Panic at the Library is an anime-exclusive event that takes place during the Eclipse Celestial Spirits arc.
Following the rebellion of the Eclipse Celestial Spirits, the group is gathered in the guild to figure out the cause. Lucy decides to summon Crux for possible answers, just to be told of the chaos that is prevailing in the Celestial Spirit World as well as the reneging on the contracts between the 12 Golden Gates. After informing them about the disappearance of the Celestial Spirit King, The Southern Cross mentions Liberum, a ritual performed by the Celestial Spirits with the usage of Celestial Globe to gain the "absolute freedom". Hearing that, the guild decides to go to the Magic Library to collect information about the location of the said globe, thus preceding the Celestial Spirits, with Erza Scarlet forming a specific team for the quest, choosing Natsu Dragneel, Lucy, Levy, Yukino and Happy. Unexpectedly, though, Natsu travels back to the Celestial Spirit World alongside Horologium and Crux to find the rebelled Spirits.
At the library, the team is searching for clues in the books, albeit no clear answer. All of the sudden, however, they are attacked and brought down as a result of Spica Hole, the culprit being Eclipse Virgo, attack relentlessly with her Fleuve d'étoiles. As the battle begins, Virgo starts striking the Mages with her lash, unaffected by Levy's Solid Script: Iron. With her then trying to assault the Solid Script Mage, Lucy clashes with her with the use of her whip. Virgo taunts the Celestial Mage and batters her with her own whip, stating that hers is more powerful than Lucy's. Out of blue, Yukino engages in a Hand-to-Hand Combat with the Spirit, overwhelming her, much to both Lucy's and Happy's surprise. They ask Levy to continue the search as they keep the Eclipse Spirit in check, with her finding the list of donations to the library. As the battle continues, Levy leaves the battleground with Lucy, asking Yukino to protect her as other Spirits might show up before clashing with Virgo once again.
As Levy and Yukino run around the library, Levy reveals that the Celestial Globe is in the Magic Library as it was an archaeological finding which was donated to the library. When Virgo appears behind them, Lucy and Happy stop her, only to be captured by her. Virgo then starts torturing the two sadistically. Levy and Yukino then find themselves lost in corridors of the library, unable to find the globe. Virgo, though, continues her torment to Lucy and Happy, subsequently starting to chase them with her Earth Magic attacks. At that time, Levy comes to the conclusion regarding the whereabouts of the Celestial Globe as Lucy falls in front of them. With the help of Pyxis, the team finally manages to locate the southern warehouse, where the globe should be. However, it turns out that Virgo has been spying on them. As Levy departs for the globe, Lucy and Yukino stand up against the Eclipse Spirit one more time, but the latter performs an omnidirectional attack, damaging the building.
Eventually, Levy finds the Celestial Globe and meets with the others. Unfortunately, Virgo manages to steal it from her and promises to destroy Magnolia. Out of the sudden, though, Natsu falls from the top in the middle of the room, having returned from the Celestial Spirit World after his fight with Eclipse Taurus. With the group distracted, Virgo manages to escape with the globe.
Saddened by their loss, Lucy wonders what to do, shortly after which Levy reveals the truth of Liberum; as to gain the "absolute freedom", the Celestial Spirits have to lose their immortality and live for twelve days only, much to everyone's utter astonishment.
|Events||Panic at the Library • Stop Liberum! • Saving the Spirit King|