Log Horizon 2: Episode 23 – “Isaac and Iselus”

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.

After Shiroe makes the determination that they need to communicate with the moon, reality comes crashing down when he learns how large the estimated cost would be to develop a communication device and the fact that there would be no guarantee it would work even if they develop one. I could tell that Shiroe was frustrated because it appeared the answer he needed was right in front of him, but that taking that information and making it a reality would be easier said than done.

We then see the younger members of Log Horizon talking amongst themselves about the possibility of being able to return home. There were a lot of mixed reactions in the group, which I thought was understandable since they’ve been in this world for almost a year. I have a suspicion that if this possibility had arisen much earlier, they all would have been much more eager to return home.

A lot of Episode 23 focuses on Isaac training the soldiers of Maihama. Iselus, Lenessia’s younger brother, keeps hanging around Isaac, and this annoys him at first. But after King Cowen, Iselus’ grandfather, asks Isaac to help teach Iselus things that the People of the Land cannot, Isaac takes on the responsibility. Isaac ends up being impressed with Iselus, because for a nine-year-old kid, he’s actually rather bright and aware of what needs to be done. Isaac develops a bond with Iselus, which becomes important when an assassination attempt is made on Iselus during his birthday party.

I really enjoyed watching the interactions between Isaac and Iselus. By getting to know Iselus and being around him, Isaac really progresses as a character. In a lot of ways, I think that Episode 23 made Isaac a much more likable character, because the audience actually got a chance to get to know him. While Isaac has been in the series for a while, he tended to be more of a background character, so having him in the forefront made a big difference.

Near the end of the episode, Shiroe figures out that the adventurers’ presence in this world is throwing off the balance of the People of the Land. At the same time, Regan makes an unannounced visit when he returns from investigating the transport gates. From what Regan has gathered, he seems to have information that might make it possible for the adventurers to communicate with the moon without having to build a new device. But just as it seems everything is going to be all right, Shiroe receives surprising news from both Isaac and Minori that puts a damper on the good news he had just received.

From what I saw in the preview for Episode 24, it looks like Minami and the Westelande Dynasty are making their move on Eastal. The footage seems to indicate that a major battle will be breaking out, and I suspect that this battle is going to take up the two remaining episodes of Log Horizon. If that’s the case, then it appears that the potential of going home may not be realized in Log Horizon 2. With how much is still left unresolved, I really hope that we’ll be able to get a third season of Log Horizon at some point, because there’s definitely enough still out there to make another season viable.

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