Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Log Horizon, where the deadliest battles don't happen in the field, but behind closed doors. Because the name of the game is politics and you better get good fast if you want to compete in it.
In our last episode, Shiroe, with the help of the Crescent Moon Alliance and the West Wind Brigade invite several powerful girls to a Round Table Conference, which includes the D.D.D., led by Krusty, the Black Sword Knights, led by Isaac, and several other guilds that I'll only remember when they appear. One guild, the Silver Sword, rather have nothing to do with the meeting but came anyway to hear them out. After hearing Shiroe's proposal of "We're stuck here so we need to make this work." They went "Ha ha, no," and left. Bunch of jerks.
The others remain as Shiroe laws down his suggestion on what they should do and how they should attempt to avoid having guilds take advantage of lower leveled players, something that Isaac knows a bit about. Mainly, dealing with guilds like Hamelin, who force their players into sweat shop situations, which includes two players, Toya and Minori, who happen to be twins and good friends with Shiroe. It is because of their situation that he acts.
Of course, the question is how does Shiroe and the others enforce the laws they make, since they can't really force the other players to abide by them, given the rules of the game are still in place. Well, you see, Shiroe already figured out that one. Thanks to the help of the Merchant Guilds, with some clever help from Henrietta and the Crescent Moon Alliance, Shiroe purchased the Guild Hall Building, which is important because it is the only place for the smaller guilds to meet, for new guilds to be made, for people to join or quit guilds, and more importantly, it's where the bank is located. Without raising any suspicion, Shiroe pulled the rug out of everybody's feet. And while he wants to make an alliance, in actuality, all the power is in his hands and he knows it. Lucky for the rest of Elder Tales, Shiroe wants to play nice with everybody.
Oh, and Toya and Minori? Thanks to Shiroe's clever plan, they and the rest of the low level players were able to escape. With the easy part done, it's time for the hard part of this plan, making it all work. Will Shiroe succeed? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with Minori and Toya looking over a building that looks abandoned. Toya only hums and... uh, that's it for our teaser. Sure, okay, let's go with that. So go enjoying that opening track.
-Because of how Sentai Filmworks does it's subtitles, they tend to switch up the displayed language for the opening and closing songs. One episode it'll be the translated version, the other episode will have the untranslated version. Though with the opening track, given how much of it is already in English, it seems like a moot point.
-After the opening track we cut to Maryelle drooling. How very unlady like. The reason is because somebody is cooking Takoyaki. I guess they passed along the information as it's some other guy running the booth. May be an NPC but it's hard to tell. Henrietta appears and tells her to drool about it later. They have other things to buy. Maryelle doesn't appreciate this and makes it known when she calls Henrietta by her real name, Umeko. Our Accountant is upset by this, since the guild leader promised not to call her by that name. She then starts to drag Henrietta away, who attempts to fight out of her grasp, but she stops when she notices all of the stalls around her. When Henrietta asked if something is wrong, Maryelle, with a smile, says that Akihabara has changed. Henrietta tells her that it's only been a week since the initial meeting. Any real change is going to take a while. It's not like they're in a game where a patch will instantly change how the game works, you know?
-That said, Henrietta would like those changes to stick, but she's holding back her optimism a bit. We flashback to the initial meeting... at least, I think it's the first meeting, as Isaac likes to know what Shiroe's guild has in mind for these changes. Though he does ask, out loud, if he even knows what he wants? Oh, if only he knew about the fifty-two phase plan he made, then he wouldn't be asking that question. Besides, this was covered in phase twenty-six.
-Tonight's episode is titled Get It With Your Own Hands, with the episode listed as Grab It In Your Hand. Ah, the English Language. You quickly change the meaning of a sentence with just a couple of word changes. Though it can representing doing the hard work yourself, with the words used, it could quickly mean to reach out and get what you want.
-After the title card, Shiroe outlines his goals. Two, to be exact. First, they have to start by making the social climate livable for the people here in Akihabara. An interesting choice of words there, Shiroe. Anyway, in that first goal, part of it is commerce like the Crescent Burger Phenomenon. He gives Maryelle the table, who decides to reveal the secret on why they were able to make food that actually has a taste to it. Basically, get a chef and have them actually prepare and cook the ingredients, and don't use the command menu, either. Also, if they're skill level sucks, then don't expect much. Yeah, so, that's basically the secret. The smaller guild representatives don't call it much of a secret, but Shiroe adds that, while it's the first major thing discovered, it isn't the only one. The fact that they can make changes like giving food actual taste in this world is too serious to ignore. Which is why those Silver Sword guys are going to be kicking their own asses for missing this important fact.
-Shiroe then turns to Michitaka, who mentions that his guild, as well as the Roderick's Merchant Guild and Shopping Street 8 have actually created a working steam engine. Though it's really just a prototype and they have a few bugs to work out, mainly the whole "keep it from exploding" issue they have with it, but still, it's working, which is a plus. Shiroe is all compliments that the Crafting Guilds did it in twelve hours. You know, thinking on it, we did know that Shiroe had a meeting with the guild masters giving them the recipe, but I wonder if there was more involved to it?
-Isaac, who's doing his best to keep up with the conversation, gives up and just asks straight out what this is all about. Shiroe explains that, with regards to the secret of cooking, actually applies to any other skill a player may possess. The steam engine is an example, as Elder Tales in it's game format didn't allow them to use steam engines. But that changed when the developer's communion with a dark god caused all the players to get trapped into a game server, so now, any player with the proper skill level and determination only needs this world's materials, a good idea, the power of his own hands, and more importantly, imagination. And money. Money always helps.
-Shiroe goes on to explain that they can create things that weren't a part of this world before they arrived. This is shown in the present as Maryelle and Henrietta are looking at the steam engine. They're using what appears to be a fire turtle to provide the required head to make it work. Wow, so if this game has some sort of Beastmaster class, it's going to come in high demand soon. Better make sure that level is up high so you can demand all the money you want.
-We then zoom in on a ring that has some sort of etching on it. I had to go back to see if I can read it. I can't make out the smaller words, with the bigger word being Eastal. So maybe it's related to the territory they're in? Roderick says that they're at the start of a technological revolution, with Michitaka adding that new technologies mean new buyers. But then you got the issues of workers demanding working compensation, unionizing and then causing work stoppages when the people in charge don't listen to demands. These revolutions can be such a pain to deal with. (I feel the need to add that I'm actually all for unions, being part of one myself, and in no way bringing down unions or calling them a bad thing.)
-Karashin then adds that this will necessitate an increase in all of their citizens' spending power. Which is great, because it means they won't be sitting around doing nothing, which was a major issue they were having, which was causing issues like massive PKers, the sweat shops, and, of course, Susukino, which will likely implode on itself soon. So, thanks to these major breakthroughs, the Crafting guilds will fully support the Round Table. Serara and Nyan-ta approve, but Shiroe isn't quite done yet. He adds that the city is dead right now, that everyone is walking around in despair and most people just don't have anything to do with themselves. Living is way too cheap, especially when you're basically immortal and with no way to actually punish people. I imagine throwing people in any form of jail would be difficult for a number of reasons.
-What Shiroe is talking about is an economic stimulus. Create a serious of products and goods that enhance lives and encourage people to spend time earning money. In the present this is shown with people buying various items, including swords, and then a zoom in on the same ring. I can make out more words except for the first one. Something about Kingdom Towns, then Eastal. With all that zooming in I can't help but think it'll be important later. Also, they really need to work on their CSI technology. Any proper CSI group would have gotten rid of that glare when they zoomed in that much.
-Shiroe continues, saying that to earn money or foster trade in bartering, they need more hunting parties. This would give the warrior guilds more work as bodyguards. Let's just try hope they don't get a big enough head to perform a revolution of their own. Shiroe then says that public safety is next. They don't need draconian laws to do this. Matter of fact, there are places where players should still fight. For example, the boundaries of hunting grounds. They shouldn't eliminate the essence of competition from their daily life. I'm just curious about something, but don't you guys have any sort of collusion or arena that can be used for such things, or is that in one of the other towns. It'd be terrible if it was in Susukino for obvious reasons.
-Isaac agrees with Shiroe's sentiment, given what they're trying to do with the Black Knight Sword guild. However, Shireo has other concerns, stuff that needs to be considered out of bounds. Like, and I'm just throwing this out there, player killings. His suggestion is to prohibit player killing in the low level zones outside of the city. Eins adds that they shouldn't be fighting anybody below level fifty, saying they don't need bullies. Though that itself may be a problem with trolls, but they'll find a way to deal with them.
-And the hits keep coming as Shiroe wants to discuss human rights. When one considers that death is no longer an absolute now, kidnapping and false imprisonment can be worse. And he's seen a couple of examples of that, and that isn't including the twins. Shiroe also says that an individual should have the right to join and leave a guild as they see fit, and it should never be compulsory. Michitaka agrees with that, since he probably wants to keep the ability to fire people if they aren't doing their jobs properly.
-Shiroe then brings up the last item. Those human rights he was talking about? He wasn't just talking about the Adventurers. The People of the Land have to benefit from this, as well. I knew this was coming when he chose those particular set of words earlier. This draws confusion from the table, with Krusty showing a delayed reaction. He was probably distracted by some joke he heard before. Pay attention, man! This is important!
-Shiroe mentions his own discovery. While this is a world they are familiar with, it is not the world of Elder Tales that they knew. they're technological advances are proof that things are changing. Roderick agrees that changes are being made, but before he can continue, Shiroe cuts him off. He states that the game, Elder Tales, is the basis for all this, but this is not the same world they knew. They can't assume that every single facet is going to be the same. He states that the People of the Land are the original residents inside this world. They're the strangers and they're vastly outnumbered. One of the other players asks about this, that they can't treat the People of the Land as NPCs anymore? Yup. Shiroe says they're all unique now, that they have their own dreams, desires, and goals. He had a nice chat with one of these people not too long ago, when he made that discovery. Isaac calls it moronic. You'd think he'd learn by now that Shiroe does not say or do anything unless he has full confidence in everything he says is correct?
-Shiroe brings this up, asking Isaac if he's spoken with any of the People of the Land since the Apocalypse? Now why should he bother doing anything so beneath him like that? Maryelle, however, has something she wants to add. It's something she just remembered. In the Crescent Moon, they don't just serve Adventurers, but also People of the Land. A lot of them were coming by to their stall, but she doesn't find it surprising since everybody wants a good meal. Well, it's a good thing you remember this now, which helps bolster Shiroe's case. He then adds that a lot of the People work in the market or the Guild Building, which he now owns, and they can't get by without their contribution to society. They need them, but the People don't need the Adventurers. Which is why this is important, because if they don't learn to govern themselves, they're going to be facing a backlash against a population that has them sorely outnumbered. And no matter how powerful you are, in the game of numbers, the biggest force is going to find a way to win.
-This draws silence from the table, which prompts Krusty to ask for clarification. Is Shiroe really suggesting that they may end up fighting a war with the People of the Land? Well, if they're going to be responsible, they need to consider it. This draws more science from the group until Krusty stands up, saying that the D.D.D. will join the Round Table Conference. The Brigade of the West Wind also agrees, though I imagine they already agreed to this well before the meeting too place. Sojiro makes it a point to compliment Shiroe on his full control of this conversation, something he hasn't seen in a while. He wish his friend would join his guild, given the kind of level Shiroe operates on. Oh, if only you knew.
-Isaac agrees, if only because he thinks dividing the city would be useless. Eins stands up, as well, with Honesty joining as a result. Of course the Crafting Guild members stand, showing that they're in support, as well as Glendale and Radio Market. Maryelle, who's already in on this, quickly stands up to show solidarity with the plan. Though I wonder if somebody will bring up on what to do with the Silver Sword, since they aren't a part of this conference. Eh, I imagine they'll fall in line at some point.
-Back in the present, it seems like Maryelle recounted the story to Henrietta, even though she was there, then adds that, of course, they went publics with the big recipe secret. Krusty, along with his fellow guild members, makes the announcement to the rest of the players. Basically, it's time to stop treating Elder Tales like a game and to accept it as reality. Krusty adds what they addressed in the first Round Table Conference, mainly human rights and security, with Roderick fading in, adding that they will try to determine why the Transport Gates don't work. Then they'll do researching on the timing of the Fairy Rings. It then fades to Sojiro, who says "Yeah, I think this will work out." Eins then presents the one thing that everybody will immediately come to hate, no matter who says it. Taxes. Each use of the Guild Building will cost one gold, because you got to pay the guy who has you all by the leg. Speaking of, Maryelle turns to Shiroe, who's hiding out backstage. After all, at best, he's the President of the Round Table Conference, but he's still the type of guy who'd rather work in the background than anything else. This is important when he decides that he wants to go full on Supervillian.
-But before that happens, let's party! Michitaka tells them to eat, drink, and enjoy all the new flavors to their heart's content. So we see the players dig in, enjoying all the food. As for Hamelin? Well, they disbanded. True to his word, Shiroe denied their access to the Guild Building, so a while, they were locked in their guild hall. Obviously they weren't happy about it. A few of them did the smart thing and used the Call of Home to teleport back outside the city gates and didn't bother trying to get back into the building. The ones who weren't so smart killed themselves and found themselves back in the Cathedral. In any case, they can no longer use the Guild Building in Akihabara anymore. So they left, probably to head for Susukino, hearing great things about the leadership there.
-As for the younger players, a majority of them wanted to join the Crescent Moon Alliance, so they had to move into a larger guild hall to accommodate the new members. Henrietta agrees with Maryelle that was the right call, though she thinks Shoryu might have done a little too much during the raid on Hamelin. To her, it seems like all the new kids they got are baby ducks who confuse their first toy with their mother. Though we shouldn't confuse that with first love, as Serara is doing the important job of putting the cute stuffed animals back on the shelf, but as she puts a cat on the shelf, she wonders what Nyan-ta is doing at that moment? Probably busy making his own kitchen school to whip those newbie chefs into shape.
-What Maryelle is impressed the most is that Shiroe orchestrated the conference and the raid at the same time. Henrietta was also surprised to learn that. Clearly this man is operating on levels that mere mortals cannot hope to comprehend. Maryelle says that Shiroe can be a bit scary sometimes, but suddenly, a thought occurred to her. Where is Log Horizon? Henrietta can field that one. They're actually moving today, too. You know, in that abandoned building we saw in the teaser that may or may not be haunted.
-Inside we see Shiroe putting his books away and making sure they're in the proper order as Naotsugu is putting himself to good work as the pack mule, asking him where he wants to put the stuff he's carrying. Shiroe points him into the room next door as we cut to Akatsuki who's busy cleaning the floor, looking very intense. She is going to stay in character no matter what, dammit! Speaking of in character, we see that Nyan-ta has found the kitchen and is making it his own little kingdom. Karashin visits and is really impressed with what they're doing to the place. Also, is that a giant tree in the middle of the building? I guess that explains why they got the place on the cheap.
-We get a fade to after the meeting as Naotsugu asks why Karashin was there. Shiroe says that he was there to suggest hiring People of the Land as Court Reporters for the Round Table. That's... actually that's rather clever, to be honest. Shiroe agrees, saying that they'd be cheaper than actual adventures. And I have to actively resist the urge to compare this to what's going on now in the real world. So make your own joke about it here.
-Naotsugu adds that he's been hearing this wild rumor that the People of the Land are actually coming to Akihabara because of the cooking. Crazy, right? Who knew popular food would bring people to them? Shiroe, however, spots something unusual. A person rubbing his head. How odd. We cut to Misa, Krusty's second, who's looking out the window and points out that a lot of them are already inside of the city, and it's something more than just immigration. Krusty can see that to be the case, but Misa then adds that Shiroe is wrong this time. Somehow the Enchanter believes that the Round Table is going to make a decision about going to war against the People of the Land, but he's forgetting one thing. Krusty already knows that, saying that the side with numerical superiority decides who goes to war. At least, that's the way it works out, historically. They spot somebody else outside, carrying groceries, looking up at them. Ah, I think I get it now. These are spies, probably for the People of the Land. They probably want the secret behind the good food, too. The ball is in Shiroe's court, now.
-We have our classic eyecatch this time around, no chibis or anything of the sort. We cut Shiroe looking at the person who was outside of their guild room, saying that they should assume they've already started. Naotsugu is confused, but a commotion from the other room draws their attention. Maryelle and Henrietta have come to visit, though they have different reasons. Maryelle appears to be holding a box, probably a housewarming gift, while Henrietta made a beeline right for Akatsuki, complimenting her on her new hairstyle. She reminds the accounting that he's busy cleaning at the moment and to go away. Anyway, the housewarming gift! She presents to Akatsuki... a kimono! And a banner of some kind. As Henrietta is busy imagining the ninja in her outfit, doing that creepy serial killer look, Shiroe and Naotsugu arrive, asking if she's alright. Though they're talking about Henrietta, because they're too dense to see what's actually happening. Those poor fools.
-Luckily, Maryelle is there to bring some semblance of sanity, presenting her own housewarming gift. And it is... Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, and crepes! Naotsugu complains about the desert being deep fried while Shiroe says there's too much, but Maryelle counters that they have to eat a lot, otherwise, she won't grow up to be big and strong like Naotsugu. Oh, Shoryu, I'm so sorry, man. She leans on Naotsugu's armor, but thinking it's him, is surprised by how much bigger he is. He has to point out that the armor isn't him and that he, physically, is across the room. We then see that Akatsuki is running away from Henrietta, thus showing that the insanity has returned. I think Akatsuki is going to make a petition to have Henrietta banned from their guild hall, but unfortunately, she's too useful for that to happen. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
-Sojiro arrives with his own second, who Naotsugu immediately takes a liking to. Her name is Nazna, who's race is listed as a Fox Tail. Because she's that foxy! I'm sorry, I'll go into the corner now. Speaking of foxy, Nyan-ta, who's more of a cool cat, appears and greets them. Turns out, Nazna was also a Tea Party member. They have a gift for Nyan-ta. It's Cherry Sake, straight from their Brew Master. Nyan-ta loves his new gift and can't wait to put it to use. As for Sojiro, he's all compliments on the guild hall. It must have cost quite a bit, but Shiroe says that, no, because of the tree, it's actually much cheaper. It destroyed the elevator hallway and stairs. It'll cost a lot to fix it up, though, but it'll be worth it. The best part is that it's nowhere near the center of the city. This does lead to them asking how they got those stairs and flooring to be fixed Well, that's why you have a crafting guild.
