Natsu and Laxus are going to fight and the other members of Fairy Tail can't wait to see it... except for Erza and Gray, who are off on a mission to capture some bandits and their wizard bodyguards! Meanwhile, Lucy is still trying to figure out the meaning of the ancient characters on her father's memento.
"Fight me, Laxus"
While Lucy researches on her father's memento, Erza and Gray tells Lucy that they got a job to capture some bandits. Fearing that it would be the Big Butt Bandits, Lucy declines. Erza decides to take Gray with her, and Gray feels a bit awkward while Juvia observes from behind a board. She wonders why Gray would not invite her. Meanwhile in East Forest, Natsu and Happy are fishing without success. Elsewhere in the forest, a Vulcan named Gorian challenges Laxus only get shocked violently. The lightning is seen by Natsu, Gajeel, and the Raijinshuu. Natsu decides to check if it is Laxus, and on the way, he bumps into Gajeel. The two quickly get into a fight until Happy reminds them what their original intentions are. When Natsu mentions fighting Laxus, Gajeel informs him that he is one who helped him defeat Laxus. Then, Laxus appears with the Raijinshuu following him. When Laxus refuses to battle Natsu and Gajeel, Natsu eggs Laxus on who accepts Natsu's challenge. Freed and his team tries to take on Natsu, but Laxus states that he is going to teach them a lesson. Yet, Wendy appears and tells them to plan a showdown tomorrow; Natsu adds that they will fight at South Gate Park.
At the Fairy Tail guild, Wakaba and Macao inform Kinana about Laxus and how strong he is while the others are thrilled about the showdown. Macao decides to throw a festival for it. At the park, Natsu finds Lucy and Michelle enjoying the festival. When the curtains of the main stage open, Jason goes off saying "Cool!" repeatedly and that he has been waiting for Mirajane to sing. However, Mirajane has a sore throat, so she introduces Gajeel as her substitute. Gajeel beings playing his song, Best Friend, and Levy states that Gajeel's clothes do not work. Lucy finds Levy and asks her to help her solve a problem.
Gray and Erza...?
Somewhere in Fiore, Erza and Gray are waiting for the bandits on the cliff side. She asks Gray if he is going to strip much to Juvia's surprise. Gray replies that it depends on his mood. When Erza tells Gray to bed, Juvia loses her temper and begins chomping the bush vigorously. Erza falls asleep fast and rolls near Gray who notices Erza is cute. Then, Erza wakes, and the two head out to face the bandits much to Juvia's relief. By the bridge, Erza demands the bandits to hand over the gold, but the bandits cue in the Vanish Brothers. Gray recognizes them since Natsu told him about his mission to take out the Day Break book at Duke Everlue's mansion. He tells Erza that he will handle them alone to prove himself, and Gray launches Ice Lance at them. The younger brother uses his pan to reflect Gray's attacks. Even though Gray dodge it, the two brothers launch a simultaneous combo attack by attacking from the air and ground. After some beatings, Gray strips his clothes off and use Ice Bringer to defeat them. Juvia is overjoyed while Erza smiles a bit.
Freed, don't be so clingy
At the festival, Laxus gets greeted by his Raijinshuu gang and glances at an old man and a young, blond boy enjoying the festival. He smiles. In the forest, Wendy finds Makarov and informs him about Laxus's duel. Now, Jason starts the event with some narration, Gajeel grins at Pantherlily, Laxus waits, and finally, Natsu appears. Laxus gets permission from Natsu to go all out, and two begin charging up their magic and engulfing themselves in their respective aura. Natsu goes off like a rocket, and boom, Laxus wins with one knockout punch much to everyone's suprise. When Laxus asks Gajeel that he is next, everyone notices Gajeel is missing, and they go off in hunt for him. Meanwhile, Makarov and Laxus have a moment to themselves while Wendy and the Raijinshuu stand by.
At Lucy's house, Levy discovers that the charactes are ancient Potemelian, and she reads, "Time is etched and then chaos descends." Lucy remembers that she has heard that in a book. Back at the festival, Laxus leaves without a word, and Freed demands Makarov to reconsider Laxus's expulsion. At Lucy's house again, Lucy finds the book, and her group learns Jude's memento is a hand of clock. When Natsu wakes up, Happy inform him that Gajeel fled the fight. At Fairy Tail guild, Pantherlily and his Exceed Squad find the Earthland's counterparts of Hughes, Coco, and Sugarboy approaching the guild.
Points of Interest
- Hughes, Coco, and Sugarboy's Earthland counterparts make their debut.
- Japanese Name: "Dotō no Taiketsu Natsu VS Rakusasu" (怒涛の対決 ナツVSラクサス)
- Opening Theme: "The Starting Sky" by +Plus
- Ending Theme: "Glitter (Starving Trancer Remix)" by Another Infinity ft. Mayumi Morinaga