By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale (エルダー・テイル Erudā Teiru) has become a global success, with a user base of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Homesteading the Noosphere (ノウアスフィアの開墾 Nōasufia no Kaikon, sometimes mistranslated as Novasphere Pioneers), thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are logged on at the time of the update suddenly find themselves transported into the virtual game world and donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer named Shiroe, along with his friends, Naotsugu and Akatsuki, decide to team up so that they may face this world, which unfortunately has now become their reality, along with the challenges and obstacles ahead of them.
With a sign-off that should be familiar to anyone who remembers the mid-season-two raid, the Twitter feed says they hope to be back some day...
May 18, 2016 10:40pm WIB
NHK Educational TV's Twitter account for the Log Horizon anime has been pretty quiet since a rebroadcast of the second season kicked off last fall. But, today, the promo feed for the 2013 adaptation of Mamare Touno's fantasy game/economics light novel series popped back in for a goodbye.
First DVD and Blu-ray collections scheduled for May 31
April 29, 2016 9:45am WIB
In anticipation of the May 31st Blu-ray and DVD release of the first 13-episode collection of Log Horizon 2, Sentai Filmworks has announced a lengthy English dub cast list for the economics/fantasy/game adventure anime.
Mamare Touno receives three years probation, violation of which can result in up to 10 months in jail, along with fine
April 28, 2016 5:00am WIB
Mamare Touno (real name Daisuke Umezu), 42-year-old author of the anime-adapted Log Horizon and Maoyu light novel series, has been found guilty of tax evasion by the Tokyo District Court and sentenced to three years probation, violation of which can result in up to 10 months in jail. Additionally, his m2lade JAM has been fined 7 million yen.
"If we give up when facing problems of this level, we should not have expected anything from the start."
Shiroe is a Half-Alv Enchanter-Scribe and the main protagonist of the Log Horizon series. A veteran player of the MMORPG Elder Tale, he was formerly the strategist of the legendary Debauchery Tea Party, and is the current Guild Master of Log Horizon.
In the real world, he is a 23-year old engineering graduate student named Kei Shirogane (城鐘恵). He was a member of the Abyssal Shaft Raid Party and later leads the Shibuya Raid Team.
His Overskill is Contract Art Ceremony, which allows him to create contracts that can change even the laws of the world; for example, his first contract allowed him to change a Lander's subclass into Adventurer, granting them the privileges that Adventurers had, including revival.
He has a female Summoner alt on the test server who is named Roe2. Since the Catastrophe, the alt's body has been controlled by a Fool, although she is on his (and the Adventurers') side.
"Gone straight to acting like animals ‘cos you miss your mama? A surprise attack isn’t enough to warrant a victory party, guys."
Naotsugu is Shiroe's friend and another player trapped in Elder Tale. He is a Human Guardian-Border Patrol and an important part of Shiroe's team along with Akatsuki.
In the real world, his name is Naotsugu Hasegawa (葉瀬川直継), and he is 25 years old. He was a member of the Abyssal Shaft Raid Party and of the Shibuya Raid Team.
Akatsuki is one of the players trapped in the MMORPG Elder Tale. She is a Human Assassin-Tracker who joins Shiroe and Naotsugu, later becoming one of the founding members of Log Horizon. She was a member of the Akiba Raid Party, the Shibuya Raid Team, and the Akiba Guild Hall Raid Party. Her Overskill is Shadow Lurk.
In the real world, her name is Shizuka Hanekura (羽倉静はねくら しずか, Hanekura Shizuka?). She is a college student attending Yamazaki Gakuen University.
Nyanta is a Werecat Swashbuckler-Chef. He was a beta tester for Elder Tale and a member of the Debauchery Tea Party, where he was called Chief (班長). He is the first person on the Eastal side of the Yamato server to discover Real Food Preparation. Considering as how all food tastes like unseasoned Japanese rice crackers in Elder Tale, his discovery is truly a Godsend. He was a member of the Shibuya Raid Team.
"You're right. It isn't... a problem. It just hurts. That's all — I haven't lost anything, and nothing's bad, and I haven't done anything. ...That's right. I haven't managed to do one single thing yet."
Minori is a Human Kannagi-Apprentice and among those trapped in the MMORPG Elder Tale.
She and her twin brother, Tohya, were associates of Shiroe before the Catastrophe but ended up in the malicious guild Hamelin in the chaos afterwards. Because of their situation, Shiroe gains the motivation to change the situation in Akiba and take down Hamelin. Afterwards, both she and Tohya join Log Horizon.
She was a member of the Shibuya Raid Team and the leader of the Akiba Guild Hall Raid Party.
In the real world, her name is Minori Housaki (鵬咲実里, Hōsaki Minori?) and her birthday is on September 18.
Tohya (also spelled Touya) is one of the players trapped in the MMORPG Elder Tale. He is a Human Samurai-Accountant and has a twin sister named Minori. He was a member of the Shibuya Raid Team and later, the Akiba Guild Hall Raid Party.
His real name is Tohya Housaki (鵬咲十夜, Hōsaki Tōya?), and he is a 14-year-old student. His birthday is September 18.
"Okay! Leave it to me, I'll handle the transaction."
Rundelhous Code ("Rundel Haus Code" in the Crunchyroll translation of the anime, "Rundelhaus Code" in the Yen Press translation), also known as Rudy, is one of the People of the Land in Elder Tale. He is a Human Sorcerer-Adventurer and currently a member of Log Horizon. He was a member of the Shibuya Raid Team.
His birthday is November 11, and he is a year older than Isuzu, making him around 17–18 years old.
Isuzu is a Human Bard-Nomad and is one of the players trapped in Elder Tale. A former member of Hamelin and the Crescent Moon Alliance, she is currently a member of Log Horizon. Her Overskill is The 43rd Song. She was a member of the Shibuya Raid Team and later, the Akiba Guild Hall Raid Party.
In the real world, she is a 17-year-old student named Isuzu Tonan (図南五十鈴, Tonan Isuzu?), and her birthday is October 17.
"Charisma like mine is naturally very popular. Because it's cute."
Tetora (also spelled Tetra) is one of the players trapped in the MMORPG Elder Tale. She is actually male in real life, but used a female Human Cleric-Idol character at the time of the Catastrophe and was thus stuck in it, though she seems to have adjusted to her new body and has not displayed any desire to change back to a male body.
She is a self-proclaimed "Galaxy Idol," and has Equipment to fit the part, but is rather bad at singing herself. She was a part of the Abyssal Shaft Raid Party as a member of Light Indigo, but then joined Log Horizon near the end of the raid. She later joins the Shibuya Raid Team.