-More specifically, Shiroe went to Michitaka, who actually likes renovating all these run-down buildings. He loves making these old, run down and possibly haunted buildings and making them useful. He can't do anything about the hauntings, though, so you're just going to have to live with it. Of course, the issue comes to cost, so Shiroe asks that, causing Michitaka to go deep in thought. Naotsugu jumps in and says that they're all friends, hoping for a discount. This is actually a bit of a problem. Aside from the Crescent Burger, Michitaka doesn't ally know what anything costs. It's not like building a office building or a track house as all this stone and mason work is new territory for him.
-In the present, hearing this, Henrietta understands that they're unable to place a proper value of their goods and services. She sees this as a pretty glaring hole in any economic system. For some reason, this reminds Naotsugu that Isaac also came by. He's there because the building has just enough space to let his summoners get some work in. Without waiting for an answer, Isaac has his summoners summon... fish ladies in cosplay. Wait, what? I'm... what? I honestly don't know what to think of this. Neither does Shiroe, apparently, as the fish ladies do their thing, summoning a large body of water, flushing the building, as well as Naotsugu. When we return to the inside of the building, Shiroe is still there, though now he's got a bird bath going in his collar thanks to his cape. The actually got me laughing for a little bit. I think I would have lost it if there was just a little bird in there for no reason.
-And just like that, Isaac and his summoners leave, like a boss, saying that the cleaning service is free this time. Okay. I think I like Isaac a lot more now. In the present, Sojiro calls the leader of the Black Knight Swords not very social, but Nyan-ta, who can see nothing but the good in people, says that he isn't as bad as one might believe. Well, dark is not evil is a trope, after all, but I honestly thought Isaac would become an arc-antagonist of some sort. I think I might be wrong on that. Speaking of water and flushing, Sojiro says they're making a bat at their place and invites Log Horizon to drop by when it's done. Crescent Moon is also leaving, though it's apparently that Henrietta is very reluctant to leave her Akatsuki behind. We see that she got the ninja in the kimono and clearly doesn't want anything to do with this lady anymore. Even if you can't ban her, Shiroe, you need to lay down some rules for her.
-Maryelle is all compliments to the house as the visitors start leave, but before they do Shiroe asks Maryelle if Toya and Minori are doing all right in the Crescent Moon Alliance. You know, those two kids that are trying to hide behind that rock there? Oh, they haven't said anything? This draws confusion, so the girls decide not to say anymore. They'll look forward to seeing him as the next meeting, leaving Shiroe confused as to what exactly is going on. As we see Akatsuki cleaning... a giant green wooden board, we see Nyan-ta is leaving to keep up ingredients for dinner. It's curry night. And... and wow, those are some extreme expressions of joy. Akatsuki is so ecstatic that she tells Shiore about it, who tells Naotsugu about it. Nyan-ta can only laugh as he tells them not to go anywhere as they count down the seconds to his return. I know he's a cooking genius and all, but it sounds like he should open up a curry shop and sell that stuff.
-After Nyan-ta leaves, Naotsugu says he can't decide what he'd rather have stuffed in his mouth, curry or a giant tree. Actually he was probably going to say something else but Akatsuki kicked him into the giant tree, then asks for permission to humiliate Naotsugu. He complains that he actually didn't get to finish this, but Akatsuki tells him not to bring the shame to the glory of curry. Naotsugu counters that the curry is super-megaspicey and for grown ups, and then the kids start arguing again. Shiroe can only watch as he flashes back to a memory of greeting them by the tree, announcing his intention of creating a new guild and asking them to join up. They don't bother waiting as they immediately agree to join up. This brings a smile to his face as we return to the resent as the kids continue to argue.
-We cut to the city to see that life has returned to the city. A group of players are standing by the big tree, looking for another member to join their party. they're looking for one more good guy. That's when another player shows up and says that they should join his party instead, saying that it was destiny for them to meet. The three are confused and asks what level he's at. With a big show and a wave of his head, he says he's level twenty. The three immediately leave, saying that they don't want him in the party. But didn't they have a sign looking for weak members? That sounds like false advertising to me. And I think I recognize him from the ending credits. I think we see our next new member of Log Horizon.
-Speaking of, the argument is still going on, and apparently it's been long enough that Nyan-ta has returned! That fast? Well, turns out, he found a couple of players admiring their handiwork, so he thought he'd invite them in to take a closer look. It's Toya and Minori, to nobody's surprise. After a quick commercial break, Shiroe say that he heard the Crescent Moon Alliance was moving today, but the reason they're here is because they want to be members of Log Horizon. They'd prefer to keep their original teacher instead, if that's alright with him. They don't have any complaints about the Crescent Moon Alliance and it's members, but they want to go on adventures with Shiroe. He seems taken aback by this as Toya explains that they were able to get through the ordeal they went through because of him, and that's why they want to join. Who knew Maryelle's baby duckling comment would be spot on here.
-The twins plead their case, leading Shiroe stunned into silence. As they await the answer, Nyan-ta gives him a little push, reminding him that he's the Guild Master. After a moment, he realizes that it's his turn to lead, so he agrees to take them in. But there will be a test! You two need to... eat curry with the senior members! They'll face this challenge head on! So we cut to the group eating the curry, with Naotsugu wolfing it down. Nyan-ta wishes he had something to go with it, so maybe he'll try some curry relish next time, baby. Naotsugu wants Nyan-ta's baby if it means having all this good food. This draws a laugh from the twins as Akatsuki notices that Shiroe isn't really looking them. What is he looking at? A sign on the guild building. Log Horizon. The road will be long and difficult, but with it will come with it's own rewards. This is the path you chose to make in order to give people a better life, so make it count and never give in to despair.
-Speaking if despair, we cut to a flag flapping in the wind. It has the same symbol that we've seen on the rings of some of the other players earlier on, though I suspect they weren't players, but the People of the Land. We cut to a town, with the spies reporting in. Turns out, the Adventurers are organizing. A maid comes in, calling out to Lord Serjiad. She appears to be an elf and has brought Lady Rayneshia, per his orders. Wait, isn't she the girl who was in that armor from the opening? Looks like the next arc is going to begin rather quickly. No rest for the wicked, Shiroe. Cue credits!
-In our next episode preview, Akatsuki says that peach has come to Akihabara as Minori and Toya have joined Log Horizon and train every day. This leads to Shiroe holding a training camp for new players. While that's going on, a letter comes to the Round Table. It's from the People of the Land. And from the quick images, it appears we have a beach segment, because Minori is in a swim suit. Well, that didn't take long, did it? All this and more in our next episode, The Invitation from Eastal. As Shiroe says, always look thirty seconds ahead. Though in his case, he's probably looking ahead by a week.
Certainly more of a breather episode, though the first half is Shiroe providing his suggestions for the laws and how to organize everything, finishing up this little arc. Everybody who's there falls in, knowing that Shiroe has pretty much all of his bases covered, though Misa does bring up a good point. They're the one's outnumbered, so they won't get to decide if they go to war.
Our back half of the episode, as shown, is more of a wrap up for the arc. Log Horizon have their own place, which is quite large for four members, but obviously, they pick up two more, thanks to Toya and Minori. I guess it took them a while to try to build up the courage, only for Nyan-ta to help give them that little nudge they need. Though despite the respect Shiroe and company give him, it appears to me that our smooth cat would rather be an adviser than a leader.
Though if the end credits are anything to go by, Log Horizon will have two more members before this is all said and done. However, they won't have a lot of time to get comfortable, as the world still continues to move around them, and now, the locals have made their first move. Will peace between the two be possible, or is war inevitable? Tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, if you have a band of Summoners that can create fish ladies, make sure that they're dressed up nicely, then take them around as a cleaning service. The other guild members will thank you for such a wonderful service.
5 hours agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Log Horizon, where the deadliest battles don't happen in the field, but behind closed doors. Because the name of the game is politics and you better get good fast if you want to compete in it.
9 hours agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to the next exciting episode of Log Horizon, where the action isn't out on the fields killing monsters, but making backroom deals with Merchant Guilds to make them compete for one another in a deal that is really only the cover story for the bigger picture.
In our last episode, we spent most of it with Maryelle and Henrietta as they negotiated with the three major Merchant Guilds to be investors in their plan. Of course, Henrietta revels in this, saying enough to pique their interest but not enough to actually say what it is, leaving the three to assume one thing when it's actually something else all together. Basically, she was quite vicious in that episode. As for Maryelle, she just needed to sit there and smile so that she can disarm the three, lowering their defenses.
The plan worked and now they have three investor and their five million goal, but next up is Shiroe, who must now enter the most dangerous arena of all. Politics. Can our Engineering Enchanter handle the difficult task ahead of him? Will he be able to rescue Minori and Toya from their Oliver Twist nightmare? And will Shiroe finally achieve his goal of being the King of Burger Joints? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with a trio of players walking into a building as other players remark on them. They're apparently from a guild called the Silver Swords, but they then turn to see Sojiro coming in, as well. That's when the classic Shiroe narration kicks in. He explains that there are many guilds with many different goals. For example, the warrior guilds usually spend most of their time trying to get stronger, which is shown with a bunch of warriors coming to the building, though something seems really off about their walking animation for some reason. They seemed more like gliding than actual walking.
-Shiroe explains that, in Akihabara, the major warrior guilds are the D.D.D., showing off Krusty and their membership number, which is apparently 1,543 players. That seems quite large to me. Next is the Black Sword Knights, lead by Isaac, with a member count of 186. Next we have Honesty, who I don't know the name of the player yet, but their count is 743. And then we have the Brigade of the West Wind, Sojiro's guild, with a player count of 64. And lastly, we have the Silver Sword, lead by a guy who clearly spent a lot of time watching and/or reading Lord of the Rings, given the Legalos look he's rocking. Oh, and their player count is 220.
-But there aren't just the warrior guilds, as we saw in the last episode. We also have crafting guilds, whose time is primarily occupied by amassing items or selling them in town. This includes Michitaka and the Marine Agency with a player count of 2,547. The Roderick Merchant guild, lead by Roderick, with a player count of 1,881. Then we have Karashin with his Shopping Street Eight and a player count of 669. Then we have Glendale, with that guy who went with the Maryelle meeting while Shiroe was busy with Susukino. They have a player count of 31. And then we have Radio Market, lead by the second guy who went to Maryelle's meeting, and the player count there is 21. So it's clear that the groups coming to this meeting aren't the biggest, but likely the most influential.
-So we have the warrior and crafting guilds, but what about guilds like the Crescent Moon Alliance? Well, according to Shiroe, they're a support guild with a player count of 24. But in this meeting, they aren't the only ones. Shiroe's guild, Log Horizon, is also a support guild. It's player count is currently set at four. Though I note that the number was red for a moment. I imagine if Shiroe has his way, that count will increase by two shortly. Outside, the players are actually panicking. What could draw all of the major guild masters together in one place at the same time? Nothing good. They'll probably trying to make a government with rules and laws and who wants that in an MMO, right?
-After the opening, we return to the meeting of the Guild Masters. The camera pans around the table as we also get our title for tonight's episode, Round-Table Meeting. Or, as it's listed, Round-Table Conference. Both are true, but it depends on how accurate you want your translation to be. I don't care too much as long as it makes sense, but I know other people who are sticklers for that sort of thing.
-While we have a panning shot of the table, Shiroe continues his narration. He's happy to see that everybody came, though he was glad that he had Sojiro handle the invitations. I imagine if he sent them out half of them would probably think it was a trap of some kind. After recalling the meeting with Sojiro, and that somebody needs to break this tense atmosphere, Shiroe stands to address the guild masters. Though his chair disappears when he does that, which seems really annoying if he needs to sit down again.
-Shiroe thanks them all for coming today and introduces himself as the Guild Master to Log Horizon. Isaac, who is a man of little patience with politics, asks to keep the introductions short, though he makes it clear he knows of Shiroe's reputation. I imagine many of the older players know him and would actually recognize him on sight. Shiroe, however, handles it professionally, but William Massachusetts... okay, seriously? That was an actual name you picked? Is that a reference to something other than the obvious? According to my quick search, no. Anyway, William here is the Guild Master for the Silver Sword and is a level ninety Elf Assassin. He'd like to cut to the chase and demand to know what he's doing here. Those elves are so impatient, right?
-Shiroe says that the reason these Guild Masters are here is that, he believes, the ability to affect the current state of affairs in the city of Akihabara. He summarizes the current events of the game and that they don't have any way of returning home as the camera pans around to the various retainers. Some groups only brought one but others, like the Crescent Moon Alliance, have two. Nyan-ta is, of course, Shiroe's retainer. Anyway, Shiroe says that, since they're stick in this game for who knows how long, this conference was called to keep things in the city form getting any worse. William, apparently saying in character, sarcastically says Shiroe doesn't ask for much, does he? Well, that isn't going to get annoying quickly, isn't it?
-Krusty chimes in, asking if Shiroe wants to try for another alliance of the smaller guilds? Because that worked out so well last time. Well, Shiroe believes so, even if the previous conference ended in failure, which is shown panning the three Guild Masters who stayed until the end. Ichimonjunsuke Akaneya, the leader of the Radio Market guild, says they know what caused the meeting to cave in on itself. Also, I'm just going to call him Akaneya so I don't have to keep typing out that extremely long name. Mainly, that somebody had the crazy notion that the smaller guilds needed to unite in order to get what the larger guilds had, and who wants better stuff, right?
-W. Woodstock, the leader of Glendale, adds that the discussion turned into "This guild wants this" and "that guild needs that." Unfortunately, there really wasn't any underlying unification at all. So, basically, typical politics. Eins, the leader of Honesty, asks if the purpose of this conference is to avoid conflicting with each other. William, keeping with that snarky tone of his, doesn't think it's very likely. Great, you're going to be that guy, aren't you? I should have guessed, given the name you gave yourself.
-Nyan-ta speaks up, saying that everybody is assuming that this is a continuation of the first failed guild alliance, so Henrietta suggests that they should be corrected quickly. Oh, they aren't talking to everybody, just to themselves. I guess they'll be our Greek chorus for this episode. Shiroe does correct them, though, saying they aren't looking to continue that meeting. His goal is to improve life here in Akihabara. William is "yeah, you guys do that. Me? I don't care for politics." The Silver Sword is a fighting organization. We'll keep selling stuff to the merchants, but don't come asking them to help you guys fix the city again. Like you did a bang up job the first time around.
-Before William leaves, he says that it's kind of charming that they think they can all talk it out, but he considers this a waste of time, so whatever you guys do with your little pow wow, don't include the Silver Sword. Nyan-ta is not surprised by this, as they expected him to pull out quickly. I can't imagine why he would think that? Serara says that, while it is an important day for people, she doesn't see a lot of people they know here. Like Akatsuki, Naotsugu, Shoryu or Hien. Where could they be? Henrietta starts wondering the same thing, but Nyan-ta is certain that they're just preoccupied. The camera pans on Shiroe, hinting that he gave those four another task to perform, because that's part of phase thirty-six in his fifty-two phase plan.
-We check in on Minori, who's busy cleaning the floor as Isuzu speaks to her. She asks if the rumors are true, about them being able to escape? Turns out, it is. Minori got word about it this morning. In a flashback, Shiroe is telling her that, as soon as Toya and Hamelin's hunting party leave, follow them out of the guild hall. Make sure to get all the new players to follow. All they need to do is walk out the door. Why? Well, this is phase thirty-six in action. Akatsuki is waiting in the main hallway, with Naotsugu acting as backup, who's waiting at the Cathedral. Shiroe laments that he wish he could be there, but assures her that everything is fine. The entire guild building is under his control. Wait, so the money wasn't for the Akihabara city, but just for the guild building? Not as grand as I was expecting, but still, very smart.
-Minori gives a one cough signal as Toya spreads the word. In the present, Isuzu asks what Shiroe meant by having the guild building under his control? Minori isn't certain herself, but she's just going to follow orders if it means freedom. That's when a player named Mild Lightning Bolt, which is probably the silliest name you could give somebody, demands to know what the girls are talking about? They claim it's nothing and get back to work, making it look like that there was totally not a plan to escape. No siree!
-But back to the more exciting part of the episode. The politics. Shiroe called this meeting because he wants to create a council to discuss and possibly resolve the social issues in Akihabara. A "round table" conference, if you will. No, bad credits! Go away! It isn't your time yet. Shiroe gives the guide lines to this council. Their immediate goal should be to improve the city's atmosphere and safety. After that, they should reconvene when it's necessary to discuss issues as they arise. Kind of like a UN council, only with more power.
-Serara and Henrietta get a little nervous as this is when the real fight starts. Krusty, however, has a question. He knows to treat Shiroe as the most dangerous person in the room, so he starts with an easy question. Why did Shiroe specifically invite these specifically guild leaders? First, the warrior guilds. They have invested quite a bit of time and talent in the city already. As for Silver Sword, they're too stuck up to see the bigger picture, so we'll let them ruin themselves for the time being. The Marine Agency, Roderick Merchant and Shopping Street Eight were all chosen to represent the Crafting Guilds and not because they a generous contribution to their plan that they know little about. Then we have the Crescent Moon Alliance, Glendale, and Radio Market, who are the voices of the Adventurers in the smaller guilds, as well as those who haven't joined one. Because even the little guys need a voice.
-Eins agrees with that statement, adding that, combined, the guilds only represent around six thousand players in the city, which means the other nine thousand don't have a voice at this table. But, with the smaller guilds, they could have a voice by proxy. Or until they rise up in revolt, whichever comes first. But Krusty has another important question. What is Shiroe's purpose at this table? He's here as the organizer of this conference and author of it's proposals. Think of him as the unofficially elected President of the Elder Tales Convention. Nyan-ta adds that they only have four members, so without those important details, they wouldn't have a right to be at the table.
-Having listened to everything, Krusty goes in for the important question. Shiroe organized and invited everyone here knowing full well it was his only chance to have any sort of input. Oh man, they're all doing the Shiroe maneuver. Also, he doesn't deny it. Isaac then has a hypothetical question of his own. Assuming they create this council, how are they suppose to keep the peace? And while we're at it, where does Shiroe get this claim that Akihabara isn't safe? And why do they have to do something about it? Just because you were some smart guy in some important guild from the days of old doesn't mean you have any of that same reputation now.
-So Shiroe decides to lay it all out. While this won't be news to anyone, there is a trend in protection racketeering going on. Isaac seems overly shocked as Eins and Sojiro look concerned. Krusty has a pretty good poker face going but there was a small bit of movement on his part. Though I think the most interesting face is Maryelle's. Her face is stone cold, but clearly not happy, either. But I suspect she's staring at Isaac, who mentions the EXP potions. Shiroe's expression changes, as he expected this to happen. I think Krusty is right in treating Shiroe the most dangerous person in the room, as it's clear that our Enchanter doesn't say or do anything unless he already knows the answer to it. He'd make an excellent lawyer.
