Manga author Hiro Mashima
announced on Twitter on Thursday that he will launch a new manga in this year's 30th issue of Weekly Shounen Magazine
on June 27. Mashima mentioned
in January that the series will be "a new form of fantasy" and Plue
, a recurring character in his works, will make an appearance.
Mashima also announced plans for two Fairy Tail
spin-off manga, one of which will serve as a sequel to the main series. Furthermore, he revealed that the final Fairy Tail
anime season will begin airing this fall.
The adventure fantasy manga launched in Weekly Shounen Magazine
in 2006 and ended
last July, compiling a total of 63 volumes. Fairy Tail
won the 33rd Kodansha Manga Award
for shounen manga and also the Japan Expo Award
in 2009. The manga has inspired multiple anime adaptations; including a 175-episode TV series
, a 102-episode sequel
, two OVA series
, two anime films
, several spin-off manga, and a side story novel
Prior to becoming defunct, Del Rey Manga published the first 12 volumes of the manga in English in North America. Kodansha Comics USA resumed its publication with the 13th volume in 2011 and released
the last volume on January 23. Funimation
licensed the anime for North American distribution and has been releasing the series on Blu-ray and DVD since April 2013.