English: Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
Synonyms: Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to Dec 25, 2011
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.361 (scored by 14670 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Jun 15, 2012
It synthesizes humor, action, and romance together into a series where each element is an irreplaceable part of the dynamic and story. Because it combines many different elements together at once it can easily bewilder the viewer and leave them in a position where they have little clue of where it is going. For some this may be a significant flaw and hold back their enjoyment while for others it may pave the way for an interesting and unpredictable story. This is definitely not an anime for everybody.
The story begins in a distant and somewhat bleak future. Humanity previously ascended into space but was forced back to Earth after fighting and warring beyond their limit, only to find Earth itself in an equally devastated condition. With Japan the only hospitable and habitable area remaining on Earth, humanity is split into the Harmonic Divine States where each administrative district is ruled by an individual country. It's then that humanity uses the Testament, a book detailing the events of past human civilization, as a guide to regaining their former glory by the means of reenacting human history. Unfortunately for the Far East—originally Japan itself— conditions are less than ideal as they are forced out of the country by the other ruling nations. A sizable portion of the Japanese refugees flee to the flying city ship "Musashi", which is where the story of the anime takes place.
"Horizon" boasts an interesting and unique array of characters, ranging wildly in terms of personality, appearance, and gender. Most notably is the protagonist Aoi Tori, a happy-go-lucky and heavily perverted teenager holding a strong preoccupation with erotic games and a propensity to grope the tender regions of the females around him. On paper this likely makes him seem a very annoying character but in the actual show his interactions with the characters are nothing short of hilarious and as the series progresses he develops into a genuinely likable character. His perversion is not so much a running gag as it is a defining and inherent part of his personality, one which makes him stand out more than any other character in the series. In a medium where bland self-insert protagonists are the mainstay, it’s a really great and refreshing thing to be able to see a protagonist with his own personality and a likable one to boot. It’s this behavior that also conflicts and contrasts well with the object of his affections, Horizon, a girl that he sets out at the beginning of the series with the objective of confessing his feelings to. Their relationship by the end of the series comes across as very endearing and heartwarming, something that would never be expected at first given the nature of his personality.
Dozens of other interesting and likable characters fill the rest of the story and create a sense of camaraderie. Most of the more important characters receive significant character development in proportion to the length of the anime, such as Suzu and her relationship and crush on Tori, and Tori's older sister Kimi and the past surrounding their relationship. Giving all of the characters sufficient screentime and developing them to any significant extent is difficult given the short length of the anime, but Sunrise does a good job of helping the audience at least feel connected to most of the characters on-screen with their own individual plights and teamwork as a group.
Unfortunately, the anime begins with very slow and inconsistent pacing which may initially put off viewers. Sunrise has personally admitted to the difficulty of adapting the early parts of the novel and it really shows in the first three episodes. While they aren't by any means bad episodes, they are definitely slow-paced and it takes a while for the anime to actually take off and set its feet into what makes it such an entertaining anime in the first place. After these episodes, Horizon really begins to shine and show what it does best, and that is the engaging action sequences and comedy between the characters. It’s a silly and lighthearted series where the characters fool and mess around in even the most climactic sequences but it never feels forced or out of place and the serious moments never fail to deliver either. These comedic traits in the characters are an inherent part of their personality and to remove that would likely lead to them feeling out of character and for the tone of the anime to sharply contrast in itself.
And for that reason, people that are expecting the anime to be serious and dramatic throughout are likely in for a world of disappointment. This isn't necessarily thought-provoking and there isn't an abundance of thematic depth to be found, but it’s rather simply an entertaining and amusing anime. If that’s something that you aren't personally fine with then you would be doing yourself a favor by avoiding the series.
Perhaps the largest flaw can be attributed to the complex and sometimes convoluted story. Aside from passing mentions and a few minutes of infodump during the credits of the first episode, the audience isn't left with much idea of the setting for the entire duration of the series. To have even a basic grasp of what is going on with the story it’s nearly mandatory to spend time online reading up on and researching the series. For a visual medium and an adaptation where reading the source material should not be a requirement, this is a massive detriment to the series. There’s no doubt that it would have been hard to convey all the details of the setting but I can’t help but feel like Sunrise could have done something a little more, even spending just a fraction of an episode to explain the basics to the audience. There’s some great worldbuilding here but it’s hampered by a convoluted and confusing presentation.
One thing that Sunrise should be commended for is the fantastic music used in the anime and the application of these tracks. A few of them in particular verge on stunning and they stand out almost immediately; and with the use of some tracks during the climax they essentially become a defining aspect of the series itself, being as irreplaceable as the characters and the setting. Whatever your disposition towards the anime, it’s nigh impossible to criticize the music.
Ultimately, the most important question in determining whether or not this anime is for you is quite simply this— do you enjoy silliness and are you willing to accept a story that you may not fully understand? While it’s certainly flawed in some significant ways, "Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere" is still a very entertaining anime that stands out from its competitors and has some fairly interesting details going for it. It’s unlikely that it will make its way onto your list of favorites or become something you remember for years and years to pass, but for what it is, it’s an engrossing and sometimes compelling series that should at least be given a try beyond the mostly lackluster and non-representative introductory episodes.
It's just unfortunate that so many people will choose to disregard a potentially great title based upon the first episodes. read more
Jan 4, 2012
However, unlike most Historical dramas just about any fan of Historical Fiction will be left in the dark because this particular show creates its own history. Which is rather ironic because there is this constant talk about recreating history running through the entire show, yet it hasn't become clear to me yet which part of history they've been trying to recreate. This has left me wondering if we'll ever find out or if the characters only think they are recreating the history that is down in their books. Which would be a definite satirical about how people have tried to recreate history over the years.
The art work for the Anime is spectacular despite the fact the artist has a tenancy to exaggerate the female chest area. The drawings are filled with detail and there is a wide variety of character designs. You also have buildings that look very much like the historical buildings you would see in Japan mixed in with intricate technological designs. On top of this, the sound track for the Anime is beautiful, particularly when you get to hear Horizon sing.
