To be honest with you, I've never heard of Fairy Tail until recently. I was just bored and wanted another manga to read after catching up with Claymore, Berserk, and Vinland Saga. I went on www.onemanga.com to see what other popular ones that I'm missing and from the list of top 4, only I haven't read or watched, Fairy Tail.
At first glance, the art work looks exactly like One Piece. In fact, I mistakened it for One Piece originally because the main characters from both mangas look a like. After doing some research online, one of the forums mentioned that the artist for Fairy Tail happens to be the student of the one for One Piece. Not sure how credible that source was though.
The story starts off with a young mage girl, Lucy who's a summoning mage, wandering the city reading a magazine about mages. In the magazine it mentions her favorite guild that she hopes to join one day, Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail is known for causing trouble all the time and are a constant concern of the mage council (Just think powerful mages that uphold the law). She ends up bumping into a boy mage, Natsu on the street. Natsu helped her out inadvertently and she offers to treat him to a meal. He accepts without hesitation and thanks her after the meal. Lucy gets into a bind a little later and gets rescued by Natsu. Natsu also turns out to be from the guild Fairy Tail and offers to invite Lucy in after realizing she wants to join. Lucy of course accepts immediately and the story from there continues.
I must say, that the easiest way to tell if this manga is for you or not is by asking yourself one simple question, "Do you like One Piece?". Besides from the artwork being very similar, the story, plot, charcater, humor and even the fight scenes are very similar to One Piece. Natsu actually would remind you about Luffy from One Piece because of the way he looks, act, and how he treats his nakamas. The most important thing to Natsu, and everyone else from Fairy Tail, is their guild mates. If you haven't read or watched One Piece before, then I would say you'll know if this is for you or not easily by the first few volumes.
I really enjoy One Piece so that's the reason why I would highly recommend this manga to anyone. If you're not a manga fan but enjoy the one piece anime, then you're in luck because the anime just started and I think they're barely at episode 3 or 4 right now (currently 11-02-2009).
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Fairy Tail is a Japanese manga series by Hiro Mashima. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 23, 2006 where it is still on-going. The individual chapters are being collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, with 16 released as of August 2009. An anime produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight was released in Japan on October 12, 2009. The series follows the adventures of the sorceress Lucy Heartfilia after she joins the Fairy Tail Guild and partners with Natsu Dragneel, who is searching for the dragon Igneel.
The series was licensed for an English language release in North America by Del Rey Manga, which began releasing the individual volumes on March 25, 2008.