「パルムの深き場所」 (Parumu no Fukaki Basho)
“The Depths of Palm”
Shiroe & co dive into a dungeon upon which reality is encroaching, while in Suskino players-turned-brigands rule the city.
Making Tasty Food
It’s been foreshadowed a few times – particularly in the ED, where a certain werecat can be seen cooking – but this episode revealed the path to freedom in this world of sorry, mushy food, and it’s a surprisingly easy one – cook like normal! Okay, so that isn’t explicitly stated, but if the ingredients still taste like they should (the orange, not Akatsuki…but hopefully both), all they need to do is take the ingredients and combine them like they would in the real world. Which brings up an interesting question…how much of this world is real and how much is a game, or could it be that they’re in a real world that a game is impressing some of its rule on? I don’t know, and if you know the answer then shuddup. I’m sure it will be revealed eventually, so mind those spoilers. By which I mean don’t post any.
Akihabara vs Suskino – Conclave vs Chaos
It’s interesting to compare these two towns. The former is still relatively under control, and has a bunch of different guilds that look like they’re keeping things in order while they figure out what to do. What has me especially interested is Marielle’s conclave of the smaller guilds, which looks like it could give rise to some of the large-scale cooperation and raiding that excites me to a frankly inappropriate degree. I haven’t a clue who glasses-armor is, but I would put money on him being the leader of a bigger, more powerful guild. Either way, Akihabara is doing alright.
Suskino, on the other hand… I tend to have more faith in humanity than most people – a fact which constantly surprises pretty much everyone, myself included – but I don’t doubt that Suskino is exactly what would happen at least some of the time in this situation. It’s a throwback to John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory, which was recently updated to “Normal Person – Consequences + Audience = Total Fuckwad”. This wonderful Demikas fellow and his guildmates in Brigandia (seriously? They deserve to die for that guild name if nothing else) suffer no consequences from their actions, and while the audience is debatable it’s really only the lack of consequences that matter here. They are last week’s PKers writ large, and since they can justify all their assholery as it being “just a game”…yeah, no surprises here. They’re not even particularly evil, they’re just petty assholes. Doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to them going down, though.
Intermission: The Housewife & Her Neko-Husband
Introducing Serara (Kuno Misaki), Lv 19 Druid and Lv 44 Maid (Edit: actually, her sub-class is Housekeeper. Normally I let mistakes like this stand, but when the original creator steps in to correct the subs, I’m publishing a correction!), because why not? No lie though, this girl is already megaton cute. Her daydreaming of being a housewife waiting for her neko-husband to come home? HNNNNG~! I would put money on her actually being the little girl that everyone thinks Akatsuki is, but that doesn’t mean she’s not adorable. Quite the opposite, if that’s your thing.
As for her “neko-husband” Nyanta (Nakata Jouji), he is voiced by Nakata fuckin’ Jouji, and I’m going to stop and let that seep in. Him using his Senyuu. / Amagami SS narrator voice for anything is always amazing, but for a chivalrous werecat protecting a fragile newbie in a scary world gone mad? I have a feeling I’m going to like this guy a lot.
Intermission: Akatsuki Is How Old!?
Speaking of Akatsuki, she’s in college!? Okay, I actually expected this because the joke was too good to pass up, as was the chance of continuing with the Akatsuki x Shiroe romance (which could have gotten weird if she was too young), but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t friggin’ hilarious when Naotsugu and Shiroe found out! Related: Akatsuki is still super cute. Related x2: She’s the perfect girl for Shiroe, because she can get just as hyper-scary angry as he can. Related x3: Akatsuki says keigo kinshi, Shiroe! Related x4: Seriously though, she’s really friggin’ cute, and Naotsugu is enjoying their flirting too. I could do this all day, but I’ll stop. For now.
Adventurers of a New-Old World
I liked the fight with the big raid boss rat thing, though the actual combat was fairly textbook MMORPG boss battle fare, save no one was howling for a healer because, well, they dodn’t have one (and it was only Lv 68, so it was a bit of a chump). What I liked was the insinuation that once again, this world isn’t as “game-y” as they thought, and that the purple mist coming off the new raid boss was what was making the dungeon fall apart. It could be a feature or it could be a bug, or this all could be more real than many characters expect. Either way, Shiroe was a badass as usual. A scary, scary badass.
Really though, what I loved the most was their reward. As Shiroe’s old friend noted, the best part of an adventure is experiencing new things, and that’s exactly why I love adventure stories like this. Standing on that cliff, overlooking a beautiful sunrise after a tortuous trial in a wondrous world I will never step foot in…it’s like they’re giving us all (most) of the enjoyment of adventuring without us having to sleep outside or get thrown around by epic rats. It’s a feeling I just can’t get enough of.
Looking Ahead – Escaping Suskino
It’s pretty clear what’s next – The new bosses of Suskino want Nyanta and his lowbie “bride”, while Shiroe & co want to get them out of Suskino alive. (Hey, that rhymed!) The bonus is with Nyanta itself, because it’s already been made fairly clear that this won’t be the first time he, Shiroe, and Naotsugu meet. Old friends reunited…and one of them is voiced by Nakata Jouji. Can’t wait!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Akatsuki is legal, Serara probably isn’t, Suskino is hell, & Nyanta has the voice of a god. What a beautiful sunrise #loghorizon 03
- That’s totally not Moria at all.
- A note of concern: some of the animation was a little subpar this week. Mostly it didn’t bother me, and didn’t detract from the story at all – in fact, if I weren’t taking screencaps of the entire episode to get those lovelies at the top of the page, I wouldn’t have noticed most of it. The baddies at the end were pretty comical though, both in action and animation. Not sure whether that was just a design choice or not, but it ended up looking a bit shifty to me. Hopefully the quality won’t dip as the show goes on.
- No Henrietta, Akatsuki-chan is mine! Wait, actually she’s Shiroe’s. Okay, actually she’s her own person, but shut up.
- Dwarves need to cut it out with these massive, totally-not-structurally-unsound-no-seriously bridges. They didn’t work in Lord of the Rings, and they don’t work here, except as ways to put our heroes in danger…so I guess they’re working perfectly!
- So Shiroe is an introvert who finally found a place he felt he belonged inside of an MMO. Yup, I think I’ve heard this story before. I think I’ve lived it *whistles*
- That brow furrow…Akatsuki already knows what Shiroe looks like when he’s lost in thought. She’s such an attentive future-waifu!
- Obligatory Akatsuki knee to Naotsugu’s face. It’s going to be one serious episode when we don’t get one of those. Until then, still funny!
Check out my blog about storytelling and the fantasy novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: The subtle sexism of not killing female characters, It’s all about the characters, Beer does the spirit good, and Convenient.