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Manga creator Hiro Mashima announced on Friday that Kodansha will publish four special one-shot chapters of his Fairy Tail series in March and April. This year's 13th issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine is confirming the "Fairy Tail Matsuri" (Fairy Tail Festival) campaign's schedule on Wednesday.
Each full-size chapter will be at least 20 pages in length. The April issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine will feature the character Frosch and the Sabertooth guild on March 8. This year's 4th issue of Magazine Special will include a Juvia and Gray chapter on March 20. This year's 18th issue of Young Magazine will feature Erza on March 31. The May issue of Monthly Shonen Magazine will publish a special chapter with Natsu, Lucy, and a mystery character on April 5. These will be the first works that Mashima has published in Young Magazine and Monthly Shonen Magazine.
The main Fairy Tail manga's Tartarus arc will run in three consecutive issues of Weekly Shōnen Magazine with color opening pages, beginning with the 17th issue on March 26. This year's 18th issue will include two Fairy Tail chapters on April 2.
The seven Kodansha manga magazine issues that feature "Fairy Tail Fest" chapters will each have a special present ticket. Fans who collect at least four of the tickets and send them in can receive a set of two original clear files.
Mashima launched Fairy Tail in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2006. The 41st compiled volume shipped in December, and the 42nd book is slated to ship on March 17. Kodansha Comics is releasing the series in North America, and it will ship the 35th volume on Tuesday.
The series inspired a television anime that concluded with a "To Be Continued" title card. Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced on January 8 that the anime will return in April. Funimation is releasing the first series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America.
Update: Last year, Mashima published 150 pages of Fairy Tail between July 10 and July 20.
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