Log Horizon


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By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale (エルダー・テイル Erudā Teiru) has become a global success, having a following of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Novasphere Pioneers (ノウアスフィアの開墾 Nōasufia no Kaikon), thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are all logged on at the time of the update, suddenly find themselves transported inside the game world and donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer called Shiroe along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki decide to team up so that they may face this world which has now become their reality along with the challenges which lie ahead.

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Log Horizon
Related Series
The Tutorial Is Too Hard (2)
Reign of the Hunters (2)
Sword Art Online (1)
The Trembling World (1)
Noble Emblem (1)

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v.7 c.3-5 by Skythewood (08-18-2014)
v.7 c.2 by Skythewood (08-13-2014)
v.7 c.1 by Skythewood (08-13-2014)
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November 5, 2015
Status: --
Now THIS is an intelligent EPIC
too bad fan translation stopped due to licensing... cuz the licensing ones are..... slow.... as in itll take 3-4 yrs just to get where the last translation left off
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Raiyu rated it
January 15, 2018
Status: v7 afterword
Okay, let me do the obligatory SAO vs Log Horizon, since that topic crops up pretty often in reviews. Honestly, from my standpoint, they're not all that similar and they really shouldn't be compared. Yes, both works feature the isekai/trapped in a game world setting and an OP male protagonist - but that's about it. SAO is a work primarily focused on the relationships with other players/offline characters and an initial plot endgame of taking down the villain & getting out of the game alive (Note: I only made as... more>> far as volume 6 of SAO as of this review). In this sense, SAO is your classic fantasy/survival-horror shounen work with a pretty straightforward plot and a harem, even after the author introduced multiple game worlds. In gamer's terms, this work would be endless raids mixed with occasional romantic/sad side quests and interspersed with IRL people trying to shut you down - it's all about the endgame.

Alternatively, Log Horizon is a work focused on the protagonist's/protagonists' relationship with the game. The story is primarily about living and surviving in the world they're trapped in, and interacting with other elements of the game like NPCs and mob spawns along with your usual cast. Getting out of the game is a goal, but it's not as in your face about it as SAO is, and neither is the romantic subplot.

Burgeoning harem - can you call it a harem with two girls and vague third? Either way, romance is waaaay down the list of priorities for the OP.

Despite have the traditional shounen traits, it's technically more of a strategy/mystery novel than anything else. In gamer's terms, this would be your questing aspect of MMORPG mixed with the occasional dungeon quest. The plot's moving along, but not at the hellbent pace of the other.

Now, I prefer Log Horizon over SAO, but neither work is better or worse than the other. As I said, they're not the same despite the initial setup, so I think it's stupid to compare the two.

Actual Review of Log Horizon:

-HALLELUJAH it's the first heteros*xual light novel I've come across that doesn't overly focus on harem or girls! The romance is pretty subtle for the most part, but it's still nice. +10

-Protagonist is not an idiot or a perv. +1

-Good descriptions of the game and its mechanics. +1

-Interesting plot and subplots. +1

-Decent exposure to the other characters. +3

Overall, I loved this work. <<less
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Leilaila rated it
June 15, 2016
Status: v5c1
Interesting history, people full of character, magic, strategy and 'inner demons' (thoughts and emotions).

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Iryu91 rated it
September 21, 2017
Status: --
On the contrary to what people said this story isn't that great/intelligent epic or whatever you want to call it. The real reason why this story received so much praise was because people were searching for a story to compared to SAO and to make SAO look bad that's all. When you put the SAO hate factor out you will find that this is just another Isekai story with OP character and easy to predicted storyline something the Overlord do 10 times better. Honestly it's a good story but just... more>> like SAO it was overrated by fan and SAO hater <<less
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