-We check in on Hamelin as Shrader says it's time to go hunting. He orders them to gather their gear and meet him outside, like usual. As for you crafters, make sure you reach your quotas this time. Toya and the others give knowing stares as the plan is set to motion. He contacts Shiroe to let him know, and gives that cough signal to them. Toya then tells the other new players to get ready, for it's time to blow this place once and for all. Preferably, they would like to blow it up, but the new owner may not appreciate that.
-Back in the exciting world of politics, Isaac asks Shiroe what's so illegal about this protection racketeering thing he's all riled up about? Well, yes, there is no rule of law, but Isaac corrects him. Every city has the no combat zones, and as we established earlier, fighting in these zones summons the Royal Guard. You fight in the city, you die, only to be resurrected at the Cathedral, but the points remains that fighting inside of the city is a no-no. Shiroe argues that the Royal guard should be treated not as a rule of law, but as some sort of natural phenomenon. Maryelle agrees, saying that laws are what people create and others recognize. At least, that's what Henrietta told her. Akaneya nods in agreement until that last statement throws him for a loop. Dammit, Maryelle! Didn't we talk about this before!
-Shiroe explains that he head a party to Susukino a few days ago, which draw some shocked expressions and a nod from Krusty. The Enchanter explains tha thte dominant guild had the city in a stranglehold of bully and domination that was directed at both adventurers and NPCs. And that's why Serara is here. She's our witness to what happened in Susukino. More to the point, the Royal Guard did nothing to stop this from happening, so, technically, that battle was legal, but that's the question, isn't it. It was legal, but was it right? Is that how things should be? Isaac, who had a cocky attitude before, looks deep in thought. I'm guessing he didn't think this one out too well.
-Our Greek Chorus returns as Henrietta explains what Shiroe is trying to explain. That we need some form of rules and regulations in order to bind us together in this lawless world. Nyan-ta is somewhat concerned, as it appears that they're in a stalemate, noting that some are desperate to have some rule of law in place while others still think this is a game and should keep doing as they please. Krusty, though he's loath to do it, reiterates Isaac's point. How do they enforce their decisions as law? This is a sticky situation, especially concerning the larger guilds. Shiroe immediately says to impose a penalty. What kind? Why, banishment, of course! Oh, and if it becomes completely necessary, the council will make them break up their guild.
-Of course, why not death? As Sojiro points out, they can't impose a death penalty because of that whole resurrection thing, so that's off the table. Isaac, however, smiles, because he says that they won't be able to enforce these new laws with their little guilds. They would need numbers and muscle, because, as the Silver Sword guild showed, there are some who are just going to say "screw this" and not bother with it. And with that comes war. And he's looking darkly, as if he wants to go to war with somebody. Why doesn't somebody suggest they go to Susukino, then? Sounds like they would fit in there.
-Eins adds that if one of the major guilds went rogue, none of them would be in a position to stop them from doing it. Krusty, disappointed, says that he doesn't believe Shiroe thought this all the way through like he usually does, though he does believe that putting together the round table is a good idea, but in the end, isn't it just for show? There's no point in letting this devolve any... uh, what's with that strange noise? And why is Shiroe looking all darkly at him? One player gasps while everybody doesn't react. That guy was the smart one as he's clearly planning to run for it as soon as Shiroe does something.
-Shiroe explains that, about four hours ago this morning, everything they knew change. And not in some end of the world way, either. So, what change? Why, Shiroe is now the sole owner and administrator of the Guild Building Zone. We get a shot of the guild building, with some added text that shows that Shiroe is the owner. This catches everybody by surprise, with Sojiro, who was in on the plan, remarking on the awesome expression he got to see on them. Also, for everybody else, this is why you treat Shiroe as the most dangerous person in the room. Sure, he's a support class, but he's playing sixty-four dimensional chess while the rest of you mortals are at four dimensions at best.
-Shiroe explains this to said mortals who haven't caught up. He has complete control over access to the zone. Which means he says who comes and goes, and if he puts you on the blacklist, you're not getting in. We get to see the various expressions of the other players, ranging from shock, who didn't know the plan, to neutral, people who probably guessed the plan, to wry smiles, who were in on the plan and wanted to see all those shocked expressions. So, yeah, it's not the world, but control over the guild building, and doing it right under their noses? That's certainly a high tier of villainy.
-This is where we hit our eyecatch. Sure was a lot, wasn't it? And our little chibi today is our cool cat, Nyan-ta, who still looks cool, even in chibi form. When we return, Serara asks what Shiroe being owner of the guild building mean? Like, what did he get out of it? Basically, the guild building, which used to be public territory, is now private property of Shiroe. Okay, Serara gets that, but why is that a problem for everybody else? Well, as Shiroe explained, anybody he doesn't like won't be getting into this property. Serara does point out that this is a problem as the bigger guilds have their own places elsewhere, but Henrietta explains that, to create, join, or leave a guild, you have to come to the guild building, as per the rules of Elder Tale. Oh, and the bank is here, too. As Nyan-ta puts it, it's quite dangerous to walk around in a PvP friendly game with loose change and valuables all the time?
-One thing Nyan-ta points out that I find interesting is that the banks in the different cities are separate branches. From the sound of it, that means that if you deposited items in Akihabara, you do not get access to them in Susukino. This becomes a problem with the Transport Gates being offline, travel to other cities is almost impossible. This means that, should he will it, Shiroe could freeze the assets of any Adventuruer by denying them access to the bank. As Nyan-ta puts it, he is the man. Serara, who can imagine Shiroe holding hte other players like puppets on the string, says that he looks like a real-live bad guy. That got a chuckle out of me. I do like the shot here of Henrietta looking at Shiroe, who's in the foreground looking like an evil shade as Serara clutches onto her for protection. Especially with that blood red smile of evil death!
-Henrietta can't decide if she's impressed for frightened by Shiroe's gambit and comments that he needs a new supervillain name. And with that, Shiroe provides narration. He explains that a zone's owner has the right to control who enters and leaves. This is shown with Akatsuki a couple of episodes back. Shiroe then adds that they can designate areas to allow or prohibit combat, and Shiroe is betting that, because Hamelin needs to control their recruits, their guild hall probably has combat turned on. Because how else are you going to whip the kids if the whip won't do anything?
-Speaking of, we see Minori leading her group out, but she's tripped up by Mild Lightning Bolt. Apparently he isn't as dumb as his name suggests. He demand to know where the other players are, then demands to know what they're trying to pull. That's when Toya appears and hits MLB right in the throat. He recalls what Shiroe taught him, abut Shrike Impalement and Lanius Capture. These two skills combine temporarily mute an enemy, stopping him from casting spells. And he'll never be able to sing again.
-MLB quickly shakes off the stun of being attacked and strikes at Toya, who's able to dodge away. he recalls that Lanius Capture lasts fifteen seconds, and he's almost out of time. That's when Minori jumps in, using her skill Damage Interception, which is a Shrine Maiden healing ability. It's a barrier that is created around an ally that absorbs damage up to a certain amount. Another trick learned from Shiroe. MLB is able to regain his voice, but the twins have wasted no time in booking it. That's when Shrader appears, demanding to know who interrupted his nap?
-As the younger players escaped, their greeted by Shoryu and Hien as Akatsuki explains that their phase of the plan is underway. Shiroe smiles at this, which Isaac thinks that he's gloating. The other players call Shiroe out on his villain ways, but blackmail is such a strong word. Besides, he was only answering the question. He says that anybody who opposes the Round Table would lose their right to bank in Akihabara. Uh, still blackmail, they say. But what about Isaac's plan to wage war? Isn't that blackmail? Killing without actual death? Well, I wouldn't call it blackmail, but more of him making an unsubtle threat. Isaac isn't happy with this while Krusty is giving his own sly smile.
-Eins points out that purchasing the zone should have cost a lot of money, so where did he get the cash from? Mitchitaka fields that question. Five million in gold, courtesy of the Marine Agency. So I guess they stuck with a sole sponsor after all. Roderick says that, to his understanding, they wanted the money for a major quest. No, not a quest. Shiroe actually wanted them here solely to create the Round Table. Who said anything about a quest, anyway? The three Crafting Guild leaders look a bit sheepish as we get a flashback to them receiving the secret recipe to the Crescent Burger. None of them are pleased and complain about the money they paid, but Shiroe, who is there, says that people have always paid excessive amounts of money for information they didn't possess, and that's why they paid for it. Though returning to the present, it seems like Mitchitaka has gained a healthy respect for Shiroe, and not just because he controls the bank now.
-We cut to Toya and Minori still on the run, nearly reaching the exit, but that's when Shrader uses his skill and stops them, laughing evilly. No, really, the captions say "laughs evilly." In Toya's hud we see that skills are still permitted in this zone as they are not in active combat as he's taking sustained damage. Minori activates her Pentagram Barrier, but it fails quickly, allowing the attacks to continue. MLB arrives and is told to grab the kids as the twins are able to find each other in the darkness and make it for the door. We get quick shots of what appears to be a wheel, then a girl in a uniform pushing a wheelchair in what appears to be a hospital, confirming to me of Toya's condition in the real world.
-With a little luck, the twins are able to escape the guild room and into the hallway. Toya shuts the door, but it'll be a temporary measure at best. At least, it would be until MLB reaches for the door and gets a minor shock. It's not opening as new information appears. Entry restrictions are active, with combat and skull use disabled. Shiroe narrates, saying that a character who owns a zone can control who enters and exits by using an access list. With it, they can keep someone from getting in. The twins look at the door, confused by this, but that's when Shoryu appears. He's here on behalf of Shiroe, and those that escaped before are waiting at the entrance. I think Log Horizon's membership is going to go up by a considerable number.
-That's when Shoryu gets a call. It's probably Hien complaining about something, so Shoryu tells him to just deal with it. When he calls the other person a stupid fox, that confirms it for me. Anyway, kids, time to leave now. Though he actually leaves without the twins. Some guardian you turn out to be. Minori apologies, but Toya says to stop it. Besides, she's looking kind of pathetic, but Minori says she looks better in comparison to him. They laugh, but that's when Shrader is able to break down the door and grab hold of Toya. Dammit, they were having a moment there, you monster!
-As Shrader chokes out Toya, citing that this isn't actually combat, he demands to know what the brat did to his hall? Well, with how much you're choking him, he can't really answer, so Toya just gives an angry stare at him. Shrader threatens to bust open Toya's skull before saying that they're the same, they're both stuck here with nowhere else to go. But that's when Akatsuki appears, knocking Toya free from Shrader's grasp. She's a bit disappointed because she thought she found all of the members of Hamelin, but apparently she missed one. she communicates it to Shiroe, then provides the name, saying htat it sounds a lot like shredder, except his rivals aren't ninja turtles. Though I note that Shrader has Akatsuki in his hand, she doesn't look worried. The summoner promises a world of hurt until, suddenly, he's outside of the guild building. Wait, what just happened here?
-And that's when Naotsugu appears and puts Shrader in an arm bar. He's using the same technique against Shrader that he did on Toya. Naotsugu praises the squirt for a job well done, but Akatsuki yells at him for calling her that! Though you should watch the language, for children are present. She turns to the twins and gets back in character, giving her name, class and profession. Shiroe regrets not being here, but he's fighting on a much grander stage at this time. Minori cries tears of joy, happy to be free, as Akatsuki suggests getting them a bath and a couple of meals. And they promise not to charge anything at all.
-Back in the more exciting battle, Isaac would like to know what Shiroe wants. Sojiro, who's still playing along as if he isn't in on this, says they'd like to help, but not with the threat of blackmail hanging over them. Does he really have to spell it out for them? He says that nobody has a sense of safety or security right now. As a result, don't htey have an obligation to themselves to keep the peace? With that, he presents his two goals for the council. The first is to create an atmosphere where people aren't afraid of some bully breathing down their neck all the time. After that, they need to create laws that are binding on everyone who lives here, visits here, or takes up business here. Are they going to apply those laws to the NPCs, as well? That would be an interesting discussion to have. Any objections?
-There's no immediate answer, but Krusty is smiling. Looks like he's in on this. Akatsuki explains that the Hamelin operation was a success, causing him to smile. Isaac snaps at this, telling him to start taking this seriously! You know what? Fine! He's in, but there's something he wants to know in return. He wants to go over every little detail and work it out. Krusty gives a knowing stare as Shiroe perform the Shiroe Maneuver. Phase fifty-one complete. Now to Phase fifty-two, making this work. Cue credits!
-You know, the end credits take a new meaning after this episode. I thought a few of these characters outside were just random characters, but now I know better. We're looking at all the members of Log Horizon. Though there is one character I don't recognize, but he's clearly Isuzu's whipping boy. Poor guy.
-In the next episode preview, Akatsuki states that Shiroe has succeeded in liberating the new players, but the battle rages on. His goal is to create a place where he belongs, but it will be for more than himself alone. He has friends and people in need of protection, and everyone needs a place where they can sit under the stars and eat curry. For this is his new reality now, the reality of politics. And it is a weird reality. All this and more in our next episode, Get It With Your Own Hands.
While the previous episodes show the extent of Shiroe's planning and genius, this little arc shows that, when he goes all out, then nobody could ever hope to keep up. Though I wonder how much of that is to to a natural genius and how much of that is due to his major, which is a masters in Engineering, and we all know how smart those types are. But obviously, Shiroe, when making major plans like this, is about ten steps ahead of everybody else, and the only way you keep up with that is if he lets you in on the plan.
While the rescue effort was successful, as well as he formation of the Round Table, the real work begins. As in, making it all work. Young governments are always difficult to maintain, and the first major test may end up being it's breaking point. Will Shiroe get this to work, or is it doomed to failure? Come back Friday to find out.
Until next time, remember, always make friends with the Supervillain that happens to be your landlord. They're the ones responsible for your rent, after all.
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Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Log Horizon. Where our heroes decide that the only way to make money in this world is to make their own fast food joint and have Shiroe become the King of Burger Joints!
In our last episode, Shiroe has created his own guild, Log Horizon, and has asked the Crescent Moon Alliance in helping him obtain seven million gold. Possibly to buy Akihabara. Of course, they can't amass that kind of wealth needed, but it's fine, Shiroe has a plan, and that's why he needs Henrietta's help, specifically, since she's an Accountant with an MBA in real life.
So begins the start of their joint business, the Crescent Moon, where they will sell edible food to the people for a small amount of gold. And it turns out to be a smash hit with the patrons, forcing a few of them to report to their guild masters, thus beginning the corporate espionage. But yeah, with such high sales early on, they'll get the amount they need, right? Well, no. Though Shiroe had already accounted for this, just the store alone won't be enough. Or more specifically, won't be fast enough, which is why it's just part one of his fifty-two step plan to become the Lord God King... of Burger Joints.
Oh, and we learned how Guild Leaders can restrict other people from entering their rooms, as shown when Henrietta was stalking Akatsuki to get her to dress up in a cute waitress outfit. Because, you know, Henrietta is really obsessed with her for some unknown reason. I'm still betting on "looks like younger sister or daughter."
But as the gears go into motion, what is Shiroe's step two in his master plan? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with Shiroe narration, as is the case in these episodes. He explains that, in Elder Tales, a quest is a type of mission offered in game. There are many types, ranging from simply finding missing persons, grand adventures, or the more odd ball ones like finding a hammer to give to a god appearing like a woman so they can help beat another god and save a realm from total destruction from another realm that was suddenly created because the AI running the game got bored. They tend to be special, limited time quests.
-Each quest has it's own unique reward like experience, gold, and other items, plus magical knowledge and crafting recipes. Though you do have to wonder why you need to find the recipe for building a shovel before actually needing to build a shovel. But as an example of those items, the griffon summoning flutes was one of the completion rewards for a huge quest. Why they like eating Naotsugu is anybody's guess, really. Must be all the meat in his head.
-After the opening, we see a person who the captions have dubbed Karashin. He's in a huge warehouse with some other players and tells them that they need to go on a supply run as they're a little under stock at the moment. They only have nine cans of coffee! Nine! Who the hell keeps nine cans of coffee? Taro, another player, says that ever since the Apocalypse, there aren't a lot of folks or guilds who want to fight for ingredients like they used to. Well, yeah, priorities change when you suddenly find yourself in the game world that used to be just a game.
-Karashin adds that fighting in your own body can be scary, I mean, it's not like you can die, but he can still see why they're taking up crafting, which makes it hard for them to fill the warehouse. You know, the giant warehouse that only has nine cans of coffee. He then adds that the larger guilds are always going to have the buying power, which is a problem for them. Taro says that the Roderick Merchant Guild and Marine Agency have assimilated a lot of the smaller merchant guilds recently, which puts pressure on them. They're the number three crafting guild in Elder Tales, and they really, really want that number two spot. And it looks like Karashin has a plan to move them up to that spot.
-Tonight's episode is title Devious Four-Eyes. Or, as it's listed in Hulu, Villain in Glasses. Either way, I can't tell if they're talking about Shiroe or Henrietta here. Either one could be true! We cut to a shocked Maryelle, then to an agitated Akatsuki. Why, you may ask, is our tiny ninja looking agitated? It's because she's currently in the hold of Henrietta, who is currently stroking her hair. Okay, it was funny the first time around, but after the last episode, somebody really needs to get her to stop that. Akatsuki tells the accountant that she doesn't have time to be her plaything, but Maryelle can't help but be awed at how relaxed Henrietta looks. It's causing her own heart to beat fast. Seriously, lady! You're the guild leader! Make her stop!
-Henrietta denies not being relaxed at all, which is why she's trying to calm herself by snuggling to "my Akatsuki," who's currently trying to escape said snuggling. Our tiny ninja tells her that she isn't Henrietta's relaxation therapy, but is cut off by more snuggling as Henrietta says that she's going into battle soon, and she needs Akatsuki's help to stay strong. I... I just don't get you, lady. I'm guessing from the previous comments that this doesn't get addressed in the novel, but seriously, don't you remember what almost happened with Serara? You're doing the exact same thing, Henrietta?
