The creator of Fairy Tail filled 2017 with plenty of great pieces of character art for fans who had been missing the series since its official end in July, so he sent off the year with one final piece of great art.
Thanking fans for their support for Fairy Tail after the series ended, he uploaded a new sketch to Twitter saying goodbye to 2017 and features many characters from the series.
今年は11年間連載したFTの完結という節目の年でした。たくさんの人からメッセージをいただき、感謝の気持ちで一杯です。来年は新連載がんばるぞ！ pic.twitter.com/jHllYOnjfI— 真島ヒロ (@hiro_mashima) December 31, 2017
His tweet thanks fans for their support and that he'll work hard on a new series next year. Mashima has spent the year sharing some rather spicy sketches of his characters to Twitter in the past. In fact, to celebrate the holidays, he uploaded an alluring sketch of Lucy for Christmas, also uploaded a curvaceous sketch of Juvia in a revealing Santa suit, and a decidedly less naughty sketch of Wendy and Plue.
Last Halloween he depicted both Erza and Lucy in risque outfits. Lucy donned a tight-fitting cat costume while Erza wore a golden Playboy bunny suit. The Halloween pair of sketches also led to a fan debate as fans felt Erza and Lucy got the brunt of the focus, which made some later sketches of Erza and Lucy with tight fitting clothing a bit harder to appreciate even when the sketches highlighted the kind of features fans of the series tended to enjoy.
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.
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 2018 release.
Fairy Tail's final chapter released in the 34th issue of Kondansha's Weekly Shonen Jumpmagazine, and the 63rd and final volume of the manga released November 11 in Japan. The series ran for 11 years and has sold over 60 million copies worldwide.