List of Log Horizon episodes

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Promotional poster of the Log Horizon anime.

Log Horizon is a 2013 sci-fi, action anime based on the Japanese novels written by Mamare Touno. By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Elder Tale has become a global success, having a following of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack—Novasphere Pioneers, thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are all logged on at the time of the update, suddenly find themselves transported inside the game world and donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer called Shiroe along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki team up so that they may face this world which has now become their reality along with the challenges which lie ahead.[1]

The anime is produced by Satelight Studios and directed by Shinji Ishihira, along with series composition by Toshizo Nemoto, character designs by Mariko Ito based on the original designs by Kazuhiro Hara, art direction by Yuki Nomura, sound direction by Shoji Hata and soundtrack music by Yasuharu Takanashi.[2] The series premiered on October 5, 2013 on NHK Educational TV. The series has been picked up by Crunchyroll for online simulcast streaming in North America and other select parts of the world.[3] The anime has been licensed for a home video release in 2014 by Sentai Filmworks in North America.[4]

The opening theme is "database" by Man With A Mission ft. Takuma while the ending theme is "Your song*" by Yun*chi.[5]

Episode list[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date[note 1]
1"The Apocalypse"
"Dai Saigai" (大災害) 
October 5, 2013[6]
In medias res Shiroe, Naotsugu and Akatsuki find themselves ambushed by a pack of briar weasel monsters. Following a game update in the present, a confused Shiroe awakens to find himself in the District of Akihabara inside the Elder Tale MMORPG while donning his in-game avatar. He encounters other panicked players and all find themselves unable to log-out. Accessing his HUD, Shiroe quickly makes contact and teams up with his friend Naotsugu and later, the assassin—Akatsuki. The next day, Shiroe and co. meet with his friend and master of the Crescent Moon Alliance guild—Marielle to compare notes on their current reality. Shiroe and co. learn that the teleportation gates across all the Japanese game districts have been rendered offline in addition to the start of a widespread guild recruitment campaign to deal with the changes of the recent "Novasphere Pioneers" update. After declining Marielle's recruitment offer, Shiroe and co. discuss the possible outcomes of an in-game death and head into the Archive Tower Forests to test the theory where they are ambushed by the pack of briar weasels. After some initial difficulty, they are able to overcome the ambush by naturally moving their bodies to attack rather than relying on their preset attack commands. Elsewhere, a girl called Serara makes a panicked call to Marielle while being chased by two male players as a mysterious figure looks on. 
2"The Battle of Loka"
"Roka no Sōgū-sen" (ロカの遭遇戦) 
October 12, 2013[7]
Upon dying while fighting monsters, a player revives at the Cathedral and Shiroe deduces that they are truly trapped inside the game. After another meeting with the Crescent Moon Alliance, Shiroe and co. learn of the stabilizing power balance between guilds in the District of Akihibara in addition to a rise in recent PKings. While heading back to Akihibara after a day of training Shiroe and Naotsugu anticipate an ambush from nearby PKers, forcing them into a direct confrontation. However the PKers' overconfidence quickly becomes their undoing as Shiroe and Naotsugu's team work proves to be too much for them and are quickly overpowered by the latter's high-level combinations. In desperation, the PK leader tries calling in reinforcements only to discover they have been already taken down by Akatsuki. Feigning defeat, the leader tries to attack Shiroe however Akatsuki kills him. In the aftermath, Shiroe and co. try to discern the motives of the players in the game, and he deduces that since people can survive in-game without doing anything, the string of PKings were purely for entertainment purposes. Afterwards, Shiroe receives a call from Marielle and learns that she intends to take a party on a mission to rescue their comrade Serara in the District of Susukino and asks Shiroe to take care of the guild in her absence. However, Shiroe and his friends counter by deciding to go in Marielle's stead. 
