It’s been a few years since Fairy Tail anime ended and there haven’t been any new episodes other than a movie. However, it was teased by Hiro Mashima, the author of the manga that a final season of the show, covering the final arc, will be released this year. And, in the debut chapter of Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest manga, a sequel to the original story, the author confirmed that Fairy Tail season 3 will premiere in October 2018!
The Fairy Tail manga ended last year with the chapter 545 being the final chapter. However, that wasn’t the end as the author soon announced various spin-offs a few months later. One of those spin-offs, the 100 Years Quest is now being published and picks up right where the original series ended. Other spin-offs are announced as well like the Fairy Tail City Hero that will soon be released.
If you recall, the last season ended with an epic reveal that was also a big cliffhanger for the show’s fans and they have been waiting for a long time to learn what exactly was in store for them and their favorite Fairies. Now, there are people like me who picked up the manga after the show ended to know the full story, but there are also people who didn’t read the manga and have been waiting for the return of the anime. So, the confirmation of the release date for the third season was the best gift this year!
Spoiler Warning: The below section contains details about the upcoming season, so proceed only if you want to read them!
Fairy Tail Season 3 / Season 8 – The Story!
Now, if you are confused with whether to call it Season 3 or Season 8, then let me make it clear for you. If you’ve watched the Japanese version, then the new season will be Season 3 and if you’ve been following the English Dub version, then that would make it Season 8. So for the rest of the article, we’ll refer to it as Fairy Tail 2018 to make this easier!
The previous season ended after a time-skip where Lucy was working with Sorcerer Weekly and was covering the Grand Magic Games. There, Natsu made an appearance and showcased his fiery powers as he began melting everything in the radius, giving us a glimpse of how strong he’s become. They both met and went on the journey to find the other guild members and band together once again.
The final season of the show will probably be the most exciting as it will pit the Fairies against the Dark Mage Zeref and his most powerful wizards, and also the impending battle to defeat Acnologia once and for all.
The show will begin with the Avatar arc where Natsu and Lucy will regroup with Gray, Erza and other members of the guild and as it’s a relatively smaller arc, it will end soon. Then the final arc will begin, the Alvarez Empire arc! In a nutshell, Zeref is the one who founded the Alvarez Empire and now rules the place with 12 of his most powerful mages, the Spriggan 12, who act as personal guards for the Dark Mage.
Fairy Tail Season 3 – Returning Cast & Staff
The news of the return of the final season of the show was confirmed on the official website, and also revealed the main cast and staff! There are a lot of returning cast members for our main characters as mentioned below:
- Tetsuya Kakihara as Natsu
- Aya Hirano as Lucy
- Rie Kugimiya as Happy
- Yūichi Nakamura as Gray
- Sayaka Ohara as Erza
To mention the staff member details, Shinji Ishihara will be directing the season for A-1 Pictures and Bridge, the series composition will be done by Masashi Sogo, and Shinji Takeuchi and Toshihiko Sano will be responsible for designing the characters. Shoji Hata will act as the sound designer while Yasuharu Takanashi will compose the music.
Fairy Tail 2018 – First Look at New Season!
The official first look of the anime show has been revealed and you can see Natsu, Lucy, Grey Erza and Wendy and it also gives a glimpse of the members of the Spriggan 12 without revealing much info. Have a look at the trailer below!
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Fairy Tail Season 3 – Chapters Covered
As you may already know that the manga has already come to an end which means that there is all the material available to air the full story without taking any break. So, you can expect the Fairy Tail 2018 to cover the last part of the manga, which ended at chapter 545. This leaves us with around 125 chapters worth of story to be told which may take around 60-70 episodes based on how the showrunners develop the show, and if they add any fillers or not!
Fairy Tail 2018 Release Date:
The show’s official release date has been revealed and it will premiere on October 7th, 2018 and will air every Sunday! We are just one month away from witnessing the final season of the show, so be as excited as you can be.
Meanwhile, you can have a look at Hiro Mashima’s new manga, Eden’s Zero!
So, are you looking forward to the final season of Fairy Tail show? Do let us know your views in the comments section below!