Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere is one of those anime’s that you absolutely have to give a look. The animation is great, the songs are catchy, and the storyline is unique. Based centuries in the future where humans have comeback to Earth from outer-space to find that Japan is the only livable plot of land, the people of Earth create outer dimensions of Japan in order to accommodate all the people and follow the “Testament” in hopes of repeating history and returning to the great beyond. It is completely over-the-top crazy and wildly entertaining, and fails to fit in a neatly defined genre. The writing is pure genius and has carried over well into the anime which despite its complexity doesn’t stop for long-winded explanations, but rather sweeps the audience away with the constant hands-on revelations about the structure of its world.
In order to make room for everyone, “pocket dimensions” were created around Japan, and begin re-enacting history based on the “Holy Testament Book” with the hopes of finding a way to make it to space the second time around. But in the 17th century, the pocket dimensions invade Japan, forcing the residents to flee to a giant ship in the sky, forever circling the island as refugees. It is now 1648, where the history recorded in the Holy Testament Book ends, and the Japanese decide it is time to take back their homeland. It appears the creators of Horizon have taken the opportunity to cater to every single otaku fetish they could possibly think of. Big boobs, small boobs, cosplay, kimono, crossdressing, android girl, etc. It would seem this would take away from the story but the source material here was very indepth with the narrative.
Outside of two minutes of exposition at the very end of the episode, the events of the first episode seem to be completely unrelated to the big, grand, sweeping, epic plot. Instead, the first episode is one big catch-me-if-you-can chase intended to introduce about two dozen characters in short order. This anime will confuse in the beginning you need to have strong mind that all i can say,its intriguing series that has me hooked up. There is a bit of something for everyone from Tons of action, an underlying love story, to raunchy comedy, Oh yeah Fanservice, most characters have Large Boobs. BOOBS! Despite the convoluted nature of the series, the show does know how to deliver on some of the time-worn staples of anime. Cliche? Not entirely, because I am still lost be why we were put in this environment. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere tries really hard to make you understand what exactly “in the middle of nowhere” means as its setting is just a confusing mess at this point which is hard to grasp.
Our writer John stated, Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere is a story that eschews the idea of simply allowing the audience to coast along. I believe this to be true, as half the time I didn’t understand what was going on, and the other half I wasn’t trying to. Ironically, once I gave up attempting to understand this conundrum of a show, I actually started to get it. Quite simply, when it has clear direction, the spirit behind Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere really shines through. The primary flaw of the show is that it expects the audience members to push their brain functions to an absurd low. Perhaps Watermelon sized boobs CAN get in the way. Who knew?
The anime has a huge backdrop about Japan being ruled by other countries and the world trying to rewrite past history in order to revive the post-apocalyptic Earth or travel into outer space. There are two reasons the anime is still enjoyable though despite the complex and uninteresting plot. One, the action sequences are amazing. It was still heavy on technical terms but a great fight is a fight. The nice chase sequence in the first episode is enough to get people hooked even though I’m still not sure how to differentiate magic and paid abilities. Two, the characters are interesting. It’s a golden rule for an anime that when the story isn’t interesting then the characters carry the weight. The characters in this anime are great and they are interesting. The rest of the episodes tries to do the whole exposition-thingy but it’s hard to understand why and how these character are supposed to matter. At least it’s nice to know that the title of the show was chosen as an ironic remark. The techno feel of the anime is amazing and the mecha design is great as well. Slightly recommended.