Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere

Alt title: Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon

TV (13 eps)
Fall 2011
3.446 out of 5 from 5,571 votes
Rank #7,384

When humans came down from the sky they brought the Testament, the guide to the path they must follow if they wish to return to the skies. Now, in a world where only the islands of Japan are inhabitable, the nations of the world vie for power. But the Testament ends abruptly, and it is now the last year. Is this the end of humanity, or can Toori Aoi and his fellow students somehow affect the course of destiny? Who and what is the Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere?

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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Animated by Studio Sunrise, which means immature action and fancy robots. Directed by some nobody who has made nothing but fan service trash. Based on light novels, which mean a very light story. Man, how hard is it to smell the fail in this one? “Premise” is the word used for the basic idea of a show. It is used to describe the basic concept, the setting, the initial situation, as well as the main objective of the main characters. In this case, Horizon is a show with a premise about a hundred different things that appear at first to be hard science fiction, mystery, action, suspense, and has a cast of over thirty characters, most of which are warriors with superpowers. Meaning that one who reads the description of the story and looks at the character roster will immediately be given the impression this will be some super epic space opera concerning a war amongst super advanced civilizations which transcends dimensions. And so, he sits down to watch a most than amazing show. He watches one episode. Then the next. Then another. And he realizes the premise is one big pile of SHIT!This is one of the worst cases of wasted potential I have seen in my whole life. The setting and the backdrop history are very detailed and intriguing, yet the actual plot is nothing but the usual aimless retarded goofball school comedy. I guess the producers thought it would make a generic fan service show to stand out by wrapping it with as much colorful ribbons as possible. Well besides filling you with expectations and an initial good impression, the result is still something you have seen before and you will definitely see again. Meaning, there is no serious reason to like this show. The story is as I said just a poor excuse for nonsense. It doesn’t exist, despite the premise making it appear like it is an amazing super epic space adventure. It has something to do with alternative history and ghosts and eroge and magic and grabbing boobs. Don’t try to make any sense of it; it just doesn’t have any. Or if you force yourselves to find some, it is about a bunch of people blowing up their school, fighting the Pope, playing erogames, and grabbing boobs so they can resurrect a dead chick. My I.Q. is dropping just by writing that. You can also try to find some wiki which explains all the weird terminology used in the setting, such as the origin of the names, the source of magic, the goals of every organization, historical events that led to the floating islands, and a whole lot of stuff, enough to fill a hundred pages of analysis. Too bad they are nothing but fancy ribbons rolling around a huge pile of manure. The cast is nothing but a huge number of eccentrically dressed cardboards. So many of them and they are all stock material you can find everywhere. Nobody is fleshed out, nobody stands out, nobody even seems to matter in the longrun. All the girls have these ridiculous round things that seem more like balloons rather than breasts. And those hairstyles, my God, how do they even manage to walk with hair three times their total body size? As for the guys, this is a world where you are forced to dress as bizarre as possible. Not that this manages to make anyone stand out in the crowd; they are all still cardboards. The main character in particular has the most annoying face and you just want to punch him two seconds after you stare at him. And what the hell are those threads hanging from his head supposed to be? I may not care about the characters but I definitely hate him.The production values are good when it comes to background decoration. There is this futuristic land hovering in limbo, and there are these cool looking spaceships and uniforms. They look awesome and would make a fine sci-fi campaign. Too bad they are there only as nothing but decoration because the plot is as retarded as it gets. I mean the Xenosaga and Ar Tonelico videogames were heavy on terminology and fancy visuals but at least they did something with their setting. This one here is bullshit. As for the sound part, it is just forgettable jpop trash and lame squeaky voices you can again find everywhere. What you basically have is yet another one of the hundreds of aimless stereotypical school comedies that come and go before you know it, with the difference it has an interesting premise that is NOT exploited in the least. I see nothing worth of anyone’s time; you can easily find several funnier, bolder, sexier, and above all MORE ORIGINAL AND WITH DEVELOPED PREMISE shows out there. There are of course those who still like this shit of a show just because it is over the top and has a fancy terminology. Basically the same thing as saying it is porn IN SPACE. Other that that, there is nothing to look for over this show’s HORIZON as everything plays out as random ideas IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. And as for all of you out there who are retards enough to think the story was THE MOST AMAZING THING you have ever watched in your lives, I offer you this picture so you can discuss ten hours about its depth, thought provoking themes, exceptional cinematics, and subliminal messages which trigger the superego to awaken the full potencial of a Homo Universalis.


I liked this anime. Horizon in the middle of nowhere or a.k.a. HITMON. I read couple other reviews from the other guys. I'll agree with the fact that some subtitle groups put out products of lesser quality. Couple things I didn't piticularly liked about the anime was the dialogue it self, but considering this is based on the translations; point is null and invalid and substituded with a different reality. I can consider that the subtitle group did a good job capturing the slang with how they talked; I can't understand japanese, but I can definately recognize the slang of words, and the choice of words selected was good. This paragraph is here to point the difficulty in translating this anime. But a example against this fact was the epic 15 minute debate, which was commical. Episode 12 with the 5 minute "we are parelell so X" back and forth was kinda overkill but I watched it because it purposely emphisied the conversation. Story: compared to many animes that are slow paced, this anime seems fast; it's a perfect speed IMHO. This isn't the anime you play in the background while multi-tasking, which is about 9/10 of all the anime I watch >_>... I tried working while watching this anime today, I didn't even get a glimpse of what is going on -- at this point it's only purpose was background noice; I rewatched couple episodes after I finished some work. The development of the plot was fluid and was easy to follow -- if you are paying attension. The plot started with intruduction, added more variations and causes, and finished with the epic tale of witts and talking. Pretty solid foundation for a story, beginning/middle/end. and notice my phrase of "epic tale" as said in another review to put the show down. Animation: First thing that comes to mind: All the male sub characters look identical, and of course who ever heard of female sub characters? The animation exceeded expectations of what anime of 2011 should have. The crew went beyond and added details when the screen was bare with little action. the first 10 seconds of episode 13, you have 6 clearly definable qualities between 3 sceens. when you look in the background on the third sceen you can see the very fine details on the background where they could easily blured the image and you wouldn't know they saved 4 hours of their life... now I'm not saying that they didn't use any bluring at all, because they used alot of it where it would take the focus away from the mail point, they added details where you wouldn't lose focus on the main point. Sound: It's good, I don't know. avg? not going to effect overall score. Characters: too many characters? I don't think so, they didn't cram them all into 1 episode. There wasn't a need for character development when they are pretty straight forward, there was couple flash backs and explainations when needed to explain a character's character so you could have empethy. The main character reminds me of ozzy or male main character from pandora hearts, in the sense of the warped self history; and you can see it in the last episodes of HITMON where he'd disapear if he ever becomes unhappy. There wasn't anything left unturned or unanswered at the end of the season; all the loose ends are tied for the most part. I'll give this a 9 for the fact they didn't over complicate or leave any largly unturned stones. Overall: I liked this anime for the straight forward plot, simular to how in demon king daimao (ichiban ushiro no daimaou) straight from the near beginning you can understand how things unfold. Now, skipping an episode or not paying attension to some parts of one can cause confusion down the line, as there was little filler in the show; there is 15 second blurts of echi or w/e too keep the show on edge and the commedy wasn't too bad either. Lots of sexual jokes and comments, but c'mon is this new? I round down on scores above avg.

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