Log Horizon 2: Episode 13 – “2.14 A Sweet Trap”

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.

A lot of Episode 13 is light-hearted in nature in order to help the audience catch its breath between story arcs. The episode is set during Valentine’s Day, and it features the coconia fruit. There’s a legend among the People of the Land that if someone eats the coconia fruit on Valentine’s Day that they’ll admit who they love. As you can imagine, the race is on to get the coconia fruit and make sweets from them. Over the course of the episode, we see that Serara, Isuzu, Marielle, Minoru, and Akatsuki are trying to take part in making sweets from the fruit.

Tetra also reveals that a woman named Kanami used to be the head of the Debauchery Tea Party, and claims that she was Shiroe’s girlfriend. As expected, this rattles both Akatsuki and Minori. They end up becoming involved with the coconia fruit baking after Tetra goads them into doing it.

As you can imagine, there’s a lot of humor involved in this episode. I loved seeing Nyanta pull out the Newlywed’s Apron Dress, which is an item he got at one point which causes a temporary decrease in abilities in order to provide the user with a moderate cooking sub-skill. This ends up playing just as an important role in the story as the coconia fruit does.

It was also humorous how all these girls went to so much effort, and ultimately none of them had their question answered as to who the male they made the sweets for likes. For Minori and Akatsuki, at least, I knew that they couldn’t get their answer because it would destroy their subplot that exists in the series.

Sprinkled into this episode were references to the fact that Crusty still hasn’t returned after mysteriously vanishing in an earlier episode, as well as the fact that the girl who lost an arm at the time he disappeared now has something that appears to be similar to Ed Elric’s automail in Fullmetal Alchemist. Crusty’s disappearance hadn’t been touched on for a while, since the story up until now had been focusing heavily on either Akatsuki or Shiroe’s storyline. I was glad to see this referenced, and I’m hoping that trying to find the reason Crusty disappeared will play a role in the next story arc.

But, at the very end of the episode, we see a scene between two women: Nureha and Intix. It appears that Nureha is the figurehead leader for a guild called Plant Hwyaden, and she seems to have a connection with Shiroe from the past. I suspect that this scene is to help lay the foundation for the next story arc that should be starting for the series.

The preview, with its images and title, suggests that Kanami will become involved in the story. It will be interesting to see how these new elements that are being introduced will add new layers to the story. I’m also curious to see what the next story arc will end up evolving into.

I should mention that there will not be a writeup on my blog for Log Horizon 2 next week, since Episode 14 will only be available to Crunchyroll’s premium members next weekend. I should be posting the next writeup for the series on January 18, 2015.

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