The characterization is another place that people will find themselves struggling to get through during the first four episodes. In truth, the first four episodes are about setting the characters up. One ends up with snip-its of their personalities through out the first four episodes. When the plot begins to really unfold, then to do the characters begin to come out in their full capacity. Of course, a good deal of the male characters come across as perverts. On the other side the characters that tend to be this way are high school who are still learning about life which is interesting in its own regard.
As for my actual enjoyment, this is the kind of show that I enjoyed more after I finished watching it rather then during. It wasn't until after I finished that I could appreciate the complexity of the storyline and the elements that were chosen to be placed into the dynamic. read more
Jun 20, 2012
the basic story background from the novels as i found it on wikipedia: "In the far future, humans abandon a devastated Earth and traveled to outer space. However, due to unknown phenomenon that prevents them from traveling into space, humanity returns to Earth only to find it inhospitable except for Japan. To accommodate the entire human population, pocket dimensions are created around Japan to house in the populace. In order to find a way to return to outer space, the humans began reenacting human history according to the Holy Book Testament. But in the year 1413 of the Testament Era, the nations of the pocket dimensions invade and conquer Japan, dividing the territory into feudal fiefdoms and forcing the original inhabitants of Japan to leave. It is now the year 1648 of the Testament Era, the refugees of Japan now live in the city ship Musashi, where it constantly travels around Japan while being watched by the Testament Union, the authority that runs the re-enactment of history. However, rumors of an apocalypse and war begins to spread when the Testament stops revealing what happens next after 1648. Taking advantage of this situation, Tori Aoi, head of Musashi Ariadust Academy's Supreme Federation and President of the student council, leads his fellow classmates to use this opportunity to regain their homeland."
it appears the anime chooses to focus the story between aoi and horizon(his childhood friend and love) going against the world.The concept,not just the story but also the whole world,is very original.from the first moment you'll notice that they have very advanced technology but it comes in a weird format that looks like super powers and contracts with the divine or religion.At first i was really confused but after i watched it a second time it really fitted in.Now the first episodes can be very confusing especialy if youre not familiar with the novels.I really had no idea of the background even after watching it 2 times and i had to read the background in wikipedia.That said it really annoyed me but once you figure everything out everything comes into place and makes sense.Yes the anime on its own fails to establish its concept of the general story but at the same time while focusing on the couple aoi-horizon it keeps you interested cause it explains a lot through the first episodes,something that can be tiring to people that are not very good with fast pace anime and subtitles.But i think that even though it has its flaws its an anime that will win your attention if you dont quit from the first episodes.
Now this anime has lots of action!fast paced combat may it be mecha,melee or whatever.There are many battle scenes that you'll wanna watch again and again just cause theyre so awesome!So no more comments on that!awesome combat 10 out of 10!
Art...the animation is very good as expected from a modern action anime.the cg are great and the designs of the characters and everything else are very good.Great colours,great fps,very good editing and direction!You really understand the effort that they put in this anime.it has quantity and quality.At first you'll feel a little weird cause most of the female population in this anime has innormous boobs!!!O_O!!!oh yeah they are huge.but you'll get used to them cause they are not ment to be erotic as more to make the girls look extremely cute even though the character faces and eyes are more than enough to get hooked with them :P
Sound!im pleasently suprised by this anime!great OST great sound effects and good voice acting that fits the characters.Just focus on the music score and you'll realise that they really did an outstanding job!and it fits so well with the action and the emotions.
now the characters.Well dont expect indepth soulsearching.its an action anime.never the less the primary and secondary characters are introduced well enough,along with their backgrounds.There are however some characters that dont really have a place in the story(of the anime cause try to remember the story comes from a novel and there are too many characters involved for 13 episodes) but they wont annoy you much cause they are neccesary to support the mains in their battles.The main male aoi might suprise you cause we are not used to crazy happy guys as mains.As for horizon the "not so obvious from the begining" female proganist is not so well presented,i mean you'll get to like all the other girls from the begining and suddenly horizon appears.But i guess she has the standard "grey hair girl" appeal that few viewers are able to resist.overall the characters fit with their enviroments and the story and each one has his/her own style.
enjoyment!its definately an anime you'll enjoy.its fast paced and actionpacked!great visuals and great sound!lots of unique characters!it will definately keep you interested through the first "difficult to digest" episodes and you'll totally enjoy whats to come until the end.Just search youtube and see how many different vids there are about the songs and the battles!
one more thing.it has that very enjoyable tactics and intelligence you see in many masterpieces.its not the main focus but if you enjoy a blend of mild combat strategy,religion interfearance and politic games you'll find that this anime has its moments.its not code geass but it fits the whole conspiracy and strategy in the story and action pretty well.then again i say that its not the main focus,its just a piece of the whole.
overall...its an anime that you'll enjoy very much the first time you watch it and the you'll want to watch it a second time.The second time you watch it you'll enjoy it even more!the last episode kind of leaves you hanging but remember that theres season 2 coming in summer 2012.so i expect to see more aspects of the characters,the story,the action and get more involved in the whole concept world of kyoukai senjou no horizon!and ofcourse get to know horizon better!
many people are negative towards this anime.well it has flaws but its very good at what it does.if you enjoy other similar anime then this will earn a place in your heart. read more
Apr 2, 2013
In one sentence, the anime is about a massive pervert named Aoi Tori whom with his classmates, work together to save a girl named Horizon who is being held captive and sentenced to die so that history will be 'reenacted'.
So onto assessing this anime...
Story & Setting (0/2):
Story-wise, it becomes clear, very focused and enjoyable about halfway through. However with the setting was a real let-down because half of the time I couldn't tell who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. Then I realized that this anime was presented in a style similar to 'Game of Thrones', where every side has its enemies and they all have similar intentions of trying to avenge or rescue.
This anime also heavily focuses on the political, economical and historical contexts of the story. And this wasn't set up very well. So I would have to deduct 2 marks from this aspect because it really bothered me for a while.
