Log Horizon

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Log Horizon
Log Horizon Novel Cover Volume 1.png
Cover of the first novel volume featuring main characters (left to right) Akatsuki, Naotsugu and Shiroe
ログ・ホライズン
(Rogu Horaizun)
GenreAdventure, fantasy, science fiction[1]
Novel series
Written byMamare Touno
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runApril 13, 2010 – present
Light novel
Written byMamare Touno
Illustrated byKazuhiro Hara
Mochichi Hashimoto (monster design)
Published byKadokawa Future Publishing
Enterbrain
English publisher
DemographicMale
Original runMarch 31, 2011March 20, 2018
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Manga
Log Horizon Gaiden:
Honey Moon Logs
Written byMamare Touno
Illustrated byMotoya Matsu
Published byASCII Media Works
MagazineDengeki Daioh
DemographicShōnen
Original runJanuary 27, 2012June 27, 2014
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written byMamare Touno
Illustrated byKazuhiro Hara
Published byEnterbrain
English publisher
MagazineFamitsu Comic Clear
DemographicShōnen
Original runMay 18, 2012June 28, 2013
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Manga
Log Horizon:
The West Wind Brigade
Written byMamare Touno
Illustrated byKoyuki
Published byFujimi Shobo
English publisher
MagazineAge Premium, Dragon Age
DemographicShōnen
Original runJuly 8, 2012March 9, 2018
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Manga
Log Horizon Gaiden:
Nyanta-honcho Shiawase no Recipe
Written byMamare Touno
Illustrated bySōchū
Published byEnterbrain
MagazineComic B's LOG
Original runDecember 21, 2012March 31, 2018
Volumes6 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by
Produced byKenichirou Naeshiro
Written byToshizou Nemoto
Music byYasuharu Takanashi
StudioSatelight
Licensed by
Funimation
(streaming)
Sentai Filmworks
(home video)
Funimation
(streaming)
MVM Entertainment
(home video)
Original networkNHK Educational TV
English network
Original run October 5, 2013 March 22, 2014
Episodes25 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Log Horizon 2
Directed by
  • Shinji Ishihira
  • Toshinori Watanabe[a]
Produced byKenichirou Naeshiro
Written byToshizou Nemoto
Music byYasuharu Takanashi
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed by
Funimation
(streaming)
Sentai Filmworks
(home video)
Funimation
(streaming)
MVM Entertainment
(home video)
Original networkNHK Educational TV
English network
Anime Network
Original run October 4, 2014 March 28, 2015
Episodes25 (List of episodes)
Manga
Log Horizon: Kanami, Go! East!
Written byMamare Touno
Illustrated byKou
Published byEnterbrain
MagazineComic B's LOG
Original runOctober 1, 2015December 1, 2016
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table
Directed by
  • Shinji Ishihira
  • Toshinori Watanabe[a]
Produced by
  • Kenichirou Naeshiro
  • Liu Junwen
Written byToshizou Nemoto
Music byYasuharu Takanashi
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkNHK Educational TV
Original run January 13, 2021 March 31, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Log Horizon (Japanese: ログ・ホライズン, Hepburn: Rogu Horaizun) is a Japanese novel series written by Mamare Touno and illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara. It began serialization online in 2010 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō, being later on acquired by Enterbrain and published as a light novel in Japan since 2011. Yen Press began publishing an English translation in 2015. The series follows the strategist, Shiroe, and the other players of the long-lived MMORPG Elder Tale after they find themselves whisked away into the game world following a game update.

The novel has received four manga adaptations, with one based on the main story and the other three revolving around characters in the series. An anime television series adaptation animated by Satelight aired on NHK Educational TV between October 5, 2013 and March 22, 2014. A second season by Studio Deen aired between October 4, 2014 and March 28, 2015. A third season by Studio Deen aired between January 13, 2021 and March 31, 2021.

