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 episode 17 focuses on the lords of the Freedom Cities of Eastal and the representatives of the Round Table of Akihabara trying to figure out how to get the other side to do what it wants in regards to the goblin issue.
At first, the lords meet among themselves and start sharing their thoughts, such as suspecting that the goblins are an adventurer plot, and where the goblins’ next target is. It’s also revealed that their own heroes, the Knights of Izumo have disappeared without a trace.
During a break of their meeting, some of the lords talk in a courtyard, and Princess Lenessia is nearby and overhears the discussion. This includes withholding the information about the Knights of Izumo from the adventurers and also that they may need to lie to the adventurers about other aspects of the situation as well. By this point, I found myself feeling rather frustrated with the lords.
When the representatives of the Round Table Conference are finally called to the lords’ meeting, the discussion escalates into an argument, and it appears that everything they’ve worked for up to this point will end up falling apart. I seriously thought that when one of the Round Table delegates smashed a fist so hard against the table that it cracked, it would end up becoming a foreboding symbol for what was going to happen.
Princess Lenessia makes an appearance at the meeting. She tells the adventurers the truth about the Knights of Izumo, much to the chagrin of the lords. Lenessia explains that she believes that when you ask someone for something, you should show respect, and that it’s something her father and grandfather taught her. She then declares that she will go to Akihabara and personally ask adventurers to help them in their cause; she also requests that Crusty accompany her. The end result is that at the end of the episode, Lenessia, Crusty, Shiroe, and Akatsuki head to Akihabara.
There’s also some focus put on Minori and the others as they fight with the goblins that they encounter. During these scenes, the group shows a strong sense of teamwork and is able to successfully subdue the goblins. Minori does have some doubts whether or not their plan will succeed, but she knows that it’s her job to try to see this through.
After watching this episode, I’ve really come to like Princess Lenessia a lot more than I had. I applaud her for finding a backbone and putting the lords in their place. Not only was she willing to tell the adventurers the truth, she’s also taking the initiative to actually try to do something about the situation they face, instead of sitting around in meetings simply talking and making baseless accusations. When we first met Lenessia, I never would have imagined her taking on this kind of role in the story. I’m glad to see it, though. I definitely have to give Log Horizon a lot of props for having female characters who are more than simply props or who are background characters with little to no development.
Log Horizon is a series I look forward to watching every Saturday, and I can’t wait to see episode 18 and find out what will happen next.
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