Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 3 Review – Quick Summary
In Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 3, “The Round Table Fractures,” Shiroe felt like he failed Akiba and the Round Table by not immediately bringing the People of the Land into the conference — despite knowing how important they had been. Eins, surprisingly, does not want to defeat Shiroe. Instead, Eins wants to enlist Shiroe’s aid. He wants Shiroe to be his chief strategist! Meanwhile, Lenessia wrestled with the idea of her arranged wedding. Akatsuki, Rieze, and Misa Takayama, gave Lenessia unexpected help, with remarkable in abstentia assistance from Krusty! Will Lenessia listen to her heart? Will Shiroe decide to take part is the destruction of the Round Table? And what role will Utena Itsukinomiya Touri play in these negotiations?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 3
Shiroe’s most reliable trait is his honesty. Come to think of it, Naotsugu’s pretty honest himself… and sometimes on purpose! Capture from the Funimation stream.
By the middle of this episode, Eins had convinced me he had the right plan. He’d convinced me that his motives were honest and that he needed Shiroe to succeed. His rhetoric was so convincing that I think Shiroe was leaning towards dissolving the Round Table and joining with him.
By the time Touri joined the conversation and spoke so glowingly of Shiroe, Shiroe joining with them seemed like a foregone conclusion.
That’s when Naotsugu spoke up. Naotsugu is probably the perfect diplomatic aid for Shiroe in this situation. He’s no rhetorical genius, but, befitting the Guardian class that he belongs to, he takes a position and holds it — completely. Of the glowing comment Touri gave Shiroe, he said (15:42), “How should I put it? He’s kinda annoying or you’re giving him too much credit.”
To which Shiroe said, at least to himself (15:48), “I wish he wouldn’t say that out loud… Although they’re sound remarks.”
If there’s one trait that I think Shiroe had in abundance, it’s honesty.
Best in Show Moment for Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 3
I’ve seen my share of amazing last second saves, and this one is right up there among the best. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: 20 Minutes of Talking…
In my review of episode 2, I talked a bit about how this show made me reevaluate my position on show versus tell. Well, here in episode 3, this series decided that I hadn’t quite learned the lesson. It wanted to prove that an episode of exposition could go a step beyond being merely interesting.
The formula, in retrospect, is simple. Take a character we love and put them in a situation where their regrets engulf them. Take another character we love, mix in her own guilt and uncertainties, and give her a serious emotional punch. Add two more characters, one obliviously honest and one honestly oblivious, and put them on a collision course.
You’d get this episode.
Eins delivered his lines with complete sincerity. He convinced Shiroe and me that Eins had Akiba’s best interests in mind. Shiroe already felt guilty, as he showed in his flashback conversation with Naotsugu, and Shiroe felt ready to throw in the towel and join Eins.
At first, Shiroe was shocked that Eins wanted Shiroe’s expertise. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Lenessia had almost accepted her role as Touri’s future wife when Krusty, using Takayama to throw an emotional bank shot, reminded her of just what she was willing to fight for.
Eins had bought into Touri’s vision, which wasn’t a bad deal. Eins really, really wanted to help Akiba, and he thought he found the allies and the plan to do it.
And Naotsugu? He just knew that things were getting weird, that Shiroe was faltering, and that he needed to let Akatsuki know.
Delivery: Plus a Single Still Shot Can Still Make Me Gasp in Surprise
Knowing the Characters Is Important
Over the course of a 25 episode first season and another 25 episodes for a second season, we’ve gotten to know these characters. I felt Shiroe’s weakening resolve as Eins’ words hit home, and I felt Eins’ sincerity as he sought to persuade Shiroe to join him, for the good of Akiba. I even felt Touri’s honest desire to thwart the Senate’s desire for war.
And all while this was happening, Lenessia was going through her own battle. Krusty wasn’t there, so she had no obvious reason to turn down Touri’s proposal. She’d more or less accepted that she would have to marry the nobleman from Westelande, and it made her miserable.
Lenessia felt miserable and trapped. Akatsuki tried to help by eating delicious food. It’s not clear how she intended this to help Lenessia. Capture from the Funimation stream.
When Lenessia realized what Krusty had done, when she understood how even from afar, he had looked into her heart and had seen what she couldn’t see, the look on her face took my breath away. In that instant, she understood exactly what she wanted to do, and why she wanted to do it. Krusty didn’t save a damsel in distress. He reminded the damsel where she’d put down her sword, so she could take it back up again.
An Exciting Save — in a Still Shot!
So when Shiroe was just on the verge of accepting Ein’s proposal, there was a moment of pure magic. He and Touri heard something to his left, and they turned.
This is the still shot that made me gasp. There stood Lenessia, her expression resolute. She’d brought Henrietta, Akatsuki, Rieze, and Tatara. And they were all wearing the uniform of the Round Table.
The sight of the five somen surprised Shiroe. It only took him a few moments to realize what Lenessia intended. Capture from the Funimation stream.
It impressed me how a show could spend 20 minutes talking, then make me gasp with a single still shot. That instant brought the whole episode together. In a second, it resolved the the conflicts and set the stage for what was to come.
I’m really glad this show’s back for a third season!
Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 3: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai – Episode 3 discussion
- The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica: Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode #03
- PinoyChan: CMON, PRINCESS! | Log Horizon Season 3 Episode 3 Reaction (YouTube)
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 1: Rayneshia’s Marriage
- Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 2: The Duke of Akiba
- Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 3: The Round Table Fractures
- Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 4: Akiba General Election
- Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 5: Blessings
- Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 6: Immortal in Ethereal Utopia