Log Horizon

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  • TV-PG
  • 2013
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.5  (4,566)

Log Horizon is a 2013 anime television series that is based on the light novel series of the same name. It was produced by Studio Deen and directed by Shinji Ishihira. The show is set in a fictional MMORPG called Elder Tale, where gamers find themselves suddenly transported into the game world after a new update. The show primarily focuses on the journey of a high-level player named Shiroe, who along with his friends navigate this new game world while trying to find a way back to reality.

The premier episode starts with the release of the new 12th expansion pack of the game Elder Tale. After years of playing the game, the players know all the tricks and strategies to level up and dominate the game. However, after the installation of the new update, all 30,000 players of the game are abruptly transported to the world of Elder Tale, without any explanation. The players soon realize that they are now physically living in the game, and all the rules have now become real.

Log Horizon is different from other anime series about people being stuck in virtual reality games because it focuses on the question of what it takes to survive in a foreign world. The series is less focused on the concept of leveling up and accomplishing goals but more on the community and how the players survived in the new MMORPG world.

Shiroe, one of the main characters in Log Horizon, is known as a "villain in glasses" in the game because of his analytical mind and strategic thinking ability. Soon after being transported to the game world, Shiroe realizes that the situation is far from being only a game. He discovers that players cannot die in the game but instead respawn after a period. Additionally, the players' sense of taste and smell has become dull, and they can no longer feel physical pleasures. Shiroe proceeds to team up with other players, including his old friends from his guild, to unravel the mystery behind their predicament and attempt to find a way back to reality.

The show has a large cast of characters, and each character has unique abilities and personalities. Naotsugu, for example, is a muscular guy who plays as the game's tank, and his main ability is to draw the attention of enemies away from other players. Akatsuki, a beautiful female character played by a male player, has stealthy abilities that allow her to gather information and complete quests. Other players in the group have a diverse range of abilities, including offensive ones like magic spells and healing ones like bard music. The dynamic and complementarity of the group’s skills form an essential part of the show's storylines.

The plot of Log Horizon is filled with political intrigue and complex social dynamics. The players quickly form varying levels of alliances and factions, each with their own motivations and end goals. There are guilds, aristocrats, warriors, adventurers, and many more groups that clash and cooperate with each other. The players' new world still operates on a capitalist system, with goods and services priced in gold coins. However, in a world where death has become reversible, the consequences of actions and decisions take on a much more profound meaning.

Log Horizon is a well-structured and well-paced anime series. The show balances the action and adventure elements of a fantasy genre, with moments of humor and contemplation. The animation style used in the show is a mix of 2D and 3D animation, and it enhances the action sequences. The pacing of the action scenes provides the audience with the ability to enjoy the innovative and strategic combat techniques used by the players without being overwhelmed.

The music used in the show, composed by Yasuharu Takanashi, is intense and dramatic. It complements the action and adds depth to the show's social commentary. The opening and closing themes, "Database" and "Your Song," respectively, are high energy and match the show's spirit of adventure.

In conclusion, Log Horizon is an engaging and thought-provoking anime series that appeals to fans of MMORPGs, fantasy, and adventure genres. While the show is filled with references to gaming culture, its narrative is more of a observation of the significance of survival, community, and politics. The well-crafted storyline and diverse cast of characters keep the audience engaged and the show constantly sees new, creative and exiting developments.

Log Horizon is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (67 episodes). The series first aired on November 5, 2013.

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Song of the Nightingales
12. Song of the Nightingales
March 31, 2021
Despair Genius
11. Despair Genius
March 24, 2021
The young Adventurers challenge the raid. Without any adults' help, they must defeat the enemies and bring back normality to Akiba. Can they beat this raid by themselves?
Labyrinth in Akiba
10. Labyrinth in Akiba
March 17, 2021
One morning, the Adventurers wake up and realize that the Akiba they're currently in isn't the Akiba they know. With reduced levels, they start to feel helpless, but Shiroe notices there's still hope.
9. Adoration
March 10, 2021
Minori finally gets to go shopping alone with Shiroe. While exploring the store, she learns a lot about items and raids. Meanwhile, Shiroe checks in with Isaac to see if he's noticed anything unusual.
The Oldest Ancients
8. The Oldest Ancients
March 3, 2021
At the Round Table Conference gathering, people notice that Rayneshia seems to be preoccupied by something. Meanwhile, on their way back from training, Toya and the others find Ancient sisters.
Not A Curse
7. Not A Curse
February 24, 2021
Krusty and Kanami's group face their enemies in Sirius Grotto. During the battle, the truth about Enchantress Youren comes to light. Will Krusty be able to overcome his curse?
Immortal in Ethereal Utopia
6. Immortal in Ethereal Utopia
February 17, 2021
Krusty has something to tell Shiroe. In his message, he recounts what happened to him after he disappeared, as well as his encounters with Enchantress Youren and the Ancient hero Elias Hackblade.
5. Blessings
February 10, 2021
Election day has finally come. Standing in front of Adventurers and the People of the Land, both Eins and Rayneshia give sincere speeches. Votes are cast and starting to be counted. What will the result be?
Akiba General Election
4. Akiba General Election
February 3, 2021
The residents of Akiba are notified of the election. Both parties campaign to gain their support. Meanwhile, Rayneshia needs to face her mother to get permission in order to be part of the New Round Table Conference.
The Round Table Fractures
3. The Round Table Fractures
January 27, 2021
When Shiroe goes to see Eins to discuss the future of Akiba, he finds the head of the Saiguu Family was also waiting for him. They ask Shiroe to help them with the Akiba Government. The answer Shiroe reaches is...
The Duke of Akiba
2. The Duke of Akiba
January 20, 2021
Touri of the Saiguu Family, Princess Rayneshia's husband-to-be, sends a messenger to let her know the preparations are in place for their marriage. Meanwhile, Eins declares that Honesty will secede from the Round Table Conference.
Rayneshia's Marriage
1. Rayneshia's Marriage
January 13, 2021
Princess Rayneshia has resided in Akiba for a while now, getting along with the people in town. One day, she receives a visit from her mother Sarariya and is told that she will be engaged soon to the head of a powerful noble family.
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Log Horizon is available for streaming on the Anime Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Log Horizon on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 5, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (4,566)