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Log Horizon Manga is adapted from a Japanese novel series which is written by and illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara. It began serialization online in 2010 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shosetsuka Ni Naro, 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.
Log Horizon Manga has received four manga adaptations from light novel, 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-E 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.
Log Horizon Manga story starts off, by its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale has become a global success, with a user base of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Noosphere 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.
What started off as what seemed to be a bland-version of Sword Art Online turned out to be one of the hidden gems of anime shows. Log Horizon starts off slow with the usual setup of a “no-faults” main character, but with a slight difference. That difference is how the main character, Shiroe, strategically approaches each situation that makes Log Horizon an exciting show to watch.
Shiroe isn’t the typical shounen main character that powers up throughout the story and then overpowers his enemies. Rather, he’s the guy in the background, the “villain in glasses” who controls the flow and direction of battle. Overall, Log Horizon is a genuinely fun show without all the pitfalls that we’ve come to expect from a shounen-type series.
Log Horizon Manga really feel that it’s important to point out that Log Horizon is not a combat-heavy show. That in itself already distinguishes itself from other shounen shows. But what’s really important is how the show focuses on actual strategy and manipulating the rules within the game world that the characters live in. If Log Horizon’s story didn’t have these elements, I really believe that Log Horizon would not be an exciting show to watch, it would just be another okay show.
Log Horizon Manga anime adaptation is not your typical show. It has firm grounded roots of realism in a world of fantasy that is genuinely exciting to watch. From diverse characters, to bending the rules in a world most of us are accustomed to.
Log Horizon Manga adaptation is a good show and is worth your time. With that being said, it is by no means a perfect show. It’s a rather simple show in terms of concepts, as well as having plot holes in the overall story. But Log Horizon more than makes up for it in terms of its pure enjoyability (isn’t that why we watch anime in the first place?) and execution of its story.