As the newbies learn that teamwork is good (no shit guys), a major attack begins that could shake up this world.
The Power of Teamwork…Uh, No Shit?
Log Horizon is best when it takes the MMORPG concept into new directions at a very high level. It’s not so good when it’s acting like viewer’s first MMORPG. Look, I understand that not everyone has the in-depth MMO knowledge that those of us who have been playing RPGs for years do, but here’s the thing – you don’t have to tell a story for everyone. Log Horizon could have been, and probably should be, targeted at those who already know how MMORPGs work – those viewers who have the equivalent of Lv 90 knowledge. Yes they need to fill us in on how things work in this particular MMORPG, and that’s fine. What they shouldn’t do is waste time having characters learn lesson we all learned the first time we were level 10 in our first MMO.
That’s what I felt when the newbies were learning of the power of teamwork. I literally said aloud “Seriously?” I thought the arc of this plotline would be Minori learning to stand up and take some measure of command, not for them to realize they need to know what their party members’ abilities do. That’s Grouping 101! Plus it made me question what they were doing all those other days when they weren’t in their 3 hours (before failing out) of dungeon crawling. Minori learning to take control would have been interesting, but the characters learning that they need to talk just makes them all seem stupid, and I don’t like my protagonists to seem stupid. Not unless it’s funny ha ha stupid, which this was not.
Scribe & Problems
Getting back to the high level characters (briefly), I found Shiroe and Henrietta talking about Shiroe’s Scribe subclass fascinating for the possibilities it could lead to. Contracts, restraining orders, magical treasure maps, brand new spells…I don’t know what kind of magic documents Shiroe will be able to create, but the idea is fascinating. Mostly I just liked Henrietta teasing Shiroe about practicing to dance and, along a similar vein, Krusty making the princess fall for him. Shipping, shipping everywhere! Though Shiroe x Akatsuki still takes preference over the Shiroe x Akatsuki x Henrietta OT3, if only because I think it’s more likely. I’ll shut up about my romantic fantasies now, moving on.
Another nice moment was when Minori called up Shiroe and gave him a status report. The newbies aren’t my favorite characters – though more because of how they’re being used rather than my not liking them in particular – but I could totally see where Shiroe was coming from when the tiredness lifted in favor of an optimistic smile. Seeing someone you’ve taught stand up and become better for it is a wonderful thing, and nothing makes all your hard work seem more worth it.
Rudy the Dog, Rudy the Frien–Erh, What?
At first I thought Izusu was comfortable about Rudy because he’s a baka, but no, it’s because he’s an inu. As a dog lover in general and a golden retriever lover in particular, I WANT ONE!! A golden retriever who can blow things up on command, that is – his looks do me no good. I’m not sure if Isuzu is interested in becoming Rudy’s master (not like that, you perverts…or I don’t know, maybe. That’s their business), but let’s ignore that for now because there are bigger fish to fry. No, I’m not talking about all the Sahuagin, though them too. If Rudy can’t be added to Isuzu’s friend’s list, what does that mean? Sadly I’ve been spoiled on what it means (not your fault, totally mind…I spent a little too long on the Log Horizon wiki), so I won’t say anymore, but all the foreshadowing is in place. I’ll leave it up to you to connect the dots, though I don’t expect it will be long before they’ll be connected for you.
Looking Ahead – Attack of the Goblin King
I’m guessing this is an event from the new expansion? I’m not sure, but rather than a dungeon crawl showing me things I already knew, this looks like a good old fashion battle, and that sounds like a lot more fun to me.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Teamwork is useful? Whoa! Sarcasm aside, foreshadowing, shipping, & inu-Rudy appear, + a wave of demi-human invaders. Charge! #loghorizon 15
- It was pretty slick how Minori used her “weakness” to get everyone talking. Smart, even if someone should have done that days ago.
- Extra points for Rudy – he may be a bit hot-headed and stupid, but he does apologize when he realizes he’s wrong, and of his own initiative too. That’s better than most people, even if he starts out stupider.
- Formation, operator, field monitor, patrol file…seems too complicated to me. Formation is good, but the rest is really just healer, lookout, and not walking like godsdamn idiots. Though considering how most MMORPG parties move through dungeons, maybe that last one is the most important one.
- Why does this healer have a knife and why is she in melee range wtf.
- Tohya is calling them Isuzu-neechan and Rudy-nii! It’s the small things I love.
- C’mon Marie-nee, even in a swimsuit and as a healer, you’re Lv 90. Melt their fuckin’ faces off.
- Oh shit, I just remembered. I usually try to pick blond male characters for my avatars because I am both blond and male. I-I have to make myself a Rudy avatar, don’t I? Ah screw it…wan wan!
Check out my blog about storytelling and the fantasy novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: Don’t break the chain, Nerds & the miracle of human consciousness, Urgency & the rush to come, and Explain yourself. My current combo counter: Writing chain, 0 day long. Editing chain, 0 days long. I suck again 🙁
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