Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Log Horizon. The show that involves weapons and items taking on a new life thanks to the lore text that some guy put on because it sounded cool and dark and edgy only to end up causing a disaster. Thanks a lot, guy.
In our previous episode, it was all build up. After her return to life, Akatsuki set up to work with several other Adventurers to train and prepare for what is basically an in-city raid against a nearly unstoppable Royal Guard gone rogue. They plan to treat this as a raid because of the weapon Neruresu is using, which is related to a raid boss that drops said item. With this in mind they will treat Neruresu as the raid boss and act accordingly, only they'll be working within the confines of the city limits.
Which is still a problem because Neruresu is Royal Guard, so he ain't going to be hurt or stopped by the Adventurer attacks. So the decision is made. Ask Kinjo of the Kunie Tribe, who decided to pass the buck to Raynesia, to disable the magic circle protecting Akihabara. This means that Neruresu won't have the protections of the Royal Guard armor, but it also leaves the city open to monster attacks. But that disaster can wait until they fix the current disaster.
Will the Maidens of Watermaple succeed in this raid? Will they find a way to protect the city from the potential disaster that awaits them? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins in the Akihabara streets as Akatsuki engages with Neruresu. Maryelle is her support as we get some stats of the tiny ninja. She's a level ninety-two Assassin and her status bar is yellow because... reasons. We also see a number of enchantments, including a boost to physical damage, defense, increased evasion and increased resistance to cold. So, basically, she has Tarukaja, Rakukaja, and Sukukaja cast on her, as well as Ice Wall. Sorry, I've been playing Persona 5 a lot so it's kind of stuck in my head. But I hope Maryelle keeps casting them on her as they only last three turns.
-After an exchange of blows, the two combatants back away. Maryelle is busy supporting Akatsuki and reminds her that Neruresu's sword can cast the Blizzard skill, as well as his stats are off the scale. Stupid cheating armor that only NPCs can use. After a boost, Akatsuki asks Maryelle if she's ever been in a raid before. This is actually her first time and she sounds very excited about it. Then they can have their first time together! Wow, that came out so wrong.
-Still, they have an overpowered monster to fight, and Akatsuki would like to not spend New Year's Eve on the floor of the Cathedral. She'd like to spend it with Shiroe but he's currently busy not getting killed in his own raid. And with that, Akatsuki engages Neruresu once more, hoping to make her first raid memorable and not actually with death.
-After the opening credits we keep to the streets of Akihabara. Rieze is providing a status report to the other raid members and who's involved in the attack. She orders D-Squad to support C-Squad and orders all other units to hold their positions until... uh, why is Blackrose in this anime? Granted, her hair is purple now and wearing a different set of armor, but seriously, that looks like Blackrose from .hack. That has to be intentional.
-Right, the battle. We see Kyouko running with Rieze and asks about the C-squad members. Mainly, if Akatsuki is with them. Rieze confirms that it's her and Maryelle, but that this was part of the plan, given how good of a tracker Akatsuki is. Kyouko is happy because she's interested in revenge as the two continue running in the hopes of finally getting this guy. Though Kyouko, you should probably learn the name of the person you're going to kill, because it doesn't sound anything like Neruresu.
-Tonight's episode is titled Akiba Raid. It's also listed as Akihabara Raid. But it's basically the same thing. So move along, nothing to see here. We cut back to the battle, currently in progress as Neruresu starts to freeze his environment. Akatsuki is just outside of it's range as she recalls advice that Rieze gave her. She needs to be in a constant state of evaluating your opponent. Know what she can do and be aware of what she cannot do, so whatever she cannot do doesn't take her surprise in the fight. Which Akatsuki takes as having to face her shortcomings and make them work for her. In other words, what she normally saw as weaknesses can be used as strengths instead. Then again, some of those issues she has just can't be used well.
