Ep 22 – “The Swallow and the Baby Starling” (Swallow and Young Starling) / “Tsubame to Hinamuku” (つばめとひなむく)

The city of Akihabara becomes much more lively as the Scale Festival looms over the horizon. While detached from the city’s activities, Shiroe continues his research until Henrietta suggests that he take time away to enjoy the festival with everyone. Afterwards both Minori and Akatsuki attempt to invite Shiroe to the a couple cake-eating contest. Minori explains to Isuzu that she intends to use the contest’s reward to improve the public’s trust of Shiroe which had been wavering as of late. The next day, Shiroe participates with both Akatsuki and Minori and the former receives a large amount of envy from the other participants for bringing two girls, which only escalates when Akatsuki and Minori begin competing with each other for his attention. However the trio end up failing the contest and while mulling over the day’s events atop Log Horizon’s headquarters, Shiroe decides to better utilize his time with his guildmates. Akatsuki then joins him and they have an awkwardly brief conversation where she shows her feelings for him despite Shiroe’s obliviousness. At the same time, Minori catches them and runs away with a broken heart after admitting her feelings for Shiroe to herself. However with encouragement from Tohya, Minori realizes that she has no reason to be sad.