Log Horizon S2

October 10, 2015

It is time to resume the adventure. The adventure of players trapped in a game and trying to adapt and live their normal life while trying to find their way back. No, this is not Sword Art Online II. This is Log Horizon S2. Ah yes, the first season had lots of potential with many characters that it was no doubt interesting enough for me to return to watch the second season. It left us with some sort of a cliff-hanger at the end of the first season. No, no major character died. Our good ol’ strategist in glasses plans to leave his base of Akihabara to achieve a big goal. So how can you not be interested to see what more adventures our Log Horizon and the other guilds will have in store for us this season? I know I am.

Episode 1
Akihabara is so peaceful and brimming with life that they are even going to hold some After Halloween Party. I don’t really know the details but I think it’s going to be fun. But beneath all that, the Round Table is talking about money problems. Serious money problems. They may have bought a few strategic buildings under their name but maintaining them is going to cost a bomb. Therefore, Shiroe believes there is only one solution. It is bad enough that he doesn’t show his face during the festival like his comrades want and when he does, he drops the bombshell that he is going to leave Akihabara for a while. And he can’t tell them the problem as he fears there are spies and would lead to info leak. So much about trust. So much about the Christmas event. Naotsugu wants to go with him to be his guard. The same for Akatsuki but Shiroe tells her to stay put as he has a favour of her. Shock! Rejected! With Regan, the duo meet Kinjou, a representative of the Kunie clan in some cabin in the outskirts. Shiroe plans to seek financing help from his clan. Because money lending job doesn’t exist in this world, the only way to get money is by killing monsters or treasure chests in dungeons. Over time, they spawn. Kinjou is not willing to do so due to some ancient treaty. Even if Kunie is not going to help in financing, Shiroe suggests getting that money from the one who put it there before they respawn. According to Regan’s records, there is some whirlpool of gold located deep within the depths of the Palms belonging to Kunie. Their plan is to go there and steal it. Shiroe can’t explain more and will only do so if they help them. Can’t. Goes against ancient treaty. Kinjou suggests meeting at the depths of Palm and the clan’s answer will depend on their result of their challenge that requires a raiding party. Shiroe can’t bring the Round Table members in as he doesn’t want them to know what he is up to but he knows a place they can go recruit members.

Episode 2
We are explained the meaning of full raid (4 groups of 6 members each) and how teamwork and strategy are important to succeed in raiding big challenging dungeons. Shiroe and co are at Susukino to meet William Massachusetts of Silver Sword. This guild was the one who decided not to join the Round Table (in the first season) and left Akihabara and made Susukino their base. Shiroe seeks to recruit them for his full raid. However William says that some of them have retired as they had a hard time keeping up with raids so they don’t have enough members. Suddenly Demikas barges in and he has a grudge to settle with Shiroe. But Shiroe isn’t cowed and I’m not sure if he is doing it on purpose because he still mispronounces his name! You angry, buddy? Meanwhile Naotsugu and Regan meet some spunky idol, Tetra who keeps following and teasing Naotsugu. Tetra talks about Demikas’ guild lost members when Silver Sword came in and wrest control. That is why this place is peaceful as what is left of Brigandia now is working under Silver Sword. And Demikas has a great NPC wife… Embarrassing! William suggests if Demikas and Tetra who is a healer type join them, they can go on this full raid. Demikas agrees so they can settle their score there. And so the 24 members start their raid with hot headed Demikas letting off steam and just slashing away. He can’t wait to rip things apart. Good for him. Naotsugu makes periodic calls back to Marielle while Akatsuki is tasked to guard Lenessia. Little ninja girl is still reeling from that rejection… The full raid party is now at the lowest depths of Palms. This is where the real fight begins. But Demikas isn’t going to let Shiroe have his way and will make sure things won’t go smoothly for him.

Episode 3
Shiroe explains the offense and defence strategy of each party as they raid the big layout of the depths. The monsters here are much more powerful than normal raids but at least if you die, you get resurrected at the start of the gate. They encounter their first raid boss and this big bird is no pushover. It has very peculiar but powerful moves. They are forced to retreat and revise their strategy many times and can only experiment via trial and error just to find its weakness. Finally they understand its cool down period and that is when they go in to take it out. This goes the same for the second raid boss they encounter. Of course the more tries and longer they stay, their supplies are in risk of running out and their weapons dull from each hard attack. Demikas is more worked up and angry just thinking about Shiroe. He can understand his lost to Naotsugu and Nyanta then because they were using their own powers but he can’t accept Shiroe for just lurking in the back and giving orders. Even more insulting was in one of the recent raid attacks, Shiroe indirectly saved him by powering him up and stunning the enemy. Shiroe is at his wits end thinking of a strategy and Tetra doesn’t understand why he is doing this so Naotsugu explains about the family (his guild and place to belong) and probably the world he is trying to protect. Speaking about Akihabara, everyone is happily preparing for the Christmas event as the young ones talk about the rumoured Teachings which are basically a new rank for skills. Think of it as some sort of upgrade or power up to your existing skill.

Episode 4
We take a detour back to Akihabara in this boring ‘peaceful’ episode. It is almost Christmas but Akatsuki is experiencing some sort of melancholy because she is not by Shiroe’s side. She thinks she is weak for Shiroe to let her guard Lenessia although she is happy this also means he relied on her. It gets more depressing when her favourite sword she is saving to buy is already sold. In order to get stronger, she thought of watching trainees in DDD practice. More misery for Akatsuki when she starts comparing herself to Minori whom she thinks is much better than her. Seems melancholy is possessing Lenessia as she is still troubled in her duty. Nyanta sees Roderic to check on his progress about some high end phantasm and treasure class items he is researching on as requested by Shiroe. Lenessia joins the other girls to head to some restaurant as she tries to understand the adventurers. Each of them is as unique as they are. They are special and thus she can’t call herself their friend. Akatsuki’s melancholy reaches boiling point when she decides not to join the ladies, giving an excuse she has something to do. Yeah, yeah. She really misses Shiroe. Wants to be by his side doing things. We get the point. Meanwhile Kyouko thought she spot Santa in the alley. But this mean looking Enheart Nelreth of the samurai class stabs her!

Episode 5
Everyone knows about the serial killer lurking but they wonder why the Royal Guards didn’t intervene to stop fights in no combat zones. So the Round Table guys are having a headache trying to solve this problem and they have little information on who he is. Soujirou is pretty mad that the killer did in one of his mates so he really wants to kill him. Don’t worry. That chance will come very soon. Kinjou sees Lenessia to inform one of the armour in the guardhouse of the Royal Guards is stolen. He thinks the perpetrator is from the Kunie clan. The reason for stealing it is unclear though it is explained the armour is charged with massive amount of mana and works very well within the city limits so there is no point of taking it out from the city. Kinjou admits it is his clan’s fault but they can’t shut off the magic because this will make the city vulnerable to monster attacks. How about a quick reboot? That will take decades. Gosh… Later Lenessia is feeling frustrated that she has to face such trouble at this time. Where is that Crusty guy when you need him? Sure, he is away for some operation but she finds it annoying he is always there when she doesn’t need him. She realizes Akatsuki was listening to it all. She thinks the killer is hiding in the sewers because that is the only place they haven’t searched. Soujirou’s guild members encounter the killer. They could have been done for had not Soujirou stepped in. They find it odd that despite hitting him lots of times, his HP never decreases. Soujirou may be mad but that isn’t going to get him anywhere since the killer is still far more superior and cooler. Akatsuki jumps in to help. She shows some of her techniques to match the killer. But even that is ineffective. She wants Soujirou to run but he won’t. He just orders his guild members to escape. Is it because he wants to use some ultimate move? Yeah well, it didn’t work either. To end the bad day, Akatsuki is also cut down. All she could think of is where Shiroe is at this time. She misses him. Oh, speaking of him, he and the rest just got owned by another super raid boss. Call this an insult because the killer even leaves a parting message for Akatsuki: Merry Christmas! I don’t know if this is supposed to be funny…

Episode 6
Yet another boring peaceful episode with Lenessia talking to Rieze about her insecurities, blah, blah, blah. Then there’s Akatsuki who remembers some real life problem of hers but was just running away. Whatever. I guess she is in a place where souls go before they reincarnate. Some quiet sandy beach. She frolics in the shallow waters and Shiroe is there too. I guess he is dead too. They have a short chat before ‘returning’. Akatsuki wakes up in the cathedral as some of the girls come to pick her up. Some of them are surprised to learn that Shiroe is away from Akihabara and thus Akatsuki was desperately trying to solve the situation herself. However she realizes she can’t do it alone and wants their help. Meanwhile Roderic makes his report on his findings. Firstly, about gender. If you are a male in the original world and used a female character, you will gradually be turning into a woman. Vice versa. Holy sh*t! Second, he notices the distance between Akihabara and Mt Fuji is gradually increasing. Lastly, flavour texts which are supposed not to have in-game effects are beginning to have real world effects. The Apocalypse may not be over yet. Akatsuki is given an earful lesson about how she tried to solve things herself without relying on others. It is like as though she is insulting them. It is true that she too thought as long as she has Shiroe, she doesn’t need anyone else. She never tried getting close to others. But with Lenessia supporting her that they need help, I guess the rest agree to help out to stop the killer. They are friends after all. Crusty stumbles upon what he believes is a training ground for goblins. Misa’s weapon starts acting strange and she gets caught in some painful paralyzing beam. Crusty pushes her out but in turn gets trapped. She tries to reach for him but he disappears (along with her right arm!). Akatsuki informs what she knows of the killer and it seems he has the sword she wanted to buy. Rieze gets a distressing call.

Episode 7
Henrietta catches Rieze in tears. Until more details are known, Rieze doesn’t want word to get out about Crusty’s disappearance. They discuss about Byakumaru, the sword in the killer’s hands. According to the legend he was Rugrius, once part of the Izumo Knights and a hero. However he was betrayed by the Daughter of Elm and turned into a vengeful and hateful raid monster. Rieze forms a raid team to take out the killer. Akatsuki joins it and also hopes to learn Teachings but no luck. Well, at least she made some great friends. Rieze and Henrietta inform the Round Table about the properties of Byakumaru. It causes blizzard around and buffs up the killer’s stats as more people are around the vicinity. That is why a group attack is not possible. His own HP will also increase depending on the number of people around it. Rieze plans a raid attack on Akihabara but with a smaller team consisting of only 2 people. She also wants the place to be on curfew till New Year’s Day. They wonder if it will work because he possesses a power that can teleport anywhere. This is where Lenessia comes in. She is to temporarily disable the magic. She is still in a dilemma about what Kinjou said and in the end can’t give an answer. So we have Akatsuki’s melancholy continuing because she keeps thinking Shiroe is always pushing himself. So why can’t she? Lenessia too has her melancholy. She talks to Akatsuki about the responsibility she is shouldering and the friends she has made, blah, blah, blah. At the end of the day, she can’t run away and joins the raiding team. The teams begin their patrol. Akatsuki and Marielle must be in luck because here comes the killer. Seeing only 2 of them, he thinks he is being underestimated. He wants more people to gather so he can take their lives and destroy everything.

Episode 8
Akatsuki fights Nelreth with confidence (at least she is no longer ashamed of her petite size). After landing a few hits, they retreat to the next zone. This strategy has the teams apart from each other so that when Akatsuki and Marielle lead the killer through each zone, each group will simultaneously heal their allies and attack the enemy. Lenessia sees Kinjou and she has decided to shut off the magic temporarily although he questions if this will cause more harm than good. She believes this failure isn’t just the Kunie clan but all the People of the Land. This is their way to apologize to the adventurers. Kinjou agrees that his clan may have failed to protect the city, but they can’t move forward if they keep rejecting. He is indebted to her for this lesson. He takes her to a room where she can shut the magic down. If you’re wondering why Nelreth is just chasing Akatsuki and Marielle instead of finishing off the other adventurers, in his eyes they look like the Daughter of Elm. He must be very deluded. Akatsuki wished to go fast (like Sonic?) so much so she gained a Teaching of her own. She is able to clone herself and do multiple attacks! However she still cannot beat him and her HP is dangerously low. Akatsuki is then given a new reforged sword, Haganemushi Tatara that matches her size. She realizes she must destroy Byakumaru to end this and Haganemushi Tatara has the properties to lower that cursed sword’s condition. Nazuna saves her when she almost gets stabbed by him. When the time is right, the signal is given to Lenessia to shut off the magic. Rieze then rains down an ice block to trap him and allowing Akatsuki cutting Byakumaru with no worries at all. The flavour text of Haganemushi Tatara is rewritten and sounds like Akatsuki has become a legend. What better way to celebrate this victory and New Year’s Day via pyjamas party? Akatsuki now understands why Shiroe is always trying so hard. Having something to protect means a place to belong and be happy. She gets a surprised call from Shiroe to congratulate her. Looks like he is going in for another retry and won’t give up.

Episode 9
Shiroe and co are up against another raid boss. They’re making progress in observing its patterns and everything. Just when they thought they had it, it unleashes a never-seen-before move. Its armour can shatter and become little minions. If you defeat them, they return to being part of his armour and increase its HP. They’re repeating this cycle for a few times and when Shiroe thought of a plan to beat this pattern, suddenly here comes in a couple of raid bosses! OMG! How are they going to defeat them all? Isn’t this against the rules?! Was it impossible in the first place? Too bad. Everybody gets owned. So the rest of the episode chronicles Shiroe’s time during his ‘death’. We get to see his ‘realistic’ face and the small uneventful town he lives in. As his parents worked late, he often goes out for a walk to think at the park. Big little things this kid thinks. He thinks back of all the people who follow and trust him but at the same time he couldn’t trust them enough. Shiroe always believed there was something besides the players and People of the Land. Perhaps a third party who brought them here. Therefore he used the members of the Round Table to research on various stuffs without letting know this true goal of his. But so far there were no proofs. Then as he finds himself on that beach, it is actually the moon! As there are 13 servers for Elder Tale, the 14th one is believed to be a test server said to be located on the moon! Could the rumours be true? As he meets Akatsuki, he saw something ‘disappearing’ from her. Those snowflakes turn out to be fragment of memories of fallen players. This might be the price they pay to rise up again. So they talk about working hard, doing their best and try to get back up again. Time to revive and get back into the fray.

