Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Log Horizon, where the Log Horizon Rock Your EXP World Tour continues.
In our last episode, the junior members of Log Horizon continue on their quest to travel the land while meeting new people, having concerts, and losing their horses because they lost track of time. They have fun, as any young people would, by making fun of their seniors. Fun times all around. While that's happening, back in Akihabara, things are not looking good for the RTC. Honesty is about ready to implode, and according to some of it's members, so is the rest of the city. Shiroe is tapping Issac to help with training the Eastal forces, but to actually train them and not level them up in experience. Oh, and Krusty's current situation is top secret.
With the World Tour, the kids help out some locals who are in trouble, only to find themselves in trouble themselves. Luckily, they get some help in the form of Roe2, a wandering Vampire who collapses on their first meeting, who also surprisingly looks like a very familiar Villain in Glasses. How will our heroes deal with this new comer? Will the situation in Akihabara improve or continue to deteriorate? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with... wait, is that an actual airship? When did Shiroe have time to build a... no, wait, I recognize those three. They were players who went to Akihabara late last season to help stir up trouble. That means this is a Minami airship. This is proven correct when it's Nureha who steps off of one of the cars... wait, maybe it's the magical train? It still looks like an airship to me. In any case, Nureha, in some weird daze, steps off, causing the trio to ask if she requires an escort. She shushes them, but in a playful manner, and walks off into the forest, transforming into the girl that Shiroe first met in Maihama and in Akihabara. She giggles, does a little dance, and we cut to our opening credits. Maybe it was done on purpose but Nureha's movement animation here just seemed really off to me.
-When we come back, we're back to the World Tour. The People of the Land are grateful for the rescue, so Rudy takes this time to show off how impressive he is by saying that they're Adventurers, it's what they do. Isuzu gives an awkward smile as she tells the two NPCs that they're glad they weren't hurt. Toya himself is fine, but thinks that giving Roe2 the credit for saving them would be better. Our vampire, however, is hulled up in the wagon, though, because the Sun is bad, so please turn it off. Which would also be bad, so nobody flip that switch, okay?
-Tonight's episode is titled Odyssey Knights. Minori goes to check in on Roe2, offering her a drink, but she asks that the Shrine Maiden cover up the sun because sunlight isn't her thing, man. As Roe 2 takes a drink, Minori takes a good, long look at the Vampire Summoner. This draws her attention, so Minori asks if she's wearing a Spiritual Cloak of the Stars. Roe2 confirms it, surprised that Minori would know that. The Shrine Maiden explains that her teacher wears one that is similar to what Roe2 is wearing. He happens to be a magic user, too. He's an Enchanter by trade but we really think his actual class is Supervillain. We don't know how he got it, we just assume he cheated the system somehow.
-Anyway, Roe2 seems to approve of the other Enchanter's style, since the robe has some pretty nice stats. You can't make it lose it's power, and it's good for general use, and it's great for long trips. As she explains this, Minori can't help but imagine Shiroe talking, so she brings this up with Roe2. She seems confused so Minori clarifies that Roe2 reminds her of him. The way she talks and dresses are very similar to Shiroe. Roe2 understands, so she tries to do Minori. That's actually something she says, so don't blame the wording on me here.
-Anyway, Roe2 guesses correctly that Minori is a Shrine Maiden, and suddenly she remembers that she can heal people and offers to heal Roe2, but she rejects the offer. Why? Because Roe2 is a vampire, remember? And she shows off her very pointy teeth to the young girl. Thankfully, as Minori is working her way into becoming the next Shiroe, recalls that healing spells actually hurt vampires. Roe2 confirms it and she lays back down on the bench, suffering from the effects of the sun. Vampires need their beauty sleep, after all.
-Well, with that out of the way, Minori asks Roe2 what she's going to do after she recovers in the wagon. However, the Wandering Vampire doesn't answer, so Minori asks another question. Where did she come from and where is she going? Roe2 thinks on these questions, but dodges it, saying that such questions are a little personal, especially coming from someone she's just met. Well, honestly, Minori is a bit suspicious of Roe2, especially given her outfit. I suspect that Minori suspects there's something more going on here. Though that's almost certain a Shiroe way of thinking.