3"The Depths of Palm"
"Parumu no Fukaki Basho" (パルムの深き場所) 
October 19, 2013[8]
While continuing on their way to the District of Susukino, Shiroe and co. enter a familiar dungeon known as the Depths of Palm. As Marielle calls to check up on their progress, Shiroe surprises her at the distance they managed to cover in three days. Meanwhile in Susukino, Serara seems to be doing fine in the care of Nyanta—a player using a cat avatar who had saved her from her pursuers. While they wonder about the kind of people Shiroe and co. are, the Dark Guild, Brigandia continue looting and pillaging the district. Meanwhile, Marielle begins a meeting with the guild masters of Akihibara, while another mysterious guild master learns of the meeting and of Shiroe's movements. Meanwhile, Shiroe and co. cross an ancient bridge in the dungeon which suddenly starts crumbling and causes Shiroe to plummet into the lake below. As Shiroe recalls his time with the adventuring group, Debauchery Tea Party, he regains consciousness to find himself having been saved by his comrades. Eventually Shiroe and co. find themselves face to face with the dungeon's boss, a Novasphere Pioneers' creature called the Rat-maso and quickly engage and defeat it battle. Afterwards, they finally arrive at the dungeon's exit and are rewarded with a spectacular view of the sunset over the channel. Elsewhere, the guild master of Brigandia—Demikas, issues a manhunt for Serara and Nyanta. 
4"Escape"
"Dasshutsu" (脱出) 
October 26, 2013[9]
Finally arriving in Susukino, Shiroe and co. enter the district weary of an ambush by the Brigandia Guild. Meanwhile, as Demikas becomes alerted of their arrival, Shiroe meets up with Serara and Nyanta at a secret location, and shockingly discovers that his old friend Nyanta had been the one protecting Serara. Afterwards, Shiroe relays his plans with Naotsugu and Akatsuki and prepares to leave the district with Nyanta and Serara. After having waited patiently for them to exit the district, Shiroe, Nyanta and Serara are surrounded by the Brigandia guild and Shiroe taunts Demikas into a duel with Nyanta. As Nyanta's swashbuckler class inflicts severe status ailments on Demikas, he crudely calls in his guild members for aid however Naotsugu intercepts them with Anchor Howl. Naotsugu and Nyanta's HP soon drop to dangerous levels and Shiroe has Serara heal them. With the healing having seemingly little effect, Naotsugu activates Castle of Stone and buys them enough delay time for Shiroe to ensnare Demikas in Thorn Bind Hostage, allowing Nyanta to defeat him. As Akatsuki marvels at their perfect timing and silent teamwork while taking down Demikas' remaining healers, Serara delivers the finishing blow to Demikas in defense of Shiroe. With their mission successful, Shiroe, Naotsugu and Nyanta summon three griffons and the party makes their way back to Akihibara. 
5"Return to Akihabara"
"Akiba e no Kikan" (アキバへの帰還) 
November 2, 2013[10]
Having flown far out of Brigandia's reach, the group breathes a sigh of relief and Serara can't help but be overwhelmed at the kindness Shiroe and co. showed in her rescue. The party then sets up camp and Nyanta brandishes his cooking prowess by explaining that only those with the Chef sub-class are able to manually prepare food with flavor. After a venison barbecue supper, Nyanta, Shiroe and Naotsugu explain their history as part of the legendary adventuring group—Debauchery Tea Party, which causes Akatsuki to lament her own abilities. As their journey back to Akihibara continues, Shiroe reminisces about his time spent mentoring two beginners—Tōya and Minori, just before the Apocalypse, and recalls having glimpsed them joining a guild back in Akihibara. The next day, a sudden thunderstorm forces the party to seek shelter in a nearby farming village and they meet Fedor—one of the People of the Land. After interacting with Fedor and his grandchildren, Shiroe deduces that the NPCs of this world have more human characteristics, and making themselves—the anomalies of the world. Elsewhere, Tōya and Minori along with other beginners find themselves taken advantage of by the guild who coaxed them into joining. Finally, as Tōya and the rest of his guild set out the next day, he happily notices Shiroe and co. safely back in Akihibara, but finds himself unable to meet him. 
