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"If we give up when facing problems of this level, we should not have expected anything from the start."

Shiroe, Volume 2 Annex
Original Gear | Volume 7
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Shiroe
Kanji

シロエ

Rōmaji

Shiroe

Alias

Black Heart Glasses
Dark Shiroe
Dark Kuroe
The Villain in Glasses
Arch Mage[1]
Chronicler of the East[2]

In-Game Characteristics
Race

Half-Alv

Gender Male
Hair Color

Dark Blue

Height

177 cm

In-Game Information
Class

Enchanter Logo Enchanter

Class Level

90[At the beginning of the series]
93[By volume 7][3]

Subclass

Scribe

Subclass Level

90

HP

8303
11162 (LV93)

MP

12088
12996 (LV93)

Equipment

Prudent Horned Owl Cane
Celestial Spirit Cloak
Millenium Bird's Crow

In-Game Status
Affiliation

Log Horizon
Round Table Alliance
Abyssal Shaft Raid Party

Previous Affiliation

Debauchery Tea Party

Base of Operations

Akihabara

Real Life Information
Name

Kei Shirogane

Gender

Male

Age

23[4]

Birthday

November 23[5]

Debuts
Light Novel Debut

The Beginning of a Different World

Anime Debut

The Apocalypse

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Takuma Terashima

English Voice

Mike Yager

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Shiroe is a Half-Alv Enchanter-Scribe and the main protagonist of the series Log Horizon. A veteran player of the online game 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).[6] He was a member of the Abyssal Shaft Raid Party.

His Overskill is Contract Art Ceremony.

AppearanceEdit

Shiroe is several centimeters taller in Elder Tale than he is in real life and his figure became slightly slimmer. When he first regains consciousness in the game, he notices that his hands are more slender but also seemingly more skillful.[6]

Real Life Shiroe

Sketches of Kei compared to "Shiroe"

Shiroe wears glasses and is described by Naotsugu as having eyes that are "sanpaku," a term that means that the iris is small and doesn't completely cover the vertical axis of the eye.[7] He has a habit of pushing up his glasses when he's thinking or is about to take action, a trait that was noticed by Michitaka and adopted by Krusty and Henrietta in the anime.

Shiroe in real life has black hair and a slender build. Not much else can be seen of his face. Currently, he's one of the few characters seen outside of the game.

PersonalityEdit

Shiroe was a graduate student majoring in engineering when he was trapped in the game Elder Tale. Naturally a cautious and thoughtful introvert, he has played the game since middle school and is a veteran with a near-encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, which is known for its depth and complexity.[6]

Although Shiroe is socially awkward and tends to be asocial, he does not actually dislike other people. Instead, he is fiercely independent and wary of others who approach him with ulterior motives. He is not above helping people who are really in need, and he appears to have a soft spot for beginners - for example for the twins Tohya and Minori.[7] In addition, he can be quite protective of people he cares for, a trait that Nyanta used to tease him about.[8]

Hara-guro Megane

Black Heart Glasses

Shiroe sometimes views himself as acting out of pride or arrogance and can be self-conscious about enforcing his principles or beliefs on others. However, even if he knows that others might not appreciate his actions or thank him afterward, if he perceives he is acting for the greater good, he will use all means possible to achieve his goals. This has caused others to sometimes misunderstand his motives and has earned him the nickname Hara-guro Megane (腹ぐろ眼鏡), which is sometimes translated as "Black Heart Glasses." Typically, in Japanese manga, a character described as "haraguro" is one who appears to be nice but is in fact a schemer or a scoundrel. "Hara" is metaphorically one's true intentions, and "kuro" means black.[8] (In the anime, he is referred to as the "villain in glasses").

Even as a child, he disliked playing outdoors and from middle school onward preferred to stay indoors where he used computers to explore virtual reality. Shiroe remained somewhat of a hikikomori through college, and he notes upon regaining consciousness in Akiba that it's been awhile since he was last outside.[6][7]

Shiroe is generally a loner and has reservations about guilds, due to unpleasant experiences with people who sought him out only to exploit his expertise in the game. He was, however, a member of the informal group of players collectively known as the Debauchery Tea Party and was its unofficial strategist and negotiator.[7] He became a well-known strategist due to his effort in researching and mastering his skill called Full Control Encounter which can be described in a short sentence as using 1% as a unit, forecast 30 seconds ahead; in other words, he can grasp his allies remaining MP with 1% margin of error, know all remaining resources of both allies and enemies, and forecast battles 30 seconds ahead.