-Minori does backtrack a bit, but Roe2 is forgiving, likely suspecting from Minori's questions that she suspects something more here than is being first seen. But it doesn't go further than that as we see Minori outside of the wagon, greeted by Serara and Isuzu, with the Bard presenting Minori with the horse whistle, which looks quite damaged. Serara doesn't think the horses were hurt in the fight, leading Minori to wonder why it looks so cracked, but then recognizes that even those kinds of items have durability stats. Geez, does everything here have a durability stat? I hope that isn't the case with the griffin whistles. Still, they can call back the horses if they fix it, right? they just need wood-crafting skills to make it work. In the meantime, they'll have to push the wagon all the way to the next town. Like a real road trip!
-Unlike a real road trip, though, the junior members will have to worry about monsters. To make matters worse, Toya told the two NPCs that they could come with him. Unless he's planning to use them as their horses. What an evil plan Toya came up with. Luckily, the ladies and Rudy overrule him, so everybody gets a chance to push. As we see the Log Horizon wagon move, Isuzu tells Rudy to ride in the wagon, since Bards are stronger than Sorcerers after all. Well, Rudy may be a Sorcerer, but he's still a man, so he can't just let them do this on his own. Though I think it's less of a masculine thing and more Rudy wanting to do this part to help out.
-Of course, Roe2 can't help since she's a Vampire and all that, and Serara isn't helping at the moment because there's no real place to fit her without causing more trouble, so she's acting as the lookout. The two People of the Land stated what happened with them earlier. They were just headed down the mountainside when they found themselves up to their necks in ogres. They suspect the reason they ran into so many ogres is due to their home getting destroyed. Toya asks if that's really the case, so they NPCs tell them that if they keep going west they're going to wind up at the Boxroot Mountains. There's a gorgeous lake out there, and while nobles rule the area, you still got to watch out for monsters. So, basically, they decided not to answer the question? Or was there a mistranslation here?
-Moving on, Toya asks Minori if they were supposed to be going through there, which she confirms. The NPCs tell them that the monsters aren't that big of a deal, and even if they see some, the Odyssey Knights will take care of them. Yeah, those guys are totally the best! They're like the People of the Land's heroes, always risking their lives for them. Toya wonders if they're Krusty or Isaac's guys, which Minori won't doubt, but if she took an educated guess, she recalls a lecture from Shiroe about something like this. In the lecture, Shiroe says there's a group they call "homesick" or the "Odyssey". They are a loose association of players trying to get back home. From what he's heard, they're willing to try just about anything to get back. We see that they're at a restaurant with Invisible Keyboard Wolf and some other players watching from a doorway. Either it's a big deal that Shiroe is there, with a cute girl, or they're treating him like he's a food critic. Either way, all are terrible implications of something.
-As Shiroe takes a bite of his soup, he tells Minori that when he says "everything" he means it, indicating that Odyssey may end up causing more trouble than they fix. And he enjoys his soup, much to the delight of the cooks. Back in the present, Minori recalls that he didn't call them knights, so perhaps they aren't the same group. They soon near Koyurugi Village, located in Odawara. It's a safe zone, no monsters, with no PvP, no entry or exit restrictions, and with skill restrictions. Sounds like an Adventurer city. Perhaps they also have a shrine there? Roe2 is thankful for the kids to get her here, thinking she would have turned into a pile of ashes if she kept on walking out in the open like that. I doubt that is the case, because that doesn't seem like a fun thing to do in a game.
-We see that they're having a meal as Minori is grateful for the help Roe2 gave them earlier. Toya provides a compromise, that they helped each other. That's when the other three members of the Log Horizon ban arrive with tons of food. And it was provided to by the People of the Land they saved. Hooray for free food! So now it's time for the sauce everybody will use. Toya will use Soy Sauce while Rudy is using Worcestershire Sauce, as will Isuzu. Serara brings out a huge jar of Mayonnaise that carries a warning. This one requires a screenshot:
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-I'm afraid of what that status ailment could be. Roe2 looks at them like they're crazy as they all try to make their case for which sauce to use. So instead of picking a winner, she instead uses Soy Sauce and Worcestershire Sauce at once. Lady, don't you know what will happen if you mix the two like that? You'll open up a portal to a space beyond the realm filled with horrors so horrible that all you'll be seeing are horrible horrors no matter where you go! It's suicide!
