Before I start on all that Horizon business, I did also watch the first episode of Tamayura. I’m not going to write a full post on it, because it would just be me asking what’s the story supposed to be when the main conflict has been resolved before the anime even started, but suffice to say it’s yet another anime about a bunch of girls being insufferably nice to each other. In fact, I think it may take the award for the most insufferably nice characters I have ever seen.
But enough of that. Onto Prince Smarmy Grin right here.
Horizon on the middle of nowhere is set in a dystopian future….I think. Everyone left the earth, but then got involved in massive wars and now have to head back to earth…or something. Except now the earth is uninhabitable, except it’s not because they’re living on it. Maybe it was inhabitable if they all removed their noses, which might explain why every single character in the show hasn’t got a nose. Except they’re not on the earth’s surface, they’re actually living on giant floating ships in mid air that appear to create water around them to float in. Or something like that. But now they’ve decided to rewrite history because…I dunno, they decided the real history was too boring. They’ve now reached the part of history where they’ve got to have wars so…they’re going to re-enact a war….ummm…
Oh wait, all of that is total fucking nonsense. What they’re actually doing is attending a magical academy where they practice fighting using magical powers. Not all of them are human though, ranging from a big naked demon guy to what I can only describe as a giant dango. Here they’re practicing fighting. Against what they might need to fight against, I do not know. Why there are aliens when they’re supposed to be on earth, I do not know. Why anything and everything, I do not know. I feel stupid when I’m given all this information and I still don’t understand. Fate/Zero was bad enough, but Horizon feels so hodge podge in it’s allocation of information that I haven’t a bleeding clue what’s going on. They randomly narrated an infodump in the ending credits that made no sense in relation to anything else we had seen in that episode.
To be fair to Horizon, it doesn’t appear to be taking its story seriously either. Any anime that has a giant dango as one of the characters is clearly not taking its sci-fi entirely seriously. This is fine, I don’t mind this approach. But Horizon seemed to think that the only way it could show how non-seriously it was taking itself was by making pervy jokes. Please. Stop. It. Japan. Having a charachter say that they are going to grope another characters breasts is not funny. Please, for christ sake, can you stop this. He made a reference to the possibility that he would like to sex up with person, how hilarious~! No, it’s not, stop! The main character is the worst of all. I’m cool with the idea of a smarmy lead who doesn’t take anything seriously, but this was the worst possible way to do it. He couldn’t be in training because he was out buying porn. Great, that by itself would have been grand, but that was the only joke he seemed to have. I bought porn. Look at me everyone, I bought porn. Aren’t I hilarious, I bought porn! I’m just going to grope your tits here, also I bought porn!
Come on Autumn season. I’ve watched 9 series so far, 10 if I include the Squid Girl that aired last week, and the best first episode of the lot has been Bakuman. That is a really poor showing.