No reviews for Log Horizon? How was that possible?!
Story: Tens of thousands of people playing a game is pulled into the game and become their characters. After that typical beginning, this story becomes something extraordinary.
Log Horizon is about creating and managing an actual society in a fantasy world. They talk about politics, economics, discrimination, etc. What happens if your game character were of a different gender? Can you kill an NPC? Can you r*pe them? Log Horizon is about players choosing to live with or fight with the natives of the world they are in. It's so much more than "just another of those stories".
The art is surprisingly good. It's really detailed and clean, it really shows you how the characters' charms and personal quirks make them who they are. Some have that one smile that's like the sun, that one guy with scary eyes, etc. These illustrations are among the best light novel pictures I've seen. It's not just to show how someone looks, it displays so much more.
Characters: So, Log Horizon has many characters that play big parts. Obviously there's not very much originality to these personalities. The friendly, loyal best friend. The quiet female ninja that protects everyone. A man that seems evil, but actually does what needs to be done for the benefit of the people. All these characters have been seen before, but they are still very well done. The lack of an "Antagonist" might be a bit sad, but all in all, the characters are all realistic and interesting.
Overall, Log Horizon is a story for those that want a strong world-building story. There is action and adventures, but the strong point is still the fact that they, the "players" are trying to live together with the natives, "NPC's". Factions form and fight, but with no real goal to accomplish, this is a very open story that simply wants to show you the world they are in. Along with the hidden clues of what, or who, actually caused this whole Catastrophe to begin with.
+ Strong World Building
+ Likable Characters
+ Beautiful Art
-+ Lack of Antagonist