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Fairy Tail
FairyTail-Volume 1 Cover.jpg
Cover of Fairy Tail volume 1 as published by Kodansha
フェアリーテイル
(Fearī Teiru)
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Manga
Author Hiro Mashima
Publisher Japan Kodansha
English publisher Canada United States Del Rey Manga
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Japan Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Malaysia Weekly Comic
Singapore Chuangyi
Original run August 23, 2006 – ongoing
Volumes 19 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Director Ishihira Shinji
Studio Satelight, A-1 Pictures
Network Japan TV Tokyo
Original run October 12, 2009 – ongoing
Episodes 21 (List of episodes)
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Fairy Tail (フェアリーテイル Fearī Teiru?) is a Japanese manga series by Hiro Mashima. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 23, 2006 where it is still on-going. The individual chapters are being collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, with 18 released as of November 2009. An anime produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight was released in Japan on October 12, 2009.[1] The series follows the adventures of the sorceress Lucy Heartfilia after she joins the Fairy Tail guild and teams up with Natsu Dragneel, who is searching for the dragon Igneel.

The series was licensed for an English language release in North America by Del Rey Manga, which began releasing the individual volumes on March 25, 2008.

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Plot

A young sorceress, Lucy Heartfilia, travels to the land of Fiore to join the magical Fairy Tail Guild. Along the way, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a teenage boy looking for a dragon named Igneel, with his best friend, Happy. 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 and has the skills of a Dragon Slayer. He offers her membership into the guild, which she accepts, and they become a team performing various missions for the Fairy Tail guild.

Media

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 and as of March 2010, 175 chapters have been serialized. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, which released the first volume on December 15, 2006. As of January 2010, 18 volumes have been released in Japan. A special in Weekly Shōnen Magazine featured a crossover with Yankee-kun to Megane-chan, released in 2008.

The series was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Del Rey Manga.[2] The company released the first volume of the series on March 25, 2008. As of March 2009, 9 volumes have been released. The anime adaptation premiered on October 12, 2009. It is co-produced between A-1 Pictures and Satelight.[1] From episode 1 through 11, the opening theme song is "Snow Fairy", performed by Funkist, while the ending theme song, "Kampekigu-no ne", is performed by Watari Roka Hashiritai. The opening theme for episode 12 and after is "S.O.W (Sense of Wonder)", performed by Idoling!!! and the ending theme is "Tsuioku Merry-Go-Round", performed by Onelifecrew. The character song single, featuring Natsu and Gray, was released on February 17, while the second single, featuring Lucy and Happy, will be released on March 3.

A video game for the PlayStation Portable is being developed by Konami, and was unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show of 2009.[3]

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.[4] It also won the 2009 Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen manga.[5] It has also won The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation's Industry Awards for best comedy manga. About.com's Deb Aoki lists Fairy Tail as the best shōnen manga of 2008.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b "Fairy Tail Manga Gets TV Anime Green-Lit for Fall (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-06-26. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-06-26/fairy-tail-manga-gets-anime-adaptation-green-lit. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Del Rey's Fairy Tail acquisition". http://www.activeanime.com/html/content/view/1389/36/. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  3. ^ http://www.konami.jp/tgs/english/games/index.html#pf
  4. ^ "Tohan's top 10 manga rankings". http://www.php.co.jp/fun/ranking/books.php?genre=f. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  5. ^ "33rd Annual Kodansha Manga Awards Announced". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-05-12/33rd-annual-kodansha-manga-awards-announced. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Aoki, Deb. "2008 Best New Manga". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/recommendedreading/tp/2008BestNewManga.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 

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Simple English

Fairy Tail is a shônen manga published in the Weekly Shônen Jump. It is created by Hiro Mashima. As of September 26, 2009 it has 152 chapters and 17 tankōbon volumes.

Story

The story of Fairy Tail focuses around the adventures of main characters Natsu and Lucy, who are sometimes with the members of the Fairy Tail Guild.

In the beginning, Lucy is a young sorceress (a "mage"), who wants to join Fairy Tail Guild. On her trip, she meets Natsu, a young boy, who is looking for Igneel the Salamander. She offers them a lunch and Natsu explains that Igneel is a dragon. Lucy talks about her dream to join a famous guild, which she later told him was the Fairy Tail Guild. Later, she is tricked and taken by Bora of Prominence to be sold as a slave. She is rescued by Natsu, who is the real Salamander, and a true member of Fairy Tail Guild. He offers her to be a member of Fairy Tail. Lucy says yes and joins the guild. Since then, Natsu and Lucy formed a team. This is the beginning of the adventures that the two have while carrying out missions from the guild.

Characters

Natsu (aka Salamander): Natsu is a fire mage. He can eat fire, use fire and he is fire-resistant.

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