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Log Horizon episode 1 – Must…not…make…obvious…comparison

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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.

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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.

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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-

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29 Comments

  1. Posted October 6, 2013 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait for the 2nd season of Sword Art Online!

  2. gedata
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Log Horizon is more like .hack//SIGN, except instead of wasting time with boring dialogue, it wastes time with unfunny dialogue. Also, no one seems to give a flying fuck that they’re trapped in a video game, that was odd. I didn’t feel a single ounce of stress from that dude with the glasses when he found out he couldn’t log out.

    But hey man, dat OP caught me by surprise. I’ll give it that.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      That OP made me curl up with embarrassment

    • Posted October 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      To be fair, quite a lot of the background characters seemed to be in a state of despair for being trapped in a video-game. It’s just the actual main characters that didn’t seem to care…which is still pretty odd.

  3. Amarrez
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    “To be perfectly honest, I think I preferred the first episode of Swor-”

    http://i.imgur.com/IDZcwSE.png

  4. Cobrah
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    At least this anime about people trapped in a video game has the courtesy to let us know it’s crap right off the bat, instead of actually starting decent before tumbling down into garbage. So that’s a plus I suppose.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      I’m one of the apparently few people that thought Sword Art Online was kinda bad right from the off. Certainly amazes me that people hadn’t copped on by episode 2 at the very least

      • sqa
        Posted October 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

        SAO’s ep 1 was very well done, but that was much more on the visuals & atmosphere. The writing didn’t point for great potential. That’s pretty much how the series went. It, oddly enough, was better when it tried to be .Hack//Sign.

        Go figure.

      • Cirith
        Posted October 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

        Eh I had doubts once that one guy refused to take a heal potion so that he could die. (Really? Does he feel so bad about the thing that he just dies?) And MC guy dramatically leaving and pretending to be all evil like was silly too. But at least his love interest was still competent. I classified it as average crap, but I’m impressed if you anticipated how bad it would be at that point.

  5. Posted October 6, 2013 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    I’m going to assume that you were about to say BTOOOM! at the end of your last sentence.

    • Posted October 6, 2013 at 3:49 am | Permalink

      That’s what I thought too!

    • Pusswookie
      Posted October 6, 2013 at 4:21 am | Permalink

      I was just wondering if there were actually any good trapped-in-a-game based anime, so thanks for reminding me of that.

      • Posted October 6, 2013 at 4:57 am | Permalink

        I wouldn’t say it’s good and I didn’t get far into it (the logic holes and attempts to be gritty come off as really idiotic at times), but it’s probably the best of the bunch at the moment.

      • Kiraly
        Posted October 6, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

        .hack//SIGN > Ixion Saga DT >>>>>>> BTOOOOM

        BTOOOOM was nearly as bad as SAO.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      I only saw 2 eps of .Hack//Sign but I was intrigued by what I saw. It uses its setting to explore some interesting concepts rather than be “GAMES ARE COOL”

      • gedata
        Posted October 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

        I respect .hack//SIGN for not insulting my intelligence like SAO, and actually having good characters with depth. Just be warned that the folks in SIGN talk for entire episodes, for most episodes and has enough cost cutting measures to make Evangelion look like Redline.

  6. history
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    Actually, how this develops from here can’t be more different from Sword Art Online. The MC is the tactician, the group is important, there is no harem but OTPs and there is a lot of focus in the MMO politics and management (as the author is the Maoyuu’s one).

    The only point they are similar is with the people trapped in a MMORPG plot-point.

    • Nagisa33
      Posted October 6, 2013 at 5:02 am | Permalink

      Yeah, I’m picking up what you’re putting down. Idk if that’ll be enough to make it worth watching but whatevs. I’ll give it another episode or 2.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      But I never compared it to Sword Art Online! It was just bad in its own right, and there was little to no evidence that they would do what you’ll say they would do in the episode. And being by the author of MMY does little to excite.

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted October 7, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink

        ^ This. Also, honestly, no harem? Pinky swear? ‘cos what I saw here was a cute ninja girl who got all “tell me what I must do, my lord” with the main character while blushing and throwing jealousy fits, another one who started hugging him while wild boobs bounced around, and more. Seems to me the female/male ratio doesn’t *exactly* reflect the true demographics of an MMORPG. And why, if there are girls roleplaying as male characters, haven’t we seen girls who are actually 40 yo men?
        Besides that, MMY had haremish elements itself – only it wasn’t very good at them. But when the Hero had two women in his bed fighting over who got to cuddle with him, one even being technically a freaking NUN, honestly, how do you call that?

      • Arajir
        Posted October 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

        No harem in this series, pinky swear

  7. Aethelwulf
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    The MMORPG setting may have been as generic as heck, but I actually enjoyed the episode. It certainly has less of a Gary-Stu wish fulfillment vibe than…er, that other show.
    I think it’s a good sign that the main character can admit to faults–such as being too short for his avatar–and that the show allows him to look weak (like when he was captured by the tentacle plant). The fact that he’s a mage instead a the classic party-leader swordsman means he and the show have to focus more on team dynamics and less on personal heroics, too.

  8. Hanasra
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    “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.”

    This problem should be highlighted since it is a fiction after all, everything must have a purpose. Is it just only there as setting? Then why not went all fantasy setting rather than use trapped in MMO world as the premises? For an anime to take place within video game world, I think it should mess with nature of video game itself. No matter how advance the technology is, they are still a bunch of codes. You couldn’t do anything outside the programming even if the game make look like you could to. So, is there any manga, anime, or LN that explore this, how maybe gameplay mechanics affect on how the character interact, limit their action etc? If not, better left this silly premises elsewhere in dusty shelf of useless trope.

  9. Posted October 6, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Um, Serial Experiments Lain is a comedic masterpiece, that bit where the guy attempts to murder a thirteen year old girl but then she talks him in into splattering his brains all over her clothesHAHAHAHAHAHA

  10. Someone Else
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Dang it, still no signs of 1/2 prince anime

  11. Varyn
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I think it says something that Little Witch Academia’s dungeon scene was more entertaining, funny, and closer to the spirit of a game than all these shows. Which are basically virtual harems WITH SWORDS and a menu button.

  12. Embok
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    “all the humour is the same unfunny gags that we see in every high school action/romance anime”

    No. The humour is more comparable to battle shounen than anything from the magical girlfriend genre.

    It’s a pretty important distinction since it changes the audience from otaku to kids and means it’ll end up more like Mushibugyou than Shana/ZnT/Index/Cancer.

    But yeah either way it’s not going to be Tatami Family 3rd Gig so if you’re only into that or casual shows like Kill la Titan then there’s not gonna be anything here for you to enjoy.

  13. Posted October 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    From what I’ve gathered, the focus of Log Horizon is more on, surprise, economics and the ensuing guild politics of the world of Elder Tale as people scramble to adapt to their circumstances. So a whole lot of talking intersped with minor battles.

    Also, OTPs galore. Apparently by the second book, most of the characters get paired up, so no harems.

  14. BakaBlue
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Well it is not that didn’t make an oppai joke, they can’t due to which channel it is being aired on, they do make a joke or two in the light novel though

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