Also, don't forget to check out my latest review of Log Horizon, season 2, episode 2.
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Hello everybody and welcome to our next episode of Log Horizon. The show were one negotiates with a tribe of businessmen by threatening to steal their stash right in front of them. Good times.
In our last episode, Shiroe has informed the rest of Log Horizon, as well as some key allies, of his departure for Akihabara. You see, the RTC is looking to go into debt as they had purchased several key buildings in the city, including the Cathedral, the Guild Hall and the Trade Market. The reason for this is due to Minami's presence as a major threat, though I'm left to wonder if Shiroe was completely upright or just told them enough to convince them that Minami was a threat.
Still, the Kunie Tribe, the one's responsible for circulating the gold, refuses on the grounds of ancient law. Despite negotiations and an out and out threat, the response is "Come try, if you can." Shiroe, along with Naotsugu, himself a businessman, and Regan, an important NPC, realize that they're going to need a major raid party to assist with taking the gold. But Shiroe doesn't want to involve the RTC for fear of it getting back to Minami. But don't worry, Shiroe goes into almost any situation with a plan in mind, and he has somebody to ask for help. Who is this person? Is he friend or foe? Let's tune in and find out.
-We begin our episode with a random dragon roaring at a bunch of random adventurers. This dragon probably ordered take out but wasn't expecting a feast. Shiroe, in narration, explains what a raiding party is, which is a massive assault on an objective by a large group of Adventurers that goes above and beyond the usual party of six. Basically, if you have a massive, black dragon laying waste to the land, chances are you need an army instead of a group of plucky heroes.
-Shiroe goes on to explain that the most common raid party is the full raid, which takes four groups of six and combines them into one fighting unit. This let's the players experience a full range of combat as well as get the best rewards. Is there also a last hit bonus involved? Because we wouldn't want that, would we? Still, while this may sound awesome, Shiroe explains that you can't just have high-level players with outstanding equipment to make a good raid party. You must analyze your enemy and have a well-planned strategy. This is why the players you choose are important, as they have ot have solid teamwork to pull the raid off. And if you go Leeroy Jenkins on any important raid your guild will mock you endlessly for it.
-Which Shiroe says... kind of. He adds that you can't just pick a bunch of random people and go for it. And it doesn't hurt if the members of your party have already experienced death and resurrection together. Sounds like he believes a raiding party that has failed once before becomes a stronger raiding party. Good thing Elder Tales doesn't have permadeath here. We return to the last scene from the previous episode, with Naotsugu asking who they're going to call, and because they don't have a ghost problem, they arne't calling the Ghostbusters.
-Anyway, the person Shiroe has in mind? He brings up a map and points to Susukino, which Naotsugu immediately dislikes. He remembers the last time they came here and doesn't want to see how much worse the city has gotten since. There must be blood in the streets at this point.
-After the opening title, we cut to Susukino, where Regan explains that this was once used as a defense against all manner of giants, which is why the Ezzo Empire build Susukino. Looks like the trio used griffins to get here, and Naotsugu got smarter about his. He's getting his head far away from his mount's head. The Guardian also notes the lack of guards at the gate, unlike the last time. Oh god, they've devolved into eating one another! Shiroe does comment that six months can change a lot of things, and Naotsugu wishes him the best of luck. Some bodyguard you turned out to be.
-Tonight's episode is titled The Outlaw and Mythril Eyes. So, remember back in season one we had this raiding party called the Silver Sword, lead by a guy named William Massachusetts, who basically only had one scene but had an impact on his character? Did you ever wonder what happened to them? Turns out, they moved to Susukino, which was probably for the best. Though I suspect that Demicas wasn't a fan of that at all, leading to a battle between the guilds and likely dividing the city in half.
-We pan over to the Silver Sword Guild Hall, which just happens to be near the gate, as Shiroe enters to greet the guild leader, William, who mockingly calls his arrival a treat. We also see that he's leveled up a bit as he's now a level ninety-five Assassin. Shiroe asks the leader how things go in Susukino, but as he's being polite, William tells him not to be formal. After an exchange of pleasantries, Shiroe begins his narration.
-The Silver Sword is a raid guild that ranks right up there with D.D.D. and the Black Sword Knights for pure combat power. Shiroe explains that they asked William to attend the first meeting of the RTC, but he walked out on them, as shown in a flashback to the first season. And wow, that is a major difference in the way the art compares to what we're using now. I know, I know, I'll move on from there.
-As we know, Silver Sword moved to Susukino in search of raids more worthy of their skills, and thanks to that, their absence from Akihabara makes them perfect for his mission. And while he's the only one Shiroe can turn to for help, once more, we see the Enchanter rolling the dice here, because if William doesn't agree, Shiroe may find himself running out of options fast. So he gets right onto it, asking William for a favor. And without hearing the actual favor, William agrees to it. Well, that worked out better than expected.
-Still, William explains his reasoning. Shiroe came a long way to meet him, and it means that the task is something only Silver Sword can complete, and it'd be pretty low class of him to say no. And okay, I have to say something here, because this is really bothering me, but what is with your hair, William? You have strands of hair coming down your face that seem to merge with the rest of the hair in an unnatural fashion. Was that always the case? Thinking on it, didn't Maryelle have a similiar issue? Is this a glitch in the system? Why is that happening?
-Moving on from that, Shiroe thanks William, then explains that it's a full party raid, so he needs everybody in Silver Sword. He explains that there's a new raid zone down in the lowest levels of the Depths of Palm, and this catches the attention of every patron in the Guild Hall. But because it's limited to a full party raid, they can only go in with twenty four players. They need the best, but not everyone they have The statement reads right to me, but for some reason it just seems off somehow.
-As this is William's element, he explains what they need. First, advance recon of the area, but Shiroe has you covered on that. William gets excited as we get a flashback to the advanced recon. Naotsugu says that it's crazy down there while Regan calls it impressive. So what has their attention? A bunch of jelly monsters, all around level ninety and all ranked Raid. Shiroe explains in the present that there won't be an easy part of the raid, so William asks for more detail. Details are important to avoid certain situations where people run in unprepared. We try to discourage that these days.
-In the top level there are slime monsters, like what we saw before, and they're about five meters across. What Shiroe says next is him thinking out loud, but based on the oral traditions and the layout of this "shaft" structure, he gets the feeling they'll be facing against mythical beasts. Okay, what's going on here? The hair that's in front of William, coming down his face? It looks unnatural. But the back, with it flowing down looks so much better. Is it really just a visual glitch?
-Anyway, William's response to mythical beasts? That shouldn't be a problem. He explains that working out of Susukino as a base, they've gotten used to such adversaries. However, he admits that his guild isn't as strong as Shiroe thinks. You know, for a guy who fully accepted the mission without hearing the details, he seems a bit more humble than you'd expect. But that could be the leader talking and being honest with his client. Either way, I was expecting more of an ego centric jerk than what we have here.
-Let's take a break from raid preparation and see how Naotsugu is doing. He's walking around Susukino with Regan, and he asks hte mage if he's ever been here before. Indeed he has. Regan heard the horror stories related to Susukino after the Apocalypse, but it does seem better now. Naotsugu thinks that having Silver Sword in Susukino helped out. It does seem less "Mad Max" around here than it did before. Naotsugu is all compliments, saying that you can tell they're a raid guild with a lot of discipline. Well, one does not become one of the top raiding guilds without keeping everybody in check.
-Keeping the compliments going, Naotsugu says he'd rather take Silver Sword over Brigandia any day. Regan agrees, having heard the horror stories about that guild and how they were harassing the Adventurers as well as the People of the Land. Still, he does wonder where they went? Oh, I think I see where this is going.
-Back in the Guild Hall, Shiroe asks William what the problem is. Apparently, they don't have the players needed to be up and running. At the moment, they're just a name right now. He's also certain that he can't get everyone to come with them, pointing out the number of people squatting in guilds just to keep themselves safe from enemies or monsters. Another way William puts it is that the players are basically retired. Sure, they might be up for a mild raid, but nothing that puts them in real danger. Death may be a slap on the wrist but it still hurts!
-With Shiroe's raid offer, it may be the toughest the system has ever put together. William says they need level ninety-fives, and they'll be luck to get twenty. This leads to Shiroe asking if these players are trying to protect their memories, which may be something that happens to the Adventurers if they die in battle. William doesn't discount it, but he can't say he's heard anybody say it out loud. That said, his people think it's a ridiculous idea, anyway, so it's not like they're afraid of it. Sounds like these guys have memories they want to forget, which probably says a lot about their own mental state.
-Still, Shiroe is confused by the comment, which leads to William asking a pointed question. How many times has the Enchanter died since coming here? And by here, he means the world of Elder Tales. As we can see, Shiroe has been fortunate enough to not suffer the pains of death and rebirth. William, who has apparently experience it, will try to explain it to him. According to William, you learn a lot about yourself, things that you wanted to know and things you didn't want to know. And it doesn't get easier each time it happens, either. As a result, most of them don't want to go through it again. I can't say I blame him. Even if death is a slap on a wrist, it doesn't make the experience any more fun.
-Still, this meeting is going better than expected. Despite the falling out in Akihabara, William is welcoming of Shiroe and is more than willing to help with his cause. But then I remember we're in Susukino, and things don't go smoothly for very long. Soon, the door violently swings open and in comes in a familiar mountain of a man. It's Demicas, and he makes a beeline straight for Shiroe's table. We see that he's now a level ninety-three Monk and is doing all he can to threaten Shiroe. But our Enchanter always knows what buttons to push, so instead of rising to the challenge, he just ignores the Overlord wannabe, which only goes to piss him off more. Fun times.
-We check in on Naotsugu and Regan, still walking around Susukino. Regan asks if it'll be easy to find new party members, but Naotsugu trusts that Shiroe knows what he's doing. But just so he can show he did something, Naotsugu will need to find a few himself. When asked what kind of people he's looking for, Naotsugu admits that he has nothing in mind. When Regan complains, Naotsugu counters that he can't explain it in his fancy magicky talk. For now, he just needs some dudes, so keep an eye out. Regan decides that helping out the Guardian won't be such a good idea, so Naotsugu suggests that the Mage of Mirror Lake should do what he's best at. Researching. Regan is all for that when suddenly they run into a butt of a problem. And by that there is a butt sticking out from a snow drift. Not the weirdest introduction but one that Naotsugu appreciates. Turns out, Regan is all for this, too.
-As the two talk about the fine viewing that is panties, which I could tell is going to go nowhere fast, some icicles fall, attempting to impale Naotsugu. Thank you, universe. Or Akatsuki. Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if Akatsuki somehow pulled that off. Speaking of, we see the tiny ninja practicing by cutting up dummies, all with Naotsugu's face drawn on them. She can't be exactly sure why but she feels so much better in this session than in previous sessions. Weird.
-Naotsugu himself is a bit savvy and suspects Akatsuki put a curse on him. Regan, who loves all things magic, would love to hear more about it. And don't skimp on the details, either! Suddenly, there is yelling from the snow drift as panty girl demands the two to get her out of there! Using her new found rage, she frees herself with a pop as Naotsugu apologizes, with Regan giving the excuse that her fine curves distracted them. No, that is actually what he said.
-To help illistrate the point, the camera does a panning shot of Panty Girl to reveal... Pop Idol Magical Girl! Giving a pose that is out of a magical girl show, she said it would be a shame for all her love struck fans out there if her beautiful face was blemished in a snow bank. Naotsugu can't believe she actually said that out loud. Even Regan says the girl is quite full of herself. Turns out Naotsugu and Regan are becoming fast friends as Pop Idol Magical Girl looks on with... will go with annoyance, because she strikes another posing, sparkling purple, and says that she can hear them. So much for that snow drift giving you problems.
-Pop Idol Magical Girl then introduces herself as Tetora, the Star Shining in the Night Sky. Symbol of Divine Beauty, the Galaxy-Style Starlet. And then she strikes a Magical Girl pose while holding a wand that does look like it can double as a microphone. or you can call her Tetora, if you're in a hurry, heart wink. You know, show, I was kidding when I pegged her as a Pop Idol Magical Girl. You didn't have to prove me right about it.
-So as we get a picture-in-picture of Tetora doing cutesy poses, Naotsugu loudly admits that she's cute, but wouldn't want to admit it when she's all stuck up like that. And then it switches to an angry pose as the Guardian continues, saying that if he had to take everything into account, there would be no contest. The woman of his dreams is the lovely and gracious Maryelle! He then screams her name to the sky, leaving Regan and Tetora confused. You know, I'm really feeling bad for Shoryu now. He's the loser in this love triangle and he's just a loveable scamp. Oh well.
-Anyway, Naotsugu quickly regains his composure and provides a towel for Tetora. As she cleans herself up we get her status screen. She's a human cleric, level ninety-two, and belongs to the Light Indigo guild. Naotsugu approves of her level, noting that both he and Shiroe have leveled up to ninety-two, as well. After cleaning herself up, she notices Naotsugu staring. She says that while she does a lot to keep herself looking amazing, but please stop with the creepy staring. But then she says that of course he can't help it as gorgeous hotties like her are constantly spewing out pheromones, you get what she's saying? He should just give it up and admit that he wants her whenever he smells her. And then she does a little dance to try to entice him. Naotsugu is a bit dumbfounded by this, so Regan comes in, saying that she's emitting something other than pheromones. What a polite burn.
-Naotsugu approves of said zinger, but Tetora is insulted, saying that starlets do not do such things and Regan was impolite to her, you wrinkled old toad. Anyway, since Natosugu is totally in love with her, she'll let him carry her. And like a pink-haired weasel, she scurries around Naotsugu's armor and hops on his back. He tells her to get off but she's having none of that. She just loves seeing men freak out and get all gooey and stupid whenever she rubs all over them. But he better mind his manners because she doesn't like it when guys do it back to her, giving a cute pose with a pinky on her lips. I was going to say that this girl has a couple of screws loose, but I think I'm going to have to change that to "all her screws". She may even be missing a couple.
-With an unwanted, pink-haired pop idol magical girl on his back, Naotsugu tells her that if she doesn't like it, don't do it to others! As he tries to get Tetora off, she jumps off on her own and giggles. Whatever the point is, he decides to accept her into the party, drawing confusion from her. Regan asks if this is a wise idea, but Natosugu reminds the mage that he is playing it by ear. Also, because she has pink hair that must mean she'll be important in the grand scheme of things. I also wouldn't be surprised if she turns out to be the next Log Horizon member.
-With that fun bit of insanity out of the way, let's go to another bit of insanity with Demicas staring down Shiroe. It's going about as well as you expect, with everybody staring but nobody reacting. Voinen, a dwarf looking Adventurer, looks back at the table, then the guy next to him and says they should be fine. I honestly cracked up at that for how nonchalant he says it, like it's an every day occurrence now. Still, with Shiroe, things might get messy, so another Adventurer, Federico, says that this might be a good time to take a break out back, though he's directing that to the waitress. I'm betting the People of the Land liked it when Silver Sword came into town. Less random murders as a result.
-Shiroe looks on, but Demicas calls back his attention. He's got unfinished business with the Enchanter, recalling their first encounter and how Shiroe purposely misspoke his name several times. So, you remember it now? Of course, Shiroe never forgets a fact, and he can't forget a face like Mister Dummy Face here. And Demicas goes from angry to rageful in two seconds flat, demanding Shiroe outside so they can settle it there. Again, I love the looks of the other Adventurers, staring as if this is just a thing that happens and to just let it be. Which, honestly, I think does more damage psychologically then what happened last time. They treat Demicas as a minor annoyance and nothing more.
-As Demicas lifts Shiroe in the air, William tells the Monk to knock it off. Shiroe is a guest of the Silver Sword, and William would be insulted if any harm befell on his guest. Demicas doesn't care about such niceties, but William tells him that he fought Shiroe, lost, then was resurrected. It's over, move on! Demicas pushes back, but William is more than happy to put the Monk in his place. Of course, it wouldn't just be William here, but the rest of the Silver Sword who are hanging around. I don't think you thought this out clearly, Demicas. Then again, you never did strike me as the type to have long term plans. Or short term plans. Or any kind of plan, actually.
-William continues to push Demicas' buttons, saying that Shiroe would just embarrass the Monk all over again, but Demicas argues that he got some new raid items, so it wouldn't be the same fight. William, who knows so much more in this situation, says that relying on equipment wouldn't net Demicas a win in a rematch. Sadly, Demicas isn't listening anymore, demanding Shiroe to know what he'd like to be cut up as, hamburger or minced cutlets? Shiroe says both sound tasty, so long as he marinades them in some Demi-Whtever-It-Is Sauce. It's a rare brand of sauce that can only be purchase in Susukino, but the shop owner tends to be picky about when he sells it.
-Of course, Demicas is letting all of this get under his skin and threatens to knock out Shiroe's teeth, but he says that isn't very nice, Mister Demi-Ding-Dong. William can only laugh, because I think I see where this is going. They want Demicas to start attacking so the Royal Guard appears to take care of him, but it appears the Monk is a little too smart for that. As Shiroe continues to demean Demicas, making him angrier by the second, another person comes into the Guild Hall.
-It's Tetora, and she's talking about the Brigandia guild, or more precisely, how half the players came to the guild-hall and abandoned him. I assume they mean Demicas. I imagine being singly obsessed with a Druid for no apparent reason would do that to a guild. Of course, she's trashing him, mentioning Nyan-ta and the ass kicking that ensued. Looks like Demicas' rage got redirected to a certain Pop Idol Magical Girl.
-We focus on her as Tetora explains that Brigandia's lead strategist, Londark, was one of the first to leave and go west. So, wait, is he in Minami now? That would be interesting. Naotsugu asks about Demicas, and apparently he and his guild are all underlings of Silver Sword. And no wonder the rest of the Silver Sword looked bored at Demicas' outburst. Still, it was thanks to them that they have some peace in Susukino now. And then she goes on about how Naotsugu should meet his wife, who is an awesome lady once you get to know her. Wait, who's wife? Demicas? Somebody is actually married to him? Naotsugu is surprised by this, but to Regan, if Demicas can get married, there's hope for him yet.
-As for who Demicas (I'm assuming) is married to? The daughter of an aristocrat among the People of the Land. Apparently it happened when he kidnapped her, looking for a housekeeper, but Demicas ended up falling for her instead. That... that's actually something I wouldn't mind seeing. That would see hilarious... and a bit scary, thinking on it. Apparently she was a good cook with her hamburgers and minced cutlets... wait, so was Demicas actually inviting Shiroe to dinner, or planning to make Shiroe into dinner? I think there are better ways to ask somebody out, Demicas.
-As we get a panning shot of Silver Sword, with a number of them holding back smirks, Naotsugu and Regan have a laugh about it. Even Shiroe, overhearing this, can't help but laugh. And now, with all his bluster, Demicas is tam as a house cat. That's when Tetora sees Demicas and calls out to him. Though I should mention that she's been calling him "Demi-poo" all this time. At this point, he's lost his temper and focus on Shiroe, flinging him to hte side and jumping at the Pop Idol Magical Girl, coming in with an attack.
-That's when we get our eyecatch, which is Chibi Naotsugu with Chibi Regan. The bestest buddies forever! When we return, Naotsugu gets right into the thick of it, blocking the attack form Demicas. Though Tetora points out that he stopped and questions why he did. Demicas compliments the Guardian, but he reminds the Monk that they're inside a city, so he knows nobody is stupid to try anything here. Demicas, however, is arrogant as hell, claiming he could take on the Royal Guard. From the way it sounds, the Royal Guard are probably always a hundred levels above the Adventurers, no matter what.
