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Hiro Mashima at the San Diego Comic-Con, July 2008
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Hiro Mashima (真島 ヒロ Mashima Hiro , born May 3, 1977) is a Japanese manga artist. His first success was the fantasy manga Rave, published by Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine, from 1999 to 2005. The series was later adapted into an anime. However, the anime adaption was cancelled before it could complete the series.
In 2003, he collected some of his one-shot titles in two volumes: Mashima-en Vol.1 & 2. Those stories include, among others, Cocona, "Xmas Hearts" and "Fairy Tail", a sort of prototype for his latest work.
In 2006, he began his best known and current ongoing series, another fantasy manga called Fairy Tail, serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine which has been adapted into an anime and has aired on TV Tokyo from October 2009 till March 2013. He also published the one-shot manga Monster Soul during the same year.
Mashima has one daughter.
- Rave (1998–2005, published as Rave Master in North America)
- Plue's Dog Diaries (2002–2007)
- Mashima-en Vol.1 & 2 (2003)
- Monster Soul (2005–2007)
- Fairy Tail (2006–ongoing)
- Monster Hunter Orage (2008–2009)
- Nishikaze to Taiyou (2010)
- Rave Master - as original creator and appears in episode 51 as himself
- Fairy Tail - original creator
Style and influence
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Mashima has named his main characters after the seasons: In Rave, the main character is named Haru which is Japanese for spring. In Fairy Tail, the main character is Natsu (夏?) which is the Japanese word for summer. In Monster Soul, his main character is Aki (Autumn), and in Monster Hunter Orage, he names a character Shiki, which is the Japanese word for seasons. He has also named a character Fuyu, which is Japanese for winter. Mashima said in an About.com interview that he did this because Japanese readers may not be familiar with western fantasy names.
Shin Mikuni has also assisted for Mashima; Mikuni developed a manga series called Spray King. Although Mashima was inspired by Akira Toriyama, he has not served as an assistant to any artist, and had started drawing as a fan.
- Hodgkins, Crystalyn (8 November 2011). "Interview: Hiro Mashima". Anime News Network. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- Aoki, Deb. "Interview: Hiro Mashima". About.com. The New York Times Company. p. 2. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- Fairy Tail Volume 2, Afterword
- "Hiro Mashima and the Great Eiichiro Oda Mystery". Del Rey Manga Blog. Active Anime. 2 April 2008. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
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- Hiro Mashima at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Artist Profile at Shonen Magazine
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