Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Fall 2014 Edition: LOG HORIZON 2

Ladies and gentlemen, we have been invited back into the database! It’s Log Horizon 2, guys! So login, you damned ones and check this out!!

Director: Shinji Ishihira

Series Composition: Toshizo Nemoto

Music: Yasuharu Takanashi

Original creator: Mamare Touno

Original Character Design: Kazuhiro Hara

Character Design: Tetsuya Kumagai

Animation Production: Studio DEEN

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll

Licensed by: Sentai Filmworks

Plot Synopsis: Veteran gamer Shiroe and other players have been trapped in the world of the online game Elder Tales for six months. The once chaotic city of Akiba has regained its everyday hustle and bustle following the formation of the self-governing organization Round Table Meeting. The earthlings, who are originally from the game world, have gained the trust of Shiroe by waging a defensive war against the Goblins in Zantleaf Region. This has led Princess Rayneshia of the Cowen family, the highest-ranking Earthling Aristocrats, to live in Akiba.

It’s almost winter, and the Adventurers are thinking about what they’re going to do and what their goals are in this other world. Will they remain in Akiba or go to the city of the West? Or will they travel to the land of the North or another faraway country? The opinions of the Adventurers begin to diverge

Thoughts on it so far: Last year as the first series aired, a lot of people skeptical to see how this show can be pulled off as we have gotten our share of videogame anime as of recently, but unfortunately most of them haven’t really been that good, no matter what some people say about them. Enter Log Horizon and this show actually treats themselves as an actual MMORPG game and guess what? The sequel still does that today. They know what type of show they are and never tries to strain itself with superfluous forced elements or false tension. It wants you to have fun with the storyline, which may seem slow at first but it’s more of easing into it than dragging on and on and the characters are genuine honest-to-God appealing and amusing characters that you can really get into their situation as they are never treated as being some random people whose purpose is to appear, do some fan service to some thirsty otaku, die easily and never be as important as the main character. To be honest, I know of the studio changes being from Satelight to Studio DEEN and while DEEN is not actually high on being a favorite studio of mine, the animation was never a high point in the first series and while I was more focused on the story than just looking at the art, the animation is typical but never in the sense of being dull. They kept the theme song from the first series and good thing, too, since that is actually one of the best features of the show and it’s quite catchy, too. “DATABASE DATABASE!!”

Oh, and short story short, this is a CONTINUE WEEKLY. While the show is nothing remarkable, it knows that the show wants you to enjoy the adventure with these characters and the story. I’d easily recommend this to fans of the show. Otherwise, you should watch the first season before diving it here. (Which you can watch on Crunchyroll, Hulu or when you get the show on Blu-ray with the English dub.)

Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, going WHOOOOOOAAAAA!!!!! *dun dun dun dun dun*

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