Log Horizon 2: Episode 25 – “The Pioneers”

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.

The first half of Episode 25 focuses on the various parties that have gone to the remains of the Shibuya broadcast building. They find themselves coming face to face with Taliktan, the raid boss, who is intent on putting all the adventurers to sleep and getting them to give him their souls. During the battle, Akatsuki realizes a truth about “losing memories” when they are revived on the moon server. With this knowledge, she and the others are able to find the strength to rise up, work together, and take down Taliktan. This boss battle flowed well and consistently kept the intensity going throughout it.

We also get to see battles taking place in other areas as well, and it was amazing to see how much Demikas has changed over the course of the series. It was incredible to see Demikas actually caring about someone else when his Person of the Land wife collapses when the Eternal Moths appear. When she reawakens later in the episode, it was rather amusing to see Demikas trying to claim his eyes were drooling when his wife points out that he’s crying. That was a nice try, Demikas.

When Regan manages to repair the communication equipment in the broadcast building and they reach someone, it appears that Shiroe and the others have succeeded in contacting the moon. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. It turns out they’re communicating with an abandoned television station on the China server, and Kanami just happens to be trying to communicate with the equipment at the same time. While not reaching the moon was disappointing, the communication with Kanami actually answers what happened to Crusty, as well as gives Shiroe an idea of what Log Horizon’s next mission should be: to find a way to connect their world with the game world. This parallels what happened in Episode 24, when it was realized they didn’t have to decide whether to save the broadcast building or the People of the Land, because they could protect both. Here, Shiroe realizes that they don’t have to choose to return to their world or to stay in the game world, and he’s determined to find a way to make this happen. The conversation Shiroe has with Kanami reveals some interesting information about her. It’s this information and Kanami’s reactions during the conversation that make Shiroe realize the idea of joining the two worlds.

Episode 25 was able to resolve the storyline of taking down the raid boss and reaching the communication equipment, but enough was laid out there for the story to continue at a later time. There was no announcement about a third season at the end of Episode 25, so it doesn’t look like it will be continuing anytime soon. Fortunately, the writers ended the episode in a way where the audience doesn’t feel like the story has simply stopped in the middle of a storyline. While it’s a little frustrating to know that some loose ends still exist out there, this season managed to resolve several of the larger loose ends that it had. From what I’ve heard, the anime caught up with the light novel source material, so perhaps at some point when the light novel has gotten far enough ahead, a third season could be considered. I’d definitely watch a third season if it ever happens.

I know that a few weeks ago, I had voiced some concern over the pacing of Log Horizon 2, especially after the initial storylines for Shiroe and Akatuski had concluded. However, it seemed to improve again once Minori and the others returned to Akihabara after completing their quest. Even with those concerns, I still enjoyed Log Horizon 2. I’m definitely going to miss watching this series every week, and I’m hoping to start picking up the first season on home video at some point so I can re-watch the series again from the beginning.

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