After more than a decade, Fairy Tail finally came to an end earlier this month. Hiro Mashima wrapped the fan-favorite shonen with an open ending that still has readers buzzing. After all, the chapter’s final pages does leave Fairy Tail open for one interesting sequel.
Fairy Tail’s 545th chapter had a lot of content to cover, but the series didn’t tie up all its storylines. Its final pages saw Natsu and Happy meet up with Lucy at her apartment. The Celestial Wizard starts up a touching moment with Natsu, but the Dragon Slayer rushes her out of her house, saying, “We should get to work!!!”
The next page sees the trio meet up with some familiar faces. Erza, Gray, Wendy, and Carla are shown waiting for Natsu to meet up with them.
“I told you I wanted to do something after the fight ended,” Natsu says. “I finally got permission. A 100 Year Quest!! I’m fired up!!!”
The team parts ways with readers as Natsu takes charge of the mission. The Fairy Tail chapter doesn’t give away any more information than that, so it’s open ending has got fans thinking Mashima may return to Fairy Tail in the future.
After all, the creator has said he doesn’t feel completely finished with the series. Mashima took to Twitter to tell fans he still has plans for the franchise.
“Even though the original manga is ending,” he wrote. “I don’t think Fairy Tail is done just yet. I have a lot of plans, so please look forward to them.”
Mashima may be taking a well-deserved break to focus on his new projects, but Fairy Tail may be spinning new storylines in his head. It may take years for the artist to pick back up with Natsu, but Mashima has set himself up to revisit the Fairy Tail guild should he like. And, of course, fans would be happy to see franchise return whenever Mashima feels ready.
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?”
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.
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.