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Touya (spelled Tohya in the Japanese light novels[2]) 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 Touya Housaki (鵬咲十夜, Hōsaki Tōya?), and he is a 14-year-old student. His birthday is September 18.

Appearance

Touya's in-game character is very much like his real-world appearance, though he is wheelchair-bound in real life. His in-game character is dressed in samurai armor and he carries around a katana.

Personality

Touya is very outgoing and sometimes rude, a foil to his well-mannered and more reserved sister. However, he has shown to be quite loyal and determined to protect those he cares about. Although they are the same age, Touya can be rather protective of Minori and quickly jumps to her defense; he chews out Rundelhaus Code for snubbing Minori's low level when Rudy himself was only two levels higher than her. 

He sees Shiroe as both his mentor and surrogate big brother, along with Naotsugu, the latter of whom takes him under his wing and trains him to be a better Tank.

The childhood car accident that left him paraplegic deeply affected him. Witnessing the man who crashed into him die in the accident inflicted traumatized him, and his parents had to change their lifestyle—move into a different house, change his and Minori's schools, and work longer hours—in order to accommodate his disability. The physical and emotional pain was great enough that he began thinking it would be easier if he had died.[3]

Because of this, Touya sees his new, perfectly functioning body after the Catastrophe as a sort of "second chance" for himself. The Odysseia Knights' flagrant disregard for their own lives and others' incenses him, as he has come to see life as something precious.

Synopsis

Before the Catastrophe

At some point, Touya was involved in an automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and wheelchair-bound. As a result, he often had to go to painful checkups, although Minori states that he never showed that he was in pain. Because of this, the two siblings became very close. Because it was difficult for Touya to go outside, the two persuaded their parents to allow them to play Elder Tale so that Touya could interact with others in a more normal fashion.

Right before the Catastrophe occurred, Touya and Minori were learning about gameplay mechanics from Shiroe.

The Catastrophe arc

Touya and Minori escorted

Touya and Minori talking to members of Hamelin

After the Catastrophe, Touya and Minori were separated from Shiroe and found themselves trapped in the Elder Tale world. The two decide to explore the area and are approached by a group of shady players, seemingly asking them to join their guild.

Round Table Alliance arc

The guild they joined turned out to be Hamelin, a malevolent guild recruiting new players under the pretense of trying to help them before revealing their true colors, exploiting the EXP Pots that was freely given to newer players daily by harvesting them and selling them to large battle guilds like the Black Sword Knights and Silver Sword.

Touya was in the group sent to hunt monsters for items to give to the tailoring group, which Minori was part of. The hunting group rarely met success on the battlefield, however, which Touya—using the knowledge Shiroe had imparted to them—deduces was because their team leader Shredder refused to use the Teacher System. His significantly higher level drew all the monsters to him and ruined their party formation.

After Shiroe contacts Minori, they formulate a plan to rescue Hamelin's captives and force the guild to disband. On the day of the Round Table Conference, both parties make their move; although the kids are quickly found out by one of the guards, Touya buys time by using Lanius Capture on the guard that spotted them. Most of the kids safely escaped to Shouryuu and Hien, who were waiting outside Hamelin's door for them. However, Touya and Minori are caught by Shredder. Just as all hope seems lost for them, Akatsuki swoops in and forces Shredder back. She nonchalantly calls Shiroe and has Shredder banned from the Guild Meeting Hall, solidifying Hamelin's defeat.

Shortly after the formation of the Round Table Alliance and Hamelin's disbandment, Log Horizon sets up its guild hall inside a large tree. While shopping for dinner ingredients, Nyanta encounters the twins and brings them back to add them to the guild's ranks.

Summer Training arc

Sometime after joining Log Horizon, the twins decided to join the Round Table's summer camp training course for Adventurers under Level 40. There, they were reunited with their acquaintances from Hamelin, who had all joined the Crescent Moon Alliance. Rundelhous was also present, though his snobby attitude was off-putting for the other attendees. On first day, the whole group went to the beach to have fun.

He was assigned to tackle the low-level dungeon Ragranda Forest along with Isuzu, Minori, Rudy, and Serara. Although Minori attempted to establish a battle plan, Rudy (and Touya, swept up by Rudy's excitement) charged in, fully confident they would beat it. Unsurprisingly, they were overwhelmed and forced to retreat. This kept on repeating until they nearly reached their breaking point, and Minori worked up the courage the point out the team's faults. After working out a strategy, they finally succeed in clearing their first dungeon.

Return of the Goblin King arc

After the Return of the Goblin King event began, Touya's Party decided to detach from the main Training Camp group and secure local villages. They later regroup with the main force for the confrontation at Choushi Town. During the fight, Rudy sustains a fatal blow—and much to the horror of the others, they realize that Rudy is not an Adventurer at all; he's a Lander, and he's going to permanently die.

When Shiroe arrives at Minori's behest, Touya contributes part of his MP for Rudy's revival. He witnesses Shiroe's Overskill, Contract Art Ceremony, and helps Rudy sign the contract to make him an Adventurer. Afterwards, he attends the celebration at the Ancient Palace of Eternal Ice.

Libra Festival arc

When Minori is dismayed by her jealousy after watching Akatsuki and Shiroe spend time alone together, Touya finds her crying alone. He bluntly confirms that she has a crush on Shiroe and helps her work through her feelings.

