For anyone that wants to start reading manga, Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail from Kodansha is one of the many manga series that I recommend.
Fairy Tail is a fun fantasy story with great artwork, brilliant writing, and great humor that makes it perfect for everyone to enjoy. In order to start reading Fairy Tail, the best (and obvious) choice is start all the way from Volume 1.
Volume 1 of the Fairy Tail Manga collects the first 4 chapters of when it was being serialized in the Weekly Shonen Magazine, and is an overall great beginning for the entire series. What makes Fairy Tail Volume 1 work is how well it sets up the main protagonists, and how each chapter ends with the reader wanting to immediately read the next chapter (which is what almost all the chapters do).
Fairy Tail Volume 1 (and the whole series in general) is filled with brilliant comedic moments that add to the fact that it’s a story that doesn’t need to take itself seriously. It does however, have times when the story gets serious, but it happens so that the story can be engaging.
As I mentioned earlier, the artwork for Fairy Tail is really good and is very impressive for the first volume (later on, the artwork starts to become slightly even better with future volumes). I’ll go as far as to say that Hiro Mashima is the Frank Cho of manga as his art shows that he’s skilled at drawing Animals, Voluptuous Women, and Muscular Men.
Fairy Tail Volume 1 also has a very huge easter egg from Hiro Mashima’s earlier Manga Rave Master (I can’t spoil it. You have to read it to know what I’m talking about).
Before I forget to mention, the English language translation by William Flanagan is one of the best and proper translations I’ve ever seen in a manga, and I’m happy to see that this man is getting the work he deserves.
The bonus features at the end that volume 1 includes are very interesting with one of them showing that one of the main characters Natsu Dragneel was originally suppose to be a horned spirit instead of a human fire wizard.
Fairy Tail Volume 1 is a fabolous beginning for the whole series, and a start to a brilliant fantasy manga.
I give Fairy Tail Volume 1 Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.