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Log Horizon (season 1)
Log Horizon Blu-ray Cover.png
Cover of the first Blu-ray volume released by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan on January 29, 2014 featuring Shiroe.
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes25
Broadcast
Original channelNHK Educational TV
Original runOctober 5, 2013 – March 22, 2014
Season chronology
 
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Log Horizon (season 1)
Log Horizon Blu-ray Cover.png
Cover of the first Blu-ray volume released by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan on January 29, 2014 featuring Shiroe.
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes25
Broadcast
Original channelNHK Educational TV
Original runOctober 5, 2013 – March 22, 2014
Season chronology

Log Horizon is a 2013 science fiction, action Japanese anime series based on the novels written by Mamare Touno.[1] 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.[2]

The anime was 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.[3] The series premiered on October 5, 2013 on NHK Educational TV and ran for 25 episodes until March 22, 2014. The series was picked up by Crunchyroll for online simulcast streaming in North America and other select parts of the world.[4] The Anime Network later obtained the series for streaming.[5] Kadokawa Shoten released the series in Japan on eight Blu-ray and DVD volumes beginning on January 29, 2014.[6][7] The anime was licensed for a home video release in 2014 by Sentai Filmworks in North America.[8] Madman Entertainment later licensed the series for a 2015 release in Australia and New Zealand.[9]

The opening theme is "database" by Man With A Mission ft. Takuma while the ending theme is "Your song*" by Yun*chi.[10]

Episode list[edit]

