It’s official, Fairy Tail fans! There is a bit more of Hiro Mashima’s anime left to come. Today, the creator confirmed on Twitter that the “final season” of Fairy Tail will have its premiere next year.
Otakus should go ahead and mark their calendars for 2018 and leave the year wide-open. After all, there is no telling when the eighth season of Fairy Tail could drop. Mashima tweeted in both Japanese and English to inform fans of the anime’s long-awaited return.
The last time Fairy Tail debuted new episodes was back in 2016 with Fairy Tail Zero. The anime acted as a prequel to Mashima’s original story as it followed the mages who founded the Fairy Tail guild.
The anime announcement comes off the heels of Fairy Tail’s recent manga wind-down. Mashima admitted not too long ago that he completed work on his manga’s final chapter. The special issue is set to debut this month and wrap up Fairy Tail after more than ten years.
You can check out Kodansha Comics’ summary of Fairy Tail below:
“Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero—he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?”
If you are not familiar with Fairy Tail, then it is about time you familiarized yourself with the story. The series follows a guild of young, powerful wizards who call Fairy Tail family. Set in a fictional Earth, a boy named Natsu teams up with an unlikely friend Lucy Heartfilia as the latter dreams of becoming a powerful wizard. To date, there are more than 250 episodes of the acclaimed series, and fans can expect more to come in the new year.
To date, several million copies of Fairy Tail have been sold worldwide. Published by Del Ray in the west, there are over 35 million volumes of the manga in circulation at the moment. Kodansha Comics is now overseeing the release of Fairy Tail projects in the U.S. and other western territories, and the licensing return has helped the publisher amass popularity. Other series like Attack on Titan have also helped bolster Kodansha’s visibility outside of Japan, so fans can expect the company to continue pushing out new content as it becomes available.