-Anyway, Demicas, looking all scary and angry, tells Tetora that one of these days that mouth of hers is going to make him feed her to a giant. She responds by hanging on Naotsugu, asking if he'll protect her. Naotsugu would rather not have to deal with the crazy here and asks her to go someplace else. Shiroe, walking in, asks where they picked up the Pop Idol Magical Girl from. Oh, she fell from the sky. And her arrival is perfect for William. If they add her and Demicas to the raiding party, they'll have twenty four. He tells Demicas that if he wants to even the score, do it by burning off the energy during the raid. Shiroe isn't exactly happy to hear that, but William presents the invitation to the Monk. And just like that, the raid is on.
-The next day... or later that same day, we see William walking towards the sun, then faces his Raiding group. Each divided into different parties. Shiroe, Demicas, Naotsugu, and Tetora are in the second party. William is in the third party. And with that, they are off as Regan waves them off like a mother wishing for her children safe journeys. Still not as weird as Tetora.
-As night falls, so too does the snow. We get a shot of the party moving along before a map appears, showing a line heading for Liport Channel, located in the Japan Server at the Tsugaru Area. Monsters are present, and it allows for PVP and all skills, but there are no entry or exit restrictions. We catch up to the party in a fight as Demicas is attacking a monster with his Lightning Straight attack. Shiroe just sighs as Natosugu notes that the Monk is full of energy. And yes, it appears that Tetora has become a permanent fixture on his back. I imagine Maryelle will not be pleased when she finds out about this and will try to change her image into a Pop Idol Magical Girl, as well. The other members of the party aren't pleased with Demicas going ahead of them, commenting on his lack of teamwork, who's basically soloing it up at this point. I wonder who the Leeroy Jenkins of the group was going to be and it looks like I got my answer.
-As we see the raid party facing off against all kinds of monsters, Naotsugu admits that he knew William would be their commander since it's a raid, but he never thought they would walk to the Depths of Palm. Tetora, keeping with her character, says she can't be a soaring starlet with bunions on her tootsies, hence why she's basically turn the two of them into Master and Blaster. Shiroe comments that having griffins as a mount isn't something that everybody has. Besides, he trusts in William and how he runs things, since he is the leader of a pretty well established raiding party. Shiroe comments that, if he was in the same position as William, he'd want to know what everyone in the party can do, every quirk, every ability. That makes since, especially when you throw in the unknowns here.
-Naotsugu understands, but he wonders if they'll even resemble a party once they get to their destination? Well, guess they'll find out when they get there. Sometime later, Tetora is done with walking, so she rides on her mount instead. Naotsugu refuses to be treated as a donkey, but she pokes at him, saying that he can act tough all he wants, but she knows that he really loves her. I'd argue that he loves all the ladies, but probably loves Maryelle more than anybody else. When Naotsugu calls her out on it, she suddenly disappears and reappears in his armor, wondering how he could live with himself if she ended up wit ha blister on her delicate starlet toes? Look, I know Rudy was a bit vain early on, but dammit, the man worked for a living and was never this egotistical. Also, how did you get into Naotsugu's armor like that?
-Tetora continues, saying that if such a terrible thing happened, the entire Tetora Fanbase would be in mourning. The sun wouldn't come up for days on end. That's a little extreme. Also, that's very self centered of you. We can see that Shiroe is doing everything he can to contain his own emotional outburst as Naotsugu, forced into the role of Blaster, tells her that if she gets on her knees and begs, then maybe he'd help her out. She berates him for suggesting that a lady of her caliber should go on her knees... then steals his shield and slides off on it, saying it was a good idea. And like that, Naotsugu is off to reclaim his shield from the Pop Idol Magical Girl of Justice.
-Shiroe, however, stays behind, knowing not to get involved in that comedy act, and they're soon caught up by William. He comments on how relaxed the Enchanter's team is and he responds that they try not to take things too seriously. William seems to accept that answer, then states that he seems to be getting close to figuring out Demicas. He doesn't seem that difficult to understand, but I still can't wrap around the fact that he got married. Who knew, right?
-Anyway, William will find out the best way to use Demicas in a fight soon enough, but if he can't, then perhaps he is not the leader he thought he was. Well, there was some interesting off screen character development for William. Perhaps the resurrection process really did something to him after all. Demicas is nearby, having dealt with a number of enemies, and tells them to stare all they want, for he does vow revenge against Shiroe.
-Meanwhile, some of the other party members hope to get this raid done by New Years and Naotsugu agrees, having gotten his shield back and cleaning it up as best he can. Apparnetly they have a bunch of things going on around the holidays in Akihabara, which had to be fitted into the budget or else Maryelle would throw a fit, and Naotsugu wouldn't want to miss that. The parties as well as Maryelle throwing a fit. Oh, and in the background Tetora is practicing her Pop Idol Magical Girl poses because the girl is crazy.
-Back in Akihabara, we have a sign saying that there are twenty six days left until Christmas, and Maryelle is having a chat with Natosugu. She can't help but worry since Demicas is raiding with them, but Naotsugu doesn't see him as a problem since William keeps him in line. And apparently his wife is in charge, which Maryelle confirms as being correct. Demicas is apparently able to hear this or things he hears it, as he's gathering food and looking angry. He just seems the type to be always angry.
-Maryelle then asks about food and what it's like out there. We see the Silver Sword preparing for a meal, hoping that Naotsugu isn't eating the same thing every day and assuming he's craving some chicken this time of year. We see Shoryu and other members of the Crescent Moon Alliance having chicken and various other food as Maryelle explains that Chicken and winter really do go hand-in-hand. It's Chicken Season, after all! Naotsugu calls her deal with chicken weird.
-But on to more couple stuff. Maryelle is hoping that Naotsugu can make it back in time for Christmas. Naotsugu will do what he can to make it, and with that, the chat ends. Well, if you didn't think they were a couple before, then this scene change your mind. Anyway, Henrietta suddenly appears like a scary demon, then teasers her guild master over her little lovers chat, then calls them a video game soap opera. I imagine somebody is already pitching a pilot to the RTC about a soap opera as we speak.
-Taking this opportunity to tease Maryelle some more, Henrietta suspects that her guild master will get on Naotsugu's case about putting in too much time at work, but Maryelle says that she's letting her imagination run away with her. The Bard sighs, then wonders where the Minami spy could be hiding. They can't let this slip by them, which is why they need to establish strict protocols for contacting the others in the first place. This is something Maryelle should know about, even though the conversation sounds very innocent from other observers.
-But Maryelle is taking this seriously. They've limited their calls to once a day at nine o'clock. Henrietta gets excited about that leans in, hoping for more juicy gossip, but Maryelle says it's not that, either. Besides, she doesn't know where he is, and it's not like yo ucan trace those telepathy calls, anyway. The only thing she knows for certain is that Naotsugu, and by extension, Shiroe, will be in a big raid. And one thing she knows is that after a big battle, her big, strong Guardian is going to need some down time. And it's not like she's pressuring him to come home, and technically speaking, she is the direct contact for the CMA, so what she's doing is working and not flirting!
-Henrietta, however, is upset, telling Maryelle that they are putting their security at risk by abusing her authority. So she'll just ask for permission to abuse her authority instead. Henrietta has no idea what to do with her as she cannot be complicit in all of this, which isn't exactly a no. Maryelle is smiling, but then pulls her own authority card by saying she's the guild master, so Henrietta has to follow her orders. Poor Henrietta. I bet she wants to contact Shiroe, too!
-Meanwhile, we check in on Raynesia, who is being accompanied by Akatsuki. They are silent, and the only thing filling the air with anything is a clock ticking in the background. This is when Akatsuki remembers Shiroe's words, that she is needed to stay behind in the city, being given a special task that only she can complete. you get to protect Princess Raynesia! She believes that, with spies from Minami in the city, it puts a target on Raynesia's back, and while she understands that, she can't help but think Shiroe had another reason to leave her behind. And she doesn't like that at all. It is the duty of a ninja to stay by her lord's side, even if the lord does everything he can to not have a ninja by his side. He doesn't get a choice in the matter!
-Raynesia decides to break the awkward silence and asks Akatsuki what she's eating. Why, it's a red bean bun, of course. And what of the tea? It's roasted green tea. So you don't want apple tea then, Akatsuki? The ninja counters by saying that red bean buns and roasted green tea always go together, and she will smite anybody who does otherwise. And we're back to the awkward silence, but Raynesia breaks it once more. She just doesn't understand why everything is so difficult these days. She goes on to say that it's been a while since she's come to Akihabara and there's still la lot about the Adventurer culture she doesn't understand. Like with Akatsuki's own personal taste that she will force on anybody who goes against it. Red bean bun with roasted green tea is sacred!
-Though Akatsuki does admit that her preferences aren't custom, admitting that apple tea is nice, too. With that, Raynesia thanks the ninja for being so kind, which only causes Akatuski to be annoyed, but even she wonders why she feels so awkward? I mean, it's not like Raynesia is a major rival or anything like that... right? Right? Somebody should tell Akatsuki that.
-We follow Akatsuki outside after a nice meal with the princess, talking by a guy with long, white hair and a red coat. He will totally not play any role in the events to follow. We watch our tiny ninja walk into a shop called Amenoma as white hair guy looks back on her. Inside of the shop, Tatara, the shop keeper, greets Akatsuki, but she's clearly not a morning person. She still needs her coffee, dammit! As Akatsuki browses, he states that every gamer knows that you can only get powerful epic-class items in raids. Or special events, but most of the time, it's raids. This is how Shiroe and various other players got to use griffin mounts. It's proof that a player and their party completed a large scale raid or event.
-As Akatsuki shops for swords, she admits to not having any raiding experience. And hey, Tatara is actually one of the new characters from the opening! She'll probably be playing an important role in the events to come. Akatsuki then says that another way to get an item or weapon like that is to buy one from a vendor, but that can be expensive. She turns to Tatara, who is a dwarf and a level ninety Samurai. She tells Akatsuki right away that the price is not negotiable. She doesn't like to haggle, as it's too much of a haggle.
-So Akatsuki takes a look at once of the swords. It's the Graupei Sword, Byakumaru. There's some lore text here about how powerful it was, as well as the price. it's 118,000 gold, well beyond Akatsuki's spending power. What kind of shop sells this kind of item with that kind of price and expects to stay in business? Akatsuki wants to get stronger, but Tatara just watches on, trying to determine how to tell her that no window shopping is allowed.
-Back with our raiding party, they've made it to the Depths of Palm, and they're all surprised that such a place existed. Tetora can't believe the size of the doors, still using her mount to walk around. Demicas, however, is still scheming. Whatever Shiroe wants, he's going to make sure he doesn't get it. Man, talk about holding a grudge. Cue credits!
-In our next episode preview, Akatsuki says that slumbering far beneath the Depths of Palm lies the raid zone Abyssal Shaft. There, hte full-raid party begins. In a battle of offense and defense, Shiroe, William, and Demicas end up fighting not only the battle, but their own feelings as well. And another must fight her own loneliness. All this and more in our next episode, Abyssal Shaft. Stand up one more time, even if the person you're standing up to is three times your height.
So, Tetora, our resident Pop Idol Magical Girl, is voiced by Chelsea McCurdy, who's other roles include Child Gilgamesh in Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!, and Tsubasa from Gatchaman Crowds Insight.
And I don't recall if we focused on him last time, but just in case, William is voiced by Chris Patton, who's other roles include Sousuke Sagara from Full Metal Panic!, Greed in both Fullmetal Alchemist animes, and Keima Katsuragi from The World God Only Knows.
So the big take aways from this is that, whatever happened off screen, William changed his tune from his Akihabara days to his Susukino days. His ready acceptance of Shiroe's offer shows that when the Enchanter comes a knocking, you come a answering. Demicas is still holding a grudge against Shiroe, of course, and despite what Tetora stated, it doesn't change the fact that him hunting down Serara was creepy as hell. Though it is interesting that he did get married to a noble lady. Sounds like she may have the dominating personality, but I wonder if we'll ever see her on screen?
And then we have Tetora. If the series has taught me anything, it's to never take first impressions as is. There have been a number of characters that seem one way, only to turn out to be completely different another way, see Isaac and Rudy. But still, she seems to be the type that is really full of herself, though I can't help but think that she's trying too hard. Though with that conversation with Maryelle, I wonder how much Naotsugu told her of his new companion. I suspect fireworks later down the line.
But who was that long, white haired man? Could he be the spy? One would think he'd try not to stand out, but then again, in a city filled with many different types of Adventurers, if he didn't try to stand out he'd probably end up standing out too much, if he is a spy.
With that said, looks like we begin the raid proper in the next episode. Will Shiroe succeed in saving Akihabara? Will Demicas get his revenge? And will Naotsugu ever be rid of Tetora? Tune in on Friday to find out.
Until next time, remember, if you're playing the role of the Pop idol Magical Girl, always make sure to stay in character and practice your cute poses, even if there is nobody around to practice with.
2 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to Season Two of Log Horizon. The show about a bunch of players getting stuck inside of a game and finding out quickly that it's not the game they remember it to be.
In our last season, we focused on an Enchanter called Shiroe, finding himself stuck in the MMORPG "Elder Tales", along with tens of thousands of players and who knows how many across the world. While exploring the land he meets up with old allies like Naotsugu, a Guardian, and Nyan-ta, a Swashcukler, as well as new allies, like Akatsuki, the Assassin, and the twins Toya and Minori, a Samurai and Shrine Maiden. Through the trials and tribulations of this new world, Shiroe is able to bring some semblance of order to Akihabara, bringing together the various different guilds to form their own governing body for the city.
But as with any governing body, they have to associate themselves with other governing bodies, like the League of Freedom Cities Eastal, made up of former NPCs called the People of the Land. After a very rough start, the two governments are able to establish a friendly relationship, which lead to Maihama's princess, Raynesia, coming to Akihabara as it's Ambassador.
It's during this time that Shiroe learns the truth of this world. It's deep lore and history, as well as the kind of magic that would have brought the Adventurers to the world, which is called World Fraction, and had only been cast three times. It is thanks to this knowledge that Shiroe is able to create a new form of magic of his own, turning a Person of the Land, Rudy, into a full fledge Adventurer, changing the laws of the world once more.
Thanks to this, Shiroe ends up meeting his opposite number, a Fox Tail Enchanter named Nureha, who is ever bit as smart and resourceful as Shiroe, only without his self-imposed limitations. And why did Nureha do all of this? Because she wants Shiroe by her side, and while the show doesn't outright say it, I think it was more to be her consort than a minion. He refuses, but knowing the new enemy, Shiroe is forced to make an important decision. IN the cliffhanger ending for the Season One finale, Shiroe makes the decision to leave Akihabara.
What will this mean for the direction of the second season? What will change in Akihabara as a result of his decision? And will Shiroe give into temptation and join Nureha? Let's tune in and find out.
-One thing to note real quick is that we're working with a different animation studio this season. For the first season, the animation studio was Satelight, who are doing the Spring 2017 adaption of the light novel SukaSuka. They've also done a lot of the recent Macross series, as well as Symphogear. For the second season, Studio Deen takes over, and they require no introduction, but in case you need it, they were responsible for the first Fate/Stay Night adaption, as well as responsible for the adaption of Konosuba. So we'll have to see what kind of animation changes we'll see here.
-Anyway, enough of the background stuff, let's get into the series proper. We begin the episode with a giant, purple armored creature, roaring after kicking up a lot of dust in what appears to be a coliseum like room. One of the characters, who I think is William Massachusetts, says to keep going as we see Akatsuki and Soujiro dodging from an attack. She explains that getting a win and solving the problem aren't the same thing. And then we cut to an open field as... Kanami? So she did get stuck into the world after all. She goes head first into a batch of enemies, knocking them around. Did they ever say what her class was before? She looks to be a Monk here.
-Then we return to Naotsugu, performing his Guardian duties, using his skill called Fortress Stance. He also appears to be decked out in grand new armor, looking forward to testing it all out. Soujiro, who is leading the front, tells everybody to pay attention and listen, for they must maintain an attitude of constant improvement, and never for a moment discount training you've received. Okay, we can tell the art is a bit different here as Soujiro looks off to me. He also looks really, really tired. That's what happens when you make your harem your guild, Soujiro!
-Back with the first fight, William calls up Shiroe for a distraction, then we quickly cut to Kanami who is super excited, because five hundred guards means one heck of a treasure. She turns around, telling the others that he could never have this kind of fun in the real world. Also, I know she had quite the figure during season one, but did she modify her character in between seasons? Because she looks huge here. Sorry, I try not to point it out, but it's kind of hard to not notice when they're right there, in the middle of the screen. Anyway, we cut to Akatsuki, who appears to be in new armor, claiming she can see it out, as Shiroe is being dragged over to a different monster, asking for a little help from William. Then we cut to Kanami, getting prepared for a brawl against a bunch of monsters, looking forward to how good her dinner is going to be after she kicks all their butts, wink.
-Well, that was quite a stinger. I suspect that we weren't see three events happening at the same time, but several different events that happened over the course of time. From what I can gather, it appears that Soujiro has taken over Shiroe's duties and is suffering from it, with Akatsuki choosing to serve him in Shiroe's absence. Naotsugu is off doing something as it appears that Shiroe has joined up with William, for some odd reason. And it appears that Kanami, who was a driving force for the Debauchery Tea Party from years prior, is going to be appearing in the series proper as a force to be dealt with. One wonders what this all means?
-Anyway, time for the intro, and apparently Studio Deen decided that the previous intro song was good enough, so they'll keep it here. We start with a person, Shiroe, at a computer, as two of his avatars appear, one we saw in the first season and another with a different armor set, likely to appear in the second season. The camera pans back to a grid line before showing off the world, then the title, Log Horizon. It continues to pan until we get two figures, Shiroe and Akatsuki, dressed in real world outfits. Huh.
-As the song begins to play we get a shower of gold coins, then the classic image of Shiroe and Log Horizon, the guild, appearing as shadowy figures, only instead of it being dark, they're in a snow storm. Though it looks like their numbers have increased a bit. Then we cut to this elf girl with Nureha in the background, before focusing on Shiroe, Akatsuki, then William. Suddenly, explosions as this elf girl sees other means of the Tea Party walk away from her, then a person staring at the moon in the real world, then we see Serara, Maryelle and Henrietta running, all in new outfits, then to Isuzu and... wait, is that Rudy? What happened to his hair? Sure, his hair was the lighter shade of blonde but he was still a blonde. Here he looks like he got quite a scare earlier.
-Then we cut to Soujiro cutting at a ghost, but looking a little more psychotic than usual. Then we cut to our Merchant Guild members and... oh, oh Michitaka, what did they do to you? He just looks so wrong in comparison to his season one look. Also, we see Roderick here, along with three new characters who I don't recognize. Then we have Isaac, out of his armor, standing in front of a large army. Well, this can't be good at all, can it?
-We then cut to William looking down on the ground, in tears, and Akatsuki in an alleyway, fallen in combat, before being covered in snow. Well, that's quite the image, isn't it? We then cut to a shot of the moon in the forest as Shiroe stands up from a snow drift, then him driving a cart with the junior members of Log Horizon, Toya, Rudy, Minori and Isuzu, along with another character, who I believe is Serara. Is she abandoning her duties with the Crescent Moon Alliance now?
-Next, it's a concert! Minori is on stage with Serara, Isuzu and Toya, rocking out, as we get a bunch of different characters surrounding by monsters, Kanami among them, smiling for the fight. I guess this is her party now. Then we get another iconic image of Shiroe doing the Shiroe maneuver as the camera pans down a mountain side, showing off various different characters, before ending with Demikas suddenly appearing on the screen. As the chorus of the song plays, we see the armored monster from the teaser, following by a viking god and a dragon, then another character showing up mysteriously, who will likely be our antagonist for one of these arcs. Then we have Naotsugu and Regan with another character, with pink hair, who is apparently trying for a Jem cosplay here.
