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)
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi[1]
Novel series
Written by Mamare Touno
Illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara
Published by Enterbrain
English publisher
Original run March 31, 2011 – present
Volumes 10 (List of volumes)
Manga
Log Horizon Gaiden:
Honey Moon Logs
Written by Mamare Touno
Illustrated by Motoya Matsu
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dengeki Daioh
Original run January 27, 2012 – present
Volumes 4 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Mamare Touno
Illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara
Published by Enterbrain
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Famitsu Comic Clear
Original run May 18, 2012 – present
Volumes 1 (List of volumes)
Manga
Log Horizon:
The West Wind Brigade
Written by Mamare Touno
Illustrated by Koyuki
Published by Fujimi Shobo
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Age Premium
Original run July 8, 2012 – present
Volumes 4 (List of volumes)
Manga
Log Horizon Gaiden:
Nyanta-honcho Shiawase no Recipe
Written by Mamare Touno
Illustrated by Sōchū
Published by Enterbrain
Magazine Comic B's LOG
Original run December 21, 2012 – present
Volumes 2 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Log Horizon 1st Series
Directed by Shinji Ishihara
Written by Toshizo Nemoto
Music by Yasuharu Takanashi
Studio Satelight
Licensed by
Original network NHK E
English network
Original run October 5, 2013March 22, 2014
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Log Horizon 2nd Series
Directed by Shinji Ishihara
Written by Toshizo Nemoto
Music by Yasuharu Takanashi
Studio Studio Deen
Licensed by
Sentai Filmworks
MVM Entertainment
Original network NHK E
English network
Anime Network
Original run October 4, 2014March 28, 2015
Episodes 25 (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, published by Enterbrain in Japan since 2011. Yen Press began publishing the novels in English translation in 2015. The series follows the strategist, Shiroe, and the other players of the long-lived MMORPG Elder Tales 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 adaptation aired on NHK Educational TV between October 5, 2013 and March 22, 2014. A second season aired between October 4, 2014 and March 28, 2015.

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 mistranslated 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]

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]

Volumes[edit]

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 The Beginning of Another World
Isekai no Hajimari (異世界のはじまり)
March 30, 2011[5]
ISBN 978-4-04-727145-6
April 21, 2015[6]
ISBN 978-0-316-38305-9
2 The Knights of Camelot
Kyamerotto no Kishi-tachi (キャメロットの騎士たち)
May 30, 2011[7]
ISBN 978-4-04-727298-9
July 21, 2015[8]
ISBN 978-0-316-26381-8
3 Game's End, Part I
Gēmu no Owari [Jō] (ゲームの終わり【上】)
August 31, 2011[9]
ISBN 978-4-04-727413-6
November 17, 2015[10][11]
ISBN 978-0-316-26384-9
4 Game's End, Part II
Gēmu no Owari [Ge] (ゲームの終わり【下】)
September 30, 2011[12]
ISBN 978-4-04-727543-0
March 22, 2016[13]
ISBN 978-0-316-26385-6
5 A Sunday in Akiba
Akiba no Machi no Nichiyōbi (アキバの街の日曜日)
November 30, 2011[14]
ISBN 978-4-04-727669-7
July 19, 2016[15]
ISBN 978-0-316-26386-3
6 Lost Child of the Dawn
Yoake no Mayoigo (夜明けの迷い子)
March 30, 2013[16]
ISBN 978-4-04-728235-3
November 15, 2016[17]
ISBN 978-0-316-26387-0
7 Gold of the Kunie
Kunie no Ougon (供贄の黄金)
December 20, 2013[18][19]
ISBN 978-4-04-729175-1 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-04-729176-8 (special edition)
March 21, 2017[20]
ISBN 978-0-316-26388-7
8 The Larks Take Flight
Hibari-tachi no Habataki (雲雀(ひばり)たちの羽ばたき)
September 29, 2014[21][22]
ISBN 978-4-04-729926-9 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-04-729927-6 (special edition)
June 20, 2017[23]
ISBN 978-0-316-47095-7
9 Kanami, Go! East!
Kanami, Gō! Īsuto! (カナミ、ゴー!イースト!)
March 27, 2015[24]
ISBN 978-4-04-730190-0
October 31, 2017[25]
ISBN 978-0-316-47097-1
10 Homesteading the Noosphere
Noasfia no kaikon (ノウアスフィアの開墾)
September 30, 2015[26]
ISBN 978-4047306745
February 20, 2018[27]
ISBN 978-0-316-47105-3

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.[28] It began serialization on January 27, 2012, and is published by ASCII Media Works in the Dengeki Daioh magazine.[28] The second adaptation is illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara and titled Log Horizon.[29] It began serialization on May 18, 2012, and is published by Enterbrain in the Famitsu Comic Clear web magazine.[29] Yen Press obtained this manga for an English release.[30] The third adaptation is illustrated by Koyuki and titled, Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade.[31] It began serialization on July 9, 2012, and is published by Fujimi Shobo in the Age Premium magazine.[31] The last adaptation is illustrated by Sōchū and titled, Log Horizon Gaiden: Nyanta-honcho Shiawase no Recipe.[32] It began serialization on December 21, 2012, and is published by Enterbrain in the Comic B's LOG magazine.[32]

Volumes[edit]

Log Horizon Gaiden: Honey Moon Logs (ログ・ホライズン 外伝: Honey Moon Logs?)

No. Release date ISBN
1 February 27, 2013[33] ISBN 978-4-04-891353-9
2 February 27, 2013[34] ISBN 978-4-04-891354-6
3 September 27, 2013[35] ISBN 978-4-04-891938-8
4 August 27, 2014[36] ISBN 978-4-04-866701-2

Log Horizon (ログ・ホライズン?, Rogu Horaizun)

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 February 15, 2013[37] ISBN 978-4-04-728718-1 March 24, 2015[38] ISBN 978-0-316-38306-6

Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade (ログ・ホライズン: 西風の旅団?)

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 February 8, 2013[39] ISBN 978-4-04-712853-8 January 26, 2016[40] ISBN 978-0-316-30900-4
2 September 6, 2013[41] ISBN 978-4-04-712896-5 April 26, 2016[42] ISBN 978-0-316-30904-2
3 March 7, 2014[43] ISBN 978-4-04-070049-6 July 26, 2016[44] ISBN 978-0-316-30909-7
4 October 8, 2014[45] ISBN 978-4-04-070354-1 October 25, 2016[46] ISBN 978-0-316-30910-3

Log Horizon Gaiden: Nyanta-hancho Shiawase no Recipe (ログ・ホライズン: にゃん太班長 幸せのレシピ?)

No. Release date ISBN
1 August 31, 2013[47] ISBN 978-4-04-729072-3
2 September 1, 2014[48] ISBN 978-4-04-729894-1

Anime[edit]

A 25-episode anime adaptation produced by Satelight aired on NHK Educational TV from October 5, 2013 to March 22, 2014.[49] The series was streamed as a simulcast by Crunchyroll in North America and other select parts of the world.[50] A 25-episode second season produced by Studio Deen began airing on October 4, 2014.[51][52][53] Both seasons have been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America for digital and home video release.[54][55] For both seasons, the opening theme is "database" by Man with a Mission featuring Takuma while the ending theme for the first season is "Your song*" and for the second season it is "Wonderful Wonder World*", both performed by Yun*chi.[56] [57]

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.[58] 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."[58]

References[edit]

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