Monday, November 28, 2011

Fearī Teiru [fairy tail]

Fairy Tail (フェアリーテイル Fearī Teiru?, romanized as FAIRY TAIL in Japan) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 23, 2006, and has been published by Kodansha in 29 tankōbon volumes as of October 2011. An ongoing anime produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight was released in Japan on October 12, 2009,[1] and has spawned two original video animations. The series follows the adventures of Lucy Heartfilia, a teenage wizard who joins the titular wizards' guild and teams up with fellow guild member Natsu Dragneel as he searches for the dragon Igneel.

The series was originally 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 on September 28, 2010. The series was taken over by Kodansha USA Publishing, who continued its North American release.[2] The anime adaptation was originally licensed by Animax Asia, which began airing the series with a Hong Kong-based English dub on September 30, 2010, but dropped the series after airing its 48th episode on December 6 the same year.[3] It has since been licensed by Funimation Entertainment for distribution in North America.[4]


A 17-year-old celestial wizard named Lucy Heartfilia runs away from home to join Fairy Tail, a rambunctious wizards' guild whose members are infamous for their overly destructive antics. Along the way, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a boy who is traveling the land of Fiore together with his partner Happy, a talking cat, in search of his foster parent, a dragon named Igneel who had disappeared without a trace seven years prior. Shortly after their meeting, Lucy is abducted by a wizard claiming to be the famous Salamander of Fairy Tail. Natsu rescues Lucy and reveals himself to be the real Salamander and a Dragon Slayer, a wizard with the abilities of a dragon. Natsu offers membership to Fairy Tail for Lucy, which she accepts.

Lucy forms a team together with Natsu and Happy, as well as Gray Fullbuster, an ice wizard with a habit of stripping, and Erza Scarlet, an armored female wizard. The five go on missions for their guild together and battle a wide variety of villains, which include: multiple dark (illegal)

guilds led by an organization called Baram Alliance; demons created by an ancient, evil wizard named Zeref; Phantom Lord, a rival guild to Fairy Tail; Erza's former childhood friend Jellal Fernandes; and Laxus Dreyar, the renegade grandson of Fairy Tail's master, Makarov. The Fairy Tail guild also sees the inclusion of two other Dragon Slayers—Gajeel Redfox from the Phantom Lord guild and Wendy Marvell from the Caitshelter guild—who were both raised by dragons (Metalicana and Grandeeney, respectively) that disappeared on the same day as Igneel.

Later on in the series, several members of Fairy Tail, including Natsu, Lucy, and their friends, gather for an annually held examination on their guild's sacred ground of Tenrou Island, where they discover that Zeref has been living on the island and is being sought out by one of the guilds of the Baram Alliance,Grimoire Heart. Though Fairy Tail defeats Grimoire Heart, the incident summons the black dragon Acnologia, which attacks the island. However, everyone on the island is protected by the spirit of Fairy Tail's founding member, Mavis Vermillion, and reappears seven years later.


Fairy Tail is 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, with 250 chapters serialized As of June 2011. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, which released the first volume on December 15, 2006. As of October 2011, 29 volumes have been released in Japan. A special in Weekly Shōnen Magazinefeatured 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.[5] 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 Comics USA took over the series and continued the release on May 2011.[2]


An anime adaptation co-produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, and directed by Shinji Ishihira premiered on October 12, 2009.[1] As of November 2, 2011, 22 DVD volumes containing four

episodes each have been released, with two more scheduled to be released on December 7, 2011 and January 6, 2012, respectively.[6] Animax Asia started broadcasting the English dubbed version of the series on September 30, 2010, but due to lack of time, it was canceled 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 would release the anime series in bilingual format at the end of the year.[7] On April 21, 2011, they had confirmed that the first volume with 12 episodes would be released in February 2012;[8] however, they later announced that the first volume would be released on March 5, 2012. At the 2011 Sakura-Con, North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced that they had acquired the first 48 episodes of the ongoing series.[4]

The series made its North American television debut on November 22, 2011 on the Funimation Channel.[9]


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