One comment on “Review: Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere I & II (境界線上のホライゾン I & II)

  1. It is a bit surprising to read Horizon described as being “slow”, though it’s easy to understand your point about measuring the acquisition of “deadly sins” (it’s been only about one per season, hasn’t it?). And I share your puzzlement about the wheelchair-bound girl and her role in the over-all series — she’s given sufficient prominence that perhaps she will be a semi-major character in some future season.

    I view the series as more of an ensemble effort — there are actually several “major characters” or protagonists, and the series, I think, does a good job of developing them all, though it does so in a curious directorial choice (one that I think works surprisingly well) — each character is given a few minutes each episode, with scenes broken by jump-cuts so that a scene may stretch across one or two episodes, emphasizing the simultaneity of events.

    I think the acquisition of the “deadly sins” is primarily a frame on which to hang many sub-stories: the first season was about Masazumi’s (the student council vice-president, orator, sex-change character) development almost as much as Tori and Horizon’s; the second season was about the red-scarf ninja and Mary. The plot also exists at least partly to provide an excuse to tour the world, playing with ideas, characters, and showing off their marvellous, magical technology.

    Finally, the show repays reviewing. This is an important criterion for me: I like shows that reveal something new with each viewing, and Horizon does that, with word-play, clever technology, and humor. That said, I thought the second season was weaker than the first — no doubt a good deal of the novelty had worn off, and not much was done to make up for that fact. Also, I think they could have done more with the historical setting in the second season than they did.

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