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.