The gentlemanly Were-Cat shows off his fighting prowess
Hey all, I’m rolling solo for this ep (and maybe some more) of Log Horizon, so I won’t be talking amongst myself or try to attempt Fosh’s captions or anything like that. We last left off with Shiroe and co. inching closer to finding Serara, setting up an inevitable PvP battle vs. the Brigandia Guild. How’d our heroes do? Quite well, as you might have assumed.
Nyanta is one cool cat, Nyaa~
Nyanta is BAMF, no doubt about it. Nakata Jouji throwing in nyaa~ after every sentence is the tip that got our own Kyokai on board with this series, and his personality, Class and camaraderie with Shiroe makes him a fantastic and enjoyable addition to the group. With Naotsugu being open pervert bro who amazingly went an entire episode without being kicked by Akatsuki, Chief Nyanta brings a calm demeanor to the group along with his very capable skills as a Swashbuckler.
This is what “Game Over” looked like for the Brigandia Guild
I thought the pacing of the battle was pretty good, all things considered. Detailing game mechanics from an MMORPG in anime could have had a negative effect on the flow of battle, but like a video game, we’re early in Log Horizon and this stuff is here to help us learn about gameplay. I felt the flow was solid enough for Satelight’s portraying of an RPG-style battle that the explanations didn’t bog down my enjoyment of the battle. If you just lazily open up a game manual and start reading it off during an episode, it wouldn’t be all that fun. Ya know, I do kind of miss when game manuals actually did have more than 4 pages or when Nintendo was printing them in color, but I’ve been more than happy to accept the trade-off of having instructions in-game.
Nope, not healing your big bad boss today, nuh-uh
Planning wasn’t needed in this battle as it was basically having everyone follow Shiroe’s lead. Brigandia doesn’t exactly look like a well-organized guild anyway, so this battle was almost like shooting fish in a barrel. Nyanta and Naotsugu getting their hit points cut significantly, those guys didn’t have a shred of doubt crossing their mind so long as Shiroe was barking out orders, even for Serara who was used as a healing screen to attract attention while Akatsuki got in position to take out Demikas’ healers. The members of the Debauchery Tea Party (of at least who we’ve seen so far) are still very in tune with each other and very trusting in Shiroe’s strategies. It also makes Akatsuki question if she can be helpful to Shiroe and the others. A lone Assassin is questioning her worth to her Lord and the team… go figure.
A PvP kill has never looked more adorable
The question Shiroe’s opponents are going to have to answer is… how do you survive Thorn Bind Hostage? Shiroe’s mastery on the timing of that move took out a Lvl. 90 with such ease thanks to his .22 second recasting and Nyanta’s fast rapier attacks + debuffs. While you wouldn’t expect all that to leave Demikas with a single HP, it is a humorous bit of insult to injury to have the final blow come from a Lvl. 19 Druid. Serara beats Demikas, day is saved.
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