Log Horizon 2: Episode 20 – “Birthday Song”

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 20 places a strong emphasis on Nyanta early on. First, he encounters Londark, and the two of them argue about getting trapped in the Elder Tale world and how to deal with being there as they battle each other. Their battle is interrupted by the arrival of Mizufa Trudy, one of the People of the Land who is the General of the Punitive Expedition. It turns out that she’s the mastermind behind the attack on Saphir. She and Nyanta fight briefly, but are interrupted by the arrival of Kazuhiko, a former member of the Debauchery Tea Party.

Even though Nyanta was a central focus of this section of the episode, enough information is revealed through the dialogue that several ideas and concepts that have been thrown out there suddenly start clicking together. Fortunately, this episode only threw out one potential major new plot twist, which was connected to Nyanta and Kazuhiko. Other than that, the episode focused more on the already existing concepts and ideas that have been in the series for a while.

We then see Dariella/Nureha thinking about the time she spent with the members of the party, and coming to the realization that she actually came to think of them as more than simply other members of Shiroe’s guild and how she fit in with the group. With this realization, she decides that she’ll try to help the party out as she can. She temporarily reverts back to Nureha and orders one of her men to annihilate as many of the wyverns and nightshade servants as they can, even though it violates the order that Mizufa had issued. Nureha seems to outrank Mizufa, so this works in our protagonists’ favor. Dariella/Nureha’s thoughts during this sequence illustrate how she’s progressed as a character from the woman who just seemed to be obsessed with Shiroe and had no real personality to her. I hope to see Dariella/Nureha continue to secretly aid our protagonists as the series progresses.

Tohya, meanwhile, continues to fight and argue with a member of the Odyssey Knights. When Rudy, Serara, and Isuzu arrive on the scene, Isuzu overhears the Odyssey Knight declare that this world is where they die. She becomes upset to hear this, and decides that she wants to fill this world with the sound of a forty-third song, which is the one she made for the first time in this world. Isuzu performs the song, and it appears that it is able to be heard by other characters that are in relative proximity to Safir.

So it looks like the wyvern attack at Saphir is coming to an end. Saphir ended up being a backdrop that was able to provide some much needed character development for both Isuzu and Dariella/Nureha. From the preview for the next episode, it appears that the party may not be satisfied with how their journey has turned out at this point, and it makes me wonder whether or not they’ll actually try to continue on their original quest, or if they’ll decide to return to Akhabara instead.

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