Log Horizon 2: Episode 19 – “The Red Night”

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.

A flock of wyverns attack the town of Saphir, and Minori, Tohya, Serara, Isuzu, and Rudy are determined to help out. The Odyssey Knights beat them to it, and the party is appalled to discover that the Odyssey Knights don’t have a plan or seem to have any teamwork. In fact, it appears that the Odyssey Knights are eager to die. During the fight, creatures known as nightshade servants appear and try to destroy the Odyssey Knights’ portable shrine.

Everything comes to a head later in the episode after Tohya overhears the leader of the Odyssey Knights telling his men to take the battle into the city and to kill all the nightshade servants any way that they can. Through a confrontation, Tohya learns that the Odyssey Knights are a group of adventurers whose sole objective is to be able to return to the real world. Through the leader of the Odyssey Knights, it’s revealed that when a player dies, they can see the people they love and the old world briefly before they’re resurrected, and that they believe that there must be some way out of the game during that period before they are resurrected.

But this confrontation also allows the audience to see a little more backstory about Tohya, which shows the car accident he had been in back in the real world and how he ended up in a wheelchair. I really liked how his backstory was shown in black and white. Not only did it reinforce the idea that it took place in the past, it also helped to differentiate between the real world and the game world. And in this flashback, we get to see what Tohya’s face actually looks like in the real world. Minori appeared in these flashbacks, but her face was either covered with shadow or her face wasn’t shown. But I’ve been enjoying getting to see some glimpses of what the characters we know look like in the real world, and I hope we get to see more of the characters in this manner in future episodes.

This episode also sees Minori having an interesting conversation with Roe 2, and the revelations that Minori has as Roe 2 asks her questions. I have to say that Roe 2 seems to have some insight into how the game world works than I would have anticipated from a regular player character, which is causing me to come up with more theories as to who or what she might be. Hopefully future episodes will start clarifying Roe 2 more.

After watching Episode 19, it made me realize that it would be realistic for some of the adventurers to have the goal of simply wanting to go home instead of trying to assimilate to the game world. While it’s something I’ve probably thought about subconsciously as I’ve watched this series, it’s a thought that had never bubbled to the surface until I watched this episode. Prior to this point, the only adventurers we saw seemed to be satisfied with trying to assimilate and improve the world of the game.

It looks like Episode 20 will be featuring a battle between Nyanta, who’s been watching the party from the shadows up to now, and Londark. This could be interesting to watch, and I’m awaiting the chance to get to see Nyanta in action.

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