-Meanwhile, at the Dragon's Nest, we see that Maryelle and Henrietta have reserved a room and look a bit anxious. Suddenly, Karashin walks in and apologizes for keeping them waiting, though he notes how upset Maryelle looks and wonders what he did wrong? We also find out that he's a level ninety summoner from the Shopping Street Eight guild. They pass pleasantries as we learn that Maryelle and Karashin have known each other for quite some time. They hung around early on, but shortly afterwards they went their separate ways and have been busy with their own stuff since. Though Maryelle seems to think Karashin is doing very well, since he has over seven hundred members, though he comments that there are merchant guilds that are a lot bigger than his, like the Marine Agency and Roderick. But to business! Why did the leaders of the Crescent Moon Alliance want to meet with him? And he attempted the Gendo pose, too! Never a good sign.
-Maryelle, who has a hell of a poker face, note that Karashin has his game face on. Anyway, to business. Maryelle would like his help with ingredient stocks, spices and whatnot for the Crescent Burger. Sort of like the whole real-world-distribtion-channel thing. Specifically, they need young deer meat, lettuce, tomatoes, flour, potatoes, and something cute for Henrietta so she can leave some of the other people alone. Karashin notes that Maryelle is looking for a bigger supply chain for the restaurant, adding that once you eat at Crescent Moon, you're hooked for life on flavor alone. This is something he wants to get in on the ground floor before the ground floor becomes the twentieth floor.
-Now for the next question. Karashin asks what price point they're looking at. And this is when Henrietta gets in on the action. She writes down some information on a piece of paper and spins it to him. He doesn't react initially, saying he needs to think about it, but his inner ghost says that a guild could turn a pretty tidy profit on this. However, Henrietta, who's in her element, thinks that it's actually a pretty good deal for them. So is that you thinking that for his guild, or are you completing his thought? Though her purple ghost tells her that you know he isn't going to go for the first thing you put in front of him. If he does, it either means he's terrible at business or has another plan in mind. And Henrietta's purple ghost joins in on the conversation, saying that Karashin is going to try and get a better deal for himself and his guild. I hope Karashin's purple ghost can't hear them.
-With the offer made, Karashin wants to know if all of their requests is going into operating their restaurant. Maryelle confirms it, but Karashin presses, saying that, according to rumors, they're doing pretty well. Maryelle keeps her poker face, though, saying that their chefs are pleased with the feedback they're getting from the patrons. Still, Karashin wants to know more and asks more details about what they're doing. Nah, nothing new. Just that our chefs are just that damn good. Though her purple ghost appears and shivers, hoping she said the thing Shiroe told her to say correctly. Though she thinks she's going to crack, which is when Shiroe's purple ghost appears, telling her that, no matter what happens, Maryelle needs to keep smiling. Which transitions into a flashback, because those purple ghosts can also be used for segways into such things.
-In this flashback, Shiroe is telling Maryelle that the most important thing for her is to keep on smiling. She has a very disarming smile, which is why Henrietta is there, as she'll handle the rest. Back in the present, apparently Henrietta was having her own purple ghost flashback, noting that Maryelle, who is keeping strong, needs a life preserver. Karashin interrupts their thoughts and say that he's going to give this deal some serious consideration, but he wants them to think about this for a minute. A direct partnership between Shopping Street Eight and Crescent Moon would really grow the business, but he's then interrupted by Henrietta, saying that it's time for the next part in the meeting. The next part? Well, the next guests will be here in short order. Maryelle quickly breaks her smile and apologizes to Karashin, saying that because they knew each other, she had him come in a little early so he would know what's going on.
-In any case, according to Henrietta, they need to negotiate this fairly. What does this mean? Why, the Marine Agency and the Rodrick Guild will be coming to join their little meeting as they have other things to discuss. Wait, what other things? The Crescent Moon are looking for investors as they want to expand their business interests. Oh, I think I see what they're doing here. It's the mind game part of the negotiations. Say that you're meeting with the competitors to help drive a better deal for yourself. The girls play it well, saying that Karashin should say, with Henrietta stating that they need a secure distribution channel for their ingredients. Otherwise, this plan doesn't stand a chance of working. And with that, Karashin takes the bait, saying that he might actually have something to add to that discussion. Oh, Henrietta went to the Holo and Kraft School of Business Making, didn't she?
-As Maryelle is about to answer, Henrietta stops her, saying that they already let Karashin on the first part of their discussion, though the rest of the dialogue might also have value to him. And like that, he wants to finalize the terms he already discussed with the girls earlier. The Shopping Street Eight guild will get anything they want in any build they want, and they'll lock it in at this rate, which he spins to Henrietta. She takes one look at the paper, and with her shining glasses, says thirty thousand. The paper slip itself says fifty. Karashin is shocked, but he's in a bind and really wants this deal. He agrees, so Maryelle says he can stay for the investor meeting. Meanwhile, the purple ghosts for Maryelle and Karashin are exhausted. Business Negotiations are a life or death battle, after all.
-Speaking of life or death battles, we check in on Minori, who's prescient her... gloves? She's presenting them to somebody who checks her tailoring level. She's level thirty two. This means she can came level thirty leather armor, then tells her to stick to leather aprons and raise her level some more. We then see her and three other girls working on their leathering, but learn that Shiroe has been contacting her quite often. We see Toya is hard at working, fight a monster that looks like it's fifty levels above him, with of their comrades had fallen. Minori goes on to think fondly of Shiroe, that they are stuck in the same make believe world come to life. And while they are in the same place, for Minor, it's a dream that's turned into a nightmare. It's been a rough couple of months for them, and I imagine if Minori didn't have Toya, or vise versa, neither twin would be sane at the moment.
-There's a flashback to Smash, wondering what's going on, but it's obviously the first day of the Apocalypse. Toya is glad to see that Minori made it as she's trying to figure out what happened to them. On that say, the day that reality and fantasy switched places, all she could do was cry and pray that someone would swoop in and get her out of this mess. We do see her crying as Toya is busy testing out his new body and not being a good brother and comforting his sister, but after a moment gets right to work. Minori says that her brother had already accepted this new reality, walking and running around all over the place. She can't blame him since running was a brand-new experience. Oh, I think I know where we're going here.
-Toya calls out to his sister, showing her the EXP potion in his hand. Of course, Toya wasn't going to sit and wait when he had a chance to drink the holy water and test in a fight of some kind. And when your little brother shows off that kind of enthusiasm in a place you've never been before, you start following him regardless of the dangers. Basically we're seeing scenes back from the first episode, which also allows you to see the other players we've seen before, like Smash and his PK group. So, it seems like things are going fine at first, but as is the case with the early days of the end of the world, things just go terribly wrong so fast.
-In the forest, Smash says they're on somebody's four and not to get them get away. And then there's a binding spell cased on Minori, who trips and falls. That's when Smash comes in and knocks Toya to the ground. Wait, you you PKers are attacking these lower level players!? For the purposes of robbing them? That's it! No sympathy for these jackasses. In any case, the PKing of the twins shows that they did get revived back in the Cathedral, which is good. When she exits the building, she sees Toya running right towards her, so she does the same, because that really was a dangerous experience. Good thing this is that situation where you can come back from the dead here.
-Moving on, Minori mentions that Shiroe told them to put their valuables into the bank, which didn't make a lot of sense to them at the time until they lost everything. But at that point, they reached what they thought was rock bottom, and they wanted help and it didn't matter who was going to help, either. And that's when Shrader appears, asking what's wrong with them? And yeah, he's selling his guild to them in the most menacing way possible, but as the twins thought they had nothing to lose, they signed up without reading the fine print. And you always have to read the fine print before accepting these deals.
-In the present, Minori says that Shiroe always had the power to make it in this world, showing that he didn't need anybody else, despite choosing a support class where his main strengths came from supporting other people. But the point Minori was making was that, all she could do was cry herself to sleep every night because she couldn't hack it on her own. So what's changed? Thought it's the tone that seems to suggest that there's more to her story than we think. She says that she lost everything in the first place. There's some hints here of a really dark history, which may involve Toya and whatever happened to him. Sounds like she's always been on edge, but it was Toya always bringing her back from that edge.
-Minori also sounds like a defeatist, as she things Shiroe should just leave them there in that Oliver Twist guild and not even bother rescuing them. She reprimands herself for being a terrible older sister as she cries her tears once more. Which is the perfect time to do an eye catch of the chibi Akatsuki, looking so adorable in her chibiness! Also, that was a hell of a mood swing.
-After that, we return to the Dragon's Next as a player named Michitaka is talking, noting that he's in a room with a couple of lost ladies and the so called mastermind behind Shopping Street Eight. Next to him is Roderick, who is that scientist looking guy from the previous episode, who just hums. Maryelle, in her perky self, welcomes them and introduces herself properly to the two. She introduces Henrietta as her main clerk, but she takes objection to that. She's a treasurer, dammit! But here is when the real battle begins. Mitchitaka is the master of the Marine Agency, who is a level ninety Human Monk, and Roderick is the master of the Roderick's Merchant Guild, who's race is "People of the Law" and is a level ninety Summoner. This falls on Henrietta's shoulders as she needs to negotiate the proper agreement or they're sunk.
-For Henrietta, this is her battle, and if she falls back or fails here, she won't be able to face the others, who are either running the food stall, getting ingredients, or in the case of Shiroe, working on phase forty-two in his fifty-two step plan. With that, she opens up with a question. Perhaps Roderick and Mitchitaka are curious as to why Shopping Street Eight was invited to join them first? Basically, they asked Karashin to provide a supply chain of ingredients to the Crescent Moon. Mitchitaka takes offense to this. How dare they make a deal with that geek first! Roderick, however, seems a bit more savvy, saying that if that was the case, they wouldn't have been called for this meeting and correctly guesses that they're here for something else. Henrietta looks over her opponents once more, citing that Michitaka is a respected leader, but isn't what she would call subtle. Roderick, however, is a lot like Shiroe, but he lacks Shiroe's chutzpah or joie de vivre. Basically, she says Shiroe has a lot of shameless audacity and lots of joy in life. Though I think being compared to Shiroe means that Roderick is a dangerous player in his own right, since we know how our Enchanter plays this game.
-So Henrietta continues with her meeting, saying that they did have something else in mind, and she thinks the two will find that it's more than worth the time they're spending, and they'd like to offer it to the both of them while they're here. And we see Henrietta do the patent Shiroe maneuver, all smiles. She wants to be just as evil as him when it comes to... well, most anything. Speaking of Shiroe, he takes over in a flashback, saying the the only thing that can sell that'l give them money they need to raise is their new method of food preparation. And he knows it's already precarious, which is why they couldn't sell the Crescent Burgers forever. He knows somebody will stumble on this next, which is why it's imperative they move quickly and not tip their hand until they're done negotiating. Maryelle agrees, but they can't go barging in and not have something to give in return... can they?
-Looks like Shiroe already has this thought out, and it's the one place that gives them a distinct advantage. How? Well, the advantage is that those three guild masters want profits from their little burger shop. Henrietta quickly catches on, that their stall is the bait on the hook, and these three will bite as long as there's profit involved. And that's when purple ghost Shiroe appears, with him and Henrietta thinking the same thing. That they must maintain the negotiating initiative. Cue Shiroe Maneuver.
-Shiroe continues from the past. Knowledge is power, and this time, they have the power. The power to choose what they reveal to them and how much is going to be key to this. That said, no lying, okay? Henrietta says that's easy when she's holding a carrot out there for them to snap at this whole time. Back in the present, purple ghost Shiroe appears behind Michitaka and Roderick, looking very evil, saying that if they're going to come back to this table in the future, we have to be trustworthy. And really, if you can't trust a purple ghost looking all evil, who can you trust?
-Purple Ghost Henrietta will make it a point that she will ask for more Akatsuki time when she gets back. She'll want a whole week and nothing less! And suddenly, Akatsuki will look into making a week-long quest somewhere far, far away. On to business. Henrietta explains that, with help, the Crescent Moon Alliance is embarking on a major operation. When pressed, she says that they could think of it as a challenge on what might be called a very grand scale. However, they considered all the possibilities and realized that they weren't going to do this without another guild. Roderick understands, saying that it's a quest they need help with. Purple Ghost Henrietta is happy, saying they aren't getting it, looking like her serial stalker self from the last episode, while Maryelle's purple ghost is more chibi like and looking upset that, apparently, she can read Henrietta's thoughts. Oh, and Henrietta calls them brain dead, so it isn't lying if that's the case, right, Shiroe? Looks like Henrietta wants to think in multiple dimensions, too.
-Karashin asks the important question. what assistance to they need from their guilds? And Henrietta dangles the carrot once more. Before they can give the particulars of what they need, she needs to explains their organization a bit first. Michitaka is fine with this, as is Roderick. First, she asks them if they know of the man named Shiroe. And suddenly the three largest Merchant Guilds are feeling a lot more nervous now. Michitaka stands up, asking if the Villain behind the glasses is truly involved? Oh, but this is only the first bite, and so far, all according to their plan.
-In a flashback, Maryelle and Henrietta are told of Shiroe's secret in traveling around so fast. That they used griffins. They're shocked, since getting flutes like that require you to nearly kill yourself, but Henrietta understands how the Tea Party strategist has one, since they always want really challenging quests. And thanks to that, his reputation precedes him. We return to present where negotiations are underway, but thanks to the name drop, it'll make it much easier for Henrietta to bring these guys into their operations. Still, she does wonder what Shiroe did to get called "Villain in Glasses," anyway? And I can only imagine what they'll call him after his plan succeeds.
-That's when Shiroe sneezes, causing Akatsuki to appear from the ceiling, asking if he's sick. They're bodies are made of software, so he doubts it. Though I can't help but wonder what Akatsuki is feeling, given all the talk Henrietta has given about wanting her little cute Akatsuki to snuggle. Somebody should give her a life size doll of the ninja and see if she can tell the difference.
-Back to the negotiations. Henrietta is moving on to the matter at hand. She hopes that, moving forward and keeping surprises to a minimum will help. It's not like they need people for a quest, but what they really need is cash. Mitchitaka knew this was coming, but Roderick is the one that asks how much they need? The figure they're looking at? Five million in gold. Karashin and Mitchitaka are shocked by this number while Roderick gives no real reaction to it. And that's when the purple ghosts appear. Karashin says he's never heard of a quest of any kind that cost that much money to buy into in any version of the game. Mitchitaka wonders if it's related to the Novasphere Pioneers? Roderick suspects that, with the expansion pack in place, it makes sense that the develops created new legendary-class quests for all of them who are already at level ninety. How cute, they still think it's a quest. And nobody said anything about a quest, either.
-Karashin is thinking of the reward from this quest. Purple Ghost Henrietta walks past him, saying that it's going to be worth a lot of money once they're done with their little plan and bides them to come to the hook. And with this, she is going to give it to her friend to give them the piece de resistance. Henrietta then looks to Maryelle, which is her cute, and gives them a new recipe to try. It's one of their new sweet and delectable desserts, which is made of eggs from the Giant Roke. Mitchitaka asks if this is custard, with Karashin giving it a try and already really enjoying it. We see Mitchitaka digging it as Roderick is impressed that it was made from a roke. A Roke is a powerful monster at level eighty five or better. Purple Ghost Mitchitaka appears, saying that to cook this, you'd need a previously unknown level ninety recipe. Where could have they discovered such a recipe? I imagine Nyan-ta already discovered it long before the Apocalypse happened.
-Henrietta explains that they are prepared to give them something in return for the money. Once they've brought their operation to a conclusion, they'll be more than happy to give all 3 of them the full details of their plan. Additionally, they've prepared to have a scribe make copies of all the cookbooks they're currently using, as well as all the cooking methods they've learned over the course of their research and development of all their recipes. And they spared no expensive for their R&D department. Nothing but the best for Nyan-ta. The guild leaders are shocked by this, all coming up with their own conclusions to the offer. And this is when Henrietta knows she has them completely. Now to reel them in with one final push.
-Henrietta explains that, through assets liquidation and the past few days of refreshment sales at Crescent Moon, they currently have five hundred thousand gold of their own. That being said, they would be loathed to ask an one guild to come up with the remaining four and a half million on their own and make them financially vulnerable in the process. That's just plain lunacy. So instead she'll ask all three of them to put in one and a half million gold apiece. And there you have your four and a half million. Karahsin points out that it's the same as liquidating one hundred players' assets, but Roderick is in on the plan. As a result, Karashin agrees with the deal. Mitchitaka also agrees, and if the Crescent Moon Alliance would like it, the Marine Agency will be their only sponsor, too. This gets Rodrick and Karashin to argue against that, so Maryelle, with her calming voice and look, asks them to take it down a notch for her, pretty please? And who could say no to a face like that?
-After a fade we see Toya and Minori doing stuff form the Hamelin guild. He asks her if she heard form Shiroe again, but as they're in front of other people, she tells him to shut it. That's when he confesses to seeing Shiroe a couple of days ago when he was outside of the guild zone. But for some reason, he couldn't bring himself to ask for help. Why not? He doesn't know, especially since Shiroe is cool, nice, super smart and overall just amazing. Well, he did offer to help you guys out during a time when you needed it, even using that Teacher System nobody uses. Though he's also evil, so keep that in mind, okay?
-Minori does agree with Toya, but says they have no right to ask Shiroe to help them get out of this. Except you don't need to ask as he's doing this all for you guys. Well, that and to keep order in Akihabara, but you two were the catalysts for that. This does lead to Toya asking if he could be like Shiroe. He says the same thing Minori was thinking, but he wonders if maybe he could be like Shiroe? Minori has no answer, probably because that his question was probably the third strangest question she's heard in this game.
-We then fade into Maryelle's worst nightmare. Paperwork. She's completed it... but she's dead now. Henrietta is having her own problems, though she is looking better than Maryelle. Suddenly, the door opens and they detect a smell. As they look up they see that Akatsuki, Naotsugu and Nyan-ta have all come in with food. Of course, Akatsuki makes it clear that Henrietta is not smelling her, so stop that, you creepy accountant. Naotsugu, putting on his own type of charm, says that when you ladies are tired sweets help out. Mayrelle, feeling reinvigorated, thanks Nyan-ta and Naotsugu for the food. They said that Shiroe asked them to, noting that the girls would probably be tired when they got back and... hey, something that got Henrietta to stop snuggling Akatsuki for a moment. Though I'm a bit surprised she would agree to enter this room, I imagine Shiroe really pressed her to do that. Because he can be evil that way.
-Speaking of, they ask what Shiroe is doing anyway? Though I find it funny that Akatsuki quickly escaped Henrietta's grasp and is hiding behind Nyan-ta, the one person that not even Henrietta would dare cross. So, yeah, Shiroe is currently working on the plan. He's working on phase forty-nine of the plan, but Nyan-ta says that the Enchanter has a lot of confidence in Maryelle. The girls chuckle with Henrietta commenting that it seems like Shiroe has every single thing about this day down to the last detail. And with that kind of planning, you could never beat the villain in glasses. Yeah, that title is so going to be upgraded after they see the other phases of his plan.