-Then we have a panning shot of the various Akihabara ladies from the different guilds, as well as Raynesia and Dolce. This is in conjunction with a purple figure running along the screen, likely to be Akatsuki, then a quick shot of the monster and then to Krusty, who also looks terrible here, with his second, Misa, then the camera punning back to show off a blond character, likely another guild master. Then to a red-headed character fighting Nyan-ta, who then fights a samurai, then clones of Akatsuki attacking some ice monster. So many tiny ninjas.
-We then cut to a shot of the RTC, all in uniform, which is then flanked by a bunch of other characters, which includes Nureha. Likely they're opposite numbers from Minami. We then cut to a forest where a familiar girl is dancing, following by a panning shot of her, Toya, Shiroe, Minori, Raynesia, and Akatsuki. We then cut to some fire going off with a banner held above, then a shot of the moon as Minori, and then Akatsuki, turn to face the camera, then we cut to our group shot of the characters in their new outfits, except for Nyan-ta, because his outfit grows in power with him, hence the power of Shaft Cat. We then finish up with an upward shot of a city, focusing on a pink moon. I mean, I know it's suppose to be a blood red moon, but to me, it looks pink.
-...Oh god, this is going to be painful, isn't it? I noticed some weird animation cues from the teaser which looked off, but the opening, which is suppose to look great in comparison, doesn't. I mean, sure, the animation from the first season wasn't going to win any awards, but nothing ever really looked out of place unless it was done on purpose, like the character's more deadpan or silly expressions. Here? They just don't look right to me. And this isn't mean taking shots at Studio Deen, because I think they're fin as an animation company, but still. This is why you shouldn't change animation studios between seasons. Unless that second studio is Studio Trigger, then you can change studios.
-I'll try not to rag on the animation too much unless I feel it's necessary to point it out. I'm not here for that! I'm here to watch a show I've never watched and express that to the people who read this. By the way, I apologize in advance if I drive you insane somehow, but I'm not responsible for your medical bills as a result. Moving on from that, our episode begins proper with a tug of war match. We must still be in the Libra Festival... or perhaps a different festival. Either way, Maryelle is likely responsible for this. Smash is nearby, telling them that they have their pumpkins over here as we learn that it's the Battle of the Guilds After Halloween field day! So this takes place in November, then? I wouldn't be surprised if Maryelle suggests their own version of Thanksgiving, even if that's primarily an American holiday.
-We see the festival is in full swing as the crowd cheers on the competitors. Speaking of Maryelle, we see her being held back by Nyan-ta, anxious to play, as well. The smooth cat tells her that event organizers have to work. Play can be for later. Also, was Maryelle's hair always that green? I thought she was more of a blonde? Maryelle argues, however, saying she wants to play tug of war, dammit! And with all her energy, she'd probably win single handily, too.
-Tonight's episode is titled Shiroe of the Northern Nation, which is also listed as Shiroe of the Northern Country. Same thing, really. I should also note that the background for the title card is different. Instead of a map of Japan, it's a map of what appears to be Akihabara. Back with the tent, Nyan-ta asks why they need to have an After Halloween event? Maryelle reminds him of the event they had for Halloween, right? Well, this is why he was asking, after all. After all, the game developers already have an event in mind for this time of year, which includes fighting giant plant monsters. The main event is that monsters drop pumpkins when they're beaten during the last three days of the month. Well, yeah, Maryelle says that's the point. They have a bunch of prize pumpkins right here, so why not have an event to find a way to give them away? I'm guessing the purpose of the pumpkins was for a different kind of reward, but thanks to the developers invoking their demon ritual, things have changed. Stupid deadlines.
-And this is where Maryelle, the Party Strategist, comes in to make it work. Nyan-ta compliments her use of the Shiroe Maneuver without the required glasses. As we see the tug of war still going on, he says that, one thing's for sure, and that this city of theirs has become a smooth place to live. We see the Halloween declarations still about, including some characters wearing pumpkins for hats. We quickly flashback to the first season as Maryelle can't believe how fast this has happened. It just seems like yesterday they got trapped in this game and not a half-year like it really is. They show off all the key points from the first season, which I mentioned above. So, yeah, in a half-year they haven't tried to kill each other, which is progress in their books.
-Nyan-ta is all compliments, especially to little Serara, who we see running with some other Adventurers. She's apparently involved in a bun eating contest as Smash tells them that they need to pay for every bun they drop out there. Serara is able to get a bun on her first attempt and quickly blazes past the other players, because she wants a pumpkin party with Nyan-ta, dammit! She is victorious as Maryelle and Nyan-ta look pleased with her progress. Also, what's with the wolf guy trying to play the air piano? That's just weird.
-We cut to Minori cheering on toya, telling him that he can't do it with just attitude. Looks like they're doing a basket game, with Toya apparently sucking a bit at this. She tells him to anticipate where the phantom's are going. So this is less a town festival and more a school festival, by the looks of it. We even have a three legged race with Isuzu and Rudy as partners. Rudy, with his awesome ego, wonders if these wannabes could really hope to beat them? As he monologues about how great they are, the horn sounds, starting the match, leaving them in the back. How dare they not allow his monologue to finish? What uncultured barbarians!
-We cut to Akatsuki in what appears to be an obstacle course, the likes of which none of the other players have seen, and of course, our tiny ninja is cleaning house. She'll do everything in her power that her guild, Log Horizon, takes home the grand prize. The junior members cheer her on, but instead of feeling joy, she appears to be disappointed. Now that's an interesting reaction to give. I'm guessing she's still feeling a bit sore about that whole love triangle thing from last season.
-You may have noticed that Shiroe and Naotsugu are nowhere to be found. Mayrelle brings this up, and Nyan-ta agrees, but it turns out, they're kind of busy with negotiations. We cut to the Guild Hall, which is owned by Shiroe, then the Basement Corridor, were we see Naotsugu and Henrietta standing guard. They're looking nervous because this is where the Royal Guard Members stand at the ready, waiting to be called upon when required. They're nervous because, the armor is empty, but they won't move unless players pick a fight in the city. There is a player here cleaning the armor, and the camera is purposely avoiding his face as the two note that Shiroe is taking a while to get this done. Henrietta is concerned, with Naotsugu explaining that it's been kind of rough in there for our Enchanter. Apparently they've been here a number of times.
-It looks like Shiroe is negotiating with a group called the Kunie Tribe, who Henrietta call tricky. Naotsugu says they have to be, for those NPCs are responsible for circulating all the world's currency. Henrietta reminds him that it isn't just banking, as they also maintain and reply the Royal Guard, along with the magical pathways that re spawn monsters and Adventurers, and it's their magic barriers that keep monsters out of the cities. Huh. Is this who Nureha convinced in Minami, or did she brute force her way into it?
-We see Shiroe sitting across from a character named Kinjo, who is a level fifty Successor and is a member of the Kunie Tribe. He's got a serious expression and he appeared in our opening with those three boss creatures that would give our players a hard time. Unfortunately, it appears Shiroe has met his match as they cannot come to an agreement. Kinjo explains that to do so would break laws dating back to his ancestors. Yeah, sounds like Nureha brute forced her way into control.
-Or it could be something else. We have an RTC meeting where one of the members, Eins, asks if the Kunie could give them a loan? Shiroe says not to bet on it, saying that the guild building, which includes all the local banking, the Cathedral, and the Trace Center, are among the resources they purchased. They did that to place them under the control of the RTC. He wanted to be sure that no one else was able to use them as their own. I'm guessing they were bought up recently thanks to Nureha revealing how much she controls. However, there is a small problem with the maintenance costs, which, in Michitaka's own words, are nuts. All those buildings are taking ten million in gold out of their accounts every month. Soujiro points out that the guild building was purchased for five million gold at the time, with one other member, Woodstock, commenting that they're paying double that to hang on to them every month? What absurd inflation is that?
-As a result of this, the RTC is going to go bankrupt before too long, which means no more parties and festivals, but Eins says that this isn't the issue they have at hand. Woodstock asks if this has gone public yet, but luckily, it hasn't. Shiroe says that it wouldn't be wise to make this information public, not with unwelcome ears out there, like a certain Fox Tail that has been trying to seduce a certain Enchanter for quite some time. Though Shiroe has told them all about Nureha, as Michitaka brings up Minami. And it appears the people are already talking about Plant Hwyaden. We see some comments being made, and the opinions appear to be mixed, though mostly it's seen as negative because it's basically a dictatorship.
-Shiroe points out that not all dictators hurt their people, but you know how they can be at times. Soujiro is kind of wishing that Krusty and Issac guilds were back, leaving them significantly short handed. Shiroe explains in a voice over that fate dealt them a pretty big blow when the game server kicked off the "Return of the Goblin King" event, which lead to the Goblin Army stampeding all over the land. After the victory in the Raid of Zantleaf, the Akihabara Adventurers began to invade the Goblin Army's stronghold in Seventh Fall. Krusty and Issac server as the generals, with Karashin and Akaneya helping out with logistics. Luckily, the battle guilds have it covered, but still, they are at a significant disadvantage should another incident like the Libra Festival happens once more. That party went crazy at the end there.
-Still, Eins believes that Minami won't be a threat to them in the near future, leading them to wonder what they should do now about their money issue? The shops alone won't be enough, and it appears Nureha doesn't have this issue, but as she basically took over an entire country, she has access to all those funds, too. I feel like I've been bringing her up a lot, but at the same time, she is a key player at the moment.
-But enough depressing thoughts, it's time for a party! We see a bunch of tables lined up with various different foods as Serara tells them that they'll find a little hint of pumpkin in many of the items on the menu tonight. Well, with so many pumpkins, might as well use them for food. While Toya agrees the it's tasty, it appears that he and Rudy is already sick of it and gets the feeling there's pumpkin in everything tonight. They turn to Nyan-ta and asks if he made anything without pumpkin, but our Chef tells the young boys that there are many nutrients in pumpkin, as well as it being able to keep them warm at night. Also, you're participating in a pumpkin feast, do you think there would be anything else her that didn't include pumpkin? So don't you dare disrespect the pumpkin, little man. Wow, I think that's the first time Nyan-ta actually berated somebody, even if he didn't change the tone of his voice. But that's why Nyan-ta treats the kitchen as his kingdom, so don't you dare try to hint that his skills aren't up to the challenge.
-While the boys do apologize to the chef, Toya would still rather have meat. Instead, they have pumpkins. In terms of the guild contests, Log Horizon came in tenth while D.D.D. came in first. And the Black Sword Knights took second. Isuzu, you aren't helping. Minori tries, though, saying tenth place is pretty good for them, but Akatsuki is still in a sour mood. Moving on from the depressed ninja, Isuzu asks Minori what she has in her hands. It's some weird looking horned monster that is mooing strangely. No, really, the captions actually have "Strange mooing" there. Minori explains that some weird old guy walked up to her and said it was their prize for tenth place. We get a shot of the old guy, who I don't recognize, but Isuzu is more than a little freaked out by this strange creature.
-Toya, however, recognizes it as a stuffed fuzzy goat slime. Rudy wants to see and asks if that's one of those disgustingly cute items he's been hearing everyone talk about? Nyan-ta and Serara are nearby, but our young druid comments on how boys are so crazy about things that are all grody. And this is her reason for pining for Nyan-ta, as he's such an adult and not immature like those other boys. Oh, this girl has it so bad. I sure Nyan-ta is working on a way to put her down gently, but for now, he'll enjoy the attention for a little longer.
-Nearyby, Mayrelle is getting an update from Henrietta and Naotsugu. No go on the negotiations. Though Shiroe himself hasn't appeared at all, causing some to question where he is. Minori, the dutiful apprentice, says that he's catching up on his work again, hence why he missed this party again. Naotsugu is worried, wondering if Shiroe's bad habit is catching up with him again? We check in on Shiroe, staring at a gold coin, saying that, while he doesn't like it, it looks like it'll be the only way to get it done. Got to keep a certain Fox Tail Enchanter from doing something in her quest for love.
-We see the party is still going on, with Rudy suggesting to present the gloriously slimy trophy to Shiroe, but the Isuzu overrules them. However, he does appear, and while he gets some compliments, Akatsuki, looking to do anything to please Shiroe, runs up and presents the Fuzzy Goat Slime. Unfortunately it doesn't work quite so well on him. Minori appears with a cup in hand and is happy to see him out with other people. Akatsuki is immediately on the defense of her rival as Minori makes small talk with her master. While that's happening, the Fuzzy Goat Slime melts in Akatuski's hand, giving a disappointed moo. But the reason he's out there is that he needs to tell them all something important.
-Inside the Log Horizon guild building, the trusted members of Log Horizon, along with Maryelle, Henrietta, and Serara, stand, waiting for an answer. Shiroe hesitates a bit, but quickly says that he's going to have to leave the city for a while. Probably. While we focus on Akatsuki and Minori, shocked at the answer,r is Maryelle that pulls out the lover's answer of "No, you can't leave," much to their own surprise. Her reason is not quite like that, but on an emotional level, it's the same. At least, to her, because we see her holding up a sign, indicating how many days until Christmas. It says around thirty, but if this is after Halloween, then it would be close to fifty-four to fifty-five days. Unless she's planning a month long festival, and she should know the guild is hurting for money at the moment. As Maryelle celebrates her supposed victory, Naotsugu is the one to bring her down, saying that such an excuse isn't going to work.
-For our eyecatch, it's Chibi Shiroe, joined by Chibis Naotsugu and Akatsuki. The founding members of Log Horizon. Too bad the group is going to suffer a massive set back when their leader leaves.
-When we return, we're at the Tear Stone Mountains, located in the Japan Sever at Oou. It's a field, so monsters are present. PvP is permitted, as well as all skills, with no restrictions to entry or exiting the field. Here we have a cabin lit up and find that Shiroe is there, reading a confidential report. He has a map on the ground as somebody enters in. Without looking up he asks the person how it looks out there. It's Naotsugu and he says it's fine. There's only a little snow and a bit of a breeze, so they're fine. Shiroe thanks him for that update as he goes back into his plan. I'm assuming some time has passed since the initial meeting, and it's Naotsugu who decided to go with Shiroe, to keep the Villain in Glasses out of trouble. Somebody has to, after all.
-After a moment, Naotsugu provides Shiroe with a drink, and after he prepares his own drink, asks the Enchanter if he plans to hell him what's going on or if he's just going to keep grunting? It's been ten days since the meeting, leading to a flashback as the guild members ask why he's leaving? While Shiroe understands he's been secretive, he still won't tell them much except that the city is in a lot of trouble. Interestingly enough, while this is almost after Shiroe makes his declaration, we see that Naotsugu, who was standing with the group before, is now sitting on a nearby couch. Looks like he's got that offscreen teleportation skill down pat.
-While Shiroe can't go into details in why the city is in trouble, he explains that he has to do this because it's the only way to handle it. The accept this, because Shiroe hasn't steered them wrong yet, but Isuzu asks where he'll be going? Nope, that's also classified. Rudy stats in his own tone that he wishes the guild master could trust them more, but accepts it. Minori, however, thinks Shiroe has a good reason, thinking that there might be a spy from Minami somewhere in the city. I wonder how much of the Nureha story is known among the people? Did they know she tried to seduce Shiroe or did he conveniently leave that part out? I imagine if Akatsuki knew that, she'd be on her way to Minami, planning to put her Assassin class to good use.
-Though it seems like Minori says the last part out loud, about leaks, which the rest agree with. If they don't know, they can't say anything. Henrietta asks if Shiroe has informed the RTC about his sudden departure. The people who need to know, like Krusty, Soujiro, and Isaac, the combat guild leaders. Well, that explains why Soujiro looks so tired in the teaser. Nyan-ta, however, is nothing but confident in Shiroe's ability to solve this problem, whatever it is. Okay, so with that settled, he turns to Naotsugu, but before he can say anything, the Guardian quickly stops him, giving him an answer of "no." He must like being able to interrupt other people instead of being interrupted all the time.
-Naotsugu explains that pictures need their catchers, and an Enchanter needs his Guardian, so no, Shiroe, he will not take temporary command of Log Horizon. Also, that line creates a thousand more slash fics, but knowing Naotsugu, I wouldn't be surprise if he said it on purpose, though it is a good analogy. Shiroe can't say no to that, and when Akatsuki is looking to go herself, Shiroe says no to that. He needs her to stay behind, and while she's heartbroken by this, he explains that he has a special task that only she is capable of completing.
-After that scene, Naotsugu, who has now been told of the mission since he can't leak it to anybody here, asks Shiroe why they're in the snow looking for cash? Well, to get what they need, it can't be done by slaying monsters or completing the known quests. It would take too long and they don't have the time to do it. Anyway, they need a massive amount of money to protect Akihabara, which totals to... eighty trillion. A toccata and fugue plays as Naotsugu tries to wrap his head around that number. I'm with you, because while it's a number that can get passed around pretty often, it's still a rather large number. Shiroe, doing his due diligence, did the math, and even if they took all the money from the other Adventurers in the world, they still wouldn't have enough. Seriously, who is setting the prices for the maintenance costs?
-Naotsugu asks if they need that much to keep everything they have under their control, but Shiroe doesn't provide an answer. I suspect that he's planned it out for a couple of years, given or take. That's when Regan appears, telling Shiroe that his guest has arrived. I suspect Naotsugu was introduced to the Mage of Mirror Lake, but then asks why he's creeping around like that? Anyway, the guest happens to be Kinjo of the Kunie Tribe. Shiroe introduces him to Regan and his title. And I suddenly have a better opinion of Naotsugu, as he agrees with me in how Regan looks like a creepy, untrustworthy character he is.
-On to business. Kinjo states that he serves as the liaison officer for the Kunie tribe and introduces himself properly to the Mage of Mirror Lake. But Kinjo is more excited to meet with Shiroe, the Master Strategist of the Adventurers, as well as having Regan there. He thinks his ancestors would be impressed by such a gathering. Regan is thankful that Kinjo joined them, and that by agreeing to these meetings show the gravity of the situation. Regan continues to compliment the Kunie tribe, their power, as well as the arts and spells of the magic user's civilization, his heart swells with anticipation. Kinjo questions this, but Regan points to Shiroe and says that not even he can contain his giddiness of this meeting. Kinjo thinks it's a bit much, leaving Shiroe in a bind. Poor Shiroe, he's starting to feel like he's out of his element here.
-Moving on to the real reason Shiroe asked Kinjo here. It's a continuation of their meeting in Akihabara, about getting a loan from the Kunie tribe. Kinjo is fascinated by Shiroe wanting to come all the way up here to negotiate, but it was a play on Shiroe's part, to show that he knew where the Kunie tribe was. Shiroe admits that Regan assisted with that, which goes to show that such a location is in the records at Mirror Lake. Well, not exactly, but with his help Shiroe was able to decide that the Kunie Tribe's village is near the Tear Stone Mountains. Which is, again, a card he played to give himself a bit of an advantage. Still, for such a threat, it's pretty cliche, and he's above such petty things like making threats like that. Instead, if he really wanted to make a point, he'd burn down half the village and make it look like an accident until he subtly hints that it wasn't.
-Despite that, Kinjo would love to help, but a loan is simply not possible, but this is something Shiroe already knows. Given his response, the Enchanter apparently doesn't know, so Kinjo explains that it would violate edicts laid down by his ancestors. Shiroe sighs, but this was in his research, explains that, regardless of whether its for a loan or an investment, the banks here don't contribute to increasing the money supply. The banks are just that, banks to hold stuff and nothing more. Money lending isn't a practice in this world, so if you want money, you have to be in the business of destroying monsters. Which means there is one job and one way to get paid for it. And hey, we see Kanami's group, with what appears to be a lizard man and a maid. What an unusual party.