-But what weaknesses were those? Well, there is Akatsuki's height, for example. It makes her a smaller target. Then there's her speed, which allows her to move faster. She does this by looking for a blind spot on Neruresu, jumping up and over him, then running at him. She effortlessly dodges a strike, sliding between his legs, then attacks with a skill called Morbid Stinger Slash, which is a poison attack. Maryelle, knowing to keep her distance, praises the ninja for the strike. I hope she doesn't ruin the serious moment by bringing out pom poms, but that would be such a Maryelle move that I honestly wouldn't be surprised by that.
-Another strike dodged, Akatsuki grows in confidence as Neruresu unleashes a shockwave attack that's actually meant to disguise his approach, forcing Akatsuki to block the attack. Some of her armor glows, but she's able to break the clash and move away. As she does so, more of her armor glows, with the ninja happy that everybody shared so much of their things with her. Looks like they're making her the main DPS for this raid. With a break in battle, Akatsuki declares that Neruresu will be stopped. She charges, only to use her teleporting skill, allowing Kawara to come in from the side and use her Orion Delay Blow, catching him by surprise. With the arrival of her group, Akatsuki and Maryelle are allowed to retreat, but Neruresu sees this more as a challenge, saying the little girls won't run from him. Yeah, let's just boost up the creep factor more, why don't we?
-We see Rieze and Kyouko taking a higher vantage point as they can see explosions in the distance. Kyouko can't believe they're actually having a raid inside of the city, which Rieze comments would have been impossible in the game. Stupid demon summoning developers. We see the fight progress as a new group has come in to attack as Akatsuki and Maryelle are recovering. Kyouko then asks the question many of us have been asking for a while. Why haven't the Royal Guards come in to deal with one of their own? Again, it's due to the laws of the game. As far as the system is concerned, as Neruresu is armored up, then it assumes he is punishing them, even though we did see Kinjo point out that the armor is stolen and is being used in an illegal manner... but don't ask them to do anything about it. Their laws are that binding.
-Of course, because of Neruresu abusing the rules, it allows the Adventurers to fight in the city. So hooray for loophole abuses! We see Akatsuki and Maryelle running but are cut off by a teleporting Neruresu. He wants another round with the ninja, but gets blind sided by a massive fire attack, allowing Akatsuki to come in with another strike. The new group says they'll keep him occupied as much as they can and tell C-Squad to move to the next area. Looks like aggro is still in effect here and it's all focused on Akatsuki. I hope this was part of the plan, too.
-As C-Squad leaves, Neruresu looks on, and even with the mask you can tell he's really pissed off. Rieze comments that the baker was right, that Lugrius is also boosting his abilities. I assume she's talking about Mikakage. I hope nobody tells her that Rieze can only remember her as that baker girl with the familiar now. Anyway, Rieze is able to confirm this as everyone within fifty meters is buffing Neruresu. Kyouko agrees that getting everyone to stay indoors was a good idea, since it means they can't oppose him while in what I assume to be designated safe-zones.
-We get an overview of Rieze's plan, how she took the players out on the street, put them in small groups and spread them out as thin as possible, and the plan is to have Neruresu follow Akatsuki and Maryelle around the city. Though what I find funny is the peg's representing the characters look normal... except for Maryelle, which has a chibi look to it. I imagine a lot of people look at Maryelle that way. Anyway, the purpose is to have C-Squad run Neruresu through a gauntlet of each team's patrol area, where they can deal damge to him. A classic example of kiting. As a non-mmo player I had to look this up, and it is indeed a term used in the MMO sphere. To summarize, it's basically hit and run tactics. So clearly the people involved with this project did the research on even the terminology. Well done.
-With this plan, as Neruresu's aggro focuses on Akatsuki, the others in the gauntlet attack him while Maryelle focuses on healing up the ninja for the next round. Kyouko is impressed by Rieze's planning and thinks it will work. Well, in normal situations it would work, but this situation is so far from normal. Rieze points this out, saying that you can't simply set up a raid and expect to win anymore. Shiroe learned that one the hard way. Then you factor in the sword Neruresu is using, as well as the Royal Guard armor he wears, allowing him to move about freely, which he does after dealing with the next squad in the gauntlet. What a terrible boss to fight if they can teleport anywhere in the city.