-Still, they let Roe2 do that because the world was going to end anyway. Still, she understands now. The gooey black one is Worcestershire while the runny black one is Soy! She totally gets it. That sounds like the type a thing a person would say if they were never part of the real world. Serara is still trying to push her Mayo agenda, but unfortunately, she's not winning this fight. As we see her put more Mayo on her beef bowl, she asks Roe2 where she came from before meeting them. It's not quite the same question as Minori's because she was asking a very different type of question, but Roe2 was too smart for that.
-Anyway, Roe2 made her way here from Oou City and has been on the road for about three months. Minori recalls that is where Shiroe went on his expedition, though Roe2 adds that she actually started from a place that was a little farther away from that. It's as if she's trying to throw off Minori's suspicion, which might make her more suspicious. Anyway, she mentions that she used castling to cover such a long distance. Rudy asks what castling is, which Isuzu never heard of. What, you guys never played a game of chess in your lives? Where have you been all this time?
-Though while it's similar to the chess move, in this case, it's a spell that allows the magic user to change places with a companion. We saw this before with KR back during the Kanami mini episode. She then adds that Honesty stated using castling to research how they could make Fairy Rings work full-time. Isuzu is impressed with Minori's researching capabilities, but she brushes it off as just repeating the information told to her beforehand. Roe2 looks at Minori briefly before Serara asks her about Castling, like if she switched places with her companion. Roe2 wouldn't exactly call him her "companion", but more like her older brother. This draws the same question from the group, but she adds that she's trying to get to Ikoma, but until then she's stuck with this annoying Vampire subclass of her's. So it's like the Vampire status in The Elder Scrolls.
-Wait... Elder Tales... Elder Scrolls. Could it be? Perhaps, in this world, Elder Scrolls ended up being an MMO instead of the single player game. Very curious. Moving on from that, Minor asks Roe2 if the subclass is preventing her from taking quests that would normally overwrite it? Turns out, that is the case, and Roe2 would personally like to greet the person who made that subclass and give him a piece of her mind. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same guy who summoned the dark god to help with making the deadline. While stuck with the class, Roe2 admits that it was useful on the moon, but whatever moron who came up with it never thought she'd wind up here. Wait, did she say the moon? As in the one place that has the test server?
-Only Minori picks up on this but as she lacks the knowledge related to that, she's unable to continue. Toya recalls that Ikoma is near Minami and asks the rest of the group how they're going to do the rest of this. First, the bad news. Nobody in town had any woodcrafting skills, so they're still lacking horses. And they couldn't find any non-union horses, either, so it'll be difficult to finish the trip without help there. Roe2, however, has a brilliant idea. She is a summoner, so she could summon some for them. Wait, she can do that? Well, yeah, it's her class, after all.
-Toya asks "Big Sis Roe2" if she can do this, but the Summoner is shocked by being called "Big Sis", takes a moment to compose herself, then asks Toya to call her "Big Sis" again. And again! And now Rudy has to do it. Yup, she's so into that and really wishes she was a big sister. Just hearing that makes her think that they're all counting on her She wants to become the big sister figure in her lives! While jumping in the air, she continues, saying that she shall be looked up to just like their older sister. She'll guide and protect them, and she knows exactly what she's going to do. She will summon a herd of amazing horses, the likes of which they've never seen! And in return, they shall parade her around as their big sister. Deal? The group, uncertain how to deal with this, agree with the deal, hoping for this embarrassment to end. Luckily, it ends in the form of the sun beating down on Roe2, causing her to collapse. And she really had a moment going there.
-And now... a hot springs scene! Because that's what this show is lacking, it's the cliche fan service shots. Though admittedly the show doesn't actually linger on a lot of fan service type situations. Sure, we had the beach shots from last season, but that was rather quick, and from what I understand, Mayrelle was wearing quite the risqué bikini in the novels compared to what she was wearing in the show. But anytime we had fan service is was basically the character dressed up in various types of outfits. But not this time. Anyway, our ladies here are enjoying the bath, with Serara admitting that, sure, they don't need to take baths, but this one is really, really awesome. Isuzu adds that their wounds heal fast and the system helps to keep them clean, but there's still nothing that beats a good soak. In response, Minori and Serara sigh.
