When did lucy fall in love with natsu?


There’s been so many essay-like posts around loadingvn.com talking about when và where Natsu first realised he was in love with Lucy, but I’ve never actually seen any regarding when Lucy’s feelings started. So I thought I’d chia sẻ my own opinionated theory!

I feel as though Lucy’s feelings for Natsu took a lot longer for her lớn realise than Natsu’s, so let’s start from the beginning:

Episodes 1-50:

At this point, the story as well as Natsu và Lucy’s relationship is very much in the starting stages; there simply isn’t a whole lot lớn it. Neither of them have even considered a relationship, especially not with each other. Lucy may have her“knight in shining armour” fantasies, (as we see in ending 1 of the anime), but that is the most we get.

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Episode 122:

The Tenrou Island arc in general was a huge step for NaLu’s relationship, especially on Natsu’s part as that was when (as many of us have speculated) he first realised he was in love with Lucy. Sadly, though, Lucy is nowhere near the love stage at this point.

During Acnologia’s attack in episode 122, Lucy is crying because she thinks it’s all over. Naturally Natsu overhears this, and of course the first thing he does is reassure her that it isn’t the end.


This isn’t a look of love or anything, as I said earlier we’re still far from Lucy being in love with Natsu. Rather, this is her beginning to lớn toy with the idea of liking Natsu. In this moment she cannot confidently say“I like Natsu”, but she is far more aware of it, và knows deep down that there is a slight possibility it could happen. However, at this stage she will still continue to deny any feelings for him.

Episode 123-End of Tartaros Arc

I know this is a really big time jump, but the end of Tartaros is where things start khổng lồ pick up. Throughout this time, Natsu and Lucy’s characters và relationship develops immensely. I’m not going lớn dish out every example otherwise we’d be here for weeks, but it’s safe to lớn say Lucy’s feelings have begun to lớn develop, although she is still on the fence of“Do I lượt thích him” or“Is he just a friend”.

Chapter 468:

I’m going khổng lồ skip the beginning of the Alvarez arc, because I know we’ve all heard the theories and opinions on Lucy’s angst a million times, and although their relationship does develop, it’s not enough for me to lớn talk about. After all, a lot of those chapters illustrated Natsu’s feelings more than Lucy’s.

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Chapter 468 is when Lucy’s feelings take a huge step forward. For those unaware, Natsu had gone off on his own, (with Happy), to lớn try & defeat Zeref, và Lucy has basically spent most of her time worrying about him.


Then she realises that Natsu’s heart isn’t beating:


And begs Brandish to save him:


Of course she gets flustered & blushes over it, however she doesn’t explicitly deny it. Now, this could just be a translation error, I don’t have access to official translations, so please don’t quote me on it, but in this frame she’s simply saying that wasn’t what she meant, not that she isn’t, (as quoted by Ever),“head over heels for him”. See, she isn’t denying that she likes him, but she isn’t exactly singing on the rooftops that she has feelings for him. Remember, this is all still very new khổng lồ her.

Now, throughout the rest of the Alvarez arc, you can see that Lucy is incredibly protective over Natsu:


Memories come flooding back to her old jobs with Natsu. All these memories cause this sudden realisation that her feelings for Natsu are far more than just“I lượt thích him”. She loves him. She’s spent such a long time toying with her feelings and throwing them back & forth, that shes finally figured out that she can’t keep throwing them around forever. She needs lớn come lớn that conclusion and she finally has.

Granted, she has only come to lớn this realisation, so she’s not just going khổng lồ burst out & say“I love you”, but she does vị something equally as meaningful:


Natsu was going to lớn kiss Lucy. You may be asking“well if Lucy loves Natsu why did she stutter và say wait?”. You have to lớn remember & keep in mind that Lucy has only just realised that she is in love with him. Her feelings are all over the place và it is all so new khổng lồ her. It’s all a big shock and a lot khổng lồ take in, so of course she’s going khổng lồ stutter và be all nervous; this is her first time feeling this way about anyone. However, because she is aware that she is in love with him, she doesn’t push him away, she doesn’t try to lớn get out of his grip. Instead, she closes her eyes and opens her mouth. She wants Natsu lớn kiss her.

Of course we know that there was no kiss, but I think the most important thing here is that she would have gladly accepted the kiss & would not have regretted it, because she is in love with Natsu.

So that’s it! It’s annoying to think that Lucy took painfully longer khổng lồ realise her feelings than Natsu did, but I truly believe that this was the moment she knew that she was in love with him.

As I said before I’ve never really seen any posts regarding Lucy’s feelings towards Natsu, or if I have they haven’t been in immense detail, so this was really fun to lớn write and figure out!

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