Episode 10
A long boring episode of William’s motivational speech… Everybody is about to give up from the impossibility to beat this game. William wanted to say comforting words but he knows it’s all just a lie. He fights against his inner self to say what he wants. All of them may be losers in society. But so what? They decided on this and dedicated their lives to Elder Tale. He won’t let anybody insult in what they’re doing because what they do is amazing. So what their win-loss ratio is recorded in the server? So what if everything is real or fake? It is real to them. He tells them a secret he never told anyone before. He had nothing in real life. That’s why they are his friends. Without this game, he couldn’t make friends. Elder Tale taught him many things and he was able to communicate with others. He talks about the ups and downs of raiding and his guild. They might be finished now and can’t win but he is happy to have come to this world. A world where they make raids better than anyone else. If they go back now, what will they have? They spent their time, energy and everything else on this game and he doesn’t care if others call him a weirdo. So if they run, where will they go? Demikas breaks this long monologue that is he telling them to keep dying instead of running? It is fine if they had a way to win but now they don’t. They are useless people in either worlds. Will he still tell them not to run? William’s long speech continues… He one ran away. That was from joining the Round Table. He thought it was silly to protect Akihabara then and wanted to do raids. He realized he was just running away. But Shiroe never ran away. Funnily, he admired him during his time in Debauchery Tea Party. He wanted to join that group. But by the time he levelled up, they already disbanded. Calling Shiroe an incredible leader, he stood his ground and build up Akihabara. That is whey when he sought his help on this raid, he was happy to accept it. Long story short, they are gamers, damn it! I guess almost 20 minutes of screen time motivational speech is enough to make everyone get back up and try again. William wants to win this time. Not for himself but for his friends. Shiroe wonders if he can speak so honestly like that. He has decided to tell everybody about the truth and his real goal. He has a slightly better plan and even though it is just 15% success, that will do.

Episode 11
Everyone’s motivated to retry again. Everyone’s better communicated and such. Even Demikas is reflecting upon himself. He came to this world thinking he could do anything he want because he thought it was just a game. But then he lost to everyone and everything. However when William pathetically lost, nobody left him. From what I can see in this new plan, after making this knight raid boss shed his shadow vanguards, they run into another cave to fight another hydra raid boss. The key is to fight the raid bosses separately but they cannot fight too far from the radii or else their healers won’t be effective. Their positions will be very crucial. Tetra can be flirty with Naotsugu even during this time. She drops the bombshell that she is going to join Log Horizon and Shiroe approved of it. Why? So that she can continue to play with him! The attack and healing goes well till does shadow vanguards show up and threaten to derail the plan. Shiroe concludes that the knight raid boss may have inflicted damage on itself to clone more of those shadow vanguards. They need to be drawn away so Demikas does so but also takes Shiroe along. Shiroe thinks Demikas is planning to get his revenge by ruining it all now. Demikas runs far enough for the shadow vanguards to stop following. He wants Shiroe to say his name. Seeing the seriousness in his eyes, he calls his real name for the first time. They both tell that they still hate each other. Demikas throws Shiroe down to a giant door. There is where he will die. He then runs off when the shadow vanguards come chasing. Shiroe realizes this is the deepest level of the Abyssal Shaft, their goal. Upon opening the door, rivers and streams of gold coins everywhere! Yeah, who says money come from trees? Before him is Kinjou.

Episode 12
Upon closer look, he isn’t Kinjou but another member of Kunie. Shiroe deduces his tears as being afraid. Who wouldn’t after his raid party keeps coming back like a zombie attack. Kunie explains all coins are born and returned here. The clan has been keeping this dark secret since. According to the law, since he reached here he has the right to take the gold. Shiroe has no intention of telling this to anyone but he wants to say what he couldn’t to Kinjou. He takes out some contract and rips it apart. This is to complete the contract. He reveals the Round Table doesn’t need wealth and now have the power to live peacefully in Akihabara. The contract states that all the buildings they have bought will be assigned to the Yamato server and ripping the contract makes it eternal. They bought the buildings to prevent it from falling in enemies’ hands but since it costs a lot to finance it, this expedition was his idea. Let me try to understand this. So Shiroe is using all the coins here to finance and buy all that? This includes all the zones in Yamato and then reassigning them? Shiroe finds it unfair that adventurers can purchase them but not People of the Land. This may be a problem in the future. He hopes Kunie will lend them money to do this so they will not destroy themselves. The land of Yamato should return and belong to Yamato. Silver Sword amazingly defeats all the raid bosses. Can’t blame them for laughing like mad. With it, all the super items and gold are theirs. There is also a tomb with their names erected stating them as the first adventurers to clear this. They return to Susukino as Shiroe talked to Silver Sword on many things. Regarding Demikas, he felt that he took out his frustrations on him by never calling his real name before. Now he realized it is wrong to steal someone’s name because it means you’re unwilling to recognize them as human. As they head home to Akihabara, Tetra continues to tease Naotsugu. Shiroe doesn’t want her to do that too much because he knows a little secret: TETRA IS A BOY!!!!!!!!!!! Meanwhile we see a short glimpse of that Plant Hwyaden guild biding their time doing nothing. I don’t know what they’re planning but it seems they’re surprised to hear Shiroe has returned to Akihabara. Log Horizon greets Shiroe’s return. Tetra purposely flirts with Naotsugu to irk Marielle and a tussle for the big guy begins… And where is that Akatsuki so to speak? Oh, she’s there. Too short to see her? I thought Shiroe teased her for growing taller! But he notes she has matured. It is one of those little times it’s okay to still be child-like as she hugs his back. Welcome back.

Episode 13
Valentine’s Day is around the corner. You know what this means. Is there some ulterior motive for Nyanta as he tells Serara about the coconia fruit that has you reveal who you love for the one who eats it? Then he also helps Isuzu make some cookies. But tension is running high for Akatsuki and Minori. It gets worse when Tetra teases Shiroe who is from Tea Debauchery Party and probably likes the leader, Kanami. Can this older woman be his girlfriend too? Shiroe’s surprised reaction even makes the girls worry. Could it be true? Rudy and Touya know Tetra is a boy but are confused how to address this cross-dresser. Even more tension when Minori and Akatsuki gathered lots of coconia fruits and at the same time they want Nyanta to teach them how to cook. Oh dear… Tetra then suggests working together since their goal is the same. She’s enjoying this, isn’t she? On a serious note, it has been 6 weeks since the magic barrier is down but there are no reports of monster attacks or PKs. Misa is given a mechanical arm as replacement. Since healing didn’t work, it is deduced the original one may be where Crusty is. Speaking of which, Lenessia’s gloom continues because Crusty is missing. Nobody to give her chocolates to? Marielle gives her sweets to Naotsugu (much to Shouryuu’s dismay). He eats it and experiences the effect of the fruit. She asks what kind of girl he likes most. He is about to say panties but that running joke of Akatsuki popping up to beat him in a flash ruins it. I don’t know how she left the kitchen so fast to go beat him up. Ah well, Shouryuu at least got leftovers and he’s happy about it. Shiroe’s cake trauma must be resurfacing as Minori and Akatsuki want him to eat their hard work. When he does, the girls are in a dilemma to ask that important question but ultimately can’t. Touya is hungry and wonders what is for dinner and this has Shiroe scream out he loves curry. I guess they’ll be having that tonight. The girls are relieved that this is for the best. Serara couldn’t find the fruit and gives Nyanta flowers she picked. Rudy eats Isuzu’s sweet and blurts out he loves everyone so they realize the effects aren’t just limited to romantic love. Meanwhile we see Indicus of Plant Hwyaden verbally abusing Nureha to forget about Shiroe and how nobody cares about her. Seems there is a contract between them for Nureha to collect wooden dolls to make a castle of a world of her own so Indicus will gain the entire Yamato server. But Nureha won’t give him since she has a promise with Shiroe.

Episode 14
As the Plant Hwyaden guys watch over the Minami town, KR talks of how he met Kanami in the China server and is coming back here. While his horse avatar was roaming for information, that is when he met Kanami travelling with an American player, Leonardo (despite he is in a frog suit, I can’t help see more resemblance in Ninja Turtle), Coppelia (the maid!!!!) and Erius Hackblade (a progenitor like the Izumo Knights). Seems the Apocalypse only happened in Japan server for the time being thanks to the time zone difference. As KR joins them, they enter a village whereby some plague demons start possessing people and attack others. They also meet Chun Lu (so familiar…) of the Rakurou Wolf Brigade whose entire members were wiped out in a raid. Kanami thinks of joining in this fight but Leonardo can’t see why she is doing so much to help NPCs. He understands Erius is an NPC but he is surprised to learn Coppelia is also one but created from a farming bot by a Chinese money laundering group. Leonardo also decides to join Kanami and that is when KR switched his other avatar to be part of this raid. So they face off with hordes of dog beasts and a couple of bosses, namely Lasphere who can control others by using a second name and swapping their status to take damage for her, and Paps whose slimy tentacles are trying to brainwash Erius that he is just a software personality! I don’t think that was meant to be funny. Of course Kanami can’t be bothered with all that and drops in to fight. KR doesn’t know what happened after that most probably because of the Apocalypse taking shape. Nureha comes out to greet the crowd and they are charmed by her while Indicus knows she is just being a puppet with a pretty face. KR of course didn’t tell Indicus any of this and this means she doesn’t know Kanami is back yet. Plant Hwyaden seems to be moving out for war in the east.

Episode 15
Isuzu performs on stage. Personally, I’m not impressed… But Rudy is praising her so much that it makes her embarrassed that she wants to beat him up?! Then Touya talks to Isuzu about her talented skills as we hear her being humble and modest about her musical background back in the real world. She is glad to perform since it makes others happy. The young ones are called by Shiroe because he intends for the rookies to go on a quest themselves to get materials to make some magic bag. It’s time for them to be independent. So we see them packing their stuffs, shopping around for weapons, accessories and a mode of transport (so they settled for a horse drawn carriage?). Then the entire guild has a feast that night to celebrate the beginning of a new journey. Next day, the young ones are sent off with lots of hope and encouragement (and some of them getting emotional too). What a boring episode…

Episode 16
Log Horizon rookies continue their journey. Boring… What’s funny is how their horses kick them off due to some time limit per day thingy. WTF. Yeah, they can even laugh it off. Nothing special about their ‘learning’ journey. They take breaks, set up campfire and in the next town, Isuzu uses her bard skills to perform so they can stay at the hotel for free. Rudy is puzzled of Isuzu’s treatment of him which is very different from Touya but the latter can’t tell him that Isuzu’s treatment over him leans more towards of a dog. Meanwhile back at Akihabara, it is Rieze’s turn to experience melancholy since Crusty is still missing. With the rest of the friends to support her, you know everything is going to be alright. Easy for Akatsuki to say since Shiroe is around. However there is only so long of Crusty’s disappearance can be kept secret. Because at this rate, guild members are leaving DDD and joining Honesty. Some of the old members are not happy with the increasing members because they feel those newbies are just leaches. They think of putting some limits but the guild leader is just having headache to think about it. Because Honesty is having a lot of influence in the Round Table solely based on grounds as the third largest guild. Finally we get to see some action as our Log Horizon rookies save a couple of the People of the Land from some ogres. They may be able to easily handle them but wait till the higher level spectres they are about to face. Luckily, a travelling summoner saves them from being casualties. Roe 2 suspiciously looks like a female version of Shiroe… But since she is also a vampire, she collapses from the sun’s rays.

Episode 17
Roe 2 is still weak from the sun but the rookies’ horse ‘broke’ so they have to push their carriage to the next town. Thank goodness it isn’t that far. They learn Roe 2 is heading to Ikoma to get rid of her vampire subclass that she hates. It is in the same direction as they are heading. Because she likes being called a big sister (because it makes her feel being relied on), she will gladly summon as much horses they want for their trip. And then a short hotspring fanservice scene with Isuzu teasing Serara and Minori on their crushes before Roe 2 usurps the conversation with her bigger boobs. What…? We take a detour back to Akihabara whereby the Round Table guys are discussing about the worrying income gap widening. Some suggests sharing wealth or publishing secrets for fair distribution but some argue about losing motivation on all the hard work you put in to achieve it all. No offence Marielle, but holding events for everyone to participate may actually look like arrogance to some. But how? You can’t leave and abandon the poor and those who are still not used it. What does Shiroe have to say? He knows making bug decisions among themselves like this will only destroy Akihabara. Our Log Horizon rookies enter Boxurt Mountains with heavy fog everywhere. They stumble upon merchants having trouble transporting their abundant cargo. Dariella, a travelling writer and People of the Land suggests helping them out. I guess Touya is smitten with her to agree. Passing by is an eerie group. They are actually Odyssey Knights from Plant Hwyaden. They are carrying an equally eerie contraption believed to be a mobile cathedral that allows adventurers who die to respawn anywhere in its vicinity. But how come they all look so lifeless and their march like a funeral procession? Must be a side effect, huh? And there are rumours that say it disturbs the voices of the heart when used… No wonder those scary eyes…

Episode 18
Nureha has gone missing because she went off on her own but Loreil is adamant to go find her. But if you remember well, she is currently masquerading herself as Nureha. But for the first half of this episode, it is about Rudy and Isuzu talking. After yet another sterling bard performance, Isuzu talks to him about her music background because her dad was a pro musician and was famous although only for a short time. Because Isuzu plays down herself that she has no talent, Rudy disagrees otherwise and how everyone is happy to listen to her play. Then it is like she realized something that makes her so sad. Because the People of the Land has 42 songs to go with and cannot create any more. That is why when Isuzu plays her simplest songs, they feel so happy. That is why Isuzu is considered a hero who has brought in so many songs. Then he talks about People of the Land having future and dreams, the reason why many of them start heading towards Akihabara. This only serves to make her feel more miserable and irresponsible about singing songs with such themes although Rudy and the rest clearly do not feel offended. I don’t know. I don’t really understand what’s her problem. So she locks herself in her room trying to write something. Next morning, Touya talks to Dariella but it feels something tense between them because he can’t look her in the eye and speak. Then he even says this weird thing that she won’t look odd if she stops smiling or something. Is he saying she is faking her smile? We take a detour back to Shiroe as Akatsuki happily reports all she knows about Lenessia’s father. Did she sneak into the castle? No. Lenessia told her. So? Should he be proud that she used her feminine skills to get such info? Well, I suppose. Minori feels strange as she cannot contact Shiroe. She thinks that mobile cathedral may be the side affect and what Dariella meant about voices of the heart being disturbed. She might be referring to telepathy. Suddenly a big ominous cloud approaches the town. Actually it is a horde of wyverns! Ah, got to wait till the next episode for the action. And what is this? Nyanta is nearby?