-From above, Neruresu is getting more pissed off, but I think he's starting to see the pattern. But he'll keep fighting them, no matter what. Lugrius tells him to hold, saying they need to hunt the little wench first. So, wait, is he likening Akatsuki to the Maid of Elm? I wouldn't be surprised, because those ghosts can be very vengeful. As he teleports again, Rieze is worried, because despite how well laid her plans are, there are still a number of factors that can go wrong. Kyouko notices that Rieze is deep in thought and asks if anything is wrong. Actually, yes, something is wrong and it only just hit her. She's endangered many people and there's nothing she can do to help them, and that thought overwhelms and terrifies her. And compared to Princess Raynesia, she has had to deal with such dire circumstances her entire life, so now she has a new respect for her. Wow, so many people are gaining a new respect for the princess now. So much for the differences in class.
-Kyouko counters that everybody in the RTC has to deal with it, and the same goes for Rieze. They all do what needs to be done now, and with that helpful prep talk, Rieze is back in action and ready to end it. She then goes back to passing along orders. When D-Squad is back to full health they are to join up with C-Squad once more. She has F-Squad go towards Checkpoint D to prepare for the next spot in the gauntlet.
-While the Adventurers deal with their own battle, we go to the Guild Hall to see that Raynesia is engaged in her own battle. We see her in a meeting with Kinjo, with Henrietta acting as her retainer here. She has made her decision with regards to the magic circle. Turn it off. Kinjo reminds her that the city will be without it's magical defenses for decades, and without the Royal Guard to keep the peace, the city may fall into lawlessness. You know, maybe you should have thought of that before you decided to sit on your hands and do nothing, Kinjo! He's your guy out there causing all of this to begin with, and the Adventurers had to make it their problem because you refused to make it yours! So thanks a lot for that, you jackasses!
-But in the end, Raynesia goes with it. She says that it isn't just the Kunie tribe, but that all the People of the Land share in the blame. They were responsible for guarding the armor. And now they should do what they can to assist the Adventurers. As far as she's concerned, she and the rest of the People of the Land owe them dearly for their failures in this matter. Though I still think the blame should fall mostly on the shoulders of the Kunie. In any case, because of this, the situation calls for cutting off the magic circle. Kinjo, who seems to be really against this idea, tries to persuade the princess otherwise, but that's why Henrietta is there, to make it clear that this was a request from the RTC. And as they are residents in Akihabara, they've already pledged their support in remedying this. Also, they'll probably wait for Shiroe to come around to fix this. He's pretty good at fixing these things.
-With reluctance, Kinjo agrees to their request. He also admits that, no matter what, there was a fault in his tribe's security that will be addressed. And likely a better vetting process, too. They've defended the magic circle faithfully for hundreds of years, and thanks to Neruresu, that history is tarnished, so they need to atone for that. It would have been nice if maybe you send out a couple of your own guys in Royal Armor, but we'll just settle with blaming you for all of this.
-Raynesia asks Kinjo to clarify what he said. Basically, like she said, they must do everything in their power to assist the Adventurers as they learn to live in this land. They should take a new step forward, and not reject them. Though apparently Kinjo has been testing the princess all along and apologizes for that. And because of this, Kinjo will be in Raynesia's debt regarding this incident. But he suspects that he's going to be clearing that debt with someone else. I can't imagine who he's talking about, can you? With negotiations settled, Kinjo reveals a secret passage, leading them to the Magic Circle.
-Meanwhile, in the Akihabara Raid, things are not looking good for our Maidens. Rieze orders J-squad to retreat in order to heal, then orders D-Squad to hold their position. In one battle we see Neruresu beating off the Adventurers before teleporting away. I find it interesting that he's not attempting to kill any of the Adventurers, instead, just beating back enough in order to move on. Man, Akatsuki must have really pissed him off in that opening battle. Speaking of, we see her and Maryelle continue their kiting path. The ninja asks the Cleric how she's doing, but Maryelle is full of energy and can keep running until dawn if she needs to. I assume she's means the dawn after tomorrow.