Plot[edit]

By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale (エルダー・テイル, Erudā Teiru) has become a global success, with a user base of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Homesteading the Noosphere (ノウアスフィアの開墾, Nōasufia no Kaikon, sometimes translated as Novasphere Pioneers),[2][3] thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are logged on at the time of the update suddenly find themselves transported into the virtual game world and donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer named Shiroe, along with his friends, Naotsugu and Akatsuki, decide to team up so that they may face this world, which unfortunately has now become their reality, along with the challenges and obstacles ahead of them.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Log Horizon began as a light novel written by Mamare Touno. It initially appeared in installments on the user-generated content site Shōsetsuka ni Narō ("So You Want to be a Novelist") starting on April 13, 2010, and subsequently published in book form by Enterbrain since March 2011. Yen Press obtained the rights on its light novel imprint to release the novels in English from 2015.[4]

Manga[edit]

The novel series has received four manga adaptations, all written by Mamare Touno. The first adaptation is illustrated by Motoya Matsu and titled, Log Horizon Gaiden: Honey Moon Logs.[5] It began serialization on January 27, 2012, and is published by ASCII Media Works in the Dengeki Daioh magazine.[5] The second adaptation is illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara and titled Log Horizon.[6] It began serialization on May 18, 2012, and was published by Enterbrain in the Famitsu Comic Clear web magazine.[6] Yen Press obtained this manga for an English release.[7] The third adaptation is illustrated by Koyuki and titled, Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade.[8] It began serialization on July 9, 2012, ended on March 9, 2018, and was published by Fujimi Shobo in the Age Premium magazine.[8] Another manga illustrated by Sōchū and titled, Log Horizon Gaiden: Nyanta-honcho Shiawase no Recipe began serialization on December 21, 2012,[9] ended on March 31, 2018, and was published by Enterbrain in the Comic B's LOG magazine and collected in six volumes.[9] A manga Log Horizon: Kanami, Go! East! illustrated by Kou was serialized in Comic B's LOG from October 1, 2015, to December 1, 2016, and compiled in two volumes.

Anime[edit]

A 25-episode anime adaptation produced by Satelight aired on NHK E from October 5, 2013 to March 22, 2014.[10] The series was streamed as a simulcast by Crunchyroll in North America and other select parts of the world.[11]

A 25-episode second season produced by Studio Deen aired from October 4, 2014 to March 28, 2015.[12][13][14] Both seasons were licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America for digital and home video release.[15][16] Funimation acquired the streaming rights to the series after Sentai Filmworks lost the rights.[17][18] For both seasons, the opening theme is "database" by Man with a Mission featuring Takuma. The ending theme for the first season is "Your song*" and for the second season it is "Wonderful Wonder World*", both performed by Yunchi.[19][20]

A 12-episode third season titled Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table (ログ・ホライズン 円卓崩壊, Rogu Horaizun Entaku Hōkai) was originally scheduled to premiere in October 2020, but was delayed to Winter 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] The third season aired from January 13 to March 31, 2021.[22] The third season is named after the title of Volume 12 of the web novel series and the official acronym is DORT. The staff and cast will reprise their roles from the second season.[23] Funimation licensed the third season and will stream it on its website in North America the British Isles, Mexico, and Brazil, in Europe through Wakanim, and in Australia and New Zealand through AnimeLab.[24]

Music[edit]

Theme Song Title
Lyrics by Composed by Arranged by Vocalised by Footnotes
Opening Song
database feat. TAKUMA(10-FEET)
Kamikaze Boy、Jean-Ken Johnny Kamikaze Boy MAN WITH A MISSION、Kohsuke Oshima MAN WITH A MISSION Ep.1 - Ep.50
Closing Song
Your song*
Yun*chi
Hayato Tanaka
Floor on the intelligence
Yun*chi
Ep.1 - Ep.25
Wonderful Wonder World*
Yun*chi、Hidenori Tanaka
Masahiro Tobinai
Yun*chi
Ep.26 - Ep.50
Embeded Song
Your song*
Yun*chi
Hayato Tanaka
Floor on the intelligence
Eriko Matsui (as Isuzu)
Ep.15, Ep.18
Wonderful Wonder World*
Yun*chi、Hidenori Tanaka
Masahiro Tobinai
Eriko Matsui (as Isuzu)
Ep.16, Ep.19
Your song*
Mamare Touno
Yasuharu Takanashi
-
Eriko Matsui (as Isuzu)
Ep.20, Ep.21