No.Official English title[a]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[b]Refs.
1"The Apocalypse"
"Dai Saigai" (大災害) 
October 5, 2013[11]
In medias res Shiroe, Naotsugu and Akatsuki find themselves ambushed by a pack of briar weasel monsters. Following a game update some time earlier, a confused Shiroe finds himself in the District of Akihabara[c] inside the Elder Tale video game while donning his in-game character. He encounters other panicked players and all find themselves unable to log-out. Accessing his game menu, Shiroe quickly makes contact with his friend Naotsugu and later, the assassin—Akatsuki. The next day, the trio meet with Marielle of the Crescent Moon Alliance guild 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. Afterwards Shiroe and co. discuss the possible outcomes of an in-game death and head into the Archive Tower Forests where they are ambushed by the pack of briar weasels. After some initial difficulty, they are able to overcome the ambush by physically moving their bodies to attack rather than relying on their preset attack commands. Elsewhere, a mysterious figure watches as a girl called Serara makes a panicked call to Marielle while being chased by two players. 
2"The Battle of Loka"
"Roka no Sōgū-sen" (ロカの遭遇戦) 
October 12, 2013[12]
When a player revives at the cathedral, Shiroe deduces that they are truly trapped inside the game. After another meeting with the Crescent Moon Alliance, Shiroe and co. learn of the recent rise in player killings in Akihabara. After a day of training, Shiroe and Naotsugu anticipate an ambush from nearby players, forcing them into a direct confrontation. However the ambushers' overconfidence quickly becomes their undoing as Shiroe and Naotsugu's teamwork proves far too much and are quickly overpowered by the latter's high-level combinations. In desperation, the ambush leader tries calling in reinforcements only to discover they have been already taken down by Akatsuki. Feigning defeat, the leader tries to attack Shiroe until Akatsuki kills him. In the aftermath, Shiroe and co. try to discern the motives of the players, and he deduces that since people can survive in-game without actually doing anything, the string of killings were purely for entertainment purposes. Afterwards, Shiroe receives a call from Marielle and learns that she intends to take a rescue party on a mission to retrieve 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 decide 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[13]
Shiroe and co. enter a dungeon known as the Depths of Palm while on their way to Susukino and surprise Marielle at the progress they have made. 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 Akihabara, 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 new Novasphere Pioneers' creature which they quickly defeat in 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[14]
Finally arriving in Susukino, Shiroe and co. enter the district while wary of an ambush by the Brigandia guild. Meanwhile, as Demikas becomes alerted to 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 devises a plan and prepares to leave the district. 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 sub-class inflicts severe status ailments on Demikas, he crudely calls in his guild members for aid but Naotsugu quickly intercepts them. Both Naotsugu and Nyanta's health soon drop to dangerous levels and Shiroe has Serara heal them. With the healing having seemingly little effect, Naotsugu forces the Brigandia members to attack him and buys enough delay time for Shiroe to ensnare Demikas and allow 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 to protect Shiroe. With their mission successful, Shiroe, Naotsugu and Nyanta summon three griffons and the party makes their way back to Akihabara. 
5"Return to Akihabara"
"Akiba e no Kikan" (アキバへの帰還) 
November 2, 2013[15]
After successfully escaping from Susukino, Shiroe and co. take a break to set up camp. Nyanta uses the opportunity to brandish his cooking prowess by explaining that only those with the chef sub-class are able to manually prepare food with flavor. Afterwards, 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 Akihabara continues, Shiroe reminisces about his time spent mentoring two beginners—Tohya and Minori, and recalls having glimpsed them joining a guild back in Akihabara. The next day, a sudden thunderstorm forces the party to seek shelter in a nearby farming village where they meet a Person of the Land named Fedor. After interacting with Fedor and his grandchildren, Shiroe notes that the native inhabitants of the Elder Tale world have more human characteristics than given credit for and that the adventurers are in fact, the anomalies of the world. Elsewhere, Tohya and Minori along with other beginners find themselves taken advantage of by the guild who coaxed them into joining. Finally, as Tohya and the rest of his guild set out the next day, he happily notices Shiroe and co. safely back in Akihabara, but finds himself unable to meet him. 
6"Resolve"
"Ketsui" (決意) 
November 9, 2013[16]
The Crescent Moon Alliance guild throws a party in their guild hall to commemorate Serara's return and keeps 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 items obtained from the Hamelin guild who had been recruiting low-level players for the sole purpose of creating a monopoly on their exclusive items. 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. The next day, while filled with new resolve, Shiroe asks the Crescent Moon Alliance to help in ending Hamelin's plot and restoring Akihabara's sense of goodwill with his newly formed guild—Log Horizon. 
7"Crescent Moon"
"Kuresento Mūn" (クレセントムーン) 
November 16, 2013[17]
