Fairy Tail Manga Profile and Story Summary

Fairy Tail Volume 1 by Hiro Mashima, published by Del Rey Manga

Hiro Mashima

Originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine in Japan, Fairy Tail has been a best-selling manga title in Japan since its introduction in 2006.

About the Author / Artist

Hiro Mashima was born on May 3, 1977, in Nagano Prefecture in northern Japan. His most popular series Rave Master (a.k.a. Groove Adventure Rave) was a popular and long-running feature in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1999 through 2005. Rave Master was also published in the U.S. by TokyoPop and has been collected into 35 volumes.

In 2008, Mashima also debuted a new manga series in Monthly Shonen Rival magazine. Monster Hunter Orage is a story based on a video game by CAPCOM.

Story Summary

In the land of Fiore, magic is everywhere. Sorcerers are like skilled tradesmen who band together in "guilds" and take on paying assignments for non-magic wielders, like hunting monsters, retrieving lost items or running odd errands.

Lucy is an aspiring wizard who wants to hook up with the coolest guild around, Fairy Tail. One day, she meets a red-headed boy who saves her from a unscrupulous wizard, and before she knows it, she's introduced to the wild and wacky band of wizards of Fairy Tail and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

Main Characters

  • Lucy: Lucy is an aspiring celestial wizard, which means she has a ring of magic keys that she uses to conjure up powerful magical entities. Flirtatious and ambitious, Lucy dreams of joining Fairy Tail, a famous (and super-cool) guild of powerful wizards.
  • Natsu: Red-headed wizard Natsu is a happy-go-lucky guy who loves a good meal and a great adventure. His fire magic is unique, even among wizards. He's not only fireproof, he eats fire, shoots fire and super-powers his punches with fire. His major weakness? He's prone to motion sickness and can barely ride a car, train, or plane without getting stomach-churning nausea.
  • Happy: Wide-eyed Happy is a talking blue kitty who is Natsu's sidekick and companion. Happy's not strong, but he wields a special kind of magic called Aera, which temporarily gives him wings and the ability to fly.
  • Gray Fullbuster: Gray is an ice wizard who has a constant rivalry with Natsu. While they're fellow Fairy Tail guild members, Natsu and Gray are always constantly bickering. Gray's unexplainable eccentricity? He tends to forget that he's half-naked half the time.
  • Erza Scarlet: Armored and dangerous, Erza is fierce woman warrior-wizard who can whoop giant monsters and intimidate her fellow rowdy Fairy Tail wizards into polite submission.

Author and Artist:


  • Del Rey Manga / Kodansha Comics (US)
  • Kodansha (Japan)

Manga Genres:

  • (Boys')
  • Action / Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy

Content Rating:

T – Teens Age 13+ for partial nudity, comical violence