-Since asking for a loan is out, Shiroe goes about it a different way. He asks Kinjo if the only way to earn gold is to defeat monsters? Kinjo confirms, so Shiroe continues. Occasionally they can go on a dungeon quest and get hundreds of gold pieces that way? Though I need to point out that, for the subtitles, which are going via closed captions, have it as "dungeon question". The translators are slacking off again. Anyway, yeah, they can quest for money, right? That is also correct, but man, are you guys brave for doing that. So if the Kunie Tribe is unwilling to give them a loan, he'll need to consider another option. He'll just take the gold from its central distribution point. Not the same as extortion, but still, it delivers quite the message.
-Kinjo doesn't like this threat as Regan goes form surprise to realization. Naotsugu, not being in completely on the plan, calls Shiroe out on it. We get to enter Naotsugu's head, but don't worry, we're not going the far in, as he explains the mechanics. They beat up a monster and gold appears, practically out of nowhere. And we get a shot of the real world Naotsugu and see that he looks somewhat similar to his real world counterpart, only without the spiky hair and wide eyes. But with this meeting, he thinks Shiroe thinks there's a link with all of the monsters that come back to life and the gold that comes with them. Still, this is a massive risk, even for him, as he's probably the only one who thinks that such a link exists.
-Kinjo seems to be going with the same line, asking Shiroe if he thinks that the way it works. Regan takes over, explaining the spiritual theory is used for how monsters come back to life, but why are they reincarnated with the same amount of riches? Of course such a mechanism would be in place! It's the only thing that makes sense! And Regan's studies not only found such a mechanism, but there was someone behind it to make it possible. As such, thanks to this, he found the Kunie. So they're the ones responsible for respawning the monsters? That just asks so many questions.
-Regan continues, saying that in the lowest layer of the Depths of Palm, his text said there is a gigantic whirlpool of gold that dazzles the eye. And this was sealed away by a Mage of Mirror Lake fifteen generations ago. No man should control so much wealth. We travel to Palm and see Shiroe, Naotsugu, and Regan traveling it, finding a giant door blocking their way. This Shiroe uses to confirm it's existence and location, and cracking it shouldn't be that hard. Kinjo is rather impressed by Shiroe's research, which was to acquire a whirlpool of gold. And then he makes an interesting statement, that, according to Shiroe, all this gold belongs to the Kunie. Shiroe also confirms this, which is Kinjo's way of noting that Shiroe plans to steal the gold from them.
-But this is why they're having this meeting. They don't want to stand on antagonistic terms with the Kunie Tribe, and that taking from the source would be a absolute last resort. Kinjo then has a question for Shiroe. He knows what his tribe does with the whirlpool, but what will Shiroe and his ilk do with it? There is a long moment of silence before Shiroe answers. If he tells Kinjo, will it change in any way whether or not he will help them? After a moment, he answers with no. You know how ancient laws are. Looks like we're going to have an Ocean's Eleven situation here. Time for a montage!
-After a fade to black, we cut to later. Shiroe is sulking outside as Regan asks why he would bother discussing this with Kinjo and letting them know of their own plans? After all, instead of tipping their hand like this they could have gone ahead and started stealing the gold. Naotsugu explains that, sure, Shiroe will take on his villain role when required, but not when he can make a friend instead. And becoming friends with the Kunie Tribe would really help them out. Naotsugu explains that honesty is important to him and tiptoeing around the truth like that would have been a lie. To him, Shiroe is honest to a fault. He'd make a terrible president.
-Naotsugu explains that all he had to do was sit there and watch them talk, but they both keep secrets. He explains that when you make a new business contact with someone, you got to drop some of that nonsense and learn about what makes the other guy tick, and then be up front about it. We see Real World Naotsugu in a contract negotiation with somebody, showing the kind of job he's in. Naotsugu then explains that you do have to make compromises, but when you're on the level, you usually get what you want. And that explains why politics are such a mess.
-Of course, Naotsugu is explaining this to Regan, which prompts the mage to ask if he was a merchant in a previous life. He doesn't deny it, responding instead that he can take care of business. With this, it appears that Naotsugu has decided that he needs to speak with Shiroe one more time. He goes to join him outside and waits for Shiroe to talk. When he does, it's to ask his opinion on what Kinjo meant with his own words earlier. Or to be precise, when the meeting ended and he said they would meet at the Meandering River and Forgotten Underground Garden. This is the point at which the gold coins that appear from the void, return to the void. This prompts some confusion from Shiroe as the liaison officer suggests that they bring some friends, as they'll most certainly be needing them. He says that it won't be easy getting down to the bottom of the fountain. They'll monitor the their groups performance, and if their response to the challenge is satisfactory, they will consider the RTC's request for a loan. Man, why is there so much red tape to negotiate?
-Back in the present, Shiroe is inside with Naotsugu and Regan. He understands the implication in those lines. It's basically be a raid. Better get Krusty and Isaac back for that. He explains that the Depths of Palm has a raid zone at the bottom, and if they don't clear it, they don't get the gold. And we see the purple armored monster, with Kinjo superimposed on it. Shiroe doesn't expect it to be an easy battle. Naotsugu agrees with his assessment. However, given it's hush, hush status, they can't call upon the RTC. Looks like Shiroe is going full black ops here for this mission, though his bigger concern is Minami finding out about it. Given that, who do they call for help? Luckily, Shiroe has somebody in mind. And based on the teaser, it'll be the jerk who rejected the RTC.
-As the camera lingers on the moon, it dissolves to the same shot, only in Akihabara, as Aktasuki watches from atop the rooftops of the Adventurer city. She wishes the best for Shiroe, hoping that his mission succeeds. Even when they are away, she can think only of him.
-After a fade, we cut to... Christmas? Did we do a time skip? Though this doesn't appear to be Akihabara. The streets are covered with snow as there are Christmas decorations everywhere. In narration, Shiroe says he blew it, that he didn't account for all the variables. We see him, or at least, a shadowy version of himself, reflecting in a Santa Claus statue, and then a cut to him at a park. Also, dude, aren't you a little cold to be wearing shorts and sitting on a bench like that? He says that he didn't trust everyone to get their parts done. And then we cue to a wave washing over the image before finding ourselves in... okay, where the hell are we?
-In this otherworldly zone, we see Shiroe and Akatsuki, dressed in their outfits from the opening, with the Enchanter asking Akatsuki if she died. She confirms it and says he didn't make it, either. Wait, what? As they look up at the planet above them, Akatsuki explains that, all things considered, it was a pretty crazy Christmas Eve. Wait, what? What's going on here? Why are we suddenly looking into the future? WHY IS EVERYTHING SO CONFUSING! AND WHY ARE YOU CUEING THE CREDITS NOW!?
-Looks like Akatsuki remains our singer here, but instead of a day on the town, it's her appearing on screen, having just woken up, but then falling back to sleep. She's in the Log Horizon guild hall, using the Fuzzy Goat Slime as a pillow. So it had a use after all! Rudy and Isuzu appear, smiling, then fading away. Nyan-ta and Serara then appear, looking on the sleeping ninja before fading away. Then we have Maryelle and Henrietta looking on, and the bard is probably on her best behavior to leave the sleeping ninja alone, though Akatsuki can't help but get this strange feeling in lingering doom above her head.
-After adjusting herself, Akatsuki is then watched over by Soujiro and Nazuna, who are then replaced by Raynesia and three other characters I don't recognize, but were prominent in the opening. In this, Akatsuki has a dream of eating buns with Serara, Raynesia, and our three new characters. The best dreams. After that, we have a new character, and Akatsuki has completely dropped the Fuzzy Goat Slime pillow. She regained it, or got help, from Minori and Toya, but she has a dream of Minori getting the upper hand on her once more. Poor girl.
-Next is Naotsugu with the pink haired girl. For now I'll just call her Pop Idol Magical Girl until we get a proper name for her. In this case, Akatsuki has a dream where she kicks, not knees, Naotsugu in the back of his head as Pop Idol Magical Girl watches on. And apparently it wasn't much of a dream as our next shot has Naotsugu on the ground with Pop Idol Magical Girl looking confused and worried. After a long moment, we have more motion as Shiroe walks into the scene, then a panning shot of Akatsuki's sleeping form, where she then opens her eyes and sees Shiroe looking down on her. She quickly get back into her kneeling position as Shiroe only smiles, prompting an expression of joy as she joins Shiroe in whatever adventure he has planned for them.
-In our next episode preview, Akatsuki says that "they" have descended upon the northern land. I'm guessing she means Shiroe, Naotsugu, and Regan. There, they find a man, William Massachusetts, guild master of a proud raid-guild. This man told Shiroe he wasn't interested in protecting Akihabara, but there is one other man. His name is Demicas. Shiroe took his life once (technically it was a group effort). All this and more in our next episode, The Outlaw and Mythril Eyes. Shiroe says to stand up one more time, even in the face of Armageddon.
One thing to note. Yes, we have the same opening track, though the ending track is different this time. We also have a semi-new track for the next episode previews. While season one had a bit more of a classical sound to it, in season two we have more of a hard rock track to go with it.
So lets talk voice actors. For today, our voice actor for Kinjo was Adam Gibbs, who's other major role includes Sanetoshi from Penguindrum. So many veteran voice actors. And it explains why Kinjo gave me such a chilly vibe.
Anyway, this is more of a world building episode but here we see that the money doesn't come from nowhere. No, it comes from a magical whirlpool that creates the money and gives it to the monsters when they respawn, explaining why they always have loot on them. Yeah, I'm not sure I like that as an explanation, but anything to move the plot along. And we also learn that there are a tribe of people who are completely responsible for the circulation of money, the magical channels involving the respawning, as well as the managers of the banks in the Adventurer cities.
And we know why this is such a major crisis for the Akihabara group. With Minami making themselves a clear threat, they know that protecting these buildings are important, even if it means incurring an unpayable debt. But to lose out of their homes and the alliances the made, they're will to incur that. Though I honestly do wonder if Shiroe told them everything or left out certain, more personal statements that were said there.
So then, I guess I should talk about the animation then. Nothing seemed too bad during the episode proper, but the teaser, as well as the opening, had some weird animation stuff. Granted there wasn't a lot of long action sequences in the first season, but things moved pretty naturally. Maybe it is the use of a different studio that makes these changes more noticeable. What is certainly noticeable is the hair coloring, with Maryelle being the obvious example. She had more of a blonde-greenish color to her in the first season, which was more blonde than green, but here, she's almost all green. And her hair doesn't look as wavy, looking more flat and messy.
Thinking on it, I think it's the color palette in general that bothers me. I can understand that Studio Deen can't match Satelight and there are going to be differences in design, but one would think they'd at least try to match up the colors a bit better. But for the moment, that's my only gripe. I try not to bag on animation studios because poor animation doesn't mean a poor show, but from one season to another it can be jarring. I'll try to avoid making complaints like that in the future.
With that, the show doesn't waste any time in getting back to the swing of things. We have a massive arc happening, and Shiroe is in a bind. He needs to get the money for Akihabara or risk losing those buildings to Minami, and while it may be possible the RTC doesn't know the real reason, Shiroe would probably like to not be forced into being a consort for a crazy, possibly murderous, Adventurer. While Shiroe succeed in convincing William to assist him and Akihabara? Will he rely on a man he had to kill before? Will Akatsuki finally realize that Minori isn't her real love rival? Tune in next time to find out.
Until next time, remember, when holding important business negotiations, always hold them in a wooden shack in the middle of nowhere. That way your contact would never think that you plan to murder them and get what you want anyway.
4 days agoCaButler
If you haven't already, that is.
No, seriously, go watch it. It's a charming, fun, colorful show about a girl traveling an animal park with her cat sidekick, meeting new Friends and helping them with their problems while our main heroine tries to find out who she is.
Granted, the animation is going to be the sticking point because it's rather terrible, but if you got through RWBY season one, then you can handle this.
...why are you still here? Go watch it already!
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to a special Transformers review, and man, it feels like it's been a while since I've done one of these. I don't know if I'll be able to get back in the swing of things, but I'll work it out somehow.
But to help get back into the swing of things, why don't we take a look at an upgrade kit for a Combiner Wars figure? Well, technically it's more for Unite Warriors, and you'll see why, but it can work with the Combiner Wars version, too. What combiner?
Why, the Combaticons, of course! So without further ado, may I present to you the Transform Dreamwave TCW-01 upgrade kit for the Combiner, Bruticus!
Here you can see the box and how it looks, showing off a grid image of the items that come with this kit.
And here we have the back of the box showing off the colored version as well as a warning to please not eat the contents of this box you stupid animals!
Right, so what comes in the box?
Well, a new set of hands, feet, waist, chest pieces, new knees for Onslaught and barrel extensions for his weapons. Aside from the knees, everything here pops on without any installation, and the knees are there to help give Onslaught balance, because let's be honest, the knees for Onslaught were terrible.
So why don't we start things off by showing off Onslaught before the big combiner.
Here is Onslaught pre-installation...
And here he is post-installation. Not much different here, but to point out some items, he does have new knees that ride up closer to the lights there, new tights that don't do anything other than be stylish, and the backpack, which looks larger than before.
And here we have the backpack, pre-installation...
And here it is post-installation, showing off a lot more of the figure. He's actually better balanced thanks to the knees but you do need to angle him a bit because he is a bit more back heavy now, and that's without the guns.
Here's how they look, but you'll get a better look at them in combined mode.
Moving on, the combiner pieces do not actually need to be removed, even though they can pop off rather easily, so Onslaught doesn't require any parts forming when going into vehicle mode. Though, with the way the knees work, the transformation is slightly different. The legs won't fold in all the way, but there is enough clearance to let him roll.
For our example, here is Onslaught pre-installation...
And here he is post-installation, and I wish I took a better shot or multiple shots, but basically, you can see that he doesn't look too different in either mode, there's just more of a tank appearance there.
Now, the combiner hands and feet and be used in individual bot mode, transformation into various weapons. For example, let's bring out Blastoff to see how the hands look.
Now, I need to point out a serious problem. While the pegs should be 5mm pegs, they are not. They're slightly larger so getting them to fit into the necessary ports is a pain in the ass. As such, you're not going to see a lot of them here. And besides, they don't look too impressive, anyway.
As for the feet, they have three components, a six barrel machine gun and a shield, which can be mix and matched to however you like, but as before, there's the peg issue, which is a real shame. That said, they aren't that impressive as individual weapons, and with how I'll display the combiner, they don't have a point outside of that.
Speaking of, it's finally time to show off the combined mode.
First, here is Bruticus, pre-installation.
And here is Bruticus, post installation. And thanks to the knees and feet he is a much, much more stable combiner than he was before. And you can see why this is more for Unite Warriors, as the coloring on the chest is meant to be more like Blastoff in his proper alt-mode and not his Firefly rip off.
Now for a close up. Here we have the stock head of Bruticus.
And here we have the new head for Bruticus, which is more silver and more menacing. You can also see the guns sticking out much higher on the back, which looks proper on him here.
Here's a better look at the waist which is just asking for a Decepticon symbol.
And here is the waist piece. Now, it's suppose to plug into the tights of Onslaught, keeping it stable, and this is because the knees have different forms of movement, which are ratcheted . However, there's no real installation aside from removing the old waist piece, which was on by friction, so this piece is going to feel loose as a result.
Now here we see another change, which is the hands. Here we have the standard hand/foot gun.
And here's the new set. Each finger is articulated with ease of movement, and there is a 5mm port in the hand... well, kind of.
It's not a proper port, sadly. That also means he can't hold Shockwave anymore, which kind of ruins it for me.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, here is the new backpack.
So, would I recommend this set? Eh, I can't really say for certain on that. The new knees are nice and the combine mode is better as a result, but the pegs are a problem and the instructions are terrible.
My opinion? Wait for reviews and installation videos if you plan to get this set.
Hopefully soon I'll have more transformers reviews on the way, so stay tune while I try to figure out that whole mess.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our Penultimate Season 1 episode of Log Horizon, the series where not even our heroes can hold a festival in peace without worry of a sneak attack.
In our last episode, the players for Akihabara continue to have their festival days, as we see the various different characters going about their day, which includes Maryelle avoiding work, Naotsugu getting kneed in the face, Akatsuki giving Shiroe a gift then being used as a model for the Crescent Moon Alliance, and Minori killing time by helping out Karashin. Oh, and we had a "date" with Nyan-ta and Serara, though I'm hesitant to even call it as much given how Nyan-ta tends to act with... well, everybody. Not aloof, but mostly just playing along with other people without trying to toy with their feelings.
However, it is during these outings that we learn that there is something sinister going on in the background. Shiroe notices it when he stops a confrontation between a vendor a one of the People of the Land, who Shiroe notes gave up rather easily. Then we have Minori, discovering that a lot of mistakes were made with the paperwork, all of them from the People of the Land. It's then that Shiroe realizes that they are being attacked and they don't realize it yet. One could be forgiven to believe that he's just looking for something that isn't there, but our final scene shows the attack is coming, from players using a highly advance ship of their own. Will Shiroe warn the rest of the town in time for the impending attack? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with the Eagle, the advanced ship from last time, coming into the city. We quickly jump to Shiroe looking over a map of where the altercations have happened over the past two days. They're pretty much all over the place, but way too many to be a coincidence. Or maybe it seems that way because it is the first festival you guys are hosting, after all. Henrietta asks why somebody would want to attack Akihabara, which does get Shiroe to think. He says that the attackers are causing minor disturbances and start groundless rumors throughout the city, and to him, the goal is pretty simple. It's to the destroy the reputation of the Round Table, the governing body of Akihabara. It's a coup, man!
-After our opening title we cut to the Guild Hall, where Karashin is sadden to be informed that he was right, that an attack is coming. Minori, still going through the records, notes that the transient fifteen percent of the current population has caused over sixty percent of the problems. I'm assuming she's talking about the new comers who just came in for the festival. Karashin isn't happy that the paperwork was used to just cause confusion, since the paperwork was confusing enough already. Of course, this causes additional strain on the security, making them deal with sudden outbreaks of bickering and petty problems, preventing them from doing their real jobs. Sitting around and telling people to move along. Karashin doesn't like this and starts to wonder who could behind such a dastardly plan!
-We then check in on Raynesia as Elissa gives her opinion on the banquet. She says that if this were merely a banquet to thank the adventurers, she doubts the princess would have to go to all this trouble. The trouble of directing her maids what to do, that is. In Elissa's opinion, Raynesia would get further with politeness than with pageantry. Raynesia, however, wonders why Lord Marvess is choosing to show up now? This is the same person who is showing up in his own fancy ship from the last episode, likely the person looking to cause trouble. That said, it appears Raynesia knows him, but is confused by his sudden appearance. We learn through Raynesia that there's a revolution that is brewing up in the west and wonders of Marvess' appearance is related to that? Elissa isn't certain, but give his importance, he isn't somebody they can turn away. Must be a major political powerhouse. Though I do wonder if he is responsible for the current mess? I know I'm calling out Regan to be evil, but aside from his design, he hasn't exactly done anything evil or suspicious. Could I be wrong here?
-Still, while Raynesia knows she has to host Lord Marvess, she can't help but have a bad feeling about his sudden arrival. Despite that, Elissa reminds the princess that the true goal of the banquet is to deepen their friendship with the Adventurers. Raynesia understands this and will remember to be polite and cordial to Lord Marvess. Elissa smiles at this, but the princess then adds that she will do nothing more than that. Sounds like she's not a big fan of Lord Marvess, either.