Naotsugu, Shōryū and Hien begin hunting ingredient monsters in the Imperial Garden Forest while the rest of the Crescent Moon Alliance and Nyanta begin preparing 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 Elder Tale has no strict ruling on how currency should be obtained. The following day, Crescent Moon Alliance opens a food booth 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 and 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 former Debauchery Tea Party member and master of the West Wind Brigade guild—Soujirou Theta 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"Haraguro Glasses"
"Haraguro Megane" (腹ぐろ眼鏡) 
November 23, 2013[18]
Marielle and Henrietta meet with Karashin—master of the Shopping Street 8 guild to discuss a trade agreement for the second stage of Shiroe's plan. 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. This forces 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 his rescue. Back at the meeting, Shiroe has Henrietta bait 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 similar feelings of undeserved rescue to Minori before the Crescent Moon Alliance and Log Horizon issue invitations to Akihabara'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[19]
The Round Table Conference begins as Shiroe opens with his intention 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 for escape, Shiroe mentions the item 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 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—Schreider. However Shiroe's control of the Guild Building along with help from his friends, successfully kick out 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[20]
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. With these examples, Shiroe explains that by simply using one's own hands instead of the command menu, new things can be invented which in turn would create a demand for items and hence drive Akihabara's economy. Shiroe then proposes the establishment of laws that would ban the killing, 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'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 as members. At the same time, spies begin to infiltrate Akihabara and report back to Sergiatte Cowen of the League of Freedom Cities in 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[21]
Two Persons of the Land notice a strange phenomenon over the forest while hunting. Meanwhile, Naotsugu and Akatsuki take Tohya and Minori under their wing for training. As Shiroe also begins experimenting with his scribe sub-class, 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 they set off the next month with Michitaka, Henrietta, Akatsuki and Misa Takayama. The training camp also set off for Choushi where they end up having fun at the beach. Marielle and Minori also interact with more Persons of the Land as per Shiroe's suggestion. 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 wary 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 group training the next day. 
12"The Forest of Lagranda"
"Raguranda no Mori" (ラグランダの杜(もり)) 
December 21, 2013[22]
Sergiatte invites the Round Table representatives to participate in the dance due to the People of the Lands' expectation. Much to the group's reluctance, Crusty nominates Shiroe to participate and with help from Henrietta's bard sub-class, they quickly impress the entire ball. Afterwards, Minori informs Shiroe of their dungeon training and he reminds her of his lessons. 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, Rundelhaus Code, Isuzu and Serara. Eventually the group encounters some 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[23]
The Round Table representatives soon find themselves invited to various meetings. At the same time, Elissa warns Lenessia to be wary of the adventurers and the latter recalls her meeting with Crusty where he uses her as a convenient shield against scrutiny from the palace folk. The next day, Lenessia happens upon a sparring session with the palace knights where Crusty craftily manipulates her into accompanying him to the evening party. Akatsuki also eavesdrops on two palace folk and learns of a group called the Izumo Knights. Afterwards, Crusty explains to Lenessia about the freedom the adventurers enjoy due to their resolve as opposed to her sheltered life. Elsewhere, the training group makes little progress exploring the dungeon by failing to see what they lack. Meanwhile Marielle and Shōryū notice a strange phenomenon on the ocean horizon, while Lord Darte asks Michitaka to share sea faring technology with him. After Crusty and Lenessia attend the evening party, the former explains his interest in Lenessia by likening her to his real-world sister. 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 a mage from Miral Lake known as Regan. 
14"World Fraction"
"Wārudo Furakushon" (ワールドフラクション) 
January 4, 2014[24]
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 long 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 subsequently 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. Regan also points out when Shiroe's name appeared in the world's history and he confirms the events using the game's rate of time as it correlates to the real world, including the start of the game's open beta and when he began playing Elder Tale. Regan then moves on to explain his Spirit Theory whereby memories in the form of experience points are lost during the revival 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[25]
Minori suggests that their group postpone entering the dungeon until they learn more about 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 the information from her. 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 her 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, Isuzu 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 amphibious monsters. 
16"Return of the Goblin King"
"Goburin ō no Kikan" (ゴブリン王の帰還) 
January 18, 2014[26]
