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With over 20 million players worldwide, Elder Tale is one of the hottest online RPGs. At least, it used to be only a game, until the fateful day that tens of thousands of players became stuck in the virtual world, unable to log out. For these would-be knights, healers and magicians, Elder Tale is no longer a hobby, it’s a reality, complete with tasteless in-game food, revivals upon death, and boring NPC conversations! With no other options than to accept their fates, the analytical Shiroe, perverted-and-proud Naotsugu, tiny and adorable Akatsuki and other new friends must adjust to their new lives in Elder Tale, avoiding player killers and monsters along the way!

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Log Horizon Recap TV Special 2013 TBD
Log Horizon 2 TV 2014 TBD

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Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

The year is 2022, and gamers have lined up on launch day for Sword Art Online, a hotly-anticipated MMORPG that lets players connect to an immersive virtual reality world with special helmets called Nerve Gear. Kirito is one such gamer who's eager to jump back into action, having spent a great deal of time as a beta tester, and quickly becomes friends with newbie warrior Klein. But soon, Sword Art Online's 10,000 players discover that not only are they unable to log out, the only way they can return to their physical bodies is by beating the 100-level tower's final boss - that is, if their HP doesn't drop to zero first, for death in the game means death in the real world. Now, with no one else to turn to, Kirito and the other participants must survive the game as best they can – some forming guilds, others ruthlessly leaving their peers behind, and many tragically falling by the wayside or to the merciless monsters populating the lands...

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ZetsubouKaiji

These shows share almost identical plots. They're both about a large group of MMO players getting trapped inside of the game. Both shows go into the various social structures built by an MMOs player base and they discuss the different play styles that individuals adapt. 

SAO is a bit different because it takes place in the future and the game was already virtual reality when the players gets stuck whereas in Log Horizon the players were playing on their PCs before being transported to the game world. Other than that one difference the shows share a similar style of storytelling as the players try to make sense of their situation all while fighting against the game world.

shadowarai

In both anime there´re MMORPG players who discover themselves trapped in a fantsy game and they can`t "log out"

SirMarkus

They both have the same setting: people finding themselfs stuck in a online world. Trying to find a way out and survive.Where Sword Art Online doesnt have magic, Log Horizon does have magic skils.In the world of Log Horizon people do not always look just how they do IRL.If you like one, you are sure too like the other. 

KingArthur13th

Both series focus on an RPG player who is trapped in a video game world. The major difference being that there is a lot more diversity in Log Horizon than in SAO but in SAO there is an added touch of "when you die in the game you die in real life." Both series are pretty enjoyable for anyone who loves RPGs or shounen series.

JohnWatchAnime

In both anime lots of people get stuck in a MMORPG, not being able to log out. The only difference is that in Log Horizon you'll respawm when you die

Naga

With almost identical type of story/setting where bunch of players is stuck inside a MMORPG game, there's no better recommendation. While Log Horizon may be a lot more light hearted that Sword Art Online, it does have a more natural storytelling that will definitely to people unaffiliated with MMO. If you enjoyed one, there’s a good chance you might like the other one.  

prasetio63

The 2 anime story is about people who play VMMORPG (Virtual Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) and trapped inside the game.

tennis101101

If you liked either one of these animes you would like the other because they are both bassed on a video game. Also in the anime the main characters have become trapped in these video games and can't get out.

bidon

Trapped in a rpg game dayum. I cant say more.  why do i have to write 100 words to fill this up. this sentence was enough to decide. 

prebstep

very similar premises (trapped inside an RPG). SAO focuses more on the escape from the game, and the adventure that entails. LH takes a lot more strategy into mind, and is more about improving the new world that the characters are finding themselves in.

dras444

They're very similar. Their both inside a videogame and the main character is a heroic male(both great animes)

MisakiUsagi

True that both Log Horizon and SAO have the same undertone but their plots are different SAO is about escaping the world while Log Horizon is about living in this world. If you like the MMO plot I recommend these two. 

