「ひばりたちの羽ばたき」 (Hibari-tachi no Habataki)
“The Skylarks Take Flight”
If you hit on Souji, you’re gonna have a bad time.
What Was The Point?
That’s the question Minori and the others were wrestling with in the aftermath of the battle. It doesn’t feel like they were able to accomplish anything—the town still got trashed, the Odyssey Knights kept dying, and all they had to show for it was getting their wyvern skins a little early. I felt this was a good ending to the arc (and beginning of the next one), because it wrapped up these questions in a way that was satisfying without being too easy—exactly as Log Horizon should.
Tohya’s was done well. Convincing the Odyssey Knights to stop dying during the battle would have rang hollow—they haven’t taken this path to be swayed by a random kid. But Head Death Knight-san sure looked pensive when he and the others were leaving town. Sometimes there’s value in saying your piece, even if it leads to nowhere.
Better still was Isuzu’s song. That was the truly satisfying part of the episode (along with the return to Akihabara … warm’n fluffy all around!). Adding a forty-third song to the People of the Land’s limited repertoire is huuuuge. They might be dissatisfied with adventurers, and the Odyssey Knights in particular, but that song will endure. Isuzu’s music has gained a sort of immortality, and that’s something to be damn proud of.
Adventurer Problems, People of the Land Problems
Speaking of the People of the Land’s dissatisfaction, I wasn’t surprised when Rudy tried to hustle the others out of town. Now, I’m an American, so I have some experience being part of a powerful foreign group who barges into other people’s territory and starts meddling in the attempt to help. I understand Minori and the others’ inclination, but this isn’t their city, and the People of the Land aren’t so beaten down that they can’t repair it on their own—far from it. As outsiders, they would just make the rebuilding effort awkward in an attempt to assuage their own guilt. Better to just drop off the supplies they don’t need and skedaddle.
It does suck for the adventurers though, because they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place where People of the Land perceptions are concerned. I get the feeling that, no matter what the Odyssey Knights did—even if they had been intent on fighting outside the city, and on protecting the people as much as they could—they’d get shit for not being perfect, for not protecting the city completely. It reminds me of people wanting stuff from the government, and then complaining when they don’t get what they were unrealistically expecting. Fortunately, the adventurers don’t really have to give a shit.
The Genius of Omnisexuality and Mind Control
Two things are setting us up for the next arc. First, more mention of the unrest among Akiba’s growing lower class. Not much to say there yet, other’n Naotsugu is right that this one will probably be much worse than the first one, when the creation of tasty food, industry, and festivals was enough to distract people for a while. It’s really no surprise that some people can’t adapt. Plenty of people can’t adapt to real life, and a new world isn’t liable to change that. It’ll just change who is pissed off.
Perhaps bigger, or at least more central this episode, was the introduction of Camus—I mean Camaysar, the Genius of Marriage. We saw a glimpse of the geniuses during the Kanami
arc episode, but now it looks like we’ll be getting more information on them, courtesy of Roe2’s letter.
But for the moment, I just enjoyed seeing Camaysar get punched. The show did a good job of arousing our suspicion when he was suddenly arm in arm with the women who rejected him earlier, so the mind control was no surprise. All I have to say is, messing with West Wind Brigade members? Not a good idea. But as scary as Souji can be, Souji’s harem is way scarier. Propose to Souji at your own peril!
Looking Ahead – West Wind Rumble
Next time it looks like the West Wind Brigade is going to rumble with Camaysar, and we’ll learn more about the geniuses (+ maybe Roe2?). I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the previous arc, but I’m looking forward to this last one for sure.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The newbie arc ends decently enough, and we begin the final arc with Shiroe, Souji, Souji’s harem, & the Geniuses #loghora s2e21
- I liked how Tohya noticed Dariella’s nails, and then mentioned that he hasn’t chewed his own since he got to this world. That means not even when he and Minori were held captive. To the Odyssey Knights and Londark, this world is a frustrating hell, but to Tohya and others like him, it’s a gratefully accepted new life. A second chance.
- Rudy, nobody is going to go to you for love advice, you silly wanko you.
- This dude is like an evil, actually-effective-at-“romance” Rudy! Kill it. Kill it with fire.
- Frustrated Shiroe. Good to see that from time to time.
- I like this new cleric, Kurinon. She’s feisty!
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