!!!!!!    Marluxia Faint 
Ghosteree Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I used to think Nashi was made out of NAtsu and RuSHI
FeelingSmurfy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
It still is
luneice Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2014
this was a while ago now I hope he's awoken to NaLu
FrostPri Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to agree with you code-sakura, there are some ridiculous fairy tail couple that could never happen. 

(In my opinion)Fairy Tail couples that could never happen:
Lucyxanyone other than natsu, gray or maybe loke
Lisanna xanyone not natsu
Jellalxanyone other than Erza
Erzaxanyone other than Jellal

There is many evidence of why these couples could just not happen.
Now there might be a random turn of events where a new person joins fairy tail and there's romance, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

As for my opinion I am a huge NaLu fan and even larger GraLu fan and I don't believe in Gruvia. I would be very disappointed though if it turned out neither Natsu or Gray did not even slightly lo e Lucy in a romantic way. So I am waiting to see what's canonized!
Legoyeah01 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
Natza can happen IMO that's my favorite ship. Grayxerza doe..
FrostPri Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, but I really don't think that could happen Erza and Jellal love each other a lot and it has been seen throughout their history. 
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