Xewis

I think its pretty Similar to each other because, you have the same feeling in both of them. I dont want to spoil to much so just have fun watching the other when you watched one of them :-)

huiboy

Both are good, Sword Art Online has a more distinct plot which is to escape the virtual world. While Log Horizon goes into alot of detail in the game world mechanic and the people seem to be more concerned with the affairs of the game. 

bk202

Some say that log horizon is cheap since it feel like Log Horizon is riding on SAO's wave (popularity of a trapped in video game theme and Log horizon came out a year after SAO) but the .hack series' came out long before SAO and were quite popular (at least popular enough that they made four different ones)

SAO and Log horizon are both able to stand on their own due to their unique take on the issue. SAO changed it to not just one person or 'thing' being trapped in the world, but the entire population - focusing on the entire population, struggling as a whole, to get out. Log horizon did use that idea but took it a different way, leaving them with no hope of escape. Thus the focus of Log horizon is not escape but trying to build a world where players of all levels can live happily.

Both go into the emotional states of the characters after being trapped but Log Horizon also adds in the dynamic of NPC's actually having consciousness (something also touched on in the .hack series, but again Log Horizon takes it to a different level). And yes, both main characters are introverts who are scared of guilds, but they aren’t the same character,  Kirito, from SAO, depends on his individual strength to survive, while Shiroe is more focused on strategy, their characteristics reflect the different goals of the worlds.

sitostick

If you like sword art online, you WILL like log horizon!

Both are about being trapped inside of a game, sword art online is more survival based.

Both anime are awesome.

sboy

SAO and Log Horizon are the perfect compliments of each other!

Although SAO has more Fanservice than Log Horizon, there is no denying that Log Horizon returns the lack of FS with a very deep and detailed plot!

I highly recoomend any fan of one to watch the other, I guarentee that you will LOVE the other!

Nilana

In both of these animes you have players stuck in an MMORPG, like .hack/. The story telling and character development in both is very good. I like the character development in SAO better but it is a bit darker than Log Horizon. In SAO characters die IRL when they die in the game. In Log Horizon they respawn back at the cathedral and lose all of their loot. I feel that Log Horizon has a more strategy and team based way of winning the game where SAO is more about a single character

lyllyean

Both shows share the same concept, people get trapped in a video game.

But while SAO is more focused on how to get out of this videogame world, Log Horizon is more centered around how to survive in the new world. This makes both shows interesting to watch, because their still very different.

FinLin

They're both about a bunch of people getting stuck inside a game. Although Log Horizon barely had any drama, it does however make more sense than SAO. Both are good in my opinion, though!

LordPadfoot

The main differences between SOA and LH are that in the first one, players die in real life if they do die in the game, and they are always trying to escape that world; in the second one death doesn't matter anymore, and the players try tu build up a new living world, a peaceful society, living along with the NPC's < who become more human> and other players. Both are great titles, about people getting trapped in a MMO fantasy game. It's just the problem solving logic that's different. 

Fishy116

When I first watched this anime, I thought, wow! These two are literally extremely similar! If you liked one, you are sure to like the other.

hoszin

pabrdzo podobny klimat od oglądania takich anime aż mnie nachodzi na jakieś pożądne MMO :) polecam.

DivineJudgment

The shows are very similar because both are about players trapped in a game world. They each have their differences, but are great shows, so you should give it a try. You won't regret it.

kgg1290

The similarities between the SAO and Log Horizon are farily obvious and at the beginning you will think that they are basically the same show. People are trapped in a VRMMORPG and have to struggle to find a way out. While SAO focuses on players actually getting out and dealing with other problems later, Log Horizon focuses on how the trapped players try to make their new home better. Halfway through each show they really become their own and really have some good elements that make them stand apart from each other.

AnimeShima

Both these animes are about people who are trapped in MMORPG and they have to fight their way to try to survive and find a way get back to their own world. Both are great animes though I enjoyed Sword Art Online more.

