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Hey Fairy Tail fans! I just noticed the Crunchyroll article on Fairy Tail's return. Weekly Shonen Magazine announced that the anime is coming in April 2014.

New Changes

The cast of VAs are the same. However, we have a new character designer replacing Aoi Yamamoto, Takeuchi. Bridge is replacing Satelight for animating the anime series. I'm hoping Fairy Tail gets major improvements in its animation and drawing style.

Personal Comments

To be honest, I thought it needed another year break because the manga hasn't gotten enough space. It seems like the anime will probably face more fillers. I don't mind fillers, but it has to be better than the Key of the Starry Sky arc. Did you guys and gals enjoy that huge filler arc? I believe viewership for the anime dipped down because of that filler arc.


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Hi everyone! I got some good news. According to the official movie website, Fairy Tail will have its first movie coming out on August 18, 2012.

Not much information is given about the plot of the movie. I think the information is on the official movie website, but it's in Japanese.

Background: For those who do not know Fairy Tail, Fairy Tail is about Natsu Dragneel and Happy who are in search for Natsu's father, Igneel. When Natsu meets Lucy for the first time, he and Happy bring Lucy into their guild. Fairy Tail is the name of Natsu's guild that has a group of mages/wizards who take different jobs to make a living. The anime revolves around Natsu, Happy, Lucy, Gray, Erza, and others as they take on missions and support each other when times get rough.


Related Fairy Tail News

If you guys can read Japanese, may I ask you to translate the official movie's Japanese text.


Thank you.


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Welcome to the new series of blogs called Family Time! I had this weekly idea of doing Moe Monday, Tsundere Tuesday, and such, but I scrapped the idea. I didn't watch a lot of anime to keep the writing mojo going. This family time theme I'm doing will put some love in this community. Family is more than blood. Some of you folks are watching with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and etc. They're family, too. I was inspired by Sam Weller who wrote articles about watching Madoka Magica with his girlfriend to do this blog.

A little background info:

Watching anime on Saturday mornings with my brothers and sister was a pastime back then. Now, with the age of the internet, my family and I are watching new shows on Youtube (mainly Funimation's) before settling down on Crunchyroll and HULU. I never thought myself as an anime fan, more like a casual watcher. During my Anime Vice years back in October 2010, I tried a lot of anime series, and the main one that my family and I have watching since 2010 was Fairy Tail. It has been almost three years, and when Hiro Mashima had told the fans that the anime is going to end on March 30, I was a bit sad. All good things come to an end sooner or later. I thought it would be a good time to start this thread on Fairy Tail and share some nostalgic feelings that my siblings had.

Before I talk about the fun times that my family had with Fairy Tail, here is a synopsis of the show for those who are new to this franchise:

Fairy Tail revolves around Natsu Dragneel, Happy, and Lucy Heartphilia who are members of a guild called Fairy Tail. The three go on missions seeking adventure and end up making a big mess of things. Fairy Tail is known for causing lots of havoc and getting into fights with those who seek to hurt their guild members.

Family Time!

*Don't worry, I didn't put any spoilers.

It started with the manga
It started with the manga

I got started on Fairy Tail when my little sister came home from the public library and checked out first volume. She mentioned that she picked it out because the cover reminded her of One Piece due to the drawings. I was surprised that the man who did Rave Master was behind Fairy Tail. After reading the first volume together, we were hooked on Fairy Tail with its humorous shenanigans and its lovable characters. For my little brother, he loved Happy so much especially the parts where Happy teased Lucy. My sis loves Freed because of his cool ability with Runes. When we're done reading all the volumes that the public library had on the shelves, my sister found out that Fairy Tail had an anime. I had no expectations on the voices or music, so I was open to anything. When watching the first episode, I enjoyed the voices for Natsu, Lucy, and Happy along with everyone else. Also, the first opening theme song still remained in my head for these past years just like Bleach and Pokemon.

What Fairy Tail appealed to my little siblings and me was the comedic scenes and misadventures of Natsu's guild and the whole fighting for your Nakama themes. Back then, I didn't mind the shonen cliches of one fighting for loved ones. I find Natsu's speech when he fights tough opponents for the sake of his friends admirable. Makes his big fights all emotional. Erza and Gray had great chemistry in Natsu's group. These guys always gave some good laughs and fights. As the years gone by, Fairy Tail was starting to lose its appeal by the Edolas arc. My older brother didn't enjoy how Fairy Tail brings someone back without any real place for the character. It makes their back story meaningless. With the recent filler arc, it is hard to look forward to Fairy Tail. At that time, Sket Dance was the most popular thing in my household. Though, Fairy Tail outlasted Sket Dance when Sket Dance came to an early end in August 2012. The last arc, the tournament, for the anime kept us watching the anime. Some fights are awesome while the others are disappointing. The only one who enjoyed the Fairy Tail the most up to this day was my youngest brother.