Art & Animation (2/2):
Okay so one of the memorable points about 'Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere', is that most of the women have really, really big boobs. BOOBS. So if you don't like the excessive amount of fanservice then that's alright, there's still much more depth to this anime than a normal romantic comedy showing off girls with big boobs.
Other points about artwork which are memorable is the virtual interface thingy which I can't describe. But it very much reminds me of the virtual interface in the game of Sword Art Online. It is very similar.
Animation was really well done here. Especially towards the end of the anime, where there were lots of fight scenes and special flashy skills. I appreciated that a lot.
Sound [Voice Acting, OP + ED, BGM] (2/2):
Voice acting was done well. I watched the subbed version and I didn't find many of the character's voices annoying. When I searched up the voice actors, I was surprised that the same Japanese voice actor for Aoi Tori was the same guy who voiced Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass. The two characters sound very different but that only widened my appreciation to the skill this voice actor has.
There is only one OP for this anime, and I liked it. I don't pay much to the EDs though. I think there are two.
The background music to me was enjoyable. Sometimes it sticks in my head after I've seen an episode. To some people the background music will be very distinctive. Towards the end of the anime the music compliments really well with the sort of 'epic' feeling that is being created.
In this anime there are a wide range of characters presented, all with different personalities and skills. You'll definitely remember all of them thanks to their unique personalities and abilities. Together they form a really good team. You may think that some of the characters were not important to the story but in its second season they will be useful.
The chemistry between many of the characters are quite enjoyable to watch. I certainly got a lot of 'ngaaaaaaaawww' moments in the last few episodes. There are also a lot of hilarious moments too.
Overall Enjoyment (2/2):
I can definitely say that I enjoyed this anime after watching it. Although the story was set up pretty badly, it was still worth it to watch all the way to the end. I would say that most people would really like the end. The anime also sets itself perfectly for its second season, which I have also seen.
Would I recommend this to anyone? Yeah I would recommend this anime to those who are patient, like women with big boobs and who like immersing themselves in a far distant realm where they can lose themselves in a story. You don't have to have all three of the above qualities to enjoy the anime.
The take-home point of this anime is that it lacks established setting but develops an extremely well fitting ending. 8/10 read more
May 31, 2012
The TV series - KyouSen, adapted from the Light Novel, is known for the thickness for each book and for the huge amount of informations. Just for curiosity:
_ Volume 1: 1300 pages
_ Volume 2: 2100 pages
_ Volume 3: 2400 pages
It would be the equivalent to 19~20 volumes of normal light novels.
The novel has TEN volumes, that means there are OVER 19000 pages. (!)
And it looks like the "prologue" finally ended after the third volume.
Remember: In the first season, 13 episodes, 1300 pages, but the show takes place for only TWO days (!!!)
** Story **
* Stages *:
This author, Kawakami, is famous for his extremely long work. He created his own world at various stages: FORTH; AHEAD; EDGE; GENESIS; OBSTACLE; CITY
_ FORTH is the world at its base stage in a nutshell; the current reality world.
_ AHEAD is the period that this specific series talks about; the world's technology has began to develop.
_ EDGE is the period that mankind could start going into space from the advance technology base on a new fuel found in the AHEAD period.
_ GENESIS is the stage the world ends; technology developed from the FORTH period is no longer used as the world is dominated by technologies developed from the AHEAD period. (and KyouSen currently happens in this state)
_ OBSTACLE period is when the world rebuilds and destroys itself; in essence, the world is similar to all the other period because it is like a recurring cycle.
_ CITY age is the when all the technologies developed from the OBSTACLE come together; man kind has came close to the brink of extinction several times.
* Countries *:
_ The Far East (Kyokutou): a.k.a the vanquished in the Harmonic Unification War, composed of the Kantou region, as well as a region south of Tokai of Japan. The primary educational institute is the Musashi Ariadust Academy in Musashi. Has custody of Armaments of Deadly Sins (ADS), Envy, known as P-01s.
_ Hexagone Française: a country on the Western Honshu, is under an absolute monarchy at the time of the story, under the Mouri Clan + France. The main academic institution is the Ecole de Paris. Has custody of ADS Vanity and Pride.
_ Tres Espana: located in the Shimoseki region, composed of the Ootomo and Ouchi Clans, and Spain. A country that places importance in having pure-blooded lineage, and is currently in heavy debt. The main educational institution is the Alacalá de Henares. Has custody of ADS Sloth and Lust.
_ M.H.R.R.: composed of the Hashiba Clan + the Holy Roman Empire. The Emperor-President, Rudolfini II, is currently under house arrest for the purpose of history recreation. The country has both the Old School (Catholicism) and the New School (Protestant) inside on a very delicate balance. The main educational institution is the A.H.R.R.S. Has custody of ADS Gluttony.
_ P.A.ODA: composed of the Oda Clan + the Ottoman Empire. Currently in partial secession from the Testament Union, and in an alliance with Mikawa. The primary educational institution is the P.A.M. An ADS was not put in custody of P.A.ODA due to their religion being Murasai (Muslim).
_ K.P.A. Italia: refers to the Union of the Aki States (Hiroshima) + United Italian Cities, located in the Setouchi area. The Pope-Chancellor, Innocentius, is the head of the Old School (Catholicism), and a believer in the religion. Has custody of ADS Lust.
_ Sviet Russia: located in Hokuriku; until now, not much is known about the country as of writing. It’s a pileup of areas from the Harmonic Divine States, so living there is quite harsh. Ruled by the Uesugi Clan + Sviet (little) Russia. The primary educational institute is the J.M.K. Has custody of ADS Anger.
_ Qing-Takeda: composed of the Takeda Clan + China. It is a large country with a mobile city-state. Because of the geography of the country, and because it is separate from the Testament Union, there are many strong warriors who reign. The primary educational institution is the Kagura Academy. Does not have any ADS.
