Log Horizon 2: Episode 4 – “Shattered Wings”

Log Horizon 2 is the second season of the Log Horizon television 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 Four has a strong focus on Akatsuki during the days leading up to Christmas in Akihabara. She’s feeling down, and the others are picking up on this; they don’t say anything about this to Akatsuki herself, but are more than happy to talk about Akatsuki and her demeanor amongst themselves. Personally, I thought this was rather rude. Minori did make an attempt to talk to Akatsuki about her feelings, but Akatsuki rebuffs her due to being jealous of Minori and her closeness to Shiroe. It’s too bad that no one else is trying to talk to Akatsuki to figure out what’s bothering her, because she might have been willing to open up to someone other than Minori.

Akatsuki is also determined to become a stronger assassin so she can be of better use to Shiroe and be able to be by his side more. Because of this, Akatsuki has developed a near obsession of watching others guilds’ assassins train in the hope of picking up some information about improving her skills through the “Teachings.” Again, this is being noticed by the others but no one is tries to talk to Akatsuki about her insistence on watching the other guilds. And I think this lack of reaching out is probably going make some character feel guilty when Akatsuki is killed on Christmas Eve.

To me, this episode showed a different, more vulnerable side to Akatsuki. During the first season, she seemed to have a lot more self-confidence; in season two, she’s calling herself a second-rate assassin and thinks she’s not good enough. Since we know she’s going to die on Christmas Eve, as well as from what was said during the preview for Episode Five, Akatsuki’s desire to become a stronger assassin will likely contribute to her downfall.

This episode also has a focus on Princess Lenessia, who doesn’t feel like she’s fitting in with the adventurers and hides her feelings behind the fake smiles that she’s giving to everyone. I’m wondering if at some point later in the series, Lenessia may decide that she just isn’t fitting in and decides to return to her kingdom. I think the only reason she’d be willing to stay at this point is Crusty, but he’s still off fighting the goblins and it doesn’t appear that he’ll be back before New Year’s.

Between what’s going on with Shiroe’s raid in the Depths of Palm, Akatsuki’s feelings, Lenessia’s feelings, and a shocking event that takes place in Akihabara right at the end of the episode, the foundation seems to be laid for Log Horizon 2 to go in a very different direction than it has been up to this point. Episode Five is titled, “Christmas Eve,” so it appears that the story is about to reach the point that we know it’s heading to from what was seen at the end of Episode One. Now knowing that we’re very close to reaching that point, I’m very curious to see where the story is going to go past this point.

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