Hiro Mashima is the creator of the Japanese comic series Fairy Tail. From August 2006 until July 2017, it had been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine, with the individual chapters collected and published into 63 volumes and 545 chapters. The story follows Natsu Dragneel’s adventures as he searches the make-believe world of Earth-land for its dragon Igneel. Natsu is a member of the renowned wizard guild Fairy Tail.
Lucy, a young, disobedient heavenly wizard, has an ambition to join Fairy Tail, the most boisterous and potent magical guild in the world. She meets one of Fairy Tail’s best wizards, but he turns out to be a slob who is travelling with a flying cat instead of what she had anticipated. However, the prospect of adventure is genuine, and they manage to flee from pirates and a cunning magician together!
Their next job was to take a book from the cunning Duke Everlue, who was slaughtering wizards, and avoid his death trap. In this beautifully illustrated contemporary classic, odd new companions join along the journey!
|English publisher||Penguin Books, Kodansha USA, Turnaround|
|Series publish date||Aug 2, 2006 to Jul 26, 2017|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Guild, Magic|
Background of Fairy Tail Manga
Fairy Tail took home three awards in 2009: the Japan Expo Award for best shounen manga, the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation’s Industry Award for best comedy manga, and the 33rd Kodansha Manga Award in the same category.
There have been several adaptations of it, including two animated movies, a 102-episode sequel, and a TV series with 175 episodes. Several manga spin-offs by other authors, a side story novel series, and a magazine of the same name, Monthly Fairy Tail, where some of the spin-offs were published, have also been accepted by the series.
Hiro Mashima produces a weekly manga series called Fairy Tail. On August 2, 2006, the Weekly Shnen Magazine began serialising the series. Kodansha assembles and publishes the separate chapters in tank-bon volumes, the first of which was made available on December 15, 2006. The series has had several specials throughout the course of its many years of publication, including omakes and crossovers. In addition, Fairy Tail+, the authorised Fanbook, was made available in Japan on May 17, 2010.
On July 28, 2007, Del Rey Manga, a subsidiary of Kodansha and Random House, obtained the first North American English language distribution licence for the series. The first volume was released on March 25, 2008, and the remaining eleven volumes were released between March 2008 and September 2010.
Del Rey Manga will close, and Kodansha USA will licence and take over publishing of some continuing titles, according to an announcement made on October 4 by Kodansha and Random House. Beginning on May 10, 2011, Kodansha USA takes over publishing the manga, starting with the 13th volume.
Story of Fairy Tail Manga
Magic permeates every aspect of daily life for the residents of Earth Land, from utilities to transportation and everything in between. The Kingdom of Fiore has a system of magical guilds in place to guard against dark forces disrupting the natural order of events since magic, despite all its advantages, may also be used for tremendous evil.
These organizations are composed of witches and wizards who accept various job requests to gain fame and money, all under the direction of their individual guild masters. Fairy Tail is one guild that stands out among the others for its power and energy.
Numerous guilds exist in the planet of Earth-land, where wizards use their power to fulfil paid work requests. In quest of his lost adopted father, the dragon Igneel, Natsu Dragneel, a wizard from the Fairy Tail guild who specialises in dragon slaying, travels to the Kingdom of Fiore.
He meets Lucy Heartfilia, a young heavenly mage, along the way and asks her to join Fairy Tail. Gray Fullbuster, an ice wizard; Erza Scarlet, a magical knight; Wendy Marvell and Carla, another Dragon Slayer and Exceed pair; and Exceed Happy, a cat-like creature, round out the guild’s lineup.
Together, the group sets out on a number of missions, including bringing down criminals, unauthorised dark guilds, and ancient Etherious creatures made by Zeref, a magician cursed with immortality and lethal strength.
Zeref is discovered by Natsu and his friends living alone on Sirius Island, Fairy Tail’s holy territory, where he confesses a wish to die for the horrors he has caused. Fairy Tail and the wicked guild Grimoire Heart engage in a struggle over Zeref that draws the notice of the black dragon Acnologia.
