Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere

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Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere light novel 1 (above).jpg
Cover of the first light novel volume
境界線上のホライゾン
(Kyōkaisen-jō no Horaizon)
Light novel
Written byMinoru Kawakami
Illustrated bySatoyasu
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicMale
ImprintDengeki Bunko
MagazineDengeki Bunko Magazine
Original runSeptember 2008 – present
Volumes23
Manga
Written byMinoru Kawakami
Illustrated byHideo Takenaka
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDengeki Daioh
Original runOctober 2011May 2015
Volumes6
Anime television series
Directed byManabu Ono
Written byTatsuhiko Urahata
Music byTatsuya Kato
StudioSunrise
Licensed by
Original networkMBS, CTC, tvk, TV Saitama, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi
Original run October 1, 2011 December 24, 2011
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Manga
Kyōkaisen-jō no Horako-san
Written byMinoru Kawakami
Illustrated byKuraun Hani
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicSeinen
MagazineDengeki G's Magazine
Original runJanuary 2012November 2012
Volumes1
Anime television series
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II
Directed byManabu Ono
Written byTatsuhiko Urahata
Music byTatsuya Kato
StudioSunrise
Licensed by
Original networkMBS, Tokyo MX, tvk, TV Saitama, CTC, TV Aichi
Original run July 7, 2012 September 29, 2012
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Game
Kyōkaisen-jō no Horizon Portable
DeveloperTenky
PublisherKadokawa Shoten
GenreRPG
PlatformPlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP: April 25, 2013
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Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere[a] is a Japanese light novel series written by Minoru Kawakami and illustrated by Satoyasu. The series is set in the distant future when Japan has been conquered by other countries and divided up into feudal territories. The series is part of a six-stage (particularly the fourth one, called "Genesis") chronicle universe, with Minoru's other light novels (including Owari no Chronicle, the series pre-prequel) encompassing the other five. A 13-episode anime adaptation by Sunrise aired between October and December 2011. A 13-episode second season aired between July and September 2012. Both seasons have been licensed and released on DVD and Blu-ray by Sentai Filmworks in North America and Manga Entertainment in the UK. A video game adaptation for the PlayStation Portable titled Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Portable[b] was developed by Tenky, and was released in Japan on April 25, 2013.[1]

Plot[edit]

In the far future, humans abandon a devastated Earth and travel to outer space. However, due to an 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 the returned populace. In order to find a way to return to outer space, the humans begin 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, and the refugees of Japan now live in the city ship, Musashi, which 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 begin to spread when the Testament stops revealing what happened after 1648. Taking advantage of this situation, Tori Aoi, head of Musashi Ariadust Academy's Supreme Federation and President of the student council, uses this opportunity to lead his classmates and try to regain their homeland.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere began as serial light novel series run in Dengeki Bunko Magazine in 2008. Fifteen compilation volumes covering six separate arcs have been published by ASCII Media Works' imprint Dengeki Bunko. In 2012, it was #13 in the 2012 ranking of top-selling light novels by series with 409,949 estimated copies sold.[2]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Hideo Takenaka begin serialization in the October 2011 issue of ASCII Media Works' manga magazine Dengeki Daioh. A second, four-panel comic strip manga, illustrated by Kuraun Hani and titled Kyōkaisen-jō no Horako-san (境界線上のホラ子さん), was serialized in between the January 2012 and November 2012 issues of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine.

Game[edit]

A videogame adaptation for PlayStation Portable was developed by Tenky and released in Japan on April 25, 2013. The game is an RPG, the story is partially based on the anime and the novels but will also includes an original scenario, with more than 80 characters from both media making an appearance. The game sold more than 26,000 copies in its first week after launch.[3]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series based on the light novel was announced in the March 2011 issue of Dengeki Bunko Magazine. Produced by Sunrise, the anime series debuted in Japan on October 1, 2011.[4] The series has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America and was simulcasted through the Anime Network on October 4, 2011, followed by a home video release in 2012.[5] Sentai has also licensed the second season for streaming and home video release in 2013. The opening theme song for the first season is "TERMINATED" by Minori Chihara. The first ending theme used is "Pieces -Side Ariadust-" by AiRI and the second ending theme used is "Stardust Melodia -Side Horizon-" by Ceui. For the second season, the opening theme is "ZONE//ALONE" by Minori Chihara. The first ending theme is "Kanashimi wa Dare no Negai Demonai -Side Sunset-" (悲しみは誰の願いデモナイ -Side Sunset-) by Aira Yūki and the second ending theme is "Sora no Uta -Side Sunrise-" (空の詩 -Side Sunrise-) by Masami Okui.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Kyōkaisen-jō no Horaizon (境界線上のホライゾン, lit. Horizon on the Borderline)
  2. ^ Known in Japan as Kyōkaisen-jō no Horizon Portable (境界線上のホライゾン Portable, lit. Horizon on the Borderline Portable)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2013/02/11/time-hollow-developer-working-on-horizon-in-the-middle-of-nowhere/
  2. ^ "Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan by Series: 2012". Anime News Network. December 2, 2012.
  3. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2013/05/01/this-week-in-sales-dragons-dogma-returns/
  4. ^ "Kyōkaisen-jō no Horizon Light Novels Get Sunrise Anime". Anime News Network. February 8, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  5. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere" (Press release). Sentai Filmworks. September 28, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II". Anime News Network. Retrieved 29 June 2012.

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