I will not remember December 24th, 2011 as the date of Christmas Eve, but rather as the moment when
Fate/Zero Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon ended. Oh well, at least Horizon is getting a second season in Summer 2012. It was to be expected since the numbers for BD pre-orders were said to be pretty high. The first BD volume of Horizon sold 16,349 copies on the first week of release.
It may be interesting to note that Horizon is also nothing but one part of a fictional Universe, created by Minoru Kawakami. That universe is separated into 6 separate chronicles: Forth, Ahead, Edge, Genesis, Obstacle and City.
In the distant future, Earth has been devastated and its inhabitants seek a new home in the heavens. However, constant warfare forces humans to return to Earth, which has turned into an inhabitable planet except for a certain area called the Divine States.
The Divine States are too small to accommodate all the humans, so they duplicated the area and created the Harmonic Divine States. In order to retrace their steps and rediscover their journey to the heavens, the returned humans began to reproduce history from the year 10,000 BC, using a mysterious history book called Testament.
History reproduction proceeds smoothly until A.D. 1413, when a war broke out in the Divine States. This causes the Harmonic Divine States to crash onto the original world. The humans living in the Harmonic Divine States lose their land and invade the original world. The people of the Divine States surrender and they are divided by the invaders from the Harmonic Divine States. They try to resume the reproduction of history from A.D.1457, but the update of history terminates in A.D.1648. A rumor of apocalypse begins to spread around the world.
All that block of “blah blah” basically serves as Genesis‘ introduction or as Horizon’s historical background. Basically, the anime is about the road to a love confession, which leads to a confrontation between Shintoism and Catholicism. The main character Aoi Tori declares to his classmates that he’ll confess to Horizon, or rather to an automaton called P-01s whom he believes to have the soul of Horizon. SPOILERS: P-01s is indeed Horizon and her emotions are extracted and separated into 7 weapons called the Seven Deadly Sins. So, Tori must confess his love to Horizon and gather the Seven Deadly Sins, which also means he has to wage war against the WORLD!
What I just summarized from the entire Season 1 is basically a plot synopsis of the entire series. The first season is actually just a freaking introduction of this Chronicle and, to be honest, I feel that the introduction wasn’t over by the end of episode 13. I, honestly, do not know how far Sunrise wants to go with Horizon, but sales show that the series’ fan base is probably big or solid enough to create a long-run franchise. If you’ve read all of the light novels of Horizon, you’re probably a hardcore fan already.
This isn’t an anime that you will enjoy by simply watching. Because the TV series condenses 2 books, it’s hard to digest its content if you’re not fully attentive. There’s really a handful of ways to watch Horizon. One, if you’re not japanese, would be to read the fan-translated prologue and beginning chapters of Book one. The other method would be to rewatch the show over and over again. Or you can do BOTH for the full experience just like I did. I hope that Sentai Filmworks considers to release this anime in North America. If I had any desire to cosplay for conventions, I’d cosplay as Aoi Tori. It clearly won’t be too hard to make the costume…
Note that this isn’t censorship from the part of Sunrise, but rather a special ability so that Aoi can do strip pranks for all he wants.
Am I crazy to say that Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon is probably influenced by Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball? Most series influenced by Dragon Ball – Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Fairy Tail, Hunter X Hunter - have their own gigantic fantasy world filled with badasses. Gigantic Fantasy World…Check. Badasses…Check. Gather 7 items…CHECK!!!
Okay, rather than just Dragon Ball, Horizon is actually influenced by EVERYTHING!! The series may be closer to a fan fiction. Minoru Kawakami probably just put EVERYTHING he liked in bunch of anime and manga he had read in his life time. So, to truly satisfy all of his own fetishes, Minoru Kawakami managed to create a giant clausterfuck mess by mixing almost every trope, character trait, topic, genre possible: Yuri, Ecchi, MOE, Lolicon, School Life, Romance, Slice of Life, Action, Adventure, Mystery, Science fiction, Eroge, MMORPG Fantasy, Strategy, Mecha, History, Politics, Harem, Sports. In mixing all of this, it creates something quite unique I haven’t seen in a long time. Horizon has so much elements put together that It basically tells you: “Who needs good writing?” Horizon certainly doesn’t, because it would lose its “wtf is this shit?!” feel. I actually enjoy the show more thanks to its own flaws. In the beginning, while there was something compelling about the show, I did not understand what the hell was happening. Because of that, I wanted to do research. Because I became more involved into the show, I enjoy it better. It makes as much sense the show’s own logic.
A good 10% of this anime is based on debate. The thing about Horizon is that it follows a twisted, weird and, yet, clever logic, which creates some interesting and fun moments. Very often, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon plays around with words. Its logic pretty much follows this idea: “I’m nobody and nobody is perfect. Therefore, I’m perfect.” It’s the kind of logic that Tori uses to win a debate or to grope boobies. In a way, Tori makes the perfect lawyer.
Every characters in Horizon can be seen as a game character. Horizon doesn’t really hide that out when Kawakami pretty much describes, in the light novel, the slime character to have 3 HP. Characters all have their own specific MMORPG fantasy class along with their strengths and weaknesses. The Archer, the werewolf, the ninja, the knight the strategist, the dragon, the arch-demon, the God, the witch, the spellcaster…Whatever, it’s all there. Sure enough, there’s too much characters. They do have a role, whether it’s major or minor. One fulfils his role and the anime passes on to the next character. Horizon and Tori are pretty much Dating Sim characters. I guess the joke, in the anime, is that Tori plays so much eroge that he became an eroge protagonist himself. You don’t notice it until his love confession to the main girl, Horizon, where he pretty much has to choose the right pattern of wording to win her over. I got to say the love confession was one of the bests I’ve seen in anime.
If you love boobs, this show offers every size possible: Small, Medium, Big, Scary Big…
There isn’t a lot of fight in Horizon, but, make no mistakes, the fights are pretty good. It’s a world of badasses. So, of course, good action is sort of expected. If I had to compare Horizon to another in terms of fights, it’s similar to Sengoku Basara. The only thing the show needed was an intensified battle between 2 characters with their lives on the line.
Great Music below…nuff said.
Thai’s Score: 8.5/10…WATCH IT! It’s that damn GOOD!