「真昼の吸血鬼」 (Mahiru no Kyuuketsuki)
“The Midday Vampire”
It’s a lighthearted journey full of gags and setbacks that are met only with excitement, until they come across a troublesome vampire. Then it’s all that, but with more glasses adjustments.
A Lighthearted, Carefree Adventure
Sometimes I think people take life too seriously. We’re not going to get out of it alive anyway, so why not enjoy it while we’re here? On a journey (vacation), too many people are stressed out rather than enjoying it—though granted, our five mid-level friends have the luxury of not being in a rush. What Tohya finally realizes—though it was delivered heavy-handedly, as narration instead of an organic epiphany—is that sometimes, it’s the twists and turns that make the trip. The destination is overrated, while the scenic route makes the journey into something to remember.
What I loved was the lighthearted, carefree way they approached any setbacks. Their horses running off wasn’t a disaster to be angry about, but something to laugh about before having an exciting time camping! Which is great to see. Sometimes fiction is best when it shows you how others approach the same situations you face—and perhaps, how you ought to deal with them yourself. Wouldn’t you prefer to have a journey like this rather than the rushing-about-trying-to-do-everything vacations that we busy modern humans so “enjoy”? As someone who’s about to be flying around the world for a few months—don’t worry, I should still be blogging while I’m away—I intend to do exactly that, minus the obstinate horses. It’s something to think about.
When Did This Become A Gag Anime?
My favorite gags where the young group imitating the older players (“Nyanta” Tohya, “Shiroe” Rudy, “Akatsuki” Minori, and “Naotsugu” Isuzu HAH!), and Henrietta’s latest outburst about the glory of cute. (Good diversion, Akatsuki!) And to be clear, I still enjoy the slower pace and more comedic tone we’ve got going. Yet I run up on the same concern that I feel some have had and more may be having now.
If I were to be given unlimited Log Horizon—don’t think about that too much, Stilts, that’s a dream that can never be—I would revel in this wholeheartedly, with no regrets. But this isn’t why most of us watch Log Horizon, is it? Slower episodes like 75+% of this episode, where the jokes and smiles are built off our relationships with the characters, are great … and yet we all want to see Log Horizon do the things only Log Horizon can do. So I won’t complain, not really. I’m not unhappy with what we’re given, but a part of me wishes it was something more along Log Horizon’s traditional strengths. Which is what the latter part of the episode gets into.
The talk of problems among D.D.D. and Honesty are pure organizational politics, and they’re an illustration in contrasts. To anyone who is ever going to work in any kind of organization, especially a large-scale one, pay attention! The difference between the two is a long-term view versus a short-term view. D.D.D., even before Krusty’s disappearance, seems to have focused on building a strong guild, which is why it’s more or less holding on even though Krusty is out of action. It’s losing people, to be fair, but most other guilds would have imploded by now, and a dearth of the guild doing what they all joined up (pre-Apocalypse) to do—raid—is certain to draw some people away. Yet they built a strong guild, complete with people like Misa and Rieze to pick up the slack if Krusty isn’t around, so it soldiers on.
Honesty, on the other hand, is exchanging long-term stability and stakeholder satisfaction (their stakeholders being: guild members, the citizens of Akihabara) for short-term influence. They’re ballooning in size in order to maintain their position on the Round Table, which is fine for now, but if they don’t control the bloat, they’re going to explode—which will be much more problematic for Honesty and the city as a whole. There are a hundred ways for an organization to perish, and slipping quality is high among them. That could be a problem soon.
Looking Ahead – The Troublesome Vampire
Like I said last week, I’ve been spoiled on what Roe2 (Fujimura Ayumi) is up to, so I can’t theorize much. (Use and mark your spoilers, people.) What I can say is that I was afraid she was going to come in all antagonistic, but I’m glad to see that she’s both friendly with Minori’s group and silly. And her apparent being-called-onee-san fetish? I get it! I totally get it! Everyone call me onii-chan, dammit!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – It’s a carefree, lighthearted journey, with a dash of organizational politics & a goofy vampire #loghora s2e16
- Danish and Croissant got tired of their shit. That was less dramatic than I was expecting from last week’s preview.
- D’aaawww, sibling love. (Not that kind, you perverts!)
- Krusty is gone, and everyone thinks Shiroe will fix it somehow. That’s a lot of weight to put on the guy’s shoulders. Maybe you should do something too, Henrietta. Or at least include a few more names. Shiroe is going to have a nervous breakdown at this rate.
- Henrietta’s lunacy is kind of heartwarming, in a crazy-for-the-cute kind of way.
- Actually, the best part of Henrietta’s outburst? Embarrassed Marie. So adorable!
- Who wouldn’t want to hug Rudy and rub his hair?
- You could have used a barrier instead of cringing like a fool, Minori. I know it worked out, but c’mon!
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