The camp begins encountering other goblin monsters inland while Nyanta discovers a massive goblin army approaching from the north. Naotsugu informs Shiroe who organizes an emergency relay conference with the Round Table. Shiroe postulates that the recent attacks are part of a quest known as "Goblin King's Return". The adventurers then realize that in their neglect of quests from the People to defeat the goblins in favor of their development of Akihabara, they allowed the Goblin King to unite a great army. At the same time, Lenessia's father leaves to defend the town of Maihama from a goblin invasion. Afterwards, the training camp discovers a goblin raiding force marching towards the nearby town of Choushi. Meanwhile Shiroe summons Soujirou and the West Wind Brigade to the Palace of Eternal Ice to aid in its defense should it come under attack. Shiroe then informs the Round Table representatives of his hypothesis that an in-game death induces memory loss, which Crusty verifies and shockingly reveals that he had already lost some memories of the real world. Elsewhere, the training camp makes their way to Choushi but end up arriving too late. However, Minori decides that the adventurers shouldn't wait for the People to ask for their aid, and instead attack the goblins for themselves. 
17"A Lazy, Cowardly Princess"
"Taida de Okubyō na Himegimi" (怠惰で臆病な姫君) 
January 25, 2014[27]
Minori manages to convince Naotsugu and Nyanta to let her group begin a surprise attack against the goblin forces. Meanwhile, the Eastal Lords hold their own private conference to discuss Yamato's current predicament and possible battle strategies. Lenessia eventually overhears this information as well as the Lords' intention to use the adventurers. In the meantime, Shiroe prepares specific roles with Crusty and Michitaka for their talks with the Eastal Lords until they are finally summoned. Having predicted that the Lords would try to gather more information from them, Shiroe uses the same tactic, prompting an outburst from Lord Kiliva stating that the adventurers have a responsibility to act. Although Michitaka violently retorts that they deserve more respect than what the League has shown them. At this time, Lenessia reluctantly makes a sudden appearance and notes the League's error in negotiating with the adventurers and instead proposes that she go to Akihabara to respectfully recruit volunteers to aid the People. Afterwards, as Minori's party continue fighting with their own resolve, Shiroe, Akatsuki, Crusty and Lenessia make their way to Akihabara while Shiroe remarks that Lenessia may be the one to change the cities of Eastal. 
18"Expeditionary Force"
"Ensei Gun" (遠征軍) 
February 1, 2014[28]
Upon arriving in Akihabara, Lenessia can't help but marvel at the different culture of the city. Shiroe and Crusty quickly organize a meeting which draws hundreds of adventurers. Wasting no time, Shiroe stirs the crowds with the threat the goblin army poses to Eastal. After presenting the option that the adventurers do not have to act, Shiroe introduces Lenessia who makes a heartfelt plea for adventurers to aid her in defending Eastal. Heeding Lenessia's words, the adventurers rally behind her with Crusty and Shiroe issuing the expedition to defeat the goblins as a quest from the Round Table. Crusty then takes almost half of the adventurers, along with Lenessia to the Narashino Port while Shiroe heads to the Midraunt Equestrian Park to set up a battle headquarters. In the meantime, Sergiatte meets with Michitaka and Henrietta to explain the developing rift between the League and the Cowen family thanks to Lenessia's actions and of the power difference between the People and the adventurers. However they decide to wait for a solution from Shiroe. Elsewhere, as Lenessia ponders on the consequences of her actions, the training group makes a stand against the goblins at Choushi. Finally, after Crusty and Misa divide the adventurers into raiding parties, Crusty issues them the single order: kill all goblins. 
19"Chasing After Them"
"Ano Senaka o Oikake te" (あの背中を追いかけて) 
February 8, 2014[29]
Upon arriving on the battlefield, Crusty's group engages the goblin army at Kasumi Lake. Meanwhile, at the Midraunt headquarters, Shiroe explains the pivotal role Choushi plays in his plan to contain the goblin advancement. At the same time, a large army of monsters begin moving towards Choushi and the trainees persuade Marielle to let them defend the town. While watching the trainees fight, Naotsugu and Nyanta comment on their battle styles and of Minori's attempt to imitate Shiroe's battle tactics. As the battle of Choushi wears on, Minori's group takes off to defend other parts of the town while Shiroe informs Marielle of the arrival of reinforcements in another hour. With the battle taking a huge toll on them, Minori's group soon finds themselves slowly overpowered against a small group of goblins and dire wolves. As Tohya's begins taking heavy damage, Minori starts losing control of the battle. However Rundelhaus suddenly charges at the last two wolves with his magical gauntlets and kills them in a suicide attack. In the aftermath, Rundelhaus' friends try in vain to revive him. Already knowing the inevitable though, Isuzu tearfully explains Rundelhaus' nature as a Person of the Land who dies permanently. Refusing to give up, Minori quickly makes contact with Shiroe. 
20"Contract"
"Keiyaku" (契約) 
February 15, 2014[30]
Shiroe immediately leaves for Choushi and using Regan's theories of revival, he has Minori, Serara and Isuzu alternate between restoring Rundelhaus' health and magic to prevent his body from being destroyed. Meanwhile, Misa and Lenessia update Crusty on the status of the battle and they prepare to intercept the goblin general's forces in Zantleaf. At the same time, Shiroe arrives at Minori and co.'s location and uses his enchanter abilities and a revival item to restore Roundelhaus' magic and temporarily revive him for a few minutes. Rundelhaus awakens and accepts his fate but Shiroe sharply rebuffs his resolve. Using the theory to bend the laws of the world by making things oneself, Shiroe presents Rundelhaus with a contract to join Log Horizon as an adventurer. Willing to use his abilities for the good of others, Rundelhaus signs the contract and dies as one of the People of the Land. Elsewhere, Crusty and the other adventurers mercilessly slaughter the goblin general and his forces at Zantleaf while Marielle's group and the reinforcements repel the monsters invading Choushi. Afterwards Shiroe explains his definition of an adventurer to Minori. Finally, Rundelhaus awakens at the cathedral to his new status as an adventurer and gets a severe scolding from Isuzu for his recklessness. 
