Log Horizon. By far one of my favorite shows, for multiple reasons. If you’re unfamiliar, the show is about a group of players from a popular MMORPG suddenly appearing within the game, except it’s no longer a game. Somehow, the world they knew as “Elder Tale” has become a reality and they have to learn to survive in this world. From learning to fight with their new bodies, which resemble their old avatars, to discovering how to manage the relationship between Adventurers (players) and People of Earth (NPC). Log Horizon covers it all, and it does it brilliantly.
So what makes it so good? For me, it’s the details. Unlike most programs, Log Horizon drills in the details at home, and I love it for that reason. The fact is that they are in a world of games. The author explains the story from the players’ perspective, using terms like “party” or “raid.” However, it is also your new reality. We see the characters struggle between this “reality” and think that it is still “just a game”. More importantly, the show focuses heavily on player interactions, to the point of self-governing. Behind it all is Master Shiroe, probably the best main character I have ever seen.
So … everything is fine, but you are probably reading this because you know how awesome it is. You want to know what you can see that gives you that same feeling. I have you. Let’s go to the list, shall we?
Sword art online
Where there is Log Horizon, there is SAO; This is how it is. However, I put it here for a slightly different reason. SAO and Log Horizon are similar, but they focus on different aspects. SAO has the “game” feel that Log Horizon has, but takes it to the next level based on the fact that death is absolute. SAO represents the dramatic side of being trapped in another world very well, so I think you will like it.
Of course, there is more to SAO than that, but I want to focus deeply on the first season (Aincrad). We have more of the incredible fights that are far and few in Log Horizon; mainly boss raids. Although SAO doesn’t go into as much detail as Log Horizon in these raids, the fight scenes are still quite interesting.
I recommend that you check out SAO, at least the first season, if you want one more drama from the show and don’t mind being glued to the main character (unlike LH, where we follow a lot of characters).
No Game No Life
So you like Log Horizon for the depth. You are in love with him, just like me. Well, you will probably like No Game No Life. If you go crazy, fan girl for some of Master Shiroe’s plans, you will definitely like this show. I’m not going to lie, this is more of a comedy show, but the depth of the games the main characters play is second to none.
Basically the two main characters are beastly players and they get trapped in a world where games decide everything. You can guess what happens. We can agree with these two on some incredible high-stakes games. Some of which you have no idea how they won until after the end. The only thing you have to know about this anime to enjoy it: Blank never loses.
I recommend giving No Game No Life a shot if you’re in a better mood, you know, in the mood for comedy. This anime doesn’t have as much drama attached to it, but the thoroughness of the games they play is something to marvel at.
Grimgar of fantasy and ash
I love something from Grimgar. This is one of those shows that generally goes unnoticed, you know, because it’s not a high-priced program. This has a very similar premise to LH, which means that the main characters simply appear in another world. Except Grimgar is far from a game. It has gameplay qualities, such as guilds or skills, but it is certainly a reality, and our characters learn it very quickly.
This show doesn’t go as deep into things like combat or strategy, but rather focuses more on the struggle of life. They take us on a journey in which these teenagers are thrown into a world where they must kill to survive. They have to kill to make money and, as the main character Haru says, “everything costs money”.
I’d say give Grimgar a shot if you’re looking for an adventure that’s real, not fantasy. The drama present in this show is that of real life and death, and is not masked by a video game. You try to ignore the fanservice in the first few episodes, it shuts down after a while (they use it too much as a comic relief at first).
This show. Let me tell you, it will make you die laughing. If, like No Game No Life, you are looking for a more fun twist, this is your show. It is simply more or less a parody. There is not a single serious moment in this anime, well maybe the beginning. Basically the main character dies and has the option to be reborn in a fantasy world similar to a game. Of course, he takes it, and the goddess grants him the wish with it.
Chaos ensues. Hilarious, glorious, mayhem. We see how a dysfunctional group forms, which includes an explosive wizard who can only cast one spell a day, yes. Even the fights with the “evil” guys on this show aren’t very serious, if that tells you anything. Of course, with fantasy / comedy usually comes fan service, and this show is no exception.
Konosuba is a great breath of fresh and comical air after intense and dramatic shows like LH. Give it a try if you are a fan of gaming worlds and want to have a good laugh. Not to mention, it will also have a season 2.
Lastly, we have Gate. Gate is an interesting sight, to say the least. Basically, the modern army meets the fantasy and medieval world. A portal is formed in the modern world of Japan, connecting the modern world with this other world with wizards, dragons and the like. They may have magic though, but they are no match for guns and tanks!
This show is great because you get a little action, a little politics, and a little of just about everything. You can follow the main characters’ perspective as an infantryman, but you can also see what’s going on with the leader of Japan and the political pressure he’s under. This show also accurately describes the slanders of the media.
Give this show a watch if you’re a fan of a good story that covers more than one angle. You can see so many different perspectives on this show that it is quite refreshing. Also, we learn that war is not just about fighting, there are many things that happen behind the scenes. Also, Rory is an amazing character.
There you have it, the best anime I would recommend if you are a fan of Log Horizon. You might love or hate some of these, but that only comes with anime show territory and people’s personal tastes. I personally enjoyed all of them and thought I’d share my thoughts on each show. Happy watching anime!