-Tonight's episode is titled Confusion. Or it's listed as Chaos. Either one could be fitting though the listed title may be more appropriate here. When we return Issac has given Shiroe an update, indicating another spot where an altercation occurred. Shiroe thanks him for the information and tells him to keep up the good work. He then gives the information to Akatsuki and Henrietta, that a high ranking Westelandian Merchant Nobleman named Lord Marvess has just arrived. Akatsuki asks if this will be a problem, so Shiroe will try to explain it as best as he can to everybody else. To keep it simple, he believes the People of the Land are trying to attack their credibility. Now why would they do that after establishing such close ties with Eastal? Well, who says it was the people from there that were causing the problem?
-Shiroe explains that, in the original Elder Tales, there were never any quests that involved an attempt to remove someone from power. As such, it isn't something Adventurers would ever need to consider, right? I mean, a quest to remove an NPC from power would have far reaching implications in the game itself. And it sounds like it'd be more of an event anyway. Though in Shiroe's opinion, it wouldn't be a very fun quest anyway. Way to political. Given this data, Henrietta asks if Shiroe thinks that it's Lord Marvess, this Westeland Nobleman, trying to destroy the RTC's reputation. Shiroe explains that, given the vast number of People of the Land involved in the disturbances, the odds are relatively high that someone important is running things. At least, that's what it looks like, based on the data he has. Given this, he has Henrietta and Akatsuki sworn to secrecy for the time, as such information would cause more harm than good at the moment.
-Still, Henrietta wonders why Lord Marvess, or anybody, would want to undermine the RTC? Shiroe, who thinks on a different level than us mere humans, can see the bigger picture. It's only one step in a plan, so the end game itself must be greater. To what extent is beyond him at the moment, but Shiroe believes that Lord Marvess, or whoever is causing the problems, probably wants to take advantage of the confusion in order to interfere with the treat between Eastal and the RTC. He suspects that said person doesn't want Eastal to monopolize all the benefits. As such, they will need to act quickly, so Henrietta asks if they should cancel the festival now before it gets worse? That would make it worse, as Shiroe says that it would call into question their ability to solve problems, which is exactly what this person wants. Their best move at the moment is to just minimize the damage and wait things out. But how?
-Shiroe says that they should first assume that their opponent has anticipated the possibility of a counterattack, so let's give them exactly what they want. Then Akatsuki brings out her own weapons, which was not what Shiroe was talking about, so please put those away, dear. Akatsuki argues, since it means they get to fight, and that means she gets to stab something, and she's been holding it in for a long time and really, really wants to stab somebody. I guess the stress of being Henrietta's doll is really getting to her.
-The first part of Shiroe's counterattack is to talk to Naotsugu and have the guardian keep him constantly informed about what sort of problems they may run into. I also note that Naotsugu has a lot of little animal figures with him. Probably as gives for Maryelle. Still, he's confused. Wasn't Issac on security? Shiroe responds that they have more ground to cover than he originally expected and it's gotten more complicated, to to establish chains of command and bring in more personnel efficiently, he's going to need more information. Naotsugu asks about getting the other guilds to help, but Shiroe tells him not to, because if they knew the RTC was concerned enough to take action, it would give the enemy exactly what they want. Naotsugu quickly realizes what Shiroe needs. To get help from people they can rely on, but without them knowing what the exact situation is. And people say Shiroe is a supervillain.
-Akatsuki herself is on call with somebody, passing along information. Probably to gather up people to help out. Though I can't wait to see what kind of backlash happens here as Shiroe is basically running a black ops mission without the rest of the RTC knowing or approving of it. We check in on Minori who's seeing Toya out, who is likely involved because we see him running in the city as Karashin apologizes to Minori about bringing him in. Though it was Shiroe giving the orders, so it's not like he could refuse them. Though for what exact reason Minori doesn't know We get a flashback from when Minori was speaking to Shiroe last episode, where the orders were passed down. Still, she wants to do more, but Shiroe didn't give any additional orders. Minori decided to interpret those non-orders as orders to do whatever she thinks is best for the situation, making her own decisions on how to best help the mission. Given the status of the mission, Shiroe is probably keeping as many people out of the loop as possible. More deniability gets passed around as a result.
-As Karashin's assistance comes in with more requests and orders, Minori has her own paperwork to pass along, as well as a letter saying urgent. Still, she's excited, because this means that Shiroe may be relying on her a lot more for this mission. Taro, Karashin's assistance, comes in with a box, apologizes, which is all the claim checks for the luggage. It's a box full of them, too. Just more and more paperwork. But Minori remains a good girl and will defend their rear line to the death. As Karashin and Taro are not in the know, they're just confused by her statement. But for her, Shiroe has taught her the fundamentals of how to fight, which she goes over. Formation, operator, field monitor, patrol file. With this in mind, she asks herself what the front line should do? And what about the healer and the rear line?
-We see Toya trying to get through a crowd that is being held up, saying that e's here on official council business and here to pick up the claim checks. Turns out, he's really, really far away from the check line. While he's trying to get through, Minori says that the people working the warehouse, fielding the onslaught of complaints, they are the front line. She then overhears Karashin talking about the basement of warehouse three and other issues. She explains that they're handling the overflow of problems that the others can't handle. They are the healers in this mission. And as such, she is the rear line, and her duty is to support them all. Man, they are so lucky to have Shiroe's apprentice with them.
-Suddenly, there's an accident in the office as a Cat Person accidentally knocks over their boxes. Before a fight breaks, Minori is able to stop it, saying that accidents happen, but they've got to keep their heads. After all, getting angry stops the flow, and stopping the flow hurts them. This draws more confusion so she explains that it's something Shiroe taught her, which is important in every battle. And it's nothing something you learn or read, but something you become. Karashin approves, because it feels like Shiroe is there with them, but as Minori doubts that, a purple ghost hand on her shoulder says otherwise. With that, Karashin orders them all back to work, to become the flow. As they do so, Minori explains that she gained so much knowledge from Shiroe, but somebody, she hopes that she can give something back to him. To catch up to and possibly surpass him in the future, to become the leader she is destined to be. But you got a good while before getting there.
-Meanwhile, Akatsuki and Henrietta are helping out with communications as Shiroe tries to figure out the plan of attack. From the map, it appears they are attacking locations that have no strategic value to them. He can't understand that as Henrietta reports another carriage incident, which was at the west side of the Cathedral. Which makes less sense to him. Even if they close off this pathway, there are still plenty of ways around. And there are other ways to stop traffic. Henrietta agrees that there doesn't seem to be anything important, which causes Shiroe to look for something else, something more. It's something obvious, but he can't quite figure it out.
-In the streets of Akihabara, we see a familiar looking character walking along as Constantan is complaining about the RTC and how they're illegally taking profits right from under their noses. He's complaining to the PK group who would rather not hear anymore of this. Poor guys. Issac appears and just needs to look intimidating to get him to stop talking. He passes this information to Shiroe and asks for the plan. Nyan-ta, who's over at the merchant's hall, states that they don't have the right number of personal to handle all the issues. Shiroe thought he expected this, but our smooth cat says that the problem is that it's taken too long to resolve each individual incident. In some cases, several people are being tied up behind a single merchant for an entire hour, sometimes more.
-I wonder... what if that's the plan? Not an attack, per say, but to cause confusion in and around Akihabara. Make more small, minor issues than the Adventurers can handle, tying them up in these petty disputes to prevent them from going after the real target. If so, what is the real target? Could the target be Raynesia? She is the Ambassador from Eastal, so striking at her could deal a heavy blow to the relationship between the League and the RTC. And if Lord Marvess is involved, it would make sense that Raynesia would have to greet him, given that she is also a noble. I just can't see what else it could be, since trying a direct assault on the players is practically suicide.
-I suspect that Nyan-ta is seeing this but can't be certain himself, since he adds that some of the problems are so personal or contrive that they don't really have a solution for them. By that, he means domestic quarrels, which gets a reaction from Akatsuki and Henrietta. This is something that Nyan-ta expected, given the number of couples, but there are so many happening, but with relationships, well, gamers aren't very good at dealing with that sort of stuff. Except for Nyan-ta, because he's just the type of cool cat to have the kind of successful relationships to give him experience with these things. Still, Shiroe wonders if this is also part of the attack? This is quite the rare question from him, and Nyan-ta asks if Shiroe is really that uncertain? Our Enchanter admits as much, which bothers Nyan-ta. Because anything Shiroe doesn't know, he wouldn't know. Unless it's the kitchen where he is the master of that realm. But still, he can' see any unified action from all these minor quibbles.
-Shiroe himself is in a tough situation. The more he sees the less he can visualize the enemy's objectives. He tries to find it, as there has to be a method to this madness. And this isn't something you can just kick into a hole and never think of it again, either. He continues to look for the intent behind the seemingly random pattern. Shutting down traffic, spreading rumors, and starting meaningless disputes, deliberately submitting bad paperwork, minor tax fraud, trying to bribe them, tying up staff with complaints about everything. Did you miss anything? Shiroe tries to determine what it is, if it's a multiplayer attack or are they just making it up as they go along? He doubts it, but still can't find out what they're thinking. Perhaps it really is random, and that's the point, to make certain people like Shiroe look for something that isn't really there while they proceed with the main goal of their plan.
-Henrietta snaps Shiroe out of his line of thought to inform him that Marine Agency just received a huge number of pizzas they didn't order. Akatsuki then adds that the cockroaches that were spotted at Eat-til-you Drop alley were made of rubber! Huh? What? What dumb stupid stuff are you two talking about? And he looks so dejected, too. He thinks this is absolutely ridiculous, deciding that whoever is doing the attack doesn't have anything in mind at all. It's all irrational! It's all invented on the spot, so no matter how much stress they put into fixing it, it becomes utterly pointless. And these are the types of enemies the control freak Shiroe hates, the meaningless, random, smorgasbord, cluttered insanity! Sounds like Shiroe really doesn't like the RNG of any game.
-And with that, a pissed off Shiroe flips the table. Though I note that I like how the dramatic music just loses it's air as this happens. As such, his screams could be heard down the street, causing many people to wonder where that cry of insanity came from? Oh, and our eyecatch for this episode is a row of glasses, all belonging to three people who tend to love the scary glasses look. IE, it's Krusty, Henrietta, and Shiroe, all with hideous, evil smiles. Oh, pity the fool who pisses off all three of them at the same time.
-When we return we see that Shiroe has left the guild hall to cool off. He berates himself for not figuring this out and tells himself that he needs to figure it out soon or the people will notice that something is up. How does one fight an enemy that is this sporadic and unpredictable? Soon Soujiro appears with his West Wind Brigade, with all of them greeting the Enchanter. How did the cake buffet go? Apparently they were really nice, giving them all this cake. Kanako looked really piss, but as Soujiro needed help he called in the other guild members and, you guessed it, they were all ladies and happy to receive a call from him. And with each new member that arrived, the staff were kind enough to bring them more cake. Looks like your plan backfired rather spectacularly, Shiroe.
-Anyway, turns out the WWB finished their cakes and wanted more, but to Kanako's displeasure. In the end, they had about thirty cakes, much to Shiroe's shock. Actually, if you think about it, Shiroe did get his revenge, just on the wrong target. Still, this is something that he didn't see coming. Course those harem protagonist and their incredible luck! Still, with Soujiro's unexpected action, Shiroe says that it was the perfect counterattack against the sinister Kanako, and as Soujiro was kind of dense that way, he ended up being invincible.
-Suddenly, an epiphany! Shiroe says that the WWB came at the perfect time, causing him to laugh. When Soujiro asks if he's okay, Shiroe puts a hand on his shoulder and says he has the perfect job for him. All surrounded by blue sparkles and getting the ladies (and Dolce) of the WWB all excited. Sure, they want Soujiro, but they won't have any problems sharing if another man is involved. In any case, this is the answer Shiroe was looking for, a bunch of obliviousness that can beat their randomness! And thus, evil Shiroe appears, scaring the WWB. Even Soujiro, who's used to this sort of thing.
-Now, it's time for a banquet! We cut to Raynesia's Twilight Banquet, which she is using to host the Adventurers, and thanking them for saving Maihama and Eastal. It appears she's thanking them individually, causing them all to blush a bit. After all, a real, honest princess is thanking them personally. It's almost impossible to give snarky, mean spirited responses. Unless your Krusty. Elissa comments on them, blushing like little children, but Raynesia likes it. It feels rather refreshing instead of being flattered or fawned over for no reason other than her status. Suddenly, they learn that Lord Marvess will be making his appearance very soon. He's arrived in a ship carrying an extremely large amount of cargo, and there appears to be a problem. Well, aside from his sudden appearance, there's more cargo than was expected. Which may have been part of the plan, if you think about it.
-Speaking of, Lord Marvess appears, drawing looks from the other Adventurers. Though they note that other Adventurers are guarding him, which draws comments from the rest of the crowd. Oh, and apparently Marvess is listed as Malves in the subtitles. As the Adventurers make their comments, Marvess goes to greet Raynesia. Wow, we really needed a close up of those freaky eyes, didn't we? Raynesia, keeping her composure, welcomes Marvess as they celebrate their fall festival. The lord is happy to see it so successful, but comments that it's encumbered by a lack of order. He comments on the commoners attending the same banquet as nobles, but such a form of boldness must be common to the East people, regardless of bearing the Merchant God's blood in their veins. Raynesia doesn't seem pleased, but that's when another Adventurer, who is clearly drunk, appears with two glasses and offers to have a toast with Marvess. Hey, maybe it really will be all that peaceful after all!
-Nope. A quick scene cut to the other Adventurers before returning to see that the drunk one is on the ground, apparently being knocked to the ground by the bodyguards. Marvess calls him filth, and before Raynesia can even react to anything, Elissa comes in and helps the poor man up. The Adventurer himself is taking it pretty well, apologizing to Elissa for ruining the party. Raynesia, however, decides to try to stop things from getting worst by offering some Eastern Sake to Marvess, if it's to his liking, of course. And because we need to be absolutely certain that Marvess is our bad guy, as Raynesia is pouring the drink, we catch the lord sniffing her hair. The rest of the Adventurers in the party are ready to bring murder, with the bodyguards preparing for their own fight. Raynesia does her best to ignore it and gets everybody else to calm down as Marvess asks for a warehouse for all of his goods. I think it says something that Raynesia has the respect of the other Adventurers to get them all to lower their weapons just with a shake of her head.
-In any case, Raynesia will see about speaking to someone about Marvess' request, but he's shocked that she would have to speak to someone about it. He did send all the appropriate paperwork and sent an identical message to Serjiad at Maihama, as well, and received appropriate correspondence in return.. As he dumps the drink in the plate of food, he gets a lot of hatred in his direction. Elissa herself doesn't like what's going on as Marvess goes on, saying that he was assured that Raynesia would be prepared to receive him. He has brought the finest merchandise, normally reserved for the likes of royalty, such as Raynesia herself. And as such, they must not be treated with thoughtless or careless haste. Okay, so the plan has to involve Raynesia, but maybe it's less kidnapping and more causing distrust? But why go so far?
-We cut to the WWB at the Silver Hall Task Force tent, organizing the people and keeping them calm, much to Shiroe's own surprise. It's working so much better than he anticipated. Dolce comes in and... wait, is that fox of his actually moving? Is... is that a live fox? Moving on from that, Dolce has five more lovelies for him, all spiffied up and ready for the front lines. Uh, great! so, where's Soujiro? He's currently in the town square on a hot, romantic date with ten different girls. Wait, what? Oh, the girl who answers corrected herself, saying that he's on patrol. Another answers, saying that platoon four is currently with him. Oh, the ten different girls. I see. With this, Shiroe is going to have platoon four switch out with platoon five and they will continue to patrol the area.
-Looks like Shiroe has found a way to weaponize a genre. Nyan-ta understands, a group date under the auspices of patrolling. He calls it straight pimpin', which has to be the Shaft in him talking. Shiroe asks the smooth cat not to refer it that way. But yeah, they organized twenty platoons and they're all Soujiro's fangirls, all of them on patrol all over Akihabara. It's great, because these girls are tied by the bonds of sisterhood, and they inherently use their chain of command to organically form tactical groups. Each dealing with trouble in a flexible and beautifully honest manner. As a result, they're stopping problems before they even start. We cut to the platoon swap, with platoon four upset that they have to switch with platoon five, but orders are orders. Nazuna, Soujiro's second, comments that the motivation is pretty simple, because if they participate, they get a chance to be closer to Soujiro. Though as we see, she's quite the jealous type, so she must be holding it in, all for the mission.
-Issac can't believe that this is happening, but Nyan-ta tells him to believe it, baby, because this plan is a huge success. Even Shiroe, who came up with the plan, never expected this to work out so well. Naotsugu, who's still running his scouting mission, comments that, in order to stop this dastardly attack, is to send out as many awesome hot chicks as they possible can. He is so behind this plan and would like to see this be used more often. Issac is honestly impressed by this as Nyan-ta says that it would be difficult to start trouble with so many beautiful young honeys around. And only he could get away with saying that. Plus, as they are experts in romance, they're a natural fit to handle all those pesky relationship issues that they male gamers can't handle. Except for Nyan-ta, but he is only one cat.
-Still, Shiroe is trying to accept this, and he came up with the plan. Akatsuki notes that he is acting odd and wonders if he's feeling jealous? Nyan-ta says that he's probably more annoyed than jealous. Can't really argue with that. Or maybe "inadequate" is the word he's looking for? Isaac, who's less about the romance of romance and more about the romance of war, would like to have an army like that. Soon, Isami comes in with a message from the security team at Watermaple Mansion. When prompted about this, Shiroe gives his theory that Lord Marvess may be behind all this. Isaac agrees that he may be after the party he's negotiating with, with Nyan-ta suggesting that he's after Raynesia. Nobody tell Krusty, okay? Who knows how he would react.
-With this information, Shiroe leaves Nyan-ta in charge, but is asked by Akatsuki about the situation here. Don't worry, he has a plan for that. If the goal is to tear the Akihabara people apart, to create a rift amongst everyone here, they just need to make the Scale Festival more fun, and ensure that all the guests have as much fun as possible. So if they're going to do it right, then they should set off a bunch of fireworks. Just don't set them off near people, okay? Also, mysterious person continues to watch over mysteriously.
-We return to the banquet where Elissa informs Raynesia that the documents are legitimate. And while she can't be certain how, all she can guess is that they somehow messed up and missed them. Raynesia has trouble believing that, because she may seem lazy, she is diligent in her work. Lord Mavess, however, presses the matter and asks if they are not prepared despite ample warning? He can't believe that the Cowne Family would operate in such a manner. It makes him question her flawless reputation. He wonders how she ever established such favorable relations with Akihabara. Raynesia clinches her fists, waiting to throw a punch, but says that she just needs to apologize and settle the matter peacefully. She wishes she could postpone this ordeal until after the banquet, and with the camera panning back we can see that the bodyguards have isolated Marvess with Elissa and the princess. That isn't suspicious at all!
-Suddenly, Shiroe appears and greets everybody there. He's there to get Raynesia, getting right between her and Marvess. When the lord asks who this rabble is, he responds with the Shiroe Manuver. He's just a friend and not some Supervillain who's finally figured out your dastardly plot. Nobody is going to out villain Shiroe in this town and get away with it! Cue credits!
-In our next episode preview, Akatsuki says that the end seems to be near. But in fact, it was only the beginning. The true threat appears before Shiroe, the Coal Black Queen. A white flower blooming in the darkness. Their encounter will change history and open the curtain on a new story. All this and more in our season finale, The Libra Festival. They will change the world and make those other people accept those changers, whether they like it or not.