_ England: a country in the vicinity of the Tsushima island, governed by the Fairy Queen, Elizabeth, who reigns over all 4 layers. Each layer is composed of blocks, with landfills at the sides; a blast furnace in the center serves. There are a great number of different races; so much so that the Union is over 50% non-human. The main educational institution is Oxford Academy. Has custody of ADS Greed.
_ In addition, there are many countries with smaller scale: Africa Union, United State of India, Siberia Uncharted Region, New Continent and Savage Continent.
* History *:
_ In 1638 TE, Lord Motonobu's daughter, Horizon Ariadust, was killed in an accident. After that, Motonobu used new energy source (Ether - the power with the physical laws of its own) from the Earth's core, to divide his daughter's soul into nine parts. And he used each part to make a special weapons, "Armament of Deadly Sins" (ADS), based on the legend of the Seven Deadly Sins. And ADS were given to certain members of the Testament Union except for the ninth, the Logismoi Óplo (Envy), which was smuggled into the Musashi in the year 1647 TE.
_ In 1647 TE, P-01s, , an Automated Doll, was was secretly brought to the Musashi. During this period, she stumbles upon a bakery shop - Blue Thunder. She was found by the Blue Thunder’s owner, and given a part time job. As an automaton, P-01s is unable to portray emotions by using facial expressions and she demonstrates perfect logical thinking.
_ On April 21 1648 TE, Lord Matsudaira was instantly killed after the meltdown sequence destroyed much of Mikawa. Because of this, the Testament Union orders the capture of P-01s, who now holds the position of Mikawa's leader. She is arrested for the crimes his father had committed.
_ Meanwhile, Toori Aoi, who is both a Chancellor and a Student Council President of Ariadust Academy, wants to confess Horizon. Unluckily, with the event captured, he and students from Ariadust Academy devise a plan to rescue P-01s from her death sentence.
* Musashi Ariadust Academy *
_ What is it? The Academy is an organization that exists for promoting peace and development, protection, and prevention of dominant rule. It holds the highest authority above all, in any area. So, the academy which the protagonists attend, Musashi Ariadust Academy, has an age limit of 18 imposed by the Testament Union. In comparison with other countries’ academies, which essentially do not have an age limit, the situation is rather unfair.
_ The Academy holds its authorities country, and has 2 branches: Student Council (control the military) and Student Union (control political). Ariadust Academy is selected for this position in Far East
_ Who can be a Academy's leader? The head representative of the Academy will serve dual roles: as the “Chancellor” in charge of security detail, and the “Student Council President” in charge of politics. Under him are the Chancellor’s Board and the Student Council.
_ The students must follow these rules: [The rules will help you understand clearly about episode 6]
+ No student contentions or disputes are allowed during school events.
+ Should the members of the Chancellor’s Board and Student Council be absent or otherwise are unable to represent, students are allowed to open a special student assembly. Decisions made here are henceforth the Academy’s.
+ In solving of intra-Academy and inter-Academy problems, students and students alone are allowed to participate in the resolution of such issues.
_ The diagram of Class 3-Plum: see the next section.
** Character **
This is the Relationship Chart for season 1 (volume 1): http://tinyurl.com/KyouSen-chart-ss1
So what do you thing?
+ A lot? Now i know you watch too few anime
+ Too little? Think again, this is the chart for season 2 (volume 2-3): http://i.imgur.com/CRvDh.jpg
We have 10 volumes for the show! So? I think this series has the best character development i've ever seen.
_ Aoi Toori: he reminds me the main char of Drrr!!! . For me, he is stupid in professional style, LOL. He has talent in using suitable people for his work. I call him 'mobile battery' . In Musashi, he is useless and the weakest person in the boat. But in foreign countries, he's a leader who can provide energy to his friends via Musashi's Ether. (He can access to use 1/4 energy source of Musashi because he has become Musashi Vice King in ep 9) [Stop spoilers]
_ Horizon Ariadust: a Musashi Vice King like Toori, her emotions were used to make ADS, while the emotion of Envy was planted in her. She is not my favorite char so i don't talk much about her.
_ Honda Masazumi: remember, she is not a BOY =)). She is treated by Toori as a flat-chested girl. She is a Student Council Vice President.
_ Toussaint Neshinbara: a secretary of class 3-Plum. You'll find his talent in many next volumes. In the Horizon's rescue, he is the most important guy, who is in charge of strategics planning and command during wartime.
_ Shirojiro Bertoni: a treasurer, a bussinessman, and also a miser. He is contracted to the god of commerce via Heidi. He buys some houses in order to win Naomasa in ep 7 so you know how rich he is.
_ Heidi Ogezevara: Shirojiro’s partner, both business and personal.She is as much of a miser as Shirojiro is.
_ Honda Futayo: she is a Chancellor’s Board Vice President and is the head of the Mikawa Guard. Because she has only ever received combat training from Tadakatsu, she is incredibly clueless about the world (aka a baka girl).
_ Kiyonari Ulquiaga: remember, he is not God of War/Bushin (known as mecha)!!! He is An aerial-type half-man half-dragon. He is not mech!
_ Muneshi Tachibana and Muneshige Gin: husband and wife (u mad?). Yes they're NOT brother. Mrs Gin looks like Ikaros in SnO and not an automation. DEM BOOBS ARE REAL, SUCK IT!
_ Margot Knight and Malga Naruze: yay these're my favo witches. At war, they transfer money into power [Different from Shirojiro, Shirojiro spends money to buy power]
_ Aoi Kimi: catfight epic T_T She sacrifices her charm to get defensive strength [REMEMBER, if Kimi or Toori gets bored or cries, it's seen as an insult of GODs and they'll be eliminated, a.k.a bored means DEAD]
_ "Musashi": an Overall Commanding Automated Doll, and the VA is: Nakahara Mai (!!!!!!!!!!!!). She and the other 8 automatons control the city.
_ Honda Tadakatsu and Kadzuno: my most favor chars! [No Spoilers here, just watch the show n' u'll understand what i mean]
So, if you want to understand the TV series, you must read the novel first:
1./ People were able to achieve technology to reach 'heaven'
2./ Thanks to wars, they lost their tech and returned to an abandoned Earth.
