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 14 introduces the audience to KR, a former member of the Debauchery Tea Party, and the focus of the story is on KR recounting what happened when he encountered Kanami on the China server shortly after the Apocalyspe. Kanami had been mentioned in Episode 13, and it was hinted that she might be another potential love interest for Shiroe.
In addition to Kanami, we meet the other members of the party that she’s traveling with. Leonardo is a ninja who dresses all in green, likes to eat pizza, and even says “Cowabunga” once. As soon as I saw his outfit and heard he was named Leonardo, I knew it was an homage to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles before finding out about his like of pizza and hearing him say “Cowabunga.” I thought this was a nice touch, and I found it rather amusing as well.
Kanami is also accompanied by a cleric named Coppelia who wears a maid outfit, and by Erius Hackblade. Erius is a knight from the 13 orders of knights who maintain order in the world and is one of the progenitors who supposedly disappeared. He’s also famous enough that he appears on the Elder Tale package. When I saw Erius, I couldn’t help but think he kind of looked like Gourry from Slayers. They both wear similar outfits and both have long blond hair.
Kanami and her party come to Sekek Village on the China server and discover that People of the Land are mysteriously turning into beasts known as plague demons. When this happens, their status is displayed in two layers. Kanami and the others take on the task of trying to solve this mystery.
Not only does this episode provide background information on Kanami, the audience also learns a little bit more about what happened at the time of the Apocalypse. It appears that it only affected the Japan server, since going by time zones, it would have been the first one to have the expansion installed on it. This is a little confusing to me, since it appears Kanami and Leonardo came from other servers and are trapped as well. We know for sure that Leonardo came from an American server, and it appears that Kanami had been in Rome at the time the Apocalypse happened. She’s on the China server now because she’s traveling east in order to find out what happened in Japan. Hopefully future episodes of the series will help clarify this more.
There were definitely a lot of new characters and concepts being thrown out there during Episode 14, but I think they’ll ultimately help to start filling in some of missing pieces concerning the Apocalypse. And with this episode being done as a flashback, it seems to indicate that Kanami will probably be making her arrival in Japan sooner rather than later. And at such a time that she does finally arrive and reunites with Shiroe, how could this affect the love triangle already going on with Shiroe, Akatsuki, and Minori?
I’m very curious to see where the story will head to next in Log Horizon 2, as well as how the new characters and concepts that were introduced in Episode 14 will affect the overarching story and the characters that we’ve already come to know.
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