Fairy Tail (season 8)
|Fairy Tail (season 8)|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original network||TV Tokyo|
|Original release||January 9 –|
March 26, 2016
The eighth season of the Fairy Tail anime series, titled Fairy Tail Zero and based on Fairy Tail Zero, was directed by Shinji Ishihara and produced by A-1 Pictures and Bridge. Adapted from the spin-off manga of the same title by Hiro Mashima, Zero was included as the second and final season of the 2014 anime series. The first ten episodes are a prequel which focuses on the adventures of the guild's first master, Mavis Vermillion. The last two episodes adapt material from the last two chapters of the 49th volume of the manga, and deal with Lucy Heartfilia reuniting with Natsu Dragneel and Happy at the Grand Magic Games.
The 12-episode season ran from January 9, 2016, through March 26, 2016, on TV Tokyo in Japan. Funimation simulcasted the series with a broadcast dub in North America. Funimation released the season on Blu-ray/DVD on March 6, 2018 as "season 8".
Three pieces of theme music were used for this season: one opening and two ending themes. The opening theme is "Ashita o Narase" (明日を鳴らせ, lit. "Ring in Tomorrow"), performed by Kavka Shishido. The ending themes are "Landscape", performed by Solidemo for the first 11 episodes; and "Masayume Chasing", performed by BoA, for the final episode of the season.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|266||"The Fairy in Your Heart"|
Transcription: "Kokoro no Naka no Yōsei" (Japanese: FAIRY TAIL ZERØ 心の中の妖精)
|January 9, 2016|
|As Fairy Tail members Natsu Dragneel and Happy continue their year-long training journey, they travel to Sirius Island to search for the grave of their first master, Mavis Vermillion, and happen upon the ruins of an abandoned village. In X679, a six-year-old Mavis lives in the village as an orphan and servant at the Red Lizard guild. The guild is harsh to Mavis, particularly their master, Zeeself, and his pampered daughter, Zera, although Mavis perseveres. One day, Zeeself and the rest of the villagers are killed in a turf war with the rival guild Blue Skull. Mavis saves Zera from burning wreckage and escapes into the forest with her; touched by her kindness, Zera offers her friendship to Mavis before collapsing. Seven years later, a trio of treasure hunters—Yuri Dreyar, Precht Gaebolg, and Warrod Sequen—search for a coveted jewel called the Sirius Orb on Sirius Island, where Mavis continues to live.|
|267||"The Adventure Begins"|
Transcription: "Bōken no Hajimari" (Japanese: FAIRY TAIL ZERØ 冒険の始まり)
|January 16, 2016|
|The thirteen-year-old Mavis lives alone on Sirius Island with an older Zera, who has become her close friend. Mavis meets Yuri as he searches the island for the Sirius Orb, which is the island's cherished relic. Yuri engages Mavis in a game of wits over the ownership of the treasure, but Mavis uses her tactical knowledge and loopholes in the game's rules to beat him. However, their game proves pointless when Precht and Warrod inform them that the orb is already missing. Mavis deduces that Blue Skull possesses the orb, and convinces the reluctant treasure hunters to take her and Zera with them to retrieve it.|
Transcription: "Torejā Hanto" (Japanese: FAIRY TAIL ZERØ トレジャーハント)
|January 23, 2016|
|Mavis pesters the treasure hunters with her curiosity during an oversea voyage, overhearing that they are in need of funds for their journey. While playing with dolphins in the ocean, Mavis discovers an underwater temple and, hoping to prove her usefulness, goes diving to explore it in search of treasure. She becomes trapped in a chamber with a monstrous fish, but Yuri and Warrod are alerted to her whereabouts and come to her rescue. Mavis finds what she believes to be a secret exit, only to inadvertently trigger a booby trap that demolishes the temple. Nevertheless, the three manage to escape with several pieces of treasure in tow.|
|269||"Dancing with Blades"|
Transcription: "Yaiba to Odoru" (Japanese: FAIRY TAIL ZERØ 刃と踊る)
|January 30, 2016|
|Mavis and the others disembark at the port town of Hargeon. Following a sightseeing tour, Mavis accompanies Precht as he unsuccessfully attempts to gather information on Blue Skull from the townspeople, who avoid him due to his reticent and intimidating nature. After Precht saves a boy at risk of being crushed by a rotting tree, he and Mavis are directed to a bar that they quickly discover to be a branch of Blue Skull. Precht skillfully dispatches the hostile patrons and Mavis conjures an illusory wolf monster to threaten the bartender into revealing Blue Skull's base of operations, Magnolia. The two exit the bar to continue their search, unknowingly passing Zeref along the way.|
Transcription: "Tsukiakari no Mizūmi" (Japanese: FAIRY TAIL ZERØ 月明かりの湖)
|February 6, 2016|
|Mavis and the others set up camp in a forest en route to Magnolia. The group comes across a section of dead trees, which reminds the treasure hunters of an earlier treasure hunt through a poisonous valley. Precht recounts the adventure to Mavis and Zera, demonstrating the trio's strong sense of camaraderie despite their differences. Mavis and the treasure hunters discuss what to do with the Sirius Orb once they find it, with Mavis certain that Yuri will relinquish the treasure; Zera expresses her distrust of the hunters, resolving to learn magic and protect Mavis. Later, the group reaches Magnolia to find the city in a state of disrepair, with a blue, skeletal dragon looming over Kardia Cathedral.|
Transcription: "Burū Sukaru" (Japanese: FAIRY TAIL ZERØ
|February 13, 2016|
