List of Fairy Tail chapters (volumes 31–45)
Fairy Tail is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima that has been translated into various languages and spawned a substantial media franchise. The series follows the adventures of the dragon-slayer Natsu Dragneel, as he is searching for the dragon Igneel and partners with seventeen-year-old celestial wizard Lucy Heartfilia, who joins the titular guild. In Japan, the series has been published by Kodansha in Weekly Shōnen Magazine since the magazine's issue of August 23, 2006 and in tankōbon format since December 15, 2006. The series spans over 424 chapters and 48 volumes.
In North America, Kodansha Comics USA and Random House currently serializes Fairy Tail in Crunchyroll Manga simultaneously with Japan. The English-language adaptation was originally published by the now-defunct Del Rey Manga beginning in March 2008. Since then, Kodansha Comics USA and Random House replaced Del Ray with the 13th volume in May 2011, reprinting the earlier 12 volumes under their name, and also publishes them digitally on the IOS, iTunes, Kindle and Nook platforms. In Australia and New Zealand, the English volumes are distributed by Random House Australia. Forty-six English volumes have been released.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||North American release date||North American ISBN|
|31||February 17, 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384628-7||October 29, 2013||ISBN 978-1-61262-408-2|
|The returning Fairy Tail members decide to participate in the Grand Magic Games, a tournament held in Fiore's capital Crocus that decides the rank of Fiore's most powerful guild. The reigning champion, Saber Tooth, includes dragon slayers Sting Eucliffe and Rogue Cheney. The returning members plan to spend training for the tournament in three months' time, but Natsu Dragneel and his friends spend most of their time celebrating their reunion with Lucy Heartfilia's celestial spirits for a day in the celestial world, which lasts three months in the outside world. Soon after, they reunite with the fugitives Jellal Fernandez, Ultear Milkovich, and Merudy, who have founded their own guild called Crime Sorcière. The three double Natsu and his friends' magic power in exchange for their help in determining the source of a magic anomaly they have sensed around the tournament arena. Natsu, Lucy, Gray Fullbuster, Erza Scarlet, and Wendy Marvell form their guild's team for the tournament. Wendy mysteriously disappears before the preliminary event designed to narrow the tournament down to eight teams. With Elfman Strauss replacing Wendy, the five barely pass the preliminary in last place.|
|32||April 17, 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384654-6||November 19, 2013||ISBN 978-1-61262-409-9|
|Among the guilds participating in the tournament besides Fairy Tail is Raven Tail, a guild formed by Makarov Dreyar's resentful son Ivan. The other teams are Saber Tooth, Lamia Scale, Blue Pegasus, Mermaid Heel, Quattro Cerberus, and a second team from Fairy Tail composed of Gajeel Redfox, Laxus Dreyar, Juvia Lockser, Mirajane Strauss, and Jellal disguised as Mystogan. Gray participates in the tournament's first contest, but suffers a humiliating defeat at the hands of Raven Tail's Nullpudding and Saber Tooth's Rufus Lore. Lucy is then pit in battle against Flare Corona from Raven Tail, only to lose after being drained of her magical power by Flare's teammate Obra. Jellal is similarly pit against Jura Neekis, but Ultear forces him to lose the match using Merudy's sensory magic to keep him from exposing his true identity to the arena audience. Meanwhile, Carla experiences an ominous vision involving the complete destruction of the king of Fiore's palace around a tearfully singing Lucy.|
|33||June 15, 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384686-7||December 3, 2013||ISBN 978-1-61262-410-5|
|The second day of the tournament begins with a footrace atop a train of moving chariots, causing Natsu, Gajeel, and Sting to suffer from motion sickness. Sting throws the race while Natsu and Gajeel finish behind the other racers. Elfman and Mirajane then defeat their respective opponents—Bacchus Glowe from Quattro Cerberus and Jenny Realite from Blue Pegasus—in the battle portion of the tournament. Meanwhile, Natsu stops a group of mercenaries who kidnap Wendy, mistaking her for Lucy. The kidnapping, thought to have been caused by Raven Tail, is actually the doing of the kingdom's royal army captain Arcadios, who intends to use the twelve Zodiac keys—ten of which are in Lucy's possession—as part of the Eclipse Plan, a plot that involves Zeref. Lucy is approached by Yukino Agria, a celestial wizard from Saber Tooth who owns the remaining two keys, and turns down Yukino's offer to relinquish the keys. Learning of Yukino's expulsion from Saber Tooth for losing her match against Kagura Mikazuchi from Mermaid Heel, Natsu confronts Saber Tooth's master Ziemma in anger.|
