Log Horizon’s first season ends with a bang. Everything is coming to a head with a looming war that is certain to change the face of the video game world where our heroes have found themselves trapped. Then comes the second season, and all that build-up is largely forgotten.
I love “trapped in a video game” stories—be that in books, anime, or even games. As a gamer, such stories directly relate to my greatest passion. But more than that, “trapped in a video game” is setup brimming with the potential for epic plots and thematic explorations.
Log Horizon is one of the fall season's best anime. It’s not particularly action-filled, but it takes its sci-fi premise and runs with it—addressing the logical implications of being trapped in an MMO world. The second half of the series steps it up a notch and adds war, international politics, and magic to the mix.
From the creator of last year’s Maoyu—an anime among the best last year had to offer—Log Horizon is an anime that takes the idea of being trapped in an MMO and uses it to explore the implications of such a setting on the people involved and the world they are forced to inhabit. It’s unfortunate that it took a few…