-Meanwhile, Neruresu intercepts the two girls, but it's Lugrius who is talking. And as suspected, he sees the Maid of Elm, Sutuynaw, and not Akatsuki and Maryelle. He demands to know why she betrayed him, but Neruresu quickly takes control, his vision returning to normal. Akatsuki tells Maryelle to fall back as Lugrius takes control once more. He tells the girls that he saved "your" city and this is the thanks he gets? Luckily, thanks to his villain monologue, Byakkou is able to summon a Golem and attacks, forcing Neruresu to dodge the attack. Akatsuki is grateful for the assist and strikes Neruresu while he's busy dodging, getting in a quick strike before retreating. She dodges his blizzard skill, which freezes the golem, but is taking the blunt of the attack for Akatsuki. What a nice golem.
-Mikakage shows up and uses her Heartbeat Healing skill to help out Akatsuki. We see her stas and show that her MP is about half empty (or half full, depending on your outlook in life), and she still has the buffs from before as well as Regan. Great, I'm getting my spells all mixed up. But while they have this great in battle, Akatsuki says that Mikakage's incantation is adorable. Does she mean her familiar? But there's no more time for talk as Neruresu destroys the Golem. Akatsuki gets in a quick back stab as Byakkou brings out her Combat Companion Summon: Diesel Lancer. And now I have this image of Kevin Nash as a Lancer stuck in my head.
-Suddenly, a rain of a thousand spears comes down on Neruresu, allowing Akatsuki and Maryelle to retreat. Maryelle contacts Rieze and gives her an update. Just ten meters until the next block. As for Akatsuki, she feels like she's close to learning something, but as they run a suddenly attack hits Maryelle, causing part of her to freeze. Rieze and Kyouko are able to see the battle but note that J-Squad won't make it on time to assist. We see that Maryelle is now frozen to the wall, literally, as Neruresu faces off against Akatsuki. His sword is starving, he tells the ninja, and the only way it can be quenched is with her blood! It must be extra sweet with all the buns she eats.
The two fighters exchange blows, but it becomes clear that Neruresu has the upper hand as he flings her around like a rag doll. But this isn't going to keep the ninja down. No, she thinks to herself that she's got to move faster as she deflects and attack, but it isn't fast enough. Faster, faster, got to go faster! And suddenly, a pause as a purple aura covers her. Suddenly, Neruresu is surrounded by tiny ninjas. Thousands of them. But they are all real as they lay into the Royal Guardsmen. I think somebody unlocked a new technique.
-Maryelle, still frozen to the wall, wonders where all those Akatsukis came from? And nobody tell Henrietta about it, okay? She's already taken up enough closet space for her Akatsuki wardrobe. Just imagine if she found out that there could be more than one of them. After the attack, Akatsuki merges back into one, but wonders if she just released the Hide Shadow ability when she was pushing herself to go faster? She suspects that her desire to move faster must have triggered it somehow. And she gets a pop up for her new skill, the Oral Art known as Shadow Lurk. Hey, she got her Oral Art! And all it took to get it was for the city to be put into perilous danger!
-Our eyecatch for this episode is Chibis Rize, Nanza, Maryelle, Henrietta, Raynesia, Tatara, and of course, Akatsuki, who then splits into hundreds of other versions of herself. Oh, and the Fuzzy Goat Slime appears because... uh, reasons. Back on their perch, Rieze and Kyouko are happy to see that Akatsuki got her Oral Art. Rieze explains that one is simply not taught an Oral Art. One has to train, to understand their weaknesses, and fight to overcome them. With this, the balance of the fight shifts as our ninja goes on to abusing her newfound skill.