3./ Earth is mostly uninhabitable save for Far East, and so the parallel world was made for the other countries to reside in. (lol FE looks like Japan's map - http://tinyurl.com/KyouSen-map)
4./ They plan to reenact history in order to rediscover "lost tech". Thus, Testament was made.
5./ For some reason, the parallel world broke. Other countries blamed it on FE (who was hosting the tech for parallel world)
6./ Everybody now shares FE, reenacting both the Sengoku era and the Thirty years War, with each part represented by a country + daimyo combination.
7./ FE has a age limit of 18 for political and military affairs such that they cannot rise up against other countries.
8./ Testament stops updating. Everybody starts to believe that the apocalypse is near.
9./ An 'idiot' leads a band of other kids in order to start a revolution and wants to get idiot's girlfriend back (SERIES START)
blah blah blah...
Want to know about each episode? Check these sources: http://kyoukaisen.tumblr.com/neta and http://genesis-horizon.wikia.com
This isn’t an anime that you will enjoy by simply watching. I've to rewatch again and again, check wiki source, animetsuki, n' also read the fan-translated prologue to understand what is goin' on. I'm sure my review is not completely full enough. KyouSen has all the right stuffs a fan wants, animation, plot, characters, plot, comedy, plot, romance (yuri included) and plot. Sure it is not perfect in all aspects, but for me those elements of KyouSen can not list it into the average anime. Certainly i will recommend this anime to my friends. When the ss2 begins, the information transmit even more than the prequel (involve about tectonic history) And i guarantee, if you understand what the show wanted to transmit, it will likely become one of the most impressive anime have been shown. I see that this show has a very low rating. Pls, you might give this show another chance. I really encourage you to do so...
Tks for reading... read more
Dec 4, 2011
I've watched it from the start of episode 1 when it came out and I was confused!! I reluctantly continued to watch it as some say "just continue watching and then you'll understand." Now, after the 4th episode I realized things just got serious.
To watch this anime, you may need to have the ability to cram some information in your heads. I thought it was interesting how politics were so influenced in this anime. Just give it a chance and don't bluntly say "OMG, IT'S SO CONFUSING IT SUCKS!" Heck, with the hard work they made to make this anime I believe it would turn out great.
I also like the action in this anime. It's very detailed with your fine explosions and such. read more
Jul 13, 2012
It is completely over-the-top crazy and wildly entertaining, and fails to fit in a neatly defined genre. The writing is pure genius and has carried over well into the anime which despite its complexity doesn't stop for long-winded explanations, but rather sweeps the audience away with the constant hands-on revelations about the structure of its world.
The production values from character designs to animation, voice acting and soundtrack are excellent and it's hard to believe this is a Sunrise studio production. It's fair to say that after their long history of B-class titles this is their crowning piece.
The series provides immense re-watch value, and my only complaint is how short a single-cour season of it feels. Luckily the source material seems very long so taking into account the highly successful sales of season 1, there is a good chance the series will continue for a long time. read more
Nov 22, 2011
It's hard to find such anime nowadays. Last anime that got me to the same state of mind while watching it was Sentou Yousei Yukikaze. Actually it was my second time watching that anime, but I realized that many things hidden from me at first try - revealed at the second.
And now we have exactly the same situation with Horizon, cos plot is twisted enough to make me wish to rewatch it later.
This anime unlike others nowadays wants us to think, so many things stay unsolved with just tiny hints.
So if u just want to watch ANOTHER anime to relax then look somewhere else.
And to all fans of original works - don't blame this anime - be grateful for what u've got, cos at least it's better than nothing. read more
Nov 19, 2011
The art and sound is all good but there is nothing particular about is. There are better and worse than other animes.
By this confusing plot you also try to put in some characters. And a lot of them. At the same time. And this is also very confusing since you can't tell what they have to do with the plot or if they will have to do something with the plot. And none of the characters gets any depth since the story bumps back and forth between like 6 different places so it is impossible to keep up. And for me who has it pretty easy to remember names, can't name a single character. Like the only thing you know is that the main character is a very goofy dude that acts like the clown of the class. And 3 other characters of the characters are pretty likable (for me). The characters gets a 4.
Despite this low score I probably will see this to the end but only if it goes up to like 25 episodes. And I hope (although I don't think it will) that this anime will make sense in the end. But this anime is far to confusing so if you're looking for some random anime, this is the one. Enjoyment gets a 5.
With a confusing plot, many characters without any depth, pretty good sound and art and a mediocre enjoyment factor, I give this anime a 5. read more
Nov 8, 2011
I could see this show being good, no seriously I could. If They took the time to focus more on one aspect of the plot instead of the giant maze which they try to present you with. I could have (and was expecting) to see this being one of my favorite shows of the season.
The issue is; they didn't. Its not so much that I can't, or have a hard time following complex or convoluted plots, its just that i found it extremely difficult to care enough to take the time.
The main character (There's a main character?) OK: the class president, who by the way is pretty alpha (actually getting stark naked in front of his whole class? asking a girl if he can feel her up since she has similar breasts to horizon? -What a boss!) But the issue arises that they don't really give him anything interesting to do. If the show actually focused on his pursuits to gain the heart of horizon (or at least her doppelganger) it could have actually been quite enjoyable, but it doesn't. Right off the bat the show tries to get you interested in the lives of seemingly every character, while playing through flashbacks, and referencing characters (every character in the class) by name. BY NAME.
After 3 episodes I could barely half of what was going on because I hadn't taken the time to memorize all the names and match them to the characters. This might have worked in the manga where you could just bookmark a scene with all the characters, but in the anime it just confuses the viewer.
The Art and soundtrack are ok, but nothing to write home about.
Personally I just didn't find the show enjoyable enough to spend the effort to learn all of the characters, and care about their back-stories. maybe this show will be better when its batched and you can just marathon the whole thing? but each episode a week apart makes it far to brain intensive for not enough reward.