-But to business! Isuzu states that they might have trouble navigating their way through the Boxroot Mountains ahead, citing that Rudy says it's rough. Despite his own ego, he is well-travelled and knows that kind of stuff well, so he has his uses. Serara notes this, then gets up close and comments on how cute the two of them are. So, how are things working out? Isuzu is reading between the lines and knows exactly what Serara is asking. No, he's basically like her little puppy dog. Serara doesn't believe that with Minori commenting that they're so obviously a couple. Isuzu doesn't want to go down this well, so she redirects the questions to Serara and her pursuit of Nyan-ta. Sadly, our little Druid isn't ready for this line of questioning and sinks deeper into the water, either hoping to drown or to disappear and avoid the questions.
-Isuzu, however, wants revenge, and comments that Serara is learning more about cooking and cleaning from Nyan-ta, with Minori hopping in, saying that it seems it's more like marriage training than Adventurer training. In somebody's dreamscape, Nyan-ta appears in a white tuxedo, carrying a cat shaped ring, saying that he made sure he got Serara a ring worth forty raids. And because he could, he also prepared this feast for their reception. And he's also leading the band, because there is very little that Nyan-ta can't do. So Serara should come and be his blushing newlywed bride. And sears, in her own wedding gown, shrieks in joy. Also, I want to comment that while Nyan-ta can look good in anything, I think he'd look much better in a black tuxedo than a white tuxedo.
-Anyway, in reality, Serara's brain explodes and causes a whirlpool inside of the hot springs, saying that they're not like that and repeating it. The girls try to calm her down as she continues to go bride happy, claiming she has no idea what they're talking about. Isuzu, however, doesn't let up on the teasing, saying that Serara can't act like that when she bathes with Nyan-ta. This causes a comment from both Serara and Minori. Then we get some man service in the form of Nyan-ta bathing, and man, he's freaking ripped! How does he hide all of that muscle mass? It's a good thing they included that scene of him bathing and not just his head, because nobody would knew that was the case.
-But Serara's poor mind explodes a second time and she's doing the hundred meter in the hot springs. While that's happening, Isuzu turns her avenging eyes on Minori, asking what the deal is between her and Shiroe. Minori has no comment on the situation, but Isuzu doesn't let up, saying that there must be lots of competition for the Villain in Glasses. Well, let's see, we have Akatsuki, obviously, then we have Henrietta. Next, we have Nureha, and finally, we have Kanami, though the question of whether that's still possible is yet to be seen. Though apparently Isuzu adds Maryelle as a possible rival, though we all know what her type is. Serara, recovering from her mental explosion, chimes in, wanting to learn more. Isuzu then lists off all the accomplishments Shiroe had, like forming the RTC, turned Rudy into an Adventurer, and solved all of their money issues with the buildings. All of this, plus the mention of the rivals, makes Minori think of Akatsuki, who takes her bodyguard job very, very seriously. You want Shiroe? You have to get through her, first. Yes, she protects her lord's body as well as his heart.
-As Minori is recovering from her own embarrassment, Serara comments that perhaps Roe2 has a thing with Shiroe. Look, just because she's basically a gender swap clone of Shiroe doesn't exactly mean that they could be a thing. Though apparently Roe2 is there and corrects her, saying that it's "Big Sis", right? Though apparently she wasn't there before as the girls asks when she got in there. Roe2's next comment says it all. "You'd do well to know your big sister has advantages over you." Of course, I thought she meant that she heard everything, but what she really means is... these! she stands up, showing off what she's got. Though we can't see anything because there's a rock blocking her, so I'm going to assume that Roe2 brought two melons with her into the bath. Why would anybody do that is beyond me.
-Isuzu and Minori are looking troubled as Serara tries to support them, saying that those melons are only for show. Though Roe2 sarcastically asks if she didn't intimidate her little sisters, did she? Well, yeah, they are intimidated by the melons you brought into the bath. Seriously, why did you bring them, anyway? Though the scene ends there, I would be curious to know if the boys were in a nearby bath and overheard everything. But that's way to cliche for this show and they are above such things.