-As the thousands of Akatsukis attack, she realizes that she spent so much time depending on what the game was giving her that all she had to do was reach beyond that, to take it as her own. All she has to do is free her expectations to find the truth. She realizes that she used to be like Neruresu, held back by herself, but it's okay if she's weak. She can use it to get better. And she's got something to say to the Royal Guardsman. He chose to never face his demons, but instead, embracing a cursed power. So he has nobody to blame but himself. He may have overwhelming strength, but it's nothing compared to a will inspired by weakness. So, basically, Akatsuki rolled a natural twenty on one her skill checks at the right time.
-With this, Akatsuki lands a critical blow right into Neruresu's side. Unfortunately, in all her excitement of learning a new skill, she forgot about some of the other skills the Royal Guardsman has. Her sword is stuck in his side as it's covered in ice, allowing him to grab her by the head and hit her into a nearby wall. This knocks her HP into a very dangerous spot. As Kyouko helpfully tells us, she's got five percent of her health left. And she was disarmed at the same time. That one isn't her fault this time, since it got frozen over.
-To make matters worse, Maryelle, her support, is running out of magic points, so she can only cast light healing spells on Akatsuki, which won't be enough. We see her trying to heal the ninja, somehow able to get herself unfrozen, and apologizes for running out of mana at the worst possible time. Akatsuki tells her to get out of here before they both end up dead as Rieze desperately tries to get them support. Maryelle refuses to leave Akatsuki's side, but suddenly, a new chat message arrives. It's from Tatara, telling her not to give up. She tells the ninja to find her as quickly as she can, no matter what it takes.
-A quick cut has Rieze giving out orders to the other squads to move to new locations to cover C-Squad. Despite being able to escape, Neruresu quickly catches up with them, as Lugrius demands that "Sutuynaw" face her accuser for once and stop running. Neruresu tries to tell his uppity ghost that it's not the Maid of Elm, but the Adventurer Maidens. With this it becomes clear to all involved that Lugrius is taking over Neruresu's mind. Like that was hard at all. As Akatsuki prepares to face off against the Royal Guardsman, suddenly, a weapon is thrown at her. It's the Screaming Sword, Haganemushi. Wait, did it's flavor text give it flight, as well?
-Well, no. First, it isn't Haganemushi. Well, not exactly. And second, it's Tatara who threw the weapon at Akatsuki. She explains that she reforged it into Haganemushi-Tatara. She made it smaller so Akatsuki could handle it better. But why such an expensive gift? Well, to Tatara, it looked like the ninja could use a sword, and as she lowers her bandana, she tells the ninja to make good use of it and to finish off Neruresu once and for all.
-Akatsuki recalls all of her training sessions, alone and with everybody else, realizing that she got a lot of help to get to this point. Rieze comments that maiden twenty-seven finally appeared on stage, and with perfect timing. With a new weapon, Akatsuki is ready for the next round. They exchange blows with Akatsuki acting like a DBZ character before the two lock their weapons. Akatsuki says that, even if she cuts down Neruresu, the murders won't stop. Uh, why did you come to that conclusion? Well, for her, it isn't so much that Neruresu is the one responsible, but the sword itself that's causing the murders. That's maybe about half true, as we know that Neruresu went rogue long before he purchased the sword.
-Anyway, in case you don't remember from last time, Haganemush has an ability that decreases the weapon durability of the enemy's weapon. We see this is the case as part of the weapon breaks apart, only to self-repair with ice covering it. Akatsuki seems to recognize this and knows she has to finish it fast. She uses Shadow Lurk to attack from every direction as the real Akatsuki comes in from a jumping attack. However, Neruresu recognizes this and turns his sword in her direction and letting gravity do the rest. Damn you gravity! Why must you be his ally at the worst time?
