A Fateful Election – Log Horizon Entaku Houkai Episode 3 x 4 Review

This is a review of Episode 3 and 4 of Log Horizon Season 3: Destruction of the Round Table.

Check out last week’s episode review here

That sneaky Shiroe.  

Is he planning on bringing adventurers from other servers loyal to him to the election tomorrow? Especially since if they vote, they are considered a citizen of Akiba?

The anime did make a point of letting us know that loophole, after all. 

I wonder if he’s planning something with the Kunie to somehow get the server transport gates working again using the now-downed town security system’s power grid. 

I would not put it past him – especially since Eins is still on guard. 

Speaking of which – why on earth does Eins think he can become a duke loyal to the people when he left his guild in shambles? Honesty has been a problem since the season started, and their guild members were looked down on for being unproductive.  

I know it was stated that the members had unfavorable classes and couldn’t switch occupations, but they were all too demoralized to actually try. Or, at least that’s what the situation appeared to be. 

Only when Guild Master Eins needed his faction members to do some (useless) charity for his benefit, they finally found a semblance of purpose. Why on earth couldn’t he do something like that earlier for his people without leaving the Round Table Conference?  

Eins not having any power wasn’t the issue here, it’s the fact that he thought he never had any power and surrounded himself with those who felt that way, as well. Causing the other members of the Round Table to underestimate him, and be completely taken aback by his decision to leave. 

Here I thought Eins was taking a taboo step up (there seemed to be an unspoken belief that no members would accept dukedoms from The People of the Land) and then we find out this episode the Saiguu clan have no real power! 

No lands, no army to call upon, no money in their treasury…so basically all they have is an ancient title and the good will of the people. 

And let’s say that fails…what are the Saiguu of Westelande going to actually do about the Senate? Once they lose the trust of the naïve People of the Land who outnumber the adventurers…could they not have a riot on their hands? A civil war? A boycott of goods, services, and trade? 

On the surface Duke Eins and the Saiguu seem like a good choice, but I just can’t agree with it. 

Princess Rayneshia is admittedly a little weaker than one would like, but she would be a great choice for Akiba. She even finally stood up to her grandfather and surprisingly perceptive mother. In addition to that, she’d decided to pursue a relationship with Krusty in her own way. 

The only thing holding her back is lack of confidence in her own agency, and the (seemingly) backward politics of The People of the Land. 

I know it’s a ‘video game’, but I was right along with Sir Isaac, and everyone else this episode who didn’t initially see why Rayneshia couldn’t break away from her family and do her own thing. Or why her mother couldn’t rule, despite being a woman more capable than everyone else around her. 

Log Horizon really is great in that way.  

One thing should seem simple – like voting – but all of these different complexities that seem miniscule add up and change the intended outcome of things. 

Either way, I’m really excited for the next episode. 

But, tell me your thoughts. 

What are you plotting, Shiroe? Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 4
What are you plotting, Shiroe? Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table Episode 4

Do you think the villain in glasses Shiroe is up to something? Does Princess Rayneshia really need to break away from the Cowen family to gain agency? Is Nyanta some sort of pervert? 

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you! Also be sure to follow us for more Log Horizon Season 3 Reviews! 

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Author: In Asian Spaces

I write in my personal time and I haven't published much at all. I don't know if that qualifies me as a writer or not, but I'd like to change that. I have a deep passion for travel, cinema and (mainly) East Asian things, but I plan on writing various things to keep it spicy. Let's prosper together ~ よろしくおねがいします。

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