Matt Kamen is your guide to the world of Fairy Tail!
Welcome to Earthland, where magic runs rampant and professional wizards sell their talents to the highest bidder! Populated by all kinds of mystical creatures, it’s a place of wonder but also one filled with peril.
is the name of the most famous wizard’s guild in all the land. Located in the town of Fiore, the guild members are the rock stars of the magical world. Like all guilds, Fairy Tail members take on paying jobs from the public, though collectively they have a reputation for being a touch over-zealous in completing their objectives. Nevertheless, they get explosive results and none more so than the guild’s powerful Dragon Slayer....
, also known by the nickname ‘Salamander’. While he’s a powerful fire mage, “Dragon Slayer” is an odd title for Natsu as he was raised by the dragon Igneel, who vanished seven years ago. His foster parent taught him more than a few tricks, including channelling his body heat into intense flames, sprouting tough skin and claws for use in combat and exhaling powerful plumes of white-hot fire. He even has the ability to feast on any other form of burning material – from a matchstick to raw lava, it’s all a snack to Natsu! If he has a real weakness, it’s that he’s a terrible traveller, with even a gentle train ride causing him to become nauseously ill. It’s even worse when he’s flown around by...
, his talking, transforming blue pet cat. He’s no ordinary familiar though, as Natsu found him as an egg (!) six years ago and raised him from the day he hatched! A friendly and fiercely loyal character, Happy’s magic allows him to grow angel wings and fly at tremendous speed, and he also has an innate knowledge of the arcane world. Though he’s almost always cheery and positive, ending his sentences with a catchphrase “Aye!”, he’s not above teasing....
, a 17-year old would-be member of the Fairy Tail guild. Having left her aristocratic family behind, she sets out to put her summoning skills to the test by joining the famous group. Crossing paths with Natsu and Happy, she proves herself by helping them deal with a fraud pretending to be Natsu to kidnap fangirls, earning her place in the guild. Using silver and gold keys to call upon ‘Celestial Spirits’ to fight alongside her, Lucy can more than hold her own in battle. Even so, she’s still a bit perturbed by some of her new teammates, such as....
, a laid back ice mage, with the unfortunate habit of subconsciously stripping! The orphan of a demon’s attack on a northern village, Gray was taken in by Ur, who taught him the ‘Ice Make’ brand of magic. As a member of Fairy Tail, he’s a regular on missions with Natsu, Lucy and Happy, his frosty powers contributing to a devastating elemental team combo.
Team Natsu is rounded out with....
, who uses a material form of magic known as ‘Requiping’. Able to equip and switch between phantom armour and weaponry with but a thought, Erza is a phenomenally powerful melee fighter. Having been able to employ telekinesis since childhood, she’s grown into one of the top-ranked wizards in the world. Her prowess makes her come across as strict, haughty and impatient but she has a much warmer side too, and is devoted to her guildmates.
Team Natsu will cross paths with many other friends and foes over the course of the series – keep an eye out for more of Japan’s top fantasy saga very soon!
Fairy Tail is out on 5th March on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment.