It was revealed on the 52nd volume of Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail manga, that an anime adaptation of the one shot manga Fairy Tail Zero will is to be broadcast on TV Tokyo starting 3rd January 2016.
The story of Fairy Tail Zero is set before the founding of Fairy Tail, where a 6 year old Mavis Vermillion, the 1st Master of Fairy Tail met then pirate Precht Gaebolg (later the 2nd master and is also known as the villain Hades).
It explores the past of the founding members of Fairy Tail, as well as Mavis‘ and Zeref’s past – their conflict and the reason why Mavis‘ and Zeref’s appearance withstood the test of time.
Cast members are as follows:
- Mamiko Noto (Alex Benedetto from Gangsta.) as Mavis Vermillion
- Katsuyuki Konishi (Tatsumi Oga from Beelzebub) as Yury Dreyar (father of the 3rd, 6th and 8th Master of Fairy Tail Makarov Dreyar)
- Hiroshi Shirokuma (Han-chan from Rolling Girls) as Warrod Sequen (One of the 10 Wizard Saints)
- Yoshihisa Kawahara (Bifou from Genei Toushi Bastof Lemon) as Precht Gaebolg (Hades, Master of the now disbanded Grimore Heart)
- Akira Ishida (Athrun Zala from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed) as Zeref ( A dark mage, and founder and current Emperor of the Alvarez Empire. (Fairy Tail’s currently most powerful enemy)
The next issue of Weekly Shounen Magazine will reveal the voice actress for Zera, Mavis’ childhood friend, who only appears in Fairy Tail Zero.
Fairy Tail is a fantasy, action manga, by Hiro Mashima, his 2nd manga series, following his debut work, Rave Master. From its serialization in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine since 2006, a total 48 volumes have been published. Over the last few years, the series has steadily grown in popularity, being the fourth highest selling manga in 2011.
An anime adaptation of Fairy Tail began airing in 2009 which ended on March 30 2013, produced by A-1 Pictures and shown on TV Tokyo. A second season of the anime, Fairy Tail (2014) started airing in April last year, led by the same production staff and cast. A total of 6 OVAs and along with a movie, Fairy Tail: Houou no Miko, have been released thus far. The series also has its own monthly magazine, among other spin-offs.
Sources: Haruhi Chan