DVD Review: Log Horizon – Season 2 Part 2

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We return to the living world of Log Horizon to see what the final instalment into Season 2 has to offer; will it be a journey to remember or is it something thats worthing passing. In my opinion it is the latter; but find out why in our review of the DVD release by MVM Entertainment.

Synopsis:

Having cleared the Abyssal Shaft, the members of the raiding party have returned to Akihabara to consider their next options.

First, though, there’s an unexpected lesson in history as the founder of the Debauchery Tea Party, the legendary Kanami, resurfaces with an extremely peculiar entourage and some even more stunning revelations about connections to the outside. But the ramifications of this will have to wait. With new political situations brewing between the Guilds, Shiroe sets Isaac to the task of training Maihama’s knights while the younger members of Log Horizon are sent out on what should be a simple quest.

Collecting the materials required to make a magic bag, however, becomes much more difficult when ogres and nightshades get involved! Fortunately, the junior team is about to get a jolt of fresh blood… in the form of a Vampire! The action escalates and the world gets even wilder in the second thundering collection of LOG HORIZON – SEASON 2!

Our View:

The second half of Log Horizon Season 2 continues to be as unimpressive as the first half; but while the story within the first half opted to focus on two separate events occurring at the same time the events in this second half opt to focus on the younger generation of guild members. It’s an interesting change of pace and while it provides the much needed screen time, and character development, for these characters it does nothing but prolong the ending of this season; which in this case turns out to be a potential war with the people of the land.

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It all starts with a slightly bizarre, potentially out of place, episode that introduces viewers to Kanami, the previous head of Shiroe’s old guild ‘Tea Party’ and it witnesses her travelling east embarking on a quest of her own with new found comrades. Even now I’m still baffled as to the point of this episode but by the time the final episodes roll round it starts to make itself relatively clear. It’s an episode which gets people more familiar with the character and her comical ideals. In any event this singular episode, which actually has a nice variety of rumour, mystery and fist-fights, is stand-a-lone and adds no real merit to the remaining episodes of this disc.  It’s only when Shiroe orders the younger generation of the guild to head out on their own quest where things start to progress forward.

Ever since Log Horizon started we have seen this younger group of characters form bonds with each other and grow stronger through training camps and it’s now their time to shine through their own adventure; a quest to collect materials to make the magic bag that shiore has. It’s s a simple quest but it’s not long until they find themselves in a middle of a mysterious battle; a battle that is later revealed to be instigated by selective members of the people of the land. Of course while this monstrous battle, which seems flying enemies attack a village with soldiers addicted to dying constantly being killed, a potential highlight for this half of the season,  it’s the character development with Izusu and her love for music that takes up the most of the screen time. It’s that cliché moment where people give her credit for being talented but previous experience tells her otherwise and it’s an interbattle with herself that sees her become a stronger person; both in combat and music.

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This battle however, which is over quite quickly without any real combat taking place on screen, is just a prelude to the finale of the series; an event which sees elements from throughout the both seasons of Log Horizon come to fruition – but not exactly the way you might imagine. For me Log Horizon has been a relatively stale series that never seemed to pick-up pace after the first handful of episodes but while the storyline and it’s progression are relatively boring it’s the characters and their goals (or dreams) that give Log Horizon a reason to watch it; but at the end of the day it’s still boring to watch.

Extras:

As with the previous DVD (and Blu-ray release) of Log Horizon – Season 2  the only bonus features are textless opening and closing songs found on the first DVD disc and seeing as each episode of this release uses the ‘textless’ variation of the opening and closing song it is a rather pointless addition.

Specs:

Media:  DVD 9 x3
Region: 2
Running Time: 1:44:04 (Disc 1, Disc 2 & Disc 3)
Video: MPEG-2
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 224kbps (English & Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 720 x 480 (480p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 30 fps

Overall:

The second season of the rather unimpressive Log Horizon comes to its conclusion with this Season 2 Part 2 Release by MVM Entertainment and for those hoping for a magnitude of magical battles and sword slashing conflicts between different nations, guilds and types of people will no doubt be disappointed. Featuring twelve episodes spread across three DVD discs this second instalment into Season Two puts the focus onto the ‘younger generation’ of Log Horizon and while it’s interesting to see them embark on their own adventure, as well as develop more as individual characters – especially when it comes to Isuzu – it’s nothing short of a snooze cruise.

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Sure enough some mysterious elements manage to spark interest into events that may unfold at a later point in time, such as the introduction of a new character that mysteriously resembles Shiroe, or the increase in attacks from mysterious enemies within Akihabara. But when it’s all said and done however the objective of these episodes is to take a closer look at the younger generation of Log Horizon as well as a closer look into Shiroe’s previous guild – Tea Party. Surrounding these two storylines is the impending threat of war from selective ‘People of the Land’ but bizarrely enough this ‘interesting’ aspect continues to be overshadowed by, in my opinion, less important matters which is a real shame.

Once again Log Horizon continues to disappoint and it seems that the series is mindlessly wandering through it’s story with no care or interest. An ending is apparent and while it does provide some answers it’s nothing overly emotional or engaging. This disappointment continues with this DVD release as while the DVD Discs have been mastered in NTSC format, so no PAL alternations, it only features textless songs as bonus materials –  which is a wasted addition when the episodes themselves feature them. Of course some positives can be had when you discover that the English Dub, which has been produced by Sentai Filmworks, continues to be enjoyable to watch with some voice actors standing out more than others. In regards to ‘subtitles’ then the subtitles are faithful to the original translation; even more so when Chief (Nyan-ta) speaks in this ‘cat-tongue’ (it’s just purrfect); meanwhile song translations for some of Isuzu’s performances will appear in White alongside dialogue that’s Yellow. Easily readable, well presented and well translated.

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Overall Log Horizon – Season 2 Part 2 brings the second season to it’s much needed conclusion and while the episodes contained are not overly entertaining it does offer a refreshing pace by focusing on a different set of characters. MVM Entertainment have worked with Madman (and Sentai Filmworks) in order to produce a great DVD release of this product; but it is a shame that no supplementary content could have been added. As always this release is for the fans; so if you’ve yet to watch any of Log Horizon then you’ll want to start from the very beginning; but in my eyes you’d be best watching Sword Art Online or .Hack// for a more immersive and entertaining experience.

Score: review-stars-2

Log Horizon – Season 2 Part 2 will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from the 21st November 2016.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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