Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon
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Does anyone understand this anima? The I like the art I but can’t grasp the story?

Conclusion any one?

Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon
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considering the character design, i doubt it's meant to be understood
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It has a rather complicated backstory -- it's presented more clearly in the light novels and manga, but the anime rolls it out over the course of the series.

Basically, far in the future, humanity had left a depleted Earth to go to the stars... but something happened and they are forced to return to Earth. Japan is the only region that can be resettled, so to make room for the massive population influx, pocket dimensions are used. And to regain their position in space, they begin to reenact history, hoping to find the key to what went wrong in the past. One of these pocket dimensions, the Testament Union, eventually invades Japan and divides it up into territories for the others. All is going more-or-less well, until the record of history just kinda tapers off, leaving everyone to assume that the end of everything is upon them.

And that's where the anime begins -- the students at Musashi originally intend to rescue Horizon, a robot with the soul of a human implanted in her -- Tori, one of the main characters, was madly in love with her as a human, and blames himself for her death (which is why her consciousness was placed in a robot). She was seized because she is also the physical embodiment of one of the nine Mortal Sin Armaments (essentially, ultimate weapons). The rescue attempt ultimately grows into a war against the Testament Union to retake Japan and to start living again, instead of just reliving history.

I've probably way oversimplified it, but that's the general gist of it ^_^
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Iskandos wrote:

It has a rather complicated backstory -- it's presented more clearly in the light novels and manga, but the anime rolls it out over the course of the series.

Basically, far in the future, humanity had left a depleted Earth to go to the stars... but something happened and they are forced to return to Earth. Japan is the only region that can be resettled, so to make room for the massive population influx, pocket dimensions are used. And to regain their position in space, they begin to reenact history, hoping to find the key to what went wrong in the past. One of these pocket dimensions, the Testament Union, eventually invades Japan and divides it up into territories for the others. All is going more-or-less well, until the record of history just kinda tapers off, leaving everyone to assume that the end of everything is upon them.

And that's where the anime begins -- the students at Musashi originally intend to rescue Horizon, a robot with the soul of a human implanted in her -- Tori, one of the main characters, was madly in love with her as a human, and blames himself for her death (which is why her consciousness was placed in a robot). She was seized because she is also the physical embodiment of one of the nine Mortal Sin Armaments (essentially, ultimate weapons). The rescue attempt ultimately grows into a war against the Testament Union to retake Japan and to start living again, instead of just reliving history.

I've probably way oversimplified it, but that's the general gist of it ^_^


God that is complicated.
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haha! Yeah, it's not the easiest of stories... but once you have a good handle on the setting/backstory, it makes the series really click into place ^_^ Once I got it, it quickly moved up the ranks on my "favorites" list -- it's an eclectic mix of science and magic with some great characters, fast pace, tight writing, great voice work, a nice balanced mix of humor, action, and story, and a smooth vibrant animation style that I especially enjoyed.

The biggest problems with it were an exceptionally large cast (easily 20 active characters throughout the series, if not more) and it covered a rather large amount of material (it's based on a 15 or 16 volume light novel series), so there's a lot to keep track of throughout the series. If you do some careful selective skimming of the Wiki before watching, it will get you up to speed on the setting and basic character bios/backgrounds without spoiling much tho (I stopped watching the anime after four or five episodes, read up on it, then started from episode 1 again and it all clicked perfectly for me)

And now I feel like rewatching it again this weekend =D
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Once you get close too, and then past the first season, everything starts to make sense.
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Do people mind that much that the backstory is muddled?

It was never a problem for me. I just understood what I could understand and didn't worry about what I couldn't. The show is incredibly fun and interesting to watch, so the convoluted plot and backstory were never a barrier for me.
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iblessall wrote:

Do people mind that much that the backstory is muddled?

It was never a problem for me. I just understood what I could understand and didn't worry about what I couldn't. The show is incredibly fun and interesting to watch, so the convoluted plot and backstory were never a barrier for me.


Exactly.

I don't think the show is about the focus on the plot on its entirety but rather the way the characters are fleshed out either individually or collectively with their gimmicks. It's more like mindless entertainment but dosed with gimmicks that is surprisingly amusing to watch. I would just watch this for fun with decent amount of action, tolerable soundtrack, and whatever its message is trying to get the viewers to think at. Oh and their world looks pretty damn fun.
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