|34||August 17, 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384719-2||January 7, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-411-2|
|Ziemma's daughter Minerva Orland offers Natsu to settle the dispute in the tournament, which he accepts. On the third day of the tournament, Erza single-handedly defeats 100 monsters, while Cana Alberona, serving as Jellal's substitute, earns first place in a display of the participants' magical abilities. In the battle portion, Laxus fights against Raven Tail's Alexei, who is actually his father Ivan in disguise, breaching the rule forbidding guild masters from participating in the tournament. Rejecting Ivan's offer to aid Raven Tail, Laxus defeats his father. Raven Tail is disqualified from the tournament, but not before Ivan demands to know where Makarov has hidden Lumen Histoire, Fairy Tail's "light" shown only to the guild's masters. During Wendy's duel against Sherria Blendy of Lamia Scale, Jellal senses a presence similar to Zeref in the arena and suspects Sherria to be the source. His suspicions are disproven as Wendy and Sherria's match ends in a draw, and he goes to search for the real source, but is confronted by Lahar and Doranbalt. Yajima intervenes and secures Jellal's release, but his face is exposed to Kagura and Millianna, who plot to take revenge on him. Minerva brutalizes Lucy on the fourth day's contest, to Saber Tooth's amusement and Fairy Tail's anger.|
|35||November 16, 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384765-9||February 25, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-412-9|
|With Raven Tail's removal from the games and Lucy unaccounted for, the two Fairy Tail teams combine into a single team consisting of Natsu, Gajeel, Gray, Erza and Laxus. Natsu and Gajeel are pit in a two-on-two battle against Sting and Rogue, whom they overpower thanks to their doubled magic power and three-month training session, respectively. Determined to fulfill his promise to his Exceed friend Lector to defeat Natsu, Sting activates Dragon Force and fights both him and Gajeel alone. He destroys the arena in the process, but Natsu and Gajeel are largely unaffected by his attacks. After sending Gajeel away on a mine cart on the exposed arena basement, Natsu single-handedly defeats Sting and Rogue, earning Fairy Tail first place in the tournament. Meanwhile, Gajeel discovers a dragon graveyard beneath the arena, while Jellal discovers the source of the magic power: a hooded young girl.|
|36||February 15, 2013||ISBN 978-4-06-384810-6||March 25, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-432-7|
|Gajeel brings Natsu and his friends to the dragon graveyard, where Acnologia, the Dragon King, killed several dragons 400 years earlier during a war between dragons over the fate of humanity before becoming a dragon himself. Using one of her spells, Wendy and the others learn about Acnologia from the spirit of the dragon Zirconis. Arcadios and Yukino appear and bring the group to Mercurius, where they reveal that the purpose of the Eclipse Plan is to travel back in time to kill Zeref in his mortal form. However, Fiore's defense minister Darton opposes this plan and captures Arcadios, Yukino, and Lucy. The final day of the Grand Magic Games opens with a battle royale between the guilds. Juvia takes Natsu's place on their team while he, Wendy, Mirajane, Happy, Carla and Panther Lily sneak into Mercurius and rescue Lucy and Yukino. When Hisui E. Fiore, the princess of the kingdom, discovers the wizards' presence, she boxes them with Arcadios in the Palace of Hades and sentences the wizards to death by the Hungry Wolf Knights execution unit.|
|37||April 17, 2013||ISBN 978-4-06-384845-8||April 15, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-433-4|
|After defeating Hungry Wolf Knights, the trapped Fairy Tail wizards encounter the hooded girl, who reveals herself as Lucy who has traveled from the future using Eclipse. Darton confronts Hisui, deducing that she is behind the Eclipse Plan and sent Fairy Tail to the Palace of Hades to rescue Arcadios. Hisui reveals a new plan to save the country, having been forewarned by a time traveler from the future that 10,000 dragons are to ravage the kingdom on July 7. Meanwhile, Erza engages in a three-way battle with Minerva and Kagura. Kagura plans to take revenge on Jellal for her brother Simon's death, but Erza takes credit for his death and saves Kagura from being crushed by rubble. Kagura remembers being similarly rescued by Erza in her past and attempts to surrender, but is mercilessly attacked by Minerva, to Erza's fury. Meanwhile, Gajeel confronts Rogue, whose shadow comes to life and orders Rogue to kill Gajeel.|
