Review: Log Horizon: Episode 11 – “An Invitation From Eastal”

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.

Shiroe and the other members of Log Horizon are suddenly contacted by an exasperated Henrietta. They all go to the Crescent Moon Alliance’s guild hall and see Marielle throwing a fit. It’s summertime and she wants to go to the beach, but Henrietta tells her no. Shiroe comes up with an idea for the Round Table Conference to host a training camp for new players under level 40, which will take place in a location that’s near the beach.

Before the training camp takes place, however, the Round Table Conference is approached by a messenger of Sergiatte Cowen, High Lord of Eastal’s League of Freedom Cities. They are being asked to participate in a meeting of the lords next month, at the same time the training camp will be going on. The Round Table Conference agrees to participate, and sends a delegation that includes Crusty, Michitaka, and Shiroe.

The remainder of the episode focuses on the training camp group making it to its location and starting their training, It’s announced that the next day they’ll be going to a dungeon called the Forest of Lagranda for party training. However, it will only be the new players and that they will not be accompanied by any of the trainers. According to the preview for episode 12, this training will be taking place in the next episode.

Meanwhile, the delegation going to the meeting of the lords attends their first function, which is a dance. They are greeted by Sergiatte Cowen, and he begins getting some information about the function of the guilds from Crusty. Meanwhile, Shiroe notices that the People of the Land who are at the dance are watching their delegation but are also keeping their distance.

After episode 10, I’m glad to see that episode 11 sets the next story arc in motion. Between the two storylines appearing in this arc, I’m generally liking the one that focuses on the delegation going to the meeting of the lords. During this storyline, it’s being pointed out how the changes in the People of the Land are having a bigger impact on the adventurers than they initially believed. Also, Shiroe and the others have to watch how they deal with the lords, since they are also People of the Land; by participating in this meeting, the Round Table Conference runs the risk of getting caught up in the lords’ politics. The stakes are definitely high for the Round Table Conference by participating in the meeting.

The training camp storyline introduces a character named Rundel Hause Code, a player that’s under level 40 who has an incredibly big ego and thinks rather highly of himself. I find him to be rather annoying, and I get the impression that several of the players at the training camp don’t care much for him, either. Since this character appears in the ending credits, it’s safe to say that he’s going to become an important character. Hopefully he’ll truly add something to the series and be of some kind of benefit to the protagonists. As it stands right now, he seems to be annoying and rather disposable.

Episode 11 of Log Horizon was much more interesting to watch than episode 10 had been, and this episode is truly keeping me interested in the series. I’m looking forward to watching episode 12 in order to see what will happen with Shiroe and the rest of the delegation as they try to interact with the People of the Land in a different capacity than they had been up to this point in the series.

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