「あの背中を追いかけて」 (Ano Senaka o Oikakete)
“Chasing After Them”
All of the promise the newbies embodied was paid out ten-fold. From the battle of Krusty’s army to the newbies stand on the Choushi bridge, these were some of the most exciting battles I’ve seen in a long time!
Berserker In Glasses
I love to see someone who enjoys their love, and Krusty was having a damn good time. Now we know why he’s called Berserker Krusty! Tanking with a two-hander, at the tip of an entire army battling out with hordes of goblins, nuking better than some nukers and taking on raid bosses like it’s nothing? All in a day’s work. Damn!
I am curious to see where Lenessia’s comment about Krusty being sad and lonely will go. Is it just him being lonely at the top, him missing his home, or perhaps some measure of guilt in himself for enjoying death and combat so much? I’m not sure, but they opened up an interesting question to be explored later on.
Shiroe’s Plan & The Defense of Choushi
Some of my favorite battles are the kind of strategic back-and-forth we saw here. My editor recently crystalized this, when he was giving me advice on a battle in my own book I was having trouble with. He said that the best battles are like a chess match, where each side is acting reasonably given the information they have at hand, and where cause flows immediately from effect. That might seem obvious, but rarely is it done so well as it was here.
Take Shiroe’s plan. The adventurer’s goal is to wipe out all the goblins with as little damage to the People of the Land as possible, while the goblin’s goal is basically to kill and rampage as much as they can, because they’re dicks like that. This gives the adventurers the harder job – they not only have to kill all the goblins, they have to contain them. The first goal is relatively easy for them, while the second is tricky. Hence their plan to encircle the goblins and exterminate them all at once, a plan which will go all to hell if the Sahuagin attacking Choushi get loose and attack the adventurer’s flank. All of this provides the background that makes the battles in Choushi so exciting, because we know the stakes.
Minori: Shiroe’s Protégé
This episode was filled with badassery, so it’s all the more notable that Minori topped the lists. We’ve seen her go strategist before, but it’s mostly been outside of battle. This though, was something else entirely. She’s going full-on Shiroe, controlling every element to the benefit of her team. I did find it a bit silly how she juxtaposed her 5 seconds ahead in 5% increments to Shiroe’s 30 seconds/1% increments – I mean really, it’s not that easy to measure or scale those things, especially in the heat of battle – but it’s undeniable that she has the skill.
One thing though. At first I was going to say that Minori’s micromanaging might end up backfiring on the team if they become to reliant on her, but seeing as this is the first time she’s operated at this level, either A) she wasn’t confident enough that she could do this before, or 2) she doesn’t micromanage in every battle, just the important ones. Hopefully the latter, because the others need to learn if they’re ever going to have the instinctive rapport of Shiroe, Naotsugu, Nyanta, and Akatsuki.
The Newbies Rise
Not that the other newbies weren’t impressive too. Serara in particular has come alive as she uses more nukes (Dismissal, fuck yeah!) and crowd control to become the true versatile player that a druid should be. As someone who played Druid as my main in EQ, I know I spent at least as much time nuking, snaring, and buffing as I did healing…usually more, to be honest. (And casting Spirit of the Wolf. I still wake up screaming about people bugging me to cast SoW…) I never got a kawaii AoE wolf nuke though. Whyyyyy!!
Also, fuck yeah Rudy! I’ll get to him more later, but I just wanted to say that as awesome as Serara’s Dismissal/kawaii wolf nuke were, his Burned Strike is my kind of spell. The Sorcerer is supposed to cast from the back? Screw that, it’s point-blank AoE time bitches!
Bonus: I liked how they justified Naotsugu and the others standing back and praising the newbies by them needing to regen their mana, because otherwise I would have been screaming about why they weren’t in the fight. I still kind of was, but still, understandable.
The Stand on Choushi Bridge
When it started raining, I knew they were in for a shitty time. We’ve all had battles like this before, in some game or another, ones where we’re doing everything we can, but no matter what we do the tank’s HP keeps dropping and it looks like someone – or everyone – is about to go down. Once again Minori really surprised me, from cracking out that massive protection spell with the 24-hour cooldown to her getting in and off-tanking the goblins while Rudy and Isuzu took them down, but I really felt for her when it seemed like everything was falling apart and there was nothing she could do. And then…
Rundel Haus – Adventurer To The Core
Rudy, nooooo! Sorcerers aren’t supposed to tank! Bad dog, down!
The question is, why did Rudy do it? Why did he sacrifice himself when he was the one person who couldn’t afford it, the only one who wouldn’t get back up after a death? Because he wanted to be an adventurer more than anything else. He worked hard all the time, he put all of his emotions and passion into it, because he wanted the life that adventurers have, and because he wanted to be one of them. In any other story that would be enough to make him an adventurer, but in this one they’re a breed apart. He was desperate because saving your friends is what an adventurer would do, even if it costs you your life. Unfortunately for Rudy, for him it’s permanent. Damn if he didn’t look like a badass doing it, though.
Looking Ahead – We Will Change The World
They stuck with the “Look thirty seconds ahead” line for the end of the episode for a while, and finally in this episode we found out why with Shiroe and Minori’s Full Control Encounter. Now, as Rudy is down for the count and barely holding on, they switch to “We will change the world.” Chills man, chills. I have an idea of what will come next, but I won’t ruin things with my guessing (and watch those spoilers, all). I think it’s safe to say that next week is going to be another excellent episode though.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The Berserker in Glasses, a young Strategist, & a Sorcerer who wants to be an adventurer more than anything else. Rudy, no!! #loghorizon 19
- Even the racing Ocypete really added to the sense of urgency this episode. Sooooo good…
- Only Shiroe can look badass while sitting at a computer. Naotsugu? Not so much.
- Is that some Naotsugu x Marie-nee next episode? Woohoo!
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