In a world teeming with magic, becoming a full-fledged wizardnote requires you to join a guild. When Lucy Heartfilia, a 17-year-old aspiring wizard and novelist, meets a boy named Natsu Dragneel, who also happens to be the well-known wizard Salamander, he invites her to join one of the most colorful and notorious guilds in the kingdom: Fairy Tail. Their adventures continue as they perform missions for the guild, struggle with problems from the past, fight world-threatening villains, and learn The Power of Friendship.
Written by Hiro Mashima of Rave Master fame and first published by Kodansha in 2006, Fairy Tail consists of 63 manga volumes, proving itself among the more successful long-running shonen series. The manga was adapted into an anime produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight and directed by Shinji Ishihira in 2009, with two English dubs produced by Funimation and Animax. The show was put on hiatus in March 2013, totaling 175 episodes (not including OVA episodes), but was eventually relaunched April 2014 with Bridge replacing Satelight. The continuation itself would end upon reaching its 102nd episodenote , until it was picked back up for a final, 51-episode season in October 2018note .
Licensed episodes are available to watch on Hulu and on Youtube. Natsu, Lucy, and friends appear in the Massive Multiplayer Crossover game, Sunday VS Magazine: Shuuketsu! Choujou Daikessen. The series also has a podcast here and a wiki here.
The manga ended in July 2017 with a total of 545 chapters, collected in 63 volumes. Despite the series reaching its conclusion, an official sequel manga titled Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest launched nearly a year later, with storyboards by Mashima and the finalized art done by Atsuo Ueda. As for Mashima himself, he moved on to create EDENS ZERO, a Spiritual Successor that continues the same themes and contains a few Expies of familiar Fairy Tail characters, just as Fairy Tail has done with Rave Master before it. October 2019 also saw Mashima bring the main Fairy Tail cast back in HERO'S, a 10-chapter Crossover manga with Rave Master and Edens Zero.
Not to be confused with the Fairy Tale genre (the author has stated since the beginning that the spelling of the name is intentional). See the Franchise Page for more information about the associated media.