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13 of 13 episodes seen
Overall Rating: 10
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere is an adaptation of a light novel of the same name. The premise is that Musashi (the main ship or the protagonists of our story), is trying to recover the emotions of P-01s, aka Horizon Ariadust, as they were taken from her to create WMDs. However, Musashi is not considered a world player in this setting, because they're simply exiles from Japan, who are being watched by the Testament Union, who "guides" the world by making sure that history is reenacted.
This premise sounds pretty confusing, and admittedly it is, due to the insane depth of universe. There are a LOT of terms and truthfully, a language system (it's Japanese, with a few quirks), that you have to get used to. The result of this though, is a sci-fi / fantasy epic that I don't think even Kinoko Nasu could hold a candle to.
The show (in my opinion) is heavily dialogue driven (remember, this is a show about historical reenactment, but reenactment comes through interpretation). There will be some pretty intense dialogue scenes as a result, since the premise of the show pretty much requires some sort of politics.
However, the action (e.g., fights) are not skimped on at all (ever seen a city-ship do a backflip?) The characters are all interesting, with their own quirks, and even seemingly minor characters are explored and play a role in the story. The animation is excellent, with an amazing soundtrack to boot (it's great in season 1, and just awesome in season 2).
Admittedly Horizon isn't a show for everyone, but if you're willing to get through a little exposition (about 5-6 episodes of season 1), you're in a for a real treat, (what I believe to be the best action show in years).
Looking forward to season 3 and beyond!