In episode 42 Lucy, Erza, Mirajane, Juvia, Levy, Bisca and Cana are all turned to stone by Evergreen and basically used as hostages. The statue effect is pretty nice, but only Lucy's (instant) transformation is shown on screen. Lots of different shots on the statues, and they stay that way until early in episode 44. Except for Erza, who reverted late in episode 43.
Evergreen crashes the Miss Fairy Tail contest and turns all the contestants to stone. She's working for a guy named Laxus, who threatens to destroy the statues if the rest of the Fairy Tail guild doesn't fight them to determine who's the strongest. They do so, but eventually Erza reverts and fights Evergreen. The rest of the girls are reverted after Erza wins.
|"Plenty of shots of a lot of good statues with a well done effect...what more can you ask for? More long running anime need story arcs like this. Just hope some of the other cuties from this series have a similar experience someday."||Ulich|
|"Lots of good looking girls are turned to stone - always a plus. However, the texture used is a bit too pronounced in some areas for me, and some parts of the statue are lighter/darker than other parts. If they all looked like the last close-up of Lucy, I'd like it a lot more."||3/5||StoneLad|
This story arc was pretty much adapted exactly as it was in the original manga.