6"Resolve"
"Ketsui" (決意) 
November 9, 2013[11]
The Crescent Moon Alliance guild throws a party in their guild hall to commemorate Serara's return, in addition to keeping Nyanta's cooking methods a secret from the rest of the city. Afterwards Marielle explains to Shiroe that during his absence, Akihabara remained relatively peaceful despite an unnatural uneasiness befalling its citizens whereby no fault of their own—a social divide was established between the strong and weak guilds. Marielle also outlines that since the player level-limit was raised to 100 following the Novasphere Pioneers update, the stronger guilds such as the Black Sword Knights and Silver Sword have been leveling up using EXP pot items obtained from the Hamelin guild who had been requiting low-level players for the sole purpose of creating a monopoly on their EXP pots to the stronger guilds. Following this news, Shiroe later ponders on all of his excuses up until that point but upon running into Nyanta, realizes that he had just been using them as a means to run away from the reality of Akihabara's state of affairs—despite his friends remaining by his side. Afterwards, Shiroe calls Minori and assures her that he will save them. Filled with new resolve, Shiroe meets with Marielle, Henrietta and Shōryū the next day and asks them to aid him and his newfound guild—Log Horizon, in ending Hamelin's plot and restoring Akihabara's sense of goodwill. 
7"Crescent Moon"
"Kuresento Mūn" (クレセントムーン) 
November 16, 2013[12]
Naotsugu, Shōryū and Hien begin hunting ingredient monsters in the Imperial Garden Forest while the girls, builders and cooks of the of the Crescent Moon Alliance along with Nyanta begin preparing themselves for one of Shiroe's plans. At the same time Henrietta and Shiroe task Marielle with approving an exorbitant amount of budget requests for the guild as part of Shiroe's plan to obtain his requested five million gold funding by taking advantage of the fact that the world of Elder Tale has no strict ruling on how currency should be obtained. The following day the Crescent Moon Alliance opens a food booth in the city and despite initial reluctance from the citizens, becomes an instant hit with word of their delicious food quickly spreading throughout the city. Afterwards, the stall manages to make over forty thousand gold in profit despite their sales being restricted by the total amount of citizens living in Akihabara in addition to the total number they can serve daily. Shiroe then leaves the next stage of his plan to Henrietta before he informs Minori of their progress and urges her to wait a while longer. That night, Shiroe and Nyanta meet with Soujirou Theta—master of the West Brigade guild and former Debauchery Tea Party member and asks for his aid, which he gives to Shiroe without hesitation. Finally Shiroe begins the second stage of his plan the next day. 
8"Villain in Glasses"
"Haraguro Megane" (腹ぐろ眼鏡) 
November 23, 2013[13]
Following the second stage of Shiroe's plan, Marielle and Henrietta meet with Karashin—master of the Shopping Street 8 guild to discuss an agreement involving the exchange of food ingredients. Karashin tries being coy in his attempt to establish an exclusive deal with the Crescent Moon Alliance's food business. Having already anticipated this, Shiroe has Marielle and Henrietta introduce their intention of bringing in the masters of the other business venturing guilds—Michitaka and Roderic of the Marine Agency and Roderic Merchant Guild respectively—thus forcing Karashin to hurriedly accept the Alliance's proposition at a severely reduced price. Meanwhile, Minori laments all of the struggles she and Tohya faced when they became trapped within Elder Tale and that they didn't heed Shiroe's advice before it was too late, thus making them unworthy of Shiroe's rescue. Back at the meeting, Shiroe has Henrietta play a dangerous game of baiting the three guild masters into investing the remaining amount of gold under the false pretense of an extremely profitable legendary Novasphere Pioneers quest led by non other than the "Villain in Glasses" himself—Shiroe. Afterwards, Tohya relates the same feelings of undeserved rescue to Minori before the Crescent Moon Alliance and Log Horizon issue invitations to Akihibara's largest guilds for a conference to discuss the city's future. 
9"Round Table Conference"
"Entaku Kaigi" (円卓会議) 
November 30, 2013[14]
The Round Table Conference begins as the masters of Akihibara's most influential guilds gather at the city's Guild Building. Shiroe firstly eases that he seeks only to improve the city's living state, prompting disinterest and departure from Silver Sword's guild master—William Massachusetts. Unperturbed, Shiroe continues his explanation of the conference's formation. Elsewhere, as the Hamelin captives prepare to escape, Shiroe mentions the EXP Pot extortion campaign including Susukino's dire state with Black Sword Knights' guild master—Issac arguing the lack of laws in the world. D.D.D.'s guild master—Crusty asks of a guild's fate should they refuse the laws, to which Shiroe proposes harsh sanctioning. However, Honesty's guild master—Ein along with Issac and Crusty argue of the agreement's flaw should they refuse to cooperate, with Issac even threatening war. Shiroe then plays his trump card and reveals his acquisition of the Guild Building using the five million gold and counter blackmails the guilds over his absolute control of their affairs. Meanwhile, as the captives manage to escape the Hamelin Hall, Minori and Tohya are unfortunately captured by Hamelin's master—Schrieder. However Shiroe's control of the Building along with help from his friends, successfully blacklist all of Hamelin's members. Finally, as Shiroe makes one last pitch to the conference, Issac demands Shiroe's plan. 
