This episode is average. Natsu and the gang didn't do anything and let Lucy get chase by Dan. Gajeel had to show how things are done to the old Shadow Gear group. Poor Levy. I thought the fight between Sammy and Pantherlily was alright.
As for the GIF, I'm not looking forward to that part of the new episode. I'm here for Mirajane's battle with Mary Hughes. The fights in this arc is bit unsatisfying so far.