Episode 19
The People of the Land aren’t afraid since the Odyssey Knights are here to protect them. However Touya and co cannot be in more shock to see them happily and crazily attacking the wyverns. Even more shocking is that how they don’t mind getting killed since the mobile cathedral revives them. Then they start all over again. Plus, everybody is all over the place. No plans, no teamwork. Meanwhile Plant Hwyaden release some nightshade creatures to attack because from what I understand, based on some experiments they did, it will act as a vessel while drawing experience points from whoever without affecting the player much even if it dies. It’s like becoming immortal. Minori becomes suspicious of who Roe 2 is (because she seems to be talking-cum-hinting about things that I don’t understand and don’t care) while Touya who cannot stand it all goes to attack the monsters. Then he confronts one of the Odyssey Knights about his reckless action especially sacrificing their own lives. He is told many want to go back to their old world. When they die, they can see glimpse of it and perhaps a chance for them to return. He then talks about he is getting married and giving up this game for good, blah, blah, blah. Touya argues there are lots of people he loves in this world but is told off a world where one can’t die isn’t real. Touya is more upset. He remembers his real life he got into a car accident. Although alive, it was so bad that I guess he kissed his football dreams goodbye and needed to be wheeled around by Minori. That’s like being dead, right? Isuzu decides to stop being a worrywart and do what she does best. She is going to pick a fight with the god of this world for creating only so few songs. She’s going to sing. After Roe 2 throws back several questions to Minori and made her question herself if knowing Roe 2’s origin and destination are important, she realizes that knowing herself and where she wants to go is perhaps her wish. She wants to be a person like Shiroe who opens new paths and a big sister like her. I guess with that magic word, Roe 2 can’t refuse to help her as she summons her giant zebra and they ride into the battlefield. Nyanta starts his action by destroying the nightshade creatures.

Episode 20
Nyanta fights Londark who seems to be wanting to let People of the Land start a war to kill each other (something Shiroe had tried to say at the Round Table). Seems Londark is bitter because he wasn’t invited but forced into this world so he’s just doing what he wants with it. Nyanta knows what he says is true and tries to talk him out. But Londark wants to die. That is when Mizufa Trudy kills him to shut him up. She fights Nyanta and is impressed by his skills but sad that he has no intention to kill. Nureha is wondering what went wrong. She thought of interfering a little when she tagged along with those Log Horizon newbies. She only thinks Shiroe is special but after what Touya said about not smiling so that she wouldn’t look like she is lying, she thinks his teachings is in them. She can’t wait to see Shiroe and when Loreil finds her, she learns Mizufa ordered this wyvern and nightshade attack. She orders to help out. Mizufa is about to let Nyanta kill him but Kazuhiko intervenes. Nyanta knows him since he was part of Debauchery Tea Party. He believed Kazuhiko is trying to change Plant Hwyaden from inside but from the looks of it, he might have lost his goodness. Mizufa continues to attack and dares Nyanta to kill him but again Kazuhiko stops Nyanta’s blade, this time with his bare hand. Since top orders from Nureha have been received, the mission is cancelled and everyone is to back down. When Nyanta tries to ask Kazuhiko about Plant Hwyaden’s goal, he is kicked off from the train. Roe 2 is happy to help by summoning her angel to destroy the enemies. Should have done this earlier. Isuzu continues with her self reconciliation about her love for music, etc. We get it already! After seeing Touya trying to prevent those Odyssey Knights from killing themselves, she snaps. That is when she is going to introduce a new song to this world and starts singing it. Believe me, I prefer much better the ending theme that just rolled in right after hers. Haha!

Episode 21
The town is destroyed. The rookies are sad they couldn’t save it. The Odyssey Knights leave for their next death adventure. Touya is sad he couldn’t make them understand. It is time for Roe 2 to part but she gives Minori a letter for Shiroe. The best parting gift for her is for everyone to call her big sister. Music to her ears. Also, it is time for Dariella to part and return to Plant Hwyaden as Nureha. The rookies want to stay back and help clean up despite their mission is over. Rudy tries to convince them not to overstay their welcome but a little help never killed anybody, right? We take a detour back to Akihabara. Naotsugu notices lots more people becoming gloomy like when the Apocalypse first started. He hopes he is just over-thinking. Shiroe receives report from Nyanta about his meeting with Kazuhiko as well as Londark’s words. He fears that there are more people who can’t adapt and it makes them angry to the point that they will help the People of the Land to fight each other. If war erupts, can they stay out of it? What will the Round Table do? Also, there seems to be a strange travelling merchant, Camus going around hitting on girls. Some of the girls in West Wind Brigade were hit too but they weren’t amused and rejected. When one of them does, Kurinon punches his face! Suddenly she gets hypnotized to date him. Soujirou comes to her rescue and points out that thanks to the barrier being down, lots of weirdoes have been creeping in. When Camus hits on Soujirou, the other girls beat him up! Nobody touches their man! As Log Horizon rookies clean up, they hear cruel comments from the locals claiming the adventurers don’t care about them in the end. Isuzu realizes this might be why Rudy wanted them to leave. Isuzu still feels glad they came and despite creating a new song for the people, it won’t mean a thing if it doesn’t remain. But on their way back, they hear the kids humming to her tune so there is still hope after all. They won’t have to walk all the way back as Nyanta is here to pick them up on his Griffin. Hey. How can all of them ride on a single Griffin? Anyway, the rookies are glad to be back in the familiar warmth of their Akihabara guild. Home Good to be home, eh? Shiroe opens the letter from Roe 2.

Episode 22
Contents of the letter include Roe 2 claiming some of Shiroe’s memories are with her. Just like other adventurers, she is also part of another sentient being that came from another world. They are called Navigators. Shiroe talks to Soujirou after his guild destroyed Camus when he turned into a monster. He felt strange in slaying him because it was too easy like as though he was fighting a monster from a video game. During the Round Table discussion, they discuss another monster, Bagris that could control and distort measurements, making it difficult for them to attack effectively. But with Roderic creating some ‘ruler’ with Kunie clan’s help, Bagris was destroyed. For now, they term these monsters as Geniuses. We take a little detour with Akatsuki and Minori meeting up with Shiroe. But with Tetra clinging on to him and making ambiguous moves, the tug of war begins. At this rate he’ll be torn apart! Shiroe is counting his blessings ever since he got here. Because it has been a year since the Apocalypse and more and more adventurers are feeling homesick. With the impending war, the advent of adventurers is partly to blame for it so it is best they find a way home quickly. Shiroe calls the old Log Horizon members to discuss Roe 2’s letter. Sorry, it’s not a love letter. Yeah, Shiroe can joke! It claims she is the person Shiroe is looking for. Roe 2 is actually Shiroe’s other avatar he left when he was a tester on the test server. As Shiroe has long thought why they came to this world, it is illogical for a game to suddenly become real and they absorb into it. Their technology is not that advanced. With physics of both worlds mixed up, he thought there is a third party who is neither adventurers nor People of the Land who can explain. Informing them about Roe 2. In their language, she would be an alien. Apart from Navigators, there are also similar beings like them called Harvesters who are out to harvest resources called empathion. Too bad she didn’t explain what it is. But it seems their society had begun to run out of it and a new world was needed to solve this crisis. Therefore Roe 2 and her kind came here using something called Match which is something similar the adventurers experienced during Apocalypse. Roe 2 wants Shiroe to establish communications with the moon because that is where her society is observing the situation. She warns about Harvesters, powerful monsters using bodies prepared for them on the moon. They are what the Round Table calls them as Geniuses. Exercise extreme caution. Shiroe believes the validity of this letter because he saw it when he died at Abyssal Shaft. Akatsuki also remembers. So if they can get back there, they can go home.

Episode 23
Shiroe talks to Roderic about the lunar communication. Bad news. The cost is going to kill them. Even so, they cannot guarantee it will work. Log Horizon rookies are in a dilemma about Shiroe’s decision to send the adventurers home. Some feel they have made friends here but Touya doesn’t hesitate that he wants to go home. Because he came here without effort, he wants to work hard so that he can find a place to call his own. The rest of this episode focuses on Isaac and Iselus, Lenessia’s younger brother at Maihama. Yaoi-shota setting? Isaac is here to train the local guards and be Iselus’ bodyguard. He can’t stand the teasing in the form of praises. Isaac sees the Sergiatte who informs here he intends to officially announce Iselus as the heir during his birthday celebration. He hopes he can teach Iselus what they could not. Easy for him to say. Looks like it is going to be a long road. There is also talk about how the land was once ruled by only Westelande and its dynasty but a war split the land into regions as it is known today. Lenessia returns to celebrate Iselus’ birthday (making Tetra a sad idol because she wanted to form a new idol unit with her!). She warns Iselus to be wary of the adventurers especially those with glasses. Don’t worry. Isaac doesn’t wear glasses! During the celebration, Isaac catches a perpetrator trying to poison Iselus. He takes the kid and run but later finishes them off after being pissed at their hypocrisy. They’re claiming they’re doing this for the peace of the land and yet they want to kill a 9 year old kid? Regan returns to Shiroe having finished investigating the portal at Susukino that might have relations with the moon. Shiroe has always thought the communication equipment in an abandoned broadcast building was broken but during Regan’s investigation, he detected a slight signal of it. Suddenly everyone around the land collapses.

Episode 24
It seems only the People of the Land have collapsed. Eyewitnesses say they saw shining wings and they conclude it could be moths. During the Round Table meeting, it is suggested that they continue investigate the antenna since the people are only asleep. They have no time or energy to spare with all the weird events happening. Shiroe suggests keeping an eye on the situation since even if they can go home, it won’t be right away. Next night, swarms of moths descend on all the cities and this time adventurers who come into contact with their shedding scales fall asleep. More Round Table discussion as they believe people are asleep because their MP is drain away but not quick enough to recover. Shiroe thinks this might be empathion and the moths may be Geniuses. More shocking discovery as the moth’s nest is located at the broadcast building. It has also turned into a raid zone called Calling Fortress. Regan suggests destroying the antenna but that would mean destroying their only means of going home. He is not sure about the servers in other areas, if there is one or even functioning. Shiroe calls for a full raid and will have to finish it before the next moonrise as this is when the next moth swarm will appear. Regan also tags a long because there is a special seal at the entrance and since this is the first time something like this happened in this world, he has the responsibility to witness it. As they move in, they are attacked by… Moon rabbits?! Then minotaurs, ogres and monster boars join the ambush to make it tough for the raid team. They get stuck in the labyrinth so Shiroe suggests retreating to a safe area where they can rest and recover their MP. Some feel Shiroe is being pathetic because it doesn’t feel like the real him calling such shots. But no rest for the heroes as the monsters barge in to continue their attack. A new plant monster emerges from the ground. Casualties are raking up so Shiroe is forced to call it off. Instead of returning to the dungeon’s entrance, they reappear at the studio room. Shiroe apologizes but Henrietta slaps him! Minori and the rest tell Shiroe they are staying in this world. They know he is worried about destroying the antenna and their chance of going home. It’s not that they don’t want to go home but they’re not sure yet. Besides, they can’t leave the People of the Land like that. They don’t know when they’ll be able to go home but knowing they can makes them happy. After they settle everything, they can go home after that. New report shows there is a character appearing on the rooftop. He could be the raid boss. Shiroe is enlightened by the newbies and gets his scheming groove back. He is not going to pick either the world or antenna to save. They’ll save both!

Episode 25
The raid team is back in their groove attacking at full force. Thanks to Shiroe’s great planning and observation, they make lots of headway till they face off with the raid boss who seems to be interested in just putting everything to sleep. Shiroe shows why he was Debauchery Tea Party’s best strategist as he is able to figure out the raid boss’ attack patterns in a short amount of time. Then everybody attacks simultaneously and wins the entire thing. Good news that with this victory, the attack on everywhere else also stops. Regan has finished fixing the antenna. A voice is heard once the signal is connected. Shiroe recognizes and dreads this voice… It is Kanami! Gasp! His ex-girlfriend! Akatsuki… Minori… Hold still your beating hearts… If Kanami is making the communication, is she on the moon? Nope. She’s on the China server. During her journey, she stumbled upon a broadcast studio and messed around a little. She got lucky, huh? Kanami tells Shiroe that her daughter is now 3 years old. Wow. Is that a relief or what? Shiroe is surprised that Kanami isn’t desperate in going back. Because she wants to show her daughter how beautiful this world and the many friends they made. Then it hit Shiroe that it isn’t about staying or going home. There is a third option: Connect both worlds! Kanami wants him to do that and since Shiroe has already formed his guild, he will accept her request. The shocking revelation comes when Kanami says Crusty is here with her! Before more can be said, the communication breaks down. You did something, Regan? True, Crusty is there and he wonders who will be first to get him. Rieze or Misa. Hey. You forgot a certain spoilt princess who is still pouting your name that you’re not around! Meanwhile Indicus is not pleased to be told to restore the relationship between Westlande and Eastal. Even more insulting to her is that it is suggested to cooperate with Shiroe and the Round Table. There is no more time for infighting seeing what just happened. Indicus says no way Jose and won’t even let Shiroe go home. Nureha orders Indicus to stop the war with Eastal so Indicus thinks it is time to remind this b*tch her place. Too bad she won’t get to slap her because Kazuhiko stops her. Nureha tells her that she made a promise with Shiroe and she will not be the one to deal with him. Our raiding heroes return to savour the great taste of Nyanta’s curry. And now a new war begins… Minori and Akatsuki trying to outdo each other feeding Shiroe. He’s full…

The Melancholy Of Log Horizon
No wonder… Before I started watching this series, I had read comments from around the internet that they find this season totally boring. I wasn’t going to let that get me down and was going to maintain my optimism for this season. After all, everyone is entitled to their opinions. Sad to say, I have to admit that my final thoughts for this season are the same. I cannot believe this anime has fallen so far from its amazing first season to downright boring! Yes. It is sad for me to even say that but I think this is my overall sentiment for this season. Sure, there were some interesting bits but they were so miniscule and not making an impact that it couldn’t and retain my interest and eventually save the season.

