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Guest writer: orenio#1511

So a while ago I got word from a friend that the third season of one of his most favorite anime was going to start airing. I asked him about it and he gave me the name “Log Horizon”. So I sat down and binged all of season 1 in three days. I thought that it was just going to be a really basic isekai but after watching it, I realized that it was the opposite. After finishing the first season I immediately got onto the second one, I hope you guys will too after you’ve finished reading this article!

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Background

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The Log Horizon anime is based off of light novels of the same name released back in 2011. The anime itself aired in October of 2013 and the second season aired in October of 2014. It also has four manga adaptations, three of them based on characters in the story and the other based off of the actual story.

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Plot

Elder Tale, an MMORPG played by thousands across the world is soon to be releasing a new update called “Novasphere Pioneers”. On the day of the new update, 30,000 people in japan are suddenly teleported into a new and mysterious world. That world being one they’re familiar with, Elder Tale! Our main protagonist is a gamer who can’t really communicate well named Shiroe. As we start off the show he teams up with two of his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki. As the story progresses, Shiroe and everyone else in this world realize that they need to make the best out of what they have and try to rebuild society and maintain it.

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Pros

One of the things that really shines in Log Horizon is the way they go about showing a battle and everything that goes into it. You feel as if a master battle strategist is unfolding everything out before your eyes and you see the bigger picture of how everything is going to go.

Character design is another really big part of Log Horizon as well. I feel as if every single character in the series could be a real person who exists as for how real their personalities feel. Aside from personalities, the looks of the characters really suit the class they have and shows you how they will act without them even doing anything.

Finally, the soundtracks, wow, they are just perfect for the settings and everything that’s going on. They feel as if they were ripped straight from a game and just go so well with the setting and such of the story.

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Cons

Firstly, world building is kinda iffy. We only know about a few locations and even then we don’t know a ton about them, along with some things related to the story.

Secondly, I think that the development of certain relationships is pretty nonexistent whilst with others it’s a hundred percent present. So I really wish that certain relationships got developed more since they were not developed at all.

Finally, I really think that character specific development is lacking. Similar with certain relationships, there is development within the groups, but the individuals in it have no sort of development at all.

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Summary

Overall, I think that Log Horizon is a great anime to watch, but it’s lacking in some areas. If you like large scale battles with fights on different fronts and lots of strategy involved, then Log Horizon is for you. Although it also feels more casual than other isekai as the situation the characters are in isn’t extremely dire, so I’d also recommend it to those who want a chill isekai experience!

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Further Reading/Sources

 https://news.otakukart.com/280413/log-horizon-season-3-release-date-will-the-anime-return/

 https://log-horizon.fandom.com/wiki/Log_Horizon_(TV)

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Log_Horizon_characters

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