After an expansion pack is released for the popular MMORPG 'Elder Tales', thousands of players find themselves trapped inside the game. Shiroe plays a magician and was once part of a powerful guild. Now trapped like the other players, he strives to solve the mystery of the game with the help of old and new companions.
I originally picked up Log Horizon when the first episode aired, but decided not to keep watching. Why? I'm not sure. But fast forward a few months and I'm moving house and am looking for some shows to stock up on for the four days I'd be without internet, and I decide to give Log Horizon another try.
My initial dismissal of the series was a mistake. After the huge disappointment that was Sword Art Online, I was worried that this would also fail to live up to any expectations that I had, but after watching the first handful of episodes back-to-back, I started to think that Satelight had really created something that was worth watching.
Log Horizon tells the story of Shiroe, a veteran player of MMORPG Elder Tale, as he wakes up after the release of the brand new expansion pack to find this his reality (along with everyone else who was playing the game at the time) has been switched for that of the game world. He meets up with friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki, and together the three of them adventure and work to bring some order and normality to the world which has fallen into chaos.
Touno Mamare's world is incredibly rich and intricate, and has been masterfully translated to screen by the writers and artists alike. The writers have managed to strike a pleasing balance between the comedy and the political drama which it helps to break up. The series is notably lacking in action, with several episodes not containing any action sequences at all, but it's abundantly clear that the point of the series isn't to present an MMORPG in anime format, or to thrill the viewer was large show-piece battles, but to present a world which is believable (and, to the characters in the story, every bit as real as the one they come from) and characters who are entertaining to watch.
I recommend this series wholeheartedly, and look forward to when the second series airs this Autumn.