We’re finally getting some answers about what this world is all about, and how the adventurers may be able to return home.
The Navigators – Observers & Harvesters
First of all, some house cleaning—Roe2 is using the body of Shiroe’s alt from the test server, which is located on the moon. That’s the spoiler I was referring to for so long, and the one which people took Tetora-levels of delight in spoiling. Not that it was hard to guess, but now it’s done. Also: It makes sense why Roe2 loved being called onee-san when she has an aniki (of sorts) of her own. Not that I’d know anything about that *shifty eyes*
The big revelation this episode was the existence of the third part, the navigators, a race of sentient alien intelligences who are based on the moon. Anyone who got Madoka vibes from the talk about empathions, you are not alone. Here’s my hypothesis: Empathions are feelings, emotions, or most likely, memories, specifically the ones that splinter away from adventurers when they die. That would explain why the Geniuses—the Harvesters—are locking away world guardians like Elias and fomenting war. The more times adventurers die, the better.
The whole thing does feel a little out of left field. There wasn’t a ton of foreshadowing before the latter half of this season—outside the odd suspicion about a third party—and there should have been. The thing is, I feel like any solution to this mystery will be dissatisfying, because the world they’re in is a hundred times more interesting than Earth. It’s a rock and a hard place situation, so I’ll settle for saying that at least the technobabble infodump was easily digestible this time.
More Gamey, Less Gamey
Two things intrigued me. One was the continued erosion of game laws in favor of more natural ones, such as anyone being able to do simple cooking now. The other was the two different flavors of Navigators—or, more specifically, their comparative intelligence. Roe2 referred to adventurers (humans) as being of Rank 3 or higher intelligence, and that’s something the Observers clearly share, since Roe2 passes for an adventurer no problem. Harvesters (Geniuses), though, are specifically noted to be of Rank 2 intelligence, and they’re certainly a great deal more “gamey” in their actions. That lends credence to Souji’s reference of how defeating Camaysar felt hollow, like he was behind a screen again.
What this largely means to me is that Touno-sensei has given himself a license to have more game-like enemies even as the world becomes more and more real. That could help keep Log Horizon feeling like an MMORPG anime even as the old game ways continue to erode.
Looking Ahead – Isaac & The Prince
Now that we know Iselus (Ise Mariya) is Lenessia’s little brother, it makes sense why they share seiyuu. Next week it looks like Isaac gets to take up Krusty’s torch in saving one of the Cowen children from certain danger. I don’t know about you, but I think Krusty got the upper hand in that deal.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Finally, we have some answers about the Apocalypse. Now they just need to get to the moon for a way home #loghora s2e22
- First it’s -sama, now -kun. D’aaawww, poor Isaac-chan. He can’t win. How tsundere-kawaii >:3
- It got real adventure-game-like when Rodrick pulled the perfect item out of his ass. How convenient.
- The air megane is now officially a skill. You get better at Air Megane! (43/100)
- Please never design anything important, Minori. Just … don’t.
- It is official: Shiroe is the Genius of Lolicon. What a dai pinchii!
- Tetsugu! Wait—stop cheating on Marie-nee with the trap, you baka Guardian!
- If Krusty got the princess, Isaac gets the prince, and Shiroe is the Genius of Lolicon, does that make Isaac the Genius of Shotacon?
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