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.
The first half of the episode is essentially structured in a way that it’s Marielle and Henrietta having flashbacks of events of the remainder of the Round Table Conference and the events that led up to where they are now. According to these characters, a week has now elapsed since the Round Table Conference ended.
During this portion, we get to see the rest of what happened at the Round Table Conference. Here, Marielle reveals the secret of how Crescent Moon was able to create good tasting food. After this, it’s revealed to the conference and to the audience that the crafting guilds have used this same secret to create the prototype for a stream engine with their own hands. There’s also some conversations about laws, safety, and the People of the Land. The end result of these discussions is an agreement to establish the Round Table Conference.
Through Marielle and Henrietta’s flashbacks, we also learn that the Hamelin guild has shut down, and that all of the kids they rescued from Hamelin are joining the Crescent Moon Alliance. Because of this, Crescent Moon is moving to a new guild hall in order to accommodate them.
Now we’re in the current time, and we see Log Horizon moving into its own guild hall. We learn that it was an abandoned building because a tree destroyed the elevator hallway and stairs, so it was cheap for them to acquire it. Shiroe has Michitaka from one of the crafting guilds come and remodel the building, but Michitaka has no idea how much to charge for the work. Michitaka comes to realize through this project that if they remodel all the previously uninhabitable abandoned buildings, they could be used for other things. The end of the episode sees Log Horizon acquire a couple of new members, bringing their numbers up to six.
While the information presented in this episode is rather important, it ended up feeling like an “info dump” and that not much action took place; this was especially true for the first half of the episode. For the most part, this ended up being one of the more boring episodes of the series because of all of the exposition that was being thrown at the audience in the space of roughly 22 minutes. There are, however, hints being dropped periodically in the episode that something isn’t quite right. And the final scene seems to be setting the series up for the next story arc.
In the end, this episode felt more like the writers trying to rush through the rest of the information that needs to be established in order to move on to the next story arc in the series. I’m really hoping that episode 11 will move the story along in such a way that there’s much more in the way of action and a lot less of the info dumping.
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