Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine announced that the Fairy Tail sequel manga will begin serialization on July 25! Hiro Mashima; however, will not be the one drawing the manga. That honor will go to Atsuo Ueda. Hiro Mashima is providing the original storyboards in which Ueda will do the artwork. With Mashima already having his hands full with Eden’s Zero, it makes sense that someone else would be handling the artwork for the series.
In addition to beginning in Weekly Shonen Magazine, the manga will also launch on the Magazine Pocket app from Kodansha the very same day. At this time, there isn’t any information on what the story of the sequel manga will entail nor what characters will be returning. Two spinoff mangas are also in the works for the series as Fairy Tail: City Heroes and Fairy Tail: Happy’s Grand Adventure have been previously announced with the latter of the two debuting “soon.” In addition, the final season of the television anime which will adapt the remainder of the original manga is slated to begin airing in Japan this October.
MyAnimeList.net describes the story of Fairy Tail as follows:
In the mystical land of Fiore, magic exists as an essential part of everyday life. Countless magic guilds lie at the core of all magical activity, and serve as venues for like-minded mages to band together and take on job requests. Among them, Fairy Tail stands out from the rest as a place of strength, spirit, and family.
Lucy Heartfilia is a young mage searching for celestial gate keys, and her dream is to become a full-fledged wizard by joining this famous guild. In her search, she runs into Natsu Dragneel and his partner Happy, who are on a quest to find Natsu’s foster father, the dragon Igneel.
Upon being tricked by a man, Lucy falls under an abduction attempt, only to be saved by Natsu. To her shock, he reveals that he is a member of Fairy Tail and invites her to join them. There, Lucy meets the guild’s strange members, such as the ice wizard Gray Fullbuster and magic swordswoman Erza Scarlet. Together as a family, they battle the forces of evil, help those in need, and gain new friends, all the while enjoying the never-ending adventure that is Fairy Tail.
A key visual for the sequel manga has been released which you can view below.