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Fairy Tail
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Kanji

フェアリーテイル

Rōmaji

Fearī Teiru

Genre

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Manga
Written By

Hiro Mashima

Published By
Original Run

August 23, 2006 – Ongoing

Volumes

36 (Volumes)

TV Anime
Directed By

Ishihira Shinji

Written By

Masashi Sogo

Music By

Yasuharu Takanashi

Licensed By

Funimation Entertainment

Studio

Satelight, A-1 Pictures

Network

TV Tokyo

English Network
Original Run

October 12, 2009 – Ongoing

Episodes

180 (Episodes)

Related Works

Fairy Tail (フェアリーテイル, Fearī Teiru; romanized as FAIRY TAIL in Japan) is a Japanese manga series by Hiro Mashima. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 23, 2006 where it is still ongoing. The individual chapters are being collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, with 34 released as of August 2012. An anime produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight was released in Japan on October 12, 2009. The series follows the adventures of the Celestial Spirit Mage Lucy Heartfilia after she joins the Fairy Tail guild and teams up with Natsu Dragneel, who is searching for the dragon Igneel.

The manga was licensed for an English language release in North America by Del Rey Manga, which began releasing the individual volumes on March 25, 2008 and ended its licensing with the 12th Volume release. The series was taken over by Kodansha USA Publishing who will continue its North American release with the 13th volume due in May, 2011. It has been published in France by Pika Édition who have released 5 volumes as of April 3, 2009, in Spain is published by "Norma Editorial" from March 15, 2008, who have released 19 volumes and it's one of the top manga series in Spain actually. The anime has been licensed for a North American release by Funimation Entertainment who hopes to begin releasing the series in fall 2011.[1] It has also been published in Taiwan by Tong Li, which has released 23 volumes as of December 2010, and in Brazilian Portuguese by JBC, which has released 18 volumes as of October 2010.

Plot

Lucy Heartfilia, a traveling Mage, meets Natsu Dragneel, a Mage looking for his foster parent, a dragon named Igneel, with his best friend, Happy, a talking and flying cat. Shortly after their meeting, Lucy is abducted by Bora of Prominence, who was posing as Salamander of Fairy Tail, to be sold as a slave. Natsu rescues her and reveals that he is the real Salamander of Fairy Tail and has the skills of a Dragon Slayer, a form of Lost Magic. He offers her membership into the guild, which she gladly accepts. They, along with the armored Mage Erza Scarlet, Ice-Make Mage Gray Fullbuster, and Happy, become a team performing various missions offered to the Fairy Tail Guild.

Characters

Main Characters

Natsu Dragneel
Natsu is the main male protagonist of Fairy Tail. He is a member of the Fairy Tail Guild and when he along with his best friend Happy, go looking for his foster father Igneel in the town of Hargeon, he meets the Celestial Spirit Mage Lucy Heartfilia. They create their own team and later join up with Erza Scarlet, and Gray Fullbuster.

Lucy Heartfilia
Lucy is the main female protagonist of Fairy Tail. She ran away from home due to the neglect she felt from her father. In her quest to find a Mage guild to join she meets Natsu Dragneel, and Happy. He invites her to the Fairy Tail Guild, and these three create a team and are later joined by Erza Scarlet and Gray Fullbuster.

Happy
Happy is one of the main protagonists of Fairy Tail. He has been with Natsu ever since his birth six years ago. He accompanies Natsu to Hargeon in search of Igneel, and meets Lucy Heartfilia. He is a current member of Team Natsu.

Erza Scarlet
Erza is one of the main protagonists of Fairy Tail. She is a former slave who joined the Fairy Tail Guild when she was younger. She is a current member of Team Natsu, and holds the title Titania, Queen of Fairies and is one of the S-Class Mages of the Fairy Tail Guild. Despite her strict and unwelcoming appearance, Erza is kind-hearted and dedicated to her friends.

Gray Fullbuster
Gray is one of the main protagonists of Fairy Tail. He is a long time member of Fairy Tail and has been the rival of Natsu since they were younger. He is a member of Team Natsu, and cares deeply for his fellow team members, and his guild mates.

Manga

Main article: List of Fairy Tail Volumes and Chapters

Fairy Tail was written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima, the Fairy Tail manga premiered in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in the August 23, 2006 issue. The series is still ongoing. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, which released the first volume on December 15, 2006. A special in Weekly Shōnen Magazine featured a crossover with Flunk Punk Rumble, released in 2008. The official fanbook, Fairy Tail+ was released on May 17, 2010 in Japan.

The series was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Del Rey Manga. The company released the first volume of the series on March 25, 2008 and continued until the release of the 12th volume in September 2010. Kodansha USA Publishing took over the series and will continue release starting with the 13th volume due for an estimated May 2011 debut under the Kodansha Comics brand name.

