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Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 8 Review

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Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 8 Review – Quick Summary

In Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 8, “The Oldest Ancients,” Lelia Mofur and her sister Litka Mofur sprinted through the forest in spite of their terrible hunger. They were desperate to get to Akiba to warn the city about something they didn’t quite understand. All they knew was that it was powerful, and it was evil, and they didn’t want it to get to the city. A food gathering party found them unconscious and exhausted and brought them to Shiroe, who recognized them immediately. Tetora recognized them, too, but instead of feeling curious like Shiroe, she exploded with rage. What had so upset Tetora? Just who were the two Mofur sisters? And why was it going to be so ridiculously expensive to give them a place to stay?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 8

Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 8: The pain from game glitches can be real.

There’s a unique pain that happens when a game’s glitch deprives you of the rewards of a quest… Capture from the Funimation stream.

It’s Akatsuki’s turn again to give us my favorite quote! It’s not only funny in context, it also shows what a caring, empathetic soul inhabits Akatsuki’s body.

Tetora could barely contain her rage at the Mofur sisters, and she pulled Shiroe aside to explain it. Of course, Akatsuki followed. So did Naotsugu, who seems fairly inseparable from Tetora.

So, what had the Mofur sisters done? In a quest that happened before Akatsuki had ever joined Elder Tales, Tetora had gathered three thousand scales that she had to deliver to a smith. Gathering that many took a huge effort, which made sense: the reward for completing the quest was a precious magic item. But on three separate occasions, either Lelia, Litka, or both managed to lose or destroy all three thousand scales. Tetora had to gather twelve thousand pieces in total to get the prize.

At each successive loss, Naotsugu and Akatsuki’s amazement and horror grew. Naotsugu had known about the task, which he said was one of a series of buggy quests early in the game. Though it had been before Akatsuki’s time, but her heart still went out to Tetora.

She proved that when she said, “You have my deepest sympathies” (21:03).

Akatsuki has such a sweet disposition, at least when she’s not being sarcastic or kicking Naotsugu into the next frame for talking about panties.

Best in Show Moment for Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 8

Akatsuki and Shiroe shared a quiet moment together.

Seeing Akatsuki share a peaceful moment with Shiroe felt good. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Setup: Does Akatsuki Pull Ahead?

The competition between Akatsuki and Minori for Shiroe’s affection has been ongoing since the first season. In this episode, it looks like Akatsuki not only took a sizable lead. She took that lead with Shiroe’s help. And his help might not have been by accident!

It’s hard to tell because, you know, he’s Shiroe. Matters of the heard aren’t his specialty.

He and Akatsuki had gone shopping to prepare for Minori bringing some friends to visit. None of them yet knew the friends were Lelia and Litka, or else a lot more food would have been on the shipping list. They’d almost wrapped up when Akatsuki said she’d arranged for beddings to be delivered. After all, the party might turn into a sleep over. Akatsuki took Shiroe’s words as encouragement. In fact, it did my cynical heart good to see here almost dance because she was so happy.

Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 8: It's rare to see Akatsuki so happy and carefree.

Akatsuki looked so happy and carefree in this sequence. I liked seeing her that way. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Then Akatsuki did something I’ve not often seen her do. She took the initiative and suggested they get get some red bean buns to eat. He casually agreed. Moments later, they were sitting on top of a building overlooking the city.

Delivery: Shiroe Was a Willing Participant

Shiroe said that the buns were delicious, and Akatsuki replied that the buns from the shop she’d selected were just perfect. They sat in silence for a few moments as they watched the clouds overhead drift by.

“This feels good,” he said (15:05).

“It does, my lord,” she replied.

As Akatsuki finished her bun, Shiroe wondered what he was feeling. It felt comfortable. “Even the lull in the conversation doesn’t bother me anymore,” he thought. They talked a little more with Akatsuki happy that whatever Shiroe’s relationship had been with Kanami, the relationship was in the past. That knowledge, which she’d gained earlier in the episode from both Naotsugu and Nyanta, seemed to give Akatsuki a little more confidence. She summed up her feelings by saying sometime that reflected her new understanding of her relationship to Shiroe:

“You’re not longer a strategist for the Debauchery Tea Party,” she said (15:43). “You’re a Guild Master of Log Horizon.”

Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 8: Even Shiroe felt happy with the present

Not only did Akatsuki feel glad Debauchery Tea Party was in the past. Shiroe seemed to feel the same way. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Silently, with a smile on her face, she thought, “That’s all that matters… to me…”

Knowing their history, knowing everything they’d been through together, it felt uplifting to see how at peace Akatsuki and Shiore were with each other. I mean, even Shiroe helped it a bit by saying how the situation felt good. That’s practically gushing for him! It made me happy to see Akatsuki get to this point. I really hope they get more chances to enjoy each other’s company. It looks like things are going to get a bit rough!

What did you think of Lelia and Litka’s appetites? What was our Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 8 Review

  1. I agree The Mofur sisters seem interesting and their entry into the world of Akiba again seems to bode the emergence of a range of impending new threats and phenomena which could be interesting. However we are also seeing the re-emergence of the silly Minori Vrs. Akatsuki competition for Shiroe’s affection again, and that is just irrelevant fluff at best. One of Log Horizon’s great flaws as a series is that it consistently sets up interesting premises explores them a little and then leaves them hanging, while it flits off to half explore the next arc. I don’t know how extensive the source material is (I am an anime aficionado and don’t read manga etc) but it seems to me that these half resolutions are banked for some denouement in the future that never seems to come. Log Horizon does have a large sprawling cast (Which probably pays the rent of half the population of working Seiyus when LH is in production lol) and managing the various story arcs etc would be challenging but I feel they would benefit from more ruthless and tighter story editing than they usually employ…

    1. “However we are also seeing the re-emergence of the silly Minori Vrs. Akatsuki competition for Shiroe’s affection again”

      That would be tireseome

      I _think_ I’m seeing evidence they’re going in a slightly different direction, and I’ll talk about it in my review of episode 9. If I’m seeing what I think I’m seeing, it could be more interesting.

      “managing the various story arcs etc would be challenging but I feel they would benefit from more ruthless and tighter story editing than they usually employ…”

      I think there’s a lot of truth in that. I know that when I was being professionally published, every one of my articles that the magazine’s editors worked on came out a lot more tight and clear when they were done with them. A good editor is worth their weight in gold!

  2. I wish Log Horizon would drop Minori and Co into the background and leave them there permanently. The focus on them spoiled Season 2 irreparably and their re-emergence again is threatening to do the same thing. In Season 2 the arcs focusing on them were largely irrelevant and just distracted from what show should have been focusing on – Akiba’s place in the world and its relations internally and the rest of Yamato and beyond. Because of that lack of focus series two by the end turned into a mess where the wider issues made little sense due to too little time to explain them properly. I can see the same thing starting again with the first cour of this season two and Im not happy about it lol.

    1. You know, I like Minori as a character, and some of her team (like Isuzu and Rudy) gave me some of my favorite moments. But looking back, my attention wandered most during the times you just described.

      And I think you’re right — the lack of exploration of key ideas detracted from the end of season 2. The ideas were great — I just had to stop and think them through because I wasn’t familiar enough with them.

      Let’s hope that the story does something interesting with the Mofur sisters and that they only used Minori as an entry point. Plus, I think of the idea of two buggy, early character escaping into the world after the Apocalypse is really interesting.

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