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Hiro Mashima Looks Back at 2013 and Welcomes the New Year of 2014


   by Lindo Korchi

The year of 2013 has been a roller coaster ride for both Fairy Tail fans and the mangaka himself, Hiro Mashima.

During the beginning of 2013, Fairy Tail was in the middle of season four, known as the Grand Magic Games arc, a grand tournament of Fairy Tail‘s most recognized characters, along with new foes, battling it out. It’s like the characters of Naruto entering the Martial Arts Tournament of Dragon Ball — thrilling. Unfortunately, Fairy Tail was then cancelled (March) in the middle of the GMG arc, upsetting many fans.

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Hiro Mashima comforted his fans by promising the anime to return. While the series was on hiatus, Mashima focused on the manga and passed the 40 volume milestone, and now has his 41th volume as of December, which is set to release on August 12th. Recently, Mashima was able to end the 2013 year by delivering goods news when he announced that the Fairy Tail anime would return in April 2014.

Mashima tweeted a sketch to thank his fans for their support over the past year. In addition, he welcomed the new year with a special sketch of Happy from the series.

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Lindo Korchi

After realizing that writing was his 'native language,' Lindo set out on creating a novel. Eventually, he realized that it would be 'impossible' to make a career out of it - discarding his dream. It wasn't until he began writing for Anime Expo's news site, Inside AX, that he would discover the multitude of routes that journalism holds. Since that time, he's reclaimed his dream and has continued to hone his skills in the art of writing. While covering conventions, he found an additional art-form that he would fall in love with -- photography. Now the journey truly begins for our young warrior.

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