21"The Two of Us Shall Waltz"
"Futari de Warutsu o" (ふたりでワルツを) 
February 22, 2014[31]
A month following the battle at Zantleaf, Eastal holds a grand ball for the adventurers in their victory against the goblin general, which Shiroe includes in his plan to eventually defeat the Goblin King. At the same time, Shiroe learns of an event called the Demon Festival of Suzaku Gate which occurred in the west of Yamato. While walking the Palace of Eternal Ice, Shiroe listens in surprise to a mysterious woman cryptically telling a group of children the story of how he saved Rundelhaus. Afterwards Shiroe visits Regan and learns that another adventurer in the district of Minami had also used world-class magic and that the Izumo Knights were involved in the Demon Festival. Back at the ball, while Crusty and Lenessia dance, the latter recalls a conversation with Sergiatte where he assigns her as the Eastal ambassador to Akihabara in order to repay the adventurers. Elsewhere, Shiroe thanks Akatsuki for her help in their previous trials with a dance. Sometime later, Lenessia moves to Akihabara to begin her ambassadorial duties and Shiroe spreads the information of the consequences of death as a rumor to suppress panic. As things return to normal in Akihabara, Marielle proposes that they hold a festival to celebrate the autumn season which she calls the Scale Festival. 
22"Swallow and Young Starling"
"Tsubame to Hinamuku" (つばめとひなむく) 
March 1, 2014[32]
The city of Akihabara becomes much more lively as the Scale Festival looms over the horizon. While detached from the city's activities, Shiroe continues his research until Henrietta suggests that he take time away to enjoy the festival with everyone. Afterwards both Minori and Akatsuki attempt to invite Shiroe to the a couple cake-eating contest. Minori explains to Isuzu that she intends to use the contest's reward to improve the public's trust of Shiroe which had been wavering as of late. The next day, Shiroe participates with both Akatsuki and Minori and the former receives a large amount of envy from the other participants for bringing two girls, which only escalates when Akatsuki and Minori begin competing with each other for his attention. However the trio end up failing the contest and while mulling over the day's events atop Log Horizon's headquarters, Shiroe decides to better utilize his time with his guildmates. Akatsuki then joins him and they have an awkwardly brief conversation where she shows her feelings for him despite Shiroe's obliviousness. At the same time, Minori catches them and runs away with a broken heart after admitting her feelings for Shiroe to herself. However with encouragement from Tohya, Minori realizes that she has no reason to be sad. 
23"Student of the Mage"
"Mahōtsukai no Deshi" (魔法使いの弟子) 
March 8, 2014[33]
The second day of the Scale Festival gets underway and the members of Log Horizon go off on their own for the day's activities. Minori also stops off at Karashin's busy office to procure tickets for Lenessia's Twilight Banquet and offers her services. At the same time the city's inhabitants begin getting into squabbles with merchants of the People of the Land while Minori begins to use her apprentice sub-class to help Karashin account for the festival's finances. Elsewhere Nyanta peacefully kicks a rowdy Person of the Land out of a restaurant and reports the matter to Shiroe. While the Black Sword Knights and D.D.D. guilds work on maintaining order during the festival, they resolve more disputes involving the People of the Land. Issac and Crusty then discuss Shiroe's traits and agree that he works his best when doing so for the good of others. After putting a stop to yet another rowdy Person of the Land, Shiroe finally notices the strangeness of the People's behavior and after Minori reports inconsistencies in the festival's paperwork all resulting from errors by the People, Shiroe confirms that the city may be under attack and makes haste for the Guild Building while disgruntled at his own carelessness. Meanwhile, a ship led by the sinister looking Lord Malves prepares to make contact with Akihabara. 
24"Chaos"
"Konran" (混乱) 
March 15, 2014[34]
Shiroe postulates that the People of the Land led by the newly arrived Lord Malves of Westelande to be responsible for the attack on the city, with the intention of destroying the Round Table's reputation and treaty with Eastal. In preparation to counterattack, Shiroe has his comrades provide him with more information while Minori does her best to keep Karashin's office flowing using the skills taught to her by Shiroe. Afterwards Shiroe begins plotting all the points of disturbances caused by the People of the Land but has difficulty in discerning a pattern out of their random order until it finally dawns on him that the People are improvising on the spot. While stressed for a solution Shiroe gets a spark of genius after meeting Soujirou who had innocently beaten the cake contest with the help of his guild. In the meantime Lord Malves crashes the Twilight Banquet and corners Lenessia over his supposed mishandled cargo documents. Elsewhere, in a brilliant countermeasure, Shiroe uses the West Wind Brigade's infatuation with Soujirou as incentive for them to patrol the city and handle the disturbances. Shiroe and co. then learn of the banquet disturbance and decide to make the festival enjoyable as their true counterattack. Finally, Shiroe makes an appearance at Lenessia's banquet. 
25"The Scale Festival"
"Tenbin-Sai" (天秤祭(てんびんさい)) 
March 22, 2014[35]