-Luckily, Nazna and Isami are there to help, with the Fox-Tail grabbing Akatsuki and Isami attacking with several blows of her own. Remember to make sure the Aggro remains on Akatsuki, okay? Anyway, how is it going with the enemy's HP? Well, the display has gone insane, but it's at twenty percent. I also note that he's listed as a Raid enemy. Even though it doesn't look like the system is going to help, it does recognize Neruresu as an enemy and has ranked him accordingly. Though what's interesting about the display is how it jumps from white to red, which may be an indication of his possession, as well. Or the system could just be that confused thanks to the Royal Guard armor.
-With this information, Rieze orders C-squad to take over from Nazna and Isami, then adds that, if this is a raid boss, then they're at the point where the attack patterns change, so watch your backs out there. We see Akatsuki running with Nanza as her support this time, but they ran straight into Neruresu. Luckily, another group is there and uses a classic Shiroe move, Thorn-Bind Hostage to hold Neruresu in place while the other takes shots at him from afar. This allows the two girls to keep running, but Nazna states to Akatsuki that Shire's protege is her protege, and it looked like she could use a hand. I don't think Shiroe will like you stealing his protege from him. She does not that the ninja appears to be distracted and tells her to get her head in the game, but she wipes away a tear of joy, knowing how many friends she has now.
-Akatsuki seems to be having fun, though. If this is what a raid is like, it's amazing to her. As they continue to run, Nazna is ready to show off her Oral Art. So, wait, is this a skill that everybody has? Do they need to reach a certain level or do they need to clear specific parameters? It is assigned by the system? Does everybody have a unique one? How does this work? So confusing.
-Anyway, Nanza's Oral Art is Divine Step, which creates platforms for the two to walk in mid-air. Akatsuki thinks they look like Walls of Purification, which are suppose to keep one from getting injured, but she's actually making them steps in the air? Is that how she saved Akatuski earlier? That's a gold star for the ninja! Nazna explains that you just have to change how you see the world. She asks the tiny ninja if that makes her feel kind of silly, but she gets a smile in response. Just a tiny bit.
-After a break, we see the girls approaching the city limits, but Neruresu is there, but he's really looking ragged. His sword has taken a more demonic form with the ice, and every step he takes freezes the ground. Nazna can't help but get a jab in, wondering if he's going to attack or just keel over and die. The guardsman isn't up for banter, though, and is ready to put an end to this little game. A game he's having no fun with, by the looks of things.
-So, anyway, that Magical Circle bit. We see Kinjo has lead Raynesia and Henrietta into a sphere of light, with the three in the center. There's a control panel there, but Henrietta is counting down. When it ends, she tells the the two with her to take down the Magic Cricle, and together, the two NPCs disable the spell. The sphere of light disappears, which reflects in the city itself as a wall of light appears around the city, only to crumble away. Neruresu notices this, that his armor has lost it's power. Rieze, who we saw earlier hanging off a ledge with Kyouko supporting her, is just outside of the fifty meter range. It's time for a taste of his own medicine as she unleashes her spell, Freezing Liner, which strikes the guardsman dead on. How about that for a cold shower?
-With the spell completed, we see that Neruresu is encased in ice, his sword glowing. And thanks to the Magic Circle being disabled, it means that he can't teleport his way out of his icy prison. With the sword in sight, Akatsuki attacks it directly, with Neruresu doing all he can to escape and Lugrius vowing revenge on Akatuski as the sword breaks. With it, Neruresu drops it, indicating their victory.
-So, yeah, now about the flavor text on Akatuski's own weapon. Is it going to do anything to Akatsuki? Well, no. You see, when Tatara changed reforged the sword, she changed the flavor text. Here it is in a screencap:
-Looks like Tatara reforged it specifically for Akatsuki, given what that text says. With the threat deal with, the rest of the Adventurers gather, including air keyboard wolfman, to celebrate their victory. Though the raid was a success, the goal wasn't so much to kill Neruresu as to destroy the blade which was making him crazier. I guess they plan to hand him over to the Kunie tribe to make it their problem once more. As Raynesia shares a high five with Henrietta, Soujiro contacts Nazna and tells her how amazing she was, which she already knows. Those women sure are powerful, aren't they?
