Log Horizon is an anime that tells the tale of what happens when players of the MMORPG game, Elder Tale, mysteriously find themselves actually inside the game after the 12th expansion, “Novasphere Pioneers,” is added. The main character of the series is Shiroe, and he is joined by his two companions Naotsugu and Akatsuki.
There are two plot points that take place over the course of episode nine: Shiroe’s conference with some of the other guilds in Akihabara and the escape from the Hamelin guild.
We learn that the following guilds are in attendance at the conference: the Black Sword Knights, Honesty, D.D.D., the West Wind Brigade, Silver Sword, Marine Agency, Roderic Merchant Guild, Shopping Street 8, the Crescent Moon Alliance, Grandeur, Radio Market, and Log Horizon. Shiroe explains that the goal of the meeting is to gather the major powers in Akihabara and to improve the situation in the city. The representative from Silver Sword leaves the conference at this point, because he’s in a combat guild and that the city is simply a place where they sell items; the city’s condition doesn’t matter to them.
After Silver Sword leaves, Shiroe explains he wants to create a Round Table that will create and enforce laws in Akihabara. When a couple of representatives balk about this, thinking that the whole idea is unrealistic, Shiroe reveals a surprising trump card that has the power to influence the representatives.
Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Shiroe has Naotsugu and Akatsuki getting things ready for the escape attempt from Hamelin. The escape takes place while the meeting is going on, and some unexpected things take place during the attempt; the surprising things are able to happen due to the trump card that Shiroe revealed at the meeting.
When I saw the preview for this episode, I was afraid it was going to be rather boring and basically be focused on the conference. While the conference is the major storyline in the episode, the escape attempt at Hamelin adds some much needed action to the episode. And it turns out the escape attempt and the conference storylines are actually tied together, although it didn’t seem that way right at the beginning of the episode.
If it wasn’t already clear that Shiroe is a clever guy, this fact was definitely proven over the course of episode nine. While we had heard hints of wanting to acquire his trump card, I had no idea he had actually succeeding in acquiring it until Shiroe revealed this fact during the conference.
I don’t want to provide any spoilers, but I will say that this episode ends up being a “game changer” for Log Horizon, and it’s going to be interesting to see what kind of an effect Shiroe’s trump card will have on the series as the story continues. So I’m definitely looking forward to being able to watch episode 10 and see what kind of plans and schemes Shiroe will be up to next.
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