How would you react if one day you were sucked into an MMORPG and could never get out? After a mysterious incident, roughly 30,000 players from Japan are now forced to live their life inside the MMORPG "Ender Tales" and can not log out. Even death is met with a respawn. Even worse is the fact that food has absolutely no taste. All this combined, many of the players inside this MMO has lost any will to actually play this game, but they are never allowed to leave. A played named Shiro will venture forth to uncover the mystery behind the reason why they are inside this game.
Ah, world-building, how I miss you, you magnificent beauty. Let's kiss the very ground that log horizon walks on cause this is the best of the "trapped in a game" genre we are going to get in recent years.
After the disgusting abominations that is SAO, Overlord, and all the other garbage. It is great knowing that there are still people in Japan with brains.
So, yes log horizon, it brings back the good old-school feel of a big world, a lot of factions, and intrigues, that makes you look for more. Unlike the disgusting wank-fest the rest of the LN genre had become, log horizon manage
to balance its cast to make sure there isn't a gary-stu who stood out, and provide actual challenges that need to be overcome by its characters.
Plot - 7
Firm and steady, the plot moves at a slow pace with multiple plot threads moving at the same time, creating a sense of depth and influence in character actions. The adventurers are split into many factions, from home-sick fanatics, zealots, those who are trying to maintain order, and those who just hate everything. To add to the conflict the eastern and western lander's kingdoms are threatening war, while the things that are responsible for trapping the players are moving in the background causing conflict.
All these add to a very rich if slightly chaotic world.
Character - 7
If you are going to have character embody tropes, you might as well have as many as possible. It is said that quantity have a quality all on its own. Make no mistake, these are not "deep" characters, I can sum up their character in two phrases, but they are still MUCH better than the wank dolls of Overlord (Vile trash) and SAO (less Vile trash), in which I can sum up the personalities in TWO WORDS.
In short, log horizon fills it self to the brim with a bunch of characters, and try to gave all of its character some story of their own, so while the characters aren't deep, they create a great dynamic.
Overall - 8
Best of the genre in recent years, but like I said, many times, the LN market is now nothing more than a pond of spunk and retardation, so this is like beating a bunch of limbless retards at running.
This is a short review of the Log Horizon manga. I have not read the novel at this point of time, as I am more of a visual person who prefers anime and manga. Overall, I find that the manga covers more stories and details that are not elaborated in the anime. It also covers characters that have less presence in the anime. It acts as a supplement to what the anime presents.
The artwork is very good and there is clearly a lot of perspective and shading utitlised in it. It should be noted that parts of the manga have some graphic violence/blood and may
not be appropriate for children to read.
This is a must-read for those who enjoy the Log Horizon anime and the world of Log Horizon and want to get to know more about it. If you intend to read this manga, watching the anime should be a must in order to appreciate the stories within the manga better.
Story - 7
Art - 9
Character - 8
Enjoyment - 8
Overall - 8
Choosing the right class in an MMORPG is crucial. Apart from being permanent, it will also determine the journey you're going to take throughout the game. Quite the pressure right? But how about in Log Horizon's Elder Tale? How will you decide your class inside the game's virtual world?