In its first episode, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon shows very little of its very interesting premise, which made it sound like a far more serious and intelligent show than it actually is. The trailers seemed to indicate that it would instead be a fanservice-laden action comedy that seemed to be pretty disposable.
While it’s far from the best thing you’ll see this season, you could also do a hell of a lot worse. I went in expecting very little from Horizon, and I came out having enjoyed myself way more than I thought I would.
It’s very much a possibility that Horizon will never be as intriguing as the premise lead me to believe, but you know what, I’m ok with that. What the first episode delivers is a surprisingly fun sci-fi comedy that, as previously mentioned, has tons of fanservice, usually to its detriment. Horizon has a great setting, with a cool mix of archaic and sci-fi aesthetics which works surprisingly well. Everything is animated about as well as you’d expect from Sunrise, which, considering most of this episode was a race/fight, goes a long way toward making Horizon’s first episode as enjoyable as it was. My only real gripe with the visuals is the frankly bizarre character designs, which features somewhat racist caricatures, nude genderless demons, and a protagonist who appears to be very happily stoned.
The promise the plot shows is barely touched upon save for brief scenes at the beginning and end, certain scenes were flat out bizarre, and fanservice permeates a very large amount of the show so far. So why exactly did I enjoy the first episode? That’s because the plot still has potential, the setting is wonderful, the pacing was good, the soundtrack consists of some pretty cool techno beats that add a lively tempo to the proceedings, and the humour, though largely based on the aforementioned fanservice, occasionally manages to be quite funny (though some of it was just awful), with a surprising 4th wall break near the end involving, yep, you guessed it, fanservice, or to be more specific, censors.
I’m fully aware that most people aren’t going to enjoy this as much as I did (and I’ve been known to like a lot of shows that most people don’t, such as El Cazador de la Bruja, which was seriously underappreciated), be it due to the fanservice (god that was brought up a lot in this post), bizarre character designs, or lack of anything particularly exceptional, but if you adjust your expectations a bit, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Will I blog this?
No. Horizon, like Phi Brain, is the kind of show that I found fun to watch, but I probably won’t have much to say about it. The show still has potential, and I’m hoping it lives up to its lofty premise, but if the plot picks up, this could turn out to be quite good.