Let’s try get through this review without mentioning Swor…err It, shall we?
Log Horizon starts with a bunch of people in generic fantasy land wander around wondering why they can’t log out of this MMORPG they are playing. The setting is allowed to be totally generic because that’s what all MMORPGs are apparently like, as they also were in Swor…errr, .Hack//Sign. Our cast consists of a male lead who is just a normal person but he’s a Nice Guy who all the girls like. His pervy best friend wishes he was as popular with the ladies as main character is.
So far, so head crushingly standard. But wait, there’s a guy who is in need of assistance. Time for our main character to save this helpless man…oh wait, what’s that? It’s actually a hot babe (who’s actually not that attractive at all as far as cute anime girls go but these in-story guys say she’s hot so whatever let’s run with it) and now she’s down on one knee saying she belongs to the main character. Hot stuff. Wonder if they can turn off the child settings like Swor…err, Ixion Saga DT.
There are still more hot ladies to be saved though, particularly since there are evil players wandering through the streets and ganking little girls in dark alleys yes this is a thing that actually happens. What they need is a Hero. A generic man with just little enough personality that you can project yourself into. A character that can be the head of a guild without actually calling it a guild because he’s not held down by your rules man.
This lady with personal space issues is desperate for our main character to demonstrate his previously unknown talent of I’m not entirely sure what. Apparently he’s really good at Video Games. Just like you, person at home whom this anime is giving a loving handjob to. You sit at home and play video games too. Maybe if you play video games enough then you too will be able to lead a band of heroes and have hot girls devote themselves to you.
But it isn’t all serious business you know. Unlike that other anime about being stuck online, Swor…err, Serial Experiments Lain, there’s some humour here too. There’s the pervy best friend who comments on how attractive every lady is and how much of a pervert both he and the main character must be. Then there’s the lady with personal space issues, which is funny because she has boobs and she’s pressing them against your face haha boobs are funny. Actually I don’t think they made a boobs joke, so hearty commendations Log Horizon for that.
This is all in service of the overall theme of absolutely nothing at all. I don’t really understand what the purpose of setting it in a game world is, apart from the obvious masturbation of gamers. As far as I can tell, the most we have for a theme so far is the power of friendship, but they’re all friends before the story even started so I don’t get what we’re supposed to be excited about seeing. The characters are so standard it’s a little remarkable and all the humour is the same unfunny gags that we see in every high school action/romance anime, but this time set in a game. My eyes glazed over by about halfway through. It’s not even particularly well animated.
To be perfectly honest, I think I preferred the first episode of Swor-