Rating: 4.5/5 – A Surprisingly Good World-Building Experience.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Greg Bretall.
Log Horizon follows a group of players of a popular MMORPG called Elder Tale who wake up one day trapped within the world of the game. From there, the show follows three veteran players including the loner strategist Shiro, a ninja girl named Akatsuki, and a warrior named Naotsugu.
What Makes It Worth Watching?
At first glance this seems very similar in concept to shows like Sword Art Online or .hack, but the show definitely proves itself to be something unique. The main thing that sets Log Horizon apart from other similar shows is that instead of focusing on the players trying to defeat the person who trapped them in the game and then escape, it devotes itself to the characters trying to adjust to their new lives in this different world. Although the show starts out focusing more on fighting and standard post-apocalyptic style exposition, Log Horizon really comes into its own around the 6th or 7th episode. At this point, the show starts focusing more on the political aspects of the game world setting and stays this way, transitioning back into more action oriented episodes around episode 15.
Throughout all of this there is good character development on several of the players, while phasing out some of the original major side characters by the middle of the show. The show’s last 5 episodes serve more as filler, but this isn’t very harmful to the show overall since the middle episodes were so solid.
I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed Log Horizon. I came into the show with very low expectations based on the concept, but as the show continued I think it really came into its own. The show felt extremely accessible to fans of MMORPGs, but it also seemed to have a definite appeal to fans of more politically-oriented stories with a surprising amount of science fiction inspired elements even though it takes place in a generic fantasy setting. Log Horizon is definitely worth watching for any fan of character driven shows with richly developed settings.
Reviewed by: Greg Bretall
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