The protective Fairy Sphere spell that puts the Fairy Tail wizards into seven years of suspended animation is cast by the ghost of their guild’s founder and Zeref’s former lover, Mavis Vermillion, helping them survive Acnologia’s attack.
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The ability to call celestial spirits gives seventeen-year-old magician Lucy the ability to join a guild, but not just any guild. She has her sights set on Fairy Tail, a typically irrational and outlandish gang of magic users who are either inebriated or destroying cities and buildings while carrying out a task!
One day while in town, Lucy meets Natsu, a kid who is often seasick, and via a sequence of circumstances, he confesses to Lucy that he is the fire-eating magician Salamander from Fairy Tail! Finally allowed to join Fairy Tail, Lucy immediately starts working odd jobs for Natsu and his crew in exchange for fame and money.
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Ultear is fiddling with a crystal orb at the Magic Council. She responds that she is bored when one of the group members requests her to stop. Siegrain, a blue-haired man who responds that it is definitely monotonous, asks whether there will be any excitement soon.
He answers an angry member of the council who questions how such immature brats can be on the Magic Council, to which Siegrain responds that it’s because they’re powerful. Although there are many issues in the world, the Chairman says that one thing they want to address is the fools of Fairy Tail as he attempts to calm them down.
Natsu Dragneel, who has motion sickness, is questioned by the conductor at a train station in the coastal city of Hargeon about how he is doing. Happy, his kitty companion, reassures the conductor that he is well and that things like this frequently occur. Natsu, who is still queasy from his illness, waits behind and ultimately boards the train as Happy exits the vehicle.
A young woman called Lucy Heartfilia is dismayed by the dearth of magic items being sold in a magic shop. When the shopkeeper tries to sell Lucy more magic items after explaining that only 10% of the city’s residents are magicians and that the store is for travelling magicians, Lucy pays him little heed and simply observes.
The shopkeeper displays the Nikora key in response to Lucy’s query about if it has any Gate Keys. When Lucy asks right away what it will cost, he replies, “20,000.”
Lucy repeatedly tries to gain a discount while flaunting her her form, but she only receives a 5% discount. She learns that the fabled “Salamander” is in town as she storms along the street while kicking signs. She walks to where the throng is in order to view the Fire Magic that cannot be purchased at a store.
Natsu is unhappy that he had to take the train twice, so he asks Happy whether the “Salamander” they had heard about is indeed Igneel. Happy responds that it can only be him. They rush forward to check whether Salamander is the person they are seeking for after noticing the crowd applauding for him.
As “Salamander,” the Fire Mage, gestures to the throng, Lucy questions why her heartbeat is racing. She becomes enamoured with him after catching Salamander’s attention and starts to approach him before Natsu shows up. Natsu asks Salamander who he is while gazing at him, and Salamander responds by introducing himself.
Character introduction of Fairy Tail Manga
Following are the main characters appearing in this manga and their introduction.
Natsu Dragneel is a member of Team Natsu and a Mage in the Fairy Tail Guild. He is Zeref Dragneel’s younger brother, having passed away 400 years before to being resurrected as his brother’s most potent etherious, E.N.D. Natsu is one of the five Dragon Slayers that were transported to the future from the previous 400 years, and she has a further function in aiding in the downfall of Acnologia.
Natsu is a tall, slender young man with spiky pink hair, black eyes, and abnormally sharp canines. He also has a scar on the right side of his neck, which is concealed by his scarf. As a consequence of the two deadly wounds the future Rogue Cheney inflicted on him during their altercations, Natsu develops a cross-shaped scar on the left side of his abdomen after their lengthy combat.
Later, after his encounter with Zeref, he develops a second scar, this one a jagged imperfection on his right face. The red guild mark on Natsu’s right shoulder is just below his shoulder.
Despite his many fights with the other Fairy Tail members, Natsu has a carefree and wild temperament and is a fiercely devoted and guarded buddy. Despite how pointless it may seem, he is prepared to die fighting for his buddies. Natsu is simple and frequently takes a “hands-on” approach to solving problems.
He frequently resorts to violence to solve issues. Natsu hardly ever expresses resentment and frequently chooses not to harbour grudges, even when treated disrespectfully or in the face of blatant hostility.