On Sunday, our season finale. Will Shiroe deal with the threat that he now sees in front of him? Or, as the preview suggests, is this only the beginning in what could possibly be a long war against another that is equal to Shiroe's skill. Will the RTC and Akihabara be prepared? You'll just have to come back to find out.
Until next time, remember, when you need to find a way to deal with a seemingly random threat, send out an equally random counterattack to stop the random attacks from being randomized. There's nothing better than stopping the RNG with another RNG.
2 weeks agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next episode of Log Horizon, where our heroes learn the true horror that is a love triangle and how they must deal with the consequences of knowing they are in a love triangle. Usually, it ends in a messy fashion, and that blood doesn't come out of those floors easily.
In our previous episode, the Scale/Libra festival begins, though we do see some last minute preparations being made by various characters. Most are attempting to gather materials or items for their own booths while others have their own war to fight. Thanks to a flyer for a Cake Buffet, Minori and Akatsuki both invite Shiroe to it, because we need to show that Shiroe is dense when it comes to the matter of love.
Despite getting the invite from the two ladies, Shiroe decides that, instead of going to the buffet on two separate occasions, he would go with the ladies together. Granted, it's suppose to be couples only, but Shiroe was able to work with the manger, who had her own revenge by giving the trio large cakes. And the love comedy antics begin as Minori and Akatsuki begin competing with one another to try and win Shiroe's affection, much to his displeasure of being put on the spot like that. Oh, and the angry stares he was getting from everybody there.
Back at the Log Horizon Guild Building, Akatsuki makes her own major step by doing face circles on Shiroe's head while Minori was preparing tea, but seeing Akatsuki's actions make her realize her own feelings, as well as that of her rival, the ninja. It looks like the guild is going to be embroiled in a massive war of love with Shiroe in the middle. Who will Shiroe end up choosing, or can he get the hidden, difficult harem ending? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with Minori in her room, laying on her bed while the Shiroe Teddy stares on with it's evil glare of evil. After a moment she opens her windows, letting the sun in, then slaps herself to fill herself with determination. She apparently slapped herself hard enough to leave some red marks, making me wonder how she isn't in agony at that. Doing that hurts. Still, with this new resolve, she's ready to take on the world and her rival in love.
-It's a short teaser as we jump straight into the opening title after that. Looks like they're going to use as much of the episode as they can to tell this story. From there we cut to Log Horizon eating a meal on the roof. Oh, this is going to get awkward. Akatsuki offers Shiroe jam, but he declines because he's eating a hot dog. Seriously, who puts jam on a hot dog? Fine, Akatsuki says, then turns to Naotsugu and offers some mustard. Turns out, he's eating pancakes. Turns out, she did that on purpose because she was making a joke. Naotsugu just stares at her for attempting such a terrible joke. Poor girl.
-Meanwhile, Isuzu is asking Minori what she plans to do for the second day of the festival. The Shrine Maiden has plans, mostly in how to eliminate her love rival. Toya, who knows of Minori's own feelings, gives his support for her, saying that she'll find something for this festival. That was rather sly. As for Isuzu, she'll be walking a dog, looking right at Rudy. I don't think he's appreciating that comparison all that much.
-Nyan-ta turns to Shiroe and asks if he'll be fighting more paperwork today. Compared to yesterday, he'd rather have to deal with tedious paperwork. It's less likely to get him killed. Naotsugu, being the nice guy, said he would have helped, but he has an important mission. And that mission is... food safety inspections! He just gets stares and a smile from Akatsuki, who all know the real purpose behind such a "mission". But hey, somebody has to do it, and Nyan-ta will probably be too busy berating the chefs.
-Tonight's episode is titled The Apprentice Magician. Or, as it's listed as, Student of the Mage. Honestly, I like the former more. It's got a nicer sound to it.
-After breakfast, we go right to the festival and witness Naotsugu's mission, which has already started. It looks like he's joined in on the cosplaying as he appears to be dressed up as a detective. They'll never know it was him. Akatsuki, having a bit of fun, calls him out on it. Looks like Akatsuki is on security detail when they hear arguing in the distance. They turn to see that a Person of the Land, Julius Ripsky, is asking Marriage Shiyo (seriously?) for the recipe. And I hae to stop for a moment at some of these Adventuer names. We have Lord Lao Jun*Love, Poisonous Baby, Agate Soy Sauce, and Mikatan. I mean, seriously? I bet a few of them wish they could change their names. Especially Mikatan, the poor player.
-Also, I can now see what everybody was talking about earlier with the status parts being different colors. This scene really shows it off with the two next to each other Anyway, the arguement. Marriage tells Julius to piss off, which brings in Naotsugu to help resolve the matter. A quick cut later and the matter is resolved, with Naotsugu bragging on how awesome he was and that he totally deserves a treat for it. Which is a three foot tall hamburger. Akatsuki sarcastically calls him a hero as Naotsugu chows down. Nearby, we see Minori and Toya having some fun together as the PK group from earlier is bowing to them, apologizing for... well, probably for killing them so long ago. They must have learned they're with Log Horizon and know that this is the one group you do not screw around with.
-Naotsugu calls Akatsuki out on her attitude, but she says he's imagining things. I don't know about that as Nao can be pretty sharp about these things. Oh, and Toya has a bunch of toys know, likely as tribute for all previous wrong doings. As they walk away from the nice PK group, Naotsugu asks the ninja if something good happened with Shiroe? What? No! How dare you say such a thing! And Akatsuki is totally not blushing either and don't you dare say she's blushing and... why is there a Royal Guard member showing up all of a sudden? Does it sense Akatsuki's killing intent? Talk about being on the ball about these things.
-Naotsugu tells Akatsuki to simmer down, for he also has a three foot hamburger just for her. And with that, the Royal Guard member leaves, indicating that Akatsuki has been appeased by this offering, though she's examining it carefully. She thinks such a sandwich is a bit ridiculous, but Naotsugu just finished up his food. Well, not to let a free meal go by, she goes in for the bite, but as a cruel joke, Naotsugu says that Shiroe is nearby, causing her to disappear. Luckily here's there to catch the food, because that would be a waste. He does compliment her on her quick reflexes. Akatsuki is ready for more murder, prompting another advance Royal Guard member to show up, but Naotsugu is prepared for this and has another gift for her.
-Said gift? A stamp card. Naotsugu explains that each stand Akatsuki visits gives her one stamp. And for the record, Naotsugu only has one more to go before he's all done. Akatsuki is just confused so she reads the back of the card. Basically, get all the stamps and win a wonderful prize. They wonder what the prize is, which Naotsugu hoping that they're pure white, soft, and cotton. Or maybe a different set of... and through the stone bench he goes. Hey, no Royal Guard this time, though it was probably a lack of killing intent that didn't cause the alarm to go off. Still, honestly, we all saw this coming.
-We see Akatsuki head off but stops to stare at another person before moving on. Said person looks very familiar, but she's probably one of those background characters and nobody important. Meanwhile, Toya is splitting off with Minori to have his own love triangle comedy. Poor guy has no idea what trouble he's getting into. Back with Akatsuki, she's at one of the stalls and the vendor is suggesting some Japanese accessories, since they would be so cute on an assassin. She looks at them carefully, taking the advice in consideration.
-Meanwhile, we cut to a bunch of display boxes, because it's always important to know where the boxes are. Minori is talking to Maryelle about the Twilight Banquet. Mainly, how to get an invite. Maryelle tells the young girl to go speak to Karashin and... Maryelle, why are you in the boxes? Not only did I ask that, but Minori did, too. Maryelle says that it's suppose to be good for the skin and she's totally not trying to avoid work. Henrietta appears asking for Maryelle, but Minori, doing her a solid, says she hasn't seen her, which is technically true. She can never say she lied in a court of law.
-Back at Log Horizon, Akatsuki is giving a report to Shiroe about Naotsugu slacking off. Shiroe accepts it, and besides, with his iron stomach it's unlikely he'd know if something was actually poisoned. Akatsuki agrees, then does a fake cough to show off her new, cute hair accessory. Shiroe, however, is too busy with his paperwork to notice. Akatsuki curses the paperwork, then gets real up close, making sure that accessory is in his face, asking what he's up to? Of course, he's got a face full of the accessory, but instead of saying anything about it, tells the ninja that she's in the way. The ninja is not amused by this at all.
-Suddenly, Shiroe is reminded of something. He recently spoke to Henrietta and the bard requested Akatsuki's presence. Perhaps she could go see what Henrietta needs? It probably has nothing to do with that fashion show and wanting to put Akatsuki on the catwalk. Steaming at the ears, she agrees and walks off, but before doing so, throws an item at Shiroe. He asks what it is and she responds that it's his wonderful prize, completely deadpan. It's a Brier Weasel bobblehead doll! How cute!
-Naotsugu, meanwhile, just got his last stamp and wants his prize now! The vendor, however, is confused, prompting the guardian to take a closer look. There's only one stamp and he immediately realizes that Akatsuki must have switched them out when he got sent through that stone bench. Clever girl. Still, he sees the positive of this in that it means more food. Deciding with this, he declares himself the smartest person in the entire universe! And honestly, quickly transitioning like that, I could see that being the case.
-We check in on Karashin and see that he's still busy with the festival paperwork and is looking to get some help. Sadly, it looks like the person he's speaking with is busy, as well. Minori is there, waiting for her turn, but decides that maybe this isn't the best time to speak with him. Soon one of his assistance comes bursting through the door, but unfortunately for Minori, she was on the wrong side of the door and got smacked for her trouble. She apologizes and helps up the assistance as Karashin sees her for the first time. After introducing herself to the merchant, she offers to assist him with his own paperwork. He did say he needed some help, so why not? But I imagine there will be a catch later.
-We check in on Isuzu and Rudy who are enjoying their own time at the Festival. She's wondering if things went well at the Cake Buffet, telling Rudy that Minori is working hard to restore the reputation of Shiroe and the Round Table. Rudy doesn't really comment as Isuzu thinks that Shiroe should step out more and show off more of his stuff to the people, commenting that he leaves those social kind of things to Krusty. Rudy doesn't exactly disagree, but defends Shiroe by saying that people are good at some things and not good at other things. He offers to show off in Shiroe's place, instead, sparkle. Isuzu starts questioning about whether or not she should have purchased that collar she saw earlier when they hear arguing from nearby.
-Looks like we have a little accident involving horse carriages. Oh, I can't imagine how they'll act with the horseless carriages the Crafting Guilds have to be working on. One of the carriages is filled with Adventuers and is asking them to move along since they're holding things up, but this Person of the Land calls the Adventurer a jerk, looking down on those NPCs like that! As Rudy and Isuzu approach the site of the crash, Rudy decides to rush in and play peacemaker. Sadly, his attempt didn't work out so well as he ends up tripping and falling into the dirt. But hey, if it stops them from arguing, then it was a well made attempt.
-Speaking of attempts to prevent terrible things from happening, Maryelle's attempt to hide has failed. Henrietta has found her and she isn't happy at all. No time to rest, guild leader. Maryelle, in as sweetly a voice as possible, says she isn't cut out for all this stupid hard work stuff, but Henrietta ignores the comment, saying that everybody has been busy since they brought the burgers back, so they need to get back to that stupid hard work stuff she doesn't like. Maryelle throws a tantrum, leaving Henrietta no choice. She gets on a chat with somebody, apologizing for the call, but says they need some big, strong men to carry their boxes for their sale. Apparently she's asked why Maryelle didn't ask, with Henrietta replying that she's being weird and hesitant and absolutely adorable. Maryelle doesn't like being called those things, especially adorable. It makes her sound childish.
-Maryelle demands to know who Henrietta is talking to, but the bard shushes her. The adults are talking, sweetie. As Maryelle throws another tantrum, Henrietta ends her call with Naotsugu, who will be coming to help. This ends Maryelle's tantrum, and with an embarrassed look asks why Henrietta is always so mean to her. She claims otherwise. She's just trying to help her guild leader, that's all. So, with a guest coming by, Maryelle goes off to take a shower, leaving Henrietta to smile, since it's pretty clear why Maryelle is going to get cleaned up for. Looks like our bard has decided to play matchmaker here. Poor Shoryu.
-Still, seeing Maryelle like that makes Henrietta a bit jealous, thinking of Shiroe. While she lists off his good qualities, she tries to find some bad ones but quickly can't find anything. And it looks like we have a third runner for this race. As Henrietta quickly finds Shiroe on the brain, Akatsuki appears, causing Henrietta to scream as if she was attacked by a horror monster. Thanks to the ninja, Henrietta is able to clear her mind a bit and thinks that maybe she acts too indifferent when it's just her and Shiroe together. I'd say the massage you gave him yesterday tells a different tale.
-Anyway, the reason for Akatsuki being there. Henrietta says that, in the afternoon, the Crescent Moon Alliance will be setting up a stand to sell a line of lovely winter clothing and would like Akatsuki to help out. The ninja is ready to run, expecting something embarrassing again, but the bard quickly assures her that Akatsuki will be working behind the scenes. Well, sounds like Akatsuki doesn't really need to be there, but then Henrietta mentions that Shiroe will be stopping by later to check it out, which causes her to relent to Henrietta's request. And with that, Henrietta explodes from Akatsuki's cuteness, calling her a puppy with that straight forward personality of hers. As Akatsuki begins to wonder if she made a terrible mistake, Naotsugu appears. He's walked in the middle of Henrietta's failed will save and completely confused as to what happened. It's probably best to let these things be.
-Hey, we have a new eye catch! This time it's Chibi Raynessia, looking all sweet until, suddenly, Chibi Krusty appears behind her, causing her to jump and looking agitated. Good times. When we return we cut to the Watermaple Mansion, located on the Japan Server in Akihabara City. there are no monsters, no PVP, no entry or exit restrictions. Elissa, Raynessia's made, wonders what they should do about food as she's trying to prepare for the banquet later. She doesn't know anything about Adventures and what sort of things they like to eat. It's always a problem with those types, isn't it? We see Raynessia in the background, observing a maid's work and wearing what appears to be a more casual outfit than she usually wears in Maihama. She calls on Elissa for a favor and asks her to put a few more flowers by the door. And with that it should cover the decorations for the banquet, with Raynessia letting out a sigh of relief. It's such hard work telling people where to put things.
-We cut to Raynessia taking a break, thinking on what Krusty told her some time ago, about how the job comes with three meals and a nap. She is upset because Krusty tricked her again! How dare he do that to her! It's all that stupid monster's fault! It's his fault that Raynessia is so busy instead of actually doing nothing at all! She plans to remind him of who has the real power here, but Krusty, who just happens to be there, is well aware of who the real princess is, so there's no need for that. As she puts her guard up, Raynessia asks how Krusty got in. Elissa was kind enough to do so. Either this is revenge or our maid is also playing matchmaker. So many matchmakers today.
-As for Krusty's visit, here's there because he heard that Raynessia was doing some actual work, so he thought he'd offer some of his sympathy. She accepts, since it's all his fault that she's here being so busy. Though according to Krusty, the whole Twilight Banquet thing was actually her idea. She's throwing it as a way to thank the Adventurers for helping her and her country out in their greatest time of need. Krusty doesn't respond to that, instead commenting on the decor and table arrangements. He thinks it was a smart choice to use a number of smaller tables rather than a single large one where people are seated by their status. After all, Adventurers aren't big fans of the noble sense of formality. Krusty takes a seat as Raynessia believes that she's grown to understand Adventurers a little bit by now. I am honestly curious if she knows about the figures being sold in her likeness and how she reacted to that, initially. I think that would be a nice bit of comedy gold.
-Krusty is pleased that Raynessia is becoming accustom to life in Akihabara, but Raynessia, who is keeping her guard up, can't tell if he was being genuine or not. She still wonders why he came to the mansion, anyway? She decides not to bother with trying to figure out what he's thinking, then slides a bit closer, causing Krusty to be surprised by this action. I guess she's decided that "Screw it, might as well go with the flow."
-We check in on Karashin, who asks Minori if she's really sure about helping out. It is a lot to take on and she's probably busy in her own right. Nah, Minori has some free time today, so she's going to help out. Her first concern is how all these forms have completely different sizes and layouts. It makes things very difficult to organize. Karashin is commenting on how people from all over the countryside are coming for their little festival. This gets him to smile, but explains the many different forms, as Minori notes that each territory has its own version of the forms. Karashin agrees that its all a pain, so Minori will start by getting them all organized. Also, you really should see about getting a standardized form made and readily available for other people to use, just to make your life easier when this happens again, and with Maryelle, we all know this is going to happen again.
-Still, Karashin is happy for the help, but as Minori takes out a jar of ink, he asks if she happens to have a subclass of scribe or something? Nope, she's an Apprentice. She's a level twenty-one Apprentice, too. Too low for the Doctor, though. This leads to a flashback to a scene from several episodes ago, where Minori asks about changing her skills, IE, changing her subclass. Ah, the question I had for a long time is finally getting answered.
-So, yeah, Minori wants to change her subclass but doesn't know what to pick. Shiroe thinks about it for a moment and offer's his suggestion. There's a subclass called Apprentice, which is exactly what it sounds like. It allows a player to become someone's apprentice. This way, she can become someone's student and then copy all of their skills. So, like a Blue Mage, in a way. Though there are limitations on which skills one can learn in that class. First, as an Apprentice, Minori can only gain the skills for her level, but she would get a bonus so she can level up quickly. And even when Minori changes her subclass, she gets to keep her experience points. So it sounds like the subclass is what can be changed, but you lose experience when changing it. Either it's a complete loss or just a loss of that current level.
-But it's a good class for those who don't know what subclass they want, so for Minori, it would be a good subclass to go with. So Minori is going to go with it. Shiroe is surprised by how quickly she changed her class. What about her tailor subclass? Well, yeah, she still has those skills, but she never picked it because she liked it. As for her first mentor, she'd like Shiroe to be that. This girl doesn't waste any time, does she? Or did she have an ulterior motive in mind there?
-Minori, in her thoughts, says that the reason she changed her subclass was so she could be useful to Shiroe. And if she can be of help to the people of Akihabara, then it might also help his reputation and everyone in the Round Table. And in order for her to do that, she must be focused and diligent, to grow and move one step at a time. You're such a good girl, Minori. And then she starts flinging papers all over the place, calling this her battlefield. Well, you can't make it any messier than it already is, so I doubt Karashin is going to complain.
-Though apparently Karashin is impressed with how well Minori is working and organizing his work. He's all compliments, but she responds that she is Shiroe's student, after all, hee hee. And on that day, she won over a few more fans. Make sure that they have to pay you so they can use your likeness, okay?
-Meanwhile, at Linguini, it looks like Nyan-ta and Serara are having their own get together. Our young maiden is having lunch, and with the meal in front of them, she says that she'll have enough energy to go back to Crescent Moon later that afternoon. Nyan-ta sees her smiling and that's the kind of smile he loves. he promises to do whatever he can to help her out. Suddenly, there is a crash and a waitress, who is one of the People of the Land, is apologizing to another about the mess. He's a noble and he's all upset about this. When she offers to pay to fix it, he berates her and her poor salary before turning to his escort and says that it wasn't worth coming to a filthy place like this. Look, just because there's a little mess on the floor doesn't mean it's filthy, okay? And for some people, it's called atmosphere. Jerk.
-The other Adventures aren't too happy with this Noble running his mouth and comment on it. The noble doesn't take the insults well and calls out the Adventurers. Oh you stupid, stupid fool. You reap what you sow. As the Adventurers stand up, all claiming the credit, the noble says that he'll just have to teach them all a painful lesson. Well, I'll give him this much. He has some balls to stand up to some powerful demigods like that. Too bad he'll be forever labeled "stupid." I imagine his escort is thinking the same thing, but dammit, they have a job to do and they'll do it, even if it gets them killed.
