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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

Sources

Thank you for the news tip.

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

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Quick Picks

Welcome to the Quick Picks! I'm covering last month since we're behind. I don't have partner here since he's busy. Don't worry, he'll finish the anime merchandising, and you'll be seeing his commentary on the front page.

As for manga releases, we got a few omnibuses for classic series such Trigun, Negima, and Love Hina. In the Viz Media department, we got all of the Holy Shonen Trinity titles, One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto, with some 3 in 1 editions. They're like omnibuses. Fans of the recent fall anime 2012 series, Btooom, we got the first Btooom volume 1 coming to North America on February 26.

Please enjoy the blog and support the mangakas and their staffs.

Note: This is a temporary blog. I'm behind in posting Quick Picks on the front news with my partner. I'm sorry about that.

ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
A Devil and Her Love Song Vol. 7Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Ai Ore! Vol. 8Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Stepping On Roses Vol. 9Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Bleach Vol. 55Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Bleach [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 4Viz Media$14.99$8.62$11.2402/05/13
Dawn of the Arcana Vol. 8Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Deltora Quest Vol. 10Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.85$8.2401/29/13
Hiroaki Samura's Emerald and Other StoriesDark Horse Comics$12.99$8.15$9.7402/06/13
Fairy Tail Vol. 23Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.43$8.2401/29/13
Gantz Vol. 26Dark Horse Comics$12.99$7.98$9.7402/05/13
GTO: 14 Days in Shonan Vol. 7Vertical$10.95$7.02$7.3401/29/13
Haganai: I don't have many friends Vol. 2Seven Seas Entertainment$12.99$7.54$9.7402/05/13
Kamisama Kiss Volume 12Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Knights of Sidonia Vol. 1Vertical$12.95$7.88$9.7102/05/13
Naruto Vol. 60Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Naruto [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 4Viz Media$14.99$8.60$11.2402/05/13
Negima! Magister Negi MagiVol. 37Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.25$8.2401/29/13
Nura: Rise of the Yokai ClanVol. 13Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
One Piece [Omnibus] - Baroque Works Vol. 5Viz Media$14.99$8.56$11.2402/05/13
Pokemon Adventures: Platinum Vol. 7Viz Media$7.99$7.99$5.9902/05/13
Redakai Vol. 2Viz Media$7.99$7.99$5.992/05/13
Sailor Moon Vol. 9Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.12$8.2401/29/13
Skip Beat! Vol. 30Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Slam Dunk Vol. 26Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Vol. 12Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Tenjo Tenge [Full Contact Ed] Vol. 11Viz Media$17.99$10.34$13.4902/05/13
Toriko Vol. 14Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4902/05/13
Voltron Force Vol. 6Viz Media$7.99$7.99$5.9902/05/13

Note: Rightstuf listed I Don't Like You At All, Big Brother!! Omnibus 3-4, Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade, Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 6, and Girl Friends Complete Collection's releases on January 31, 2013 while ANN listed both at January 8, 2013.

Rightstuf releases Haganai Vol. 2 on February 28.

2nd Part

ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Ayako Vol. 1Vertical$24.95$14.70$18.7102/12/13
Cage of Eden Vol. 9Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.03$8.2402/12/13
Hayate the Combat Butler Vol. 21Viz Media$9.99$9.39$6.6902/12/13
Inuyasha VIZBIG ED Vol. 14Viz Media$17.99$10.27$12.0502/12/13
The Book of Human InsectsVetical$16.95$12.37$12.7102/12/13
The Wallflower Vol. 30Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.36$8.2402/12/13
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Comic TributeDark Horse Comics$10.99$6.03$8.2402/13/13
Air Gear Vol. 27Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.27$8.2402/19/13
Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Vol. 17Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.03$8.2402/19/13
Kitchen Princess Omnibus 3Kodansha Comics$19.99$10.99$11.2402/19/13
Lizzie Newton: Victoria Mysteries Vol. 2Seven Seas Entertainment$11.99$9.02$8.9902/19/13
Love Hina Omnibus Vol. 5Kodansha Comics$14.99$10.98$11.2402/19/13
Trigun Maximum Omnibus Vol. 2Dark Horse$19.99$12.25$14.9902/20/13
Btooom! Vol. 1Yen Press$11.99$9.59$8.9902/26/13
HeroMan Vol. 3Vertical$10.95$8.49$8.2102/26/13
Nabari No Ou Vol. 13Yen Press$11.99$8.74$8.9902/26/13
Negima! Magister Negi Magi Omnibus 6Kodansha Comics$19.99$11.42$14.9902/26/13
Pandora Hearts Vol. 14Yen Press$11.99$7.38$8.9902/26/13
The Betrayal Knows My Name Vol. 5Yen Press$18.99$10.98$14.2402/26/13
The Misfortune of Kyon & KoizumiYen Press$11.99$9.59$8.9902/26/13
Triage X Vol. 2Yen Press$13.99$10.98$10.4902/26/13
Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch Vol. 2Yen Press$18.99$10.95$14.2402/26/13
Until Death Do Us Part Vol. 3Yen Press$18.99$10.43$14.2402/26/13

