Update: We have rectified a major mistake. The date we have reported was June, but it is infact releasing on July 17. We apologise for any major issues caused.
The official Fairy Tail anime website have revealed lots of new information for the upcoming Monthly Fairy Tail Magazine. The most important information, is that the magazine solely focused on Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail series will release its first volume on July 17th.
月刊 FAIRY TAIL マガジン（ Vol.1 ）の発売日が決定！！ 表紙に使用される新イラストを先行公開します。 もちろん最初はナツ＆ハッピー！！詳細は公式HPにて♪ http://t.co/dafJpOs13Z
— TVアニメ FAIRY TAIL 公式 (@fairytail_PR) April 25, 2014
Volume 1 of Mashima’s Monthly Fairy Tail Magazine will release with a special DVD that includes 4 episodes from the recent Fairy Tail anime. The magazine will be published monthly by Kodansha and each will contain 30 pages. The first volume will have 80 pages, including full colour pages. The magazine will also debut a new manga series from Mashima, first new series in 5 years; Fairy Tail Zero. It will be a prequel to Fairy Tail and follow the founder of the titular guild: Mavis Vermilion. It will also include a spin-off series following Fairy Tail member Gray Fullbuster.
The magazine will cost ¥2759 (~$27 USD) without tax. Additionally, the likely illustration of the magazine’s cover has been revealed.
The Fairy Tail manga was created by Hiro Mashima in 2006, being his second major publication after RAVE. An anime adaptation was then started airing in 2009 and ended on March 30 2013 by studio A-1 Pictures. Over the last few years, the series has grown in popularity, being the fourth highest selling manga in 2011. 7 OVAs have been released thus far and a feature film, Fairy Tail: Houou no Miko, that released in August last year. The manga itself is currently passed its 42nd volume, which released earlier this month. A continuation of the anime, Fairy Tail (2014) launched earlier this month with largely the same production and cast.
If you are interested in the series, here is a synopsis 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.
The Monthly Fairy Tail Magazine will launch its first issue on July 17th, and each month following. More information about the contents of the magazine will be revealed in the 24th issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine, which will go on sale on May 14th.
Source Article – Fairy Tail Website
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