Saturday, 29 June 2013

Horizon On The Middle of Nowhere
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 303 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 29/7/2013
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

In a dystopian world, the Divine States, known as Japan are the only inhabitable lands left after world devastation killed off everything else. Now the world nations argue over who gets to own each part of Japan. Leaving them to argue it out, their annoyance doesn't matter to the ship city, Musashi where class president Aoi Tori and his students study at the Ariadust Academy.

With the premise of the story sounding a little dull and depressing, you would kind of expect the anime to be like that all the way through. This anime isn't like that at all, as it is a mixture of different emotions and themes that keep the story running smoothly. There is no room for sadness or depression, but there are pocket dimensions, alternate timelines, huge mecha, huge boobed schoolgirls a plenty, and great swordfights wrapped up in a sci-fi coating of fun.

Horizon On The Middle of Nowhere is made by animation studio Sunrise which are responsible for bringing us Cowboy Bebop, Tiger & Bunny and Code Geass. Manabu Ono who directed A-Channel and both series of Saki and stars Jun Fukuyama who is well known for voicing Lelouch in Code Geass.

Bonus Material: Far East Enlightening Lectures, Horizon Teasers, Horizon BD Commercials, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation and Sentai Trailers.

Verdict: When you take the fan service into account - this is rather a fast-paced, original and rather fun anime series that will knock your socks off!

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