-With the threat dealt with, it's time to celebrate the New Year. And the only way to celebrate is with a lot of food. Rieze loses her cool demeanor over the sight of so much food, which prompts one of the other girls to ask if all her pajama parties are like this? Looks like all the ladies, including Dolce, are enjoying the celebration. Raynesia is smiling and joining in on the pajama party. She notes that, with the curfew lifted, everyone is out dancing in the streets. Akatsuki adds that they can bring back all the lower level players back, including Minori. Though they do wonder what to do about Henrietta, who's currently crashing from the cuteness overload. Meh, she'll be fine.
-Finding a quiet space to themselves, Raynesia thanks Akatsuki for everything, but our ninja says that it should be her thanking the princess. They giggle as Maryelle looks on with a smile. Sometime later, Akatsuki goes outside, telling an invisible Shiroe that she's finally figured it all out. She understands that protecting someone means giving them a home to come back to. what people need is a place where they can laugh without fear. She understands that now. It's the reason why Shiroe works so hard, to give everybody a home. One that she hopes he hurries back to.
-Speaking of, guess who's contacting her via Telepathic Link? What? No, it isn't Santa! Or Henrietta, who's still crashing on the couch. It's Shiroe! Instead of being overwhelmed with this sudden and convenient communication, she carries a deadpan expression and asks what's happening out there with his own raid. Is there a problem? There's a problem, isn't there? Well, yeah, that was the deal, but that isn't the reason why he's calling. Akatsuki, with her more down to earth personality, is shocked that her lord would break the rules like that, but he reminds her that he is the Villain in Glasses. The rules mean nothing to him, evil laughter.
-Anyway, Shiroe asks how the raid went? Though he didn't really need to hear the answer from Akatsuki as he already knows, but he congratulates her on a job well done. Sad to say, they aren't on their way home yet. They're still working out this raid problem they have on their end. They're back at the entrance, but they aren't ready to give up yet. They're about to give it another go, and this time, there will be no mistakes. Cue credits!
-In our next episode preview, Akatsuki states that, on Christmas Eve night, Shiroe and his companions died. The rules had changed. This isn't the world of Elder Tales anymore. Their time is over. Upon losing his body, Shiroe wanders through a town of memories. he also sees a friend at the beach on the moon. When did the moon get a crystal blue lake? All this and more in our next episode, The Changing Battlefield. Stand up, one more time, even if you're on the moon somehow.
Okay, let's talk voice actors. The person voicing Rogue Royal Guardsman turned Serial Killer Neruresu is voiced by Marty Fleck, who also voiced Lord Serjiad in the same show. From a kindly, if stern, leader to a nut job killer. How the mighty have fallen.
As for Lugrius, unfortunately I'm unable to find out who voiced him. But he was trying to go for an Orson Wells deep voice to him, which means that it was Unicron speaking to Neruresu. Isn't that fun?
So here we can see that the shared story arc splits into two. We have just seen Akatsuki's character arc, which shows her grown from lone wolf to trusted companion, allowing herself to break out of her stern character into a more light-hearted, relaxed character. She also has an Oral Art that is super useful in battle, since it looks like she can attack from all directions at once, making her extremely useful in a lot of situations.
But with this victory comes a price. The defenses that protected Akihabara from monsters are now gone. They are open to attacks from goblins and monsters just wandering in. They also no longer have the protection of the Royal Guard from players who want to get their own murder streak in. Assuming there is no immediate fix, the situation at Akihabara has changed dramatically, forcing all involved to rethink their approach to their city.
Still, one thing at a time. Let Shiroe handle it when he gets back. I'm sure he'll find an answer... maybe... hopefully. But right now he's too busy trying to fix a problem that caused him to leave the city to begin with. With a major set back to the raid, can Shiroe and company correct their mistakes and finally succeed where they failed before? Tune in on Friday to find out.
Until next time, remember, after completing a successful raid, there is only one thing left to do. Pajama party!