Log Horizon 2: Episode 10 – “Guild Master”

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 10 is set in the Depths of Palm during the time that Shiroe spent working toward being revived, which was depicted in Episode Nine. In the Depths of Palm, the other members of the raid party have been revived; however, many of them sound downcast and defeated. A major focus of the episode is William giving a fiery and passionate speech to the others to try to convince them to keep on going with the raid and not giving up.

During William’s speech, we get to see him having some flashbacks of when he was still in the real world. We never actually get to see him completely; we either see him from the back, from a profile shot that’s cut off before you can see his eyes, or a close-up on his face that only shows his eyes and nose. During these flashbacks, the audience is given some background information on William; it’s revealed that he was made fun of for playing PC games like Elder Tale and that he never felt  close to anyone in the real world. But, he admits that he feels like the people he’s played the game with are his friends.

This backstory helps the audience to better understand why William has acted the way he has up to this point. And I like how William surprised himself as he was giving his speech, and how it ultimately made him contemplate his actions in regards to walking away from the Round Table discussions in Akihabara during the first season. I’d have to say that this episode helped to make William a more likeable character.

Near the end of the episode, Shiroe awakens and finally tells the party everything about why the raid is being done. I suspect that the time he spent while waiting to be revived helped to open his eyes to how he’d been acting toward the people that he should have been upfront and honest with. Shiroe says he’s come up with a new plan that might work a little better, but that there’s only a 15 percent chance of success. The raid party decides to take that chance, and the episode ends with then about to try again.

So I guess I ended up being a little wrong in my writeup for Episode Nine when I thought the raid would restart here. But this episode was needed in order to see the viewpoints of the other members of the raid party, as well as to make William a stronger character for the series going forward. And let’s be honest, something had to be going on in the Depths of Palm while Shiroe was waiting to be revived. From what’s seen in the next episode preview, it looks like it will be focusing on the raid party trying again in order to achieve their goal. I don’t know if they’ll succeed by the end of Episode 11, but when the raid storyline does conclude, it’ll be interesting to see where Log Horizon 2 will go to next.

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