「オデュッセイア騎士団」 (Odeyusseia Kishi-dan)
Roe2-oneesan and Dariella have joined your party! One of those was probably a bad idea.
Silly Talk, Serious Talk
If I’ve had any criticism about the last few episodes—no, criticism isn’t the right word. If I’ve had any concerns, it was that Log Horizon was spending too much time on comedic slice-of-life bits that, while enjoyable, are not why most of us watch this series. This episode had a better balance though, combining funny, fluffy, character-revealing antics with the asking of interesting questions about the world and various people’s role in it.
Favorite Foods, Roe2-oneesan, & Love Talk
On the silly side of the street, there was plenty to enjoy. Roe2’s offer to help Minori’s group provided they call her onee-san comes screaming to mind, if only because I’ve been doing that for years and where does she get off!? *fumes* But rage at an animated character aside, while Roe2 is a fairly one-note character so far, it was a lot of fun, and fun is why we read most stories, right?
Speaking of one-dimensional, I liked both Shiroe’s love for mapo tofu and the sauce discussion the young group had. If you recall the Kurt Vonnegut quote I’m so fond of repeating: “Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.” Little things like this are what take all these characters and make them multi-dimensional people instead. After all, the people you know in real life all probably have favorite foods (and disliked foods), right? Plus the look of sheer joy on Shiroe’s face and Serara’s weird mayonnaise fetish rank on the funny-o-meter to boot.
Best of all, though, was the love talk. (And during an onsen scene that wasn’t mined for fanservice in the least. Gasp!) I want more of this! Serara’s delusions are getting even more vivid, and Minori knows the kind of competition she has. But why does Isuzu have to be so dense? *slams head on desk* I mean, at least both Isuzu and Rudy are being dense, but they’d be such a good couple guuuuuuuuhhh just kiss already!!
Income Inequality & Disturbing The Voices Of Adventurers’ Hearts
But the second half of the episode had plenty of the more meatier issues that Log Horizon is known for. I mean, how many anime tackle income inequality in a fantasy world? Most counties in the real world don’t have a great grasp on that issue, much less a bunch of gamers. It’s an interesting question, but I’m more curious why Ein is pushing so hard to help the poorer elements, given the troubles within Honesty we had last week. It could be simple altruism, sure, but it doesn’t feel like that to me.
Probably my favorite thing about that whole bit? I could go on a spiel about how it’s actually a good idea to reveal recipes, just like Elon Musk and Tesla Motors released all their patents, but that’s for sophisticated strategic-level business reasons that even most business people don’t grasp. No, it’s the fact that Shiroe wished Krusty was there. Shiroe is sharp, but he’s not all-powerful, and that’s definitely more of a Krusty problem.
The other big thing is the appearance of Nureha, in her Dariella guise, and the The Mobile Temple of Boreas held by the Odyssey Knights. More than the income inequality jazz, which I could opine a few solutions to based on successful real world examples, this is the kind of Log Horizon-specific problem that gets my blood pumping. Adventurers are already like a zombie horde, throwing themselves at problems over and over again, with not even death being enough to stop them, but this mobile shrine lets the Odyssey Knights do that x1000. But maybe zombie is the right word, because the Odyssey Knights do not look healthy. I have no idea where Touno-sensei is going with this, but I definitely want to know.
Looking Ahead – The Secret of Music
Looks like we’re going to delve into more Log Horizon-specific issues next week, with the secret of this world’s music. Mostly I’m wondering what’ll happen with Tohya, now that he’s finally found a love interest. Don’t do it, Tohya! She’s bad news. You’re smarter than—oh, who am I kidding. He’s young. Of course he’s going to fall for it.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Roe2 is a lot of fun, and NPC-Nureha is back to crush Tohya’s innocent young heart. Talk about heaven and hell #loghora s2e17
- Adventurers’s wounds heal quickly, and they have self-cleaning functions. That attention to detail continues to be killer. The best character in this story is the world, and that’s saying something considering the rest of the cast.
- Stilts note: Expect the next two posts to appear on Sunday or Monday. Thank you for your understanding.
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