Wednesday, October 17, 2012
So apparently, Horizon is planned to run for several more seasons, to cover all of its light novel source material. (Provided that it keeps selling well enough. The Horizon anime is popular among the otaku in Japan.)
You know what's a good sign that you don't like a particular show? Feeling happy at the idea of not watching more when there is going to be more. The idea of not sitting through another season of Horizon makes me feel... like a bird flexing its wings and soaring into the bright blue sky... like a college student waking up the day after finishing finals and remembering that, yes, I can do whatever I want today... like this persistent Goodreads user, after forcing herself to finish the Fifty Shades trilogy... FREE.
So, while I still have a song in my heart and an extra spring in my step, let's get cracking on this review!
This season continues where season one left off, with our heroes' floating home Musashi, Horizon's equivalent of 16th century Japan, being attacked by Horizon's equivalent of 16th century Spain, Tres España. As in Musashi, the men in Tres España get to wear shirts and pants while the women get leotards and shiny tights.
I truly, truly appreciate the loving care that has been put into the character designs and renderings in this series. Every ass shot is like a painting, brimming with unspoken meaning. Every crotch shot has a story behind it. Every heaving pair of breasts is clearly Horizon's way of telling us to look closely for the unplumbed depths of character development they convey to those willing to pay attention.
This season, going plot thread by plot thread, we have:
Moving on to the Musashi characters...
Horizon's setting is rich in potential, and its plot has some neat ideas woven into it. Its execution this season isn't as messy as it was last season- as I said earlier at some point in this blog, there's more of a method to Horizon's madness in this season. But it still doesn't gel well as a whole or compel me to care about its plot- and it still has the irritating habit of not sufficiently explaining some references and plot elements for those of us who haven't read the Horizon novels. This series puts a lot of thought and detail into its world-building and politicking, but its execution still leaves me feeling like I've consumed empty calories after finishing each episode.
Story: This series has a hardcore contingent of fans who think it's the most brilliant piece of speculative fiction since Lord of the Rings. I'm not one of them.
Art: Same as last season. Obviously good budget, wasted on lousy character designs.
Overall: C Better than last season, but still not good.
If Yuru Yuri gets a third season, I'm not watching it either.