Shiroe's main class, the Enchanter, is an unpopular class in Elder Tale. Lacking the firepower most would associate with a magic-user class, the Enchanter is a pure-support class (without heals, since it's not one of the three Healer jobs) that shines only when supporting the party with its buffs, de-buffs and binds. Shiroe, however, loves this class for its potential, its complexity, and because the idea of "a class that can't do anything on its own" offered an experience totally opposite from his tendency toward independence and self-reliance.

Due to having an expertise in CAD drawing as an engineering student, he chose Scribe as his subclass. After the discovery of cooking without the in-game menu allows a player to produce out-of-the-game products, he started experimenting with his Scribe subclass. After learning about Spirit Theory from Ri Gan, he is confident that if conditions are met, it can be used to create new in-game magics and laws. For example, he created a contract between Log Horizon and Rundelhouse Code to keep him alive by converting him into an Adventurer and a member of Log Horizon, allowing him to be reborn at the Cathedral.

He also has a female Summoner alt character, Roe2, who was located on Mare Tranquilitatis.[9] It is unknown whether he is aware of Roe2's current state.

SynopsisEdit

Prior to the CatastropheEdit

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Shiroe as a child

As a child, Shiroe found it difficult to make friends, and oftentimes went to the library rather than hang out with other people. At around 15 years old, Shiroe began playing Elder Tale. Four years prior to the main storyline, he became a member of the Debauchery Tea Party until its disbandment two years later.

Shiroe never joined a guild because of his inferiority complex and his belief that the system was too easily corrupted, and found himself once being used as a tool by a guild. Although joining the Debauchery Tea Party helped him with play with others, he still found himself distrustful of guilds, preferring to act as a mercenary during raids. Several times after the disbandment of the Debauchery Tea Party, he helped the Black Sword Knights, gaining the favor of Isaac despite rejecting a request to join the guild.

Along with being a member of the Debauchery Tea Party, Shiroe was also well-known among players for his contribution to the Elder Tale community. He often frequented foreign boards and forums to find out information, and ran a blog or guide called "Shiro Log".[10]

The CatastropheEdit

At the moment when the Homesteading the Noosphere expansion pack was deployed, Shiroe had been exploring a beginners' area with Minori and Tohya using the game's Teacher System to help them practice playing. When the pack was released, his screen filled with jet black darkness, and when he regained consciousness, he was no longer at his desk but rather appeared to be inside the in-game city of Akiba.[6]

At first, he was unsure whether he was inside of Elder Tale or merely in an unrelated world that happened to resemble the game, but after accidentally triggering the appearance of the in-game menus by raising a hand to touch his chin, he is convinced that he has somehow been transported into the game.[6]

Saving Serara arcEdit

While discussing the increasingly-deteriorating situation in Akiba, Maryelle requests Shiroe and his group to take care of their guild while they are away, revealing to them that they have to head out to Susukino to save a member of their guild, Serara, who had gone there for a quest prior to the Catastrophe and was now stuck there with a malicious guild. She had nearly been forced to become a slave by Brigandia's guild master Demiqas, but was saved by a kind Werecat after escaping from Demikas.

Realizing fully well that Maryelle's guild, which had low experience in fighting, would not stand a chance, Shiroe is pushed by Naotsugu and Akatsuki to take the initiative, and offers to go in Crescent Moon's stead. While journeying up to Susukino, he reveals that his offer is more out of his growing spite for Akiba's situation and a desire to get away rather than pure goodwill.

Round Table Alliance arcEdit

Conference of the Lords arcEdit

Return of the Goblin King arcEdit

While attending the Conference of Lords with others of the Round Table Alliance, Shiroe learns of an army of thousands of Goblins moving to attack the cities of Eastal and the attack on the Adventurers Training camp at Choushi by approximately a thousand Sahuagin.

He relays this information to the rest of the Round Table Alliance leaders at Akiba and those with him at the Conference of Lords via a telepathy meeting and guesses that the Goblin and Sahuagin attacks are related to the Return of the Goblin King event part of the Elder Tale game. When Elder Tale was a game, the Return of the Goblin King event never grew to this scale because the Adventurers mostly prevented it from happening by destroying his minions, thus weakening the Goblin King's Forces and making it easier to slay him. Success in the quest rewarded players with gold and rare items. It was considered an easy Intermediate-Level quest making it a popular event enjoyed by players.

