Log Horizon: Season 2 Part 2 (Blu-ray) (2013)

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Released 5-Oct-2016

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General Extras
Category Anime More…-Clean Opening Animation (1:32)
More…-Clean Closing Animation (1:32)
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 312:24 (Case: 300)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Shinji Ishihira
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Madman Entertainment
Starring Takume Terashima / Mike Yager
Tomoaki Maeno / Andrew Love
Emiri Katou / Jad Sexton
Yumi Hara / Maggie Flecknoe
Ayahi Takagaki / Shelley Calene-Black
Misaki Kuno / Hilary Haag
Jouji Nakata / Jovan Jackson
Case ?
RPI ? Music Yasuharu Takanashi


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 2.0
Japanese DTS HD Master Audio 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Log Horizon: Season 2, Part 2 commences with a stand-alone episode in which Kanami (Marina Inoue / Jennifer Gilbert), founder of the Tea Party and Shiroe’s mentor, is travelling to the west with some companions, facing monsters on the way. The series then reverts to Akihabara where Shiroe (Takume Terashima / Mike Yager) decides to send a group of his youngsters, Minori (Nao Tamura / Luci Christian), Tohya (Daiki Yamashita / Greg Ayres), Serara (Misaki Kuno / Hilary Haag), Isuzu (Eriko Matsui / Meg McDonald) and Rudy (Tetsuya Kakihara / Tyler Galindo) on a learning quest of their own. The five set out; they encounter low level monsters and Isuzu sings in the villages they pass through to the delight of the People of the Land. They also meet the very Shiroe like Roe2 (Ayumi Fujimura / Kelly Peters), subclass Vampire, and find that the Odyssey Knights, controlled by the Plant hwyaden leader Princess Nureha (Chiwa Saito / Tia Ballard) in Minami, are on the road. But Minami and Plant hwyaden also have other groups out and around that are bent on fermenting war between Westelande and Eastal which will involve both Adventurers and the People of the Land so Nyanta (Jouji Nakata / Jovan Jackson), who has been watching the youngsters to make sure they do not get into too much trouble, is forced to intervene.

     Back in Akihabara Shiroe and the Round Table of Guilds are trying to address unhappiness and dissent among the inhabitants due to the increasing imbalance between the haves and have nots. It is also becoming clear that, one year after the apocalypse which sent hundreds of thousands of gamers into Elder Tales, many Adventurers just want to return home, seeking death in fights with monsters because in the moments before resurrection they can see their old selves, and their old world. , Other Adventurers however have come to terms with, and relish, this alternative existence. Then a letter from Roe2 to Shiroe, delivered by Minori, opens up a whole new scenario by referring to people called Travellers who have also been catapulted into Elder Tales but who may hold the key to everyone getting out. Can Shiroe and his companions avert war long enough to follow the lead they have been given? And who, or what, is trying to stop them?

     There are some strong episodes in this Log Horizon set, not only in terms of battles with monsters but also where some of the Adventurers, including the youngsters, reflect upon their previous world and their existence in this alternative Elder Tales world. The ideas within this set of episodes are often poignant and thoughtful with themes of identity, choice, responsibility, loss and alienation. Log Horizon also continues to create an extensive and constantly evolving RP world and there remains a lot of characters; these episodes add even more and it is difficult to keep track of who is who. For example, in Part 2 some characters such as Isaac (Satoshi Hino / George Manley), who is training the people of Maihama as well as looking after Princess Lenessia’s (or Rayneshia) (Mariya Ise / Emily Neves) younger brother and heir to the throne Itherus (Mariya Ise / Kalin Coates), get to strut their stuff while major characters including Shiroe, Akatsuki (Emiri Katou / Jad Sexton), Naotsugi (Tomoaki Maeno / Andrew Love) or the scatter-brained Tetora (Yukiyo Fujii / Chelsea McCurdy) only get to show what they can do in the last couple of episodes. Then the climax adds a tantalising new quest for the members of Log Horizon.

     Log Horizon is now up to 50 episodes in two seasons. This release, Log Horizon: Season 2, Part 2, contains episodes 14 – 25 of the second season which aired on Japanese TV between December 2014 and March 2015.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Log Horizon: Season 2, Part 2 is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1, in 1080p using the MPEG-4 code.

     This anime looks vibrant in HD. The lines are strong and the colours are rich with some vibrant blue skies and rivers, pink cherry blossoms, lush green foliage and yellow sunsets. The blacks are solid and shadow detail fine.

     The English subtitles are a clear yellow font unless more than one person is speaking when subtitles in a white font appear simultaneously on the screen. The subtitles are burnt in when the Japanese dub is selected so they cannot be removed for Japanese speakers. We still get Shiroe / Shiro though.

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Audio

    Audio is a choice between the original Japanese or an English dub, both DTS-HD MA 2.0. The audio and subtitles cannot be changed on the go with the remote.

     Both tracks are surround encoded and have similar effects. Dialogue is clear and the rears are used sparingly for music and ambient effects while there are louder effects during the action scenes. The sub-woofer added bass and boom to the action.

     The English voice cast were good enough although I still prefer the Japanese.

     The music by Yasuharu Takanashi is diverse and very effective.

     It is anime so lip synchronisation is approximate in either audio track.

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Extras

     These are on the second disc.

Clean Opening Animation (1:32)

     The opening song without text, although there is no text with the opening and closing songs on each episode anyway, the credits happening in a separate scroll after the closing song, so it makes no difference.

Clean Closing Animation (1:32)

     As it says.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     Our Region B release of Log Horizon: Season 2, Part 2 is the same as is available in other regions. Buy local.

Summary

     Log Horizon is a series that is more thoughtful than a lot of anime with ideas about identity, responsibility, loss, alienation and “difference” plus political machinations. Log Horizon: Season 2, Part 2 adds a coming of age story and remains stunning to look at. But, for me at least, there are too many characters to keep up with and too many subsidiary plotlines which go nowhere (at least for the present). Fans of the series however, and there are many, should enjoy this set of episodes.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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