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The Horizon on Tits 2 Project – Episode 1

July 8, 2012

Yeap. Totally relevant to the “plot”.

Okay so, A Day Without Me has assembled a crack team of anibloggers for this random challenge – a different person will watch & write about an episode of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere S2 each week, and none of us have seen anything else from the show.  I have the dubious honour of kicking things off – couldn’t be too hard since I’m used to writing first impressions posts…….right?

So yeah, the only other episode of Horizon I’ve actually seen is the first episode of season one from Autumn 2011, which completely bemused me – I’ve had a very similar reaction to this episode.

I actually watched this episode twice just to see if I could get a bit more of a grasp of what was happening on my screen, but nope, I still haven’t a fucking clue what this show is about!  I spent half the episode in wide-eyed shock, and the other half completely confused by what the characters were wearing/saying.

Actually lets just talk about the character designs for a second because they’re the most motley assortment of freak-shows ever assembled into one anime.  That top screen shot is from the OP and I half remember some of those bizarre characters from that episode I watched way back in S1 – especially curry dude……how could you forget really.  I then found myself pausing the episode every now and then just to marvel at some of the things I was seeing – that wide shot with all the characters in the background; yeah I don’t know what the fuck that’s all about either.

I haven’t even touched on the designs for the main cast yet!  The majority of the women seem to have massive, over polished bowling balls mounted to their chests and the most ridiculous hair I think I’ve ever seen!  I also had tremendous difficulty trying to figure out if some of the characters were meant to be flat-chested girls or men……it’s very hard to tell the difference when the all seem to be voiced by women!

There was also a scene with a naked ghost baby where a clueless androgynous creature who is apparently meant to be male, prattled on about having sex due to a “hilarious misunderstanding!”…….I seriously do not know.

Moving on from the weirdness of the character designs, this opening episode drops us right into a battle scene without really telling us why.  My best guess is that this fight started in the finale of S1 and this is the conclusion, but for me that hadn’t seen that, trying to figure out who was in the main cast and who the antagonists were was a real challenge.  I eventually cottoned on to the fact the enemy team were the ones in red (the Track & Baseball teams apparently??) – but that seriously took me a good 10 minutes.

The fighting itself was well animated and crazy looking with really excellent music – there’s so much going on all at once, and all the powers, weapons and mecha are so utterly bonkers it’s almost overwhelming!  I mean there is mecha with hair & boobs, an attack which uses a tennis racket & is called “The Great Backhand of Justice”, another which is actually called “Mountains of Text” (that made me laugh), and a weapon that actually hurls disgust at the enemy!  I sort of admire the mental creativity on display in this show in a strange way.

Oh yeah, after the random opening battle wraps up we suddenly find ourselves in Great Britain (which floats now) and fighting some Oxford Academy representatives of the Fairy Queen, who happened to include an “athlete-poet” and a moe William Shakespeare………..yeah I gave up attempting to understand what was happening too.

I haven’t even mentioned the lead male yet have I?  Yeah……he spent the entire episode naked and getting in everyone’s way.  I have no idea what his purpose is in the show other than to be as fecking annoying as humanly possible (I also can not unhear Panda from Polar Bear Cafe whenever this eejit opens his mouth, Fukuyama Jun uses the same high-pitched lazy drawl for both roles).

Right. So that was the first episode of the second season of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere………..and I never, ever want to experience this kind of brain melting confusion ever again!

26 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2012 11:27 pm

    …Do I want to pick this up again, or don’t I? I haven’t a clue. I spent most of the first series as confused as you sound, but there was always so much going on that I was never bored.😛

    • July 8, 2012 11:54 pm

      Well you could never call this mentalness boring that’s for sure!

  2. A Day Without Me permalink
    July 8, 2012 11:35 pm

    I think you did a great job, our dear starter of the Horizon on Tits 2 relay~

    • July 8, 2012 11:55 pm

      Thank you my Darling~! I am glad to pass the baton of confusion onto The Patches for next week!

  3. fadeway permalink
    July 9, 2012 5:24 am

    I sure am picking this up, quite liked the first season. And thing is, nobody who liked it understands it, at least not without having read the novels. The mentalness is fun to try and puzzle out or just watch open-mouthed though.

    I’m not going to make it more difficult on myself by watching Hatena though, so still waiting on that sub. As I mentioned on SCCSAV though, it probably doesn’t matter either way😛

    Interesting project, will be eagerly expecting the other bloggers’ posts.

    • July 10, 2012 10:13 pm

      Yeah I’m sure this show makes sense to someone out there – won’t be any of us undertaking this project though😄

  4. July 9, 2012 7:36 am

    Wahahahhaha Cara! Nice job on the first episode and I agree I spent most of my time going WTF IS GOING ON!? AHHHHH!! I did however like all the random side fighting like the random sports themed club fighting the others? And of course GIANT BOOBED ROBOTS BEATING THE CRUD OUT OF EACH OTHER, but yeah…seriously…boobs in this series are everywhere even on the mechs.

    Also naked main dude? WTF?

    • July 10, 2012 10:14 pm

      The amount of randomness and manic energy kind of impressed me – still fecking confusing as fuck though!

      Really wasn’t expected naked protag though…….so random

  5. Anon88 permalink
    July 9, 2012 8:35 am

    This project seems to be a hilarious idea though you may have gotten the most confusing episode possible. You guessed correctly that this whole battle started in the last few minutes of the S1’s last episode so you were quite literally thrown in middle of combat.

    • July 10, 2012 10:15 pm

      I kind of pity whoever has the final episode, that’s bound to be a complete headache!

  6. lerxst2112 permalink
    July 9, 2012 9:05 pm

    Finished the first season. One of my least favorite shows of the year. Glad to see that nothing has changed because now I know not to pick up S2

    • July 10, 2012 10:16 pm

      Hahahaha~! But don’t you want to know about the “plot”!?

      • lerxst2112 permalink
        July 11, 2012 4:16 am

        >Horizon
        >plot
        I’m not sure I follow

  7. July 11, 2012 4:17 am

    These pictures not only remind me strongly of Inukami (which I love), but also make me want to watch this show now.

    • July 11, 2012 6:54 pm

      Prepare to have your brain thoroughly blitzed – this show is mental

  8. Break permalink
    July 19, 2012 5:55 pm

    just to make the whoel thing a little more.. sense-making to you: this plays in the far future, everything floats now, and humanity is trying to re-live its history to find out where they went wrong. due to faulty records and the people in the future thinking myths and legends and very ridiculous stuff would actually have been credible historical records, they created magic, mechas and fantastical races using their supertechnology, because they thought they wouldve existed and just went extinct. thats why everythign is so ridiculous there. as for the moe shakespeare, sicne hteyre tring to relive history, they choose people who play the roles of important historical figures. its kind of like a title. this “shakespeare” is a good author in britain, so they gave her the role of shakespeare. same for everyone else with a historical name.

    • July 22, 2012 1:40 pm

      Hahaha~! Thanks for trying to salvage my sanity a bit. The premise is kind of interesting, it’s just presented in a really insane, mind melting way!

  9. July 25, 2012 3:33 pm

    Now that I can read this after watching my episode, I am more confused than ever.

    • July 25, 2012 6:35 pm

      I have an inkling that that feeling isn’t going to go away as the weeks pass.

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