|Birth Day:||May 3, 1977|
|Birth Place:||Nagano, Japan|
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He created his first manga, Magician, in 1998. His popular Rave series debuted the following year in the Weekly Shōnen Magazine.
In 2003, he collected some of his one-shot titles into two volumes, Mashima-en, which was licensed for a North American release in 2018 as a single volume under the title Hiro Mashima's Playground.
From 2005 to 2007, Mashima wrote Monster Soul in Comic BomBom.
While working on Rave, Mashima drew the prototype for what would become Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail began serialization in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2006 and has been adapted into an anime television series.
Mashima serialized Monster Hunter Orage, an adaptation of the Monster Hunter video games, in Monthly Shōnen Rival from 2008 to 2009. Also in 2008, he drew a remake of Atsushi Kase's gag manga Chameleon for the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shōnen Magazine.
Mashima listed Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball as his favorite manga growing up, the video game series Dragon Quest, and Yudetamago's Kinnikuman as inspiring him to become an artist. He also read/watched several works by Hayao Miyazaki as a child. In 2008, when asked if there were any current things that inspired him, he gave Code Geass as a response. In 2011, Berserk was stated to be his favorite manga.
Mashima had six assistants in 2008 that worked in an 8,000 sq. feet area with seven desks, as well as a sofa and TV for video games. He revealed his schedule for Fairy Tail was script and storyboards on Monday, rough sketches the following day, and drawing and inking Wednesday through Friday. The weekend was for Monster Hunter; working on a quarter of the story each weekend and finishing by the end of the month. In 2011, he stated that he worked six days a week, for 17 hours a day. Mashima's assistants included Miki Yoshikawa, who has gone on to work on the romantic comedies Yankee-kun and Megane-chan (Flunk Punk Rumble) and Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. In 2008, together they developed a crossover one-shot story called Fairy Megane where characters from Yankee-kun decide to find part-time jobs at the Fairy Tail guild. Other assistants who have gone on to work on projects of their own were Shin Mikuni, who published Spray King, and Ueda Yui, who published Tsukushi Biyori.
In 2011, he created a crossover manga between Rave and Fairy Tail published in the May issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine. It was adapted into an original video animation released in August 2013. A special 2013 issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine featured a small crossover between Fairy Tail and Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins, where each artist drew a yonkoma (four-panel comic) of the other's series. An actual crossover chapter between these two ran in December 2013.
Mashima's Fairy Tail has inspired several other works. From summer 2014 to July 17, 2015, Fairy Tail had its own monthly magazine titled Monthly Fairy Tail, which included a prequel manga by Mashima himself titled Fairy Tail Zero. In 2014, three spin-offs were released: Fairy Tail: Ice Trail by Yūsuke Shirato; Fairy Tail Blue Mistral by Rui Watanabe; and Fairy Girls by Boku. Another spin-off manga titled Fairy Tail Side Stories and created by Kyōta Shibano launched on July 30, 2015 in Kodansha's free Magazine Pocket mobile app.
Currently, Hiro Mashima is 45 years, 10 months and 28 days old. Hiro Mashima will celebrate 46th birthday on a Wednesday 3rd of May 2023.
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