One of the biggest things Fairy Tail fans clung to was the appearance of Happy in Mashima's follow up work, Edens Zero. The Happy here looked exactly the same, but has a brand new collar and even brand new abilities.
Whether or not this is in alternate universe Happy is still in the air, but Mashima is lending further credence to that theory with a cute new mash-up sketch that combines the Happys of both words in a hilarious way.
Hiro Mashima's Edens Zero was simultaneously published in five languages (Chinese, English, French, Korean, and Thai), for its first chapter as Edens Zero released in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine's Issue 30. The first chapter of the series was simulpubbed and available for fans in other territories on Crunchyroll Manga, comiXology, and Kindle.
When the announcement from Kodansha broke, Hiro Mashima had a special message for his worldwide fans stating, "I’m bringing you my next series pretty soon! I can assure you it’s going to be full of surprises and excitement. Please look forward to it on June 26!" Fans have reacted positively to the new series publication after reading through its premiere chapter.
For those unfamiliar with Hiro Mashima's previous work 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.
For fans not ready to say goodbye to Fairy Tail yet, Edens Zero is only one of three new projects Mashima has in the works. Along with a Fairy Tail sequel series, there's the confirmed spin-offs, Fairy Tail: City Hero, putting Fairy Tail's characters in another world, and Fairy Tail: Happy's Grand Adventure, which focuses on Happy. It's a very exciting time to be a fan of his works for sure.