-Also, I doubt Shiroe had every single plan figured out. If he did, he'd probably be doing the work himself instead of delegating the work to people who actually have backgrounds in said fields, like with Henrietta and her accountant background. He's a man who knows his limitations and knows how to work with them and around them.
-Moving on from that, Isaac of the Black Sword Knights is telling his people to pair up for the next sparring match. While they do that, Rezarick asks him what the Crescent Moon Alliance is inviting them to? Apparently something dopey like the future of Akihabara or something like that. And it wasn't like he wasn't paying attention, it's just that they didn't say anything much beyond that. Rezarick points out that Maryelle tries to get the smaller guilds together, but we saw how that meeting went, but Isaac isn't worried about her. He's worried about the person she's working with. Geez, Shiroe, your time with the Tea Party really made you infamous, didn't it? We then see that Krusty himself got the same message, prompting Misa to ask if they're canceling the next raid? Yup. The meeting is the same day and he needs to be at this meeting. While the conference itself isn't interesting, it's the people behind it that have his attention. Shiroe is kind of like a major storm. When he moves, people take notice.
-We check in on Toya and Minori as they get an update on the plan. It's going to be enacted tomorrow, and just as Shiroe promised, he is coming for them. Be ready, because it's going to be crazy! Before ending the call, Minori recalls what Toya said to her, that he wanted to be like Shiroe, to be someone who can open new paths. And if Toya wants to be someone great, then so does she. On Shiroe's end, Minori coughs, signaling the go ahead. The next day, Shiroe and Maryelle enter a room with a round table filled with a dozen or so chairs, surrounded by statues. There's a real air of nobility in this room, but this is the place where Shiroe enters the battlefield. The storm has arrived. Cue credits!
-In the next episode preview, Akatsuki says the twelve guild masters have come together at the guild building, and thus, the battle beings as Shiroe fights without a weapon. Meanwhile, the new players trapped by Hamelin, Minori and Toya, are about to begin their fight, as well. They must all work together in order to open the door of hope. For this is their reality now. All this and more in our next episode, Round-Table Meeting.
A lot more setup going on in this episode, though it looks like the next episode its he payoff for the entire plan. Given how well-known, respected, and feared Shiroe is, we get to see him in action on the political stage and it'll be interesting to see how he gets all of these different personalities to work together. But will it be enough to enact the change he's looking for? We'll have to find out next week.
For our voice actors, let's focus on the three Merchant Guild Leaders.
First we have Mitchitaka, who is voiced by Jack Ivy. His voice roles include three characters in Maid-sama, Kozo in Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, and Kamijo from Parastye: The Maxim.
Next, for Karashin, we have John Gremillion. His other voice roles include Roa and Gartner in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Daiju Mononobe in Eden of the East, and Giuliano Visconti in Majestic Prince. There's a show I want to watch again.
And finally, for Roderick, we have David Matranga. His other voice roles include the Wolf-Man in Wolf Children Ame and Yuki, Tomoya in Clannad, and Hinata in Angel Beast! He's also a Penguindrum alumni, taking on various other roles in that show.
Thank you all for taking the time to read over this entry. But now that the economic situation is out of the way, it's time to get political. Hooray for politics! Will Shiroe succeed in making his case, or will he need to go to Plan B? And I don't think you want to see what Plan B does.
Until next time, remember, when you are about to enter battle of economics, always make sure that you bring your accountant with you. They'll never know what hit them.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to another exciting episode of Log Horizon, the show about a bunch of people slowly being driven insane by being stuck in a game where there is nearly no purpose in doing anything. So they turn to the one thing that will drive them insane faster. Politics.
In our last episode, the Crescent Moon guild had a party to welcome the return of Serara, as well as discovering the secret of cooking, thanks to Nyan-ta, which they need to keep under wraps because this is a pretty big deal for the gaming community. Oh, and Henrietta shows off more of her antics by cuddling up with Akatsuki and make her wear pretty dresses that we don't get to see for reasons. We'll get back to that.
During the downtime, Marybelle gives Shiroe an update on Akihabara. Things have gotten better... and things have gotten worse. The game is now being divided into social cliques based on your guild, with the bigger ones asserting their dominance while the smaller ones are left to fend for themselves. Oh, and we have a situation where the younger players are being abused for their EXP potion, so that the bigger guilds can use them to level up faster, thanks to the expansion raising the level cap.
For the first time in a while, Shiroe appears lost and uncertain on what to do. But thanks to a night of soul searching, a talk with Nyan-ta and a chat with Minori, he came to a decision, something that nobody expected him to do. He has created a guild. Oh, and he needs five million gold to do something that we saw him look at in the first episode. As for the guild's name, it's Log Horizon.
But what will Shiroe need to do to raise the money? And will his plan succeed? Will he be able to rescue Minori and Toya? And will Akatsuki finally find a way to escape from Henrietta? Let's tune in and find out.
-Quick thing about the Akatsuki/Henrietta situation. I note that we only see that kind of situation happen with Henrietta and Akatsuki, to the point that it seems like an obsession on her part. Is it that she just likes cute things and the tiny ninja is her trigger? Could this be her coping mechanism, in which case, she really needs to find a new hobby. Or, and I'm just throwing this out there, Akatsuki reminds Henrietta of a younger sister or daughter that, now being stuck in the game, can never see again? Seems like a long shot, I know, and the novels may have already addressed that, but wouldn't that give the obsession with the ninja more sense? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that what Henrietta is doing is right or should just be ignored or defending her actions, but just throwing out other factors that could give more reason to it. That said, she really needs to dial it down or have somebody call her out on it. Right then, on to the show
-Our episode begins with the one topic that only pops up in anime if people are talking about a naked wolf girl. Economics. Shiroe explains that, in Elder Tales, there is only one type of currency: Gold. With a picture of a meal on screen, he explains that the standard cost for the items in a single meal is around five gold. A night at a cheap inn is ten gold. So, basically, it takes about thirty five gold a day to take care of life necessities. And how do you earn that money? Well, you are in a game, so just go beat up on some monsters and steal their gold! Six goblins should do it. Of course, Adventurers do have the option of putting their money and items in the bank located in the guild building. Just watch out for hidden feeds and for all that is holy do not accept their credit card offers!
-Now, why would you put the items and gold in the bank? To prevent other players from stealing it, of course! Though some would argue that these banks are thieves, but it's better than nothing. That said, each player only gets limited space. Which has us reply the last few scenes from the previous episode, where Shiroe is begging for some money to make his plan work. And what could this plan be? Well, we end the teaser there, just to tease you. What teases.
-It's rather interesting that, most of the time, I'll listen to an opening once and skip it on later episodes unless it's a new opening. Log Horizon, however, is one of those few shows that I do not skip the opening. Anyway, after the opening we cut to the Imperial Garden Forest, located on the Japan Server in the League of Freedom Cities Eastal, aka, Shinjuku. In the field monsters are present, with no entry restrictions and no events at this time. In the forest our heroes are fighting boars. More specifically, the Imperial Forest Boars. Shoryu says that it's easier to kill than catch, right? Yes, but Naotsugu says that you only get ingredient items. Hien calls it all ridiculous and asks how in the hell does two hundred kilos of pork turn into only two kilograms of food? It's called stupid game mechanics, but Naotsugu agrees with him.
-Naotsugu explains that, if you get a good chef in your kitchen, they can use the whole monster to make the food instead of the paltry stuff you get for killing normally. Though he's really into this part as he activates his Anchor Howl skill, tleling Shoryu and Hien that they're quota is sixty for today. Though Shoryu is all in for this, because if it's for Maryelle, he'd take over Susukino just for her.
-Speaking of, we check in on the Crescent Moon Alliance to see what they're doing . Lots of carpentry. We also see that some of the girls are dressed up in maid outfits. Though they seem to think that maybe they should get something to allow them to move around more easily. Oh... oh you clever bastards! I know what the plan is and how they're going to attract the required attention, too. Very clever. In the kitchen Nyan-ta continues his benevolent reign of the kitchen, helping out the other chefs with their pallets while Serara watches our cool cat from afar. Oh man, did she fall hard for him or what? then again, who could blame her?
-Tonight's episode is titled Crescent Moon. So, during all this set up, what's Maryelle been doing? Paperwork. Lots and lots of paperwork. And she appears to be dead, given all the flies buzzing around her. Though it may be due to something else as she claims she hasn't left the room in three days. She's on the verge of collapse, but there's still more paperwork. And to make things worse, Henrietta appears with another pile of papers, saying that all of these registers need to be approved, as well. Maryelle, as leader of the guild, needs to double-check hte figures before they assume the money's there. I think Maryelle is looking into early retirement.
-As the guild leader makes her case, Henrietta tells her that she'll do fine. Maryelle counters that math and paperworky stuff isn't really her thing. Sadly, as the guild master, she needs to the approve the budget, so she can't delegate this to other people. Maryelle suddenly becomes very confrontational, tells Henrietta.. wait, Umeko? Well, she tells her second to shut her mouth. Apparently that's Henrietta's real name and she berates Maryelle for using it. I guess they know each other in real life, too.
-Anyway, it breaks down into a childish argument as Maryelle repeats the name several times as Henrietta suffers at the name being said. I hope this is just trying to keep the persona's separate and not because the name doesn't sound cute or anything. Especially when Henrietta sounds more like a refine, noble name. Speaking of keeping things separate, Shiroe appears, apparently with more paperwork. Maryelle does not approve at all. Henrietta is happy to see him and explains that she's gone ahead and complied a list of everything he's requested of them. He's surprised by how quick that was and goes over the list as Maryelle stares blankly at them. Or the paperwork. Either way, she's feeling rather put upon. Shiroe approves of the list as Maryelle damns her treasuruer with faint praise. It's almost as if she enjoys torturing herself with bunches of stupid numbery crap. No, no, Marielle darling. She's just that good at the bookkeeping. But what makes this more impressive is how merciless Shiroe's plan is turning out to be. To the point where he out to have everyone start addressing him as Mr. Supervillain. Shiroe won't deny that. The plan making him out to be a supervillain, that is. But the plan is nothing like Maryelle's paperwork skills. And they they stare evilly at Maryelle, hunched on the desk, wallowing in pain. With the super scary glasses, too! Must be in the game's programming to have those glasses shine like that.
-After they have their laugh, Henrietta does say the workload is taxing. So much so that she needs "our" dear little Akatsuki around to keep her going all through the day. Unfortunately for her, and fortunately for the tiny ninja, Shiroe already gave her another assignment, but she may have a free moment to spare. Henreitta perks up at that as a cold shiver runs down Akatsuki's spine. No, really, we check in on her to see her shuddering, as if some evil has awaken from a terrible slumber and is pissed at her for some strange reason.
-So what is our tiny ninja doing? She's spying on other players, like the good ninja she is. She's watching a transaction take place between two people. Not only are EXP potions being sold, but apparently, Hamelin is working on a Leather workshop. Evil is afoot here and it must be stomped out at once!
-But first, time to see how well the raiding party did. Nyan-ta takes a look at the spoils and approves of what is in front of him. Suddenly, Maryelle, who was somehow able to escape her paperwork torture, appears, thanking Naotsugu while tackle hugging him into a wall. Seriously, girl, I know you're happy to get away from the paperwork, but don't kill somebody over your excitement. Henrietta, who is also there, tells the guild master to behave herself as Hien gives a wicked smile to Shoryu who appears to be a little jealous that Maryelle isn't doing the attempted murder tackle hug on him. Speaking of, Maryelle turns to them and thanks them, with Hien taking the time to get some more ribbing in on his friend. And suddenly they're in an argument, including name calling based on their species. Though we have some bad news, guys. Maryelle did a quick count and apparently there isn't enough. And like the Flash, Shoryu is off to fulfill the request of his one love. She doesn't understand why he's totally into this, but hey, whatever works, right? Though this is one of those open secrets that everybody but Maryelle knows. Or maybe she knows and is just playing dumb. Either could be true.
-However, Maryelle's happy little moment is just that, as we check in on her at night. Did you have plans sleeping, Maryelle? With that mountain of paperwork, the answer to that should be "no." As she tells at Henrietta of this attempted murder on her life, her treasurer tells her that this is just paperwork and it won't kill you. Unless you get a lot of paperwork. But with that job done, she can return to her own proper job. As Maryelle curses Henrietta and Shiroe, we see that the food stand is just about ready. It's called the Crescent Moon, the Refreshment Stand. Henrietta approves of the sign being used as the other girls give their comments on it as well. It looks like the plan is almost ready to be enacted.
-We then get a flashback of Shiroe providing the details to Maryelle and Henrietta. We learn that our treasure does enjoy math and numbers as she's apparently an accountant with an MBA, so Shiroe is turning to her for help in his plan. Does it have any merit? She doesn't answer right away so he continues, saying that he doesn't care where the money is coming from or even who is giving it to them. Currently, in Terra Nova, they are in a situation with no laws, so let's take advantage of that while we have the chance. So Henrietta is behind that part. At least, making up the new rules. More specifically, they need a new rule to make money, a way to make people bring them money and be happy doing so. Thinking on the feast, Henrietta believes that it is indeed possible. The two characters shine their glasses, apparently on the same wavelength, as we return to the present as Henrietta enacts the first stage of the plan. Bringing capitalism to the lawless world! This should go well.
-We cut to a knock on a door as Naotsugu has brought the overworked Maryelle a snack, made by Nyan-ta himself. Sadly, Maryelle can't be reached at this moment as she has passed out in the middle of the room, lying all over the paperwork she's suppose to be working on. Then, suddenly, she starts screaming that she can't do it, calls Umeko stupid and that she hates her. As Naotsugu tries to calm her down, she sits up, an invoice stuck to her face, disheartened at the world, so spins around, demanding a bath, to go outside and her mommy. Naotsugu apparently decides he isn't going to touch this and sets the plate down, which causes Maryelle to stop instantly. Food! Precious food!
-Maryelle takes a bite and enjoying the moment after her little vent session. Don't worry, Maryelle, we've all been there before. Naotsugu decides to hang around and thank her for signing off on Shiroe's plan. Maryelle seems a bit confused so he explains that it was something really special for her to decide to help him out like that. Maryelle smiles at that, then crawls over and pats him on the head, calling him a good boy. He reacts rather poorly, but he's probably assuming another tackle hug of doom is on the way. It doesn't happen, but she is happy that somebody like Naotsugu is there with Shiroe. After a break, they talk for a moment about the plan going down, which is happening tomorrow. Where the world as they know it changes once more.
-The next day, a player named Dolche asks his party if they want to get something to munch on before heading out to the hunting grounds. He's rocking that fox on his neck, though. It's probably a reward from one of those hunts. Kawara, a girl player who's not dresed for cold climates and is about half as tall as Dolche, is fine with that, but it'll be tasteless garbage. The second girl, Isami, who appears to be a Samurai, didn't need that reminder. Kawara and company enter the meal area and note that it's deserted. Dolche wonders where everybody is but Kawara doesn't really care at this point. Might as well go cheap on the bland. It's just throwing money away, after all.
-Hey, it's the PKers! Lycopene comes in with whatever his name is. I honestly don't remember it. I only know hers because the caption included it. Anyway, what's his name asks her if she's smelling what he's smelling. And if you are accusing her of smelling bad then shame on you, sir! Shame! But she denies smelling it. What could they be smelling? Well, Maryelle is here to help out. She calls for the attention of the residents of Akihabara and asks if they missed real food. If you do, guess what!? You can bring genuine flavor back to the table, for hte Crescent Moon Refreshment Stand opens today! So please, give it a try! So the girls decided not to go with a maid style, but instead, the family restaurant waitresses.
-Aside from those three girls we keep seeing, Maryelle and Serara are also dressed as waitresses. Though Serara seems a bit too into this as she repeatedly thanks a customer for his purchase. Except he hasn't ordered anything yet, so calm yourself already! With that, the other players look over the menu. Fifteen gold pieces for a Crescent Burger, eighteen for a Crispy Chicken Strip Basket and five gold for black rose tea! Five gold!? Are you serious? That's highway robbery! Dolche, thinks it's a bit pricey, with Kawara noting that they're trying too hard to sell it. Then again, this is Maryelle and she doesn't do things in half-measures. As proof of this, she goes to that one PKer and asks if he'd like to be the first to try one out? You'll be totally amazed at how yummy yum-yum it is. Turns out, he failed his roll and agrees to it. He'd like a Crescent burger, sweetie. Oh, and it's totally for my not angry friend here.
-But it looks like Maryelle's overwhelming charms works on anybody she targets and places the order. The other customer's are attracted to the smell, with Dolche commenting that it looks great, but has decided that it's going to be tasteless. Lycopene is hesitant, but Maryelle does push her to give it a try. After a moment, Smash... really, how could I not remember that name? Anyway, he asks Lycopene how it tastes. Like a freaking hamburger, man! And with that, the various players start ordering for food as Shiroe watches on, observing his evil plan in motion.
-We see that Dolche, Kawara and Isumi are enjoying their food, though I hope they don't mind that salt coming from their tears of joy. As the orders keep coming in, Maryelle turns to Shiroe and gives him the thumbs up. Good, good, everything is going according to plan. Soon, Shiroe will be the King of Burger Joints!
-Our eyecatch for today is of Chibi Naotsugu with that big grin on his face. When we return, we see that the organization has a giant line from their stall, with Serara holding a sign saying that she's at the end of the line, thank you for staying in place and not skipping ahead. I'm honestly surprised by how well organized it has been so far. But bad news, folks. It turns out that they're too popular as they only have one box of burgers left. Luckily, Henrietta is on the phone and tells her to not worry herself. Our tirelessly overworked chefs are making more burgers now. Well, one of them is. Nyan-ta, who I'm pretty certain can't express anything other than joy and happiness, is busy making food. Though I wonder why that one chef is crying? Did he try to become Ramsey of the kitchen and failed?
-We get some quick shots of the Crescent Moon Alliance hard at work as Henrietta says that this is the part where they really need to get going. We see Naotusug, Shoryu and Hien hard at work at getting their supplies as Mayrelle is happily busy getting other people to try out their stall. It's time to crank these out, people! Anyway, earlier Dolche and company said they needed to speak with Sojiro, so we cut to them giving Sojiro the food. He's amazed by it and asks who made it? And more importantly, how did they do it? Yeah, it'll suck if the secret gets out. And suddenly, no more Crescent Moon restaurant.
