「赤き夜」 (Akaki yoru)
“The Red Night”
The Crazy Junkie Death Knights are here to save the daaaaay!
The imminently predictable truth of the Odyssey Knights is revealed: they’re trying to die. I say its predictable, but there are wrinkles that didn’t work out like I expected, or in some cases, feared. I’m glad that the Odyssey Knights actually do seem to be trying to kill the wyverns too, instead of just chain dying—though if their goal is to die, you have to question why they’re bothering.
It’s also nice that head crazy dude isn’t so much insane as warped, and is still able to articulate with normal human words. I was afraid they’d be reduced to slavering mutants, but no—this is still clearly a choice, and if there’s one thing Log Horizon is good at (spoiler alert: there are many), it’s giving its characters choices. Most everything that happens is a function of one choice or another, which is way better than the “Shit just happens” storytelling method so popular in the industry.
Go Big Or Go Home
I’m beginning to worry about something. At its root, Log Horizon has always been best when it was on a large nation-state socio-political scale, with advances and revelations that change the way we see the world—or change the world itself. From buying the guild hall, the truth about death, the existence of Overskills (like real food cooking), and more, there have been interesting revelations throughout the series.
But lately? The Odyssey Knights weren’t bad. Plugging People of the Land into summoned creatures to power level them is all right. But doesn’t it feel like we’ve regressed? Compared to questions that lay at the very nature of this world, it feels like we’re dealing in chump change now.
Here’s something I’ve learned in my own writing: it’s hard to shrink the scale once you’ve already raised the stakes. If the readers are used to big, grandiose events, and you dial it down to something smaller, it feels like a waste of time even if the material is good. Go big or go home. It feels like we’re being cheated when we’re piddling around with small fry events like this after watching Shiroe and co bend the world over their knees.
Also: I wish they would cut it with the incomprehensible technobabble. I didn’t understand most of what Roe2 was saying this episode, and that’s not good foreshadowing. We may understand it later on in retrospect, but without a solid frame of reference to let us guess at, it’s all going in one ear, out the other. You’re better than this, Log Horizon!
Also also: Anyone get the feeling that, no matter how good the reason why all the adventurers got sucked into this world (maybe some of the Genius/element cluster/empation mumbo jumbo Roe2 was spouting), it’s going to pale in comparison to everything that came before? In fact, I’d count on it. The reason we all enjoy this series is for the WORLD. Leaving it is beside the point.
Looking Ahead – Nyanta vs Londark, Round Two
The peril of having a large cast is that good characters don’t always get enough time to shine. Case in point: Nyanta. Anything could be improved with the addition of more Nyanta, and this arc is no exception. (Certainly not an exception.) And I guess Londark and others will be there too, but seriously, NYANTA!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The Odyssey Knights are junkie death seekers. Now if only Roe2 could stop with the incessant technobabble, GAH! #loghora s2e19
- I wonder how much Rudy knows about where the (natural) adventurers came from? He got to listen in on the head (crazy) Odyssey Knight’s game rant. Probably he knew something about it before, from his reaction. Hmm…
- They really didn’t need to be so heavy handed with the Tohya-is-disabled scenes. Most of them were just retreading what we already knew before, and the glimpses hurt more than the big long parade of images did. The exception? Those eyes. Go ahead, rip my heart out why don’tcha!
- “We’re going to pick a fight with the god who only made forty-two songs in the world!” This is why Isuzu is best newbie. Rudy remains a close second.
- I really have to question why that Minori x Roe2 conversation took place mid-battle. It really killed any sense of urgency the battle had.
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