In the mean time I'd suggest at least waiting on the batch. I'll probably give it another shot then and see how it changes my mind. read more
Oct 14, 2011
By "this" I mean both the anime [B]and[/B] this review.
Not a few days ago I had finished bashing a certain anime for it's overdosing of characters and worthless plot. This anime is about the same thing, Mecha suits, a mob of characters, archetypes, and action featuring many abilities to woo and entertain the audience.
People do drugs not because they aren't aware that it's destroying their body, but because it feels awesome.
This is a feel good anime... done right.
Story: The concepts is mainly fighting, school life, missions, romance is a possibility (I hope to God it is.), lives of each of the characters and their pasts with some extra focus on the 'important' characters.
I completely zoned out while they were explaining the story. Why? The big picture really isn't that important. I could tell it wasn't important when they had an old guy read a few lines about it at the end of the first episode. This is going to be real simple.
Example A: The king died.
This is a story, people. "A series of events recorded in their chronological order."
Example B: The king died sending the queen into a spiraling depression until she finally joined him in the blissful afterlife.
This is a plot. "A series of events deliberately arranged so as to reveal their dramatic, thematic, and emotional significance."
This anime follows Example A. Do we know the difference now? Great! Let's move on.
Art: The art something that compensates for it's simple story. Right from the start I noticed that to some level this was going to have a high class of animation, which I was right about. Character designs were well, backgrounds are the way the were supposed to be. Just like what's acceptable in a restaurant, no shoes, no shirt = no service. This anime wore it's shoes and shirt to the party, as a result, it has service.
You have the be the biggest bastard if you have great art and not have some kind of jiggling boobies in the mix. I'm not saying this anime isn't guilty of flaunting it, but shunning service for it's flashy, cheap, value, doesn't mean you have to let everyone know that you graduated the College of Assholishness or the Duke Douchebag University.
Service (in it's reasonable quantity) is not something that makes this anime any worse if not better. People who are against it to the point they too pissed off to think properly are not entitled to their prejudiced opinion. You have better chances of winning an argument over the laws of physics then proving service (I'll say it again, in reasonable quantity) to be a negative thing.
Sound: The voice cast is freaking amazing. Finally we get to hear Jun Fukuyama play the rebel once again! Not to mention Ono Daisuke as a perverted ninja! If you're into voice actors, this anime to some extent is for you! It even does you a favor opening up with Chihara Minorin's singing!
The soundtrack is also to note, I thought they had a nice BGM before starting the training. The OP and EDs are unfortunately not much to marvel.
Character: Hot teacher in track uniform, busty princess who does that "ho ho ho" laugh, perverted ninja, boobs, the left back with a deep voice, gay naked demon, fat guy eating chips, boobs, witch, shrine maiden, a blob, lesbians, Indian with the over sized dish of curry complete with big lips and turban, megane air head, maid, chicks with angel wings, the eroge addicted injected with Jun Fukuyama awesomeness delinquent main character, boobs, etc.
This anime is it's own character.
Enjoyment: This is like Infinite Stratos, not much story to it, made for service, cool action, and something light and enjoyable with much for the eye, simple characters that are like candy but not a three course dinner if you know what I'm saying. Don't hate it for it's lack of plot, cause from what I see, it's not going to be a Shakespeare work or even a bad half assed attempt, they know that's not where the money is or what the target audience is looking for.
Overall: Something to look forward to every week, I for one am looking forward to it's hopefully positive progress.
I know to some people I hit the spot, going farther than even that. To some people I might be the antichrist of anime reviews and must be destroyed. To many I'll be somewhere in between. From what I understand most people will not find this review helpful, but go as far to say that it ruined their day. If that's the case I'm praying it ruins their life too. read more
Jan 14, 2012
The main problem for me was the connection with the lead character. They should have gone fore a 24 episode structure and given a little more time to flesh out the characters and give a bit more back story. Other than that it was overall a confusing yet enjoyable show.
Nov 23, 2011
Art is amazing, with great character detail, and the battle scenes are fantastic, the show in general is well animated. - 9
The soundtrack fits the anime well, and is very good in general. - 8
Characters in this anime are quite unique, and certainly a refreshing change from your typical loli tsundere voiced by Kugimiya. However, with such a huge cast, it's far more difficult to develop characters properly, yet somehow for the more main characters, their personalities have been developed enough, and it is quite easy to see who they are by their personalities. More focus on the minor characters (as in currently, the minor characters are too minor, even by minor standards) would be better. - 7
On the whole, I've enjoyed this show immensely - I'd compare it to Baccano in terms of understanding, until you've watched enough it won't really make all that much sense. - 9
Overall, I give this show currently an 8/10.
However, the main reason why I wrote this review was to just convince those that the extremely low score, by MAL standards, that this is not "the worst show ever". By no means it is.
The reason why most people are giving this show such low scores is because it doesn't seem to make any sense.
The directing is not exactly the best in the world, but making out the situation isn't too difficult if you think about it. Understanding a bit of the background certainly helps and I can see why it'd be difficult to understand certain parts. Five minute research isn't too difficult however.
The main reason why people think the story is so terrible is mainly because of the subtitles.
I'm quite sure a considerable amount of MAL users stream (not that I have anything against it personally), but streaming sites tend to upload, for the newer releases at the very least, the quickest subtitle release.
The first few episodes (one to four I believe) were speed-subbed poorly by a certain fansub group which shall not be named, which is the reason why it makes very little sense. A show with a relatively complex plot, combined with poor subtitles spells for disaster.
If you think I'm just being too harsh on the subtitles, translating "get me the officers on this ship" as "get me the list of things that are heavy on this ship" is one of the many reasons why this show wouldn't have made sense to those who stream.
I recommend watching Commie's releases, as they make the story at the very least, more understandable. If you didn't like the show at first, because it truly did make no sense, I really recommend to try watching it again with a better subgroup.