First let me start off with the bad ‘boring’ points. As I can see, melancholy is the word that I would describe in what is going on for some of the characters in focus. During the first arc with beloved Shiroe away, Akatsuki started annoying us with her melancholy. She is thinking about her usefulness to her lord. After being with him for so long, I am pretty sure he is not the guy who would simply cast her aside for this silly reason. So why you so sad, girl? The saddest part? This is the only part where she has more screen time and in focus! Otherwise it feels like she has been relegated to a side character in subsequent arcs. Similarly, Lenessia is also experiencing her melancholy time. Again, she feels there is not enough she could do for everyone. So what are you sitting here lamenting about? Get out there and do something! Oh, she isn’t the only want feeling melancholy of Crusty’s disappearance. Rieze too. At least for a short while. Next, the Log Horizon newbies. Especially Touya and Isuzu who started feeling sad about this world. About death and music. Whatever. I know empathy is good but they’re being so sad like as though it is a hopeless thing (which isn’t). There is something that is eating Dariella/Nureha but I don’t know what it is either. Not that I care. Finally, Shiroe himself. I am sure and can understand this guy is carrying the responsibility and all the burden on his shoulders. He has a reputation and responsibility to keep up. So when he doesn’t, it isn’t like him anymore. Thankfully he has got great pals to support him and since the season is going to end, it is a good thing his melancholy is short and won’t span for episodes. Thank goodness.

The next boring point is the storyline. I don’t know. The adventure this season feels like it is lacking so much of something. Lacking the adventure magic that I felt when I saw the first season. Despite showing twin stories simultaneously side by side for the first arc, sadly they do not possess the wow factor. Mainly because Akatsuki’s melancholy has been hogging the limelight for the wrong reasons so it takes away the enthusiasm even when I am watching Shiroe’s full raid. Having Akatsuki redeeming herself by fighting and defeating Nelreth didn’t quite cut it. This mysterious killer story felt like it was put in just to match the full raid’s action sequence. Even the revelation of Shiroe going on this full raid, I didn’t comprehend it very well. Buying up the land to return it to the People of the Land? What? Me no understand still. It takes the fun out of everything.

And after Shiroe’s return, it is time to give the Log Horizon newbies a fair share of the limelight. So we send them away to do some sort of mission and they learn something or two and then mature and grow stronger from what they have learnt. Boring. Even if the impending war between the People of the Land is averted for now, it still doesn’t dismiss the fact that it could happen again in the future. With episodes running out for the season, they quickly mash together a sudden threat to Akihabara so it is a race of time to save what they deem important. Well, honestly after watching the boringness for so long, it isn’t a bad thing to see Log Horizon and some of the other guild members band up together to storm into the raid zone. Maybe it is because I have become a sadist in seeing them lose for the first time! An enemy they cannot defeat? Wow. This is interesting. And of course they won’t make losing as their streak and eventually turn the tables.

To be fair, not all of the plot or revelations are boring although there is a big portion of the show that I still do not understand. Heck, if some things in this world are still a mystery and Round Table is having a hard time understanding it, what are the chances for a guy like me? Therefore the most interesting plot for this season to me is about the server on the moon. Shiroe and Akatsuki’s temporary pit stop there looked fascinating and mysterious. Although not proven, it could be the answer for the adventurers to get home and I believe this is probably the biggest goal in the plot of the story. I don’t know. Personally having connected with Kanami at the end felt both great and disappointing. Great because Shiroe gets to reunite (sort of) with Kanami. Disappointing because it didn’t really connect with the moon and leave us wanting for more. Not even a freaking cliff-hanger.

Therefore even with the fleeting so called romance (if you can call it), it might be little and it might be just distraction but somehow I prefer to see the rivalry between Minori and Akatsuki and taking it to greater heights. That curry battle might just begin it all. Can the giraffe best the crocodile? Heck, if they had shown more of this, they might have turned the show distasteful, even worse than how boring it is. I would also like to see the rivalry between Tetra and Marielle but then again, that would turn everything distasteful. This idol cross-dresser sure knows how to tease about. Nothing major happening between Serara and Nyanta. Feels like status quo since last season. Same case for Rudy and Isuzu. Touya and Dariella could be interesting but it could just be the spur of the moment. Thanks to Crusty missing most of the time and trolling us if he is alive or not, we don’t see that romantic stuffs he pulled on Lenessia he did in last season.

Continuing the boring stuffs, I would like to talk about the characters. With so many major characters, it is hard for all of them to have a decent share of the spotlight. Unfortunately some of the supporting characters from last season didn’t make a decent impact. Heck, I don’t even remember some of them by now. For example, Lenessia is close to being forgotten after she played an important turning point in boldly standing up to challenge the status quo last season. Because with Crusty missing, I see no reason why we should see her being sad over his disappearance. Keep blaming this guy for not showing up when she needed him, eh? Oh girl, why don’t you just get over it and admit you like this guy!

I thought Nureha and her Plant Hwyaden would become the main antagonist this season as I expected last season but it all falls flat. Indicus is seen like a likely villain (she is after all another character in glasses) and could be the next big one at least standing in Shiroe’s way if there is ever another season. Or they could be just trolling us again. Plant Hwyaden seems intimidating enough but when it is time for action, their appearance is just so limited that I thought it was better for them not to appear at all. Okay, so it is my fault for putting up such expectations. Even Demikas and William make up for their sorry appearances last season despite just being confined to the first arc. But that is better than nothing. At least we can see that they’re not so bad people after all. Demikas just needs anger management and all William wanted was to make friends. At least Demikas shows he isn’t just all hot headed and filled with angst. I didn’t know he can joke because he ‘drools’ when his wife gets injured. Yeah, he doesn’t cry. His eyes drool! I didn’t know he can say funny stuffs! Old characters like Naotsugu, Akatsuki, Nyanta, Marielle and Henrietta (and the majority of the rest whom I have forgotten their names) didn’t do enough to make much of an impact. Akatsuki’s beating up of Naotsugu when he says the ‘P’ word becomes a faint reminder that it was a running joke last season. It didn’t work this time.

As for the handful of new characters, well, it is a mixed baggage. Because Tetra is the most amusing one with her penchant to be as happy as an idol and sticking around Naotsugu just to cause some jealous riffs with Marielle. I don’t know if she has some sort of skill to summon mini portals because she can pop up anywhere she likes over this big guy and very quickly. Trying to catch her is like trying to play whack-a-mole in extreme difficulty mode. Despite Tetra being freaking annoying, thanks to the boringness of everything, her lively teasing seems to be more amusing and interesting. Really. Then there is Roe 2 whom I thought would drop the bombshell and claiming to be Shiroe’s long lost sister or twin since they both look suspiciously similar, only just gender swapped. Didn’t happen. She was mysterious as the wind, came in and joined the rookies for a while before leaving. Her penchant for being called the big sister serves more of a comic relief when everything is getting boring. Though, the interesting bit about her was the revelation that she belongs to another sentient being and there could be another life form trapped in this world. Finally Iselus. I can’t help imagine this kid to be of yaoi-shota pairing with Isaac. *Shudders*.

Action wise, they are still okay but not exciting enough to retain my attention. Therefore I don’t remember if they spam a lot of new spells or techniques since I wasn’t really paying attention. Even if I did, I wouldn’t remember them. Despite the final episode filled with the action packed stuffs and a reminder of what Log Horizon should have been, but it was too late to save everything. Even so, I didn’t think that final raid boss battle was that exciting. Just satisfying enough. Personally, I thought the artwork remained the same like last season. But as I have read some comments, some say that the quality is lower this season. Hmm… There are a few scenes which I thought weren’t up to par but it is because I thought this was how the anime was. You know, the characters especially their facial expressions and the likes are simple looking instead of anything complicated.

As many of the big casts from the first season are retained, a handful of new ones join them in this new season. Most notable would be Tetra. At first I thought she was voiced by Aki Toyosaki because of that idiotic liveliness in her. Nope, it’s not her but Yukiyo Fujii (Latifa in Amagi Brilliant Park). Roe 2 is voiced by Ayumui Fujimura (Misaki in Kaichou Wa Maid-sama). Interestingly, Mariya Ise who voiced Lenessia in both seasons now also voices Iselus. I can’t tell the difference anyway. I also didn’t know it was Marina Inoue’s voice behind Kanami. Maybe I did but perhaps I wasn’t concentrating. Lacking of other new seiyuus I can find this season, I’m just going to list down Hiromi Igarashi as Coppelia (Hina in Papa No Iukoto Wo Kikinasai) simply because she is a maid character :). But there is a little pleasant surprise in this department for this season. I can’t be wrong or mistaken because I think that is Mamiko Noto’s voice making a cameo as Demikas’ wife! I know it is her! Yes it is! YES! Ah, this season is saved from being a complete disaster! Though, it is still boring overall. The show, that is.

I thought this was freaking familiar because then it soon dawned to me that this season’s opening theme is exactly the same one used in last season! Don’t have the budget to get a new opening theme? However I still feel this rock theme isn’t suitable. I thought they were going to reuse the same ending theme but thankfully they didn’t. Though, they maintained the same singer to sing it. Yun*chi sings Wonderful Wonder World and although I prefer this much better than the opener, however my preference still has me liking the first season’s ending theme better. Trivial note: I guess this season was boring that right at the beginning of the ending credits animation Akatsuki is seen yawning. My, what a big yawn. Then for the rest of the animation we see her sleeping and dreaming weird dreams. My, she must be tired after the boringness, eh?

So my guess is that overall this season fails to live up to its predecessor and the only thing now for this series to redeem itself is to make a super awesome third season. Hmm… Maybe that is what is intended in the first place. You make something real good to get people wanting for more and then you make a disappointing sequel that has those same people giving the thumbs down or booing or throwing rotten tomatoes. And then you surprise everybody with the unexpected by making an epic final in the trilogy. Simply because nobody who has watched the second season would expect the third season to surpass it. It is all about the tactics of lowering your expectations and then hit you when you least expected it. Heh. Doesn’t it sound like a strategy for Shiroe? In conclusion, this second season might be dull but do not lose hope. It may or may not get better. You won’t know if you don’t try. Now that Log Horizon is gunning to bridge both worlds, imagine both humans living together with computer game characters. I wonder if this makes it possible for you to live with your 2D hentai/porn characters. You live and play the game altogether.

Log Horizon

October 19, 2014

A popular fantasy RPG game that allows you to enter its world and experience the true RPG feel of slashing monsters, hunting for treasures and levelling up your stats. No, we are not talking about Sword Art Online (or even the .hack series). No doubt that one is still more popular but don’t discount Log Horizon too. Many would feel that Log Horizon is somewhat similar to Sword Art Online due to the fact that the setting has players trapped in the virtual game world and cannot log out. But the similarity ends there. In this anime, many players from around the world find themselves trapped in a game after they released its latest expansion pack. Focusing on the players from the Akihabara of Japan, it chronicles the adventures of these trapped players as they have to survive and adjust to their new life. That doesn’t sound that all bad, doesn’t it? Well, if you are really stressed out from the realities of life, this may be the ultimate getaway…

Episode 1
Shiroe like many other players of the MMORPG, Elder Tale, find themselves stuck in this game in Akihabara (where the game’s server is located) and cannot log out. Some just confused and many are just wallowing in depression. He meets up with his friend, Naotsugu as they discuss about how today was supposed to be the update of a new expansion of Novasphere. The next thing they now, they’re stuck in this world. This isn’t a dream and they need to find out more about this world as they don’t know when they can return to their own world. Shiroe is called by a fellow assassin whom he has teamed up in many missions before. He asks for a gender changing potion in which Shiroe is in possession. The guys are shocked to learn Akatsuki is a petite girl. Because Naotsugu is an open pervert, Akatsuki usually knee kicks him in the face before he finishes his sentences. I suppose this will be a running gag throughout the series. The trio agree to stay together but short of forming a guild themselves. Akatsuki feels indebted to Shiroe and will follow her ‘master’ anywhere. They get food to eat but they all taste so plain… This is what data bits taste like… They are then called by the Crescent Moon Alliance guild leader, Marielle. Marielle loves big hunky men like Naotsugu while her assistant, Henrietta is smitten in cute little things like Akatsuki. The trio are briefed about the situation. Guilds are trying to recruit members, the game servers in other regions in Japan are working fine and the inter-city transport gates aren’t working. However because of the expansion pack, this may not be the Elder Tale everyone is familiar with. Marielle knows Shiroe isn’t fond of guilds but offers him to join. Besides, Debauchery Tea Party is gone, right? Shiroe declines. Debauchery Tea Party isn’t a guild but a group of individuals banding together to complete large scale battles called raids. Shiroe was their strategist. Naotsugu wonders if you can escape this world by dying. The only way is to experiment. They head to fight some monsters. It is harder to use the commands to attack but after watching Akatsuki just using her body to feel the motion, it is much easier to swing your hands instead of inputting commands with your fingers. More natural. Shiroe narrates today is the day whereby hundreds of thousands of Elder Tale players found themselves trapped in this online game. The day they will call as Apocalypse.

