Wow, good work Mashima you've managed to totally and utterly destroy and bonk up the mass of potential you handed yourself in the space of two chapters.
I wonder if you even remember what Fairy Tail is about.
Could have had the ones left behind go in search for information on Tenrou Island, then get themselves onto a job that can get them said info and then find the island. Gives a chance for all those left behind to get a mass of development and make it awesome.
But instead we get no development, some shitty plot and now those old characters are going to get thrown further into the background.
Didn't even let them age, literally nothing bad has happened to the main characters.
This close to dropping this piece of crap.