We're finally back to the real stuff, and the first new real arc since the last one began two and a half years ago. We get new opening, title cards, eyecatches, ending, and preview format, all of which are very welcome for what they represent at the very least. The early parts of the episode are basically filler anyway, but at least things are definitely moving forward, and by the end it gives us enough that I'm plenty interested. I also liked some of the humor, like the Rave play (even though not only does Lucy look a lot more like Elie already but she already has an actual Plue) and Juvia's comment that they have a nastier copy of her, which was my first though as well.
Avatar: Tomoya Okazaki from Clannad/Clannad After Story (courtesy of Jun Kuga/Fudce from The Fandom Post)