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. As the series progresses, they are joined by other characters as they figure out how to live within the world of the game.
Quite a bit of the episode sees Shiroe trying to figure out how the enemy is trying to attack Akihabara. As various incidents are reported, Shiroe marks what’s happening on a map; however, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to anything that’s going on. At one point, they’re getting reports of domestic squabbles, and Shiroe can’t figure out if they are part of the enemy’s plans or not. When they start getting reports of pizzas being delivered to a location that didn’t order them and that cockroaches reported at an eatery were actually made of rubber, Shiroe loses it. He realizes the attacks are improvised; no matter how much they stress over it, it’s pointless. The normally cool and calm Shiroe has an epic moment in this scene, where he flips a table in disgust because these are the kinds of enemies he hates.
Later, while Shiroe is mulling over everything in his mind, he is approached by Soujiro and his fangirls. After hearing Soujiro’s story about how he was able to eat the cake buffet out of cakes through constantly calling his various fangirls gives Shiroe an idea about how to deal with the enemy trying to attack Akihabara. Shiroe implements this idea, and it starts cutting down on the chaos in Akihabara incredibly.
There’s also a scene with Minori as she’s helping Karashin out with the paperwork at his end. At one point, she realizes that there are parallels between what they have going on with the paperwork and a formation of adventurers. She also realizes that she is part of the rear line, and needs to do everything she can to support the others.
We also see the banquet that Lenessia is hosting for the adventurers, and a Westerlandian merchant nobleman named Lord Malves arrives. As he talks to Lenessia, he makes sure to throw in snide comments about the adventurers and treats Lenessia with a lot of contempt. Unfortunately, because she is of nobility, she can’t really do anything about it. Just as things start to get tense, Shiroe makes an appearance with the hope of being able to save the day…
That Lord Malves guy is creepy all the way around. Not only does he look creepy, but he’s also got a rather creepy-sounding laugh. There was one point during a scene with him and Lenessia where one of the adventurers comes over and addresses Lord Malves in a casual manner. One of Malves’ men attacks him and the adventurer is lectured about proper etiquette. Then, Malves turns around and takes some of Lenessia’s hair in his hand and sniffs it. I was thinking, “Wow, talk about a breach of etiquette…”
Before watching this episode, I read the news that Log Horizon will have a second season that will begin airing in Fall 2014. Armed with this knowledge, I knew that this episode would be working toward setting up the story for a second season. In recent episodes, there have been hints about something going on in the west. And now with the arrival of Lord Malves, who is from the west, it leads me to believe that the second season will more than likely focus on what’s starting to brew in the west.
Episode 24 ends with Shiroe looking at Lord Marves and pushing his glasses up. From seeing this show, I know it’s a sign that Shiroe has some plot up his sleeve. So now I’m curious to see Episode 25 not only to see what Shiroe ends up doing, but to also see how this season of Log Horizon will conclude.
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