Sometime after the battle with Eisenwald and the flute, Makarov, Lucy, Natsu, Gray, and Erza get lost in the Web Valley. They’re starving when they finally come across a village, but it’s deserted despite signs of recent activity. Erza finds some odd lines on the ground stretching across town, and eventually the town transforms into a bunch of monsters. She and Makarov figure out that this is a dark guild’s village and that the village dabbled in forbidden magic. Regardless, Erza, Gray, and Natsu are able to defeat some of the monsters and even try to eat them as food. The monsters keep coming though, and when the magic circle under them activates again, it’s Makarov who steps in to save everyone. He also returns the members of the dark guild back to normal and gets them to repent.
This was an alright episode, but it felt rather unimportant since it was a one-shot without any real ramifications. The only thing I really learned from it was that Makarov is indeed powerful enough to be Fairy Tail’s guild master, however they didn’t really even show him in action. They just referred to what he did after the fact with only a brief flashback, and that was a bit unsatisfying to watch. The whole dark guild thing got glossed over really quickly too. To their credit, I guess they did show a lot of Natsu, Gray, and Erza action, including Erza’s cooking outfit. The rest of the episode about mushrooms and hunger also had its share of amusing moments, but I didn’t find it to be anything good enough to carry the episode. Fortunately, the preview makes next week look promising with Natsu challenging Erza, and hopefully they’ll be able to animate it without using too much stock footage.