-While Maryelle has been passing the word, as is typical of any business that does well, the customer's themselves start advertising for them. We see various other players enjoying the food as one player wants to get in on the action. This is passed along to other players who immediately go into action themselves. Well, the corporate espionage started earlier than I anticipated. We get one quick shot of a person who is clearly playing at a scientist taking down notes and wondering how to replicate it. Will science ever know?
-We check in on supply line team as they just captured a bunch more boars. They're ready to go back to town but Shoryu wants to hunt some more. Naotsugu doesn't approve, telling him that he doesn't need to kill himself over this. Just take it slow and steady. But Shoryu says that he isn't going to lose, causing our Guardian to question what he meant by that? Hien says to let him be. Well, okay. As they leave Shoryu says that, for his Maryelle, he'll do anything, even conquer the world! And that's when a giant boar appears. Hey, you said you would do anything, right? Here's your first test.
-While Shoryu is fighting for his life, we check in on the staff. Serara and a couple of the other girls are passed out as Shiroe compliments them on a job well done. Maryelle pesters Henrietta for the final tally, so here it is. They made 43,776 gold in sales. They had 1,159 customers who spent an average of 38 gold pieces each. We see that the kitchen has turned into a mess as Henrietta goes over the stats. They sold out of the Crescent Burgers they prepared... as well as everything else, except the Black Rose Tea. It wasn't as big a hit as they were hoping, apparently. Maybe they should lower the price on that?
-Still, Maryelle is excited at this haul. To her, it means that they'll get to five million gold in no time if things keep up like this. Though apparently that's not fast enough for Shiroe. Why not let her have her moment? Based on the available data, it'll take a hundred and twenty days to reach the amount they want, and four months is too long for his plan. He's on a time table, people! Maryelle argues that they had to turn away a lot of customers, so they could sell more if they wanted to. Shiroe understands and knows their potential customer base. He says that there are over fifteen thousand players that would eat a Crescent Burger every day, but our MBA Accountant chimes in. No matter how high the demand happens to grow, they can only feasibly serve around a thousand customers a day and nothing more. Their guild as it is just isn't big enough. Well, I guess that means it's time to expand. Time to open up job offerings!
-While we're at it, Shiroe reminds Maryelle that this wasn't about staying in business and making money. You know, they have some kids to rescue. She understands that she forgot as she was blinded by all that shiny gold. As she laughs awkwardly, Henrietta is going to the bank to deposit everything they earned. Now back to business. Since they can't get the money fast enough, does Shiroe have any other plans? Yes, and it'll totally work, but Maryelle is apparently hesitant on this, but Shiroe tells her not to worry. Henrietta has her covered on the hard part. We turn to Henrietta, who tells them not to worry and leave everything to her. But then the shiny evil glasses come out, and she wants something in return.
-What could it be? Well, Akatsuki is in a dark hallway and we can hear the distant laughter of Henrietta, who's gone with more of a serial killer vibe this time. She asks the ninja where she thinks she's going. Without hesitation, Akatsuki books it, claiming that she has a secret mission to execute for Shiroe. But then, like in any good horror film, she trips on her own feet. Clearly, the laws of cliches govern this universe as Henrietta continues her slow walk, saying that Shiroe was kind enough to lend the ninja to her. Isn't that just wonderful? What? You sold out Akatsuki again? Now you need to hurry... and put this one!
-This being the waitress outfit from the stall. Akatsuki refuses, saying she isn't some little doll for Henrietta to dress up! She runs for the nearest door and gets shocked when she reaches the handle. Henrietta appears shortly afterwards, saying she can't enter that room. After all, this zone belongs to the Crescent Moon Alliance, and the room she tried to enter is a warehouse that only permits guild members. This shows up in various windows, saying that there is no escape for her. Left with no choice and knowing it'll damage their relationship with the guild, Akatsuki aims to fight back... except her skills are locked out. This is also Henrietta's fault, saying that she deactivated the use of skills. Oh, and she can set combat permissions individually. Like a good movie monster, Henrietta approaches the terrified Akatsuki and the horror that awaits her. Seriously, Henrietta, I think we've taken this obsession with Akatsuki far enough. Time to bring it down several notches, okay?
-So, what are the results of Henrietta's time with Akatsuki? Lots of compliments as we see our tiny ninja in an adorable waitress outfit. Seriously, I know the anime made her out to be pretty cute in a lot of situations, but this is "do not fail your Will save" levels of cuteness. Henrietta, who has apparently not let go of Akatsuki since, is freaking out from the cuteness. Maryelle, who did make her Will save, asks if anybody has seen Shoryu? Naotsugu is a bit worried but Hien says that he was after big game. Maryelle is worried for him, but suddenly, the guild hall shakes. Why? Well, turns out Shoryu took his first steps in doing the impossible as he has captured the giant boar. Still damn impressive, son.
-But then Shoryu collapses, causing Maryelle to cradle him in her arms. Turns out, he hasn't had any sleep in a while, hence him passing out all of a sudden. Still, if he was awake, he'd probably be having the time of his life. Maryelle thanks them all for the help, calling them all a blessing. Nyan-ta is there, and while he does appreciate their hard work, the flavor of a giant boar is entirely too strong for what they do. This gets a chuckle from everybody as Maryelle shushes them. You'll take up Shoryu! As she cries her tears of joy, Shiroe comments on how the Crescent Moon is friendly and well-mannered, though this isn't narration! He's talking to Minori, who's stuck in Hamelin, doing the leather work. But still, the important news. He created his own guild and he'll work hard to get Minori and Toya out and meet them soon. Just continue to have faith in them and it'll get done. You'll be fine, he swears on it. As she pricks her finger, which does cause blood to ooze out. Huh. For characters based off game code, that sure is an unusual thing to happen.
-Shiroe is standing in front of a door, but as he reaches for the handle it sparks electricity. It's the guild hall reserved for Hamelin. Minori has passed along the information to Toya, but then asks if this is really okay? Toya has no answer to give, himself lost in thought.
-We check on on Shiroe as he speaks with Nyan-ta. He says that it's very strange, since all of these buildings use to be background art, but now the HUD says the zones are all for sale. But it's not just that. Every city and building in the world is for sale. The problem is that the prices are just outrageously high. Nyan-ta agrees, then adding that you need a small fortune to buy a building around here, he suggests that maybe Tokyo Station should be their headquarters? Not exaxtly what Shiroe had in mind. I think he's aiming for something bigger.
-After a break, we cut to Shiroe and Nyan-ta hanging around, soon greeted by Sojiro. Oh, now I recognize him. He was one of the other members of the Debauchery Tea Party. After passing their greetings, we learn that Sojiro started his own guild. He calls it the Brigade of the West Wind. We then get some stats related to him. He's a human Samurai, full name is Sojiro Theta, and he's level ninety. Shiroe comments that, while Sojiro's guild is small, it's just as powerful as the biggest guilds out there. They do say big things come in small packages, but Sojiro says they aren't really all that powerful. They had formed just before the Apocalypse, and with that, their priorities changed. We then learn that, after the Tea Party broke up, Nyan-ta hasn't been logging in as often. What terrible timing, right? But I guess he wanted to check out the new expansion when it hit, and it just happened to be the one where the programmers communed with a dark god to get it out on time.
-Moving on, Nyan-ta asks if Sojiro is still keeping company with the delightful Nazna and Saki? Indeed. Nazna is in his guild and just as easygoing as she ever was. Saki was also in the guild with them, but she didn't log in during the Day of the Apocalypse, so she isn't with them. I guess that solves that love triangle that was totally there even if they don't hint at it being there at all. Though Shiroe does asks if he's still as popular with the girls as he used to be. Sojiro, being humble, would have no idea. Nyan-ta wishes he could be that young again. You know he used to be quite the lady killer back in his day.
-Back to business. Sojiro asks Shiroe what made him get in touch? As he tries to explain Sojiro interrupts him by accident, saying that he thought Shiroe didn't like him or something like that. Shiroe is confused by this as Sojiro says that he did ask the Enchanter to join him, but he kind of said "no", you know? No, I do not. But no, it's totally not that! Shiroe likes Sojiro, it's just that, until recently, Shiroe was kind of anti-guild for a while. But thanks to the Apocalypse, the world of Elder Tales has become their real world, so not only do their priorities change, but so do how they live in this world. How will Shiroe live in this world? by protecting the people who don't have the power to protect themselves. So, like Batman, but with magic.
-Shiroe explains that he created a guild. They're small, and it's not a bad thing when you think about it, but he'll only have a place for himself after he's given other people the chance. Sounds a bit lonely, if you ask me. Still, this won over Sojiro, even though I don't think Shiroe was trying to sell him anything, but this returns to the reason they are meeting here. Nyan-ta takes over and asks Sojiro his opinion of Akihbara. To him, it's basically a prison. But it's not just Akihabara that gives him that feeling, but depending on how you look at it, the whole world's a prison. For example, you can't die here, essentially making all the Adventurer's immortal. And we know how fun that is, if our stories are to be believed.
-But don't worry, Shiroe has a way to fix that. Not the permanently dying part, but everything else. But he needs Sojiro's help. After a moment of looking dejected, he smiles and says that he's in. And this is before hearing what the plan is. Nah, Sojiro just has this feeling that it's all going to work out somehow. He explains that a Samurai's job is to fight on the front lines, regardless of the plan. Besides, back in the Tea Party days, the strategists always seemed to come up with something amazing to get them through. I can't imagine who he's talking about. More compliments get passed around as we fade back to the stall. Looks like Isumi has joined the staff, though she's not wearing the waitress outfit. I imagine that was just an opening day special. Or Akatsuki burned them all up. Sojiro is helping out, too, getting orders from the customer's while they wait, and just like the ladies from before, this natural lady killer is drawing the attention of the female customers. Shiroe, you evil, evil man!
-While Dolche asks if Sojiro is find with sitting out here all day long hocking burgers for this Shiroe guy. No, obviously, but there's more involved than just selling burgers. You need to hook them with the fries, too. That and he has faith in Shiroe and his plan. We check in on Shiroe, standing in front of the guild hall, ready to enact the second stage of the plan. So far, everything has gone according to plan, but you never know when somebody is going to throw a monkey wrench in the gears. Stupid monkeys. Cue credits!
-For our next episode preview, Akatsuki explains that Michitaka of the Marine Agency, Karashin of Shopping Street Eight, Roderick of the Roderick Merchant Guild are all masters of the largest crafting guilds, and they've been gathered into one place. Their trading partners are the Crescent Moons, Marielle and Henrietta. And the shadow that manipulates them? Some Enchanter wearing glasses thinking of some plot for something. I don't know, I think it's world conquest. But who can keep up with these things, really. All this and more in our next episode, Devious Four-Eyes. For this is their reality now, selling burgers in an online game.
For our voice actor look, today we have Sojiro, as played by Matt Hune, who appears to be new as I only found two roles, including this one. He also played Bunta Kosugi in Maid-Sama. I think he's doing a fine job, if you ask me.
So we've seen the plan in action. Or more specifically, part of the plan in action. Shiroe appears to be playing the long game here, moving in dimensions that no mere mortal can hope to comprehend. However, unlike other characters who can typically move in such levels, Shiroe knows his own limitations and realizes he can't do everything by himself, hence why he's getting help. Honestly, that's something I like. Sure, he appears to be insanely smart, but that doesn't make him all powerful, nor does it mean he can do everything on his own.
Still, I'm expecting a massive pay off with this plan, and I suspect it's going to be world changing, too. The first stage has already done that, but Shiroe is clearly thinking bigger, and I imagine nobody is going to escape from this massive shake up. And from the way other characters react to him, they take notice when he starts to move.
In the end, will Shiroe and company succeed in their plan? Will they be able to get Minori and Toya out of their predicament? Will they be able to bring law to the lawless? Tune in next week to find out.
Until next time, remember, when opening up your first food stall, make sure you have your employees dress up in special outfits for the occasion. That will really get the customer's attention.
2 weeks agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next episode of Log Horizon. The show about a bunch of people getting stuck in a game where the worst thing about it is how tasteless the food is. Welcome to hell, people!
In our previous episode, after the successful rescue of Serara from Susukino, Shiroe, Akatsuki, Naotsugu and Nyan-ta, along with their ward, make their way back to Akihabara. Along the way, as Shiroe and company lament about the tasteless food, they come to an important discovery. Nyan-ta, who is of the Chef Subclass, can make food that actually tastes. Something that is sorely lacking in their lives. They discuss how this could have been a thing when they have failed, and apparently, it's all about your skill as a chef, or if you have a cooking ability. Which means that those chefs are going to become very popular very soon.
While on the return trip, Shiroe thinks on two younger players he met in the game, as well as introducing a new aspect to the game, the Teaching System, where a higher level player purposely reduces their level and stats to match lower level players in order to teach them how to play the game. This is important because we focus on those two players briefly and find that they're basically stuck in a VR version of Oliver Twist and have had issues with recent raids because the higher level players don't use the system, thus making it difficult on the lower level players.
Oh, and we learn that the NPCs, called People of the Land, aren't really NPCs now. It's been hinted before but this past episode outright confirms it. So how will Shiroe handle this new information, and will he be able to rescue his wayward students? Let's tune in and find out.
-Before we begin, I want to mention a bit about the tasting system. SAO, for all it's faults, spent a good deal of time mentioning that particular system and how crazy complicated it is. Akihiro, who is a dick, and for all his faults, went out of his way to make a system like that. Why would he do that? Well, as it's shown here, eating food without any particular taste would drive people insane and possibly make them suicidal. It would kind of defeat the purpose of his experiment if that happened.
-Anyway, on to the show. Shiroe gives a brief recap on Serara and her rescue, as well as explaining what a guild is. Basically, they're a team of Adventurer Player Characters. And these Guilds offer many advantages, which we see briefly in the various shots of other guilds. Oh, and a brief shot of the return of Serara. Marybelle is patting her on the head while Henrietta has Akatsuki in a death grip. You can tell the tiny ninja would like to get away now. Anyway, what advantages do guilds have over regular parties? For example, a shared vault in the game's bank and a dedicated communication system. And most importantly, the potential use of a guild hall, located at the guild building.
-But you aren't just given a place in the building. No sir, they have to be purchased or rented. And after that, they are divided into several ranks. Normally you select a hall based on how many members you have in total. For example, the Crescent Moon Alliance uses what's known as a Rank "B" Hall, consisting of seven rooms. One of those rooms is the feasting room, which we see the guild using since the return of Serara. And some of those players are really happy with the food, too. Shiroe comments that, for them, the size is a perfect fit. Why? I think they were mentioned to have seventy total members, maybe? I could be mistaken on that.
-After the opening we're back to the feast. Nyan-ta is teaching a bunch of players how to cook without using the command menu. One of the players cooking cries tears of joy over this joy, but Nyan-ta asks him to not cry that much. You'll ruin the dish by making it too salty. So basically, if you have a chef skill you can basically make anything, regardless of complexity, right? Well, no. As another player shows in their failure, if you try for a complicated dish beyond your chef level, it won't turn out right. And even then, if two people with the same level use the same ingredients, the dishes can still taste different. Well, that makes sense on a cooking front. Unless you're Chef Ramsey, then you expect it to be the same, no matter what.
-Back in the feast hall, a couple of players note how Serara is working the room despite the ordeal she suffered. And the fact that this party is for her. She could learn to relax a bit, you know? But then again, she is in the Maid subclass and who knows who else is working there. They could also be short handed, but I get the feeling that she's a bit of a workaholic.
-Tonight's episode is titled Resolve. In the feast, Naotsugu is imparting advice to one of the players. He tells this player that the level isn't what's important, it's what comes after leveling up. What's that? Maybe a special attack? No you poor, young fool. Panties are what's next! Wait, what? Maryelle, hearing part of the conversation, but Shoryu, the player in question, immediately stops Naotsugu from talking to avoid trouble. Luckily Henrietta calls her away so he's saved by the bell. And this is why you can't have Naotsugu in polite company anymore.
-As more food is carted, Henrietta is giving advice to Maryelle. Basically, don't tell anybody else about the important of this food secret. But it's the life of the party? And apparently that's the point. If people were to find out about this, it would cause trouble for them and their guild. Though apparently this is Shiroe's advice, and he's usually pretty spot on about these things. As for Shiroe, he's still a bit of a wall flower, but a couple of other players come by to thank him for the rescue and cheer with him. Being one of the rescuers I don't think you'll be able to hide in the corner, Shiroe.
-Speaking of wanting to hide in the corner, Akatsuki was just cornered by Henrietta. Apparently the little ninja asked a favor of the accountant and she's just ecstatic over it. She calls upon Ashlin, and soon she appears, bringing with her three types of summer dresses. Akatsuki, blinded by how sparkly it all is, says that she is Shiroe's personal ninja and cannot wear such frilly things. Oh, turns out, Shiroe gave Henrietta permission to play with her. I'm don't think he put it that way, but I think you're out of luck, Akatsuki. She screams to the heavens at how her lord sold her out! How could you, Lord?
-Dusk soon turns to night as many players have passed out from too much fun and food. Shoryu, the player getting advice from Naotsugu, talks in his sleep and declares his love for Maryelle. She's right there, of course, but passes it off as drunk players being drunk. Shiroe is helping out by cleaning things up but smiles to see Maryelle hard at work. She tells him that they'll be busy cleaning up and asks if he's heading to bed. Nope, so Maryelle will happily entertain him for a bit. Because it's the proper host thing to do.
-So Maryelle takes Shiroe to a darken room and thanks him for helping them out. He claims he didn't do anything special, but Maryelle argues otherwise. He saved Serara from a creepy stalker who wanted to keep her, so that's a big deal to her. That's nice, but Shiroe has work on his mind and asks for what's been happening around town since they've been gone. Good news is that things are getting better, somewhat. There isn't as much player killing now and the town seems safer. Hey, it's those players that tried to kill Shiroe and company earlier! Glad to see they're still together.
-Anyway, Maryelle says that, for some reason, everybody feel uneasy, like how everybody is banding together into their own social cliques. How so? Well, she explains that her guild is a small guild with fewer than thirty members, so ignore what I said earlier, okay? In her guild they have four level ninety's, but the most of them are below level fifty. However, there are some huge guilds out there. One of them is called the D.D.D., which Shiroe has heard of, right? They're the guys with Krusty. Turns out, they beat Oracle Tower. Apparently there was a lot of talk on how a Japanese guild could never beat it, so they just went ahead and proved them wrong. I guess we know what buttons to push on them if we need them to do something.
