Fairy Tail #1 - The Wicked Side of Wizardry

is a manga book published by Kodansha that was released on 12/15/2006

Plot Summary

Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero–he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?


Japanese Release Date: December 15, 2006

American Release Date: March 25, 2008

Honorifics Explained

Chapter 1: The Fairy's Tail - "Fearī Teiru" (妖精の尻尾(フェアリーテイル))

The young mage Lucy has always dreamed of joining the famous Guild known as Fairy Tail. Her ideals are shattered when meeting one of these mages leads her to being kidnapped for slavery, but this Fairy Tail mage isn't what he seems. This motion sick young man named Natsu seems about right.

Chapter 2: The Master Appears

Natsu brings Lucy to join the Guild of her dreams and finally gets to meet all the wizards of Fairy Tail. Each mage wilder than the last. Though the Master is something more than to be believed. Does she still wish to join, and will they accept her?

Taking a first job is just the way to get started.

What is a Guild?

A full page description of a Guild.

Chapter 3: Fire Dragons and Monkeys and Cows

Fairy Tail may be a mess of a Guild, but how could anyone leave a group filled with people so loyal and kind? Lucy joins Natsu on her first mission to rescue a missing wizard of the guild from the snowy mountains.

Chapter 4: The Celestial Spirits of Canis Minor

Finally settling into her new town. Lucy shows Natsu what a Celestial Wizard can do and forms a new contract just before heading out on her first paying job.

Bonus Manga: Happy's Little Job

Lucy and Natsu tag along with Happy on a job to catch some wild flying fish.


The Natsu design sketches were not listed in the Table of Contents for this volume, but more appear as part of the Afterword segment.

A Note from the Author

Hiro Mashima welcomes the reader with a humorous greeting to the first volume in his latest series.

Honorifics Explained

A list and general description of many of the most common Honorifics in the Japanese language.

Natsu's Design...

Sketch designs of early Natsu works.


A word from the author, Hiro Mashima, thanking the reader for their purchase of this volume, talks about designing Natsu's character and how Fairy Tail came to be.

About the Creator

A brief description of series creator Hiro Mashima.

Translation Notes

If there is something that requires alterations or a Japanese phrase/joke needs explaining. The translators explains things here.


  • General Note: Wizard
  • Jewels and calculating money
  • Kyaa
  • Master
  • Thanks for the meal
  • What's all this, then?
  • Nekomander
  • Counted as "forms"
  • Nikor
  • Arrears
  • Maid my own hell


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