In the far future, humans abandon a devastated Earth and traveled to outer space. However, due to unknown phenomenon that prevents them from traveling into space, humanity returns to Earth only to find it inhospitable except for Japan. To accommodate the entire human population, pocket dimensions are created around Japan to house in the populace. In order to find a way to return to outer space, the humans began reenacting human history according to the Holy book Testament. But in the year 1413 of the Testament Era, the nations of the pocket dimensions invade and conquer Japan, dividing the territory into feudal fiefdoms and forcing the original inhabitants of Japan to leave. It is now the year 1648 of the Testament Era, the refugees of Japan now live in the city ship Musashi, where it constantly travels around Japan while being watched by the Testament Union, the authority that runs the re-enactment of history. However, rumors of an apocalypse and war begin to spread when the Testament stops revealing what happens next after 1648. Taking advantage of this situation, Toori Aoi, head of Musashi Ariadust Academy’s Supreme Federation and President of the student council, leads his fellow classmates to use this opportunity to regain their homeland. – My Anime List
Based on 21 review scores:
Serious story, lighthearted tone, excellent soundtrack, great animation, boob physics (not necessarily a good thing), and absolutely fantastic characters. Watch it.
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere is a very entertaining series that successfully injects a healthy amount of humour, fan service and an interesting plot into a universe gone wrong. The characters are very likeable, especially Tori with his unhealthy obsession that generally gets him nowhere but for some reason, everyone (including this viewer) likes him. The animation is excellent and the overarching story is a joy to watch unfold, even though it is a little convoluted at times.
While I do like and enjoy Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, ultimately it lacks the emotional resonance and general substance for me to be able to recommend it as anything aside from a fun junk food show. It’s an enjoyable watch, but there’s little to make it memorable aside from its staggering density and proficiency in staying entertaining despite that. If you enjoy huge mishmashes of ideas, characters, and plot points inside of a rich (albeit shallowly explored) setting, Horizon‘s likely a good pick for you.
In the end, I would still recommend this show to people. You have to really focus on it and its plot, otherwise you’ll find yourself in need of a re-watch. KyouSen is available on Crunchyroll for free, and may leave you wanting to pick up one of the 20 (and counting!) light novels.
Horizon wants to tell a story, no matter how crazy and incoherent. The ideas in this series are like a blast from a shotgun shell: some hit, while others completely miss the target. There is one thing I cannot fault this series for, and that’s for being generic. Compare that to Koukaku no Regios, which at first started out with a similar setting. only to refuse to focus on it. Horizon refuses to not focus on its setting. It definitely needed to be more refined, and the story desperately lacks some kind of editor. But it is a great trainwreck to watch.
Dazz’s Anime Stop
Even though this show was a bit messy at parts, and the characters could have been a bit stronger, this series still is pretty good. I wouldn’t say it’s great, but I find it to be alright for people who are looking for some entertainment.
If you want a story with a consistent story, you might want to look elsewhere. But beyond that, this was a nice season, and I am looking forward to the next.
Sleepless Ronins Reviews
I am confident in my rating for this series. It’s biggest faults are too much information and too many characters. Everything else, from the comedy to the drama, from the animation to the music, is very good. It’s a solid viewing experience. It’s definitely one I look forward to seeing more of, and there better be more…
Visually the series is stimulating, and no I’m not talking about the fan service stuff. There’s plenty of colour, wonderful character designs, fast-paced combat and nice use of CG animation. It has an odd sense of humour that will definitely appeal to fans of slapstick comedy but not to fans of any other types of comedy. ‘Horizon In the Middle of Nowhere’ is just another good Anime that has fallen victim to an overpopulation of story ideas but little explanation but, all in all, still not a waste of my Anime watching time.