However, after the Catastrophe, the players were more concerned with making the world more livable and leveling up their skills. As a result, they didn't accept quests from Landers, and the Goblin King event was neglected. Unfortunately, this has made the Goblin King and his armies more powerful than ever in the history of Elder Tale. Furthermore, the fact that the number of monsters grew to this number meant that something was amiss with the Knights of Izumo, powerful Landers called Ancients who would help defend the land in case the Adventurers were not up to the task. Usually, if the minions weren't cleared in time, the Izumo Knights would step in and help reign in the monsters. However, it did not happen, resulting in a huge amount of monsters.

The Round Table Alliance leaders concluded that with the Knights of Izumo missing, the Eastal Lords would try to manipulate them into sending an army to eliminate the goblin threat.

He developed a new form of spell that did not exist before in the original Elder Tales game, creating a magical contract with Lander Rundelhouse Code to save his life. Despite trying to keep it under wraps, both ReGan and Nureha end up finding out about it.

Libra Festival arcEdit

Fallen Guardian arcEdit

Shiroe and Naotsugu leave Akiba under secrecy, with Akatsuki and Nyanta helping to maintain an alibi for them. After Akatsuki falls against the murderer, the two reunite at the beach on the Moon, where they talk to each other before respawning at the Cathedral. He is there because of an unexpected occurrence, but does not specify what it was to Akatsuki.[11]

Gold of the Kunie arcEdit

Hoping to resolve the Round Table's financial issues caused by maintaining Akiba's important structure, Shiroe turns to Kinjo, the leader of the Kunie Clan, even asking ReGan to help him persuade the stoic man. However, his efforts fall flat, although Kinjo makes him aware of a difficult raid at the bottom of the Depths of Palm.

The group so goes to Susukino, where Shiroe asks for William and the Silver Sword to join him into the raid zone At the same time, Demiqas, who still harbors a grudge towards Nyanta and Shiroe for that overwhelming defeat in the first month of the Catastrophe, barges into Shiroe and William's meeting. After being forced to stand down by William (who apparently overwhelmingly defeated the Monk in a duel). With the addition of Demiqas and Tetora to the raiding party, Shiroe and William barely gather enough members for a Full Raid, as many of Silver Sword's members have become demotivated from dying so many times. Shiroe, who had yet to experience death, is told by William that he would have to die in order to understand the demoralizing effect of death in this world.

The Abyssal Shaft Raid Party goes to the raid zone and defeat the two first raid bosses, despite that Shiroe was worried due to the amount of supplies it would use, although William does not seem to care. However, when they got in confrontation with Ruseato of Seven Prison two other Raid Bosses come to the aid of the first, resulting in a party wipe.

Shiroe finds himself on Mare Tranquillitatis, and wanders through areas that he remembered from his childhood. He remembered his regrets from childhood, reminiscing on how foolish he was and how he always rejected other peoples' kindness. After some time, he finds himself on a beach, where he meets Akatsuki, who had just died against Enbart Nelles, and talks with her. They both harden their resolve, and depart by reviving.

After listen William speech he reflects how  William was like a mirror of his own 16-year-old self, Shiroe determines to clear this raid because, as Tetora says, he wants them to win. Quickly coming up with a new battle plan, Shiroe declares he has a plan that has a 15% chance of working.

Shiroe's plan starts to work and the raid party gain the upper hand against Ibura Habura of Third Prison and Tarutauruga of Fourth Prison, however Ruseato injures itself in order to spawn the Shadow Vanguard, what put all the plan in risk, however Demiqas grabs Shiroe to throw him into the room where both Kinjo and the gold production where while draw the attention of the Shadow Vanguard from the raid party. During this moment Shiroe that he never treated Demiqas with respect, and the two finally agreein something, they hate each other.

Shiroe successfully negotiates with Kinjo this time, and temporarily gains access to the gold he needs in order to buy all the important structures and open fields in the Yamato server and give it all back to the server so that no individual could now hold them, relieving the Round Table Alliance of the duty of maintaining the Guild Meeting Hall. However, he specifically leaves personal property out of the equation so that he wouldn't infringe on anybody else.