Read the Fairy Tail manga online - Fairy Tail Manga

Anime

Main article: List of Fairy Tail Episodes

An anime adaptation co-produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, directed by Ishihira Shinji and debuted by TV Tokyo premiered on October 12, 2009. As of September 9, 2011, Twenty DVD volumes containing four episodes each have been released. Animax Asia started broadcasting their English dubbed version of the series on September 30, 2010, but due to lack of time, it was cancelled after the 48th episode. It is still airing in some parts of Asia and in the Philippines, where they initially used the Hong Kong based English dub but are now using the original Japanese audio. The anime series won Animax Asia's "Anime Of The Year" award. On January 18, 2011, British anime distributor Manga Entertainment announced on Twitter that the company will release the anime series in bilingual format at the end of the year. At Sakura Con 2011 and Anime Boston 2011, Funimation Entertainment announced the North American license for the first forty-eight episodes of Fairy Tail and will release them bilingual in 2011 and 2012 on DVD and Blu-ray. twenty pieces of theme music have been used for the episodes: ten opening themes and ten ending themes. The anime also used adaptations of classic pieces such as Offenbach's, Bizet's and such.

OVA's

An anime side-story will be released on exclusive DVD with limited edition copies of the 26th collected volume of Hiro Mashima's manga on April 15, 2011.The anime adaption of the manga side story "Welcome to Fairy Hills!,Plot Summary:Lucy notices a mysterious hand-written request in which the client is looking for an object located in Fairy Tail's female dormitory, Fairy Hills. To ensure that the job is not a prank, she goes to verify it. Once she reaches the dormitory, she learns that the client is Hilda, the dorm's head, who asks her to find a "shining treasure" while wearing an embarrassing cat outfit.

The official Japanese website of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail fantasy adventure manga has confirmed on Thursday that the 27th volume will bundle the manga's second original anime DVD when it ships on June 17. The special edition's DVD will contain the 25-minute anime adaptation of the manga side story "Yōsei Gakuen Yankee-kun to Yankee-chan."

In the story, Mashima makes a parody of another Weekly Shonen Magazine manga, Miki Yoshikawa's Yankee-kun to Megane-chan, by putting the Fairy Tail characters in a school comedy setting. The manga side story was published in the Sorceror booklet that was bundled with the limited edition of the 16th Fairy Tail manga volume.

Besides the DVD, the special edition of the 27th manga volume will include the original "Yōsei Gakuen Yankee-kun to Yankee-chan" manga side story in a separately bound booklet, as well as an exclusive alternate cover drawn by Mashima.

Shinji Ishihira is directing the new anime at A-1 Pictures Inc. and Satelight, just as he does for the television anime series and the previous original anime DVD. Similarly, the television anime and first original anime DVD's series script supervisor Masashi Sogo and character designer Aoi Yamamoto are also involved.

The manga's first original Anime DVD shipped with the 26th Manga Volume on April 15, while the second original Anime DVD will be shipped out being bundled along with the Manga's 27th volume on June 17th, 2011. A third original Anime DVD will be released in February 2012 with the 31st volume of the manga.

Film

Kodansha announced on October 12, 2011 that an anime film adaptation of Fairy Tail, titled Fairy Tail: Priestess of the Phoenix (FAIRY TAIL 鳳凰の巫女, Fearī Teiru Hōō no Miko) was to be released on August 18, 2012.[2] It was directed by Masaya Fujimori, and its screenplay was written by anime staff writer Masashi Sogo. Series creator Hiro Mashima was also involved as the film's story planner and designer for guest characters appearing in the film.[3]

Video games

An action video game for the PlayStation Portable titled Fairy Tail Portable Guild was unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Game Show.[4] The game was developed by Konami and was released on June 3, 2010. A fighting game for the DS, titled Fairy Tail Gekitou! Madoushi Kessen was released on July 22, 2010. Another New fighting game for the DS will be released on April 21, 2011 as well, It it said to follow the story of the Fighting Festival Arc up to the Oracion Seis Arc.

Music

As of July 2010, two original soundtrack CDs have been released. Fairy Tail Original Soundtrack Vol. 1 was released on January 6, 2010, containing 36 songs from the anime. Fairy Tail Original Soundtrack Vol.2 was released on July 7, 2010, also containing 36 songs. The music for both these volumes were composed and arranged by Yasuharu Takanashi. Character singles were also produced. The first character song single, featuring Natsu and Gray, was released on February 17, while the second single, featuring Lucy and Happy, was released on March 3, 2010. Another Character Song Album was announced early January that 8 members of the cast, Tetsuya Kakihara and Aya Hirano will get another new Image song for Natsu and Lucy, where both those 2 song will be used as the Opening and Ending for the OVA. Along with cast members, Yuichi Nakamura (Gray), Sayaka Ohara (Erza), Satomi Sato (Wendy), Wataru Hatano (Gajeel), and Rie Kugimiya & Yui Horie (Happy and Carla) who get a duet, will all have a new Image Song that will be Released On April 27, 2011.

Reception

In Japan, the fifth volume of Fairy Tail was ranked seventh in a list of the top ten manga, and the series once again placed seventh after the release of the sixth volume. It also won the 2009 Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen manga. It has also won the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation's Industry Awards in 2009 for best comedy manga. Fairy Tail has also won the Best Comedy of the Year in 2009.

References

  1. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/manga.php?id=6872&page=28
  2. Official Movie Site
  3. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-11-17/fairy-tail-film-staff-listed
  4. http://www.konami.jp/tgs/english/games/index.html#pf

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