Time Enforcer Anubis here with a fresh review!
Sometimes, it’s important to just give a show a chance. Even if the story is confusing from the start, a show can still end up enjoyable to watch. This was my experience with the show I have today: Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere.
Animated by Sunrise, Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere is a sci-fi anime series based off of a series of incredibly thick light novels (At this point, they should be called “heavy novels”). It tells the story of the students of Musashi Ariadust Academy, a school on a floating city ship, as they fight to regain their homeland’s independence.
To be quite honest, I don’t really know what’s going on. There’s obviously a fairly extensive backstory and quite a bit of worldbuilding at work, but the story was lost on me for the first six or so episodes. From episode seven onward, the story takes on more focus.
The character designs have a very distinct style to them, and they’re something you’ll probably end up either loving or hating. Big, bouncy breasts are everywhere, as well as skintight clothing. The characters’ outfits are quite elaborate, and each is interesting in its own right. The characters themselves are also very diverse, from Tenzo, the ninja who’s eyes are on his baseball cap and Nenji the ball of goo, to Margot and Malga the witches.
Horizon has probably the most compelling action I’ve seen recently in an anime. The characters fight using what can only be described as “magitech,” technology so advanced it resembles magic. The combat is incredibly exciting to watch, and with every character using different kinds of powers, there’s no shortage of exciting new attacks, and battles one character is winning can suddenly turn the tables in ways that are unexpected, but make sense in the world of Horizon. Of course, through all this there’s no lull in the animation.
The combat isn’t the only compelling action in Horizon, however. At times, dialogue between characters can be almost as exciting. The characters play off of each other very well, and, in debates, come up with very creative ways to turn things to their side.
Despite opening to a very obtuse story, Horizon doesn’t falter. Instead, it surges on, like a charging rhino, not slowing down to accommodate those who would dismiss it based on its storytelling. Those who stay on-board with it are rewarded with a show that has brilliant action, beautiful, vibrant characters and environments, and one of the most interesting worlds I’ve seen in an anime. If you’re looking for an anime with beautiful characters, gripping combat, and action that’ll actually make you excited to see what happens next, give Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere a shot and stick with it. You’ll be glad you did.
If, however, you’re looking for an easy-to-watch anime, Horizon probably isn’t the show for you. Horizon lends itself very well to marathon viewing, but not so well to letting days or weeks pass between episodes.
Horizon is a commitment. If you’re okay with that, give it a chance. It might just draw you in for the long haul.
‘Till next time!