|Mavis and the hunters wander the desolate Magnolia in search of information on Blue Skull and the Sirius Orb. They rescue a baker and her daughter named Mako and Miko from harassers from Blue Skull, learning about the oppressive regime the guild has imposed on the once thriving city. After witnessing an innocent bystander getting killed by Blue Skull wizards, the group fights the wizards and resolves to liberate the city. When Blue Skull's reinforcements arrive, Mavis conjures an illusory army of soldiers to intimidate them, but the guild's master, Geoffrey, recognizes her bluff. Outnumbered and overpowered, Yuri and Precht are injured and the group retreats into the forest to safety.|
|272||"Conveyer of Magic"|
Transcription: "Madō o Tsutaeru Mono" (Japanese: FAIRY TAIL ZERØ 魔道を伝える者)
|February 20, 2016|
|While she and the others recuperate from their failed attack on Blue Skull, Mavis encounters Zeref alone in the forest. Oblivious to his identity as the infamous dark wizard, Mavis takes sympathy on him when she fathoms that he is cursed with black magic that kills everything around him against his will. After Mavis presents him a display of illusory animals in a show of friendship, Zeref agrees on a whim to assist her and her friends' fight against Blue Skull by teaching them magic. Over time, Yuri and Precht prove themselves naturally adept at using magic for combat, while Warrod discovers his talents are supportive and non-combative. As soon as the group feel confident in their abilities, Zeref departs and muses over the time he has cherished with Mavis, but concedes that he is also responsible for her eventual death.|
Transcription: "Takaramono" (Japanese: FAIRY TAIL ZERØ 宝物)
|February 27, 2016|
|Mavis and the treasure hunters rally the citizens of Magnolia to stage an uprising against Blue Skull while they enact their plan to save the city. Yuri and Precht defeat the wizards and find the Sirius Orb inside the cathedral, while Warrod lures Geoffrey towards an illusion of a burning Magnolia, where he is encaged by Mavis and Zera. Geoffrey warns that the orb is imbued with evil energy that could destroy the city when touched. Mavis attempts to stop Yuri from stealing the orb, but he dismisses her warning and takes hold of the treasure. He is overtaken by its power and merges with the skeletal dragon over the cathedral, rampaging through the city as a mindless monster.|
Transcription: "Rō" (Japanese: FAIRY TAIL ZERØ ロウ)
|March 5, 2016|
|Mavis prepares to cast Law, a powerful magic spell learned from Zeref, to free Yuri from the blue dragon. Despite Zera's warnings of the spell's adverse effects, Mavis successfully performs the spell and destroys the Sirius Orb controlling Yuri, falling unconscious. Later, Yuri awakens and learns that Mavis' spell has permanently halted her physical maturity. He apologizes to Mavis and promises to protect her as a friend from now on. When she accepts his friendship, Yuri admits to her that neither he nor anyone but her can see or hear Zera, revealing Zera to be an illusion created by Mavis.|
Transcription: "Eien no Bōken" (Japanese: FAIRY TAIL ZERØ 永遠の冒険)
|March 12, 2016|
|Zera confirms that she is an illusion Mavis subconsciously created after the real Zera died during Blue Skull's attack on Sirius Island. She encourages Mavis to move on, fading away permanently when Mavis tearfully accepts the truth about her. Yuri is able to see Zera as she vanishes, and she entrusts him with looking after Mavis. While Mavis contemplates what to do next, the people of Magnolia express their own anxiety for the future, as Blue Skull's regime had provided a certain degree of stability. Mavis decides to help the townspeople by establishing a wizard guild of her own, naming the guild Fairy Tail in Zera's memory. The treasure hunters resign from their old guild, Sylph Labyrinth, and join Fairy Tail with Mavis as guild master. In the epilogue, Makarov is born, Mavis and Yuri are dead, Precht becomes obsessed with dark magic, and Warrod departs from the guild, which dissolves in X791.|
Transcription: "Chōsensha" (Japanese: 挑戦者)
|March 19, 2016|
|In X792, Lucy Heartfilia is an editorial trainee for the Weekly Sorcerer magazine to keep track of her wayward friends in the hope of reuniting with them. While helping cover a match at the Grand Magic Games in Crocus, a cloaked stranger arrives and disrupts the proceedings after the final match. After announcing himself as a challenger, the stranger effortlessly overpowers the competition's winners with fire magic powerful enough to melt Domus Flau. To Lucy's shock, the stranger unveils himself as Natsu, having already finished his training; he and Happy greet her as she expresses her newfound faith in Fairy Tail's return.|
|277||"Message of Flame"|
Transcription: "Honō no Messēji" (Japanese: 炎のメッセージ)
|March 26, 2016|
|King Toma E. Fiore pardons Natsu for destroying Domus Flau on account of his repeated past efforts in saving the kingdom. While relating his training journey to Lucy, including a chance encounter with their wandering guildmate Gildarts Clive, he and Happy are devastated to learn about Fairy Tail's dissolution, and that their sudden departure had greatly hurt Lucy. The two spend the night at her apartment and discover the detailed notes Lucy has made to keep track of their guildmates. Lucy awakens the next morning to see her home surrounded by the local army in search of Natsu. Natsu and Happy make a getaway with Lucy, revealing they have emblazoned Fairy Tail's name on the side of the king's palace, signifying their intent to reunify the guild. After fleeing Crocus, the trio embark on a journey in search of their friends.|
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- "心の中の妖精". Fairy Tail Zero. Episode 266. January 9, 2016. TV Tokyo.
- "炎のメッセージ". Fairy Tail. Episode 277. March 26, 2016. TV Tokyo.