Log Horizon is, thus far, the best piece of video game fiction ever made. Seriously, no other work of non-video game fiction has ever captured the mechanics and feel of a video game better than Log Horizon, and there is a very strong story to go along with it. Normally I would write a full review for series, but now that The Walking Dead is finished, I thought I would try something different and write up some short impression posts to things that I am watching.
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Back to my thoughts of Log Horizon, it is a series about thousands of people being trapped in a MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing games) video game. It follows some fun characters as they try to create a real civilization with order and laws in the lawless land of the game.
After watching a little more than half of the series, I have to say that I am very impressed. As a fan of MMORPGs video games, watching a series that actually shows a believable interpretation of video games is refreshing.
Since everyone is going to compare Log Horizon to Sword Art Online my thought is that Log Horizon is the anti-SAO (Sword Art Online). It is everything that SAO is not, which is an utterly fantastic thing! While I enjoyed SAO more than most, it did not portray video games accurately with Kirito basically using "The Power of Will" to break every rule that the game setup, and it was completely inconsistent in almost all aspects. On the other hand, Log Horizon is all about world building and how the main characters use the rules of the world to progress the plot. Even though there is action in Log Horizon, it is more of a sci-fi/fantasy that uses political thriller elements as well as action and other things to drive the plot forward. A good comparison would be Code Geass or Death Note with a MMORPG twist. Also the tone of Log Horizon is perfect. It is often humorous and fun, but when it needs to be serious, it is serious. The best thing that I can say about the series is that it is incredibly engrossing. I feel as though I am in the world of the world of Elder Tale (name of the game that the players are trapped in).
Since this is a reaction and not my full review, which will be coming at some point, let me put this in short. Thus far, Log Horizon is fantastic! If you are a gamer or a MMORPG gamer, watch Log Horizon, just do it. If not, providing you can get past the exposition heavy dialogue sequences that explain the mechanics of the world, you might enjoy the series. However, accurately determining whether or not a non-gamer will enjoy the series is difficult because I am a gamer. Have you seen Log Horizon? Are you interested in watching it? What did you think of my first impression post, and if you liked it, please let me if you want to read more on different subjects.
Please check back tomorrow for my first impression of Kill la Kill.
To watch the entire series in English sub titles (there is no dub) legally, you can click here to watch the series on Crunchyroll, but if you cannot get Crunchyroll, please let me know and I will direct you towards a place to watch it.
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