ShadowKnight23

In my opinion Log horizon is Basicly a Rip off of Sword art online. there are so many things that are different but the whole Story about Ppl being prisoned in the game world is the same . I love both animes and they are Awome!

abimesina

Both of these anime are plotted to a situation that they are trapped in MMORPG game.                                         

adinaonar

Both involve being stuck in an MMORPG. SAO seems to go into the drama and trauma an event like this could have. SAO is much more about survival and action. The thing that makes Log Horizon stand out is that the Non-Player Characters (NPCs) are all sentient and aware. While there is combat in LH, this anime focusses more on group strategy and takes a lot of time explaining the fundementals of MMORPGs.

Febrianne

Very close, but same theme with online worlds, I love them both, in different ways, LG is not as much focused on romance as is SAO but more strategy, what ifs, and trying to learn how to make a life there, SAO is more action, romance, and surival, both do it very well, I am slightly leaning more towards LG but both are an awesome story!

emalvada

Both are related to a a RL person trapped in a virtual environment. Waiting for Log Horizon 2 to bring the happy ending that SAO has.

Soltine

SAO and LH share the same idea of a community trapped inside a virtual world. Both have solid animation, though SAO may have a slight lead in this. Yet the true shine is the story, one hell bent on saving his "world" and the other adapting to his role as a "savior" figure. Both main char. are the solitary types who have a amazing understanding of the game they are placed in. They both find that community and friendship (love in one case) open the true paths to a "end game". In short if you find your self looking for another "Help i'm in a MMO and i can't get out" program you will find that each bring a unique take on this plot.

AnimeBlackStar

The same argument, i love SAO but i don't see all the episodes of Log Horizon, would watch when i have time, but the firsts episodes i see are in the line of sao

Stateless573

Both SAO and Log Horizon are based where the main character are stuck in a MMORPG.  The key difference is that SAO was Virtual Reality, and Log Horizon was not(until they got trapped)

myleswilson47

If you liked SAO youll like this one. Log's story is going to be longer than SAO's, but it each episode is fulfilling in that it doesnt feel like it is going "slow".

athlon8

both are about an vrmmorpg where the players find themselve unable to logout and must find a way to survive

someoneseth

simlar premise. Log horizon is more about the game aspects whereas SAO is more about the character development

AngelBeatsYui

These shows are just about the same a game with properties of reality, trying to find a way out...this is a really obvious recommendation but it i true that these are both similar in purpose genres etc. The only main difference SAO is more about a harem and Log Horizon is more about action but still this isn't a big difference So if you liked one you should like the other.

Ikaros

The premises of these series are similar, yet they have completely different takes on them: Sword Art Online focuses on surviving in a virtual world to escape to the real one, while Log Horizon is more about adjusting to a regular life in a game universe. As a result, Log Horizon is far more lighthearted, and between the battles and adventures it becomes a slice-of-life kind of series. By contrast, Sword Art Online is more dire and intense.

There is also a difference in how characters interact with the plot. SAO focuses almost exclusively on the goings-on of its protagonist, Kirito, and a handful of friends and allies; LH has a larger cast and spreads out screentime between the characters more, despite also having a definite main character.

In all, the two shows balance each other out well. Watching them at the same time would most likely be jarring, but viewing them one after the other would provide a good mixture of action and relaxtion.

Kreados

In both animes players are trapped in a virtual world. Log Horizon focus more on living in this new world, where as SAO's focus is escaping this new world

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.hack//Legend Of The Twilight

.hack//Legend Of The Twilight

Shuugo and Rena think they're just two siblings who got lucky and won two 'special' characters in the MMORPG The World, but mystery is afoot! What is the truth behind the characters they've been given? What is the 'Twilight' that has worried the game's most powerful? The answers lie in Shuugo's bracelet, as well as the power to save his sister from a fate worse than death!

