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 17 has a strong focus on Minori, Tohya, Isuzu, Rudy, and Serara as they continue on their quest. Roe 2, a traveling female vampire who bears a strong resemblance to Shiroe, has joined them after she rescues the party from Nightshade Serpents. As the party talks with Roe 2, she makes a comment about having a “brother,” and also enjoys having the party members refer to her as an older sister. I suspect her “brother” is Shiroe, but not in the sense that Shiroe had a sister in the real world. Instead, I think Roe 2 was some kind of alternate account he had in Elder Tale who has now come to life on her own. I suspect that future episodes will probably provide additional clues about Roe 2 and what she really is.
Later, when the party is in the Boxurt Mountains and has a hard time seeing due to the sulfur fog, Tohya and Rudy go on ahead and find merchants who are stuck because the axle broke on their cart. A woman calling herself Dariella also arrives, and she claims that she’s a traveling writer; however, the audience saw at the beginning of the episode that she is really Nureha from Plant Hwayden in disguise. It’s readily apparent to the audience that Tohya seems to be developing a crush on Dariella, which makes me a little sad. Since I know she’s really Nureha and that Nureha appears to have feelings for Shiroe, I already know that Tohya has no chance. Those poor twins, though. They both seem to have the same issue of falling for someone who’s not only older, but are people who aren’t likely to reciprocate their feelings.
I’m glad to see Nureha finally starting to play some kind of role in the story. She had been mentioned and seen on a couple of other occasions, but hadn’t played any real role before now. There have been several hints dropped about Plant Hwayden, but then they would disappear from the story. Hopefully now that Nureha is travelling with some of our main characters as Dariella, the remaining characters of Plant Hwayden will finally become more than background characters who are shown briefly.
This episode also establishes that a new issue is arising in Akihabara: an income gap is developing between the adventurers. Those who can develop new technology or hunt are becoming richer and richer, while those who can’t are spending what little they have just to survive. Major debates begin flaring at the Round Table over how to handle this situation, and one particular member constantly has his ideas shot down by the others. I’m wondering if this might end up being a situation that marks the beginning of the end of the Round Table. I don’t want the Round Table to fall apart, but if the arguing gets to be too much and certain representatives feel as if they’re constantly being attacked, they could decide to start leaving. Crusty’s continued absence also isn’t helping, because he had always been more of a voice of reason for the Round Table in the past.
At this point, with how many new plot threads continue to be added during this season of Log Horizon, I’m really hoping that there will be a third season. I honestly can’t see all of these threads being wrapped up by the end of this season, and I can’t think of a way where any of these threads could simply be left open at the end of the season in a satisfying manner for the audience.
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