-Instead, we return to Akihabara where we see an irritated Maryelle looking irritated. Henrietta is with her and asking why she's looking so serious. Indeed, Maryelle was thinking of something very serious. So serious, it could affect the whole of Akihabara if they don't enact on it. They should... hold a spring festival! Henrietta doesn't dismiss it right away, saying that a cherry blossom festival would make more sense. Maryelle, however, appears to be troubled by something else, because she wants to make people happy and she isn't certain if the festivals they're holding are doing what she hoped. Do they really bring people together? Certainly if they hold enough of those festivals they can do so... right?
-And we get our eyecatch, which is the junior members of Log Horizon with a beef bowl meal behind them. They are then pushed out of the way by the sauces used. We have Roderick Merchant Guilds Deceptively Not-Hot Chili Oil, Tarasco, Roderick Merchant Guild's Mayonnaise, Worcestershire Sauce, and finally, Soy Sauce. So, yeah, remember the pacing issues I've been complaining about? What happened here is a perfect example of that. Maryelle asks a question, but instead of a follow up answer or something that could add some drama, the scene basically ends like that. It's a really poor place to add a commercial cliffhanger, in my opinion.
-Anyway, after the eyecatch, we cut to Nyan-ta, reporting from high in the sky. And the report is... it is what it is, but it hasn't become a problem yet. Guess that means traffic is pretty bad today. Shiroe, who is responding to the report, gets it and tells the smooth cat to do what he can and to stay on top of it for now. Of course he will, however, his guess is what they're seeing right now is the result of an underlying issue that they haven't discovered yet. Shiroe's basically accepted that "life throws curveballs" is a thing that happens. He then contacts Akatsuki who appears to be spying on the Disney Kingdom and asks how things are there. Fine, for the time being. Though their King, Mickey, appears to be up to no good and may be planning a hostile takeover of the Underwater Kingdom. So, how are things in Akihabara? So far, so good. He ends the call, telling his ninja to report back if she sees anything. Perhaps they can use Queen Minnie as a way to stop the invasion before it begins.
-In Akihabara, Shiroe is walking with Karashin and Isaac. Karashin comments that they have a long way to go with Isaac adding that it's too early for him to be worn out. They still got a lot of things that need to get done, which Shiroe understands. We then begin with the RTC meeting as Eins comments that the economic disparity in Akihabara is currently growing worse at an alarming rate. People who can hunt or develop new skills are getting richer, while players who didn't have the right skills at the time of the Apocalypse are faltering in minimum wage jobs. Guess they don't have an option to respec the main classes after all. And I assume they're talking about players who are near a high level, as the younger levels would still have the ability to grow and get advice on what skills they should develop.
-Michitaka asks why Eins is bringing this up, but Roderick asks a more pointed question. What does Eins think is causing all this economic disparity? He says mastering Oral Arts, and Crafting classes being able to create consumer products. Soujiro asks why Oral Arts are part of the problem? Anyone can master one if they really try. Eins clarifies his statement. Larger guilds have been using people with Oral Arts to expand businesses. One of the responsibilities of the RTC should be to curtail these monopolies. And they do have several members of the largest merchant guilds here, so they should be able to do something about it. Michitaka, one of those people, says that Eins is crossing a line here. Roderick counters, saying they could accuse Eins' guild of the same thing. Well, that didn't take long to devolve the group into political parties, didn't it?
-Eins counters, saying that no one in his guild has mastered an oral art yet. Second, they should all have declarations from every guild who are using players with oral arts. Before Eins can go further, Michitaka stops him, telling the guild leader that he should know better than that. Karashin adds that one can't go simply asking people to give away their crafting secrets just like that. Roderick adds that some of these things took a while, from ramen to soap to candles, all those craftsmen put in a lot of time to make all those things work! Soujiro, who's on the side of the Oral Art users, adds that declaring said Oral Art users is worthless, since only the person who mastered it can use it. So what's the point? After all, this was a plot point with Akatsuki's own personal arc a few episodes back.
-But Eins won't let up on this, but offers his own compromise. What about levying a tax on Adventurer bank accounts in excess of eighty thousand gold pieces. They might be able to close the huge gap between the rich and the poor that way. He honestly believes it's a place to start. You know, I can make so many political jokes about this, but given the current situation that I'm watching this episode in, I think it's honestly best that I leave that sort of thing out. It's already a hot topic and, given how things are going, shouldn't be made fun of lightly.
