The Fairy Tail 2018 release date for the anime has officially been confirmed by Fairy Tail manga creator Hiro Mashima! With the recent release of the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry movie it’s not too much of a surprise to hear that Fairy Tail Season 3 is coming. Anime fans have been wanting to see more of Natsu Dragneel, Lucy Heartfilia, Happy the Cat, Gray, Erza, and other Fairy Tail characters for a while now and now the end is in sight. What’s more, Mashima has confirmed that the Fairy Tail anime will finish the entire manga story since it’s going to be the “final season.”
Fairy Tail Season 8 Versus Fairy Tail Season 3: Naming Convention Difference Explained
In recent years, the naming conventions for Japanese anime seasons have become a bit confusing since the international release sometimes differs greatly in how they are labeled. Earlier in 2017, Netflix confused everyone by labeling The Seven Deadly Sins OVA episodes as the second season, but Netflix eventually fixed that mistake (the second season really was confirmed recently, though). There are other cases where a back-to-back Japanese anime is labeled as having two seasons when internationally released.
When it comes to the Fairy Tail anime, A-1 Pictures, Dentsu, and Satelight broadcast the first season in Japan from 2009 to 2013. The second series started up again about a year later and ended on March 26, 2016. However, the English-language version of Fairy Tail aired for seven seasons from 2010 to 2015.
Therefore, the Japanese Fairy Tail Season 3 is the English Fairy Tail Season 8. Even then, the season number issue is not settled since some fans consider the spin-off anime Fairy Tail: Zero to be the eighth season. If an English fan goes by that counting method, then the final anime season in the main story would be considered Fairy Tail Season 9.
Mashima says Fairy Tail Season 3 is the final season, but there’s also the possibility that the English sub version may continue to count upward. After all, there are over 100 manga chapters left to adapt, so the third season will probably end with Fairy Tail 2019. That could mean the final English sub season will be labeled as Fairy Tail Season 10 or 11.
Fairy Tail Season 3 Release Date
As of this time, the anime production committee has not announced anything official about the Fairy Tail Season 3 release date, although this article will be updated as soon as the exact air date is confirmed. However, there can be reasonable speculation about when the Fairy Tail Season 3 premiere date may occur.
The only information released so far is a brief statement from manga creator Hiro Mashima on his official Twitter account.
“The Final Season of FAIRY TAIL TV anime will go on air in 2018!” tweeted Mashima.
In the past, the first two Fairy Tail seasons opened in October and April. Assuming Mashima just received official word that production on the third season begins soon, that means it’s possible the Fairy Tail Season 3 release date will be in the 2018 winter or spring anime seasons in Japan. Hopefully, the English sub version will be simulcast on video streaming platforms like Crunchyroll and Hulu. It’s uncertain whether the Funimation English dub will follow shortly since the first two seasons were never finished.
How many episodes should we expect from the third season of Fairy Tail? Episode 277, “Message of Fire,” was the last anime episode to be released, and it covered the opening events of the Avatar story arc. The manga ending comes next week with Fairy Tail Chapter 545. That means the third season will cover 125 chapters of the manga. In general, the anime adaptation has a chapter-to-episode ratio of around two-to-one, so it’s likely Fairy Tail Season 3 will have around 50 to 60 episodes.
[Featured Image by Hiro Mashima]