Upon returning to Akiba, Shiroe is immediately hugged by Akatsuki, who herself had completed her first raid battle. 

Route 43 arcEdit

Shiroe discusses some more problems Akihabara faces, such as the dwindling numbers in D.D.D now that Krusty is gone. Misa, too, is away (her arm never healed either), so Rieze is taking care of most of the guild’s work, Thanks to the way Krusty set up the guild, it could run even without him, but it’s still difficult, so some other guilds are helping her out. Shiroe has worries about what Eins is doing with the Fairy Rings, but we don’t know what or why. He then meets up with Isaac and Charasin to discuss Eastal; the two of them would head to Eastal to power-level the Landers' knights. Charasin asks Shiroe if Minori could transfer to his guild, for which he gets called a lolicon by Isaac.

EquipmentEdit

Volume 1:Edit

Shiroe's item 1
Prudent Owl Cane: A cane containing the holy protection of the Horned Owl, messenger of the god of wisdom. It is said the aid the possessor's thoughts with its wisdom, lighting a path through uncertainty. It also increases the casting speed of the wielder.[6]
Shiroe's item 2
Celestial Spirit Cloak: Cloak used exclusively by Mages, woven upon a meteor's trajectory. A Production-class item crafted with Phantasmal-class materials which are extremely rare. Its special ability is to absorb power from the position of celestial bodies to strengthen Astral-element spells.[6]
Shiroe's item 3
Millenium Bird's Crow: Talisman made of a piece of wood from the Sacred Tree "Vendiria" which was scattered when the Sacred Bird was born. Containing the life of the immortal, the effects of 'Movement Hindrance' status are reduced.[6]


Volume 5:Edit

Parka Jacket
Parka Jacket: A parka jacket made of cotton fabric. The parka resembles Shiroe's regular everyday wear in the real world. Its somewhat large size gives off a slovenly feel.
Rainbow Glass Ink Bottle
Rainbow Glass Ink Bottle: A Production-class item, the color of ink within the bottle can be changed. A limited production rare item by the Painter guild "Atelier Armadillo" in Akiba. The small guild exists due to Shiroe's assistance.
Long Kotatsu
Long Kotatsu: A furniture-type item with the magical power to attract indoor gatherings. This large six-seater is made-to-order. Recently, it seems to be used regularly by the Landers.


Volume 7:Edit

White Staff of the Wings of Ruin
White Staff of the Wings of Ruin: This is a very strong Phantasmal-class item from Raids, but it is very hard to get, since it is one of the few remaining ones. It is a long cane that expands the effective range of support magic cast by the owner. Although it looks like a staff made of an ordinary old tree, when it is activated, a wing-like force field forms from the tip.
Sage's Coat
Sage's Coat: This is a Phantasmal-class protective gear that gives defense with divine protection in accordance with the owner's wisdom. It is the reward for clearing the Raid quest "Wise Beastmen Who Lies in the Desert" in the overseas server. It boasts high tolerance to bad status effects against the mind.
Laurel Blossom Talisman
Laurel Blossom Talisman: This is a Phantasmal-class talisman that imitates the legend of the flower that blooms with the moon's cycle. This item blesses the soul, such that when its wearer dies, the wearer's experience loss is reduced, and the wearer's respawn time is shortened. It contains the ability to strengthen attack magic and defense magic of the mind-attribute.


TriviaEdit

  • Shiroe's name is written in kana (not kanji), so the meaning of the name is intentionally ambiguous. Phonetically it's a combination of the first character of his real last name (城 = "shiro") and his first name (恵 = can be read as "e"). Put together, they make "Shiro-e," which would mean something like a "fortress of wisdom." However "shiro" is also a homophone with (白), which mean "white" or sometimes "innocent." Henrietta often pokes fun of Shiroe by calling him Kuroe ("Kuro" = Black), playing on the alternate, more common meaning of the word "shiro". "城恵" is used in the official Chinese translations by Kadokawa (translator: haniwa) and has been accepted by the community as the standard.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 3, Chapter 4
  2. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 4, Chapter 5
  3. URL: http://mamare.net/character//
  4. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 5, Chapter 3
  5. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 5, Chapter 2
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 1, Chapter 1
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 1, Chapter 2
  8. 8.0 8.1 Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 2, Chapter 3
  9. Log Horizon Manga: Chapter 1
  10. Log Horizon manga, chapter 1
  11. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 6, Chapter 4

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