Log Horizon 2: Episode 12 – “The Gold of the Kunie”

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.

Episode 12 brings about the conclusion of the raid in the Depths of Palm. Much of the focus is placed on Shiroe and Kinjou Kunie, and Shiroe reveals the truth about why he approached the Kunie clan in the first place. The reason was shocking to Kinjou, and it also caught me off-guard. Once Shiroe explained the reasoning behind it, I understood why he did it; however, it wasn’t at all what I had expected. But Shiroe made some very valid points concerning the inequity between the Adventurers and the People of the Land when it comes to being able to purchase land. Not only does Shiroe want to reassign the rights of the city of Akihabara to the Yamato server, he also wants to purchase all the field zones in Yamato and reassign those rights as well. I thought this was an awesome gesture, and I hope it starts to help the People of the Land understand that not all of the Adventurers want to take over everything in the game.

We also see that the raid party defeats the boss monsters and have their names inscribed to show that they are the first Adventurers to defeat that raid. This even includes Demikas, and this seems to make him a little happier than he had been previously. Finally, Demikas receives the recognition that he’s sought after for so long! While at the end of all of this, Demikas and Shiroe don’t become friends, they at least come to an understanding that they don’t agree with each other. That’s a step in the right direction, at least. Also, we see William swallow his pride and ask Shiroe to add him to his friend list. To William’s surprise, it turns out Shiroe had already done that. Let’s face it, after blowing off being part of the Round Table the way he did in the first season, it had to take a lot of guts for William to ask Shiroe about friending him. They may have fought together in the raid, but William was probably still a little hesitant about this gesture due to his earlier arrogance.

The audience is also let in on a secret in regards to Tetra that Shiroe knows, but not Naotsugu. Since Naotsugu isn’t in on this secret, it could cause trouble for the relationship that’s been blooming between Naotsugu and Marielle.

And we finally get to see characters like Minori, Rudy, Tohya, and Isuzu in this episode. These particular characters have been MIA for the most part in Log Horizon 2, except for the occasional brief appearance in various scenes. But since most of the episodes have been focusing on Shiroe and Akatsuki’s stories for character growth and progression, it’s made sense that many of the other characters haven’t appeared as much. Hopefully we’ll start seeing more of these particular characters in future episodes of the series.

Near the end of the episode, several new characters are thrown at the audience, and they seem to have some kind of connection with the Royal Guard member who was captured not too long ago. Unfortunately, these characters were introduced in a scene that was rather dark on my computer screen, so I can’t really say too much about them. But I suspect that these new characters may end up playing an important role once the next story arc for Log Horizon 2 gets going.

It looks like the next episode will take place during Valentine’s Day, and is essentially a “filler” story to give the audience a brief rest before launching into another story arc. With this in mind, I’m expecting that Episode 13 will be a rather light-hearted and humorous story.

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