-Serara turns to Nyan-ta to prevent violence. Well, he could never say no to a pretty lady, so Nyan-ta steps in. The noble demands to know what this cat once, but Nyan-ta corrects him, for he is no cat, good sir. But he is a proud member of the cat people. As the noble tries to brush him off, Nyan-ta picks him up and says that it's time to illuminate him on the ways of the cat people. He then tosses him out, saying that he really should try minding his manners. No, so we're clear that the Adventuerers don't hate all People of the Land, the trio that were insulting the noble check on the waitress and make sure she's doing fine. Or hitting on her. Take your pick.
-Outside, Nyan-ta continues to berate the noble, saying that Akihabara has a few common courtesy rules by which all must abide by. As the noble runs his mouth off at this cool cat, his escort try to calm him down but are having little effect. Luckily, it does work, but the noble vows revenge. Serara, meanwhile, has fallen in love with this smooth cat all over again. And of course he poses for the camera, because he secretly knows where all the cameras are.
-Meanwhile, Shiroe has just been informed of another conflict with the People of the Land, only it's Nyan-ta giving him this status update. Our cool cat suggests beefing up security, because more muscle solves every problem. Shiroe says that he was expecting this since the People of the Land did live in a class-based society while the Akihabara Adventurers didn't live that kind of life. Nyan-ta agrees, and with regards to the festival, the People of the Land's traders are professionals, while everyone else who's running a shop is merely an amateur. Unless you're in the merchant guild or was a merchant in your previous life. But true, I imagine there are some who don't know the art of bartering well.
-With regards to security, D.D.D. and the Black Swords are readily available. And Naotsugu is running around somewhere, so he can help out when needed. So, for now, he thinks they can leave things be. Anyway, we check in on Issac and his Black Swords, who are busy running all over the place. Rezarick shows up with a report. They assisted one carriage stuck on a side road, halted four arguments, and deal with two claims of outstanding payments. All of these involved People of the Land. Issac is serious when listening to this, and when the report ends he says that they got to be tough and draw the line with these clowns. He tells Rezarick to keep up with the good work. Life is tough being the Chief of Security. Just don't wear any red or gold shirts, okay?
-Krusty soon appears, commenting that there were more People of the Land than he expected. Issac thinks that they just love festivals as much as the Adventurers do. Still, he can't believe that it was Shiroe of all people who brought all this business to Akihabara. But wasn't the festival Maryelle's idea, or are we just blaming everything on Shiroe at this point. Turns out, Issac actually passed an invitation to Shiroe to join his guild. This happened shortly after the Tea Party disbanded, with Shiroe living the life of a solo player. Issac saw how well he fought as a guest and was rather impressed, but in the end, the Enchanter turned him down, that he wasn't worthy of the offer. Soon, Issac lost interest in trying to grab Shiroe up and moved on with his life, as there was slaying to be done.
-Krusty comments that, ever since the Apocalypse, Shiroe has grown up and grown enough to have some major influence on the city of Akihabara. This leads Issac to wonder if Shiroe really is a strategist or really just a gambler. There are times where Issac can't be certain if the Supervillain in training feels dead or alive in this world. Krusty comments on this, believing that Shiroe is at his best when all bets are off and anything goes. To him, he doesn't think Shiroe is a strategist at all, that he isn't that complicated. When he has to do whatever it takes, especially if there's nothing in it for him, he's as strong as anyone you'll ever see. He likens Shiroe to a cursed sword. Issac smiles, liking that phrase, but now the cursed sword is stuck behind a giant pile of paperwork of his own doing, so who knows when he'll be drawn out to battle next, and when he does, Issac will be looking forward to seeing it happen.. I'll comment on this conversation later.
-We then head to the Merchant's Hall where a large crowd has gathered we pan inside and towards a stage, where Henrietta has gotten Akatsuki to dress up in pretty clothes. This was not what the ninja agreed to and that she was suppose to be working in the background! Yes, Henrietta, who was able to get off of Akatsuki long enough to answer, says that the ninja is part of the background, for you see, the clothes are the real star of the show. All she has to do is put it on and let it speak for itself. I should also mention that Akatsuki is dressed in a more modern style than her typical style, which would be rleated to her character. Akatsuki is plotting murder, but then she hears Shiroe nearby. He's with Maryelle, who's being told to put on a shirt with a teddy bear on it, but as he tries to decline, Akatsuki, looking for a bit of revenge, says that it'll good on him. He disagrees, because honestly, that bear is too tacky.
-Maryelle takes a look around the hall and says that she hasn't seen this many people in a long time. But, of course, more people means more opportunities for fighting as the two hear an argument taking place. Fun times.
-Speaking of fun times, we check in on Minori who's still with Karashin and his assistant, but that's when she notices something unusual with the paperwork. What could it be?
-Meanwhile, back in the hall, a member of the People of the Land, Constantan, says that he's come all the way from the far west to buy this stuff, while Nemimi, the person running the stall called Brown Cocoa... or is it Coca Brown? In any case, she apologizes, but it's a limit of two per customer, and rules are rules. Constantan, however, doesn't believe such petty rules apply to him. And if Nemimi treats him right, he can make her famous across the land! Except that isn't the kind of thing she, or any Adventurer, is looking for. Who wants fame in a strange world when one can just keep doing what they've always been doing to avoid losing their sanity knowing that they're trapped in a strange, new world?
-Luckily, Shiroe comes in to break up the argument. He tells Constantan that he understands how he feels, but the folks here live by different rules, so he must kindly ask him to leave. Well, Constantan isn't happy about that and throws a punch, only to be blocked by one finger by Shiroe, and with it, a purple aura. And looks like the Supervillain button got pressed. He tells the NPC that it's time for him to leave, but before doing so, he should visit some of the other shops that happen to be there. Just not here. Constantan is basically "screw you" and leaves in a huff. Geez, what a jerk.
-After that, Nemimi thanks Shiroe for the save, because if that jerk bought everything in the shop, she wouldn't get to enjoy sharing her jewelry with everybody. Looks like Shiroe is helping his own reputation with these little acts of kindness. Still, something about this bothers him. Why would Constantan be turned away so easily? He stands in the middle and listens to all of the arguments, prompting Akatsuki to ask what's wrong? Surprisingly, it isn't all the arguments that are taking place that's the problem.
-Shiroe comments that the mood is starting to get out of hand, which Henrietta agrees with. Shiroe notes that the People of the Land seem to be very impatient, but it's something he doesn't quite understand and can't get a clear enough picture. He feels like he's missing a piece that would help clear this up, but that's when he gets a call from Minori. Looks like she found the missing piece. Some of the paperwork overlaps and some of it is just plain wrong. There's a lot of very basic errors and mistakes, and most of them seem to be coming from the People of the Land, the people who do this kind of thing for a living.
-With this information, Shiroe now has a clear picture of the situation. Akatsuki asks what they should do about the show cause she's just looking for any excuse to get out of that, and luckily, she gets it. He tells her to go to Issac and get an updated report on their security situation. It looks like someone may be attacking Akihabara. But who? I mean, don't Eastal and Akihabara have a treaty? Who could have the audacity to... oh, wait, could it be other players from the other cities?
-Shiroe is going to go back to his guild building, to prepare for an emergency that they might have on their hands. Akatsuki quickly disappears, taking her new outfit with her, as Shiroe runs off. He berates himself for letting his guard down as all the signs were right in front of him, but he was careless. And now, this new enemy has the advantage. We cut to the ocean where we see a ship called the Eagle floating, looking quite advanced. On it are a bunch of other players, with one saying that they'll be arriving in thirty minutes, letting this really freaking guy named Lord Marvess know. Are these the players from Minami? In either case, it looks like a war between the Adventurers is about to take place. Cue credits!
-In our next episode preview, Akatsuki explains that the town of Akihabara is under attack. Shiroe senses an enemy and takes action. But his guesswork is off, and his calculations fail. The Round Table faces grave danger, but what is the enemy really after? In the hour of greatest peril, the strategist Shiroe begins his counterattack. All this and more in our next episode, Confusion. They will change the world, but somebody might be trying to do the same thing, too.
So it looks like there is no rest for the wicked as what appears to be another band of Adventurers are coming in for an attack. Though given that Akihabara is a no PVP zone, one must ask how they plan to do that? Unless said attacking force is actually the People of the Land, but then where did they get such a fancy ship? as we approaching the penultimate episode for season one, it looks like the RTC will be in the fight for their lives and city.
Now, to talk on Shiroe and how he works. From what we've seen of him and his past, he does seem like the type to only take action when pressed to, usually related to some terrible wrong he feels he needs to right. As such, he spends time to come up with an intricate plan that usually relies on people to act a specific way, or to force people to act in a specific way. From this, Shiroe is very much not a gambler at all as he rarely feels the need to roll the dice. The only time he did that was with Rudy, because he was in unknown territory there and who knows what would come of it. As such, I think Krusty and Issac's assumptions of Shiroe aren't exactly correct, but as Shiroe appears to be more of a private person, they just don't have the information to go off on.
In any case, two episodes remain and it looks like we're in our final arc for the season. While Shiroe prevail against this enemy that was able to sneak in under his nose? Will the RTC be prepared for an enemy they weren't expecting? Will Shiroe need to roll the dice once more? And will we ever see that fashion show? Tune in next week to find out.
Until next time, remember, when dealing with unruly people, always make sure to activate your Supervillain Aura. this will get them to run away much faster than having to deal with their complaints all the time.
2 weeks agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next episode of Log Horizon. The show where people find an excuse to have a festival for any reason. In our last episode, it was the wrap up of the battle with the Goblin Forces, followed by a ball where we bring things to a head. While a dance was being had, Shiroe spoke with Regan about what he discovered, but before speaking to him heard a tale being told to some of the younger nobles that sounded very similar to his own miracle, with hints of consequences coming for him later.
With Regan, Shiroe learns that something similar happened in Minami, who had their own event happened while the RTC deal with the goblin forces, showing that even though we're focusing on the forces in Akihabara, the world continues to spin for everybody else. At this part, and later, in Akihabara, Minori hears the whispers and rumors of Shiroe, painting him in a light that indicates he's about two steps away from becoming a supervillain.
As for Raynessia, for her role in building up a volunteer army of immortal demigods, she got made to be Ambassador to Akihabara, where she can sleep and eat to her hearts contents. That will be fun for her. We then get a time skip where Maryelle wants to hold another festival, because it's October, and that's all the excuse she needs. As Autumn takes it's turn, how will our heroes deal with the changing conditions of this new world? And when will Shiroe face the consequences of changing a law of the world and creating a new form of magic? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with Akihabara preparing for the festival, with banners of the Libra Scales all over the place. Naotusug, who's with Nyan-ta watching from a village, tells us that the festival is tomorrow and everybody is excited about it. Nyan-ta comments that it is their first festival in Akihabara, since they decided to make this all happen. Many of the guilds decided to pitch in and make it great, because everybody knows that you want to keep moral as high as possible. We have seen the players in their depressed state before and it was not pretty.
-Naotsugu agrees with Nyan-ta, saying that a festival makes a lot of people want to make something. This is shown when we see just how popular Raynessia became, as they're selling limited edition figures of her, both in her Valkyrie armor and Princess outfits. They're only forty of each so get them while you can! I wonder if she's been told about people selling a likeness of her. Also, I'm sure there's a meta comment to be made here about this, how gamers stuck in the game decide to hold a festival and sell figures of a popular NPC Princess character. I wonder if they sell a strip off version of that figure, but behind closed doors.
-The two soon run into Maryelle, who notice that she's holding a lot of decorations in her arms. Apparently she has so many she can't fit them in her magic bag. So much for unlimited space. As they walk together, Naotsugu heard a rumor that the Crescent Moon Alliance will be selling winter clothes at the festival. Not only that, but they'll be doing a fashion show, too! I can probably guess who will be in charge of that event. However, they're on the clock as they're holding the fashion show tomorrow, so they need to get everything ready today. While Naotsugu tells her not to work too hard, Nyan-ta apparently heard of another rumor that the Crescent Burgers are making a comeback. Turns out, this is true. I'm guessing they phased out the Crescent Burger for a while and will be bringing it back for special occasions, which is just good business sense.
-Maryelle asks what Log Horizon will be doing during the festival. Nyan-ta says he'll just be roaming around, doing some shopping, maybe checking on some of his students and see how their skills have improved as of late. As for Naotsugu, he's going to stuff himself silly. What about Akatsuki and the others? They haven't heard anything, but Naotsugu thinks they'll find something to do. He turns back to see Akatsuki looking at a stall that sells ninja items. Nearby there's a woman passing out flyers, suggesting to some to come as a couple. This catches the ninja's attention. Meanwhile, Minori, who appears to have gotten the same flyer, is determined to invite Shiroe. We then get to see the flyer. Let's see what it says:
-So it looks like one of the guilds is holding an all-you-can-eat cake buffet, and it's free for couples. Though it looks like it's a competition as the pairs have to eat eight slices of cake in forty-five minutes or pay a hundred gold. But then the top two teams get to advance to a finals where they can attend Raynessia's twilight banquet. I wonder how many will be going just for a chance at that or a chance at cake and form fake couples to make it happen? I know I'd be there for the cake. Mmm, cake.
-After the opening we cut to Akatsuki hanging out on a building opposite of the Log Horizon guild building. She appears to be holding the cake buffet flyer as she recalls Shiroe's words from the party, about how she's as big a part of this as any one of them. She blushes at the comment, then looks back on at the flyer. We cut to Shiroe working on some paperwork, but he's doing so near an open window. And, as you expect, a strong gust of wind comes in and starts blowing the papers around. As he yells in frustration at the universe for picking him around, we cut to our title screen.
-Tonight's episode is titled The Swallow and the Baby Starling. Or as it's listed, Swallow and Young Starling. We return to Shiroe post wind storm as Henrietta pops in to say hello. She asks if he's shutting himself up in his office again. He responds that, between handling the guild's paperwork and trying to learn more of the land, he doesn't think he's ever been so busy. And then we get a scene where the shippers flip their lids. Henrietta walks behind Shiroe and starts massaging his neck, asking if he's eating and sleeping enough? He responds that he took a fifteen minute nap and ate almost two hours ago. Though what's interesting is that, when he turns to face her, she blushes a bit, then quickly backs away, saying that it's fine. Anyway, to business! She has the information he requested and has no other hidden messages in there about love or anything like that.
-Shiroe thanks Henrietta for it, then apologies for making her do it. He even says that she didn't have to come. He would have come to her if she called him. She questions if he really would have done that. She's been hearing some disturbing rumors about how the Supervillain-in-training has locked himself in the office for ages, working on some new form of magic that will allow him to conquer the world. One does have to ask where they get those ideas from? But that's why Henrietta is here, to make sure he's still alive. He relents, then asks about the Scale Festival and how it's going.
-Henrietta comments that Karashin is doing great, as in he's really taken charge of the event. I wonder how he convinced the other Merchant Guild leaders to let him do that? As Shiroe is happy to hear that, Henrietta turns and says that he should try to take a break during these next three days. He agrees, but not because it'll be fun, but because it'll be pretty loud, and he can't work if it's too loud. Henrietta calls that excuse out, saying that this is a wonderful opportunity for Shiroe to become closer to his guild mates. Also, since Log Horizon is officially one of the guilds of the Round Table, Shiroe will be out there making the event fun and delightful and super, or so help you if you decide to cross Henrietta. He relents, so Henrietta goes all sweet and calls him a good boy.
-But to the real purpose Henrietta came by. Akatsuki and Minori. Turns out, she has a little stuffed doll of Akatsuki, and of course, Henrietta has one. She says that the two are so freaking cute she's losing her mind. She remarks that she won't be able to control herself around them, but this does lead Shiroe to ask about the doll. Apparently it's an Adorable Akatsuki doll that the Adorable Akatsuki gave her. Huh, I didn't expect that. Nearby, Akatsuki feels a chill run up her spine as Shiroe calls it like it is, creepy.
-And it turns out Henrietta has two Minor dolls... no, wait, I think that's a different doll on the left, but we have a Akatsuki and Minori doll. But Henrietta is happy as long as she has both of her Akatsukis. As she walks away, hearts coming out from her, she sing songs the the saying that a man does not live by bread alone, but with bread and fantasies. Shiroe chuckles as she dances off, praying for his ninja and shrine maiden to be safe around her. Still, he does have to agree with her, saying that it wouldn't hurt for him to get out there and be more social. Besides, he thinks he'll have to burn the midnight oil after all those reports come in afterwards anyway. And in this world, he's quite literal, since they have to use oil for the lights now.
-What Shiroe is really anxious for, though, are reports on Minami. He's still waiting for something to go down there, since they haven't heard much since the incident a few months ago. What he needs at the moment is a distraction. That's when Akatsuki comes in... or was already there as she appears under his desk. Yeah, that isn't going to raise a few eyebrows. He asks if something happened. She says nothing happen, but she's hesitating, first asking if he'd like a red bean bun. What an unusual question to be asked. What could this lead to?
-On the roof, Shiroe stretches out, commenting that he feels like he hasn't seen the sun in forever. Akatsuki doesn't waste a moment and gives the bun to Shiroe. He asks if she's fine with that, given how much they're charging for the item, but with a blush she says that she got them for him. We cut to them eating the bun together, both with a smile. It's just that good. He turns to her wit ha smile but notices her staring. He misses her blushing and asks what's wrong. Oh, he's got bean paste on his face. He wipes it off quickly as she comments that he's been looking a little pale lately. Well, he has been stuck indoors all for a while, but still, he says he's fine. She questions that and he sticks with his story.
-Keeping away from any awkward silence, Akatsuki asks Shiroe what he plans to do at the festival? He says that he'll probably help out. At least, that's what he interpreted what Henrietta said to him earlier. Akatsuki looks dejected at this, but after a bite, becomes brave once more and asks a question. Is Shiroe a fan of eating cake? And suddenly, Minori appears with the cake buffet flyer. This Akatsuki to jump a couple of feet in the air from her kneeling position. It's rare for anybody to sneak up on her like that.
-Anway, Minori is presenting the flyer to Shiroe, saying it's something that's happening at the festival tomorrow. And unlike Akatsuki, who's having trouble just saying the words, Minori straight out invites Shiroe to eat yummy cake with her. Why is Minori presenting this? Well, she figured he was the kind of guy who likes sweet things, hint, hint. Akatsuki pops into the picture and agrees, given how Shiroe eats the red buns. Well, Shiroe says that he doesn't dislike sweet things, so the girls use this as an opportunity to invite him, but now they realize that the girls are both asking him to come as a couple.
-There's a bit of a stare down, mostly out of surprise, as Shiroe can immediately see where this is going and tries to cut it off, but he's too late as the girls give him glaring and hopeful stares, which wouldn't look out of place in a horror film. Shiroe realizes quickly that he didn't react fast enough and is rather screwed. It must suck to be so popular among the ladies. It must be that whole Supervillain thing.
-We leave Shiroe to his situation as we check in on the festival stalls. Looks like D.D.D. are doing their own shop, which I'm certain will play an important role later. Okay, let's check back in on Shiroe. He realizes he's stuck in a terrible situation and doesn't know how to deal with it. But suddenly, he comes up with a brilliant idea! Sadly, given the type of situation we're in, our resident genius is going to find that his idea is going to fail. Horribly. But who knows, maybe my expectations will be totally wrong.