My Anime List
Ultimately, the most important question in determining whether or not this anime is for you is quite simply this— do you enjoy silliness and are you willing to accept a story that you may not fully understand? While it’s certainly flawed in some significant ways, “Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere” is still a very entertaining anime that stands out from its competitors and has some fairly interesting details going for it. It’s unlikely that it will make its way onto your list of favorites or become something you remember for years and years to pass, but for what it is, it’s an engrossing and sometimes compelling series that should at least be given a try beyond the mostly lackluster and non-representative introductory episodes.
Anime News Network
While Horizon has a lot of great ideas, the combination of all of them creates a small mess, with a somewhat convoluted and a large cast of characters that are somewhat undeveloped. However, despite all that, Horizon is still pretty good, as all of its ideas are interesting entertaining.
What you basically have is yet another one of the hundreds of aimless stereotypical school comedies that come and go before you know it, with the difference it has an interesting premise that is NOT exploited in the least. I see nothing worth of anyone’s time; you can easily find several funnier, bolder, sexier, and above all MORE ORIGINAL AND WITH DEVELOPED PREMISE shows out there. There are of course those who still like this shit of a show just because it is over the top and has a fancy terminology. Basically the same thing as saying it is porn IN SPACE. Other that that, there is nothing to look for over this show’s HORIZON as everything plays out as random ideas IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
A good sense of this show’s problems can be gleaned from looking at its Wikipedia page. On it, we see that there are 27 named characters from the main good guy faction ALONE, each with a character profile that sometimes is only a sentence long discounting any information about their battle techniques. ALL of these characters appear in the anime, get no introduction, and are hardly given any significant screen time, let alone dialog. And really, this is the other big problem with this anime: it has 20 million characters to complement its 20 million plot points, and even though there is a titular character she gets little to no focus as of Episode 8. The only character I kind of got to know was this lord guy whose name I didn’t catch but had Slicing Dragonfly as his weapon, and the only reason I know he was a lord was because I was paying attention when they shat out yet another piece of micro-exposition that I could’ve easily missed and, like most of the other micro-exposition, will probably never be mentioned again.
Despite questionable design choices and one of the rockiest starts in any anime series I’ve seen to this point, Horizon just manages to salvage an average rating. Fan service fans may add a star and add this to their viewing list; conversely, people who hate anything to do with RPG or moe cliches can safely drop this a star and skip the series altogether.
Mr. Movie Film Blog
Ultimately, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere does grow on you, as it captures the imagination and is a visual marvel, with gorgeous animation, excellent design work and compelling action, being one of the most vibrant and detailed worlds that’s graced our screens. While the narrative, with its outlandish mix of genres — science fiction, mecha, magical girls and fan service — may be too difficult for some to swallow, particularly if not already steeped in the lore of the series, it’s still worth giving Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere a go, as it might gel with others more than it did with me — admittedly, I have a pitiable knowledge of historical events, and history in general, which probably didn’t help whilst watching the show. Having finished the first season of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, I do feel as though I have come out the other end with a better understanding of what this series is all about; here’s hoping that the second season clears up some of my reservations, delving more into its character’s past and make-up, while simplifying, or clarifying, the excessively messy narrative.
The anime, is frustrating the way only anime can be. For the uninitiated who dive into this futuristic sci-fi series, it is amazingly difficult to follow the myriad characters, names, subplots, and layers of fictional historical references.
The Nihon Review
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere is a volatile concoction that’s incredibly amusing because it’s so off the wall crazy. Enjoy it as a well produced injection of entertaining cliches, and make sure you kick reason to the curb or else the show may blow your mind with how stupid it can be.
Lots of things happen in this series – just don’t expect most of them to make a whole lot of sense.
What utter fanwank! I know I’ve complained about anime that are put together by committee before, shows that look deliberately designed to cater for the mainstream male otaku fanbase, with stock characters and stock situations, but in Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere, they’ve literally crammed everything in, in an attempt to have their cake and eat it. The result is a discordant, incomprehensible mess, more a chore to endure rather than a piece of entertainment.
I’ll end on a positive note. The show was a trainwreck, but it was the kind of trainwreck that you can’t peel your eyes off of as you watch it derail and blow to smithereens.