Dec 30, 2011
I won't beat around the bush, Horizon has quite possibly the worst plot and story-telling I've ever seen. Names of people, places, and technology are thrown around from the very beginning. Some re-occurring characters (I'm talking about you, dorm girl) don't seem to actually do anything, and are most likely only included in anticipation of the second season. That said, the plot isn't completely incomprehensible. It might take pausing the video or re-watching the episode, but the plot isn't necessarily complex; it's that a huge torrent of information is given to the viewer in the first episode that it's overwhelming. Once you get past the first roadblock, it's (mostly) smooth sailing.
If you don't like breasts, steer clear. Fanservice is everywhere, for better or for worse. At least there's a variety of fanservice: ridiculously large and small chests, yuri, Asama's dirty imagination, etc.
Horizon's character list is almost like a list of TVTropes pages: girl with different colored eyes, girl with huge drill hair and flat chest, other girl with flat chest, shy blind girl, yuri couple, battle-focused girl, emotionless girl, the list goes on. On the one hand, there's a metric ton of cliches here. On the other hand, the huge variety breathes life into an otherwise dull anime. Most of these characters are developed on a character(s)-of-the-week basis, though they still play roles later on. Seeing the members of such a huge cast interact with each other is certainly one of the show's highlights.
In the end, I find Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon a tough series to recommend. If you can stomach (or enjoy!) a lot of fanservice and you can bear rewatching scenes in order to digest information, Horizon is certainly a great show, with engaging characters and beautiful art and animation. Unfortunately, those two prerequisites may be hard to satisfy for many people. read more
Dec 10, 2011
I normally would tell you that you should watch the first episode, and if that doesnt get you hooked then its not worth your time. But then again, for every rule there is always an exception, and Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon is one of them. Thankfully i really love anime that have an old feudal japan feel mixed in with technology and it is the primary reason why i kept watching. The second reason why i kept going was i desperately wanted to know the plot to this anime.
Whoever wrote the plot to this anime is simply out of his mind. But thankfully it all comes together. I have watched 10 episodes of the 13, but it all comes together. IT actually takes 4 episodes, before the story becomes exciting and the plot becomes clear, that is if you can last up to the 4th episode without your brain exploding.
Starting from episode 1, while watching it, you'll have a distinct reaction to the story since you dont know what the hell is going on. The first episode also bombards you with the most number of characters to remember, while trying to figure out what the plot really is. If i were to describe it, the writer of this anime, seems like, expects you to know the world where in this anime resides. Hes putting you down in a world in the middle, where you should know the background of the world and its inhabitants, but for course you dont. Altho the world is explained bit by bit, but it spans 4 episodes. This is the primary reason why a lot of reviews had given a low score.
Story: 8 - In its core, it is a love story. But dont cringe, there is nothing mushy in the anime, well there is some but not a whole lot. But the love story angle isnt exposed until the 5th or 6th episode, and thats halfway thru the series. But the real reason why i had given it an 8 and not lower is the fact that the backstory of the world and its inhabitants is rich enough that i wouldnt mind watching a spinoff of this world. Basically i like the theme, and thats that. A love story, told in a very interesting way...Almost lost my mind figuring out the plot...but still interesting.
Art: 10 - What can i say, i love the art. Especially the way, feudal japan is mixed with technology and spells. It all blends in, surprisingly. And yes, for all the pervs out there, plenty of big breast and groping going on.
Sound: 7 - Sound is just good. Not great, but not bad so its a 7. Its not like Guilty Crown where the sound plays a big part in the emotional development of the story. Its good enough to be there, but sometimes it just blends in the background, not being noticed.
Characters: 8 - i was debating with myself on this one. I was supposed to give it a 9 but i ended up giving it an 8. In truth, there are a lot of characters in this anime. Some major, some minor. And they are all diverse. A representative of each and every faction of the society in the world where this anime resides. That alone should have given it a 9 or 10, but the it is also the reason why i gave it an 8. There are too many characters in this anime. With only 13 episodes, character development is out of the question. The main characters backstory were given proper time, but not enough to develop an emotional connection to them. I just finished watching the 10th epsiode, and altho i do like a few of the chracters, and for sure i do want the boy, to meet up with his girl, but if one of the characters should die, i'd prob just say meh...and move on.
Enjoyment: 7 - I gave this a 7 instead of an 8. I enjoyed watching it now, but heck, it game me a headache in the beginning trying to figure out the story.Overall, i like the setting and the world, but watching anime isnt supposed to be this confusing in the beginning. The main purpose of watching anime is for enjoyment and relaxation, not banging you head on the table trying to figure out things. Im all for more intellectual plot lines, but lets just say, not what i expected when i started watching it.
Overall: 8 - Its an 8 overall. It a good anime, if you can last up to episode 4 or 5. But in the end the art, characters, and eventually the story won its way to my like list.
On a side note, i really do hope that there is a continuing season for this. after watching episode 10, it seems the series will end when our hero rescues the girl, but there are so many things that are happening around them that it might deserve a second dive into this series.
Oh yeah, i just wanted to add, the hero in this story... well, he is the most unlikely personality i would expect to be the hero, this of course is an opinion after watching 10 episodes. It would be fun to think the writer would have another side to him in the last 3 episodes that would redeem this curious, but unorthodox personality of our hero.
Update: I just finished watching all the episodes of this anime. And i am glad that it is confirmed, the second season is on its way. To be shown in the summer of 2012. I cant wait. read more
Jan 5, 2012
Story: I don't know. But at the start they play tag =D.
Character: All I know is that there's a main character, who likes a girl named Horizon who died 10 years ago, and finds a girl looking similar to her. He also likes them boobies, and tries to catch em all! He's a goofy, dumb, bastard who I feel kick round house kicking. He has a sister, with balloons on her chest. That sister looks exactly like another girl, who is the opposite of a evil-like looking girl. Then there's this Aladdin guy and then there's a whole SHITLOAD of another 20 characters or so, all which I don't know names of.
Sound: The voices weren't bad, not that good either. Nothing much to type about.
Art: Yosh, the only good thing about this show. It's what kept me from clicking "X" at the start.
Enjoyment: I didn't find this enjoyable at all.
