Log Horizon is a Japanese novel series that was written by Mamare Touno. It has been illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara. The first season was aired on 31st March 2011 which has 11 volumes. It was published by Enterbrain in Japan and translated in English by Yen Press. This series is very popular in regions of Japan and North America. Log Horizon has been acclaimed by many for its excellent execution.
Log Horizon Plot:
The story revolves around a boy named Shiroe, a socially awkward gamer. He is not an outgoing person at all and has a rather limited like with himself and his game. He does not like hanging out nor does he like too many people around him. He loves the online role-playing game known as MMORPG also called Elder Tale. Shiroe does not have many people to turn to and is generally considered shy and shallow. Although he does have two friends he absolutely adores and can do anything to ensure their well being. Along with his few friends, Naotsugu and Akatsuki, he is a player in an online role-playing game. This game is played by millions of players all across Japan and the audience of the game is not limited to young boys rather people of all age groups enjoy this game thus, it becomes a global success in its 11th expansion pack.
Due to the 11th expansion pack being such a huge hit, the owners of the game decided to launch the successive season to this mega-hit online role-playing video game. But during the release of its 12th expansion pack of Elder Tale when thirty thousand players who are logged on to the game get transported into the virtual game world. Clueless of what is happening around, all the players of the game begin to panic. Shiroe, Naotsugu and Akatsuki are also one of those clueless people. Everyone starts to look around and they started to realize what actually happened to them. They concluded that all the players who were logged in to the game at the minute of the launch of the 12th expansion pack are somehow transported inside the virtual world. They were present in the gaming world as their online gaming avatars and powers. Shiroe and his friends also find themselves in the whisk of this gaming world. Leaving them no choice for an escape, they have to face this world. Facing the world they had no clue of, was not an easy task. They knew nobody there and there were thirty thousand people stuck in the virtual world. Nobody could find a way of getting out.
Seeing everybody panic, Shiroe teams up with his friends, Naotsugu and Akatsuki, and tries to fight every obstacle and challenge which are waiting for them. Shiroe who was considered a shy person who could not take stand for even himself let alone anybody else was the rising hero of this virtual gaming world. He swore to take the responsibility to save all thirty thousand people. He turns from a socially awkward guy to a fierce warrior to safeguard and protect his friends and other players.
Season three will discover many other characters. They fight against the other groups with their alliances. The Guild Building Zone becomes Shiroe’s private property. He restores life to everyone in the town and creates laws to the bind the people of this town. He can control who goes in and goes out of the territory. Shiroe not only controls the zone but can also prevent Akihabara adventures from accessing their banks. He is the devil in disguise, that why other characters call him “Villain in the Glasses”. The third season of Log Horizon is packed with all the shoot ups and downfalls that people are expecting and Shiroe and his bravery would not let anybody down.
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Log Horizon Characters:
Kei Shiroe: He is the main protagonist in this series. He is also called “Shiroe the Strategist” or the “Villian in the Glasses”. He is the guide master as well as the founder of Log Horizon. He is an engineering graduate student who is always socially awkward. His favourite game is Elder Tale which he has been playing for 8 years. He always casts support spells to heal his companions. He is the rising superhero of this entire plot and watching him turn into a fierce warrior to save his friends from all the mishaps is pure bliss. Seeing the portrayal of Shiroe at the beginning of the series, nobody would have imagined for him to be so brave and courageous. Watching his transformation from a geek to a leader of thousands of people is not just interesting but also really motivational. He not just a powerful leader but also a wonderful friend. Seeing him put himself in danger to save his best friends in the virtual gaming world is extremely thrilling. He teaches us loyalty and the importance of being a good friend.
Naotsugu Hasegawa: He is Kei Shiroe’s best friend. He is also a member of the now-disbanded Debauchery Tea Party group. His main class is the Guardian. He can cast powerful protective spells as wells as trap spells to save his friends. He doesn’t hide his perverted nature and calls himself an “open pervert”. He always gets into the bad side of Akatsuki with his pervert comments. Even though he is a self-acclaimed pervert, the side of him that goes unnoticed is how good of a friend he is. He is a warrior and a dear friend to Kei Shiroe and Akatsuki.
Akatsuki: She is an assassin in the Elder Tale. She can enhance her detecting abilities and other skills. Her secondary class is Tracker. She can change her avatar’s gender with the help of Kei Shiroe. She is also a college student. She has a crush on Kei Shiroe.
Nyanta: He is a felinoid Swashbuckler. Having served as the Chief of the Debauchery Tea Party, he is now a close friend to Shiroe. He is an excellent chef and relishes in making delicious foods. He makes use of unique ingredients and blends them together in ways that one can only imagine. His sub-class is that of a chef.
Minori: In the series and the mana, Minori is lost and trapped in the world of Elder Tale along with Tohya, her brother. Dressed as a shrine maiden in Japan, she is a healer who has the powers to prevent damage. When Minori and her brother meet Shiroe, they start questioning him about the ways to gain skills and learn healing spells. Not one to give advice and knowledge for free, he still takes a liking for the two of them. He not only apprises them of ways to increase their power but also lowers his avatar’s stats so as to enable them travelling safely. Minori’s character is voiced by Nao Tamura and Luci Christian in Japanese and English respectively
Log Horizon Season 3 Release Date:
The first season of the series released on 5th October 2013 and became a great success in Japan. After the release of the first season, they immediately announced the second instalment. Fans were expecting the same with season 3 i.e., for it to receive a swift renewal after the release of season 2. However, there is still no update about the release and the fans are desperately waiting for the next season. Some reports claim that the plot of Log Horizon is similar to ‘Sword Art Online’ and ‘No Game No Life‘, meaning it doesn’t have anything new to offer. But it is the character development that makes the series stand out from others. The renewal of season 3 is yet to be announced. There are some speculations that fans may get to see its third instalment in 2019 or 2020, but this is all unconfirmed. Watch out for an air date. We will update this section when we know.
Log Horizon English Dubbing:
All the episodes of Log Horizon English dub are available on Crunchyroll. There is a long line of talented voice-actors who have lent their voices to the characters in the series and the audience is sure to enjoy it. Further, if watching with English subtitles is your thing, you can also find its subbed episodes on Hulu in HD.
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