Log Horizon 2: Episode 24 – “Sleep of the Eternal Moth”

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 24 reveals that the People of the Land have been collapsing due to the arrival of Eternal Moths who come at the same time every day, which is the same time as the rising of the moon. At first, it appears to only affect the People of the Land, but it suddenly starts affecting adventurers as well.

Through reconnaissance, it’s discovered that the Eternal Moths’ nest is located at the remains of the Shibuya broadcast building. When they reason out that the Eternal Moths must be some of the Genius monsters coming from the moon, the Round Table believes it has to make a choice: ignore the Eternal Moths and try to use the antenna to contact the moon in the hopes of getting the information they need to go home, or destroy the antenna in order to stop the influx of the Eternal Moths. I know if I was a member of the Round Table, I would hate to find myself in the position of deciding whether the adventurers should try to save themselves or if they should protect the People of the Land and lose their only means of potentially finding a way to be able to get out of the game and return home.

Four raid parties are formed, and they are accompanied by Regan, who is needed in order to remove a seal on the entrance to the broadcast building. But when they reach Shibuya, they find that things are not going to go easily as they are constantly being attacked by various monsters. And even when they reach their destination, they still have to spend a lot of time fighting monsters and seeing their MP going down.

Poor Shiroe is so shaken up during this whole ordeal, due in large part to not having the time to investigate the area in advance. Near the end of the episode, Shiroe is unsure about himself and their mission… and he receives a surprising wake-up call from several of the cast members. There was an action that Henrietta took during this scene that really threw me off-guard, because I didn’t see it coming. But it was something that needed to be done, and she was the only one who could do it and get away with it.

Episode 24 was a great episode, and once the four parties made it to Shibuya, the action was rather intense with very little in the way of breaks. This kept the episode moving and it helped to make this a riveting watch. At this point, I’m really wondering how Shiroe and the others are going to proceed with their mission.

The preview for Episode 25 of Log Horizon 2 almost seems to be setting up the story to head in another direction, but from what I’ve read, it appears that we’ve just about caught up with the story in the light novel at this point. And with Episode 25 being the last one for this season, it could potentially be a while before there’s ever an announcement of a third season. I just hope Episode 25 doesn’t end with such a major cliffhanger and that the series will feel incomplete unless a new season is produced.

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