"This is our reality."
Database, Database, Just living in the Database, woa-hoa! The wall of pure fictionís cracking in my head, And the addiction of my world still spreads, In the Database, Database! Iím struggling in the Database, woa-hoa! It doesnít even matter if there is no hope, As the madness of the system grows!
"Elder Tale" is an established MMORPG
set in a post-apocalyptic version of Earth
where magic and fantasy have grown over the ruins of the previous world. On the day that a new expansion pack was scheduled to become active, every single player logged into the server suddenly finds themselves within
the world of Elder Tale. The game functions are still active and "death" simply revives the player at the last home point; but in every other sense, the world is "real" and has trapped hundreds of thousands of players within its walls.
With no indication of how or why this incident occurred, the players of Elder Tale must learn how to survive in this strange new world while they look for a way home.
Log Horizon is written by Mamare Touno, who also created the Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
light novels. It has been adapted into an anime series which began airing in October 2013. It can be watched legally on Crunchyroll
, for people living in the following areas: North America, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands.
Not surprisingly, the story has its own share of spinoffs: in this case a web side-story, and at least three
The webstory spinoff, Dragonshowl Mountains
, focuses on Kanami: the former leader of the legendary "Debauchery Tea Party" clique. Finding herself in the game-equivalent of Rome (her current place of residence when the expansion became active), Kanami decides to travel back to Akihabara in the hope of being reunited with her most trusted friends and allies. The problem is that Kanami must make the journey overland
, a distance equivalent to three thousand miles. On the way she gathers a ragtag quartet of traveling companions
, experiences just how much Elder Tale has changed after becoming "real", and discovers what might be the greatest threat the world has ever faced
. The spinoff will officially be adapted in the light novel as "Log Horizon 9: Kanami, Go East!".
As for the manga spinoffs, Honey Moon Log
tells the story of the first two books of Log Horizon, except this time following the experiences of the members of the Crescent Moon Alliance, while West Wind Brigade
does the same for Soujirou's eponymous guild. Both run in parallel with the main plot of Log Horizon, and do much to expand on the events surrounding the first few weeks post-Catastrophe. In contrast Chief Nyanta's Recipe of Happiness
is a collection of slice-of-life vignettes focusing on, obviously, Nyanta's cooking, and the interactions he has with Akiba's other residents while he does so.
The series is notable for prompting a surprise visit by Mamare himself to 4chan for an impromptu Q&A session with English-speaking fans, which was followed up by two more in the wake of episodes 10 and 25.
A second season was announced at the end of the 25th episode, and is airing during the fall season of 2014. The original light novels and Hara's manga adaptation have also been licensed for western release in 2015 by Yen Press
The rulebook for a Dungeons & Dragons
-style tabletop RPG based on the series was released in March 2014, accompanied by a story of a session played using the rules by four manga authors◊
— Ayasato Keiji (Beyond Another Darkness series), Murasaki Yukiya (Haken no Kouki Altina), Maruyama Kugane (OVERLORD), Shibamura Yuuri (Gunparade March: Another Princess). Set during the initial few days after the Catastrophe in the Ritorabure Islands (based on the RL Bonin Islands), four stranded Adventurers attempt to find a way to return to the mainland. On their way back they come across a mysterious Lander girl Nagi, and gets involved the incident surrounding her loss of memory.
Finally, as a general warning, this page covers tropes seen both in the anime and the light novels, as well as the various spin-offs. As such, fans of the anime (even those who have seen every episode) should be careful about reading through spoilers, as many reference plot points that have yet to come up in the anime. Consider yourself as having been warned.
Log Horizon is one of the most requested anime from Sentai Filmworks
catalog to air in [adult swim]
Not related to Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere
Log Horizon provides examples of these tropes:
We will change the world.