-Maryelle goes on to explain that a raid fight needs about five hundred individual player fights to go off properly, and D.D.D. has nearly fifteen hundred players. And more than a handful are level ninety. Shiroe comments how big that guild is to be a social clique. Which is Maryelle's point. It feels like the bigger guilds are running Akihabara through some sort of tyranny by majority. Even those NPC shopkeepers are feeling bullied by all the cliques. So, yeah, like Susukino, only without the wanton death and destruction.
-But it's not just in town that's a problem. Maryelle explains that they're having the same problem in the hunting grounds. Because of the division between the strong and weak guilds, a smaller guild won't approach a fertile hunting ground when it's already occupied. We see this with one of the players waving off our PKers. And obviously you can't fight in town, either. And with the hunting grounds being next to the cities and the spots being occupied, hence why PKing has gone down. Sadly, this means that, in some cases, it's getting worse. Shiroe comments on this, how fixing one problem leads to another taking it's place. Could anything else be worse?
-Why, yes, there is! Maryelle says that invisible barriers are being erected everywhere. Cliques become parties become guilds and everyone's trying to pick a side to stay safe. Oh, that's what you mean by invisible barriers. Also, when did you guys move to the bedroom? Anyway, Maryelle says nobody can be blamed for it, and it's not like the bigger guilds are the bad guys, unless they're like that one guild in Susukino, who are totally the bad guys. They don't have any laws expect to not fight in the city, so you don't need a conscience to live here. And Shiroe doesn't like this one bit. While some people may prefer this kind of anarchy. Screw the system, man!
-But this is part of Maryelle's point. We see her in the meeting between guild leaders, where one player says to her that they know what would happen if they try opposing the larger guilds. Well, yeah, but that's why they're holding the meeting to begin with. Basically, they all need to work as allies or they'll be starved out. Maryelle is speaking about this meeting to Shiroe, and how the plan is to band together into a joint council of sorts. However, it didn't work quite as well as she hoped. Sadly, as in many cases, they ended up arguing over minor differences of poison and selfish requests. So, like the internet, only more personal. All but two of the leaders leave, with one of them apologizing to Maryelle, but the other saying that he knew it wouldn't work out. And yet you stuck around, anyway. You must be a nice guy at heart.
-Back in the present, Maryelle sighs, because the hits just keep coming. The guilds of the Black Sword Knights and the Silver Sword are aiming for ninety-one. Really? Apparently the level cap in the game was level ninety, but thanks to the expansion, the cap limit got increased to one hundred. And while the Apocalypse is keeping those players in, it's also keeping new players out, too. Maybe, assuming my AI theory is incorrect. So, yeah, this is a problem since pretty much everybody here aren't newbies, so everybody has a guild. Well, unless you're Shiroe, who can get away with being a freelancer.
-Maryelle explains that the Black Sword Knights always had a thing about being the best fighters on the server farm. Their guild master, Isaac, is proud. Or she theorizes that he just likes excluding others, but he won't allow anyone under eighty-five to join. She then provides another example, Krusty and the D.D.D., but he's opening his doors and taking in the small guilds that want to join. Shiroe suspects that Isaac is fighting quantity with quality, which he can't really argue against. Of course, in order to make the level eighty-fives better, they need to hunt monsters of the same level. Shiroe comments that, because this stopped being a game, any fights with monsters of that level sound like a quick trip to the Cathedral. Well, yeah, if they were taking the normal risks, Maryelle would agree, but they're doing something far more horrific than that. They're leveling up using EXP potions! Those cheaters!
-Shiroe actually does balk at his. What are those guys doing with EXP potions? For those that don't know, EXP potions are items that give a player a slight increase in their attack power and faster health regeneration after injury. They also double the experience a player earns in combat. The admins configured the system to give player under level thirty one EXP potion every day. The idea was to let newer players level up more quickly and enjoy the game more. So, wait, my Oliver Twist comment was spot on?
-So, yeah, the reason that the Black Knight Swords have those potions is due to an extortion ring. A group called Hamelin, who targeted lower level players after the Apocalypse happened. They entice players under level thirty into their guild for their potions. And it's not just one player, it's all the players, every day. Shiroe is shocked by this comment, so shocked in fact that, when the eye catch happens, we see him in chibi form! Very shocking indeed.
-After that, we catch Shiroe alone, in town, and basically feeling a bit down. Everything is going wrong around him, but who would be at fault? It isn't just one person that's to blame as they all have a part in this, including him, and he's not doing anything to make things better. Sure, he helped rescue Serara, but what did that really do in the long run aside from help protect a young girl from physical and mental abuse at the hands of a guy who would do terrible things to people just because he was bored?
-Shiroe himself admits to this, that he only went to Susukino to vent some of his frustration at the way things are going in this world, but that wasn't solving much. A voice calls to him, but it's in his head. It's Kanami, asking if he's lost in thought again? She says that there is nothing wrong with thinking, since he's already smart enough, so why not just solve the problem already? You know, I wonder if we'll know what happened to her. I suspect Shiroe fell for her hard, leading to some really awkward moments afterwards, but I'm just speculating at the moment.
-Lost in thought, Shiroe doesn't take the advice of the digital ghost and wonders what he's really good for? He doesn't have a guild, after all. He then stops and repeats his thought. He doesn't have a guild. He thinks on the twins, Tohya and Minori, who are in Hamelin. He goes to tap on them and stops, saying that's just an excuse. I think Shiroe is on to something here. Something about guilds and how not having one isn't an excuse. I suspect his plan is... to burn it all down.
-Meanwhile, we check in on the younger players in the Oliver Twist Orphanage of Hell, also known as Hamelin. Isuzu asks Minori is she's sleeping. Nope. They're too tired to sleep. That always seemed like a weird excuse to me, to be honest. How can you be too tired to not sleep? The girls talk a bit, with Isuzu telling Minori that her brother helped her out during the fight yesterday. She then comments on his good traits. A good guy, kind, happy and a hard worker, too. As the sibling, Minori scoffs at that. That doesn't sound like her brother at all! Because he's empty headed! This comment gets the girls to chuckle a bit, because making fun of the men is always a good laugh to have.
-Izusu comments that Toya and Minori seem to be getting along pretty well. When its as still a game, the twins would pair up and adventure on their own. Minori won't deny it, as Toya wanted to play so much. Speaking of, Toya is able to sleep and ends up smacking another guy while moving around. And this is what happens when you put people in cramp quarters like this. But then again, this is the Orphanage from Hell, after all.
-Back with Shiroe. He explains that all those old guilds invited him to join up, but all they wanted was to take advantage of his veteran status on a server farm. And as we established before, he hated that, and that's why he didn't join any. Though he wonders about that. Having people rely on you isn't a bad thing, he guessed. He passes by other players who are trash talking their guild master. This just adds to Shiroe's thought pattern. You get a bunch of people together and it's almost impossible to talk them into doing the right thing. This is ridiculous, trying to convince people to do the right thing instead of knowing what the right things is, even if it leads to some black and white insanity.
-Still, Shiroe tries to think of a solution. Could there be a guild he could work with? That's when Nyan-ta appears, apparently able to read his mind. We get a quick cut where Shiroe tells Nyan-ta what's on his mind and how he's stumped at this problem. He keeps telling himself all the reasons he never wanted to join a guild, but it sounds like he's whining every time. Nyan-ta agrees, saying that the system doesn't really encourage guilds to make what he calls "moral choices." Not that he's ever had that problem, because this cool cat knows what the moral choice is every time. That said, he does agree that nobody would blame Shiroe for keeping away, since the best advice he could give is to not join a club that would have him as a member. That doesn't sound like praising to me, but I'm guessing it's because of why they would want Shiroe, and not for any moral reason.
-Nyan-ta continues ,saying that no matter how hard they try, they can never be part of something that's absolutely perfect. Every system will eventually fall into decay. Now, he tells Shiroe that he can hate that fact with every fiber of his being, but then you might as well start hating life itself while he's at it. And as for Nyan-ta, he's evolved passed hate into love for everybody. Because that's how smooth of a cat he is. But this is something Shiroe should already know, as he stares blankly at his cat master. To help things out, he reminds Shiroe of the Tea Party and how great of a group it is, but like all those systems Nyan-ta was talking about, it keep going because they put the energy into keeping it working. Basically, if you stumbled on a treasure that you didn't have to work for, throw it back. To Nyan-ta, if you don't work for it, it's worthless and not worth your time. Seems like a waste of a good treasure, if you ask me.
-Shiroe thinks on that for a moment. He agrees that the reason the Tea Party and Crescent Moon Alliance work is because there was someone hard at work behind the scenes, and that person wasn't him. He turns to Nyan-ta and asks for his advice. Basically, do the most amazing thing he's capable of. What is that suppose to mean? He's saying to stop holding back, you dolt! He thinks back to Naotsugu's words about him needing to lighten up. From these comments, he asks if they've been waiting on him. Turns out, that's the case. And Nyan-ta is a good teacher. He doesn't lose his patience, but waited for him to figure it out on his own. Took you long enough, too!
-Back in Hamelin, we see that Minori still can't sleep, but that's when she receives a chime. She looks around to make sure nobody else heard it, but then checks the message. It's a voice chat, and it's from Shiroe. Hey, do you remember him? That guy that helped you out before? Given that Minor is holding back her tears, I would say the answer is yes. So it's time to figure some things out. Since other players can hear her, he gives her a system to use to answer. One cough for yes, two coughs for no, and three times if she wants to say something. Its a fool proof system... unless you're sick. You aren't sick, are you, Minori? Though Minori is freaking out a bit, because it's quite obvious that Shiroe knows what is happening here.
-So after a test of the system, Shiroe confirms that Hamelin has the twins and that they're being forced to give up their EXP potions. Then comes the most important question in this chat. Are you okay? There's hesitation, prompting him to ask again. She coughs once, prompting him to ask a third time, causing her to cough three times, but that isn't something she wants to say. Well, at this point he suspects that things are going bad, but will believe she's okay. He's going to move fast, so believe in him, okay? He will come for the twins, no matter what, even if it means burning the whole god damn world to the ground!
-But Shiroe is going to need help with that. He rejoins Akatsuki and Naotsugu, who were worried that he disappeared over the night, but he smiles. Time to bring them in on the plan. But he'll need more help than just those two. He goes to Mayrelle and Henrietta and asks for their help. Sure! I mean, the guild does owe him big time for rescuing Serara. So it's time for them to return the favor. The twins that are on his friend list need some help. Basically, they've been kidnapped and he wants them out and he'll burn it all to the ground if that's what it takes to get them out. Shoryu says that all they need to do is leave the guild, right? Well, if it was simple, Shiroe wouldn't need help, would he?
-Speaking of, Henrietta asks what guild Shiroe is talking about. Hamelin, and Shiroe believes that they've overstayed their welcome. There's a moment of silence before Shoryu asks if he's really serious about this sort of thing. Well, no, he isn't talking about destroying a guild. He's talking about banishment. Well, we've gone to quite the extreme here, haven't we? Maryelle understands how he feels, but that is a little beyond their power to help. Wait, hold up! He ain't done yet!
-Shiroe says that Hamelin is only the beginning of his plans, since they're a small part in a much bigger problem they all have. He says that he doesn't like the way Akihabara feels right now. They're lazy, narrow-minded, and out of touch. And that's why he's going to clean up this city. So, wait, are you basically going to become Batman? Though the banishment part sounds like you're trying to be the Green Arrow. So, yeah, the three players gasp at this as he explains that Akihabara is their hometown, the largest city on the server and it's falling apart. Every head hanging low, not knowing what to do, like they're waiting but not knowing what they're waiting for. It's just gray, dull, and lifeless. Like the food you eat if you weren't a chef.
-With that, Shiroe explains that they need to seize this opportunity before it gets away from them. The girls ponder this, but he keeps going. There are thirty thousand players on this server, but that also means there are only thirty thousand of them for the foreseeable future. They don't have the luxury of popping in and out of Elder Tales anymore, and they're vastly outnumbered. And in these desperate times, desperate measures are called for. Shoryu... smiles? Sounds like he's in on this plan. He'll go get his torch. Maryelle has reservations, but Shiroe bows to her, pleading for her help. Shoryu, who's already sold on the plan, asks to hear it out.
-So then, what's the big plan? Henrietta won't pledge their support unless they know what the plan is. First, he's going to need some money to make it work. Five million in gold should cover it. And everybody goes blank face, including Shoryu, who isn't a fan of this part of the plan. Also, the guild doesn't have that much money, even if they cashed in their valuables. Maryelle asks what the money is for? Well, the money itself is not the important factor when you think about it. It's just a means to an end. The real problem comes after that. And that requires everybody to be on board with this idea. Call him crazy but he thinks more people love this town than don't. And those are the people he need on board with this plan. They will help them win, and they can win. So Shiroe asks again, please help him and his guild. Wait, what? What guild?
-Mayrelle asks about that and Shiroe confirms it, but then apologizes to her since she provided an invitation and all. She's all cheers, though, because it means he has a home now. So what is this guild call? He thinks on the sunset when they first crossed the Depth of Palms, but they're joined by Nyan-ta. Shiroe explains that they bear the story of those who challenge the edge of the Earth. They are... Log Horizon. Cue credits!
-In our next episode preview, Akatsuki says that delectable scents are in the air. Juicy meat, crisp, fresh lettuce, and tomato with a touch of sourness. The sweetness of lightly toasted bread and smooth butter topped off with spicy mustard. It's called the Crescent Burger. On sale today for just fifty gold. Wait, did Akatsuki just read off an advertisement? I hope she got good money for this. But all this and more in our next episode, Crescent Moon. This is their reality now.
I think I know what Shiroe needs the five million gold for. I remember this because this was pointed out in the first episode, but Shiroe noticed that the zone was one sale, and its as on sale for about five million gold. He plans to buy the zone and rule it with an iron fist. Failing that, it's back to the "burn the world" plan.
And it's time for some voice actor talk! Though we didn't have many players this time around, but we'll be focusing on the twins.
Toya is played by Greg Aryes, who played Negi in Negima! and Tomoki in Heaven's Lost Property. It's a versatile actor with a ton of range, too.
As for Minori, she's played by Luci Christian, another prolific actor, who's many, many roles include Nagisa from Clannad, Wrath from Fullmetal Alchemist, and Hestia in Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
So we have a plan, but still, five million is a lot of gold. How will Shiroe get the money? The next episode preview seems to hint at what it could be. But will he succeed and help get the twins out? Tune in next time to find out.
Until next time, remember, when you see a problem that seems impossible to solve, ask the smartest guy you know to solve it. I'm sure he'll come up with a better plan than "smash it until it's no longer a problem."
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Though honestly, if Casko was in it, it would end so much worse for them.
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Hello everybody and welcome to another exciting episode of Log Horizon. The show about a bunch of people trapped in a game where other players have gone full on megalomaniac and obsess over other players for reasons that are apparent to nobody but themselves, because they need a way to cope, dammit!
In our last episode, and yes I'm doing this even though the last episode was Friday, Shiroe and company make it to Susukino and find that things are actually worse than they first thought. The entire city has become a wretched hive, giving off vibes that makes them scream "Please don't come in." Which means that they won't linger in town. There they meet up with Serara and Nyan-ta, who reveals to be old friends with Shiroe and Naotsugu, and leave town, only to confront Demicas and his guild. But they expected this and push enough of Demicas' buttons to get him into a one-on-one fight with Nyan-ta.
The fight appears even at first, but it becomes apparently that, in a one-on-one situation, a Monk will be difficult to kill, but as mentioned, Shiroe has a plan. With the help of Naotsugu and Akatsuki, they're able to defeat the guild, with Serara getting the final hit on Demicas. That's one way of making your feelings clear. Of course, they're still in town, so they know better than to linger, and soon, our heroes are off to return to Akihabara and report their successful mission. Hopefully things will calm down a bit now, but the mystery remains. Why are they stuck in the game and what kind of Dark God will they have to commune to escape? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins with some 8-bit love as a player character speaks to a shopkeeper to buy some good stuff. Shiroe explains what an NPC is as the graphics of the games shown evolve. To sum it up for the very few people who don't know what an NPC is, they are characters in the game that are designed by programmers, with set dialogue and no distinct personalities. There purpose is to fulfill roles at certain points in the game. Oh, so we're going to be discussing that thing I was talking about before, eh?
-The distinction is Elder Tales is a bit different. Players are called Adventurers while non-players are called People of the Land. As we linger on a farmer looking at some dark clouds in the sky, Shiroe suspects that the Apocalypse may have changed that, which the show has hinted in the previous episodes.
-After the opening as we check in on the Crescent Moon Guild. Maryelle has just been given the news of Serara's rescue from Susukino and she's holding back her tears of joy as the rest of the members express their own in the background. Though I suspect Henrietta wants to take over the call to make sure her precious Akatsuki is doing fine. Though it's Serara giving the update, not Shiroe. Serara does apologize for making her guild master worry, but when the call ends, she turns to her saviors and is still in a bit of shock over the whole rescue operation. More due to the fact that it actually succeeded and didn't end with their horrible deaths and whatever horrible things they had in store for her. And it's probably best we don't think about it too much.
-Shiore explains that they're passed the Lyport Channel, which I'm assuming is quite far from Susukino, and that Brigandia doesn't have any griffins, putting them weeks ahead of any troop that would be crazy enough to go after them. Nyan-ta tells her sweet girl that it's fine now so she doesn't have to worry about those mean guild members anymore. Serara finally lets the weight of her emotions get the better of her as she falls to her knees, thanking them. Wow, what kind of horrible ordeal did she have to survive before being rescued by Nyan-ta? But hey, at least nothing can ruin this moment, right?
-Well, except for maybe a stomach growling. And unfortunately, it's coming from our tiny ninja. When Naotsugu points this out, Akatsuki starts to yell at him, but he responses with a joke getting everybody else to laugh. I'm guessing she didn't knee him in the face because the comment didn't warrant such an action... or they were in front of new people. Take your pick.
-Tonight's episode is titled Return to Akiba. Though it's also listed as Return to Akihabara. Both are technically true as Akiba is the shorthand of Akihabara, but it's still got to be pointed out anyway. When we return to our heroes we see them making camp. Akatsuki is making firewood while Naotsugu and Shiroe are building the tent. The Guardian mentions that he's never really pitched a tent before, so Shiroe helps him out by providing some tips on how to start. This is new to Naotsugu as Shiroe didn't seem to be the outdoors type. He isn't, but Shiroe read a book about it. Though he admits that it probably wouldn't be as easy it is in the game world than in the real world. Naotsugu agrees with that, given how much innate knowledge they seem to possess. Like riding horses and feeding griffins, though Naotsugu still has an issue of not getting eaten by one.