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sothis

Many people keep recommending Log Horizon with SAO - I don't really get it. Both do involve people being stuck in a game, but the tone is completely non-similar. Log Horizon is close, if not fully, to a comedy, and has random ecchi thrown in as well. To me, it's far better paired with .hack//Legend of the Twilight, one of the lighter in the .hack franchise, and one far more focused on comedy, adventure, etc. To me the tone of LH and .hack//LOTT are quite similar and a far better match than the frequently suggested SAO.

rosegirl163

The thinking, the plots, the guild involvement; the overall feel of Log Horizon is just more .hack than SAO. Although Log Horizon is more political than the .hack series.

bigfreddy

If you are a gamer then you might like this anime. Log Horizon is about a game, but it's not like SAO or Accel world, Log Horizon are different because it's use more time eksplaning whats going on and making stategics. you might think that it sounds burring but trust me you will be surpirsed when you start watching this anime. 

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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Nidrax

Though the general subject of both titles is different, I found some similarities in those. Both main characters are vary inteligent and great strategists and also both gain several amount of power and authority during the setting of the plot. Code Geass as like Log Horizon serve a very interesting, thilling plot that you would follow breathlessly from the begining to the very end.

CrazyGadget

Both anime's feature a stong willful protagonist.  This protagonist is a bit of an anti-hero, but means well.  In both cases the protagonist is a strategic expert.

No Game No Life

No Game No Life

An urban legend states that those exceptionally gifted at gaming will be sent a special game invitation, and the winners of the challenge will be whisked away to another world. When Sora and Shiro, two hikikomori NEETs who happen to be both siblings and notorious gamers, receive this invitation, they defeat it with ease. And like the legends tell, they're transported to another world where conflicts, peoples' lives and even country borders are decided by competitions and games. Always up for a challenge, the pair quickly take on the obstacles that come their way, whether it be restoring lowly humanity's good name compared with the other races or helping influence who will become the next king.

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DarkMagicianGirl

Both anime are in a game world. Log horizon they get in to a game. In no gam no life, life is a game.

In both anime the main chars are amazing clever and smart and really good strategists.

The humor in both anime are almost the same.

Both are really must watch if you like games and  some humor in it!!

immutablebox780

both have lolis and both have perverted male leads

aswell as politics in one case a guild leader and the next a king

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Record of Lodoss War OVA

Record of Lodoss War OVA

In an ancient time of swords and sorcery,the struggle to rule the cursed land of Lodoss rages on, spilling the blood of monsters and men. With the threat of dragons and dark powers hellbent on destroying it, the only hope for Lodoss is a young swordsman named Parn and his comrades. Armed with determinination and sheer strength, the band of friends must join the forces of kings and elves to overcome the dark sorcerer Ashram and his mistress Pirotess, as the ultimate battle of good versus evil begins!

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Funkgun

Get out your elves, swords armor, magic and amp up the fantasy.

The difference being, in Lodoss the fantasy is the world in which they live.  in Log Horizon the people (ouside of the AI) are all stuck in a fantasy game. 

Anyhow, if you enjoy fanasy, chek out one or the other. 

ZetsubouKaiji

If you like a traditional high fantasy setting with a focus on court politics and intrigues mixed with a healthy does of action and adventure then you should try both of these titles. There's elves, swords and sorcery all cpmbined with a strong element of humor to make for a charming world. 

The key difference is Log Horizon is about a group of modern day MMO players that get trapped in their game of choice so the anime goes into a lot of detail about MMO mechanics and different kinds of socia groups players tend to form. However, once you get to episode 10, the MMO aspect slips into the background with the main focus centering on building up the fantasy world. The characters aren't trying to escape from the game, but instead trying to integrate themselves into this fantasy world that they are now stuck in. 

Record of the Lodoss War has a lot more action and is less concerned with the politics involved. However, both shows have a very silly sense of humor and don't take themselves too seriously. 

If you're looking for a rare anime that attempt to build up their high fantasy settings then try either of these titles.