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.
The main focus of the episode is on Akatsuki and what she goes through in the process of heading back to the cathedral to be revived. At first, we see her in the middle of a busy street in the real world, being pushed and jostled by everyone around her. Then she falls and is suddenly running up stairs over and over, with no real destination or end point in sight. The animators must have loved the portion with the stairs, because they were able to reuse animation several times for this scene. And during this portion of the episode, I think we may have been able to see a glimpse of what Akatsuki would look like in the real world. We don’t get to see her face, but she seems to be noticeably taller during the scenes that take place in the pseudo “real world.”
And then Akatsuki is on a beach, and she definitely looks the way she does in the game. Here, she runs into Shiroe. The two of them vent their frustrations over their failures that led them to dying. But during the course of this, Akatsuki seems to start acquiring an understanding that she didn’t have previously.
When Akatsuki reawakens in the cathedral, she asks for help from Henrietta, Marielle, Rieze, and a member of Sojiro’s guild. She wants to learn the Teachings that they know in the hopes of being able to defeat the mass murderer.
Lenessia also finds herself realizing that she really hasn’t tried to know or understand the adventurers that she’s been interacting with. During the course of this episode, she becomes friends with Rieze and declares that Akatsuki is her friend. Hopefully, this will lead to Lenessia starting to become friends with some of the other adventurers as well, because this would make for some good character development for her. Admittedly, the personality she’s been showing in this season up to this point is getting rather old and needs to progress somehow.
Meanwhile, Rodric also reveals to the research guild that they’re starting to make new findings that suggest that there are major changes still taking place in the world of Elder Tale, such as the distance between any two points increasing by a small amount, as well as the fact that the flavor texts on some items are starting to have real-world effects. He theorizes that the Apocalypse isn’t over yet. This development could have some serious impacts and consequences on the world and on the characters, with pretty much all of them being negative. I hope to see this idea developed more over the course of the remaining episodes of this series.
But we do see an example of the flavor text issue when Crusty and Sansa are out trying to defeat the goblins. Sansa’s weapon has been acting up, and it’s got some rather dark flavor text. When Sansa’s weapon suddenly goes out of control, it causes something to happen to both Crusty and Sansa. It appears that Sansa’s hand was cut off, and Crusty has disappeared. I know from the first season of Log Horizon that Crusty had already died several times, so will he be OK? I hope he doesn’t turn out to be an example to show that if you die too many times in the world of Elder Tale that you end up disappearing completely!
From the preview, it looks like Episode Seven will be primarily focusing on Akatsuki and her efforts to learn the Teachings. But this should end up being rather important, so it’s good to see that an episode will be dealing with it. I hope Akatsuki is able to learn enough so that she, along with those who help her, can take down the mass murderer who is killing adventurers in Akihabara.
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