By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Elder Tale has become a global success, having a following of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Novasphere Pioneers, thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are all logged on at the time of the update, suddenly find themselves transported inside the game world and donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer called Shiroe along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki decide to team up so that they may face this world which has now become their reality along with the challenges which lie ahead.
Season 1: Completed (25 Episodes)
Season 2: Completed (25 Episodes)
The story starts in the same way of SAO. However, Log horizon never shows anything about "Real Life". The protagonist (Shiroe) gathers a party and makes a guild. It describes the game they are trapped in as if it were their real lives. Shiroe is always trying to find a way to go back, but a lot happens in between. It is more detailed about the game than SAO, and it develops in an strategic way instead of full action like SAO did. (Personally, I prefer this style as I do like those animes that make me think). There is always something new waiting for you in every episode.
Shiroe (The Devil in Glasses) is the top strategist in the game and everything revolves around him (probably you already guessed that). The way he manages the party and even the guild is just mind-blowing. For those who have played MMO's, Shiroe is that guy who tells every other party member in a raid what to do to finish the raid ASAP in the most effective way. It would take ages to tell you about the SO MANY characters in the anime, so expect to see every type of RPG character in one place.
As mentioned before, Log Horizon focuses on the strategic side of a game. Not only that, there's an infinite amount of classes, sub-classes, skills, weapons, raids, etc. Unlike SAO, the NPCs are called "People of the land" and they have have their own mind (besides what they were programmed for). They try to make the best of this new "life" in a game while trying to escape. They also form a society with a government and even fight for territories. You could say you're watching a game of Risk with a mix of anime and RPG.
After listening to the opening, you will never stop singing "Database. Database. Whoa Oh Whoa Oh!". Remember the feeling that SAO opening gave you before every episode? Well this is pretty much the same feeling, it prepares you for what's about to come. The ending songs for both seasons are just cute, especially with Akatsuki in all the videos, it's like the songs is telling you to relax, the anime is over.
I loved this more than SAO, but that's only because I like the strategic point of views rather than only full head-on-head action. However, I did enjoy both to the fullest!
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