Issues with Fairy Tail

Folks who read Fairy Tail hoped the anime has blood and lose some censorship. I didn't mind those changes neither did my siblings. Though at some point, scenes that has characters exhausted and coughing looks strange without blood. As for fan service, manga has a lot of it. Anime has them too but in small doses. Even though my youngest bro is 10 years old, I had no trouble with Fairy Tail. It's pretty tame; however, the OVAs are a different story.

In the end, Fairy Tail will still have a place with my family because we can't forget Natsu and his lovable gang who brought us some laughter and tears.

Hope you enjoy this blog! I hope it motivates you guys and gals to share about watching anime or reading manga with family and friends.

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Welcome everyone! Hiro Mashima and Kodansha TV has announced on Friday that the Fairy Tail series will come to an end on March 30 with episode 175. The anime series first premiered on October 12, 2009. Its manga series is still ongoing.

For those who are new to Fairy Tail, here is a synopsis from ANN:

Lucy is a 17-year-old girl, who wants to be a full-fledged mage. One day when visiting Harujion Town, she meets Natsu, a young man who gets sick easily by any type of transportation. But Natsu isn't just any ordinary kid, he's a member of one of the world's most infamous mage guilds: Fairy Tail.

On Hiro Mashima's official Twitter account, he posted this statement on March 2nd.

Until the time comes, I cannot say something I've always wanted to say, even on Twitter. Please be patient and wait until the time comes for me to announce some good news.

What are your most fondest memories of Fairy Tail?

Twitter Fun

Please enjoy Hiro Mashima's sketches that he posts on his Twitter account.

Check out the character galleries for more Twitter Sketches that are uploaded by


Thank you for the news tip.

Thanks to my teammates who have worked hard on the Fairy Tail wiki project:


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Hello everyone! This is just a quick blog to make up for the recent news about Hiro Mashima and his twitter account. For those who do know yet, Hiro Mashima sometimes post sketches of his works on twitter. These are quite fun to look at.

Here are some snapshots:

For those who do not know who is Hiro Mashima, he is the mangaka who created Rave Master, Fairy Tail, Monster Hunter Orage, and others. If you haven't tried it, you should give it a go. Fairy Tail is light hearted series about a guild of mages, and Rave Master is about Haru Glory who searches for the Rave stones to beat Demon Card and save the world with his gang. Most of these are a bit shonen cliche, but all shonen series tend to recycle things. You just got to look past these, and you'll enjoy these titles.

Check out JBog's Beginner's Guide to Fairy Tail and my Beginner's Guide to Rave Master if you're interested to get some background information on these series before trying them.

Thank you.

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Hiro Mashima
Hiro Mashima

This guide is for people who haven't tried Rave Master. If you are a fan of the series, please enjoy this guide as well. It will give you another side of Rave Master to think about. Hiro Mashima is the mangaka behind Rave Master, his first series. He is also known for his other works such as Monster Soul, Fairy Tail, and Monster Hunter Orage. His Rave Master and Fairy Tail are his longest manga series with an anime adaptation. Fairy Tail is Hiro Mashima's current ongoing manga and anime series with over 110 episodes aired and 30 volumes published. Compared to Rave Master, the series has ended with 35 volumes, and for the anime, it ended abruptly at 51 episodes. Despite Rave Master's early end, it is the catalyst and source of inspiration for Hiro Mashima's future works. You'll see the similarities between his works especially the characters. Other outside influences are Toriyama Akira's Dragon Ball work and Yoshinori Nakai and Takashi Shimada's Ultimate Muscle work.

Rave Master was first published by Kodansha in the Shonen Magazine during 1999 to 2005. The first volume was published in November 1999, and the final volume was published in September 2005. For the anime adaptation, Rave Master is produced by Studio Deen and directed by Takashi Watanabe and aired on TBS in October 2001. The series ended in September 2002. In North America, Cartoonnetwork aired Rave Master on its Toonami block in June 2004. After the series was cancelled, it aired on Syfy in 2009.

The Story

It's about a teenage boy named Haru Glory who is on a quest to find the Rave with the assistance of Plue in order to defeat Demon Card. In his adventures, he encounters Elie who lost her memories, and he promises to help her as they travel the world and save the innocent from Demon Card.


