Log Horizon 2: Episode 18 – “When the Concert Ends”

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 18 sees Minori, Tohya, Isuzu, Rudy, Serara, Roe 2, and Dariella arriving in the town of Saphir. One of the highlights of the group’s time there is a conversation that takes place between Isuzu and Rudy. Through this conversation, we find out about Isuzu’s father in the real world, and it was interesting to see Isuzu trying to explain the music industry in our world in a way that Rudy can comprehend what she’s saying to some degree.

Between this conversation and one Serara has with Minori, we learn that the language of the adventurers and the People of the Land are actually a bit different, and that they’re able to communicate through the game’s auto-translator. But sometimes, there are things the system can’t handle, which can cause translation errors. For example, the People of the Land refer to music as “forty-two” because they only know 42 songs. So hearing Isuzu sing these new songs they’ve never heard before truly makes the People of the Land happy. That’s one thing that I’ve really enjoyed about Log Horizon. It brings up ideas that I never would have thought of, but when they’re brought up and explained, they make sense when you realize that that’s how a game would have been programmed.

Rudy also mentions how more and more of the young People of the Land are coming to Akihabara to learn skills in order to potentially better their futures. This makes Isuzu sad, because she thinks that the People of the Land are thinking about their futures, yet all she’s doing is “irresponsibly singing about love and life.” Rudy tries to comfort her, but Isuzu asks Rudy to leave her alone. The interactions between Rudy and Isuzu in Episode 18 showed a gentler side to Rudy, and that there’s more to him than the arrogant kid he was when he arrived during the first season of Log Horizon. It was also a scene where I found myself rooting for the two of them to become a couple, but feeling torn because he’s one of the People of the Land while she could end up leaving if the players can find a way out of the game. I want to root for them, but at the same time, their getting together could potentially become a tragic love story.

Tohya also has an interaction with Dariella, but it appears he isn’t quite as smitten with her as he appeared to be in Episode 17. Here, he actually seems to be trying hard not to look at her. When Dariella asks Tohya if he dislikes her, he says there’s a part of her that he does dislike, which he expounds on by saying that she’s always smiling and that she wouldn’t look weird without that smile. Unfortunately, we don’t receive any further clarification than that, but I’m guessing that he’s potentially starting to suspect that there’s something “off” and not quite right about her. And the reason we don’t get any clarification in this episode is that something happens near the end of the episode that forces these two characters to cut off their conversation.

We also see a brief scene of Shiroe and Akatsuki in Akihabara. While it’s primarily meant to be comic relief, Shiroe mentions not being able to get in contact with Nyanta, not even with telepathy. From here, we see Serara and Minori in Saphir and they’re not able to use telepathy, either. Minori has her suspicions as to why they can’t use telepathy, but the event that disrupts Tohya and Dariella’s scene disrupts this one as well.

Episode 18 definitely ends on a cliffhanger, even though the final character we see before the ending credits is standing at the top of a cliff rather than hanging off of it. Haha. But the event I’ve referenced twice now is a cliffhanger, because it presents danger to Saphir and Minori and the others have to figure out how the situation can be dealt with and not turn the town into a battlefield.

I’m very interested in seeing how this dilemma will be tackled and dealt with when I watch Episode 19.

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