Episode 2
Good news: When you die, you do not die in real life and get resurrected in the cathedral. Bad news: This means you’re still stuck in this goddamn world. Shiroe narrates to us about classes and sub-classes and also remembers about Crescent Moon Alliance telling them about PKs (Player Killings). Because players cannot die, incidents of PKs have increased to steal their items. Although PKs are prohibited in towns, ambushes are laid in the outskirts instead. Speaking of which, the trio come into a band of cocky PKs. They think they’re easy meat. Because Shiroe is a brilliant strategist, we see them unleash several spells and counter attacks (couldn’t bother to remember them) that sends them back to the cathedral. Akatsuki even took out the hidden ambushing members of the PKs. There go their trump cards. Later they discuss that because they lack any goals and are bored, the reason why many resort to PKs. They need something to occupy their minds to stay alive and sane. Shiroe and co are called by Marielle again. A member of their guild, Serara is stuck in Susukino. They plan to go rescue her but since the distance in Elder Tale is half the distance in real life, they still have to travel far and fight monsters. The situation at Susukino is much worse than here but thankfully Serara was saved by a kind soul and is hiding in his shelter. Marielle plans to assemble the highest guild members for a rescue mission and wants Shiroe and co to take care of the guild while they are gone. But Shiroe thinks. The journey will take long and all their best players are going. One conclusion: This mission is sure to fail. There is another alternative but is in a dilemma whether to get involved or not. His pals know what he wants and just do it. Shiroe offers to go on that trip as this is the best option. They ride horses and even ride the rare griffons to save time.

Episode 3
The gang have to travel underground through a complex maze to reach the other side of the mountains since the airs in this area are filled with wyverns just like in the game. While taking a break, they talk about telepathy ability in which is only available to the friends on your list that you must add face to face. We see Serara levelling up her maid abilities cleaning the house, cooking and washing because she is so bored. At least better than the dangerous outside. She is currently living in the home of Nyanta, the cat musketeer who saved her. As for Crescent Moon Alliance, they are trying to gather several guild leaders in a meeting. Shiroe and co continue to trek through a longer path in the maze because they want to avoid fighting with packs of low level rat-men and risk the spread of disease. Their pathway collapses and Shiroe drops like a rock. Akatsuki dives down to save him while Naotsugu pulls them out of the water. Shiroe remembers he wasn’t much of a social person so he ended up playing Elder Tale. He made ‘friends’ but it seems they were only using him for advice to get rare items. Till he met the Debauchery Tea Party members and words of their leader that the best part of adventure is experiencing new thrilling things attracted him. Continuing their journey, the guys are surprised to learn Akatsuki is the same age as them. You think she’s just a little girl? The zone suddenly changes and they think this is one of the new Novasphere updates as this wasn’t here before. They are faced with a giant rat-man. Shiroe’s strategy has them defeat this rodent in no time. When they break out of the cave, they see a beautiful sunset scenery. Watching it on your monitor is different. Experiencing and seeing it with your own eyes, priceless. Meanwhile the situation in Susukino is getting worse. Demikas, the leader of his Brigandia guild is rampant and merciless in PKs and stealing. However he is most upset that Serara and Nyanta are still not to be found and orders his men to find them. He won’t allow anything to go against his will.

Episode 4
Shiroe and co arrive at Susukino and want to avoid fighting to deaths. Although they will be resurrected at the cathedral, because Serara’s server is in Susukino, she will be resurrected in that local cathedral. Serara is hiding in a safe zone, the reason Brigandia cannot find her. Shiroe finds Nyanta and Serara. Seems Nyanta is Shiroe’s superior. Nyanta agrees to follow them back to Akihabara. The entire town is filled with Demikas’ punks waiting to pounce of them when they leave since there is no PKs zone inside towns. True enough, Demikas and the rest are waiting outside. Nyanta suggests a one on one fight and since Demikas refuses, Shiroe proposes his right hand man, Londark who seems to be the more powerful one. This works Demikas up and he walks right into their palm and start fighting. While we have more terms explanation from Shiroe about cast times and cool down times, Naotsugu joins in the fight to distract the rest. Shiroe has Serara heal everyone on his signal and when the time is right, Shiroe unleashes Thorn Bind Hostage on Demikas for Nyanta to cut and slice the vines, rendering him down to his last HP. Akatsuki takes out Demikas’ healers in a sneak attack and narrates about their coordination and teamwork that allows them to pull off such techniques. Something she could not do. Demikas is not repentant and wants to kill them so Serara deals the last blow that sends him back to the cathedral. But Demikas is still seething in anger even in death and will remember Shiroe. They summon griffons and make their quick escape into the sky.

Episode 5
While camping out in the woods, Shiroe and co are surprised Nyanta can cook meals that taste so awesome!!! Real meat! To get such real taste, stop ordering from the menu and make them from the natural ingredients. Another point is that Nyanta’s sub-class is a chef so he is able to cook unlike the rest whose meal becomes charcoal when they attempt the same. As they properly introduce themselves, Akatsuki gets to know Shiroe, Nyanta and Naotsugu are from Debauchery Tea Party, the reason why they can work together so well and possess high level techniques. But she cannot believe Naotsugu is part of the legendary team. When Shiroe ponders about Serara’s age, it reminded him about the twins, Touya and Minori. As they were beginners in this game, he taught them using the Teacher System. He saw them briefly during the Apocalypse and guesses they might have joined a guild. The gang take shelter in a nearby farm since a storm is building up. They interact with the NPCs whom Shiroe feels they are more human than them because despite being unimportant characters, they have their own little back story and emotions. Adventurers and players like them with super strengths and power make them seem more inhuman. Meanwhile Touya and Minori are probably regretting joining some guild seemingly mistreating the new players. They can only blame themselves for being weak. When they are about to depart for a mission, Touya hears Shiroe’s voice (he and his gang just reunited Serara with her guild members). He wanted to go to him but I guess he had to follow his boss’ orders.

Episode 6
A welcome home Serara party is thrown. Food tastes good thanks to Nyanta and it seems Shiroe has given Henrietta permission to hog Akatsuki!!! Sold out! Shiroe talks to Marielle about the current situation. Guilds are falling into their ranks now based on their size. Big powerful guilds are cutting off smaller ones and monopolizing hunting grounds although cases of PKs have diminished. She mentions about the meeting with smaller guilds a few days ago to form a joint council but it ended in shambles as everyone argued about their own petty goals and selfishness. Also with Novasphere’s expansion, the level cap is now raised from 90 to 100 and big guilds like Black Sword Knights and Silver Sword are aiming for 91. There is also the case of players using EXP pots, which is basically like cheating since it gives players increase in stats. Players below level 30 are given this so as to attract more newbies to the game. But a guild called Hamelin is gathering new players claiming to help them. However they are selling their EXP pots to guilds who want to raise their stats. Speaking of which, Touya and Minori are in this guild. Shiroe observes the current situation at Akihabara and his disdain and thus dilemma for joining guilds. Nyanta offers his words of wisdom. He then calls Minori and knows about the twins’ situation. Minori forces herself to hold back her tears. She is happy to hear his voice but yet couldn’t bear anymore of the suffering. Shiroe has a meeting with Marielle and Henrietta to request for their help. It’s time to repay the favour. He wants them to help save a pair of twins in Hamelin. He is also serious in wanting to clean up Akihabara. He is saddened that everyone is living in a pathetic state here. Being in Akihabara feels unpleasant and thinks everyone is underestimating this world too much. For a start, he needs 5 million gold. Holy cow! Crescent Moon doesn’t even have that much. He mentions the money isn’t important. It is everyone’s hope and goodwill. He believes lots of people loves this town than hate it and the more people like that they know, the higher chance they can win. Marielle is happy and breaks into tears when she learns Shiroe has finally formed his own guild. He calls it Log Horizon.

Episode 7
Marielle is dying since she has stacks of paper to approve. I don’t even know why a small guild like them has so much paperwork. Shiroe knows Henrietta has a master’s degree in business admin in the real world. Because this world has no rule of its own, they can make their own as they have no time to think over where they can get their money. So Crescent Moon opens a burger stall in Akihabara with the real burger taste as their selling point. Since it’s a bit pricey, the other players are sceptical. Till they take a bite… FREAKING AWESOME!!!! They want more!!! And so word spreads about this real tasty burger. They’re raking in the gold. Can they keep up with the orders? With Naotsugu and fellow Crescent Moon members, Shouryuu and Hien nonstop hunting for meat in the forest while Nyanta and other chefs cook the delicious burgers. Although they make a killing and their burger is a sell-out, they cannot reach their 5 million gold in time since they can serve at most 1,000 customers per day. They’ll take 4 months to achieve that and Akihabara alone itself has 15,000 registered players. In exchange for Henrietta’s hard work, Akatsuki once again is ‘sold out’. No escape! Shiroe and Nyanta call out to meet a friend, Soujirou. He has his own small guild, Caravan of the West Wind Brigade. Soujirou is puzzled Shiroe called him out since he thought he didn’t like because when he was invited to join his guild, he declined. Of course it was Shiroe then who had a thing against guilds. But after the Apocalypse, he realizes he needs to make a place on his own. Soujirou agrees to help him out since he believes in him. I’m sure being an extra manpower at the burger stall to attract female players isn’t just the plan. He knows there is far more to it. With things going well, Shiroe initiates the second phase of the plan.

Episode 8
Marielle and Henrietta are in a meeting with a fellow friend, Karashin from Shopping District 8. They are to negotiate for ingredients and of course it isn’t going to be just a simple one. With Shiroe as the mastermind, Crescent Moon Alliance is going to get the best deal and achieve their goal. Because they have invited a couple of other guilds to join, they make it sound as though Karashin cannot miss out on the deal now so in his desperate move to seal it and stay on, he accepts their terms in their favour. Soon, the leaders of the other guilds arrive. Michitaka from Marine Agency and Roderic from Roderic Merchant Guild. Knowing that they want profits, as long as they can make them bear that in mind, negotiations will go their way. It gives them the advantage to reveal or withhold information but they can’t lie. Henrietta explains they are about to embark on a huge quest that they couldn’t do on their own and need the help of others. The quest also requires 5 million gold. At first they are sceptical as no quests cost this much but with the Novasphere expansion, it could mean the reward must be mega huge. Hearing that Shiroe is behind this quest attracts their attention. In return, Crescent Moon Alliance will give the full details of the operation as well recipes and copies of all the cook books they are using. As they have collected 500,000 gold, another 4.5 million is needed and so each guild can contribute 1.5 million each. The guys agree to the deal and even try to get the edge over the rest by suggesting they can be the sole sponsor. I guess the negotiation is a success. Meanwhile Minori narrates how she came to this world. She was shocked although Touya was getting used to it. They were a victim of PKs and lost everything. They were desperate and sought help to whoever offered them. That’s how they ended up in Hamelin. Minori feels she has no right to seek Shiroe’s help as she is weak and powerless unlike Shiroe who earned his keep. Touya also tells Minori he did see Shiroe once but didn’t go ask for his help. He had those same thoughts. Many of the big guild masters receive and invitation from Crescent Moon Alliance for a round table talk in Akihabara. Shiroe contacts Minori and tells her tomorrow he will be saving them.

Episode 9
Notable guilds of Akihabara are invited to the round table conference. Combat guilds like DDD, Black Sword Knights, Honesty, West Wind Brigade and Silver Sword along with crafting guilds consisting of Marine Agency, Roderic Merchant Guild, Shopping District 8, Grandeur and Radio Market. Not forgetting Crescent Moon Alliance and Log Horizon. Shiroe chairs the conference and explains his goal to improve the situation in Akihabara. William Massachusetts of Silver Sword decides to bail on this conference since he is a combat guild and doesn’t care about the state of the city. Meanwhile, Akatsuki, Naotsugu, Shouryuu and Hien are absent as they are waiting in position before the plan to let the kids in Hamelin escape begins. All they need to do is run straight into the door of Guild Building when the cost is clear. Shiroe begins his case about certain guilds locking up others due to the EXP pots and his journey to Susukino that he saw a guild taking control over players and NPCs that the place is in total chaos. Therefore they need laws to bind them. But what if there are those who oppose this? What if a big guild with sizeable members isn’t willing to follow this law? Shiroe shows his trump card that he has purchased Guild Building. He is its rightful owner and can ban or allow players to enter or leave. Because banks are also located in Guild Building and with the transporter to other cities disabled, this means their only access to money is in Guild Building. It’s like blackmail, no? They wonder how he got the money to purchase this building. Those 3 guilds admit. They seem disappointed that the recipe was this simple but were told how is it not worth 5 million gold? Also, the money wasn’t for a quest but to form this round table conference. Hey, it was their own assumption that they thought it was a quest, right? Meanwhile the locked kids of Hamelin begin their escape. Touya and Minori have a little obstacle before they made it through the door. But Hamelin’s leader, Schreider somehow goes through and attacks them. Akatsuki saves them and puts him on the blacklist and out he goes. Shiroe mentions his 2 goals. First, to restore life to this town and the world in the long term. Second, to create laws that bind people. Isaac from Black Sword Knights still isn’t thrilled so he wants Shiroe to tell them specifically what Log Horizon has in mind.

Episode 10
In addition to bringing back life to Akihabara, Marielle reveals how to make food with taste. With this discovery, it leads to the idea of inventing stuffs. The crafting guilds have created a prototype steam engine. Now that there is a rush to invent things, this will lead to people purchasing and run the economy. Also, people will have something to do like going hunting to earn money so they’ll buy weapons and hire bodyguards. Shiroe mentions the need of safety too. The laws and human rights they make need not be strict but they need to lay down some rules like banning if some goes overboard like imprisonment (since death is no longer absolute). He also wants the laws to apply to NPCs in this game termed as People of the Land. Because they are the indigenous people while players are the outsiders, if they can’t govern themselves, their relationship with them will erode. They also bring up the topic of going to war with the People of the Land. The round table conference ends with everyone agreeing to participate in this plan. Hamelin has been shut down and since the members are barred from entering Guild Building, they left town. All the imprisoned children are now under the care of Crescent Moon Alliance. With news of their cooking and invention spreading, it has also attracted People of the Land to flock here. But some have noticed a certain number of them have begun to move. Today is where Log Horizon moves into their own building. Crescent Moon Alliance also moves into a bigger hall to accommodate more members. Other guilds pay them a visit, some with moving in gifts. Michitaka relates a problem of pricing in this world because the process from the real world is different. Lastly, Touya and Minori want to join Log Horizon because they want to learn more from Shiroe. There is no reason not to accept them, right? Welcome aboard. Meanwhile the League of Freedom Towns Eastal, a kingdom called Maihama consisting of People of the Land report to their lord Sergiatte Corwen of the developments in Akihabara.