  • Rave (Holy Bring) - These magical objects are the only things that can destroy Dark Bring. There are only five in existence that were created by Resha Valentine, and they transform Haru's sword into various different blades.
  • Dark Bring or Shadow Stone (Dub) - They are the antithesis to Rave stones, and they come in many shapes and sizes. They come from Mother Sinclair and have the power to corrupt the user.
  • Ten Commandments Sword or Decaforce (Dub) - This is Haru's main weapon that houses the Rave stones. In the dub version, they changed it to Decaforce to avoid a religious reference because the ten commandments are related to the Bible.
  • Demon Card or Shadow Guard (Dub) - An organization that uses Dark Bring to control the world.

The Characters

These are the main characters of Rave Master.

Haru Glory

A teenage boy who becomes the 2nd generation Rave Master after meeting Shiba, and before leaving Garage Island, he promises his sister (Cattleya Glory) that he will come back home after defeating Demon Card and helping Plue to get all the Five Rave stones. Haru is a bit of a naive boy since he never been outside of his small island of a home.

Voices: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese) and Yuri Lowenthal (English)


A mysterious girl who has amnesia and a past relating to the Rave stones. Don't be fooled by her looks, she packs a mean punch with her powerful Tonfan guns and has an unnaturally good luck on her side when it comes to gambling. Elie happens to like gambling a lot as well.

Voices: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese) and Michelle Ruff (English)

Hamrio Musica

A Silver Claimer and a thief whose family is massacred by a psychopath seeks the Silver Ray to honor his teacher's will. He's the leader of the Silver Rhythm Gang.

Voices: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese) and Doug Erholtz (English)


A carrot nosed dog who helps Haru track down the Rave Stones. He loves lollipops and hates pudding. Go ask Griffon Kato for the whole story. Plue is one of the most adorable things in this franchise and in Fairy Tail.

Voices: Yukiji Kaoru (Japanese) and Mona Marshall (English)

Griffon Kato

Griffon Kato is a blue gourd-like, lecherous animal that looks like Squidward and has yellow cilia as feet. He's the map and transportation person.

Voices: Katsuya Shiga (Japanese) and Tom Kenny (English)

For Fairy Tail and Monster Soul fans, you see the familiar archetypes from these characters that have strong similarities to your favorite characters. Let's discuss that in the comments below.

Why Watch?


I recommend this to both males and females age 10 and up. As the series progresses into tragic and tear jerking moments, the audience has to have thicker skin for it.

Rave Master is an enjoyable series for many of us when we're young. It is cool to see a guy swinging a giant sword and going "Explosion!" and when the anime gets serious with the dramatic and mournful scenes, it made us cry. I watched this series twice, and it was for a team wiki project. Rave Master still appealed to me now because of its funny yet serious moments. Despite the Shonen cliches of friendship and dreams, Rave Master does it in a low key way. It's about friends fighting to protect each other to the very end with their last breaths. The manga is somewhat graphic with the dismemberment and blood than the anime version which is more toned down more. Though, the American version is more censored than its Japanese counterpart. The music of Rave Master is unforgettable and when Haru takes action to do something crazy, the music compliments the action.

Manga or Anime

For the people who are new, I definitely recommend checking the anime first then the manga. Despite the censorship, the anime is quite faithful to its manga story and the characters in the anime look maturer than its manga counterparts. When you get to episode 51 where the anime has abruptly ended, you can shift to the manga. Since Rave Master is Hiro Mashima's first work, his art style is a bit rough in the beginning volumes. As the manga progressed, the characters' design improve and mature.

Censorship and Name Changes

Like all good anime, they are subjected to censorship. Check out the wiki page or feel free to ask me what censorship they did. They censor the bath scenes that shows some bits of Elie's breasts, altered Griffon's flashback, changed the gun noises to laser noises, and censor Julius's beatings of Elie when she's down. Sorry for going off on a tangent, I'm becoming more like my mentor. As for name changes, the dub version changes the name such as Dark Bring, Demon Card, Ten Commandments and more.


For dub and sub, I don't have a strong preference. I do watch the Japanese version because it's less censored than the English version. Sadly, I don't know my seiyuus really well. I love both the English and Japanese voices for Haru, Elie, Musica, and Plue. I am amazed that Yuri Lowenthal is the voice actor for Sasuke Uchiha and that Michelle Ruff is the voice actress for Rukia Kuchiki.