-Isaac decides to chime in, saying that Eins has lost his mind. He thinks the guild leader doesn't understand what they've said, so he says it once more. Everyone in this city has worked their butts off to get where they are. They fought for every little thing they've got, but maybe Eins doesn't get that. Eins counters that Isaac doesn't understand that their society is favoring certain people over others. The rich stay rich and the poor starve. Maryelle, meekly, says that this is why they have events, that they're making an effort to do things that include everyone from all levels and walks of life. Eins comments that Maryelle should listen to herself, that they're pushing the disenfranchised away! Isaac doesn't take kindly to that kind of direct comment against Maryelle. Apparently he likes those events, too.
-Maryelle offers a defense of her own. She says that they don't hold these festivals to flaunt their own wealth. She just wants everyone to be, you know, that way, right? Isaac helps her out a bit, asking Eins a direct question. According to the Honesty guild leader, they give these people money and then they'll just go happily off to work? Eins replies with a maybe, but in either case, they can't just let things stay like they are. Karashin doesn't disagree, but adds that if they're going to force people to give up their new recipes, Craftsmen won't be motivated to work as hard. Michitaka adds that, no matter what, all of those recipes take a lot of work to create, but as we focus on Shiroe, his voice fades away. Internally, he wishes Krusty was here right now. He's the proper politician of the group, after all.
-So, Shiroe will have to step up. He claps his hands to draw everybody's attention to him. While he understands the gist of Eins' proposal, and he agrees that it makes sense that they need some kind of policy to handle this. However, the RTC has a limited budget for this kind of thing. Unlike Minami, they don't get operating funds from an aristocracy. Though, from what we gathered in the conversation with Nureha, it's less the aristocracy giving them money and more that Minami is taking it from them. Eins isn't happy with that comment and sits down as Shiroe continues. He says that they all need to take a role in determining how they can handle this problem. Eins relents, but adds that they can't wait until it's out of control, like they usually do. They can't just react to this, but to get ahead of it before it's too late. Shiroe counters that they can't be hasty about this, either. He adds that a decision of this scale could wreck their economy if they don't do it right. And they would end up leaving the city in chaos. Sounds like they could really use an Alexander Hamilton type person to help build up or adjust their economy, but unfortunately, they'll have to go with what they have and not have any catchy music numbers to back him up.
-Speaking of catchy music numbers, we check in on the junior Log Horizon members as they approach the Boxroot Mountains. It's located in Boxroot, obviously, and monsters are present. All skills and PvP are permitted while there are no entry or exit restrictions. Toya comments that they wouldn't even be in the Boxroot Mountains if it weren't for Roe2's horses, but the road is a nightmare. Also, those horses look crazy evil for some reason. Is that because Roe2 is a vampire and they're almost, by default, in the evil alignment? How dare they program Vampires that way! They're not all evil. Some of them can also be neutral, too!
-Anyway, Minori agrees with Toya's statement. Back in the real world, they would be right around Hakone. It was a volcano, so this makes sense. Toya asks if they should go on ahead as the visibility is really lousy out there. Serara herself appears to be fighting sleep, but it appears to be a losing battle for her. I should note that it appears that they are on an actual road, but suffering years of neglect, so the fact that it's still useable is a bit of a miracle of it's own. Anyway, the wagon stops as Toya and Rudy go to scout out ahead, but Roe2 offers to summon some companions for them. She is their big sister, after all, Shiroe Maneuver. Man, she's really taken a liking to this whole "big sister" thing. I hope she doesn't let it go to her head too much.
-Also, what companions? Why, skeleton warriors, of course! Okay, I'm convinced this is related to her Vampire subclass, after all. The boys decline the generous offer, which the skeleton warriors take offense to. Serara, however, is there to offer her own familiar, Wolfy. And I wish I was video streaming this or something, because then you'd see me laughing for nearly a minute at the next scene. Which is the skeleton warriors looking at Wolfy with hearts over their heads. Clearly, they are dog people, and little familiar puppies are so very adorable. Toya thanks Serara, and soon, they're off to do some scouting in this sulfur fog.
