Overall. First of all, what an amazing episode!!! After all that buildup in the first few episodes (and an especially action-less Episode 4), Episode 5 has delivered on everything and more. All my regrets and doubt have been washed away. The People of the Land (well one guy) has really stepped up to present a legit challenge to the all-powerful adventurers. Some light is finally peeking out beneath the Akatsuki dark cloud. Soujirou has a MASSIVE episode as he finally shows us why he’s cool enough to have a harem. We finally see an offensive style “Teaching” / “Overskill” and it looks awesome. Shiroe’s entire party got wiped out by Boss X but whatever, at least they found a boss when they were just crawling around complaining last episode. MOST IMPORTANTLY, that ominous foreshadowing in Episode 1 when Akatsuki and Shiroe meet in death on Christmas Eve just happened, which means that this is the depth of their failure — all that’s left to do is go up!! I can’t wait until Shiroe comes back with a vengeance and Akatsuki just destroys that creep. So, so satisfied right now XD
Murder is Bad for Business. A serial killer strikes and all the folks in Akihabara are like, “Man, why’s he doing this on Christmas” or “This sucks, it ruins our festive mood”. All I can say is “….” Wow. Just wow guys. Waaay to hammer in that this is just a video game…
Meanwhile the government is freaking out while the citizens basically are like meh. The Round Table are debating ways to deal with this, even going as far as to suggest that they abandon Akihabara and evacuate to Shibuya. Now, this was before we found out that the killer was only all-powerful inside Akihara, so at the time, this sounded like a really really dumb idea. Even if you guys move to Shibuya, what would stop the killer from following you there?!
Guru Nyanta. While everyone’s pretending that a serial killer is just like a boo-boo, Nyanta smacks some sense into Tohru, the “hot-headed idiot” of Log Horizon. Thank heavens someone realizes how lightly people are taking this situation. Resurrection is great—nobody dies, yay!—but nothing good happens when you start joking about murder. Part of what makes Log Horizon so enjoyable for me is that the characters do struggle about these issues. There’s always the temptation living a video game and being a virtual immortal to drift away from reality and start believing in your own myth.
Ultra Serious Soujirou. Now we know what happens when Souji gets mad: he puts on red armor samurai-style, his voice gets deeper, and he gets lines underneath his eyes. Also, he exudes a “stay the heck away from me” angry cloud around him….I feel like squealing now like a fangirl in his harem… I’m just so psyched to see him in action.
Kinjou the Useless. Raynessia and Kinjou have a heart to heart on her bright pink couches. Kinjou puts on his unemotional bitch face and informs Raynessia that his clan member is basically responsible for all the shit going down in Akihabara. Raynessia’s like, “Can you do anything about it?” And I just burst out laughing, because … OF COURSE HE CAN’T. The sky will fall, Minori will get with Shiroe, and Demikas will prove himself useful before Kinjou will ever do something useful in his entire life. I swear he gets a kick out of frustrating people — he’s probably cracking up on the inside.
Raynessia X Krusty. The princess/lord pairing was adorable in Season 1 and I’m so glad the story progressed even more in Season 2. I think Raynessia is fantastic because I usually hate her kind of character (i.e. lazy spoiled princesses) but she just pulls boredom off so well that she becomes interesting instead, which is quite a paradox. She’s just so cute when she’s whining… >.< Unfortunately for her, I don’t believe Krusty will come back this season to Akihabara. Both him and Isaac, leaders of the two major combat guilds, are tied up in the stupid goblin war that nobody even cares about at this point. I mean, goblins are so first season… get with the program guys.
Anpan Solves Everything. Have a problem? Have an anpan. It’s Akatsuki’s miracle drug. It will solve all your emotional problems and level up your brains—her “oh, the murderer must have been hiding in the sewers comment” is the smartest thing I heard this episode. I am just dying with joy right now that I don’t have to ride the Akatsuki angst train any longer…
Soujirou’s Manly Moment. Ah, Souji-chan finally got to show us he’s not just a huggable cute plushie in a tug-of-war between members of his harem. He actually was one of the front-liners of the Debauchery Tea Party and he can do some awesome shit. And like all shounen heroes, he has a penchant for the dramatic and chooses to end with his special overskill / teaching ability right in front of Akatsuki as a way to pass down his knowledge on how to achieve it.
Brainless Harem. While it’s great Souji fought creepy bad guy to save time for his harem to run away, they were super stupid and did not run away until he had to yell at them twice. Like what? He was delaying that guy for at least a minute before Akatsuki even arrived, and after that, they had another minute. Instead those idiots were just standing there spectating, worrying, and just being dead weights. Come on girls, are you serious? Can’t you read the atmosphere and get a sense of urgency?!
Votive Sword Kogarasumaru. When Soujirou called this out, I almost passed out laughing because all I can think of is Ikki from Air Gear and their ridiculous Kogarasumaru pose. I just, can’t. This name is totally ruined for me.
Merry Christmas. Wow, that was a real cold one-liner from our villain. Not that it wasn’t still cheesy as hell though.