Episode 11
Touya and Minori are training under the eyes of Naotsugu and Akatsuki. Marielle throws a tantrum that she wants to go to the beach to experience summer. She worked her ass off, you know… And so under the guise of a summer training camp for new players under level 40 sponsored by the Round Table League, Marielle gets her beach holiday. At the same time, a messenger of Sergiatte requests an audience with the Round Table’s leader. Shiroe expected them to make a move. The plus of having this audience is that they will get more valuable information about the People of the Land. On the downside, they may get caught up into their politics. If they don’t participate, they lose that valuable chance to know more. Will this eventually lead to war? Shiroe doesn’t think so as those people were made to be far weaker than the adventurers. Because the audience falls on the same time with the training camp, Shiroe can’t attend the latter as he is needed for his skill in bureaucracy and information analysis. Tagging along are Akatsuki, Henrietta (because for a certain loli ninja), Michitaka and DDD’s Crusty. They arrive at the Palace of Eternal Ice, a kingdom built on magical ice by an extinct ancient race. During the ball, Sergiatte greets them and Crusty seems to have that air of nobility with him to talk with the lord like normal. Shiroe notices that the other People of the Land are not talking to them and maintaining their distance. Not because out of respect for their lord but rather they lack information on them too so they are being wary. As they want information on them too, they have to be careful in their conversation not to give away too much. Sergiatte introduces them to his granddaughter, Lenessia. Meanwhile the training camp goes on fine and Naotsugu announces the newbies to train in a dungeon. However it will be just them all by themselves.

Episode 12
When Sergiatte suggests them to dance, Shiroe is made the scapegoat to do so since Crusty views himself as the Round Table’s representative and wants to speak with the lord more. Shiroe isn’t alone, though. Henrietta guides and dances with him since her other class is a bard. Later, Minori contacts Shiroe as she is worried about tomorrow’s dungeon training. He assures her as long as she remembers the basics in the notes he left her, she’ll be alright. Shiroe and co discuss about if they have brought any additional cooks because the conference will last for 10 days and the terrace of this size, they’re expecting lots of guests. There are 25 nobles in Eastal, this puts their population strength on par with Akihabara. Shiroe has an idea what the nobles seek. To learn the scope of Akihabara and Round Table’s ambitions and try to win them on their side (some are worried the adventurers are trying to rule their city and want to get them on their side for fear of being left behind). In short, they need their power but won’t act like their inferiors. Most likely Crusty will be bestowed a noble title. There is a possibility that nobles will try to talk to individuals or guilds for offers. Since it’s impossible to monitor everyone, they need to establish some rules and understand how they think. This is where Akatsuki comes in as Shiroe sends her on a recon mission. Meanwhile the trainees begin their dungeon adventure. They form into groups. Touya and Minori’s group includes Serara, Isuzu the bard and some arrogant and talkative sorcerer, Rundel Haus Code or simply Rudy. He thinks he is so awesome. But the boys click because they view fighting up front is the best instead of the girls’ idea of having a strategy meeting. Even in the darkness, Rudy thinks others are trying to outdo him by providing a brighter light. WTF. With normal skeleton guards appearing, they make their move. Rudy gets cocky with their victory. But there are more skeletons waiting to ambush. Touya cannot handle them all and they’re targeting Rudy. Since Minori’s defensive spell is taking too long to activate, the only strategy left is to… RUN!!! Pathetic! Meanwhile Crusty declines an offer to drink with a noble to go meet Lenessia.

Episode 13
Due to many invitations by the nobles, the guys split up and decide which ones to attend. Lenessia thinks about the meeting with Crusty. It was just an excuse to get away from that pesky noble. Not only he can tell what she is thinking, it is like his words contain sarcasm aimed at her. Lenessia is so used to the praises from others that she sometimes feels that half of them are because of her position. She witnesses Crusty and the other guards in a goodwill fight. He suggests that the strongest knight be given a reward and that is for Lenessia to accompany them to tonight’s banquet. Who approved this anyway? She has no say and all the guards are motivated. But needless to say, Crusty ends up tops. Naturally. All according as planned. Later she talks to him about freedom. Despite adventurers are free, being that takes resolve. Meanwhile Touya and co are still having it tough in the dungeon. For the umpteenth time they still can’t beat those skeletons. Is it because they lack the power? Michitaka and a noble are talking about food production in the land in which is booming. However the big problem is that transportation on land over long distances tends to be attacked by monster. His request is not for him to defeat the monsters but to use his new transportation technology over sea. Lenessia accompanies Crusty at the ball. She is forced to put a fake smile which makes her look odd. A couple of her friends join them. They also watched Crusty in the sword fight earlier on and are very impressed. Lenessia couldn’t understand why he is so polite and elegant to them instead of her. She knows that underneath all the sugary and polite words contain sarcasm somewhat aimed at her. Once they leave, Crusty reveals he has a little sister in the real world. Lenessia’s actions are very similar to her, that’s why he knows what she is thinking. And thus being with her eases his tired heart and he hopes he can sincerely repay her kindness at the conference. Shiroe catches Akatsuki dancing alone outside! From her recon report, it seems the People of the Land see them as enemies mainly because of their power but mean no direct harm. She also heard them not knowing where the Izumo Knights are. Suddenly Regan of Miral Lake appears before them and wants to speak to Shiroe.

Episode 14
The duo are taken to Regan’s huge library base. He is actually a magic scientist instead of a mage and his research specializes in magic. He explains the different types of magic based on their scale of effect and the ultimate world class magic that can alter the laws and fates of the world. This magic called World Fraction has been used 3 times and the third being the Apocalypse. Shiroe wants to hear the entire story for the first 2. It’s going to take a while. Around 350 years ago, several races lived in harmony and the land was more prosper than today. But the race of alves whose forte is magic technology were despised for that. Their numbers are small and reproductive system slim so other races destroyed them and those who survived became slaves. After the alves’ nation was destroyed, 6 bent princesses called Luquenje were born and simultaneously sought revenge. The world plunged into chaos. Although Luquenje was on the verge of defeat, that was when the first World Fraction was used. The result created demi-humans like goblins. None of such creatures existed 300 years before. They were created using the souls of those who died in the war. The battle with demi-humans rages on and that’s when humans created other races like animal people. However demi-humans are able to resurrect (respawning in gaming terms) and this made them undefeatable. That’s when the second World Fraction was used. Around 240 years ago, that is when adventurers came into the picture. Regan mentions Shiroe’s name was mentioned around 98 years ago in the history books.

Shiroe tells us that time in Elder Tale flows differently in the real world. An entire day in this world is equivalent to 2 hours. This means 98 years is around 8 years and a few months, the same time Shiroe started playing this game. 240 years ago translates to 20 years, the same time the first beta game was released. Regan continues talking about Spirit Theory that includes psyche (magic points) and anima (hit points) and some technical theory why people resurrect but lose experience points as penalty. As resurrection magic also works on People of the Land and the similar system of adventurers resurrecting in cathedrals are used by demi-humans, there is a possibility that memories are damaged or lost during death. This is a hypothesis he is currently researching. If all that seems confusing to you just like Akatsuki, Shiroe puts it in simpler terms like how a player behind his computer plays this game using the avatar in this game. So losing life is only restricted to inside the game and not in the real world. But since the Apocalypse, it is possible that both their psyche and anima are united so their memories and experience points of their characters have become one. If they die, they lose their memories. But many have died and revived since although nobody is making a big fuss and it may be of miniscule scale. However there is a possibility that people may forget about the real world. Shiroe doesn’t want anyone else to know about this yet. Meanwhile Touya and co are still frustrated that their training isn’t making any progress. Rudy practises hard by even making a simulation of the dungeon layout. Minori finally sums up her courage to tell her teammates something or else nothing will change if she stays quiet.

Episode 15
Because she knows nothing about everyone, she needs everyone to explain about their weapons, spells, their functions, effectiveness, etc. So once everybody starts talking and comparing, they realize the reason why they lost against such low creatures. They make plans to take advantage of their skills and spells so they can work together in combat more effectively. They put their plan into good use till they clear the dungeon. Victory at last. Meanwhile Shiroe is making high level documents when he gets a call from Minori who reports and explains everything. Shiroe is happy that her team is doing well. Isuzu is talking to the girls and they can’t help wonder that Rudy is handsome but don’t feel the attraction. Then when she talks to him, she sees the similarities of a golden retriever dog. That’s why. She wants to add him to her friend list but this action cannot be proceeded. Meanwhile, a huge army of demi-human fish are invading land and attacking the trainees.

Episode 16
Nyanta scouts ahead on a griffon. There is a huge army of goblin army marching here over the mountains. They easily numbered at 10,000. They inform this to Shiroe and in turn via some telepathic network he communicates with everyone from the Round Table. It isn’t only demi-human fish and goblins but other demi-humans like hobgoblins and ogres too. Shiroe believes this to be the Goblin King’s return event. In the game and twice a year, the strongest goblin is crowned king. Players are given a week to take it out before its coronation. If they do so, they are rewarded rare items. Thus a popular event among gamers. Failure to do so means the goblins will multiply in numbers and all its clan will unify under the new king. Since the Apocalypse, everyone was busy trying to live and raising their levels and forgot all about this. There are also heroes born from the People of the Land who are more powerful than adventurers. They are the Izumo Knights but nobody knows where they are now. Anyway, a big war is inevitable and some will die. This has Shiroe tell Crusty and co about the risk of losing one’s memories if one dies. Shocked at this revelation, they want to know which memories and how much. He doesn’t know. Crusty believes him because he has died a few times and there are some memories of his world he cannot recall. Of course he can’t remember those forgotten memories, duh. However he doesn’t think it is something to fret over because failing to act for fear of the risks is akin to a living death. Lenessia’s father sees her and informs of the advancing goblin army to Maihama. He will return there but wants her to stay here with grandpa to help him out since all the lords will be gathering here. Nyanta’s group spot lights from torches over the mountain. But it is not the big goblin army and rather a medium sized raiding one. They think they are going to raid the nearby town of Choushi for its food. Rudy wants to go attack since it is better than sitting around doing nothing but Isuzu disagrees since it is dangerous. There are also reasons not to help the People of the Land. Minori gets permission to go ahead an act as an advance team. Of course this is just a ploy to just go there. She doesn’t have any other plan. Upon arrival, the town is destroyed. Touya gets upset when he sees a couple of goblins and attacks them. This makes him determined that there is no reason why they should not help. If you want to help, isn’t it enough? But can they do it without the numbers? Minori has a plan. They are not going to protect the people. Instead, they attack the goblins first.

Episode 17
Minori’s group begin their sporadic attacks on the goblins, luring a small group out and them finishing them off. Rinse and repeat. Meanwhile the lords are in a conference among themselves and discussing about the goblins’ invasion and the next city that will probably fall. If they don’t want to rely on the adventurers, their only way is for all the lords to unite and attack. They take a break and a couple of them discuss that everyone wants to make Lord Kilivia’s city of Tsukuba as bait for the goblins to attack due to its strong defence. Once the goblin tires out, they can attack and finish them off. Although, the city would lose some lives and rural lands. Asking the adventurers would be a better choice since they are immortal but they don’t want to be in their debt. So to avoid showing their vulnerability, they need to get more information out of them even if it means lying. Lenessia heard all this including the plot not to tell them Izumo Knights are missing. As Shiroe and co are called in for the conference with the lords, they can see that the lords are doing what they can to withhold information on their side while trying to get them spill out their opinion. If that is how they want to play, then there isn’t going to be any holding back. Michitaka’s role is to play the aggressor in turning their request down. He doesn’t think it is the adventurer’s obligation to save them or do what they want since they are not people of their cities. The heated discussion carries on, to a point where Kilivia is seemingly blamed that he is acting for his own benefit to seek for adventurers’ help instead of a collective agreement by the lords. Lenessia then walks into the conference. She wants Crusty to accompany her to Akihabara where she hopes to personally plea to each adventurer to come fight as volunteers. She gives everyone a lecture about respect, weakness and freedom (borrowing that line from Crusty). And so Shiroe and co along with Lenessia are on an express griffon flight back to Akihabara. Shiroe is impressed with her. She was nervous during it all but managed to keep her composure. He never thought she could do it. When she told them about respect, she seemed to perfectly understand it. Something that everyone was about to ignore, including them. She may have saved the land from the dead end that their forefathers have founded.

Episode 18
At Akihabara, Crusty needs to attend to his guild so he leaves Lenessia with Shiroe and Akatsuki. They head to Karashin’s guild where she tries out the hamburger for the first time but accidentally drops it on her dress. Probably this is all part of Shiroe’s plan to make her change into some armour. Then they gather all the adventurers as Shiroe makes his opening statement and the goblin threat. He also states they do not have any obligation to save Eastal and will gain nothing. If they are selfish, there is no need to save it. But he has them hear out Lenessia. Introducing herself to the crowd, she quickly moves on and apologizes that her people still have not taken any action and she feels ashamed they were even talking to force them to protect their cities. She is also sorry for herself that she is here to seek their help to protect her land despite they won’t have enough to pay them for what it is worth. But as the princess of this land, it is her duty to protect it and she hopes they will protect the freedom with their goodwill as she would. I’m not sure if it is her cuteness and beauty that made the adventurers support her. They could have opened a fan club at this rate. With such roaring approval, Crusty immediately sets course for their first military expedition and will lead the army with Shiroe as the strategist. Shiroe feels speed is important because as long as they don’t know where the goblins will strike next, they will be at a disadvantage. Crusty will lead his army to Narashino Port on Ocypete, a prototype steam engine ship while Shiroe will lead his to some safe park with no nasty monsters. It will make a good operations base. Sergiatte speaks to Michitaka and Henrietta privately. He believes Lenessia’s action may risk splitting the league. Some of the lords are thinking they are working secretly and separately with the Round Table. He wants to exterminate the goblins first as questioning their intentions will not get them anywhere. He has also abandoned the idea of having the Round Table join them and be made nobles because he realized they are of different leagues. It is impossible to make them part of their alliance so he suggests a non-aggression pact and treaty. Of course Michitaka can’t make a decision and would best leave it to Shiroe. In that case, Sergiatte will have to let Lenessia take responsibility for this. Lenessia talks to Crusty. She felt down ever since she went to Akihabara because there were so many things she didn’t know. It was like she was a caged bird. Even she cannot guarantee in protecting the adventurer’s freedom, she still wishes for it and that is her desire. Crusty begins his military strategy and divides his men into groups. His answer for invading goblins: Kill them all!

