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November 10, 2012


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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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Throwing a wrench in your parade

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).

hy·po·thet·i·cal [hahy-puh-thet-i-kuhl] 
1. assumed by hypothesis; supposed
2.of, pertaining to, involving, or characterized by hypothesis: hypothetical reasoning.
3.given to making hypotheses.
a.(of a proposition) highly conjectural; not well supported by available evidence.
b.(of a proposition or syllogism) conditional.

point 2) Nashi, yes, means "not here yet" but it could easily come from any of the other pairings and not NaLu. These other two pairings have a strong history with Natsu.

Point 3) trying to base Natsu and Lucy off of Haru and Elie from Rave Master is a rather weak connection because despite being by the same mangaka they are vastly different stories and the characters are different as well.

Natsu =/= Haru
Lucy =/= Elie
Gray =/= Musica

Point 4) a lot can happen in 2 years, so what might have been originally planned could be changed.
Example: The author of Attack On Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin was originally going to kill everyone off but then decided for a different ending because fans influenced his decision.

4b) Hiro Mashima might decide to leave it open and up to the fans to decide who Natsu ends up with (which in my opinion makes it more fun because fans are given the freedom of their choices).  This also shows that the author respects all points of his fans enough that he wants us all to be happy.

Point 5) (non-serious, highly joking point) as said, dragons slayers slowly develop into dragons themselves due to their gift. Dragons are notorious for having multiple consorts/mates/lovers. This could mean that Dragon!Natsu ends up with all three girls.

Counter point for you guys: Nashi is believed to be the name of Hiro's own daughter and that he wants to put a character in the manga with the same name.
Na (coming from Natsu's first part of his name) and Shi from Rushi (Lucy in pronunciation in japanese).

This is a BIG personal thing in my opinion, but I prefer NatsuxErza over NatsuxLucy.  (I like LokixLucy, JellalxUltear)
Reasons's why:

-She is strong and capable, able to hold her own in a fight.
-She has her moments of insecurities
-she has suffered in the past, but that suffering has made her stronger.
-Natsu, if not fears, then respects her for her prowess
-she worked hard to earn her title and rank

-She is hard to approach and get closer to
-she has a tragic past
-she does seem a bit over powered
-she tends to think with her blade first and thinks later

-She tries to be dependable for others
-She has improved greatly in magic
-she could have the potential to be an S-ranked mage
-she tends thinks things through
-She is kind and thoughtful

-too many things involve her, her power, or something
    -her celestial spirit magic able to open the gate to change the past just as one example
-While she has become a little more dependable, she is still too needy and often cries for Natsu when things get tough (why not call Loki; he is at your beck and call!)
-a few too many guys like{d} her (Gray at one point thinking she is cute,Loki able to be there for her, Natsu coming to save her...a lot)
-Born into wealth
-She has a tragic past
-character development is lacking
-her magic being able to basically warp reality to what she wants

While both are lovely characters, and in no way am I dismissing what you like, I like Erza. I tried looking at it in as neutral an opinion as I possibly could with both characters.
Natsu needs someone to keep him in line and Lucy wouldn't be able to do it nearly as quickly as Erza
Loki respects Lucy and will always be there for her (hm, that sounds like a good man!)
While Jellal and Erza have history and an understanding of what each other went though, they both have very conflicting personalities.
Lisanna has history with Natsu and they even play house, but they seem to have drifted apart.

GajeelxLevi is cute (GaLe~)
GrayxJuvia is too (Gruvia)

I can see appeal in NaLu, but it is my second option for Lucy
1) LokixLucy
2) NatsuxLucy
3) GrayxLucy (I personally think this will never happen)

Go ahead and hate me, block my message, send me tons and tons of hate mail. Make me seem like a bad guy...I don't mind
TigerLover333 Apr 6, 2014  New member
I don't understand what you mean when you say, cannot, or cannon. Can you tell me what it means please? Sweating a little... 
Canon is when the pair is officially official. It means that the fans didn't make the pairing up but it was made by the original creator. I hope my explanation is not confusing :(
Ekush Mar 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The thing I wanted to hear most of all :iconlovelyplz: NaLu! NaLu! NaLuu!!!! yaaaaaaay :iconnaluplz: *random fangirl scream*
aye!!! We have so many hints that it's impossible to say NaLu is not canon! :iconinloveplz:
Does this mean nalu how so cuz of nashi lol?
TeraZyy Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 I will always, ALWAYS ship NaLu, even if there's a possibility that it wouldn't show in the anime/manga, NaLu is everywhere, from our fanfiction to our art....NaLu FOREVER!
NALU FOREVER! and don't worry Im 100% sure NaLu is canon. We just have to wait for it to be officially announced :)
AnisaThePokeshipper Feb 18, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My dreams finally came true *-*
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