I’m really sorry for getting to this so late, but i’m glad that I picked it up at some point.
I’ll start off by saying the game world aspect of this show is REALLY well done. Something that i’ve missed with both Accel World and Sword Art Online is that they don’t really explore the mechanics of the game world. But for Log Horizon, everything is explored. There’s a clear explanation for both in-game mechanics and player interactions, and it makes sure to demonstrate every last one of them. Yet the new expansion pack has created enough questionable changes to the game aside from virtual reality that I’m always left wanting more.
But what really surprised me was the strikingly lighthearted tone it had. Rather than use the “trapped in a game” concept as an excuse for raising the stakes, it uses it to highlight how fun living in a game would be. Furthermore, it makes sure that the goal for resolving its conflicts(player killers, lacking laws, etc) is to prevent hindrances from keeping the game enjoyable. And much like Outbreak Company, I can enjoy a simplistic show with a good intentions.
If I had to lay down complaints, it’s that everything else is mediocre in comparison. There isn’t much at stake for drama other than adapting to the game and discovering new things about it. As such, characters remain mostly one-dimensional and the plot lacks a concrete direction, opting to stick with whatever issue or discovery they come across in the game. I will admit that the chemistry between Shiroes and his comrades is enjoyable to watch, and the growing relationships between Players and NPCs are well-developed. But these are only enough to make these characters likeable; not distinctive.
I remember first looking at the poster to this and expecting a Sword Art Online rip-off. I know i’m late for saying this, but I was 100% wrong. I have no idea why Skanner Array decided to drop this, but i’m glad he did so I can talk about it instead. It’s not the greatest show of last fall, but like Outbreak Company, it’s the most pleasant.