Overall: The main character skips school to buy eroge, LIEK WUTTEHFAK DUDE? Also, there's 2 girls who look like twins, but one happens to be the retarded main character's sister, she is also a douche. There's an Aladdin guy, another person and some other 15 kids in the school full of super powerful warriors soon-to-be Justice League 2. read more
Aug 3, 2012
The flaw though is that its badly directed and the storyline get so confusing you don't know what going on, even if you watch it again. It is at a point where you really have to goggle the title to know what the storyline is. It even have its own little key term and rule that in a lot of way doesn't make sense as you watched it. In some sense, it is like watching Family Guys where it is so awesome it doesn't make sense whatsoever.
But, once you read up on the world of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, you will start to enjoy it more, not for its storyline but for everything else about it because everything else is too awesome to miss out on. read more
Oct 5, 2011
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
The story is set in the future, Humans live in a small piece of Earth, which is still habitable, demons and other creatures inhabiting the same place, students can use power around the city.
It is a baka anime and nonsense, if you like anime "cult" , hate comedy, not see.
If you like comedy anime is recommended.
Jan 8, 2012
Kyoukai Senjou No Horizon (or KSNH as I'll refer to it for now on) is a messy affair. It tries to place the histories of nations, empires, etc all into one big blob and expects you to understand it. Either that or they tried to take too much of the original work and put it in 13 episodes. Pull out those history books, you'll probably need it to understand somewhat of what's going on. Basically the story revolves around humans who are recreating history. Why? Who knows since we aren't really told in great detail. Maybe they did say something about it, but because the anime is just a mess story wise, it was hard to grab a hold of almost anything of historical value; much less the story. In the end it's basically, boy meets girl, girl dies/goes away, boy decides to save girl at all costs, which is something I've probably seen in so many of these animes that try to seem unique. Well maybe KSNH is unique in that it just confuses the hell out of anyone trying to understand it. I give the story a 3.
Well one thing that wasn't a major let down at least, was the artwork. Although I have to say that the proportions of the characters are just extremely exaggerated. Who the hell walks around with 50 pounds of hair on their head? No one! I mean the chicks on the show sure are some hairy women with huge boobs to add! I'm surprised none of them fell over due to the weight. Even though the proportions are just plain ridiculous, the art work is very well done. Lots of eye candy. I give it a 7.
Mediocre. I seem to recall the main characters voice is the same actor as the voice of Watanuki from XXXholic (I forget his name). While he was pretty good in XXXholic, he was just plain annoying in this one. Maybe it's his character, but geez was it annoying. The only thing that really stood out to me was the battle them music, which really made it seem like you were going into battle and menacing. Great stuff, but other than that...mediocre. I give it a 5.
I can tell you one thing. The characters on this show are terrible. The main one especially. Not just his annoying happy all the time voice!, but just how plain stupid and idiotic this guy was. All he does is watch porn, yeah seriously, and he's the supposed leader of this "nation"? It's hard to take him seriously even he tries to confess his love, or when he tries to win an argument; it just plain didn't seem genuine. That was my major beef with the character. Just a poor character. The other characters? There's tons of them; and none, I might add, that really stood out, well maybe the Indian guy that shoots curry (no seriously, that's his attack.) I thought K-on had bad crappy characters...well this one might just beat it. I give it a 3.
Overall, I somewhat enjoyed this for some of the few battles they did have, but I just never really established any kind of relation to any of the characters. There are just too many of them and the main lead one is just plain poor for anyone to really genuine like. Horizon (the other main lead) was just a plain doll. Not really mattering until the ending episodes which by then I just plain gave up. From what I understand, a second season is coming out and I don't plan on watching it. Seems to me like it would just be the same ole same. I'm not falling for that again (I'm looking at you K-on). Want my advice. Run away from this anime. It's just not that good. Extremely poor story telling, crappy characters, forgettable music. I do no recommend. read more
Dec 31, 2011
The story of Kyoukai senjou no Horizon is actually very well thought out, based on an interesting premise and engaging. The problem lies with the story telling itself. While the story is interesting, it is portrayed so inefficiently that it is almost impossible to understand without doing outside research. Honestly, nobody should have to do this much outside research to properly understand what is going on. Much information is left out or is given to the viewer in crazy information dumps that are hard to follow, which again is not very good story telling. However, the story is there and it is good. The best part of the story is how intertwined it is with the setting which is very well thought out and fascinating. The focus on history is also very interesting. The storyline of the episodes themselves is not as hard to follow and is still engaging
I would love to give the art a better score, mainly because this show has a pretty decent budget. The problem, however, is that the character designs in my opinion are just utterly awful. I mean, they all just look like ridiculous stereotypes that just scream unnecessary fanservice. However, the battles are animated very well and the background art is very good, which levels out this score
The music in the show was very good, however, it was outshined by most other shows this season. The voice acting was decent at best, most of them being pretty bad, save for a few notable exceptions
This is another hard category. The cast as a whole is pretty good, there is so much diversity, including a blob, a giant, a mecha, a ninja, witches, and a few other interesting characters. However, individually all the characters are pretty bland or straight up annoying. Aoi Tori, the main character has interesting antics, but some of these antics really intrude on the serious parts of the story. The biggest problem with the rest of the characters is that they are so one-sided. Most of the female characters just act like stereotypes and the more unique characters have hardly any screen time (I wanted more of the blob!)
This is the best part of the show for me. There is just so much creativity in this show that it is hard not to like parts. Particularly the actions scenes are wonderfully unique and well directed. Every fight in this show is different from each other and all really fun to watch. The comedy on the other hand, is very hit and miss. I will admit I don't like fanservice comedy and the groping got old really fast, but that is just my taste. Some other instances of comedy did end up working though.
This show gets a solid 7 from me, the creativity really saved this show from its uninspired, bland characters and the awful character designs. I am looking forward to the next season. Hopefully the characters will be able to become more than just one-sided characters and the setting will be developed even more. However, this was a fun show with a very interesting premise. read more