Log Horizon 2: Episode 11 – “Retry”

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 11 focuses exclusively on the raid party trying to use their new plan in order to defeat two of the three simultaneous raid monsters they had encountered during their previous attempt. Their new plan seems to be working rather well against Luseat, the first raid monster; while they don’t defeat it, the party thinks they’ve weakened it enough to move on to the next monster. During this portion of the episode, we get to hear various characters’ thoughts, which are ultimately affirmations for what they’re trying to accomplish. While I was glad to get to hear these thoughts, I also found myself thinking that maybe that could have cut this portion of the episode down a little because it felt like it ran a little on the long side.

As the party moves for the next monster, Demikas has a flashback of the various times he’s lost since coming into Elder Tale; this includes an amusing sequence with a female member of the People of the Land who’s able to hold her own against Demikas by just using her words. On the one hand, he seems to finally have an understanding that the attitude he had when he first came into Elder Tale wasn’t the right one, but his desire to not lose again seems to be a driving force for his actions later in the episode. On the surface, it appears to the audience that perhaps Demikas may be changing as a character, but later actions made me question whether or not he had truly changed or not.

At first, the fight against Ibrahabra seems to be going well, but the party is caught off-guard when the Shadow Vanguard starts appearing; Shiroe comes to realize that Luseat is causing damage to itself in order to help spawn the Shadow Vanguard. Demikas takes advantage of the situation and uses the Shadow Vanguard to sweep Shiroe somewhere away from the battle. Demikas tosses Shiroe into a different location and then vanishes; Shiroe discovers that Demikas threw him to the deepest level of the Abyssal Shaft, which is the goal the raid party is after. But the way Demikas said some things to Shiroe before leaving, I have a suspicion that Demikas didn’t necessarily have good intentions for unexpectedly helping Shiroe to their goal.

Shiroe discovers Kinjou Kunie is in this location, along with another raid monster. From what was shown in the preview for Episode 12, it looks like Shiroe could be forced to face this new raid monster by himself. Was it Demikas’ intent to make Shiroe fight this monster on his own and cause Shiroe to die again? The preview also seems to indicate that Shiroe may tell Kinjou the truth about why he’s needing the gold, so could this potentially have an effect on what happens in the deepest level of the Abyssal Shaft?

I’m looking forward to seeing Episode 12 in order to find out how the story will continue, as well as whether or not the raid storyline will be wrapping up.

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