Having arrived back at the guild, Lucy is trying to figure out what job to take next when the famed Erza returns. Everyone is afraid of her, including Natsu and Gray who go as far as to act like friends when she’s around. To everyone’s surprise, Erza singles out those two to come with her for a new mission, and Natsu agrees on the condition that Erza will fight him once they’re done. Lucy tags along at Mirajane’s suggestion, and while on the train, Erza explains how they’re going after the dark guild Eisenwald which is up to something with Lullaby magic. Hearing this, Lucy and Gray tell her about what happened previously, and Erza suspects that they encountered some Eisenwald deserters who were silenced so that the Eisenwald plan would not be leaked.
Erza herself had overheard bits of the Eisenwald plan in a bar, and she feels compelled to go stop them. The group eventually arrives in the town of Onibas, but they accidentally leave Natsu behind on the train, and unbeknownst to them, Natsu encounters Eisenwald member Kageyama. Natsu is unable to fight effectively until the train stops moving, and he realizes that he has to get off of it. Erza, Lucy, and Gray meanwhile are racing in a car to catch up with the train, and they get there right as Natsu jumps out. When Erza learns who was on the train with Natsu, she decides to continue the pursuit, and Natsu tells them of how Kageyama was carrying a special flute. Lucy identifies this as an item connected with forbidden black magic, and as it turns out, Kageyama has already rendezvoused with and given the item to Eisenwald’s ace Erigor.
This was an okay episode that introduced Erza and her personality along with the new bad guys, but it mostly felt like it was building up to the battles in next episode and beyond. At least the final parts of last week’s episode make sense now. Erza seemed like a moderately interesting character at first glance, and I imagine she’ll become much more so once she reveals her fighting form in next episode like the preview suggests. I also get the feeling though that Lucy is now way out of her league since I doubt her summons are anywhere near as powerful as her other party members, i.e. she might only have some utility uses. In any case, the thing that bothered me about this episode, which hadn’t really bothered me before, was the use of the ending song. It’s an energetic and cutesy song, so it felt wholly inappropriate to have it start playing over a shot of the villains trying to look menacing. They should have just done a regular to-be-continued screen without trying to lead into the ED like that.