Log Horizon 2: Episode 7 – “The Maidens of Watermaple”

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.

Henrietta learns from Rieze that Takayama’s weapon went out of control and that Crusty has disappeared. It’s also revealed that Crusty isn’t responding to telepathy. D.D.D. doesn’t want word of Crusty’s disappearance getting out yet, and Henrietta promises not to say anything to the Round Table until more details are known. Shortly after this, they are both informed by the research guild about the flavor text issue that was discovered back in Episode Six. So far, it’s not sounding good for Crusty, and I’m almost afraid that I could be right about the idea that if someone dies too many times in the game that they can’t be revived.

But during this portion of the episode, we get the backstory on Rugrius, the character who wielded Byakumaru, the weapon that is being used by the murderer. Through this backstory, we are able to start seeing what’s behind the murderer’s motivation for what he’s been doing.

Quite a bit of the episode focuses on Akatsuki as she tries to learn the Teachings. She keeps trying and trying, but in the end, she doesn’t learn a single Teaching. But along the way, others encourage her and help her to realize that she can’t become strong on her own. She can only become strong by working with others. And she also comes to realize that her small size becomes her strength in battle, especially against a large opponent. While Akatsuki may not have acquired the knowledge and understanding that she had hoped to when she started into this training, I think she ultimately learned something else that was just as helpful. And I think Akatsuki ultimately matured a little by the end of this episode.

And speaking of maturing, we also see Lenessia finally starting to understand that she can’t be the lazy, whiny and needy princess that she’s been acting like up to this point. During this episode, Lenessia begins trying to help out with the training in small ways, such as trying to help prepare food. She also has a good heart-to-heart with Akatsuki.

But the biggest change happens after she’s asked by Henrietta, Marielle, and a couple of her other friends about taking down the magic circle that protects Akihabara in order to hinder the murderer’s armor. In Episode Six, Lenessia learns the risks of what would happen if she did that, so she finds herself torn after receiving this request. She doesn’t want to disappoint her friends, but she also doesn’t want to do something that could potentially hurt the People of the Land. Lenessia gets a great scene that shows her feeling torn, and I had no idea which way she was going to go. But Lenessia both surprised and impressed me when she went to Henrietta and volunteered to participate in the upcoming operation. By the end of this episode, Lenessia shows she’s come a long way from the character who had been introduced back in the first season.

It looks like Episode Eight will be focusing on the operation to try to take down the murderer in Akihabara. I’m very curious to see how this storyline will ultimately progress and to see what repercussions it can have on the overarching story going forward.

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