Log Horizon 2: Episode 2 – “The Outlaw and Mithril Eyes”

Log Horizon 2 is the second season of the Log Horizon anime series. Log Horizon 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 first season progressed, Shiroe helped to establish alliances between guilds by forming the Round Table, helped to introduce commerce and new ideas to the game’s world, and he even formed his own guild called Log Horizon which included many of Shiroe’s friends as its members.

Of course, not everything went smoothly. The Round Table found itself entangled in issues involving the People of the Land and the nobles, as well as taking on goblin forces that attacked and caused chaos.

Episode Two sees Shiroe, Naotsugu, and Regan going to Susukino to try to recruit William Massachusetts and the Silver Sword guild for the raid they plan to undertake. It was nice to see William return, since the last time we saw him was during the discussions to try to found the Round Table and he left the conference due to not being interested. According to the dialogue, six months have passed since those discussions, and Shiroe is taken aback at how easily William agrees to participate in the raid. But, as it’s quickly revealed, his guild is currently inactive since quite a few members hardly go on raids anymore. They’ll need to recruit others in order to get the numbers they need for the raid.

Unfortunately, Shiroe also has a run-in with Demikas from the Brigandia guild, who wants revenge against Shiroe for defeating him and his guild early on in the first season. But William keeps Demikas in line, and Demikas and the remainder of his Brigandia guild are recruited to join in the raid. But as we see later on, Demikas is still intent on getting his revenge on Shiroe. It makes me wonder if Demikas may be the reason we see the raid ultimately fail and Shiroe die for the first time in the series.

We’re also introduced to a new character named Tetra, a human who sees herself as an idol for the world of Log Horizon. From what William says, Tetra is a healer. Tetra appears to be depicted in a way where she’s supposed to be humorous, but right now, I find her to be rather annoying. Hopefully her character will improve over the course of Log Horizon 2.

We also learn that Akatsuki’s duty that Shiroe left her with is to guard Princess Lenessia from southern spies that are hanging around Akihabara. From something we see in one of her scenes, I think she may have passed by one these spies without realizing it. From what we saw at the end of Episode One, we know that Akatsuki is also going to die. I wonder if this spy she missed will be the cause of her undoing.

This episode cleared up the confusion I had at the end of Episode One after seeing Shiroe and Akatsuki were killed. It turns out that we’ve now gone back in time to fill in what happened to lead up to that point. According to Episode Two, it’s 26 days until Christmas, and from what we saw at the end of Episode One, Shiroe and Akatsuki will die on Christmas Eve. So the main question is, what will happen in the 25 days that transpire between the point we’re at and Christmas Eve?

The one thing I’m a little frustrated with is how this part of the story is being told, is the fact that we already know at this point that Shiroe and Akatsuki are going to fail. Because of that, the journey to get to that point becomes a little less interesting to me as a viewer because I already know what the end result is going to be.

Oh, well. I guess what will keep me going with the story right now is simply getting to learn how the characters reach the end result that I already know is going to happen.

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