Episode 19
Crusty’s team begins his offensive against the hordes. Crusty shows why he is the big badass leader as he swings his giant axe that takes out several enemies at one go. He is enjoying slaughtering every one of them. Shiroe discusses the strategy of the battle. Winning is easy but the hard part is when the goblins disperse and they may run in all directions and into towns. That’s why they have to maintain a formation that encircles them. The team at Choushi is also important because they need to keep the demi-human fish at bay or else breaking through would mean their formations will be under attacked. But it is going to be tough since they spotted a thousand of them coming from the sea. Overwhelmed definitely. Touya and co wants to go attack first. Is there a reason to say no? I don’t know why the trainees are the ones doing the job while the instructors are just giving lip service. Especially Naotsugu and Nyanta who are commenting on their growth, especially Minori is fighting so much like Shiroe. Because Shiroe has this strategy of looking ahead 30 seconds into the future so he can predict and control the flow of the battle. Isuzu’s warning system in the forest sounds. The goblins have return. With the other trainees handling the demi-human fish, Minori and co will take on the goblins. Our young ones win easily at first but with a couple of Dire Wolves and hobgoblins coming into the picture, the fight gets much tougher and Minori and Serara cannot heal their comrades fast. Minori recalls Shiroe’s lessons when taking on difficult opponents. However Touya’s HP is dropping drastically and he is cornered. At this rate, he is sure to die. That’s when Rudy comes to wrestle with the wolves and takes serious damage. He rides them to lure them away before doing some self sacrificing move. Of course you would be thinking it would be easy to heal him but all their healing spells aren’t working. Why? As Isuzu reveals, Rudy is a People of the Land. That’s why they cannot add him to their friend list. Hey. Shouldn’t they sense something amiss when they couldn’t heal him? Unless he was never in need of healing. Rudy told Isuzu about this and hoped she would keep it a secret but she feels sad that despite he works extra hard, he cannot become an adventurer as he dreamed since the People of the Land cannot be one. Since all healing spells cannot work, the last resort is to dial 911. Call Shiroe, that is.

Episode 20
Shiroe makes his way there on a griffon while instructing Minori and Serara to take turns using their revival spells on him (something about the anima and psyche link lesson Regan told him). Once he reaches there, he is going to use a new magic spell and has them agree not to tell anybody else. Shiroe begins his mana channelling by taking the magic power of everyone to distribute it to Rudy. He then uses a revival incense to forcibly connect his mind and body to bring Rudy back. It works. When Rudy mentions about death being a natural process in a battle, Shiroe won’t allow him to call himself and adventurer if his resolve is low. He lectures them about the lesson learnt in their training wasn’t strategy or tactics but the resolve to survive and fortitude to do whatever it takes to do so. Because Rudy’s resolve is lacking, he suggests he signs a contract with him. As the leader of Log Horizon, upon immediate effect after signing it, he will make Rudy part of Log Horizon and the status of adventurer. The guild will give him missions fulfilling his position. This contract thingy is a new magic in Elder Tale. Like how Nyanta figured out the secret behind delicious cooking, Shiroe could have possibly found something new in this binding contract made out of the game’s best ingredients. Though, he won’t know what kind of effect it will have. Rudy is glad to sign it. He wants to be an adventurer and as long as he can save people, he couldn’t care less about the glory. As part of the process, he is to die once and revive at the cathedral. Meanwhile Crusty and his team finally crush the Goblin General and he looks like a mad serial killer doing it. The team at Choushi are also successful in defending the town. Minori asks Shiroe why he brought up the terms of adventurer and resolve to Rudy. When Elder Tale was a game, it was just a word they used for players. Now he views it as a name for his companions who travel the world with him and find a dawn no one has ever seen. Rudy wakes up in the cathedral, delighted with his adventurer status. Isuzu is the first to greet him but beats him for doing something so reckless. He is forced into submission to apologize for making everyone worry, promise never to do it again and will do whatever she wants.

Episode 21
Everyone is celebrating victory despite the goblins aren’t wiped out yet although they are being cornered and the Goblin King is still in its headquarters. This is all part of Shiroe’s plan because it is more important to build relationships with People of the Land first. The Round Table and Eastal signed basic trade and peace treaties so there are many quest requests to go fight the goblins. Shiroe hears a storyteller telling the children about how a People of the Land became an adventurer thanks to a magic. He is surprised because that sounds exactly like what he did with Rudy. Meeting Regan, he too noticed his new power when he saw its light in the sky and considers it as a world class magic. He also notes he saw another world magic in the opposite sky direction. Someone else has created a new form of magic. It could be from Minami. Shiroe narrates the 5 main cities of Akihabara, Shibuya, Susukino, Minami and Nakasu have changed since the Apocalypse. Many of Shibuya’s joined Akihabara. Susukino did not change much and are still ruling with oppression. Long ago, the land was once united as a whole. Unified Westelande Empire was swallowed up in a history of battles with demi-humans and Luquenje and died out. The Cowen family is distantly related to the Holy Empire Westelande Where Minami is located. An event similar to the Goblin King’s return called Demon Festival of Suzaku has occurring at Minami. The nobles there haven’t noticed yet and the Izumo Knights may have been involved again.

As Lenessia dances with Crusty, she remembers what grandpa told her. It wasn’t the people of Eastal who requested for help but Lenessia herself. Although they express their deepest gratitude, they have no obligation to do more. Simply put it, no reward money or compensation. Remember what Lenessia said about taking responsibility? Yup, she will have to undertake this one. They will be setting up an embassy in Akihabara and Lenessia will be their ambassador. Serara is torn between Crescent Moon Alliance and Log Horizon (because beloved Nyanta is here) so the cat guy dances with her to sooth her mind. Minori hears several people badmouthing Shiroe as they think he takes advantage of other people’s weaknesses. Because Shiroe isn’t joining the party, Akatsuki feels down. So much so not even Henrietta’s harassing doesn’t bother her. Maybe she really wanted to dance with him. Though, she gives excuse she feels she wasn’t much of a use in the last battle. Shiroe of course denies that. Since everybody else is dancing, he also dances with her. She’s been practising, right? Isn’t that what she wanted? Two amateurs dancing… Few days later, Lenessia arrives at Akihabara and Shiroe lets everyone now about the lost memories rumour. Naturally many are scared but many made no big deal out of it. Life goes on. Minori hears even more people talking behind Shiroe’s back that the people in the Round Table probably knew about this memory loss thingy all along. Soon, autumn is coming and Marielle wants to throw a festival. Don’t worry, she’s already got it all planned out. Scale Festival, she calls it?

Episode 22
Things are quite lively since the festival is just tomorrow. Henrietta goes to see Shiroe holing himself in his room doing paper work. She advises him to take a break because the festival is a good time to get closer to his guild mates. Akatsuki pops up to hand him a red bun. Is that all she is here for? She is stammering and nervous to ask him something. She’s taking too long so much so Minori beat her in asking Shiroe to join her in a cake buffet. If they go as a couple, it’s free. Although Akatsuki also gets to go, she is now cracking her brains on what to wear. Even more stressed out that her rival is a middle school girl. Have you ever seen Akatsuki act like this before? I know asking Henrietta for fashion is out of the question but seeking Karashin and Michitaka? Eventually she gets a kimono and the trio didn’t expect that they have to eat 12 whole cakes for it to be free! But Shiroe is the one who is going to suffer. Not only there is a competition by the girls to feed him, the other people are staring with jealous eyes at this lucky bastard. He couldn’t make a strategic exit and void making a fuss! In the end, he is so bloated and fat and they couldn’t finish the cake. That night, Akatsuki talks to Shiroe alone. Akatsuki hints that she went with him not because for the cake. His great mind couldn’t understand what that means. I don’t know why she starts rubbing his forehead. Master-servant role play? Minori sees this and runs away in tears. Her heart is in pain. She realizes they are both in love with Shiroe. Hey, wait a minute! Since when did this show turn into a love romance? Touya finds her and she admits she likes Shiroe. He knows about it because he is her twin and the way she acts is quite obvious. He understands why she likes him because he too admires Shiroe. Minori gets the wrong idea that he likes him too! Touya says there isn’t a problem. She is just hurt since she hasn’t lost or done anything.

Episode 23
The festival continues into the next day. Akatsuki seems trying to hint to Shiroe to notice her hair accessory. He couldn’t even see it if it was right in front of his face. All he sees is his paperwork. Disappointed? So much so she didn’t even flinch when he told her Henrietta needed her help. Yeah. Better to go see what she’s up to rather than trying with this dense guy. Minori goes to help Karashin and organize all his bills and invoices. He thought her sub-class is scribe but it is apprentice. Minori talked to Shiroe that she wanted to change her sub-class but was unsure of what to pick. He suggested that and if she becomes someone’s student, she can copy that person’s skills. And so Minori chose Shiroe to be her teacher as she wants to be useful to him and help his reputation. Some of the other stuffs happening in this episode include Naotsugu going on an eating spree in which he calls ‘food inspection’ just to stamp cards for a prize (switched by Akatsuki anyway), more time together between Lenessia and Crusty, Nyanta stopping some noble from causing a ruckus in a bar (his cool factor in Serara’s eyes must have shot up) and Crusty and Isaac talk about the irony of Shiroe who brought business to Akihabara and enough influence on the place. They wonder if he is really a strategist or a gambler. Crusty thinks he is like a cursed sword. At a bazaar, Shiroe helps quells a People of the Land when he demands to buy everything instead of sticking to the rule of limited purchase per customer. He finds it odd that he gives up easily after all that arguing. He also notices many others are in some sort of argument. There is something wrong but he can’t identify the cause. When Minori contacts him and reports many basic maths errors and overlapping paperwork mainly by the People of the Land, it is then Shiroe realizes somebody is attacking Akihabara. He laments he let his guard down and didn’t notice the signs. Now they have the advantage. He has Akatsuki find Isaac to get a report on their security. He rushes to his office while some clown guy, Lord Marves will be reaching here soon.

Episode 24
Shiroe deduces the method of disturbances in Akihabara is to destroy the Round Table’s reputation. Isaac contacts him that Marves has arrived. He is some big shot Westelandeian merchant nobleman. It could be a problem because in the game, there were no quests about removing someone from power. Given that many People of the Land are involved, someone higher up must be pulling the strings. Destroying the Round Table would also mean taking advantage of the confusion and interfere with the Eastal-Round Table treaty so that Eastal will not monopolize the benefits. Shiroe doesn’t want the festival to be cancelled as it would show their weak problem solving skill. If they’re expecting a counter attack, they’ll give them one. The challenge now is to get help from as much people as possible but without them noticing. Minori continues with her paperwork and puts forth what she learns from Shiroe and even gives good advice to cool the stressed workers. Shiroe continues to think of the link between the random disturbances. From road blocks to unfounded rumours to even quarrels. The more he thinks, the less he can visualize the enemy. Are they making things up randomly as they go? He is so frustrated! Have you ever seen him like this?

While he is sitting outside, Soujirou comes to talk to him about the cake buffet he had. Because he is popular with girls, the fan girls join him in and the cake owner send out more cakes. However all the cakes were finished and there were none left. So he brought more people till they ran out of cake? This gives Shiroe an idea. This could be the best counter attack plan. He thanks Soujirou and the fan girls squeal with this possible yaoi pairing… And then his evil aura starts to show… Lenessia is holding a banquet as thanks for the adventurers. Marves and his bodyguards enter the place. He becomes rude to adventurers who approaches him and even has his way with Lenessia. They cannot fight back or this would mean war. Marves mentions about the fresh seafood he brought and needs a warehouse to maintain its freshness. He has sent proper documents and an identical message to Sergiatte but has yet to receive a reply. Shiroe’s strategy is that Soujirou’s fan girls take turn patrolling (under the guise of a group date) around Akihabara and this helps quells the problem before they start. You lose your drive to fight if you’re surrounded by such cute girls, no? Shiroe learns that Marves is here and suspects if he is the one behind this, he’ll be after the other party he’s negotiating with: Lenessia. If the goal is to tear Akihabara people apart, they just have to make this festival more fun. Lenessia’s maid confirms there were such authentic documents from Marves and could have missed them during the mess up. This has Marves think of their inefficiency since he requested it for so long. Lenessia can only stay quiet. She doesn’t know what to do. Apologize and settle this peacefully? Shiroe walks in and is here to get her.

Episode 25
Crusty and Michitaka are also here. Shiroe seems to deliberately paint Lenessia at fault. Crusty then shows Malves’ letter. The lord is surprised like as though he never wrote it. But it’s his signature. He changes the subject that his seafood needs warehouses to store and was told all the warehouses of Round Table are full. Well, the Round Table’s, that is. Michitaka offers he can store them in his Marine Agency. Malves looks panicking. Like as though he may not have the goods. Like as though he is lying. He then leaves and claims he feels unwell. After that, Lenessia follows them to attend the outdoor fashion show. There is also a meet-and-greet session with her. Shiroe thinks Malves might be the mastermind since all attacks have ceased. Minori still hears people badmouthing Shiroe for being the bad guy against Lenessia unlike Crusty who was the hero. She talks to him and he confirms he did it deliberately. Because in Lenessia’s book, Crusty is the hero and he is the villain. Minori wonders if doing this hurts him. He never thought about it and was afraid this might affect Log Horizon’s reputation. He thanks her for helping him out too. He was once afraid of making a guild. Being strong on your own is meaningless unless you use that power for others. If there is something he can do, he’ll work his best to not cause them problems. It is Akatsuki’s turn to eavesdrop. She heard their conversation. She felt stupid and guilty. She was always by his side and yet she never knew.