-We cut to Nyan-ta and Serara collecting firewood. Despite being far from the city it looks like our Swashbuckler Cat is keeping close tabs on his charge. Though honestly, given how Serara reacts to a wild deer, I don't blame him for staying too close. She does comment on an animal that isn't a monster. This, however, gives Nyan-ta a time to shine. And he produces a twinkle in his eye that gets Serara to react to it. No, really, he can twinkle his eyes on command. And that isn't something you do in game, either. It's just an innate trait of his.
-Day turns to night as Naotsugu and Shiroe have finished up camp, complete with a table and chairs. Shiroe seems to be enjoying himself a bit, and usually the best part is the food. Except the food here is absolutely terrible. Akatsuki notes that Serara and Nyan-ta are running late. But at that moment, Naotsugu has picked up the scent of something. This causes Shiore and Akatsuki to do the same thing. What do they smell? Why, they smell meat roasting on an open fire. What could be making such a fantastic smell?
-We cut to some food grilling and see our source. It's Nyan-ta, who notes the arrival of Shiroe and Company. He asks them if the smell of his fine cuisine rouse them from their camp? Serara does an addorable wave as we quick cut to our three heroes willing to give the food a shot, even if it is tasteless, because dammit, it smells so good. After an awkward pause where we expect them to complain, we see Naotsugu just go ecstatic and Akatsuki just keeps chomping at it. They're all compliments, describing the different herbs, spices, texture and juiciness of the meat. Oh my Lord, it's food! Real, honest to God food! Nyan-ta is happy about all the compliments he's getting. Geez, a smooth operator, calm in any situation, an excellent fighter and now a supreme chef? Is there anything you can't do?
-Naotsugu immediately confesses his love for Nyan-ta, then asks for seconds. Akatsuki and Shiroe join in as Nyan-ta shows that he's really enjoying this. Serara, watching from the side, likens this to a mama bird feeding her little chicks. Anyway, time for the important questions. Wow? Why? Who? And can anybody else do it? Serara giggles that cute giggle of hers as Nyan-ta explains how he became a master chef, though it make take a few years to go through the entire story, so he'll just give the cliff notes.
-Nyan-ta explains that, in game, you can pick the item you want from off the menu and it will make you food. You know, just like in the game. But as Naotsugu points out, the cool cat's food has actual taste to it. And that's the point, according to Nyan-ta. You need to stop thinking of this as a game. As a point, fruits and vegetables still have their flavor, right? So it's time for the big secret. How do you make the food actually have taste? Simple, just don't use the interface. You want good food? You have to work for it. Except they've tried that before and can't get the same results. Oh, well then, sounds like you guys didn't have a chef subclass or something with a similiar cooking skill. As for Nyan-ta, he has mastered the gentlemanly art of being a chef. No, really, that's his subclass, chef.
-Which means that, no, not everybody can cook the fine meals that Nyan-ta can do. More to the point, you have to be in the chef subclass or have similiar cooking skills to make a decent meal. Shiroe ends up agreeing that he's still stuck in that gamer mentality, which means something. I don't know what yet but I'm sure it'll get there. Akatsuki calls upon Master Nyan-ta to properly introduce herself to him. Our Supreme Chef is all compliments to the little lady and how well she handled things back there, but she says that the way he thought was just on a level of it's own. Naotsugu tries to say how good he did, but Akatsuki isn't having any of it. As they bicker, they get a laugh out of Shiroe and Nyan-ta.
-Nyan-ta seems to think that Shiore has some good companions by his side, then turns to Serara for her own introduction. She's a level nineteen Druid with a maid subclass. Then she apologizes for all the trouble she caused with her poor healing skills back in Susukino. They say not to worry about it, but then she expresses her gratitude to Shiroe, but he tries to say he didn't do anything special. Nyan-ta says that this is typical Shiroe, always easily embarrassed. He does seem to be pretty humble about these things, too. At least, he doesn't seem to be plotting anything sinister... yet.
-As for Naotsugu, he paints a picture of Serara, claiming he knows about her. That she was called the third cutest in class and probably got more secret love letters than anyone else. Turns out, he's spot on with that assessment. And, quite suddenly, Akatsuki gives him a knee to the face. She then reports that she gave Naotsugu a bloody nose instead of asking for permission. Naotsugu returns and is quite upset with the sudden attack. Oh, but the knee to the face wasn't the punishment. No, she's going to eat his dinner instead. You fiend! Though I like Serara's reaction to the sudden attack being... somewhat blank. Like, she's holding a cute expression, but she's probably holding that expression because something unusual happened and she doesn't know how to process it properly.
-Later, Naotsugu has a big belly and is unable to move, with Akatsuki calling him a dummy for eating too much. With that out of the way, Serara asks about Nyan-ta and Shiroe's past relationship. Nyan-ta also mentions Naotsugu, then explains that they all just happened to be in the same loose-knit group of players known as the Debauchery Tea Party. Akatsuki recalls hearing that name, where they were so good that they were able to defeat some notoriously difficult quests that the admins added to the game. So they were all in the same guild, right? Well, not exactly. Naotsugu says it was more like a hangout. Nyan-ta explains that they were all in a different guild at the time and weren't all that organized, but they still had fun together. For Akatsuki, this answers a lot of questions, like being able to summon griffins or how they can work together so well without communicating with one another. She ends up being upset that she doesn't have that kind of deep relationship with Shiroe that Nyan-ta and Naotsugu have. Obviously, there's only one way to correct this. Training. Lots and lots of training.
-The boys notice that Akatsuki is quiet and asks if she's all right. But she has another concern. Mainly that there's no way the Debauchery Tea Party could have somebody like Naotsugu in their party. Wow, she is never going to shake off that first impression of him, is she? The boys then begin to think back on their days in the party, but it does appear that Shiroe is more bothered by it than anything else. I guess he was involved in something that caused the party to disband in some nasty way. But I guess we'll see as the show goes on.
-We get a quick travel cut to the group's next camp site. This time, they're having fish. During the meal, Serara stares at Nyan-ta, calling him cool, handsome, young, kind and always will to help. Well, that's just based on his appearance, that of a cat, but then she starts to correct herself. She thinks that maybe Nyan-ta is a middle-aged man, but handsome and in excellent shape. She is curious as to how he keeps that wonderful, slim form. She says that, next to him, she looks fat. Oh, honey, I don't think that. Besides, Nyan-ta kind of has that unhealthy look going for him if this was a real world setting. In any case, it's clear that the young girl is quite smitten with this cool cat. Though while she is sitting behind Nyan-ta, who can't see her movements, Shiroe and Company can see it and see what she's quite into him. This gets a laugh out of the boys while Akatsuki thinks Serara has good taste. Wait, are you into cats as well?
-As we see Nyan-ta provide some tea to Serara, Akatsuki explains her reasons. First, Nyan-ta is a first-class swordsman. Shiroe can get into that, but then wonders if Nyan-ta would be okay with all their girlie stuff. Wait, I feel like I missed something there. Did I miss something there? Was this just a bad cut or something? Though Akatsuki makes it clear that, even if Shiroe isn't adept with a sword, he does have other appreciable talents. He smiles, asking if she thinks she hurt his feelings or something. She claims not to, but then pouts, causing Shiroe to be confused as to what happened. Though I think it's obvious that Naotsugu knows what's up, as we all do. He just won't say it out loud because he doesn't want to miss out on dinner again.
-At night, Naotsugu comments that Serara does look young, with Shiroe wondering just how young she really is? Well, they can't say either way since they all look like their game avatars and not what they actually look like. Naotsugu starts to suspect that, based on looks alone, she looks like an elementary schooler, but gets punched before being able to complete it. Okay, now that was not deserved. Shiroe thinks maybe middle schooler. Perhaps she's the same age as the twins. Wait, what twins? Well, these two players he met when it was still a game. A girl, who was a Shrine Maiden, and her twin brother, who was a Samurai. We get a flashback where we can't really see the players well, but they're turn to Shiroe for advice on where to get more magic and skills. Naotsugu is shocked that Shiroe was ever that nice to other players. Usually he didn't like it when people turned to him for advice, but they were just so cute he just couldn't leave them be, especially on their first day. So he helped them out, and that teacher system really helped out. So, what, Shiroe is an actual teacher in the game? Does it come with extra pay?
-Akatsuki asks about the Teacher System, which is a system that allows a high level player to lower their stats so they can play with lower-level characters. Huh, that's actually a rather good system if you want to help out other players without taking anything away from them. Naotsugu says that it's a system that's hardly used, calling it risky, but Shiroe says that was the system, to re-enact how you played in the beginning, helping out other players so they can earn their power-ups. Akatsuki is the one who mentions the skill help, with Nyan-ta complimenting her on her deduction skills. She'll make a fine detective one day.
-This leads to Naotsugu asking about the twins. Where are they now? Shiroe says that they're still on his friend's list. The sister ins named Minori and the younger brother is named Toya. We get a quick look at the list to see that they're both in a guild called Hamelin. It's going to be those two players we saw early on, isn't it? And it's confirmed almost right away as Shiroe says he saw them shortly after the Apocalypse came to pass. Though it's mentioned that, when the incident happened, everything became a sudden mess and he was separated from the twins. Akatsuki states that she was teleported into an abandoned building, which just seemed like a weird thing to happen. A moment of silence passes before Naotsugu suggests that Shiroe try to get a hold of them, just to make sure they're safe and not stuck in a situation like Serara was in. Shiroe seems to agree with that sentiment, but doesn't do it right away because, you know, it's night time and he doesn't want to be that kind of person who calls in the middle of the night for no apparent reason.
-After a cut, we see that Shiroe and Nyan-ta are having a conversation about the twins. We see them in a flashback as Shiroe suspects they joined a guild. He states that they were level eight when they left but they may actually be a little higher now. He feels confident that they'll be fine if they hooked up with a guild. But Naotsugu has a question so important he needs to get into Shiroe's face about it. About that girl, Minori. Was she a hottie? Uh... Shiroe couldn't really tell you because all he could see was her game avatar, and her voice didn't sound special to him. Clearly he's uncomfortable with this conversation but Naotsugu isn't going to let it going, saying that you could near a lot from a chick's voice if you listen. His words, not mine. Akatsuki, who is calmly holding herself back from delivering righteous fury, calls him an idiot. Don't but into conversations you don't belong in, Akatsuki!
-As the two argue, Shiroe is clearly concerned about the twins. I suspect that he'll try to look them up as soon as they return to Akihabara. We cut ot our eyecatch, which actually shows off some goblins with the title briefly saying Gob Horizon before turning back into the proper title. When we return, it's to a dark and stormy day. Though our heroes are flying, Naotsugu notes that those are some angry clouds surrounding them. Nyan-ta agrees, because even if he's playing a cat, he still isn't a fan of the rain. Time to find some shelter. Shiroe seems to recall that htis zone has a village just past those woods. We then cut to a farmer taking care of his livestock while a... very hairy cow moos. Actually, would it be a cow? It has the face of a dog, though. I am so thoroughly confused.
-Naotsugu asks where they are, so Akatuski helps out. They're in the south end of the Arb Highlands. While they walk through the village, Nyan-ta asks Shiroe if he's been alone since their last expedition. Shiroe clearly doesn't want to answer the question and redirects it to Nyan-ta and what happened to the guild he was going to join? You know, the Cat Food Guild? Seriously, there was a guild called that? When Serara asks about that, Nyan-ta explains that it was a proud organization comprised solely of players who played as cat people. And while this cat enjoyed sitting on the porch, the house was getting old... or something like that. Serara is confused by the statement, but has an imagine spot of all those cat people, including Nyan-ta, just hanging around, doing what cats do best. She is totally in for this! And Nyan-ta agrees that it was pretty good until the weather destroyed half of it. Hence came to the end of the noble guild that was the Cat Food Guild.
-Speaking of bad weather, it starts raining. And it's coming down pretty hard, too. They enter a house and asks if they can be put up for the night. That's when the farmer, the guy who we saw before, appears. Adventures, a rare sight indeed. Shiroe starts to wonder if this guy is really an NPC as the farmer introduces himself as Fedor, Village Ombudsman. Both Shiroe and Naotsugu are rather impressed by this greeting. That new expansion did some cool things, didn't it?
-After a quick cut we see Fedor shows the party to the barn. He tells them to use it for as long as he likes. We see that Akatsuki has stripped off of some of her armor as she yells at Naotsugu for getting his stink all over the hay. As they begin to argue Nyan-ta asks to be shown to the Hearth so they can cook their meal for the night. We cut to Naotsugu and Akatsuki fighting over the hay, but Fedor thinks of htem as quite lively. Shiroe can only smile. Yeah, they can be a bit embarassing sometimes.
-Some time later, Shiroe and company tell Fedor of their return trip to Akihabara. Apparently those People of the Land don't travel around too much, but Naotsugu is ready to provide a story or two, if they want. That's when Shiroe notices a couple of kids at the door, and for a moment, he sees the Twins there. But actually, it's a bunch of different kids. They greet the heroes and they introduce themselves as Mischa and Ivan. Wow, this expansion went all out for these NPCs, huh? Though apparently they're more interested in Akatsuki, who they immediately peg as a ninja. As Naotsugu is about to make a rude comment, he's interrupted by several kunai pinning him to the wall. Was that cool for you kids?
-Fedor then goes on the tale of how his grandchildren were born. It was ten below and their father decided to go out in the blizzard to the market. Which was terrible timing, so as he was the only man there, he carried their mother to the doctor on the other side of... no, wait, Ivan wants something. As he goes to check on his grandkids, Naotsugu is really impressed with the work that went into the NPC backstories. Hell, if he didn't know any better, he swear he was talking to real people. Without hesitation, Shiroe says that they are talking to real people. After all, no software engineer is crazy enough to give thousands of NPCs backstories, families, feelings, and memories. Hell, they as Adventurers run around as if they're superheroes and can't even die, no matter how many times they try. By comparison, wouldn't they be considered the freaks and weirdoes? Basically, this is their world. They are the People of the Land. Next thing you know, they'll start demanding land and money for all the things they do, too.
-Naotsugu agrees that he's been seeing more of the People than before, and he wonders why they didn't notice until now? It's an interesting thought to have. But it's fine, because Nyan-ta and Serara have come back with goodies! Dinner is going to be so awesome! Akatsuki is curious. You mean you didn't use the menu to make those items? The neighbors just sold them to you, that cheese and sausage, just like that? Shiroe explains that cheese and sausage are actually ingredients, and they also got butter and eggs. And salt, which means cookies for everybody!
-Nearby, Fedor and the Grandkids overhear them and asks what these cookies are? Well, there's a comment you wouldn't expect to hear from an NPC, now would you? After a quick cut, we come to a front just hanging around in a pond as the cookies have been made and presented the Fedor and his grandkids. They take a bite and are instantly in love. This does make Shiroe concerned, though. Probably thinking to that scene back in Susukino where they saw a bunch of wagons get wrecked.
-Meanwhile, we see some players going through the rain, trying to get back before the Triffids respawn. You know, the tentacle monsters. Turns out, they lost their healer, but the guy in the hood who kind of looks like a warlock is upset. He's not a damn babysitter! One of the players, Isuzu, is barely holding herself together and is help up by another player. This player, Toya... wait, that Toya? Anyway, he asks if Isuzu is okay, but she just got a little dizzy, that's all. He's clearly not happy because their leader is a terrible leader, getting two of their own killed as a result. They should lead a revolt, but Isuzu says that they aren't that strong, when you think about it. Then you should bide your time before beginning your revolt.
-Shrader, the warlock looking guy, is still pissed and yells at the kids for not meeting their quota. Toya argues that they're level eight while Shrader is a level twenty eight, and that's why they got beat up out there. When Isuzu asks to clarify, Toya says that apparently Shrader is a magnet for more powerful monsters, and that's why they were getting destroyed out there. Isuzu agrees with that, and this leads to Toya's revelation as to why Shiroe used the Teacher System to lower his stats. Shrader yells at them some more for talking. Seriously, you suck at this.
-Back in Akihabara, we check in on a guild hall that looks to be in a rather poor condition. We hear Minori talking, saying to Toya that if they gave them enough time, the wounds would heal on their own. They can't just keep running him out there like that. Toya than asks about her hands and we can see that they're bandaged up. Though it's nothing terrible. She's trying to sew and isn't quite used to it yet. You know, I'm getting a real Oliver Twist vibe from this place. Is that just me?
-Toya is fuming, as the captions say so, and starts questioning why they joined this guild to begin with? Minori says that they got lost and didn't bother to ask anyone else. And with that, the clock strikes nine as Shrader and a few other players appear, demanding the kids to show off their hands. And by hands I mean some sort of potion. Or at least, a bottle. One of the players starts taking them away from the kids as Shrader laughs as Toya wonders what Shiroe would do in their situation. Minori is concerned, but we fade to black. We return to the outside where Shrader has a new group of players and tells them not to get themselves killed today. Okay, I compared the inside to Oliver Twist, but clearly this guy has read it and liked how that orphanage was run.
-Before they leave, Toya turns back to hear the faint sound of somebody praising Shiroe. That's when Shiroe speaks, he instantly recognized the voice. To his joy he can see him in the distance, but is clearly conflicted on what to do. With prompting by Shrader, Toya leaves with his party. As they leave, Shiroe turns back to see Toya leaving, but he isn't smiling at all. Makes you wonder if he suspects something? Cue credits!
-In our next episode preview, Akatsuki states that they've returned to Akihabara, which has regained a measure of peace, but it's the kind of peace when the weak relinquish control to the strong. Do some see it and do nothing? Is Shiroe one of them? Will he only watch as the world becomes more warped and unbalanced? All this and more in our next episode, Resolved. Will this become their new reality?
So a bit of a breather episode after the more action heavy episode from last time. Here we learn the fine art of cooking from our smooth cat and what's required to make those fantastic meals. Basically, have the Chef subclass or have a cooking skill. If the previous hints didn't make it clear, this episode shows that the People of the Land aren't NPCs anymore, which means the players rampant murdering is just that, murder. When word gets around, it'll be question of who believes it, who doesn't, and how they'll react to it? And we briefly meet some new players that showed up in the first episode and how Shiroe will have to make a choice. He's clearly more of a loner character, but his interactions with the twins showed a different side to him. Will this be enough to get him to help out the kids in their predicament? Guess we'll just have to tune in next week to find out.
Until next time, remember, always make nice with the NPCs. You never know which ones will have an important quest to give.
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