Interesting Fact: For Fairy Tail fans, I looked up Tomokazu Seki and Ayako Kawasumi, and they had did some Fairy Tail characters, Lucky and Marl. Like their roles: Haru and Elie, these characters are also a couple. Now, that's deep romance for those pairs.


Rave Master is one of those Shonen series that go beyond with action, romance, and drama with powerful themes of love, friendship, and determination to make things right. For those who think most Shonen animes have a male protagonist who's not in a real relationship, Rave Master will change your mind. The love between the main characters go a long way and withstand time.


Thank you, everyone for reading this 2nd beginner guide. I thank my teammate, Fire_Star, for working on Rave Master project with me during summer of 2011, SuperTiencha for his determination to bring both Anime Vice and Rave Master Wikia together, Sotyfan16 for his helpful guides and advice, and the rest of my team for their hard work to support the community.

Check out these Rad Rave Master Blogs and Sotyfan16's Guide for those who want to make a Beginner Guide themselves.


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Brief Background

Hiro Mashima's Autograph
Hiro Mashima's Autograph

His first original work is Magician which won him first place in an amateur manga's artist's competition in 1998. This paved the way for his first series, Rave Master (Groove Adventure Rave), that became well known series with 32 volumes (1999-2005). However, his anime adaptation of Rave Master fell short when the series got cancelled on it 51st episode in September 28, 2002. In the present day, his third work, Fairy Tail, is his longest anime series (104 episodes) to date, and for the manga, it is in its 29th volume and on its 258th chapter.

For more infomation: See Hiro Mashima's page.


Hiro Mashima
Hiro Mashima

In this interview, Hiro Mashima is interviewed by Brigid Alverson of MTVGeekand the AnimeNewsNetwork staff, Crystal Hodgkins, at the New York Comic Con. Last October 14, 2011, Hiro Mashima and some of the dub voice actors talk in a panel; Oct. 15, 2011, Hiro Mashima did a public signing event. Since there are two interviews, I will list Crystalyn Hodgkin's conversation of ANN first (Her name is staff for some reason) then post Brigid Alverson of MTV Geek second. Thank you.

Crystalyn Hodgkin of ANN

ANN: Last time we spoke with you was in 2008. Since then, Fairy Tail has been made into an anime. What do you think of the anime adaptation?

Mashima: I've been having a great time, just going along with the ride. I wanted to tell [ANN] about the anime during that earlier interview, but I couldn't.

What is your favorite part about having your manga turned into an anime?

Just watching Natsu and Happy move around. There's a limit to the effects I can draw regarding the depiction of the magic in the manga, so seeing that in the anime is so much fun, and it looks very beautiful onscreen. It made me realize how fun my characters are when I saw them moving around.

Did you read manga or watch anime as a child, and if so, what were your favorites?

Dragon Ball, and a lot of the works by Hayao Miyazaki.

At that time, did you ever think that you would become a manga creator?

It all started with me copying and tracing their works, and then, before I realized it, I knew I was going to be a professional. It was what I wanted to be so badly, that I knew I was going to be one.

Loyalty to family and friends is a frequent theme running throughout Fairy Tail. Is this also something you feel passionate about?

Absolutely. My friends have helped me a lot in the past, and that's something I wanted to directly show in this manga. And that was the beginning of Fairy Tail actually. But, because I've so busy lately, my list of friends in my cell phone has been quickly edited down (laughs).

Monster Hunter Orage is based on the Monster Hunter videogame franchise. And yet, it's a manga that those who don't know the game very well can read and enjoy. How is it different to create a manga about a world you didn't make, as opposed to Fairy Tail where it's all yours?

Of course, the first thing I understood was that I couldn't destroy the world of the original authors, so I had to respect that. But there were a lot of similarities, the vision of the world of Monster Hunter was very similar to the world I often depict, so it wasn't too difficult.

In Fairy Tail, often the "villain" characters get redeemed in one way or another. Do you believe in giving people second chances and that anyone can be redeemed?

Absolutely. However, I value life heavily, and that's something to keep in mind. Sometimes I depict where a character passes away, but then it turns out they actually hadn't, but I never draw how someone who was actually already dead coming back to life; that's not something that I depict.

Fairy Tail is a very imaginative manga. It has a lot of surprises in it, and it's also very funny. How do you come up with ideas for your characters and stories, and what do you do when you run out of ideas and inspiration?

