Even though it's been a long time coming, but fans still are not ready to part ways with Fairy Tail. The shonen series has been around since August 2006, but creator Hiro Mashima is now bidding the work farewell. Over on Twitter, the artist just confirmed he has finished the long-running manga ahead of its scheduled finale.
Taking to social media, Mashima confirmed work on Fairy Tail wrapped with a touching picture. The artist posted a photo of a glass plaque given to him to commemorate the 11 years he spent drawing the series.
“Today, all the staff's work ended, but I received such a wonderful thing to commemorate [the series'] completion,” Mashima captioned the image. “I appreciate it. The staff is the best. Thank you for your hard work.”
The crystal plaque is a simple one, but it will tug at the heartstrings of fans. The circular piece looks almost like a tombstone with the name ‘Fairy Tail’ and its run dates engraved upon it. Drawings of Natsu, Happy, and Lucy are all featured in the center of the plaque, and ‘Hiro Mashima’ is printed at the bottom.
There’s no announced end-date for Fairy Tail just yet, but fans know time with the series is running out. Weekly Shonen Jump continues to roll out new chapters each week, and Mashima made it clear Fairy Tail would wrap with volume 63. The manga released its 62nd volume over in the U.S. this July, and reports suggest Fairy Tail’s final volume will go up for sale by November 28th.
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You can check out Kodansha Comics’ summary of Fairy Tail below:
“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?”
今日でスタッフの仕事が全て終了したのですが、完結記念にこんな素晴らしいものをいただいてしまいました！ありがたいです。最高のスタッフたちです。お疲れ様でした。 pic.twitter.com/iA5eRLlXh1— 真島ヒロ (@hiro_mashima) July 8, 2017
If you are not familiar with Fairy Tail, then it is about time you familiarized yourself with the story. The series follows a guild of young, powerful wizards who call Fairy Tail family. Set in a fictional Earth, a boy named Natsu teams up with an unlikely friend Lucy Heartfilia as the latter dreams of becoming a powerful wizard. To date, there are more than 250 episodes of the acclaimed series, and fans can expect more to come in the new year.
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To date, several million copies of Fairy Tail have been sold worldwide. Published by Del Ray in the west, there are over 35 million volumes of the manga in circulation at the moment. Kodansha Comics is now overseeing the release of Fairy Tail projects in the U.S. and other western territories, and the licensing return has helped the publisher amass popularity. Other series like Attack on Titan have also helped bolster Kodansha's visibility outside of Japan, so fans can expect the company to continue pushing out new content as it becomes available.