2018 ‘Fairy Tail’ Season 3 Release Date Confirmed: Season 8 Anime Is ‘Final’ Says Manga Creator Hiro Mashima

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Apr. 11 2018, Updated 6:23 a.m. ET

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.

Most of the Fairy Tail cast and staff from the second season have been confirmed to be returning for the third season. The project is being produced by A-1 Pictures and helmed by director Shinji Ishihira. Series composition is being handled by Masashi Sogo. Sound designer Shoji Hata and composer Yasuharu Takanashi will be the handling the audio experience.

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  • Tetsuya Kakihara as Natsu
  • Aya Hirano as Lucy
  • Rie Kugimiya as Happy
  • Yuichi Nakamura as Gray
  • Sayaka Ohara as Erza

The biggest change to the Fairy Tail staff is the addition of a second studio named Bridge, which helped produce the first two seasons and the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry movie. The animation studio has assisted in a variety of projects, from Sword Art Online to Dragon Ball Super. Character designers Shinji Takeuchi and Toshihiko Sano are also new to the anime series.

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.” But that’s not all. Mashima is also talking about doing a new Fairy Tail manga spin-off series.

“I decided to create a spin-off comic and another spin-off manga for the sequel to Fairy Tail,” he tweeted.

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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, 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 prequel 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 subtitles season will be labeled as Fairy Tail Season 10 or 11.

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