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 majority of the episode focuses on Minori and the others at the party training. Right at the beginning of the episode, Minori really exerts her leadership abilities, and makes it clear to the others that they don’t truly know each other’s abilities and what those abilities do. There’s a lengthy scene here where Minori begins by asking Rudy questions about the spell that he prefers to use. After she gets through some of her questioning, Tohya pops in and starts talking about his abilities; by the end of Tohya’s explanations, he and Rudy realize there are ways that Tohya’s ability and Rudy’s spell could world together. Isuzu also enters the conversation and talks about one of her abilities that could serve as an asset to the team.
The next day, the group returns to the dungeon and execute a plan that they came up with together. The plan works, and they begin to understand how they can work together as a team. At the end of it, Minori realizes that all they needed to do was talk to one another and work things out. She also adds that it’s so simple, but it’s more important than anything in order to make members of a party become true friends.
Later in the episode, I was getting the impression that perhaps Isuzu might be starting to become a little more interested in Rudy. They have a talk together, where he says that even after this, he still doesn’t feel like he needs to join a guild. Isuzu says she’ll add Rudy to her friends list so they can keep in touch; however, when she tries, it won’t let her.
There are a couple of brief scenes that take place during the time of the conference of the lords. One sees Shiroe talking to Henrietta about scribes making paper and ink, and after Henrietta leaves, he gets a call from Minori about what happened in the dungeon. The other is a brief scene of Crusty and Princess Lenessia. I have to admit that after this scene, I’m not entirely sure what Crusty’s motivations are. In an earlier episode, he says that Lenessia reminds him of his little sister; but in this episode, I almost got the impression that he may have more of a romantic interest in her than he had let on earlier. Hopefully a later episode will help to clear this up.
The episode ends with a large amount of Sahuagin, which are demi-humans that look like fishmen, coming on shore while some of the other people in the party training are on the beach. A fight with them is just starting when the ending credits start to roll.
Minori was definitely the star of episode 15, and I was glad to see her step up and take on the leadership role that she did. She was the voice of reason that finally made the others see how they hadn’t been working as a team up to this point in the party training. This was definitely a turning point for her character, and I’m expecting to see her acting more like a leader as the series continues.
I found it interesting that Isuzu was unable to add Rudy to her friends list. This leads me to believe that there’s something about Rudy that neither the characters or the audience know about him yet. I read an intriguing theory in the comments section of Crunchyroll as to why this would be, and I think there’s a possibility that that commenter could be right. Hopefully, we’ll find out what Rudy’s hiding sooner rather than later.
I really enjoyed episode 15, and there’s enough left hanging to make me want to come back and watch episode 16 of Log Horizon in order to find out what’s going to happen next.
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