I always have very mixed feelings when it comes to writing about the Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Soundtracks. On the one hand, Katou Tatsuya never fails to deliver magnificent music with enormous variety, but on the other, it’s always so hard to pick and choose between tracks to write about and I always feel like I’m leaving out something important. As always, this particular OST is frequently reminiscent of RPG music, though compared to the previous one, there’s far more stately music to represent the focus on Great Britain and its role in the story.
*Beware, spoilers ahead!
「境渡りの欲深き者達」 (Sakai Watari no Yoku Fukaki Mono Tachi)
“The Greedy Ones who Cross Borders”
A stunning finale to a great season. Everyone comes together in one last great effort to grasp victory…and at the end of the day, even some of the losers are better off, with lovers once lost or newly found beside them. Beautifully done.
Final impressions included.Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 13 (END)"
「居場所の刃傷持ち」 (Ibasho no Ninjou Mochi)
“Where the One Scarred by Swords Belongs”
The action this episode continued to be fast-paced and exciting, and there were two times where a chill ran up my spine that said “yeah…you’re watching something special.” Heroism, pride, sacrifice, loyalty, and love – emotions abound in this penultimate episode of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II.Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 12"
「花畑の合格者」 (Hanahata no Goukakusha)
“Successful Candidate in the Flower Garden”
It’s a rare show that can keep the tension high for a long time while still delivering meaningful conclusions every step of the way, but thanks to having 4+ shows worth of plot all woven into one, Kyoukaisen can, and is, doing exactly that. And it’s superb.Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 11"
「劇場の咆哮者」 (Gekijou no Houkou Mono)
“Howler at the Theatre”
This episode contains the amazing Kimi-nee being amazing, Neito whooping ass, Seijun besting her skeletal adversary in an unexpected way, Adele standing back up and fighting, and the epic conclusion of Shakespeare-chan vs Neshinbara. It is, needless to say, the best episode this series has shown us all season.Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 10"
「夜空の別離者」 (Yozora no Betsuri Mono)
“A Separation of the Night Sky”
The battle has begun, and not in a way any of the players expected, save for one. Felipe, you are a magnificent bastard sir, even if you still don’t quite believe in yourself…Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 09"
「高所の決定者」 (Kousho no Ketteisha)
“The Decision Maker on High”
A freaky four-way debate gives way to new information on the coming apocalypse, and some fresh resolve from Tenzou. Also, poor Asama!Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 08"
「広間の語り部」 (Hiroma no Kataribu)
“Storyteller in the Hall”
The truth about Mary’s execution comes out, and another killer debate, this time with Masazumi going up against the Fairy Queen Elizabeth. The games are over – now it’s getting serious.Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 07"
「広場の男女」 (Hiroba no Danjo)
“The Man and the Woman in the Plaza”
All of previous episode’s battles conclude, just in time for some lovu-lovu time with our two couples…and for a bigger adversary to step onto the stage.Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 06"
「猟場の人道主義者」 (Ryouba no Jindoushugisha)
“The Hunting Ground’s Humanitarians”
While not a bad episode, this was clearly a “middle” episode. There’s a lot going on, with a ton of introductions and lots of events happening, but very little in the way of resolutions. Still, there were definitely some enjoyable parts, and they laid the foundation of far more to come.Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 05"
「劇場の支配者」 (Gekijou no Shihaisha)
“Ruler of the Theatre”
Fanservice time! This episode was all about the service…or so it seemed. Yet look a little closer and you’ll realize that some important things went on, which built up to a beautiful hook for next week.Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 04"
「土上の下り者」 (Do Jou no Kudari-mono)
“Those Descending to the Surface”
A certain honorable pervert officially gets a romantic interest, while everyone’s favorite miserly merchant gets into a knock-out, throw-down, business negotiation knife fight. You don’t see that every day…though I wouldn’t mind if we did.Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 03"
「舞台上の宣告者」 (Butaijou no Senkoku Mono)
“Players on the Stage”
A battle between authors is just the starting point. This week’s offering had clever ploys, pasts revealed, enemies humanized, and fanservice hijinks galore…and just think, for Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, this is a slow episode!Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 02"
「朱の場の部員達」 (Shu No Ba No Buin Tachi)
“Club Members in Scarlet”
Musashi starts off fighting Tres España, and then flies straight into another confrontation, this one with Great Britain. They just can’t get a break, can they? Hopefully not, because the action, the comedy, the romance…this episode was fun!Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 01"
Must type faster, must finish post. Ahhhh my carpal tunnel!
And we’re back with Part 2 of Stilts nii-chan’s ridiculously detailed Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Retrospective. Last time we went over the story’s premise, the world, the characters, and the various factions that are all vying for power on Horizon’s Earth. Then, just to get the party started properly, I went ahead and gave you summaries and impressions for the first six episodes.
This time we’re going to go through episodes 07-13, complete with summaries, impressions, and detailed explanations of anything that I think might trip you up. Finally, we’re going to finish this thing off with my in-depth final impressions of season one. There’s some hard stuff in these episodes, so tune in if you’re not quite sure you got everything last time. As for those of you who still haven’t decided to watch this wonderful series, read my final series impressions! You might catch some spoilers, but if my passionate words don’t make you want to immediately marathon the entire series, then I just don’t know what will. Possibly you’re dead inside. You should probably get that checked out. Let’s begin!Continue Reading "Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – Retrospective, Part 2 – Episodes 07-13 & Final Impressions"