If you have enough money, anything is for sale. Almost anything.
Devils in Megane
I don’t blame Marie-nee for being scared of those who wear glasses, ’cause those two are scary. Scary awesome! I don’t know which I like better, that for once the protagonists are the schemers or that for once the protagonists are being proactive. Scheming plans for world domination is usually the villain’s role, but Shiroe and Henrietta are making a good case that they’re the megane-wearing people for the job! Really though I guess I just get a laugh out of them acting evil, especially when Marie-nee or Akatsuki suffer hilariously as a result. This is what happens when Shiroe sells Akatsuki out!? Sell her out, sell her out all the time Shiroooee!!
Shipping Marie-nee – Naotsugu, Shouryuu, or…?
My love for Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon is well documented, and one of the (many) reasons is the endless shipping potential and OTPs (trope!), and what do you know Log Horizon is turning out the same way. If you don’t like Shiroe x Akatsuki because you’re a monster or something, there’s still other fun relationships to ship, including Nyanta x Serara and Marie x Naotsugu. Or Marie x Shouryuu? I can’t decide! Naotsugu seems somewhat scared of Marie-nee, but she certainly seems to like glomping him more than anyone else. Then there’s Shouryuu, who’s so devoted it’s hard to not be taken in by his earnest desire to help, which I think even Marie-nee would agree with even if she’s oblivious to his feelings. Speaking of, the girl is oblivious to other’s romantic feelings for once? Le gasp!
The Race is On – Grow and Conquer
I should have expected this from the original author of Maoyuu but this is turning into a business anime, and I’m totally okay with that. What I’m glad to see is that Shiroe was thinking about, because I knew the Crescent Burgers alone would make them the money they need, and that the money isn’t the most important part anyway. The way I see it, Shiroe needs power and influence to reshape Akihabara with rules of his choosing, and for that he needs to be more than Debauchery Tea Party’s old strategist and a good Lv 90 Enchanter, though those are good starts. With food that tastes like actual food crashing into the market, he has done that.
For now. It won’t last long though, as Shiroe is undoubtedly aware. Now that everyone know it’s possible to make real food someone else will figure it out sooner rather than later, if they don’t simply investigate the Crescent Moon Alliance or Log Horizon and figure it out that way. That means Shiroe needs to use this advantage while they still have it. Here’s what I think he needs to do – he needs to draw lines in Akiba. He needs to declare who his enemies are by excluding them and mark his allies by including them. Whether that means strategically divulging the secret to curry favor or what depends, but if he’s going to change the rules he needs to get everyone willing to play ball on his side and prepare to exile the rest to the wilderness.
Past that, if I were in Shiroe’s shoes I know what I would do – franchise. He wants money and he has a secret that will only last for so long, so he should pull as many people into his conspiracy as he can trust and get them making money for the plan. That’ll mean sharing the plan with them too, of course. I think that’s exactly what he was doing when he called out to Soujiro (Shimono Hiro). Shiroe is mustering his allies and drawing battle lines in the lanes of Akiba. I can’t wait to see Hamelin left all on their own.
Old Friend Soujiro
A few things on Soujiro. First of all, I’m glad someone is finally talking about how this world is a prison. That elephant in the room still needs some occasional addressing. I also really liked how it was noted that Soujiro’s a hit with the ladies. It doesn’t take this show long to quickly establish characterization for anyone they introduce, which is a marker of good writing from Touno-sensei. Finally, it’s hard not to like him even if you’re a guy. Does he need to know the plan? No, fuck it. He’ll help because it’s a friend asking, right on the front lines if need be. He’s the kind of friend you want to have.
It’s hard to guess what exactly the second step of Shiroe’s plan is, but now that he’s eyeing real estate there’s no end to the possibilities. Perhaps he wants to create posh apartment complexes to rake in even more money/expand his influence, or somehow force Hamelin out of their own guildhall. It’s useless guessing, so I’ll just wait for next week and enjoy the fun. See you then!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Shiroe is gunna rule the world, not w/ force but w/ cute waitresses serving burgers. Waitress Akatsuki? All hail Shiroe-sama! #loghorizon 07
- No no no, meido outfits were absolutely the right choice. Waitresses are good too, but c’mon!
- That paperwork. I feel you, Marie-nee. Responsibility sucks.
- I think this is the first time we’ve seen these guys when PKing wasn’t mentioned. I guess they’re sticking around!
- Even if their current world is a prison, I like Shiroe’s plan – first improve the prison, then use their newly amassed power to break free. There’s no end to his plans? I hope so.
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