Gray reveals that his teacher Ul put Deliora in ice that can’t melt, and since this all likely has something to do with the moon, he and the others decide to wait there until night. In the meantime, Lucy brings out her spirit Lyra to sing a song, and Gray remembers training with Ul. When the time finally comes, the group finds that the purple moonlight is penetrating into the cavern and shining onto the ice. They thus head up to the surface and find a group of men causing this through a magical chant, and Lyra identifies it as Moon Drip which is capable of melting Ul’s ice. What’s happening to the villagers is an effect of this. The culprits behind it all then reveal themselves to be the three from before and a masked man called Reitei.
After Reitei orders the destruction of the village, Natsu decides to try to stop them, and Gray rushes ahead to challenge Reitei. It turns out that Reitei also has ice magic though, and Gray recognizes him as Reitei Lyon. Unfazed, Lyon dispatches his three minions against the village and then freezes Natsu’s body in a block of ice. Lucy and Happy are only barely able to get away, and Gray intentionally kicks Natsu’s frozen body away, leaving just himself to face Ul’s other former student. Lyon, however, blames Gray for Ul’s death, and after some fighting, he reveals that his dream is to surpass Ul, so he’s trying to do what Ul could not: defeat Deliora. Unfortunately, Gray isn’t quite able to match up against Lyon’s ice magic and can’t stop him.
I wouldn’t call this Idoling!!! song an upgrade over FUNKIST’s Snow fairy, but it’s not as bad it could have been either. I ended up paying more attention though to all the hints of future character development and plot that the opening sequence has. The big improvement is with the ending song which is no longer so cutesy and should be a bit much more appropriate for the more serious cliffhangers.
I’m still not that impressed by the action scenes and fight choreography, but at least the story is heating up. It certainly raises some questions about Gray, like how he was responsible for Ul’s death. I actually think that Lyon’s plan to surpass Ul by defeating Deliora is kind of silly, however it’s not too far-fetched for the warped mind of a villain. If he is able to revive/free Deliora, hopefully it won’t just be a redux of Natsu, Gray, and Erza defeating a giant monster (the fact that Erza is coming makes me think that it could be). For the time being though, it looks like we’re going to see some battles with Lyon’s minions, which doesn’t seem quite as interesting at first glance. On a different note, I was pleasantly surprised that they brought in Nakajima Megumi to voice and sing as Lyra. Come to think of it, it would have been nice if they could have gotten her to do one of the opening or ending songs too.