「2.14 甘いワナ」 (2. 14 Amai Wana)
“2.14 A Sweet Trap”
The Villain in Glasses’s one true weakness is revealed: cake.
The Curse(?) of the Coconia Fruit
Tetora immediately proves herself to be an excellent addition to the Log Horizon family by working her mischievous magic on Valentine’s Day. This was a largely fluffy episode, and from Shouryuu’s depression (and subsequent delight) to the return of the cake battle over Shiroe, the rabu-rabu antics were good fun. There’s not much to say, other than “What’s not to like?”
My favorite part was probably Akatsuki wingmanning for Marie by shutting the fruit-controlled Naotsugu from blurting out his love for pantsu. Or does that count as wingmanning for Naotsugu? And sure, maybe they’re overusing the Akatsuki-kicks-Naotsugu gag a bit—I mean, how did she even know what he was doing?—but I thought it was funny as hell, so screw logic! It’s overrated anyway.
The Big Questions: Krusty & Rudy
Woven through the otherwise light and fluffy episode were two scenes that hinted at something serious. For Krusy, it was Misa’s prosthetic arm that reminded us that he’s missing, with no leads on returning him (something which makes Lenessia’s scene sting all the more), while for Rudy it was how he disappeared for the whole day, and was purposefully shown going into an alley. I doubt these two are related in any way other than having piqued my interest, but they were shown for a reason. They’ll be important later.
Emotional Abuse 101
Log Horizon airs on an educational channel, right? Because the emotional abuse Intix ladled onto Nureha is potentially scarring in ways that simple violence or mention of sex could never manage. Intix just tore Nureha’s self-esteem to shreds, using her (and her courtesan sub-class) to control the Lander nobles in a bid to take control of the Yamato server, in exchange for allowing Nureha. It would appear that Intix is more the final villain than the tragically warped and abused Nureha, though she may be crazy enough at this point to take the role eventually. What I can’t get over is just how brutal Intix was. It’s good to see that they’re not censoring all of Log Horizon, because that got across the point of “Intix is a total bastard” quite well.
Looking Ahead – Enter Kanami
Next time, it looks like we’re getting to finally spend some time with Kanami & friends. Speaking of, I never addressed the elephant in the room … who does Shiroe like? My guess is the (rather obvious) “Shiroe has no idea himself, because he’s too preoccupied to even think about it,” but I don’t think it’s Kanami. While someone like her is definitely able to fluster him, in much the same was Marie can (though to a greater degree), that’s because people like her can blast right past Shiroe’s introvert defenses, making her exhausting to deal with. I want to see them interact because I think it would be a lot of fun, though I still think Akatsuki, Minori, or Henrietta are better fits for Shiroe. Especially Akatsuki. How could he say no to that face? Erh, and not get kicked in the face.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Shiroe’s cake trauma returns as the girls cook for their boys. Also, horrifying emotional abused. Wait, what? #loghora s2e13
- Even Touya and Rudy know that Tetora is a boy! Only Naotsugu and Marie seem oblivious. They really are perfect for each other.
- Am I the only one who thinks that Isuzu’s long braid is super cute? Especially in chibi form.
- Soujirou, die plz.
- Where’d she get all that fruit, anyway?
- “I love you all!” Rudy really is a big puppy. D’aaaww!
- Amid Intix’s abuse, she dropped something interesting hints, among them: Calling Shiroe a traitor, and referring to how Nureha used to stare at “us” with a creepy smile. That and their contract… Interesting. Very interesting.
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