A member of Team Natsu in the Fairy Tail Guild, Lucy Heartfilia is a mage. Lucy has brown eyes and blonde hair that is shoulder-length and typically pulled back in a short ponytail to the right side of her head using ribbons in different colours. She has a curvy physique and is pretty.
At the back of her right hand is where she keeps her pink Fairy Tail stamp. Furthermore, Lucy does not always wear the same clothes. She does, however, constantly wear a belt that serves to keep her skirt up and contains a whip with a heart-shaped end in addition to the keys to her Celestial Spirit. She frequently dons high-heeled, black leather boots.
When it comes to her Celestial Spirits, Lucy is very loving and doesn’t treat them or think of them as shields. Unlike some other Celestial Spirit Mages who consider their Spirits as nothing more than tools and things, she fights with them and treats them like friends. Lucy has a deep love for her Spirits and would do anything to make them happy, even if it means risking her life.
Although she is officially the owner of the Spirits, she wants to be referred to be their friend instead. Most of the time, Lucy is timid and easily alarmed. However, she has no qualms about engaging in combat and would gladly put herself in harm’s way to defend her friends and guild.
Although Lucy’s abilities are typically not as strong as those of her colleagues, she has shown herself to be a good warrior, frequently utilising her cunning to her advantage and thinking creatively in the heat of battle. She ultimately acquired Natsu’s tenacity and will to persevere in the face of adversity.
Happy is a member of Team Natsu in the Fairy Tail Guild and is an Exceed from Extalia. A little blue Exceed with a white stomach is called Happy. His rectangular head is adorned with pink ears, large black eyes with thin, little eyebrows, and bright blue cheek markings next to his tiny whiskers (two on each side of his face). Happy has semi-round upper lips on the sides of a triangular-shaped nose.
Also rectangular, his Exceed body has a structure that enables him to walk upright in contrast to most cats. Happy can handle objects despite not having thumbs.
He has a lengthy tail with a white tip and blue tail feathers on the rest of it. Happy can also grab onto things with the aid of his tail. Happy typically travels with a green rucksack in which he maintains food and combat-useful supplies. His green Guild Mark, which is on his back, is likewise covered by this bag.
He has the ability to use magic to develop a pair of enormous, feathered wings that resemble angel wings and allow him to soar and carry people. Happy hardly ever wears clothes; the two exceptions are when he needs to disguise himself as Edolas during the Fantasia Parade and when his parents give him clothing.
A mage in the Fairy Tail Guild, Gray Fullbuster is a part of Team Natsu. Gray’s spiky black hair is his most noticeable characteristic. He has strong, toned figure and dark blue eyes.
He receives a scar above his left eye on his forehead as a result of the mission on Galuna Island; the scar is partially hidden by his hair. On his lower belly, he also has a scar in the shape of a cross from utilising Seven Slice Dance: Blood Version on Tenrou Island. His dark blue member stamp is located on the right pectoral muscle just below the collarbone.
Gray, in contrast to practically all other characters, seldom wears the same style of clothing, even though he is frequently shown with a white coat of some description.
His necklace, which mimics a sword with a stone in it, a metal bracelet, and the chain that is fastened to the belt loops on the right side of his jeans, however, are the items of apparel that he wears the most consistently. He receives a tattoo on his right arm that represents Ice Devil Slayer Magic from his father.
After joining the Avatar cult, he appeared to have removed his Fairy Tail mark and replaced it with the Avatar mark, but it was actually just an overlay over his black markings.
Erza Scarlet is a Team Natsu member and an S-Class Mage in the Fairy Tail Guild. In X792, she also filled in for Makarov as the guild’s 7th Guild Master. Erza is a young lady with brown eyes and long, crimson hair. She was born without a right eye, but now wears an artificial one that Porlyusica made.
She has a “excellent” physique that Lucy Heartfilia called slim and sensual. She often wears a custom-made armour created by Heart Kreuz smiths, a blue skirt, black boots, and silver earrings in the form of diamonds. She has a blue Fairy Tail stamp in the centre of her left upper arm.