|38||June 17, 2013||ISBN 978-4-06-384876-2||May 13, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-434-1|
|Gajeel is able to eat Rogue's shadow and defeat him while Erza, using her Second Origin, is able to defeat Minerva. Jura Neekis easily defeats Olga Nanagia before being defeated in turn by Laxus. Sting remains Fairy Tail's last opponent, but he is unable to fight them and forfeits victory to Fairy Tail. Meanwhile, Lucy and the others fight against the army and the Hungry Wolf Knights. However, their battle is soon interrupted by a future incarnation of Rogue, who uses his shadows to defeat the army. Revealed as Hisui's advisor, Rogue says that Eclipse can be used as a weapon, the Eclipse Cannon, capable of defeating the 10,000 approaching dragons. Rouge predicts that Lucy will interfere with the gate's opening and Lucy's future self is dealt a fatal blow protecting her present self. Vowing to protect the future and avenge Lucy's future self, Natsu battles Rogue's future self. Determined to save the kingdom, Hisui orders Eclipse to be opened. The participating guilds from the Grand Magic Games are informed by Fiore's king Toma E. Fiore about the invasion of the 10,000 dragons before Eclipse opens.|
|39||August 16, 2013||ISBN 978-4-06-394908-7||June 4, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-435-8|
|Lucy discovers that the Eclipse Cannon does not exist, and that Rogue's future self has sabotaged Eclipse to remain open for dragons from 400 years in the past to come through. Lucy and Yukino summon the twelve spirits of the Zodiac, who successfully close Eclipse. However, seven dragons are able to come through. Rogue's future self plots to control the dragons and defeat Acnologia, thereby becoming the new king of dragons. Natsu rallies the dragon slayers present, including Cobra (released by the Council at Jellal's request), to battle the dragons while he resumes his duel with Rogue. Meanwhile, Ultear considers killing Rogue to prevent him from being corrupted in the future. Soon thinking herself unworthy to live for having such thoughts, Ultear repentantly casts the Last Ages spell at the cost of her life with the intent of reversing time to before Eclipse is opened. Despite reversing time by one minute, her spell causes the battling wizards to foresee their opponents' next moves and save the lives of those killed within that span of time, including Gray.|
|40||October 17, 2013||ISBN 978-4-06-394941-4||July 15, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-417-4|
|Allying with the dragon Atlas Flame, Natsu defeats Future Rogue and destroys Eclipse, sending Rogue, the dragons, and Future Lucy's body to their respective time periods. The guilds celebrate in a lavish ballroom party, where Saber Tooth and Fairy Tail make amends. Meanwhile, Doranbalt has his fellow councilors' memories of the incident erased. Jellal and Merudy receive a letter from an old woman telling them of Ultear's sacrifice, unaware the woman is Ultear herself, aged by her Last Ages spell. Some time later, the Fairy Tail wizards return to Magnolia to find their old guildhall restored by the townspeople. Mavis retreats to find Zeref, who plans to kill humankind to prevent any more conflicts. The next day, Natsu and Gray receive a request from Warrod Sequen, one of the Ten Wizard Saints and Fairy Tail's founders, to save a village of giants called the Village of the Sun that has been completely frozen. The two and their guildmates arrive and are confronted by a trio of treasure hunters from the Sylph Labyrinth guild, who plan to steal the village's frozen deity, the Eternal Flame, using a vial of liquid Moon Drip. Reasoning they can use the Moon Drip to unfreeze the village, the wizards give chase. While searching for the flame by herself, Erza finds herself in the form of a child.|
|41||December 17, 2013||ISBN 978-4-06-394982-7||August 12, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-437-2|
|The liquid Moon Drip is inadvertently spilled during Fairy Tail and Sylph Labyrinth's fight, thawing out a small patch of grass. Hearing a familiar voice through the patch, Natsu follows its source. Lucy and Wendy defeat Sylph Labyrinth alongside Flare, who reveals herself as a villager and guides them to the flame. Meanwhile, Natsu is turned into a child by Doriath, a member of the dark guild Succubus Eye and a demon from the Book of Zeref, just as Minerva battles Erza once again. Gray also falls under his spell, but is able to outsmart Doriath to compensate for his weakened magic. Gray discovers Doriath's weakness is the ice around them, and channels its magic to break his spell before the demon is eaten by a large, winged monster. Gray lures the monster to the massive Eternal Flame, where Natsu traces the voice and regroups with Lucy, Wendy, and Flare. Using his new understanding of the magic ice, Gray unfreezes the weakened flame and Natsu reignites it, defeating the monster in the process. The wizards recognize the flame as Atlas Flame's spirit, who tells them that Silver—a demon slayer from the dark guild Tartaros—is responsible for freezing the village, and warns them of E.N.D., a powerful demon Igneel previously failed to kill. Using the last of his strength, Atlas Flame unfreezes the village and disappears.|
