「供贄(くにえ)の黄金」 (Kyou nie (Kunie) no Kogane)
“The Gold of the Kunie”
Silver Sword beats Abyssal Shaft, and the antagonists get their introductions. But more importantly, jealous Marie and blushing Akatsuki HNG~!
Log Horizon continues its habit of thinking beyond the MMORPG framework by dealing with property rights, of all things. To those who are still curious how all the adventurers are going to get back to earth, or are wondering why they aren’t more worried about it, there is no respite here, because it feels even more like they’re settling in for a life here. Beyond that, the idea of leveling the playing field for land rights is self-explanatory. Letting adventurers be the only ones who can own land is like restricting land rights to only white land-owning males (or however your country used to restrict them, because they all did)—it’s not fair, and it’s going to blow up in their faces eventually. The latter is important, even if the adventurers are immortal, but the former is reason enough. It just isn’t fair. Soon perhaps, it will be.
The First Raid Clear: SILVER SWORD
I felt a little cheated last episodes when they expressed Shiroe past the last bosses and didn’t give us the emotional payoff of Silver Sword’s victory, but some awkwardness in the plotting aside, it ended up the same. In particular, William giving the Moon Blossom Talisman to Shiroe really emphasized how much the dynamic has deepened between them since the raid began. They’ve learned that they can still do this thing the love, raiding, even in this new world, and they’ve grown closer as friends. Plus, given the habitual loot-lust of most raiders, the fact that they didn’t object in the slightest to Shiroe getting a pretty bauble means a lot—that they’re not short-sighted assholes, for one, but also that raiding really is different when you’re no longer separated from each other by a computer screen.
Demikas’s (& Shiroe’s) Change of Heart
What I appreciated about the whole Demikas saga was that it wasn’t just about Demikas getting over his grudge, though he did that too. The simple fact that he can flee screaming from a bunch of mobs rather than get angry is a major change, and seeing his name on the victory board clearly meant a lot. But it’s when he was inadvertently revealing how much the situation with Shiroe was bothering him that reminded us that Demikas wasn’t the only asshole.
It was funny to us when Shiroe “messed up” Demikas’ name, but that really was like Shiroe was dismissing Demikas’ entire existence. Friends can give each other nicknames and play around—or even friendly people, like Tetora’s “Demi-Demi”—but Shiroe and Demikas are not friends. Shiroe was just being a dick. It took a change of heart from both of them to respect each other just enough to move from hatred to a simple lack of like. Which is much healthier for all involved, as Demikas’s waifu knows.
Tetora-chan is Tetora-kun!
That’s right—Tetora is a boy. This is the little tidbit that some commenters were so gleefully spoiling for a long time (stop doing that!), but now we can finally talk about it. Tetora is one of the people, like Akatsuki was for a short time, who is stuck in a body different from their original sex. Which in Tetora’s case, doesn’t seem to bother her at all. Which is why I’m still going to use female pronouns for her—she’s now biologically female, and she certainly loves acting like a girl (to the point of fighting over Naotsugu, hah!), so I’ll respect her choice. Plus, her hiding her original sex from Naotsugu just so she can continue to tease him was hilarious! See what I mean about Naotsugu? A cleric on both arms. Living the Guardian dream!
Introducing: The Bad Guys
Former Debauchery Tea Party Kazuhiko (Katou Masayuki) has been namedropped several times, but now we finally see him … along with a bunch of other members of the Plant Hwyaden high council. All of which screams “Shit is about to heat up, the bad guys are here!” The most interesting tidbit was when Kazuhiko expressed surprise about the rogue royal guard (Nelreth) in Akihabara. It seems to me they’re aware of his links to Shiroe (though I’d be surprised if everyone didn’t know that, what with Debauchery Tea Party’s fame), so they’re keeping some information from him. To be honest, I was surprised they let him on the inner council at all, even if he is Lv 97. I look forward to seeing his role going forward.
Akatsuki Understands Shiroe Better Than She Knows
I could spill much ink over Marie getting ready to see Naotsugu, or her battle with Tetora. (Even ignoring Tetora’s trap status, Marie wins by a landslide. Not even a contest.) What I appreciated was the equalization between Akatsuki and Minori. For a while it seemed like Minori understood Shiroe better than Akatsuki, as Akatsuki floundered … but that’s not the case. The simple act of Akatsuki anticipating that Shiroe would be exactly on time showed she really does understand him, now that she’s come into her own more. Then she hid behind Shiroe, and I lost it. Akatsuki-chan, you’re so cuuuuuute! *Full Henrietta mode*
Looking Ahead – Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day. A rabu-rabu episode to play with all the proto-couples and ships. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!! These kinds of episodes are perfect for a break between arcs, and as a reward for all the characters have gone through. Bring on the romcom antics, baby!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Silver Sword clears the dungeon as Shiroe gets his gold (sorta). It’s a trap! (Tetora, that is) #loghorizon s2e12
- Grown up Akatsuki in that kimono-like outfit is the best!
- Oh William, you’re so tomodachi-tsundere for Shiroe.
- Henrietta is enjoying this. A little bitterness left over from her stalled crush? Maybe, though I don’t have that excuse, and I’m enjoy it too!
- Stilts note: I’ll be out of town next weekend, so expect the post to appear later than normal. Maybe on Sunday, though Monday is more likely. Thanks for your understanding.
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