As promised, Erza faces Natsu once they get back to Magnolia, but their fight is quickly interrupted by an envoy from the Council. It turns out that Erza is under arrest for the property damage that occurred during the Eisenwald incident, and she has no choice but to stand trial. Outside the courtroom, she runs into an old acquaintance Siegrain who explains that she’s being made a scapegoat, and he warns her not to reveal a certain something. During the trial itself, Natsu suddenly shows up and makes a big scene as he tries to pretend to be Erza, and he’s quickly apprehended. Erza explains to him afterward that this was all only a formality and that there’s no real punishment. The two are thus allowed to return to the guild house, and they’re back in time to for Mystogan and Laxus, two of Fairy Tail’s most powerful members. Mystogan in particular puts everyone to sleep when he’s there so that no one can see him. In the process, Lucy learns about the second floor of Fairy Tail where the dangerous S-Class requests are placed, and most members, including Natsu, aren’t allowed up there. That doesn’t stop Natsu though, and he shows up at Lucy’s place later with an S-Class request that he and Happy stole. The job is to save a cursed island, and although initially opposed to the idea, Lucy is attracted by the reward of a gold gate key.
This was an episode of ups and downs for me. It started out well with the Natsu and Erza battle, but that ended in a disappointing fashion (given the buildup) after only about 30 seconds of actual fighting. However, the stuff about Erza on trial seemed interesting enough, and Siegrain appears to be a long-term antagonist who is connected to her. He didn’t really end up doing anything though, other than acting sinister. I was also very amused by how Natsu tried to dress up as Erza, but I was surprised that there was no actual punishment for her because it meant that that storyline didn’t really go anywhere, at least not for the time being. Instead they introduce two more interesting characters in Mystogan and Laxus and start up with the next arc that doesn’t appear to involve Erza at all. So in short, the episode itself wasn’t too great, but I’m intrigued by a lot of the stuff they’ve brought up in it, and maybe it’ll all come together in the near future.