「アキバの迷宮」 (Akiba no Meikyuu)
“Labyrinth in Akiba”
In between all the politics and competitions for love it’s easy to forget Log Horizon is an RPG homage at heart – but never fear, because that homage is finally here. It’s raid time once again in the world of Elder Tale, and that means struggle, strategy, and fights galore. Will it be wholly fun? That remains to be seen, but it’ll certainly be a ride.
Given the concern about this latest arc simply turning into Genius moth attack round two, I’m quite happy (and pleasantly surprised) that it’s nothing of the sort. While Ereinus and attacking Akihabara does play a little too close to previous Genius romp through town, it’s quite nice Log Horizon hasn’t run out of imagination by now featuring yet another quintessential RPG in levelling in all its glory. Even if this is less of case of not having grinded levels and gear enough and more so getting artificially hammered by a game system run amuck. Also the touching on dungeon instantiation for individual groups to avoid third party griefing and ganking, because damn does that ever bring back memories from my Runescape days. Galactic idols and agonizingly missed weight jokes (seriously Tetra, how did you miss that opportunity?) may be what gets me laughing in between the tasty political machinations of Log Horizon, but it’s little RPG discussions like this which keep me intrigued during the downtime.
As for dealing with the level downer himself (itself?), we also got that answer in the form of pint-sized pipsqueaks. Probably no shocker here, Minori and friends have been training for raids alongside Akatsuki’s longing for improvement, so both will naturally be the ones to handle this raid. It’s a good use of the earlier material delved into, and though I’m slightly disappointed we won’t get to see Shiroe do evil bespectacled things again during this fight, it does at least ensure the kids will have the skill needed to handle themselves in the future once bigger and meaner enemies inevitably turn up. There’s still a moon to reach in the not-too-distant future after all, and with plenty of teased enemies in store courtesy of oft-discussed new Elder Tale expansion, even more opportunity (and risk) in store for those on the forefront of getting back home.
Who knows, this raid might even provide the first clues for how exactly to land an Adventurer on the moon. Now wouldn’t that be a way to round out this season.