What They Say:
Having cleared the Abyssal Shaft, the members of the raiding party have returned to Akihabara to consider their next options. First, though, there’s an unexpected lesson in history as the founder of the Debauchery Tea Party, the legendary Kanami, resurfaces with an extremely peculiar entourage and some even more stunning revelations about connections to the outside. But the ramifications of this will have to wait. With the new political situations brewing between the Guilds, Shiroe sets Isaac to the task of training Maihama’s knights while the younger members of Log Horizon are sent out on what should be a simple quest. Collecting the materials required to make a magic bag, however, becomes much more difficult when ogres and nightshades get involved! Fortunately, the junior team is about to get a jolt of fresh blood…in the form of a vampire! The action escalates and the world gets even wilder in the second thundering collection of Log Horizon – Collection 2!
The audio sounds fine. No discernable issues to an untrained ear.
The video is about as well as I could expect from a DVD.
The packaging is the typical Sentai. Nothing wrong with it.
Menus play the OP over the main page with the episodes selectable directly from the screen. It also plays the ED over the language selection, which I either always go to or forget to go to and then always go to.
Nothin’ except the clean opening and ending.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The last 38 episodes have been about dealing with their life here, with little time given to getting back out. Why would they? They have no clues for doing so or an immediate need to do so. There are, of course, characters who do want to get out and spend their waking moments trying (fruitlessly?) to get out. But after 40+ episodes, there’s finally a clue. A character named Roe2, neither an Adventurer nor a Person of the Land, appears before the junior members of Log Horizon to help them. They may have the key to escaping Elder Tale.
The first part of this set focuses on just the junior members—Toya, Minori, Isuzu, and Rundelhaus Code—as they set off on a quest of their own at the behest of Shiroe. He wants them to get experience of their own rather than stay in relative safety in Akiba. This is where they meet Roe2, among other characters.
The biggest reveal of this section is when they find characters running into their deaths. Back when Shiroe died, he landed on a moon of sorts where Earth was visible in the distance. There, he had glimpses of his old life. This is what these individuals grasp at. They want to be able to feel any remnant they can of their old life for a variety of reasons, though only one is heard. A man who was going to be married soon after the Apocalypse, but has of yet been unable to escape. They think they may escape if they die enough. And even if they don’t…well, they’re much closer to their old life dying than they are “living.”
When monsters invade their own land, Shiroe is too consumed with the very idea that they could return that he can’t properly focus on the battle. Inside of everyone, after being in this game for a year, resides some desire to return. On top of his own distractions is an actual object—an antenna—that could help them return to their own world. But barging through everything could break that antenna and any hope they have of returning.
This may be true or it may not be true. But the fact of the matter is they’ve melded themselves into this world so much that they can’t leave it as it is, even if they could return. This is as much their home now as is the real world.
Log Horizon hasn’t been an anime about being trapped in a world so much as it’s been an anime about dealing with a new world you’re in. Less Sword Art Online and more Transall Saga (that old Gary Paulson novel). And that’s fine. When I first watched this, I was tired of anime where they wanted to get out. I wanted a solid fantasy series that I could immerse myself in as much as the characters in Log Horizon did. This scratched that itch and more.
Japanese Language, English Language, English Subtitles, Clean Opening & Closing Animation, Sentai trailers
Content Grade: A-
Audio Grade: B
Video Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: N/A
Released By: Sentai Filmworks
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Running Time: 300 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Review Equipment: Xbox One, LG 47LB5800 47” 1080p LED TV, LG NB3530A Sound Bar