So, at the actual moment that the idea is born, I'm not aware of it. It happens coincidentally and spontaneously. But I'm constantly thinking of ideas. Even as I was walking here from the staff room I was thinking about it, and even now, in the corner of my mind, I'm actually thinking of ideas. But when I can't think of ideas, I sleep it off. I just have to change my emotions and feelings.

What message do you have for your English-speaking fans?

There are 15 volumes of Fairy Tail out now in English, but many more interesting and surprising stories await you, so I hope you read on. There are also many more characters, and the plot is thickening and getting ever more passionate. I'm well aware that I have readers not just in Japan, but all over the world, so I hope everyone will look forward to my work.

From AnimeNewsNetwork: Interview: Hiro Mashima by Crystalyn Hodgekins

Brigid Alverson of MTV Geek

Crystal: Our company interviewed you three years ago. Since then, Fairy Tail has been made into an anime. What do you think of the anime adaptation?

Hiro Mashima: I have been having fun, I have just been having a great time just going along with the ride. I wanted to tell you then, but I couldn’t.

Crystal: What is your favorite part about having your manga turned into an anime?

Hiro Mashima: Just watching Natsu and Happy move around. There’s a limit to the effects that I can draw, the depiction of magic in manga so in anime it’s so much fun. I realize how much fun my characters are when I see them move around.

Brigid: I wanted to ask about Monster Hunter Orage. I know this is based on a game, yet it’s a manga that people who don’t know the game very well can read and enjoy. But for you, how is it different to create a manga about a world you didn’t create, as opposed to Fairy Tail, where it’s all yours. What are the challenges?

Hiro Mashima: Of course the first thing was that I couldn't destroy the world of the original author, so I had to respect that. But there were a lot of similarities. The vision of the world of Monster Hunter is very similar to the world that I often depict, so it wasn't too difficult.

Crystal: Back to themes in Fairy Tail: Often the villain characters get redeemed in the series in one way or another. Do you believe in giving people second chances and that anybody can be redeemed?

Hiro Mashima: Absolutely. But, however, I value life heavily, so that's something to keep in mind. Sometimes I depict … where a character passes on and it turns out that they actually weren't [dead], but I never depict … somebody that was already actually dead coming back to life. That’s not something that I depict, resurrections.

Brigid: Fairy Tail is a very imaginative manga; it has a lot of surprises in it, and it’s also very funny. How do you come up with ideas for characters and for stories, and—here’s the hard part—what do you do when you run out of ideas, when you have no inspiration?

Hiro Mashima: At the actual moment of the idea being born, I am actually not aware of it. It is the most spontaneous moment. But I am constantly thinking about ideas, and even as I was walking here from the staff room I was thinking about it, and even now, in the corner of my mind, I am thinking of ideas… But when I can't think of an idea, when my idea runs dry, I just sleep if off. I just have to change my emotion and my feelings.

Crystal: What message would you like to give to your English speaking fans?

Hiro Mashima: There are 15 volumes now, but a lot more different and interesting and surprising stories await you, so I hope you read on. There will be so many more characters, and the plot is thickening, and I am ever more passionate. And I am well aware that I have readers all over the world, so I hope that you will look forward to my work.

From MTV Geek: Hiro Mashima talks about Fairy Tail by Brigid Alverson

*On 2nd Examination: These interviews are similar, so it seems redundant to post two. I'm sorry about that. I collapse the second one into a spoiler block. Feel free to read the second one if you like. Please, click on the other sources for more information.


Hiro Mashima draws Natsu
Hiro Mashima draws Natsu


Since these interviews do not answer everything, I want to know what thoughts or unanswered questions you have. Please feel free to ask. I'll put down any questions that's related to Hiro Mashima and his works from the community here. To start it off:

Fairy Tail

  • How long will you keep on working on Fairy Tail or what is the goal for the manga and the anime? by Taka
  • When Fairy Tail does end, what inspirations from this series would you take for future series? by Taka
  • How successful do you think Fairy Tail would be? Do you think it's up to par with mainstream shounen series such One Piece, Naruto, and Dragon Ball Z? by Taka
  • What features or qualities do you think your work sets it apart from these mainstream series? by Taka

Hiro Mashima

  • Did you ever think about making a female lead protagonist for your series? by Taka
  • What western animation or comic series has inspired you or what is your favorite western animation/comic series? by Taka
  • Are you interested in collaborating with western artists and making a series? Example: Hiroyuki Takei and Stan Lee on Ultimo. by Taka
  • Are you an advocate for online manga simulcasts of your work? by Taka
  • Do you still see manga having strong outlook in the future? by Taka
Happy: Let's make some news!
Happy: Let's make some news!

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