Note: ANN doesn't put Omnibus in The Betrayal Knows My Name volume 5 like how Right Stuf did.

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Intro

Welcome to Anime Vice's Advanced Guide to Fairy Tail. This is a tribute to the wiki editors, the fans, and the success of Fairy Tail and l! In this guide, we will explore what is a guild, the types of magic, and the characters. Be prepare for a nice action packed and dramatic, tragic stories of Fairy Tail's characters!

We'll be covering up to Phantom Arc. After the Lullaby arc, the Galuna Island arc takes place before the Phantom Arc. For the Galuna Island Arc, it covers volumes 4-6 and in the anime, episodes 11-18. In the manga, the Phantom arc covers volumes 7-9 whereas, in the anime, it is episodes 21-30.

Previously

Since a Beginner's Guide on Fairy Tail by JasonBog covered the background of Fairy Tail and its characters, we will discuss briefly the first few episodes before diving into the major story arcs.

After Natsu and Happy befriended Lucy and take her to their guild for the first time, her first impressions of Fairy Tail is a bit wild. Even though her guild members are rough and rowdy, the atmosphere is warm and friendly.

Galuna Arc

To show that they have the skills, Happy steals an S - class mission flyer, and Natsu takes Lucy and Happy with him as they head off to Galuna Island. Over there, they learn about the curse of the moon that causes the locals to become demons. When Gray appears, he and his group meet his old friend, Lyon, who wants to revive Deliora and defeat him to prove that he has surpassed their teacher, Ur. Will Gray and his friends stop Lyon's plans?

Phantom Guild Arc

After foiling Lyon's plan and solve the mystery of Galuna Island, Natsu and his group find their guild home impaled by iron pillars. As Fairy Tail guild discover that their group, Shadow Gear, has been pierced and hanged on the tree, Makarov declares an all out war with Phantom Guild. Unbeknownst to Fairy Tail guild, Jose Porla, the head of Phantom Guild has different objectives. Find out to see if Fairy Tail can defeat Phantom Guild.

New Characters

Makarov Dreyar
Makarov Dreyar
Voiced by: Shinichi Kotani R. Bruce Elliot
Makarov is the guild master of Fairy Tail and Laxus Dreyar's grandfather. He is like a father to his guild as he gives them advice and protects his guild from enemies.
Mirajane Strauss
Mirajane Strauss
Voiced by: Ryoko Ono Monica Rial
Mirajane is the poster mage of Fairy Tail due to her beauty and cheerful personality. She poses for the Weekly Sorcerer magazine. She helps her guild by providing advice on jobs, and she mans the bar.
Lyon Bastia
Lyon Bastia
Voiced by: Yuki Kaji Jerry Jewell (adult)
Lyon Bastia is an ice mage from Lamia Scale and a student of Ur, Gray's teacher. He blames Gray for ruining his dream to surpass his teacher. Unlike Gray, Lyon's ice attacks are in the form of living creatures.
Sherry Blendi
Sherry Blendi
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi Trina Nishimura
Sherry is Lyon's follower from Lamia Scale, and she puts love as her highest priority. Her magic allows her to controls inanimate objects. Plus, she has a huge pet rat named Angelica.
Gajeel Redfox
Gajeel Redfox
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano David Wald
Gajeel is an Iron Dragon Slayer of Phantom Guild who enjoys fighting. He attacks Shadow Gear and pins them to the trees. He is a vicious beast who gorges on iron to refill his magic. Like Natsu, Gajeel possesses a keen sense of smell and super strength.
Juvia Loxar
Juvia Loxar
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara Brina Palencia
Juvia is one of Phantom's Guild, Element Four. As a water mage, Juvia can change her body to water and form various attacks. She usually talks in third person and carries a teru teru bōzu.

