Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – 01
OP: 「TERMINATED」 by 茅原実里 (Chihara Minori)
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「境界線前の整列者達」 (Kyoukaisen Mae no Seiretsu Monotachi)
“Those Standing Before the Boundary Line”
I came into this expecting to be overwhelmed with jargon and not knowing just who or what I should be paying attention to. While the lure for me was originally a disgustingly deep story that’s supposed to be impossible to adapt, I’m not quite sure if I’ll need that to keep watching this show. If you didn’t notice, they spent a grand total of about a minute on the backstory and packed in a ton of action and character introduction into the other twenty five.
For a first episode, I was not disappointed. If you were listening closely, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were able to pick out a handful (if not more) seiyuu. With such a strong cast comprised of not only Fukuyama Jun, Chihara Minori, Ono Daisuke, and Shiraishi Ryoko but a dozen more popular names; it’s almost like listening to a symphony. I’m sure that everything would have been just as exciting with lesser known seiyuu but having top notch voices really amps things up.
At the same time, the quality of the animation and the art style are so detailed and pretty that even if there are drops throughout the season, the bar has been set so high that even half-assing it would look great. From the intricate spell circles (or would technology circles suit it better?) to the huge variances in everyone’s outfits, it’s refreshing to know that each character got some thought put into them judging by how unique their outfits are.
However, the biggest thing for me was the integration of technology into a more traditional style city. While there are fancy bridges and holographic screens flying around everywhere I love how the buildings themselves still have that traditional feel to them.
In terms of the episode itself, I guess we’ll just have to wait till next week before things really get kicked into gear. The story dealing with the warring factions trying to re-live history was briefly touched upon during the ending sequence, but there are still so many questions that haven’t been answered. Who is this Aoi Toori and just what importance does he serve? What does this his confession have anything to do with the state of his peers? If this is Horizon, why does everyone believe she’s dead?
In the mean time, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon doesn’t disappoint. Starting strong with an awesome chase/fight scene paired up with just a hint of what the story is hiding to really make you start drooling for more, I’m excited to follow along and discover what this show has to offer.