Erza is a highly severe person who frequently calls out the poor habits and bad conduct of the other guild members, leading the majority of them to repent out of fear of incurring her anger. She dislikes people who take too long to respond to her queries and is also highly impatient.
Due to her social ineptitude as a result of this and her own traumatic background, many of her guildmates avoided her. She does, however, have a strong sense of justice and pride in belonging to Fairy Tail.
A young female Sky Dragon Slayer by the name of Wendy Marvell. Four hundred years before X777, she was one of the orphans selected to become a Dragon Slayer, acting as her foster mother’s transport to X777 via the Eclipse Gate as part of the scheme to eradicate Acnologia.
She was once a member of the Cait Shelter Guild, but after the events surrounding Nirvana take place, she formally joins the Fairy Tail Guild. Wendy joined Lamia Scale along with Carla when Fairy Tail was disbanded.
Following the end of the conflict between Orochi’s Fin and Lamia Scale, Wendy departs Lamia Scale and aids Natsu in bringing Fairy Tail back to life.
Carla is Wendy Marvell’s best friend, an Exceed, and the daughter of Queen Shagotte. Before deciding to join Fairy Tail, she and Wendy belonged to Cait Shelter. Carla and Wendy joined Lamia Scale when Fairy Tail was disbanded. After the conflict between Orochi’s Fin and Lamia Scale is resolved, Carla departs Lamia Scale and aids Natsu in bringing Fairy Tail back to life.
Small and white, Carla has pink ears and brown eyes that are smaller than Happy’s. Her face is covered with two whiskers, one on each side. A pink bow is visible on Carla’s tail at the tip. Carla typically wears a shirt that is mustard yellow, red, and pink with a pink bow tie. She pairs this shirt with a pink skirt.
Carla, like other characters, appears to change her clothes frequently. Carla develops two wings that resemble angel wings when she utilises magic. She has a pink Guild Mark on her back.
Review on Fairy Tail Manga
The plot centres around the fact that magic exists in this parallel reality and that wizards are able to access it and make use of it to their benefit. During the manga’s opening chapters, we swiftly zero in on our main protagonists, Natsu and Lucy, and get to know the mages stationed in the guild Fairy Tail.
The basic plot of Fairy Tail follows the wizards as they use their many types of magic to thwart evil and preserve peace in Fiore, similar to other shonen comics.
This first appears to be the ideal starting point for a powerful, captivating, and wildly popular manga. Fairy Tail, however, is far from that; because of its lack of a storyline and reliance on clichés, it is despised by many in the manga community.
The narrative itself gets off to a solid start, with plotlines for the Tower of Heaven and Oracion Seis having just the right amounts of anguish, power-ups, and combat throughout. However, narrative flaws and plot armour proved to be Fairy Tail’s downfall along the road.
Although the story centres on the already powerful dragon slayer Natsu Dragneel, at the conclusion he becomes nearly invincible against even the most formidable of foes.
What began as an intriguing, enchanted tale quickly devolves into a monotonous barrage of “friends and family provide me more power than you could possibly possess.” No matter how formidable Fairy Tail’s adversaries are, they always manage to win. This is OK if it just happens once, but in Fairy Tail bouts, Hiro Mashima frequently resorts to this cliche.
As the series went on, the odds of a friendship power up occuring increased as opponents got more powerful. This led to the somewhat improbable and unrealistic evolution of several of our heroes.
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Natsu is a member of the Fairy Tail mage guild and utilises magic to defeat dragons. He travels on many adventures with his guildmates while looking for Igneel, the dragon that nurtured him.
The problem is that a lot of the early adventures add nothing to the narrative of Natsu discovering Igneel. A travel tale can certainly be effective, but it gives the impression that Natsu isn’t really attempting to find Igneel. Really, it doesn’t enter the narrative until much later.
Early arcs, however, include more enigmatic features. More dragonslayers, sinister guilds, shadowy figures with murky pasts, and even a mission that is meant to last a hundred years are all present. Everything is pretty fascinating, and the early arcs do function to some extent as a result.
Here, the essential term is somewhat. These storylines are rather straightforward, and the concepts they provide on their own aren’t all that engaging or compelling. Their superficial characters make it difficult to care about the scenario, which is a major drawback.