Log Horizon (anime)

#1
One of the recommended animes to watch is Log Horizon. The premise of the story is that they suddenly find themselves transported into the world of a game. They are stuck inside, with no way to go out...yet. Sounds like SAO at first, but I think this is better. Much better. The characters are bad ass and the plots are wonderful. Check it out!
 
#2
Watched everything currently on it. I've also devoured everything inside that genre. I love when people get sucked into a game, or a strange-person-in-a-new-world(yes, that's the actual TAG name on most anime sites, hyphens and all!) and continue to puzzle out what's going on. And how can't you like Henrietta always loving on Akatsuki. That little gag routine makes me laugh.

From the badass speeches in season two to the actual premise from Season 1, it's not a bad show. Really it is aimed a younger age of kids sometimes than SAO, but that is fine. It's meant for kids. I felt SAO aside from the arcs where they can't die when they die in the game (ALO, the HIV girl arc) were decent, even better than some of Log. When there was actual danger to their physical bodies, I always felt more drawn into it. I hope they expound on this in Log Horizon - they're trapped, but what's happening to their real bodies? Are they in their real bodies?

Plus, Log Horizon's opening song.. so catchy!



But I still like SAO better. I like both a lot, though.
 
#3
I felt SAO aside from the arcs where they can't die when they die in the game (ALO, the HIV girl arc) were decent, even better than some of Log.
But I still like SAO better.
SAO had by far the worst characters / character development out of any anime. Kirito is virtually undestructible, breaks all the laws of the world they are in, and even gets all the girls without any reasoning. It's just such incredibly bad writing, I couldn't even bear to watch the second half of the first season, because I was already facepalming through most of the first half. There is a really great review on MAL that points out all the major flaws in the series, it's a great read.
Log Horizon is way better in those aspects. There are several characters that have some use, it's not just one doing everything. Yes, Shiroe is the one who does the most, but he couldn't do much on his own, without the help of the other players.
The only thing disappointing aspect of Log Horizon (at least for me) was that the second season couldn't really keep up with the greatness of the first season. It's still way above average and fun to watch, but the first season was glorious.
 
#4
SAO had by far the worst characters / character development out of any anime. Kirito is virtually undestructible, breaks all the laws of the world they are in, and even gets all the girls without any reasoning.
Without any reasoning? He was just trying to survive, he's a nice guy and helps everyone, so he's to be faulted when women like him? I agree the majority of the story is stunted in character development, but Log Horizon isn't much better in that aspect. We get glimpses of their past, just like SAO. The only one in Log Horizon I've felt a connection with is when William went on his grandiose speech about how we're looked down on for being gamers. But that's not backstory, that's just a good speech.

Also, everyone in Log Horizon technically counts as indestructible. They respawn. Even because Shiroe's smart and a High level, the girls just line up for him too. He's genuinely nice to them, just like Kirito was. In many ways you can draw comparisons quite easily. But they're different shows.

It's just such incredibly bad writing, I couldn't even bear to watch the second half of the first season, because I was already facepalming through most of the first half. There is a really great review on MAL that points out all the major flaws in the series, it's a great read.
I'd like to read this if just to see what he/she wrote. I won't agree with it I already know since I like both of them, but Log Horizon also has flaws too. Unexplained plot lines. Too many overarching stories to deal with in such a limited seasonal time. And the animation style reminds me of any other Weekly Shonen, which is what I'm wondering if they're going to make Log Horizon into a log runner or if it'll only be two seasons. Time will tell.


Log Horizon is way better in those aspects. There are several characters that have some use, it's not just one doing everything. Yes, Shiroe is the one who does the most, but he couldn't do much on his own, without the help of the other players.
The only thing disappointing aspect of Log Horizon (at least for me) was that the second season couldn't really keep up with the greatness of the first season. It's still way above average and fun to watch, but the first season was glorious.
Kirito wasn't the only one kicking ass. Perhaps you never noticed his friends, like Egil and Klein, or even the time Asuna became a badass and wiped out a bunch but he wasn't completely alone - not at any point. Not especially with all those women.

In log Horizon, it's almost the same thing - most of the female main characters set (even young girls) really gunned after Shiroe. He really did nothing to warrant it other than having a reputation and being a high level with some knowledge. He was the same as Kirito in many aspects

But what I'm really trying to say is you cannot really compare the two shows because of their different content. The base premise is the same sure; but the whole of both shows is different. It's like saying Prince of Tennis is the same as Major(Baseball) because they're both sports animes. Sure, they deal with sports and each sport is different. This is why they're not compared together. Just like these two really shouldn't be.

I also think the second season isn't nearly done with good stories. Just waiting to see what Plant Hywaden does.