Later Shiroe sees a People of the Land named Dariella who will tell him about Minami. However he knows she is Nureha, the guild master of Plant Hwyaden and leader of the west using a never-seen-before spell that controls information. Shiroe has done his research well. He knows Plant Hwyaden is the guild that overseas Minami and has won over its People of the Land and even making their guards as their servants since the Apocalypse. They gathered enough wealth to buy the cathedral, gain authority on adventurers and made very one of them join their guild (although this stems out discrimination as there is only one guild). Nureha wants Shiroe to join her and be by her side. She admits the cutting off of information was done by one of her subordinates and the attack on Akihabara was Malves’ idea that got out of hand. She praises him for dealing with it well. He wants to know the truth so just for him she begins explaining she was a plain Jane that nobody notices. Till she played Elder Tale. However it is the same. Nobody noticed her till that very person told her she had talent. That’s you, Shiroe. She thinks Shiroe is on the verge of finding Fraction, a way to go home. He dismisses it because all it is confirmed is that they disappear. She tempts him to join her and he might be able to confirm it. She will give him more information than he can find in Akihabara. She thinks he has no reason for doing all this to help Akihabara and can use her as an excuse to do whatever he wants. Whatever he desires she will give it to him. Because she wants him. However he slaps her. I take that as a rejection. Thinking about his fellow Log Horizon members, he says he now has a reason. Accepting her would mean turning everything into a lie and ruining everything they worked hard for. He doesn’t remember her but if he did tell her she had talent, he can’t use her as an excuse. He can be her enemy more than a friend whenever she decides to find a reason. Nureha now wants him even more and will definitely get him someday. At the end of the festival, Shiroe joins his Log Horizon members. Nyanta knows he wants to say something. Everyone throws their support behind him. It seems Shiroe has intentions to rebuild other towns. They also need to raise their levels and train hard. But he has something bigger in mind. Something bigger than them returning to their world. Shiroe sees Regan and tells his plan to leave Akihabara. Regan wants to accompany him.

The Glasses That Rock The Cradle Rules The World
Big alert! Big alert! Big news! Big news! What could be so urgent? Well, I guess they saw it coming because right at the end of the final episode, Akatsuki makes that ‘shocking’ announcement that there is going to be a sequel. How could it not? Because with so many potential development (especially Nureha who could well be the next big antagonist for the next season) and foreshadowing of things to come, it would be a shame just to end it like that and leave it forgotten. Well, there is always the novel to read but that is a different matter. So I guess the adventure doesn’t end here. At least not for this anime.

I won’t say that this is the best adventure themed anime there is nor would I even dare compare this to Sword Art Online in so many ways, I would say that Log Horizon does well to stand on its own for a fantasy adventure anime. It might not be perfect as there are still many things unresolved (Izumo Knights’ disappearance, anyone?). This is expected because just like the players who were suddenly trusted into this Elder Tale world, they too are in the dark of the new workings although there are many things and the basics essentially still remain the same and familiar to those who have played it well enough. Basically the flow of the storyline is paced well enough for casual viewers like me to at least grasp what is happening overall even if I wasn’t that keen in going too deep into the workings or even the game terminologies like the types of magic and spells cast.

Because I am not an aficionado in RPG games, the battle strategies might seem generic and simple but I feel that there are more to it. Shiroe tries his best to explain to us the several terminologies and even some of the spells casted to unique fighting skills of certain classes. I am not sure if it is very comprehensive but it should be enough for casual viewers to quickly absorb them. Of course for me I wasn’t really paying attention and I couldn’t be bothered remembering some of the terms despite they are not very hard to pronounce or the kind that would twist and tie your tongue. I know. The immense worlds of fantasy RPGs can be scary especially the time you devote playing the game and learning all the rules, tactics and terms. If this series was a game instead of its original novel, I’m sure it would do great because it doesn’t feel that they pull out all those terms from thin air and there are some logic and significance to it.

Which brings me to this case that this Elder Tale might not be actually a game but a different world by itself. Although we have been told that players were stuck in the game, never once we have glimpsed the real world where they have come from. Therefore it is only logic that for whatever reasons that made them came to this world, it feels like a different world altogether because the NPCs have a life of their own unlike in games we just find them as interactive mindless drones and the experience of your senses is just so real instead of putting on some NerveGear and warp yourself into a virtual world. The coincidences with several important events that link both worlds are cleverly woven (from the beta testing to resurrection) and I thought it was quite an ingenious idea. It might be a game we are playing on our computer but it might just the very real thing as far as the other world is concerned. Therefore I would come to conclude that they aren’t actually stuck in a virtual game but got transported to a different world. This makes more sense. Of course having the setting of being stuck in a game makes more sense than suddenly a cloud of mysterious dust befall on people all over the world and transport those with over ten thousand gaming hours to this alternate fantasy world.

On to the characters, each of the main and supporting characters is unique in their own sense and has their own personality. They are fun and memorable in their own way. A downside with having so many characters thanks to the countless number of guilds of all sizes as well as their members, it is hard to give everyone their due screen time. Especially some of those crafting and combat guilds from the Round Table. Well, it’s a Round Table so everyone should be equal, right? Heck, if it was, they would have called this anime series that. What was this anime’s name again? Yup. So you get most of your character focus on our Log Horizon members especially our Villain In Glasses. He is a brilliant tactician to sum it in one word. Composed and calm, he thinks and plans ahead so much so you might think that he is writing out the outcome of the scene and that he is the screenplay, editor and director himself. That is why he is so well respected by those who know him. A great leader and also a great motivator as well because everyone looks up to him and listens. But Shiroe too isn’t perfect. Like his initial rejection to form guilds till he finally realizes that you just don’t form one just for fun. Like with the rest of his guild members, he grows and learns with them. So it’s a big win for everybody. You can thank him that his grand vision to turn Akihabara into a lively city is now bearing fruit. Otherwise, it would be a dead town with ‘living zombies’ wandering with no aim. He makes this place the place that you want to be.

Other Log Horizon members are okay too although I somewhat find that Minori gets more screen time compared to the rest since they focus on her trying to be a good student of Shiroe and learning in his footsteps. At least from where I can see, she has grown into someone who was once powerless and weak into a girl who can independently guide her fellow comrades in battle and come up with the best strategies. She could be the future Shiroe. All she needs are glasses! Hah! Speaking of which, I think the series is trying to paint that those wearing glasses are superior, scheming and sly people. Aside Shiroe, Henrietta and Crusty are the only people who don glasses. It might be more than just coincidence that they command quite the power and influence. Hmm… I wonder if they have glasses as some sort of a rare super item. Glasses FTW! By the way, I do not have glasses fetish, mind you.

I feel Akatsuki’s impact on the overall series starts declining ever since the Eastal arc came about. It was just funny to see the running joke of her beating up Naotsugu before he could complete his perverted sentence and then asking Shiroe for permission to get physical. I suppose at the start of the series, there weren’t many people in the guild. Heck, it wasn’t formed yet. So in that sense Akatsuki gets to ‘hog’ Shiroe for a considerable amount of time before Touya and Minori joined and the guild expanded to Rudy and Isuzu. After that, Akatsuki seems to be casting a gloomy look for most of the time, as if worrying if her master still finds her worthy or not. Nyanta as the p0lite and wise mentor doesn’t really do much either. Most probably it is to let Shiroe decide since he is the leader.

Marielle and Henrietta I suppose are the only members in Crescent Moon Alliance that made their presence felt. At least to me. Others felt like they were just cameos or something but essentially it boils down to the big duo of this guild. If Shiroe is the main star in the strategy department, then Crusty is the main star for the PR and noble side. Sometimes I can see how similar they are. Must be the glasses. A lot of scenes involving Crusty seem to be with Lenessia. Trying to hint something? So if the focus isn’t on Shiroe or his Log Horizon members, we have the drama of Crusty and Lenessia for entertainment. Especially with Lenessia can’t help think of the sarcasm he subtly aims at her. It’s like she’s a nice target for it. Yeah, why pick on a weak and lovely cowardly princess? Of course he means no harm. Just teasing.

The action bits are okay but nothing that impressive. Because I am not really familiar with things, it feels like they can just make up anything and cast the spell or summon an attack on the enemy. If you want to see hack and slash all the way, this isn’t going to be your anime since you would see more of Shiroe as the strategist coming up with tactics first. Besides, won’t you get bored if they keep on fighting the same thing even though they are different monsters or different levels?

I wasn’t going to expect a big development in the romance department so it surprised me a little when that little bit in that episode made it sound like it was going to be some sort of a romance drama with Akatsuki and Minori in the running for Shiroe. If it did, I would really love to see how this guy uses his strategy to get out of such situations. And then maybe all the guys in the harem animes can use this tactic. So for now there isn’t any sort of development in the relationship between them except that they are precious guild members at most. At least it just lets us know who loves who. There are a few in fact. Obviously we could tell from Serara’s look that she is into Nyanta ever since he saved her. But not strong enough that she would leave her guild and join Log Horizon. In fact, I think that is what Serara is being reduced to if she isn’t fighting alongside her comrades. Then there is Crusty and Lenessia. I can just feel it between them although nothing official is said. My guts are telling me… I wonder what happened to Shouryuu’s love for Marielle. It was obviously written all over his face that he likes her but slowly as the episodes go by, this feels neglected. Like it didn’t matter. And then there is also Rudy and Isuzu although the latter might take a liking for the former because he looks like a dog, but my guts tell me it goes way beyond that. I mean, you don’t treat your dog like that, don’t you? Finally there are Marielle and Henrietta with their unhealthy fetish and love for Naotsugu and Akatsuki respectively. Yeah, I suppose I can’t call that real love but what the heck. Especially with Henrietta obsessing all over Akatsuki every time that it sends the latter into automatic shivers. Not even an assassin could escape from this ‘death’. Death of too much loving obsession. Haha!

The art and drawing feels average. The characters look average although not horrible but they aren’t the kind that you would classify as bishonen or bishoujo. Even Rudy as the one closest to being a bishonen, after a while you tend to realize he just seems rather okay. Crusty too. I have a feeling he is supposed to be good looking. He is as far as this anime is concerned. But then again if you look t the style of the art on the overall aspect, it just feels normal. In a fantasy world with different types of races and beings, of course there is the diversity. Sometimes I wonder if the big armours guys like Crusty and Isaac wear would be bulky. I don’t know, I get the feeling that it looks bulky although it doesn’t restrict their movements. Also, I have this feeling that they are just skinny people underneath that metal and the armour just buffed them up and made them look big. Though, I hope I am wrong. The designs of the monsters also feel average. There is nothing extraordinary about them. They don’t look menacing at all although some like the demi-human fish look odd. The background and scenery… Rather okay. As usual. Strangely despite this being a fantasy adventure, most of the scenes are in towns especially Akihabara. Journeying to exotic places or even dungeons and caves are very rare. Heck, there are no flying islands!

On a very trivial note, I figure that Shiroe’s motto at the end of every (normal) episode preview by Akatsuki somewhat tells us the different major arcs for this season. Well, you only get 3 different versions of them actually. For the first 9 episodes, we hear him say “This is our reality”. So once the Round Table has been established, for the next 9 episodes we’ll be wondering what the heck he means by “Always look 30 seconds ahead” for this Eastal adventure arc. By the time it is finally revealed this strategy of his, the motto changes to “We will change the world” for the balance of the episodes (Goblin King’s return event and Scale Festival arc). Here is another trivial thing (if you can call it that): There is no fanservice! And no, Lenessia in her half armour doesn’t constitute that.

In the voice acting department, generally it feels okay and nothing that extraordinary. Just that Jouji Nakata as gentle Nyanta adding “Nya~” in every sentence of his somehow makes him feel a little gay. Reminds me of that creepy narrator he voiced in Amagami SS. Just add “Nya~”. The casts of the series (selective) are Takuma Terashima as Shiroe (Stone River in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes), Emiri Katou as Akatsuki (Kagami in Lucky Star), Tomoaki Maeno as Naotsugu (Takeru in Maken-Ki), Nao Tamura as Minori (Ayuko in Aiura), Daiki Yamashita as Touya (Theo in Galileo Galilei), Ayahi Takagi as Henrietta (Mikako in Sora No Otoshimono), Yumi Hara as Marielle (Yuuko in Tasogare Otome x Amnesia), Takahiro Sakurai as Crusty (Suzaku in Code Geass), Mariya Ise as Lenessia (Levi in Fairy Tail), Tetsuya Kirihara as Rudy (Natsu in Fairy Tail), Eriko Matsui as Isuzu (Benio in Mikakunin De Shinkoukei), Misaki Kuno as Serara (Kate in Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku No Zvezda), Satoshi Hino as Isaac (Saito in Zero No Tsukaima), Hiro Himono as Soujirou (Keima in The World God Only Knows), Hiroki Gotou as Michitaka (Yokoshima in D-Frag!) and Keiji Fujiwara as Regan (Sven in Black Cat).

The opening theme is Database by Man With A Mission featuring Takuma of 10-feet. I somehow feel that the rock pace of this song isn’t suitable for the adventure theme of this series. I imagined them as a Japanese rock version of Tears For Fears… Really. I seem to prefer Your Song by Yun*chi as the ending theme although it is a generic anime pop. Maybe it’s the cute squeaky voice? And perhaps the chorus where she ‘screams’ “Zuttooooooooooooo…”. There are a few varieties of BGM music too but not that appealing to me that I would really want to rush out and buy the soundtrack album. I wonder if they will sound great or suitable if they were ever released in a game instead of an anime series.

Overall, Log Horizon is an anime for you if you love some fantasy adventure and nothing too flashy or confusing. It also teaches us a lot of things. Whether it is the real world or virtual reality, the applications to survival is mostly the same. The most important of all is that those who change the world are those who dare to dream and take action. We can all be inspired from Shiroe and although we don’t have to be as smart as him coming up with brilliant strategies, the important part is that we do the best we can. And when everybody plays their little part, it becomes the whole is greater than the sum of parts. Everyone has their role to play no matter how small. So are you ready for another adventure? I already have. Been adventuring through anime over the years and it’s not going to stop any time soon. Your mind is the greatest gateway to take you to places.