10"Grab It in Your Hand"
"Sono-te ni Tsukamitore" (その手につかみとれ) 
December 7, 2013[15]
As the Conference continues Marielle reveals the secret behind preparing food with flavor followed by Michitaka's news of the collaborative invention of a steam engine. Shiroe then explains that by simply using one's own hands instead of the command menu, new things can be invented which in turn would start a supply and demand chain reaction and hence drive Akihibara's economic system. Shiroe then proposes the establishment of Human Rights laws that would ban the PKing, kidnapping and imprisonment of players and also allow them the freedom to join and leave guilds as they desire—further suggesting that these laws also apply to the People of the Land much to the conference's surprise. However, with Marielle's help, Shiroe convinces the conference of the People's importance and the dire need to coexist peacefully with them. Presented with an undeniable case, the guild masters unanimously decide on the Round Table Conference's formation and move on to inform the city and mark the occasion with a celebration. A week later, Shiroe secures a headquarters for Log Horizon and welcomes Tohya and Minori while at the same time, outside spies begin to infiltrate Akihabara. Elsewhere, the spies report back to Sergiatte Cowen of the League of Freedom Cities of Eastal before being approached by Lenessia Erhart Cowen. 
11"An Invitation from Eastal"
"Īsutaru Kara no Shōtaijō" (イースタルからの招待状) 
December 14, 2013[16]
While hunting, two People of the Land notice a strange phenomenon over the forest. Meanwhile. with Akihibara now bustling with activity, Naotsugu and Akatsuki take Tohya and Minori under their wing for training. As Shiroe also starts experimenting with his scribe subclass, Marielle starts craving to visit the beach. This gives Shiroe the idea too hold a summer training camp for new players. Afterwards, emissaries of Eastal arrive in Akihabara and invite the Round Table to a meeting and ball. Having already anticipated this, Shiroe informs Crusty that it would be a prime opportunity to learn more about the People of the Land and along with Michitaka, Henrietta, Akatsuki and Misa Takayama set off the following month. At the same time, the training camp also set off to Choushi where they end up having fun at the beach. Marielle and Minori also speak to People of the Land as part of Shiroe's suggestion that they learn as much as they can. Elsewhere, the Round Table representatives arrive at The Palace of Eternal Ice and meet with Sergiatte during the ball. As Crusty and Sergiatte begin a discussion Shiroe notes that both the adventurers and the People of the Land are weary of the other. Finally, as Princess Lenessia graces the dance with her presence, Naotsugu informs the trainees that they will head into the Forest of Lagranda dungeon for party training the next day. 
12"The Forest of Lagranda"
"Raguranda no Mori" (ラグランダの杜(もり)) 
December 21, 2013[17]
As the ball continues, Sergiatte invites the Round Table representatives to participate in the dance due to the People of the Lands' expectation. However much to the group's reluctance, Crusty nominates Shiroe to participate and with help from Henrietta's bard subclass, they quickly impress the entire ball. Afterwards, Minori calls Shiroe to inform him of their dungeon training and he reminds her of his teachings. The next day, Shiroe explains that the People of the Land would compete with themselves over dealings with the Adventurers in order to obtain their fighting and technological power by putting them in the People's debt. He then proposes that they create rules to protect the Round Table when the People inevitably start approaching their guilds individually and hence has Akatsuki begin reconnaissance as preparation. Elsewhere, the training camp makes their way to the Forest of Lagranda and split up into groups, however Minori has trouble speaking her mind in a group with Tohya, Rundel Haus Code, Isuzu and Serara. Eventually the group encounters some Skeleton monsters and familiarize themselves with their teamwork. Despite their best attempts however, they are quickly overpowered by the next wave of monsters and make a tactical retreat. Back at Palace of Eternal Ice, Crusty introduces himself to Lenessia. 