Terminology

In the world of Fairy Tail, there are concepts that you must know by now.

  • Guild - A union between a group of people to reach a common goal. The benefits of creating a guild are the protection, promise of jobs and money, and a place in society.
  • Dragon Slayers - Originally, these mages use their dragon based magic to slay dragons. Now, there are two mages, who were taught by a dragon, use their magic for their missions.
  • Celestial Wizards and Spirits - A Celestial Wizard uses the power of Celestial Spirits who are beings from another world. By making a contract, they can summon their partners by using a gate key to open a portal. As of now, the types of gate keys are silver and gold. Silver is regular while gold is for the 12 Zodiac spirits who are the top beings of the Celestial World.

Verdict

Fairy Tail's two arcs show the tenacity and the perseverance of these young mages who will not stop fighting to save their friends and their guild. To abandon their friend is taboo. There are a lot of action and major battles in the Phantom Guild such as a huge showdown between Element Four and Fairy Tail's finest mages. Also, you get to see some of Fairy Tail's mages' past history such as Happy's origin, Gray's past, and much more.

You can watch Fairy Tail legally at Crunchyroll, Funimation, or HULU.

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After working on Robotics;Notes for a while with my teammate, Acura Max, we come across this mysterious song. At first, I thought this song was exclusive to Robotics;Notes until I look it up. It's a children's song sung in Japan just like Ring Around the Rosie is sung across Europe and America.

Here is how you play the game

It's similar to Duck, Duck, Goose game where the one player is the Oni. The Oni is blindfolded, and while the children join hands in a circle, they walk around the Oni and sing. Once they stop singing, the Oni has to guess the name of the person behind them.

Interestingly enough, Kagome Kagome song has some eerie meanings just like Ring Around the Rosie. Ring Around the Rosie is a song referring to the Bubonic Plague. You put a flower called a posie in the deceased's pocket before you burn the dead body.

For Kagome Kagome, Wikipedia has listed a few theories:

  1. It could be referring to a prostitute where she is trapped and wonder when she can escape.
  2. It could be referring to a pregnant woman who was pushed down a flight of stairs. This causes her to have a miscarriage.
  3. It could be referring to a prisoner who is wondering when he will be executed, and the cage is his prison.
Kagome KagomeRing Around the Rosie
Kagome kagome / The bird in the basket/cage,
When, oh when will it come out
In the night of dawn
The crane and turtle slipped
Who is it in front of behind

Ring-a-round a rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!

We all fall down.

Robotics;Notes

I wonder how this song ties in with the anime series. Who's the little bird in the song?

As a bonus, here is a creepy Vocaloid version of the song.

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Barnes & Noble's stocks dropped 7.3% on Thursday after the company warned of bad news regarding its Nook e-book reader. The bookstore chain expects that the tablet's revenues for the fiscal year that ends in April will fall below US$3 billion, and the cash flow loss will be “greater than it was in fiscal 2012.” Barnes & Noble stated in January that it expected Nook revenue to exceed US$3 billion during the current fiscal year.

This is the third fiscal year where Barnes & Noble came in under its expectations, according to Maxim Group Analyst John Tinker. The NOOK business “is proving to be expensive — and with slowing revenues makes spinning it off to tech investors harder,” he said. “At some point the company has to quantify the amount it is prepared to lose.”

The company began closing physical stores across the United States during and after a low holiday 2012 sales season. Nook segment sales also fell 12.6% during the same period.

From Anime News Network.

Note: Even though it's not anime and manga related, I put ANN's article up because we fans buy anime/manga merchandise from stores. Not much back then because of the internet and illegal scanlations. Plus, it reminds me of Borders' bankruptcy event back in 2011.

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