-Along the way, Toya is hating this sulfur smell as Rudy reminds him that he did warn them about this. Boxroot is not an easy passage, but the haze is much thicker than the last time he was here. Wolfy sniffs around and barks as the two see some people up ahead unloading a wagon. Rudy's Adventurer sense start to tingle and goes to offer his help. Turns out, they're merchants, and one of them begins offering his wares right then and there. They're selling level ten to fifteen swords, some of Akihabara's finest, but Toya declines, saying that they're level is too high for that stuff. But moving on, what happen to them? Well, the cart broke down. Rudy can see that, but why not put what they can into the other cart and shove the broken cart off the mountainside? The merchants have issue throwing away good cargo like that, so no, but thank you for your unhelpful suggestion.
-Instead of doing that, how about buying some of the wares instead? They look like they have enough gold to buy quite a bit from them. Toya replies that they don't, and while Rudy would like to buy some, he can't. That's when a very familiar person arrives. It's Dariella, who tells the Adventurers not to worry about them. The axle gave away and they're stuck, and they've been trapped here for an entire day. Please, pardon their manners. Toya, a bit confused by her arrival, asks for her name. She gives it, Dariella, and she is but a humble Person of the Land and a chronicler. But her secret position is that of Princess of Minami and are using you kids as a way to get close to Shiroe, but don't tell him that, okay?
-Of course, because Shiroe didn't tell everybody everything, Rudy and Toya don't recognize her. They greet her warmly, introducing themselves as Adventurers from Akihabara. Dariella is happy to hear that and asks if they could carry some of the crates to the next settlement? She knows how strong you Adventurers happen to be, and she's certain the merchants would appreciate it. We get a lingering shot of Toya's eyes, as he's conflicted. Perhaps he suspects something here but can't quite put his finger on it. It's all that time he's spent with Shiroe rubbing off on him.
-After a break, we cut to the group moving alone, helping out the merchants. One of them comments on how strong Isuzu is for how scrawny she is. Minori comments that there appears to be nothing but goat slimes in the boxes. Apparently some weird, old far from Akihabara dumped them on the merchants. They have no idea what his deal was. They soon approach an outpost, allowing the merchants to sleep. Apparently they took a break as Toya comments how funny it is that they ate all that food and they passed out there. Dariella says they spent a night on the open road, completely exposed, so it's no wonder they're exhausted. Minori asks if perhaps Dariella is married to one of the merchants, but it's nothing like that. They were just letting her ride with them and nothing nefarious was threatened at all.
-Toya appears really confused as Dariella mentions she was getting a ride to Minami, with Roe2 commenting that it's in the same direction as Ikoma, which Dariella confirms. Perhaps Roe2 is suspicious, as well, but she's unable to act on that as Serara announces that it's tea time! And they have pastries, too! And with that, Roe2's attention is on the young girls. The cookies were made by Nyan-ta, and soon, they've all dug in. Dariella is enjoying it, but then asks where the young players are going to? Minori answers that they're heading for the Redstone Mountains while Roe2 is heading for Ikoma, but she's going to hang out with the little siblings until then. They need her protection, after all. Dariella accepts this, citing how young they all look, then looks to Toya, who eats his cookie and blushes. Oh, maybe Toya is hesitant because he finds Dariella beautiful? D'aw, he has a crush on the enemy. That's so adorable. We'll need to beat that out of him before he defects.
-Rudy comments that they'll be near their destination once they've gotten over the pass. Minori confirms, but then adds that Shiroe says they could end up running into wyverns in the mountains around here. Which, I should add, was part of the reason he sent them out on this quest. They need to get a magic bag, after all, and they need to kill some wyverns to do that. Suddenly, the sound drowns out as Darielle starts to glow a purple color, though this is clearly more of a mental thing as the others don't comment on this. After a moment, the color returns as she smiles. One would think she knew who these kids were by looking at the side of their wagon and seeing Log Horizon written there. Though it could be possible that it was being sold by Log Horizon, hence the banner. Who knows, really.