Fallen Guardian and Gold of the Kunie arcs

Touya has minimal presence during these two arcs. While he is aware that Shiroe and Naotsugu have left Akiba, he—like the rest of the guild—has no idea why.[4] In the anime, he is sent with other Adventurers under level 50 to clean up the Goblin remnants.

Route 43 arc

Touya's Party travels west in order to acquire Dazaneg's Magic Bag. Along the way, they encounter Roe2, a powerful Summoner with a surprising lack of knowledge about the world. She allegedly was on a journey of her own to change the bothersome Vampanella subclass that her "big brother" gave her. Although the kids notice her resemblance to Shiroe, they decide not to question it. During their journey, the members of Touya's Party, sans Rudy, would perform at Lander villages.

Before reaching the Town of Saphir, they meet the Odysseia Knights and Dariella, a traveling Lander writer. Despite finding the Knights ominous, they decide to go along with them for a bit when they arrive at Saphir. Although Dariella quickly makes herself at home with the party, Touya senses that she is hiding something and does not hesitate to bluntly point it out when he has a chance to talk to her in private.

When Nightshades summoned for Mizufa Trude's Operation Red Night agitate nearby wyverns and cause them to attack the town, the Adventurers at Saphir immediately take action. However, as the battle turns south, the Knights reveal their mentality: they sacrificed not only themselves, but the Landers as well—they still saw Landers as NPCs created by codes and data, not as people. Their lust for death horrifies the kids, but Roe2 merely derides their illogical behavior and claims the Knights were sacrificing "Empathiom" to the Genius.

Touya, Serara, Isuzu, and Rudy charge into battle while Minori stays with Roe2. Incensed by the Knights' actions and remembering the pain and suffering he experienced from his childhood accident, Touya directly confronts one of them. Despite his attempts to change the man's outlook, however, he is disregarded as a "brat" and knocked aside.

Meanwhile, away from the kids, Dariella reveals her true form: Nureha, the guild master of Plant Hwyaden. Impressed that one of "Shiroe's kids" could see through her near-perfect disguise, she decides to save the town for Touya's sake, seeing it as indirectly helping Shiroe. She orders Roreil Dawn to kill all the Wyverns and Nightshades, and cancels Operation Red Night.

After the battle, the kids decide to leave the day after. They bid farewell to both Roe2 and Dariella. Roe2 leaves a letter for Minori to give to Shiroe, while Dariella was more distant and left after a short farewell. Rudy teases Touya, asking if he had a crush on her, but Touya denies it and instead points out that Dariella had been biting her nails out of pain and worry.

Homesteading the Noosphere arc

Touya participates as a member of the Shibuya Raid Team.

Collapse of the Round Table arc

Nightingale's Song arc

(Volume 13 spoilers)

Touya joins the Akiba Guild Hall Raid Party as the Tank for Party A, working alongside Akatsuki, Ashlynn, Komomo, Lelia Mofur, Litka Mofur, and Minori.

Twilight Orphan arc

Equipment

Like his mentor Naotsugu, Touya's battle style focuses on being a frontline tank and a Hate controller. He usually dons a katana and heavy armor.[5]

Volume 2

Tohya item02a Certain-Kill Unsigned Sword: A two-handed sword specifically for Samurai. Can be equipped after reaching level 10. It's a magic item created from Unsigned Sword, a cheap weapon sold in shops. The "Certain-Kill" modifier means its critical hit rate has been raised slightly.[1]
Tohya item02b Persimmon Tannin Leggings: Japanese-stle protective gear for your lower body. The astringent juice of persimmons is said to have preservative and water-resistant effects, and these gaiters are somewhat water-resistant, as well as strong against cold air attacks. Since they're low-level equipment, their effect is modest.[1]
Tohya item02c Wolf Fang Netsuke: An accessory given as a reward for clearing the beginner quest "Attacking Wolf Pack." When equipped, it raises a player's physical strength slightly. As an item, it has absolutely zero rarity, but Touya won his while training with Shiroe, so he is fond of it.[1]

Volume 8

Tohya item08a Green Katana - Lion's Roar [Sweeping Lion's Roar]: A green kodachi made as a sign of gratitude by a swordsmith living in the Town of Choushi. Naotsugu named it, to commemorate the courage displayed on that day. Increases the power of the skill Helm Splitter and the Hate it generates.
Tohya item08b Shin Guards of the Colt [Colt's Snare]: Shin guards with the embroidered with the design of a horse running with it's mane fluttering in the wind. Allows the wearer to move about the battlefield quickly, due to the minor movement bonus granted while in combat. Since it was recommended by Soujiro, Touya bought it without a second thought.
Tohya item08c Persimmon Wood Abacus: Durable abacus made of high-quality persimmon wood. Why did Touya choose to be an Accountant in the first place, and can he actually use an abacus? Although you may be thinking that, Touya actually has first-class qualifications for doing mathematical calculations using an abacus.

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Log Horizon light novel: Volume 2, Chapter 2
  2. Log Horizon light novel: Volume 4, Page 5
  3. Log Horizon: New Adventure Land story event
  4. Log Horizon 2 anime, episode 1: Shiroe of the Northern Lands
  5. Log Horizon light novel: Volume 8

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