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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – Retrospective, Part 1 – The Premise, the World, & Episodes 01-06

The natural reaction to how much work went into this post.

Welcome, one and all, to my special series of retrospective posts on the sci-fi / fantasy epic Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon. In the following two posts, I’m going to give you everything you need to know in order to enjoy this wonderfully complex series, including background information, character bios, detailed summaries and impressions for every episode, and a giant final impressions section that explains exactly why I felt compelled to write so much about this series. In the end, these two posts are going to cover the entire season – all 13 episodes – of one of the most vibrant and detailed worlds that has graced our screens in years.

In this first post I’ll be talking about the basic premise, the world, the factions, the characters, and many of the other fiddly little details that might trip you up. Then, just to get the party started in earnest, I’m going to go ahead and give you summaries and impressions for the first six episodes. If you have any questions, whether you haven’t watched this series yet or suspect you might have missed something on your first time through, this post may very well contain the answer.

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June 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm Comments (105)

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – OST

Over the past couple of years, Katou Tatsuya has very rapidly risen to be one of my all-time favourite soundtrack composers. While not yet as prolific as the likes of Kajiura Yuki or Kanno Yoko (neither of whom had any involvement with the soundtrack, in case I give that mistaken impression), I will not be remotely surprised to see him rank up there in the near future. Soundtracks of note are Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, the recently concluded Mirai Nikki, and currently airing Medaka Box.

Note: Possible Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon spoilers after the jump!

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May 2, 2012 at 6:55 am Comments (47)

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – 04

「夜天下の暗躍者」 (Yotenka no Anyakusha)
“Covert Ops under the Night Sky”

For a show that’s only redeeming factor was a flamboyant main character with a complete disregard for the rules society has set, I’m glad to see that bigger things are coming into play.

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October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm Comments (69)

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – 03

「街中の遊撃手」 (Machijyuu No Yuugekisyu)
“Commandos in Town”

If these past few episodes are trying to build up to something amazing, things really need to get kicked into high gear. For a show that can justify having a encyclopedia devoted to solely listing how each character is linked to another, I expect it to be at least somewhat interesting!

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October 21, 2011 at 12:53 am Comments (60)

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – 02

「食事場の清純者」 (Shokujiba no Senjunmono)
“Innocents at the Table”

With such a huge cast of characters, it’s starting to become a little difficult to keep track of who is who. However, it does feel quite rewarding after spending a some time trying to piece together who’s who and how they fit into this grand story of war, politics, and personal battles.

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October 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm Comments (55)

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – 01

「境界線前の整列者達」 (Kyoukaisen Mae no Seiretsu Monotachi)
“Those Standing Before the Boundary Line”

In terms of the episode itself, I guess we’ll just have to wait till next week before things really get kicked into gear.

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October 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm Comments (85)

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