The "writers" of this show have absolutely NO idea how real people actually think or act. 30,000 people are instantly trapped in an online RPG (Role Playing Game), in a fantasy world based on Japan's geography.
Are they in shock? Do they mourn losing their friends and families? Do they worry about their real bodies? Are they worried about their relationships or marriages or jobs in the real world? Do they talk or think about returning to the real world?
NO! They do NOT! Not in the slightest! Not for an instant! Ridiculous!
Because of the good premise, I've watched 30 episodes hoping beyond hope for ANYTHING of interest to happen. In this entire time, just a few minutes TOTAL, have been spent on the above questions. Unbelievable!
The writers have absolutely NO idea how to develop characters. They willy-nilly introduce more and more major characters, now 15 total, making it impossible to keep track. The characters are one-dimensional, and poorly written.
If a world magic bomb went off, and killed off the lot of them forever, I wouldn't care. The ONLY character fleshed out in the slightest, is the Assassin girl, Akstsuki, who's in love with Shiroe (the supposed main character; though it's now an ensemble piece), who doesn't know she loves him, or ignores it.
NOR do the incompetent writers have the slightest clue how to write a plot arc, or have even the SLIGHTEST interesting thing happen. The "animators" are also lazy as heck. Examples:
If you love DULL meetings,where NOTHING much ever happens, this is the show for you! Over and over again, dull, ponderous meetings fill up episode after episode. However, this is GREAT for the lazy animators, who don't actually have to animate anything. Just people sitting motionless in chairs, with maybe an eye or mouth moving. OH! A favorite of the lazy animators, is to have the person talking with their BACK to the camera shot, so that they don't even have to animate the mouth moving! DISGUSTINGLY LAZY!
The writers, not having thought out their plot ideas in the slightest, constantly change how the magic works, to make it more convenient for their dull plots.
In a plot arc where the Adventurers (IE, the real people trapped in the RPG), go to the aid of the People of the Land (IE, the people who were originally non-player characters (presumably without souls, although no one has mentioned or thought of this even once)), when part of tens of thousands of goblins attack.
WOW! Looked amazing, right? NO. AFTER THE FACT, you get to hear this (paraphrased): "Gee, whiz! That was a heck of a battle! Gazillions of goblins coming after us all night long! Man, we're lucky to be alive!!!" BUT, what a boon for the lazy animators! Heaven forbid they'd actually have to animate this!
If the lazy animators are actually FORCED to animate a battle or crowd scene, you get a static single drawing, that they PAN the camera over, to give a partial illusion of movement. This is done over and over again. LAZY!
Neither the genius master strategist (NOT!) Shiroe NOR the other 30,000 other people trapped there, seemed to remember from the game that you always have to defeat the new Goblin King, to keep the goblins from attacking. Did they finally go and do what they should've done in the first place; defeat the Goblin King, so that the tens of thousands of goblins would slink back to their holes in the ground? Ho, ho, ho, no! They go off and have a FESTIVAL! Are they all INSANE???
Now, I am a big fan of planning and strategy, and would really liked to have seen something decent; but the writers are so BAD at this, they should just give it up, and have mindless action like everyone else.
A several episode "plot arc", had an evil Person of the Land plotting against Shiroe's home city, during a festival. (Man! They have a LOT of festivals, in this show; since the bungling writers can't think of a single original idea.) He brings a gigantic ship into the city harbor, supposedly with trade goods.
What's REALLY inside this gigantic ship? Troops? Magic weapons? Tons of explosives? Gazillions of evil monsters?
NO! He's forged a document, so that a Princess of the Land staying there would be humiliated that they didn't have warehouse space ready for his trade goods.
HUH???!!! WHAT???!!! HUH???!!! WHAT???!!!
THIS was the ending to a several episode "plot arc". I will leave you in the dark, as to whether or not the Princess was humiliated.
WHAT kind of LAME, WORTHLESS, INCOMPETENT, BAD writing is THIS???
One commentator here said that Log Horizon didn't have "...one dimensional forced romance stories...".
He's correct. Log Horizon has ZERO dimensional romance stories. ZERO marriages (after a year, not a single marriage?) ZERO newborn babies. ZERO sex. (How realistic is THAT?) ZERO adult relationships. Love struck women, make big cow eyes at their love interest, too afraid to actually say anything (sexist). Usually, the love interest either doesn't realize this, or ignores it (also sexist).
A several episode arc (partly) involved Shiroe and Akstsuki going to a big ball, where, presumably, they'd have their big dance. He asks her to dance. How much do the lazy animators show? ZERO! NONE! Set up for weeks! The little dancing they showed of others, was SO BAD, it looked like cut-out figures glued to popsicle sticks.
Sword Art Online, mentioned elsewhere, is vastly superior in every possible way to Log Horizon. The only similarity, is being trapped in an RPG world.
Log Horizon is drek, crud, garbage; WORTHLESS in every way.
You've been warned.
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