Fairy Tail's creator Hiro Mashima may be moving forward onto a completely new series later this year, but fans of his previous work should not worry so much as Mashima has not quite moved on from his series and characters.
Mashima has shared many sketches in the past depicting fans' favorite relationships, and the latest depicts a cute scene between Natsu and Lucy fans are sure to love as well.
The ending of the Fairy Tail series may not have confirmed whether or not Natsu and Lucy became an official item, as much as fans wanted otherwise, but you would never guess this was the case given how often Mashima depicts the two characters together.
In his latest sketch, he shows Natsu and Lucy sharing some time together in an alternate universe where they are both attending school and are enjoying some time away from it. Natsu is buried in his phone, and Lucy characteristically is enjoying a multi-scooped ice cream cone.
Mashima uploaded some other fan service works in the past like an alluring sketch of Lucy for Christmas, also uploaded a curvaceous sketch of Juvia in a revealing Santa suit, a decidedly less naughty sketch of Wendy and Plue, and a short manga depicting a very NSFW encounter between Natsu and Lucy
But Mashima has also uploaded sketches for a different kind of fan as well. Fans of the "NaLu" ship in the series were treated to a sketch catering to their needs recently as it featured a handsomely dressed Natsu and a scantily clad Lucy. There's even one decidedly less spicy work with Natsu and Gray playing around (that goes well with the bedroom sketch of Erza). Mashima has also teased that he was working on his next work for this year, by releasing a piece of new art with most of the series' characters.
Fairy Tail fans are about to have a great year as Mashima confirmed that there is a sequel project, as well as a spin-off to the Fairy Tail series in the works. Fans of his work should also look forward to his new original manga project debuting later this Summer.
For those unfamiliar with Fairy Tail, the series was originally created by Hiro Mashima. It is set in a fantasy world full of magic, and Natsu Dragneel is a fire breathing wizard with the powers of a dragon, and is in search of his missing foster father, the dragon Igneel. As he and his wizarding guild Fairy Tail get into adventures, Natsu always tries to find a way to succeed. The series ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from August 2006 to July 2017 and has spawned 60 million copies. It was later adapted into an anime by A-1 Pictures, Dentsu Inc., and Satelight in 2009 and ended its first run in 2013. A second series ran from 2014 to 2016, and a third series is planned for a Fall release.