Update – March 6th: Tokyo TV has confirmed that a series of rebroadcasts of the Fairy Tail anime will begin on April 4th at 5pm every thursday.
Also, the creator of Fairy Tail, Hiro Mashima has just tweeted that the anime is not indeed cancelled:
Anime is not the end. Don’t stop believing.
— ???? (@hiro_mashima) March 6, 2013
Rather sad news for Fairy Tail fans as Kodansha’s TV Magazine has revealed that the anime adaptation of Hiro Mashima’s popular mana, Fairy Tail will end its run on the 30th of March. This does come as surprising news since both the anime adaptation and original manga series are both popular and selling modestly, but TV Tokyo has other ideas. The reason for ending the anime’s run is that it is approaching the manga too quickly and that TV ratings are quite low, despite modest sales. A-1 Pictures have been producing the anime based on Mashima’s manga since October 2009.
Hiro Mashima has posted a tweet about the situation at hand:
Until the time comes, I cannot say something I’ve always wanted to say, even on Twitter. Please be patient and wait until the time comes for me to announce some good news.
There has been a similar development last year with the anime Bleach, which ended for similar reasons. The manga itself is still ongoing and many fans wish that the anime would only be on hiatus. This could be a similar situation for Fairy Tail and Mashima’s tweet seems to point in a similar direction.
The Fairy Tail anime will end its run on March 30 on episode 175. Over the last 3 1/2 years, the series has grown in popularity and has had 5 OVAs thus far and a movie, Fairy Tail: Houou no Miko, that released in August last year. The anime is available for streaming via Crunchyroll, Funimation has released the physical copies of the anime as well as streaming the english dub, and Del Ray are currently publishing the manga.
Here is a synopsis of the anime from MAL:
Set in an imaginary world, the Earth Land, there exists a Mage Guild called “Fairy Tail”. Fairy Tail is stationed in the town Magnolia, residing in the Kingdom of Fiore, and is currently governed by Makarov, Guild’s master.
Lucy Heartfilia, a 17-year-old girl, wishes to become a full-fledged mage and join one of the most prestigious Mage Guilds in the world, Fairy Tail. One day, out of pure coincidence, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a boy who is transportation-sick, but very cheerful in nature. However, the thing she does not know is that Natsu is the closest connection to Fairy Tail, as he is a Mage in Fairy Tail.