-We cut to Minori who's going through her wardrobe to figure out what she should wear on her date with Shiroe. Isuzu quickly runs in, saying that there's a pre-festival dance going on tonight and invites her to come with. Also, I just noticed that in the background of Minori's room is a stuffed bear that looks familiar for some reason. He's got the beady glasses and white cloak, but I just can't place where I've seen that before. Anyway, Isuzu sees what Minori is doing and asks what she's up to? Minori responds that she'll be going out with Shiroe tomorrow, but she has no idea what to wear.
-Isuzu is shocked by this news. Shiroe? Going out? What madness is this? Clearly Minori misunderstood something. As we see Naotsugu sleeping outside for some reason, we cut to the girls gossiping. Isuzu suspects that Shiroe lets himself get out once a week to get some fresh air. So, where are they going on their date? A cake buffet. Isuzu rolls to disbelieve. Does Shiroe even like cake? Well, he did say he didn't dislike sweets. Minori then also points out that the winner gets two tickets to the Twilight Banquet with Raynessia on the second day of their event. Isuzu likes hearing this and may bring her own date to this buffet.
-Minori goes on to say that Shiroe isn't trusted by a lot of people, with the people saying they can't tell what he's really thinking and that he's always up to something. Usually something no good. However, to Minor, he's a really nice guy and it bugs her when they say such things about him. Well, at least she avoided the insanity, which is what the last episode hinted at early on. But the purpose behind this date is that there's more to Shiroe than him being a Villain Behind Glasses. Isuzu loves this, because it reminds her of her telenovellas and she misses them so much. She wants to help Minori, willing to take over as her fashion coordinator. Minor is all thankful for the help. Gah, just too cute!
-So with Minor gaining allies for her date, we check in on Akatsuki and find her... laying flat on her face. She wonders why Minori puts so much pressure on her. Especially when she's just a middle schooler and our ninja here is a college student. Sadly, she feels that Shiroe treats her like a middle schooler sometimes and calls it unfair. But she sits up and wonders if it's really his fault for treating her like a kid? Is it? She thinks about it, but then recalls his words from a few months back and remembers that he never judged her based on her appearance or experience level. He just accepted her for exactly who she is. Which is always a plus, right?
-As Akatsuki rolls around on the ground, she mentions that Shiroe will be going to the buffet with her and Minori, but it's suppose to be for couples only. How is that going to work out? She hopes that, maybe, they will end up alone at some point. But then, she recalls the purposes of this invite. It's a date. Quickly realizing this, she goes frantic and tries to determine what to wear. In the kitchen we see Nyan-ta is working on dinner while Naotsugu is testing it out. Our smooth cat demands to know who is making such racket that is interfering in his work? Naotsugu answers that it's Akatsuki making that noise and she's just plain crazy. She'll knee you in the face for that later.
-Akatsuki goes through all of her stuff and finds that she has no cute clothes, nothing soft, nothing pretty. Just lots and lots of weapons. She quickly realizes she needs some help, and suddenly, Henrietta feels a chill down her own spine, but it's a good sensation for her. She quickly recognizes from this disturbance in the force that her lovely Akatsuki needs her assistance. That's when the feedback loops around to Akatsuki's spine as she faintly hears Henrietta in the distance, regretting her choice of words.
-We check in on Karashin who's busy working on the festival planning. He's talking to somebody telepathically, telling them that, no, we aren't going to make a wooden elephant. They don't have the budget for it. And no, he can't ask the council for more money as they're suppose to be neutral in all guild affairs. Also, what does an elephant have to do with Libra, anyway? Okay, the real reason is that the person wants another location, but he explains that the location is based on lottery and that isn't going to change at all. Michitaka is in the room with Karashin and asks if his fellow merchant is going to do this all by himself. Karashin replies that he doesn't have a choice, as this is a giant business convention. When Michitaka asks what his office is littered with, it's apparently the proposals from everybody who was interested. He asked them to submit the work to him because he wants to check for any dangerous items. Seems like a lot of stuff. Hopefully nobody sent him a live bomb by accident.
-We learn that it's not just the local Adventurers that will have stalls for the festival. I turns out that a bunch of merchants from the People of the Land will be coming, as well. Those poor souls. Still, Michitaka likes hearing that, since it means their festival will get a whole lot bigger now. Looks like things are going to be busy for a couple of months. That's when Karashin notices Akatsuki and welcomes her in, but please, next time, use the door. Michitaka nearly has a heart attack from her sudden arrival, something that she has trained hard to do to people.
-Anyway, the reason Akatsuki is there is that she needs their help. Michitaka comments on how rare that is and the two of them asks the ninja if something is wrong. She needs something. In the most dramatic way possible, she must acquire fashion! Our two merchant guild leaders are confused by such a statement. They're also confused as to wear the suddenly lighting and red background came from. So much confusion. What isn't confusing is that our eyecatch for this episode is that of chibi Akatsuki doing her ninja thing.
-After that, we cut to the beginning of the festival. Everybody is in high spirits as we cut to a waitress named Kanako welcoming in Shiroe and... Minor and Akatsuki? The girls agree that this is the case as Shiroe apologizes for putting Kanako in this situation. Kanako, however, says she understands and comments that our Enchanter is going to have his hands full. And soon there will be new rumors on how Shiroe is building his own harem, which will go from angry comments about his secrecy to angry comments on how he gets all the ladies.
-Kanako winks and wishes Shiroe the best of luck, causing Shiroe confusion over what she meant by that. Seriously, Shiroe? Are we really going to play that card? He looks around to see that, yes, it really is all couples here today. We cut to Minori and Akatsuki, each with different expressions. Minor can't wait to get started while Akatsuki glares at her rival. Shiroe is glad that they allowed all three of them to do this. Though I don wonder how the girls took the initial comment before.
-Luckily, the show answers that question for me in a flashback, where Shiroe tells the girls that he got permission from the event organizer that he can come with both Akatsuki and Minor. However, they're required to eat twelve slices between the three of them, but he's confident that they can do it. Oh, Shiroe, honey, don't you understand the situation you put yourself and the girls in? Minori decides to play along with this, saying that they'll win as a team and go to the finals. As for Akatsuki, she can't even fake her way into joy.
-As for Shiroe's line of thinking, he thinks this would have been less painful than coming here twice. That's debatable, especially if you didn't really know the purpose of them inviting you here. But Akatsuki remains... upset? Expecting? There's a purple aura surrounding her and Shiroe can feel that immense pressure. Minor comes in with the save... maybe. She comments on Akatsuki's style of dress, allowing Shiroe to follow up. Well, I guess I should talk about how the girls are dressed for this.
-Minori appears to be dressed in a pink autumn jacket with a long, blue skirt and white blouse. She's dressed with modern sensibility and prepared for a cool environment. As in, a cool chill in the air. As for Akatsuki, staying in character, she's dressed in a purple kimono, but one that is a bit fancy, but at the same time, simple. She's also wearing her hair down instead of being in a ponytail, like usual.
-That aside, Minor and Shiroe comment on her kimono and how nice it looks. Shiroe asks about it and Akatsuki says, with some hesitation, that she had a guild called Kimono Komachi make it for her. The camera pans up on her to show it off, then she asks if it looks okay on her. Before Shiroe can answer, Akatsuki immediately says that it isn't for graduation! It's for fashion! Nobody was going to say that... maybe. Shiroe, caught off guard, immediately says that it's a graceful and really lovely outfit. Minori chimes in and says that it looks really cute on her. Shiroe, knowing better than to not let it pass, compliments Minori, as well. She chuckles, saying that he didn't have to say that, though we all know that she appreciates the comment. She comments that it was Isuzu that helped her out by getting new clothes.
-This leads to the girls having a little conversation of their own. Minori says that Isuzu took her to a bunch of different stores. She suggests to Akatsuki that they should make it a girls' day out, just the three of them. Akatsuki smiles at this and agrees, much to Shiroe's relief. Minori goes on about how Isuzu knows so much about clothes and how the bard showed her a lot when they went. I imagine Shiroe is happy that this is going well, but I wonder if he's feeling this sense of doom in the back of his mind. The girls see a tray filled with cake go by and they can't wait to have a taste. I mean, four cakes a piece sounds like it'll be a piece of cake, heh, heh.
-That's when Kanako appears with the cakes. They're huge, much to their shock and horror. Apparently this is a present from her guild. Oh, so they're going to cheat their way here, aren't they? Stupid rules. Relenting, Shiroe takes a slice of one cake as the girls do the same with two others. Might as well get this over with. I note that, as the trio dig in, a couple in the background looks on, either with astonishment or jealousy. Maybe a little of both.
-The trio do like the cakes, and as Shiroe compliments it, Akatsuki stands and slides over a cake towards him. When he asks why she's doing this, she responds that she's serving him. Uh, okay, but don't serve the entire cake, okay? The human mouth can only get so big before the pain comes. Minori uses this moment to step in and offers to cut it up for him. We see another couple looking on, likely trying to determine if this will be a comedy or a tragedy. We learn very quickly that it's a mixture of jealousy and astonishment as the guys can't believe Shiroe got to bring two while the ladies can't believe this man would have the audacity to bring two girls with him. The nerve!
-Shiroe quickly realizes what all this negative emotion is and is starting to regret his lot in life. He thinks of a plan to keep the girls from getting too involved in this, but he tries to prioritize things. He can't let himself get upset at this moment and decides the best course of action is to minimize the damage and retreat. However, Akatsuki comes in with a sneak attack, offering him a piece of cake from her fork. He asks her if she really wants him to keep eating. Yup, now please say "ahh." All with little sparkling flowers surrounding her. What a devastating attack. With some pushing, he takes a bite, and Minori isn't too pleased by this at all.
-Refusing to let her rival get the better of her, Minori does the same tactic and Shiroe, seeing no other option, takes another bite. Akatsuki gets very upset that her rival is following her lead. Shiroe, realizing the terrible situation he's in and feeling the attack from multiple angles, thinks to himself that he'd rather fight a dozen raid bosses at once and risk dying a dozen times then being there at that very moment. And yet, the attacks continue as Akatsuki offers up her own piece of cake. Minori quickly fires with her own attack. Shiroe cries for help, but from the look of these girls, I'd say no help is coming for you.
-You poor soul, Shiroe. We fade to later as Shiroe hobbles away. We see that he's gain some extra weight, because dammit, he wasn't going to let that challenge beat him! And he couldn't disappoint the girls, either. In either case, I don't think Shiroe exactly won here. As Kanako waves them off, Minori apologizes as they apparently they had to pay for everything. Looks like they missed the deadline. Akatsuki asks if he's going back to rest, and while he did have other plans, he likes her idea better. Minori stops herself, then after a moment, tells the other two to go on without her. She needs to make a stop before going back. I wonder where that stop is? Or is she taking herself out of the picture? Seems odd, but maybe she's actually looking for her own secret weapon.
-We cut to a robot telling another person that it likes his outfit. It's probably a cosplay outfit but that's a good sounding robot voice. We see Minori leaving a Green Tea shop, a bag in hand. She's a bit upset that they didn't get to meet the princess at the Twilight Banquet, but Shiroe did go and eat all that cake, so she has to thank him somehow. She got some dandelion barley tea, which should be good for indigestion, right? So it is another attack, from a different angle. Very clever, Minori.
-As day turns to night we return to the Log Horizon building, where Shiroe has recovered a bit, but his stomach is hating him for the pain he's caused it to suffer. Shiroe himself will make somebody pay for this, but he hasn't figure out who'd be a good scapegoat for this. And yet, he does have a plan. We cut to Soujiro getting a call from Shiroe about this cake buffet. He says that the guild leader should go since it's free. Shoujiro is all for it, because free sounds good, and really, who doesn't like cake? It should be noted that Soujiro has his "harem" with him, which is exactly what Shiroe was hoping for. You evil bastard.
-This causes Shiroe to think about how Soujiro runs his guild. Despite all of the girls in that guild who are pining for him, and Dolce, that handsome man, he does wonder how Soujiro can do it so well? I mean, Shiroe has two girls that he was with and a third in the guild and he's having a tough enough time as it is. Even Naotsugu and Nyan-ta have those leadership qualities that he personally looks for in a guild master. There's a presence they all have that he doesn't have. He wonders if Henrietta is right and that the opportunity is right in front of him. He thinks that making the time and spending it with everyone will help his guild in the long run.
-Suddenly, Akatsuki appears, surprising Shiroe. When did she get there? Only a second ago? Curse you and your ninja skills! Shiroe calms himself and asks if there is something wrong. No, nothing is wrong, which sounds like a lie to me. They hear fireworks go off in the distance as Akatsuki comments on how the town is more lively than usual. Shiroe says that his is what festivals are for. When they first got here, he never would have thought things would end up like this. Then again, Maryelle is such a wildcard that even Shiroe, who plays higher dimensional chess than everybody else, can't predict what she will do.
-After a moment of silence, Shiroe comments that Akatsuki is quiet. She counters that she's always quiet because she's a ninja, and she'd be a terrible ninja if she wasn't quiet. Shiroe counters the counter by saying that she isn't quiet like this. After a moment of silence, Akatsuki awkwardly asks Shiroe if he doesn't like cake? Or maybe he didn't have any fun with her? Shiroe wouldn't put it like that, but then apologizes that they didn't get to advance. Well, that isn't what matters to Akatsuki, since it was Minori who wanted to go. This is true, but I imagine both girls had the same idea in mind with the invitation, though it took one them longer to realize it than the other.
-We see Minori coming up the stairs with two glasses and a tea set, just showing the disaster that's coming. While that's going on, Shiroe asks Akatsuki if she had a problem with the cake? After all, it seemed like he was doing all the eating and that neither of the girls had any cake. Oh, Shiroe, you dense man. Akatsuki admits that she wasn't there for the cake eating, but Shiroe's only response is "ok...?" Akatsuki is a bit irritated by this, saying that it's difficult to have a conversation with him, with Shiroe admitting that he has no idea what to say. After all, it's not like Akatsuki gives him a lot to work with. Technically this is true, as we men folk are stupid and can't read between the lines correctly.
-But Akatsuki says that this isn't true. Not the stupid part, but the part where she didn't give him a lot to work with. She has all sorts of things to discuss. Shiroe is up for that, so let's pick a subject and talk. Akatsuki immediately hesitates and turns her back, prompting Shiroe to wonder if he pushed too hard? He quickly apologizes, which prompts Akatsuki to turn around, approaching him and... well, we're left to our imagination for a bit as the angle makes it look like she's kissing him. The reality is that she's... making circles over his face? Apparently she likes doing that. Shiroe questions that, but to Akatsuki, it is. This causes him to wonder if this is part of the whole character stitch he's doing b between the two of them, but her blushing face says otherwise.
-Shiroe keeps asking if Akatsuki doing those hand circles is really fun, and she replies that, yes, it is. Wait, maybe it isn't hand circles? The animation looks a bit weird to me, but in any case, Akatsuki likes it, so Shiroe is going to let her keep doing it. Nearby, through a window, we see a tea set left there. Oh, this isn't going to be good. We quickly cut to Minori running up some stairs and onto the roof of the guild building, hiding herself behind the tree. After a moment, she collapses, asking what's wrong with her? Why? She realizes that Akatsuki really likes Shiroe, as does she. She wonders what she should do?
-After a quick look at the abandoned tea set, Minori cries a bit, but then gets really angry, saying that this isn't fair, that Shiroe belongs to her! Wow, that's a strong statement to make. She wells up with tears, realizing that her own statement is wrong and doesn't make sense. But still, it hurts to see Akatsuki get so close to Shiroe and her not being able to do so. Toya suddenly appears, wondering why his sister is alone, then sees the tears and immediately asks what's wrong? Does he need to kill somebody? He'll kill the person who upset his sister like that.
-After a moment, we cut to the twins by the water tower. Toya asks Minori what's wrong, and she admits to him that she has a crush on Shiroe. It's something she's totally sure of. Toya is shocked... that it took her this long to figure that out. He says that it was pretty obvious to the rest of them. Minori can't believe that is the case, but honestly, we all say this coming. Toya admits that there's a lot to like about Shiroe, since he's really smart and actually cares for his guild. So, yeah, he's totally fine with Shiroe being a proper suitor for Minori. Minori wonders why she didn't keep this to herself properly, but like she can keep any secrets from her twin brother. Hell, he thinks Shiroe is cool, too. What, so Toya likes him? Not in that way, Minori. Also, lighting shock!
-After clearing the air, Minori tells Toya that this is a problem. Toya asks why? He doesn't see it as a problem since it's only a crush, you know? Minori doesn't believe that to be the case, but Toya promises that it won't hurt forever. They spend a moment of silence until Minori agrees, saying it's only natural. It's suppose to hurt. She tells herself that she hasn't lost anything or done anything. She guesses that she doesn't have anything to be ashamed of, does she? Toya is happy to see her perk up, but I can't help but think that Minori has done everything short of declaring war against Akatsuki. Oh, this isn't going to be pretty at all. Cue credits!
-In our next episode preview, Akatsuki explains that the girl simply admired him. She wanted to be like him, to follow him, to stand behind him. That was all. But it didn't take long for those feelings to grow deeper. Minori is in love with Shiroe, but what will this lead to? All this and more in our next episode, The Apprentice Magician. They will change the world, even if they need to build a blue police box to make it happen, too.
So more of a breather episode after the rather heavy and long arc we just had. Though this appears to be the beginning of the final arc for this season, and it'll likely be character driven this time. We learn that Akatsuki and Minori are both in love with Shiroe, with Henrietta herself possibly being thrown into the mix. This episode gives each of those shippers something to be happy about, though I imagine the war of love will be rather bad. Though one does have to wonder how Soujiro's guild hasn't imploded yet, or is it because he's just too dense to realize it?
Thinking on it, you actually have characters and situations that would also work in other genres, too. For example, Rudy, this young, plucky sorcerer trying to make a name for himself and reach a title is was impossible for his people, using nothing but hard work and the will to surpass his barriers would fit in very well with a more action-shounen tale. As for Soujiro, what snippets we've seen show that his story would work pretty well in an action-harem series. Krusty would be more military-political, Issac would be straight up military and raiding, while the merchant guilds would basically be recreating the Atelier series of games. As for Maryelle and the Crescent Moon Alliance, that's probably be a slice-of-life comedy. There's just so many different stories you can have, and the show actually does a pretty good job of looking at each story, but never losing focus on what the show is doing.
Basically, it's exploring the character narrative a bit deeper. You put people in a situation that they are both familiar with and unfamiliar with at the same time and see what they do. For most, it's going back to business as usual, keeping up with what they've always done to avoid insanity. For few, like Shiroe, it's about adapting and changing the environment around them, getting others to change with him, but doing it as slowly and naturally as possible. No wonder this show is as popular as it is.
Next week, it's more of the festival as Minori appears to take a more central role, trying to decide if she wants Shiroe for her own as a lover, or Shiroe as her teacher. I can't imagine she can get both to work. Will she succeed? Will Akatsuki come to realize her own feelings for Shiroe? And will Soujiro find himself dead for eating too much cake? Tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, while comprise is good for almost any situation, always look at your situation carefully before suggesting said compromise. You may find that the compromise makes things for you in the grand scheme of things.
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Selvaria Bles Album
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Hayate the Combat Butler
The place for the ladies (and guy) of this series.
Something for everybody!
All Fate/Extra stuff here (and then some)
The Wheel of Fate is Turning
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Your cosplay action here.
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We liked it so much we made it twice.
The console war done with cute girls.
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But that darn Moose wants to fight all the time. She's from Kemono Friends.
I like Grey Wolf's design
She's also from Kemono Friends.
Darkness is getting insulted
And she loves it
Kiki helping out Shirayuki with her hair
The bodyguards ship Shirayuki and Zen so hard.
Casko got really anxious about getting into the water
I hope she didn't get any electronics wet
Don't eat me!
I'm really Carlone Butler, the NBA player.