For all last week was rushed and amateurish, this one was well paced, well told, and roundly enjoyable. And adorable!
No beating around the bush: this episode was much better. Isn’t it interesting how, when they don’t try to pack so many interesting things in, the small things they do are so much better? These past two episodes could be an object lesson for all creators, and anime studios in particular: Take your fucking time! Don’t go into Stephen King-levels of endless description, perhaps—he’s good at it, granted, but damn if it doesn’t bore me half of the time—but giving the story time to breathe is much better than rushing it. Learn the lesson already, anime industry!
Part of my is surprised that Isuzu picked Bard as her class when she had experience with music in real life. While games aren’t always about escapism, they’re great for a change of pace, like how Akatsuki originally played a class very well suited for her, but as a tall male character (that was the change). The other half of me isn’t surprised, because being a Bard in an MMORPG is already hella different from playing music in real life.
Either way, I’ll be interested to see where they’re going with Isuzu’s music. The concert we got was already great, and now a tour? It’s just fun seeing characters we know who are usually doing one thing (adventuring) now doing something else (playing in a band). Tell me that’s not true, and I’ll call you a LIAR! (Okay, sometimes it’s not true, but shut up.) More than that, what piqued my interest is Isuzu’s occasional hesitation. It could easily be all performance jitters spliced with a bit of her not knowing if she deserves all this praise (I’ve been there girl, been there), but I’m not convinced that’s everything. There may be more … and as always, mark and hide your spoilers, LN-readers. I don’t want to know until the anime decides to tell us.
The Newbies Are Adorable!
Rudy, Serara, and Minori were all adorable this episode. Especially Rudy, if only because how often do you see such a moe boy? Outside of bishoujou game adaptations, obviously. He’s silly-moe, goofy-moe, the kind of moe where he grandstands … and then immediately starts panicking about his brush. And the Optimus Prime Truck-Cart? Rudy-dog, you are the best!
Runner up is definitely Serara, whose Nyanta-love has gone through the roof. It’s getting to dangerous levels. You might overdose, girl. It’s also hard to remember that she’s only a year younger than Isuzu, and older than Minori and Tohya. Serara is high school age! Let that sink in.
Minori comes in last, if only because she only really got one chance to fangirl over Shiroe’s map. I’m not used to squeeling so much while watching Log Horizon. I’m okay with it.
A Sense of Adventure
Without a doubt, my favorite genre is Fantasy Adventure. Hell, that’s what I write. While Log Horizon has always had the fantasy down pat, it’s not usually an adventure, per say. Not that that’s bad, nor would I change it; we need variety, and Log Horizon does what only it can do far better than it would be a straight RPG-style adventure. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to see that too, though.
Now we get to! The nice thing about the split between max level characters and younger characters is exploring the two sides of the MMORPG experience, but we haven’t gotten to spend much time with the younger players since last season. No more! This has all the hallmarks of a good old traveling adventure. Emphasis, I think, on travel—to most people (myself included), adventure means action as much as anything else, and while I’m sure that will happen, just watching them travel around and play shows should prove to be plenty fun. That’s one of the many things I love about a good adventure.
The Guild Family
Past the newbies, it was endearing to watch all the max level characters worry and fuss over the newbies in their own way. Some of those ways are stranger and more confusing, but that heart-warming sensation … I don’t think I really need to explain it. It was all plain for us to see.
Best of all, Shiroe isn’t letting that get in the way of the kids learning a little self-sufficiency. The only-if-you-really-need-it quasi-ban on telepathy will keep them from depending on the others too much, because let’s face it—someday, Shiroe and the others won’t be there. It’s better for them to get used to things now, on a semi-safe quest, even if it looks like it won’t be so safe at all.
Looking Ahead – Glasses Incoming!
Alas, I’ve been spoiled on an element of who our mystery character is, so I sort of know some what’s to come. So I won’t say anything else. See you next week!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The young adventurers are off on a quest, in an episode that’s MUCH better than last week’s #loghora 15
- Isuzu was singing “As long as I can be with you,” and then she winked at the waving Rudy. Shipping furiously!
- Related: I like how platonic most of the relationships in Log Horizon are. If Tohya and Isuzu have a heartfelt discussion, or Akatsuki and Naotsugu show up somewhere together, there’s not even a hint of romance. It’s like they’re all people whose lives don’t revolve around romance! Le gasp! (Keep taking notes, anime industry / humanity in general.)
- When Tohya first talked about soccer, and he said “But even if I sucked, it was fun.”, I cheered. Damn right, Tohya! Then the truth was revealed. Oof … that hurts, Touno-sensei. Good job.
- Rudy rolled his R’s! Kakihara Tetsuya may be one of the few Japanese seiyuu (or Japanese people) who can do that. He went up in my esteem once again.
- A little trivia about the brush Rudy was panicking about: It’s called the Angel Brush, and it’s “a magical brush that makes any hair or fur shiny and smooth, mainly used to increase trust and affection levels of mounts and pets, but Rundelhaus has no clue and loves to use it.” See what I mean? He’s adorable!
- But seriously, how did Tetora get inside Naotsugu’s clothing? Is she a witch? She must be a witch, burn her!
- Anyone here fans of comedian John Mulaney? I couldn’t stop thinking about his horse-babysitting-dogs bit when Rudy and the horse were on the screen. The horses are in charge again!
- Between Rudy’s musical sense, Minori’s art, and Tetora’s singing, Log Horizon sure has a lot of people who are hilariously bad at the arts. You’ve got to pick up the slack for them, Isuzu.
- Naotsugu and Marie are like proud parents watching their kids leave. They’re perfect together. Shipping furiously!!
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