13"Shield And Freedom"
"Tate to Jiyū" (盾と自由) 
December 28, 2013[18]
The Round Table Representatives find themselves with invitations to various meetings throughout the palace. Meanwhile, as Elissa warns Lenessia to be weary of the Adventurers, the latter recalls her previous meeting with Crusty where he uses her as a convenient shield against scrutiny from the palace folk. The next day, Lenessia happens upon the sparring session with the palace knights where Crusty craftily manipulates her into accompanying him to the evening party as a reward for defeating all the knights. Elsewhere, Akatsuki eavesdrops on two palace folk and learns of a group called the Izumo Knights. Afterwards, Crusty explains to Lenessia of the freedom of the Adventurers due to their resolve as opposed to her sheltered life. Meanwhile, as the training group makes little progress exploring the Lagranda dungeon by failing to see what they lack, Marielle and Shōryū notice a strange phenomenon on the ocean horizon. Lord Darte also asks Michitaka to share sea faring technology with him. After Crusty and Lenessia attend the formal party, the former explains his interest in Lenessia by likening her to his sister in the real world. Elsewhere, Shiroe meets with Akatsuki after his meeting with the Academic's Guild and learns of the information she gathered. Just then, they are approached by Regan—a mage from Miral Lake. 
14"World Fraction"
"Wārudo Furakushon" (ワールドフラクション) 
January 4, 2014[19]
Being an academic in the study of World-class magic, Regan offers Shiroe and Akatsuki an explanation of the World Fraction spell and its thrice use in the world's history, with Shiroe correctly deducing the third time being the Apocalypse. Regan explains that 350 years ago the Human, Elf and Dwarf races destroyed the Alv kingdom out of technological jealousy. Seeking revenge, the remaining Alves cast the first World Fraction which resulted in the creation of the endlessly respawning demi-humans which pushed the planet into a world war. This caused humanity to create powerful hybrid races to aid in the war, until they were forced to cast the second World Fraction which summoned the Adventurers to their aid, some 240 years ago. As Regan also explains that Shiroe's name appeared in the world's history some 98 years ago, Shiroe confirms the events using the game's rate of time as it correlates to the real world, including the start of the open beta which brought the human-controlled Adventurers and when he began playing Elder Tale. Regan then moves on to explain his Spirit Theory which involves how revival works and that memories in the form of XP are lost during the process—a theory which Shiroe decides to withhold from the Round Table for the time being. Meanwhile, Minori finally decides to speak her mind to the training group. 
15"Attack"
"Shūgeki" (襲撃) 
January 11, 2014[20]
Minori suggests that their group hold off on entering the dungeon until that afternoon much to the protest of Rundelhaus, and instead has them each explain their respective skills. In doing so, the group discover that their teamwork lacked cohesion. After Minori explains the basics of party combat as taught to her by Shiroe, the group enters the dungeon the next day. Armed with their new knowledge, each person assumes a clearly defined role in the party and they finally overcome the battles they were forced to retreat from previously. Back at the Palace of Eternal Ice, Shiroe starts documenting all the information he learnt from Regan and lies to Henrietta to keep her from discovering them. While pondering on what to do next, Shiroe receives a call from Minori where she gives him the progress of their training and thrilling him with the fact that Minori's group finally realized the importance of teamwork and friendship. The next day, Crusty continues to meet with Lenessia while Minori, Serara and Isuzu discuss the latter's compatibility with Rundelhaus. However that night, as Rundelhaus and Isuzu have another exchange, the latter discovers that the system strangely prevents her from adding Rundelhaus to her friend list. The next day, the training camp at the beach find themselves in a sudden attack by a massive army of Sahuagin monsters. 
16"Return of the Goblin King"
"Goburin ō no Kikan" (ゴブリン王の帰還) 
January 18, 2014
17"The Lazy and Cowardly Princess"
"Taida de Okubyō na Himegimi" (怠惰で臆病な姫君) 
January 25, 2014
18"Expeditionary Force"
"Ensei Gun" (遠征軍) 
February 1, 2014
19"Chasing that Back"
"Ano Senaka o Oikake te" (あの背中を追いかけて) 
February 8, 2014

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Log Horizon premiered in NHK Educational TV's Saturday 17:30 (05:30pm JST) time slot.

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