|42||March 17, 2014||ISBN 978-4-06-395009-0||September 30, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-561-4|
|The Fairy Tail wizards celebrate their success in saving the village and Flare's reunion with the giants while contemplating Atlas Flame's cryptic warnings. Meanwhile, Minerva finds the Succubus Eye wizards obliterated by Kyôka, a member of Tartaros, who captures her. As the Magic Council discusses Tartaros' activities, the demon Jackal bombs their headquarters, killing the councilors. As one of the survivors of the bombing, Doranbalt extracts information on Tartaros from Cobra, who reveals that the dark guild is made up of Zeref's demons, with E.N.D. serving as their master. Retired councilor Yajima is similarly attacked by Tempester, who seriously injures Laxus and the Raijin Tribe with his wind powers as they defend Yajima. Desperate to discover Tartaros' plot and avenge their guildmates, Fairy Tail decides to track down the other retired councilors targeted by Tartaros. Natsu and his friends are assigned to protect councilor Michello, who is attacked by Jackal.|
|43||May 16, 2014||ISBN 978-4-06-395077-9||October 28, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-562-1|
|Natsu defeats Jackal, who kills himself in a failed suicide attack. Michello tells the guild that Tartaros is killing councillors who are magically linked to Face, a pulse bomb designed to neutralize magic across Fiore. To locate Face, Erza and Mirajane visit ex-chairman Crawford Theme, who reveals his allegiance with Tartaros and captures them both. Natsu discovers Crawford's treachery and follows his scent to Tartaros' flying headquarters, Cube, but is also captured. Crawford locates Jellal, the final councillor needed to unseal Face, who battles the recently freed Oración Seis. Crawford acquires Jellal's seal before being killed by Kyôka, activating Face. Meanwhile, Elfman and Lisanna encounter the demon Seilah, who uses her power over others' bodies to threaten Lisanna's life and manipulate Elfman into planting a bomb in Fairy Tail's guildhall.|
|44||July 17, 2014||ISBN 978-4-06-395124-0||November 25, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-563-8|
|Using a deck of magic cards, Cana seals her guildmates and herself to escape the guildhall's destruction. Happy, Carla, and Panther Lily bring the guild to the overhead Cube, where the wizards begin their assault. Natsu and Lisanna escape and free Erza, who battles Kyôka and breaks through the Cube, giving her guild access inside. Lucy and Wendy discover Face's location and regroup with Natsu, but are impeded by Franmalth, a demon imbued with Hades's soul and magic. Wendy and Carla flee and arrive at Face, only to be attacked by the demon Ezel. Absorbing the residual magic energy around Face, Wendy achieves Dragon Force and defeats Ezel, destroying Face in the process. Unable to stop Face's countdown, however, Carla programs Face to self-destruct before she and Wendy are saved at the last second by Doranbalt.|
|45||September 17, 2014||ISBN 978-4-06-395186-8||December 30, 2014||ISBN 978-1-61262-564-5|
|Natsu defeats Franmalth and releases Hades' soul, who forewarns that Tartaros' plans for Face have not ended, and instructs Makarov to release Lumen Histoire. While battling Seilah, Mirajane destroys the demons' laboratory enabling them to resurrect themselves. Seilah attempts to kill Mirajane in anger for Elfman's failure to destroy the guild, but Mirajane absorbs Seilah's powers and summons Elfman to defeat her. Afterward, Cube is reconfigured into the flying moster Pluto's Grim by Mard Geer, the keeper of the book where E.N.D. is sealed, absorbing the wizards into the monster's body and laying waste to Magnolia. Lucy escapes Mard Geer's curse and, in her struggle against the resurrected Jackal, sacrifices her spirit Aquarius' key to summon the Celestial Spirit King and cut down Pluto's Grim. The spirit king lifts the curse on Fairy Tail before going his separate ways, allowing Natsu, Gray, Gajeel, and Juvia to save Lucy from the remaining demons.|
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