Saturday, October 8, 2011
Guess what made me suddenly interested in this series? Even without the promo art I'm posting here,
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon is a silly speculative fiction piece that takes place in the distant future, after all of the land on Earth except Japan has been rendered uninhabitable. The remainder of the various populations on Earth have squeezed into Japan and carved it into several feudal territories. In their current, post-apocalyptic era, they are loosely re-creating various historical periods. Right now, they're in the Sengoku era. A Sengoku era that includes hyper-advanced technology and talking blobs and and broomstick-riding angels (or whatever they are). That's what I got from the info-dump, anyway. You can see what I mean here. (I understand that the groups fansubbing this thing aren't very good, which surely doesn't help most English-speaking viewers.)
The main group of characters attend school in the floating city of Musashi. The first episode introduces their personalities and abilities by showing them in gym class. Their teacher challenges them to attack and successfully land hits on her by the time she reaches a certain point in the city. None of them manage it, but the teacher tells them that they've improved. Then the guy who cut class shows up. He proudly announces that he was waiting in line for the limited first print edition of an eroge, and then gropes the teacher's boobs. She kicks him through a building, and the show cuts to more world-building exposition.
When I first learned about this show, I expected it to have nothing that I would like. It's as stupid as can be, but I actually enjoyed it for what it is until the eroge guy showed up. Boobs that look like they've been inflated with a tire pump? I can handle that. But ugh ugh ugh, "funny" (and weirdly censored) sexual harassment.
This is a piece of crap, but it's (for now) watchable enough crap with colorful fights and a yuri couple, and I'm in. (Again.) Just please please please please, tone down the smarmy-faced eroge guy. (And make him wear a mask. I hate his face.) I'll try more and see where it goes.