Who else was really disappointed when back in March, the Fairy Tail anime ended while the story was still right in the middle of the Grand Magic Games story arc? Sure, the anime ended it with the conclusion of Natsu and Gajeel vs Sting and Rogue, but considering the point the manga was at, they could have at least went to the end of the Games. Fortunately though, the much teased return of the anime adaptation of Hiro Mashima’s manga has finally been revealed – Fairy Tail will be returning in April!
Bridge will be replacing animation studio Satelight in assisting A-1 Pictures with the series and character designer Shinji Takeuchi (Gintama) will be taking over from Aoi Yamamoto, however, series director Shinji Ishihara and the cast of the main five characters are all returning. The chances are apparently being made with the intention of improving the quality of the series.
Personally, I wonder if a relaunch of the series in April might be too premature, as by the time the anime restarts there would only be a rough 80 chapter difference between the end of the previous anime and the manga, which would translate into roughly 26 episodes. The anime will most likely feature extended scenes and the occasional filler episode to prolong things, but if the intention is to have another ongoing series as opposed to one with a set episode count, we could be running into fillers again fairly soon. Personally, I’d prefer if the plan was for a 2-cour series, then another year break, then another 2-cour series (etc).
What do you think about Fairy Tail returning?
The previous Fairy Tail anime is currently being released in North America by FUNimation Entertainment and in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment UK.
It was Conly a few days ago when I wrote a piece informing all of you about the anime releases Manga Entertainment UK have lined up for January and the beginning of February next year. However, they obviously want to keep me as busy as I can, because their own Jeremy Graves took to the company Twitter to reveal their line-up for the rest of February up until the end of March!
17th February 2014: One Piece Collection 5 (DVD)
24th February 2014: Fairy Tail Collection 6 (DVD, Blu-ray), Magi – Labyrinth of Magic Season 1 Part 1 (DVD, Blu-ray), Naruto Shippuden Boxset 16 (DVD), Sword Art Online Volume 3 (DVD, DVD & Blu-Ray Combi-Pack)
3rd March 2014: Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower (DVD, DVD + & Blu-Ray Combi-Pack)
10th March 2014: Eureka Seven Ao Part 2 (DVD), Fairy Tail Collection One (Episodes 1-24, Blu-Ray)
17th March 2014: Dragonball GT Season 2 (DVD)
24th March 2014: Blood-C: The Last Dark (DVD, DVD & Blu-ray Collector’s Editon Combi-Pack)
31st March 2014: Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo (DVD, Blu-ray and DVD+Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition Combi-Pack), Sword Art Online Part 4 (DVD, DVD & Blu-Ray Combi-Pack)
Will you be picking up any of these titles? If so, let us know!
On 2nd December, Manga Entertainment UK are set to release Fairy Tail Part 5 in the United Kingdom on DVD and Blu-Ray – marking the first time that the shonen series has been available in high definition in the UK. In the past, MangaUK have been rather open in discussing the possibility of rereleasing the older, DVD-only volumes in the new format and today, they have finally announced that Fairy Tail Collection 1 (Episodes 1-24) will be released on Blu-Ray on 10th March, 2014.
Fairy Tail’s blu-ray release is an upscale courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment in the US (who also dub the series) and unlike some other upscales (I’m looking at you Shakugan no Shana!), Fairy Tail’s HD treatment is actually really nice looking.
Just to confirm, #FairyTail Collection 1 (eps 1-24) is set for release on Blu-ray 10th March 2014.
(Details incl. pre-order info soon.) ^JG