Studio: Studio DEEN
Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Release Date: October 24th, 2017
Need an anime that drops you into a game world? No loli queens or princesses in sight for fifty episodes, I promise. Don’t want perma-death to be a thing for your favorite main character? No problem. Need better pacing with less two-and-a-half-year time skips between episodes one and two? Then, the Log Horizon Complete Collection is for you! Published by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by Section23, Log Horizon is more than about just playing the game; it’s about living and effecting the game. Many thanks to Section23 for the review unit.
Log Horizon is the story of many. Many MMO players, that is. One day, the MMORPG ‘Elder Tales’ updates to a major expansion, and hundreds of thousands of players end up waking up inside of the game world. Faced with new situations they never imagined, the players soon learn how to fight without depending on game UI and learn that they cannot stay dead in this world. Shiro, Akatsuki, and Naotsugu are three such players trapped in this new, yet familiar world. Together, they will fight, network, and build relations with not only Adventurers, but those who were already in the land, as well.
For a very long time, even though I could watch it on Crunchyroll, I refused to watch Log Horizon. The first “trapped in a game world” anime that I watched had a terrible first season, to me. The first two episodes had a two-and-a-half-year time skip and the discontinuation continued throughout most of the first half of the season. The second half of that show’s first season was fantastic, but overall, it was bad to me when I first watched it. However, that’s another story for another day.
On the other hand, Log Horizon was very good throughout. The show paced itself well and both seasons are resolute, yet leave you wanting more of the story. The characters are relatable (especially as a MMO player) and it gives you more of a look at who the characters are rather than force a particular love story of one couple down your throat halfway through the first season. While there is a love story and a couple harem situations, it is used as flavor for the copious amounts of comedy. With a serious story and lots of funny moments, the show is definitely getting watched again, soon. Maybe next time, I’ll use the original Japanese dub.
That is correct. I watched Log Horizon for the first time with the English dub and I don’t regret it whatsoever. The dub is fluid and each character’s voice feels like a great match. It reminds me of the Ghost Stories dub in the funniest ways, such as a ‘ninja frog’ saying cowabunga. It also doesn’t help that Greg Ayres is one of the voices of the main side characters. (If you ever read this, I love your voice as Zenji in Food Wars, dude.) I highly recommend getting the blu-rays for the dub alone. One of the best I’ve listened to in a while.
In summation, Log Horizon is worth the $129.98 SRP (in USD) price tag. Fifty episodes, great characters, good story, good music, and a wonderful dub all packed into six discs. Yes, it’s a big price, but they definitely put time and effort into making the dub and it’s 50 freakin’ episodes. Also, it makes me want a third season very badly. You can find yourself a copy of it on the Sentai Filmworks store.
Lolinia gives Log Horizon a Drastik Moé Measure of 8.3 out of 10.0 (83).
PS. I think I made it obvious, but for those who can’t get a clue…