-Suddenly, an ominous sound is heard. No, really, the captions said ominous sound. This draws the group's attention as they try to determine what it was. Serara suggests that it's church bells at a funeral, but Minori notes that the sounds are coming this way. Suddenly, a group of players comes out of the sulfur like an army in a foggy battle, carrying some weird machine with them. Serara asks if they're a raid party, but Minori decides to check them out. They're with Plant Hwyaden. We then get a close up of some individual stats. We have Shunichi, a level ninety elf Guardian, but Serara comments that everybody is, too. Isuzu doesn't think they're a group of player killers, which is good for them because they' would be massacred if they picked a fight. Dariella adds another suggestion. Perhaps they're the Odyssey Knights. That's slightly more comforting.
-Roe2 notes the machine and asks what it is. Dariella fields this. It's the portable Shrine of Boreas. This is something she learned about during her travels. The Odyssey Knights take the shrine with them on their journeys across the landscape. It has the power to revive any Adventurer as long as they're close enough to it. Basically, a portable Cathedral, only in this case, it's instant resurrection, according to Dariella. There's no time delay other than waiting for your mana to reassemble. Isuzu asks if the Adventurers in Minami created that device, but Rudy has a more compressing concern. Why do they look so lifeless? It's almost like a funeral march. Dariella doesn't seem certain about this, but instant rebirth carries a price with it. It supposedly upsets the voice of the mind in Adventurers. Sounds like it drives them insane.
-Minori asks about that, but Dariella doesn't clarify what it would mean in Adventurer terms. She does comment that such a thing would be extremely valuable to Adventurers such as them, wouldn't you say? Though given the tone of the comment, perhaps she's talking about the portable shrine? Toya looks on as Shunichi turns to look at them, with eyes that don't seem so lifeless to me as they are filled with a barely contained rage. He then turns to Dariella, who gives a warm smile, causing him to turn away from her. Oh, when Shiroe finds out about this he's going to have a nice, long talk with Toya about this. Our scene ends with a long shot that pans over to the nearby Redstone Mountain, the final destination. Cue credits!
-In our next episode preview, Akatsuki states that the junior members visit Saphir Village on their journey. Isuzu the bard treats the village to a show. Her melody heartily enchants the People of the Land. While happiness and a pleasant feeling of exhaustion envelop Isuzu, Rundellhaus tells her of a secret behind this world's music. He shares the dreams of the People of the Land! All this and more in our next episode, After the Show. Shiroe's comrades are always beside him, even when he's reviewing a restaurant's food menu. He is quite a harsh critic.
So, the road trip continues on and our junior members get a new friend in Roe2, who proves herself useful with her ability to summon horses to aid them on their trek. We get a brief moment of teasing between the girls, as well as Roe2 showing off her melons that they'll probably eat on the trip, as well as picking up another new companion. I suspect that the meeting wasn't intentional, but a happy coincidence that Nureha will take full advantage of. Especially when it's becoming increasingly clear that Toya is smitten with her in her NPC form.
Meanwhile, things are coming to a head in Akihabara as the RTC try to keep order. Eins, however, is the lone voice as most of the members attack his plan, citing how it would be unfair to their own members, as well as to everybody else who worked hard. Clearly, the next item to create is something that allows them to respec a players stats, or somehow, reset the level in some way to allow them to rebuild their character. At least, I'd probably asking the Merchants Guild to look into something like that.
What's rather chilling is the scene at the end with the "Odyssey Knights". I don't know if Nureha would allow for such a thing to be created, but I know that if it was, Intix would make full use of it, since having a mindless slave army would be beneficial to her. But that also depends on how crazy Nureha herself is. Though I suspect that now she knows that these kids are linked to Shiroe, she's going to use that link for all it's worth.
Speaking of Shiroe, and I know I mentioned this before, but I honestly think he purposely sent the kids out on this quest because he saw the attack from Minami was coming, and with a lack of a Magic Circle to help protect them, it's move up the timeline of said attack. Though I don't know if the other RTC members are in the know or not, one thing for sure is that Shiroe has sent out scouts to prepare for the possible invasion.
Will our junior members discover the truth, or will it be too late for poor Toya? Will Akihabara resolve their massive class divide, or will it end poorly for them? And how soon will Minami attack? Tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, no matter what situation you're in, if you see some people on the side of the road in trouble, always offer to help, even if one of them may or may not be a spy for the enemy. It's just good manners, after all.