Reception[edit]

Rebecca Silverman of the Anime News Network noted that the series has "its own unique take on what has become a subgenre of fantasy" when compared to the previous Sword Art Online and the earlier .hack series.[25] With respect to the anime adaptation, Silverman noted that one of the major drawbacks was the artistry. She held the designs of the characters with small regard, calling them "somewhat bland and generic in design, which is a bit of an accomplishment given how many character creation options there apparently are". She used the design of Akatsuki as an example, explaining that the character's beauty has to be constantly reminded to the audience despite the fact that "she's one of the less striking female characters on screen". Another issue Silverman pointed out was the apparent overuse of Naotsugu's perverted nature for comedic relief and finding that for some viewers he may be "line-crossingly obnoxious". Despite these drawbacks, Silverman remarked that the "show shouldn't be dismissed as 'just another ripoff' before giving it a chance" since "it has the potential to expand rather than rehash the basic premise of players trapped in a game".[25]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Credited as Animation Coordinator (アニメーションコーディネート)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Log Horizon - Sentai Filmworks". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Twitter / marmalade_macro: @Noneuseless ..." (in Japanese). Twitter. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Log Horizon manga, chapter 1
  4. ^ "Yen Press' Light Novel Imprint Adds Log Horizon, No Game No Life, Devil is a Part-timer!". Anime News Network. August 30, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "【コミカライズ】「Honey Moon Logs」(漫画家:松モトヤ先生) 橙乃ままれ OFFICIAL WEBSITE". mamare.net. Archived from the original on February 11, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "【コミカライズ】「ログ・ホライズン」(漫画家:ハラカズヒロ先生) 橙乃ままれ OFFICIAL WEBSITE". mamare.net. Archived from the original on February 11, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  7. ^ "Yen Press Clarifies: Kazuhiro Hara's Log Horizon Manga Licensed". Anime News Network. September 15, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "【コミカライズ】「ログ・ホライズン~西風の旅団~」(漫画家:こゆき先生) 橙乃ままれ OFFICIAL WEBSITE". mamare.net. Archived from the original on February 14, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "【コミカイズ】「LOG HORIZON 外伝 -にゃん太班長・幸せのレシピ-」(漫画家・草中先生) 橙乃ままれ OFFICIAL WEBSITE". mamare.net. Archived from the original on February 14, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  10. ^ "Log Horizon Fantasy Novels Get TV Anime By Satelight". Anime News Network. January 24, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  11. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds "Log Horizon" to Streaming Anime Lineup". Crunchyroll. October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  12. ^ ""Log Horizon" Anime Season 2 Airs This Fall". Crunchyroll. March 22, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  13. ^ ""Log Horizon" Season 2 Gets New Cast and Start Date". Crunchyroll. August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  14. ^ Green, Scott (August 18, 2014). ""Log Horizon" 2 Listed for 25 Episodes". Crunchyroll. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  15. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Fantasy Game Anime Log Horizon". Anime News Network. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Log Horizon 2". Sentai Filmworks. 2014-10-03.
  17. ^ "Surprise! Log Horizon Season 1 to Stream on Funimation 🖥". Funimation. January 11, 2021. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  18. ^ Pineda, Rafael (October 7, 2021). "Funimation Adds Log Horizon Season 2 to Catalog". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  19. ^ "NHK Airs Log Horizon Anime's Opening Sequence". Anime News Network. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  20. ^ "NHKアニメワールド ログ・ホライズン" (in Japanese). NHK Educational TV. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  21. ^ "Log Horizon Anime's 3rd Season Delayed to January 2021 Due to COVID-19". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  22. ^ "Log Horizon Anime's 3rd Season Premieres on January 13". Anime News Network. September 23, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  23. ^ "Log Horizon TV Anime Gets 3rd Season in October". Anime News Network. January 21, 2020. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  24. ^ Friedman, Nicholas (December 16, 2020). "This January Season Enter a World Unlike Any Other on Funimation". Funimation. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  25. ^ a b Silverman, Rebecca (November 6, 2013). "Log Horizon Episodes 1 - 6 Streaming - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 9, 2014.

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