Shiroe, Crusty and Michitaka arrive at the banquet and easily counter Lord Malves' ruse with one of their own, forcing the latter to make a hasty retreat. Minori voices her concern over Shiroe's actions but he reassures her that he accepts appearing as the villain as long as he can accomplish his tasks, something which Akatsuki berates herself for being blind to. Some time later, Shiroe goes to meet with Ōshima—the contact he sent to Minami. However the strange storyteller from the Palace of Eternal Ice calling herself Dariella confronts him instead. Seeing through her disguise though, Shiroe forces the leader of Minami's lone guild—Nureha of Plant Hwyaden to reveal herself. Afterwards, each reveals the information they possess on the other's accomplishments, with Nureha also voicing her intention to recruit Shiroe. She then states her knowledge of Shiroe's research into finding a way back to the real world and bribes him with resources while prodding at his ambivalence towards Akihabara. However Shiroe rejects Nureha's proposal. Later, the Scale Festival enters its last stages and Log Horizon sit down to dinner and reassures Shiroe of their intention to help him however they can. Faced with new challenges, Shiroe issues Log Horizon their next goal of changing the world of Elder Tale.

In the epilogue, Shiroe and Regan make plans to leave Akihabara. 

Home media[edit]

Kadokawa Shoten released the series in Japan on eight Blu-ray and DVD volumes between January 29[6] and August 27, 2014.[36] Sentai Filmworks released the complete series on two Blu-ray and DVD collections containing both English and Japanese audio options and English subtitles on November 25, 2014[37] and January 27, 2015.[38]

Kadokawa Shoten (Region 2 - Japan)
Vol.EpisodesBlu-ray / DVD artworkBonus discBD / DVD Release dateBD Ref.DVD Ref.
11, 2, 3, 4ShiroeJanuary 29, 2014[6][7]
25, 6, 7AkatsukiDrama CDFebruary 26, 2014[39][40]
38, 9, 10NaotsuguMarch 26, 2014[41][42]
411, 12, 13NyantaDrama CDApril 25, 2014[43][44]
514, 15, 16MinoriMay 28, 2014[45][46]
617, 18, 19TohyaDrama CDJune 25, 2014[47][48]
720, 21, 22IsuzuJuly 30, 2014[49][50]
823, 24, 25Rundelhaus CodeAugust 27, 2014[36][51]
Sentai Filmworks (Region 1 - North America)
Vol.EpisodesBlu-ray / DVD artworkBD / DVD Release dateBD Ref.DVD Ref.
11-13Akatsuki, Shiroe, Naotsugu, Lenessia & CrustyNovember 25, 2014[37][52]
214-25Isuzu, Rundelhaus Code, Minori, Tohya & SeraraJanuary 27, 2015[38][53]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Sentai Filmworks.
  2. ^ Log Horizon premiered in NHK Educational TV's Saturday 17:30 (05:30 pm JST) time slot.
  3. ^ Official English dubbed and subtitled versions of the series translate the word "Akiba" (アキバ?) as "Akihabara".

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