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Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 [Blu-ray]

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When humans came down from the sky they brought with them the Testament, the guide to the path they must follow if they wish to return to the skies again. Now, in a strange world where only the islands of Japan are inhabitable, the nations of the world vie for power and protect the portions of Japan that they have claimed. And each is armed with its own ultimate weapon: a Roysmoi Opro, an Armor of Deadly Sins. But there may be a far greater threat to mankind than the Roysomi Opro, for the Testament ends abruptly, and it is now the last year. Is this the end of humanity, or can Tori Aoi and his fellow students from the aerial metropolitan ship Musashi somehow affect the course of destiny? Who and what is the HORIZON IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE?


Based on the light novels of Minoru Kawakami, the sci-fi/fantasy series Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere (2011) takes place in the far future, when Earth has become uninhabitable, except for the islands of Japan. Various nations vie to control chunks of the archipelago, guided by the holy book The Testament; what's left of the native population of Japan travels around in the city-ship Musashi. As a predicted apocalypse approaches, Tori Aoi, the president of the Musashi Ariadust Academy student council, leads his classmates on a quest to recapture their ancestral homeland. The crisis begins with Tori's decision to announce his long-standing affection for Horizon Ariadust, although she died 10 years earlier. But she's also a robot "Auto Doll" working at a nearby coffee shop. Until he can make his declaration, Tori busies himself groping the other overendowed female characters. Horizon is tied to the Armor of the Deadly Sins, which rank as the most powerful weapons in the arsenals of the various nations. When their rulers order Horizon to commit suicide, Tori rallies the Academy students to defend her in an all-out battle involving magic, Shinto spells, mecha, hi- and lo-tech weapons, psychic powers, and more. Despite the many Morris the Explainer scenes, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere makes virtually no sense. After noodling around for nine episodes, director Manabu Ono turns the last four into an elaborate, drawn-out battle, but he stages the conflict so badly, it's hard to follow and unexciting. Most of the characters suffer from both underdevelopment and overdevelopment. There are so many students with minimal personalities, they're difficult to sort out; but all the girls have enormous hairdos and outsize breasts. Tori lacks the goofy charm needed in the harem comedy segments: he comes off as such an empty-headed lecher, no sane student would follow him into a game of tag, let alone a war. Perhaps the filmmakers get everything sorted out in the second season of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, but it seems unlikely. (Rated TV 14VD: violence, violence against women, risqué humor, nudity, potentially offensive racial and religious imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Those Lined Up Before the Horizon, 2. Innocents at the Table, 3. Commandos in Town, 4. Covert Ops Under the Night's Sky, 5. Graduates Under the Moon, 6. Advocate at the Confession Grounds, 7. Musashi's Knights, 8. Ruler of the Land, 9. The Summit's Flower, 10. The Trumpeter at the Start Line, 11. Musashi's Mr. Impossible, 12. Opposition Against Crossing Over the Parallel Lines, 13. Those Lined Up Above the Horizon)

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  • Actors: Jun Fukuyama, Minori Chihara, Ai Matayoshi, Ami Koshimizu
  • Directors: Manabu Ono
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section23 Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XEZXM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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. 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.

There are many whiners that dun understand it at all, gave up on series early there lost, there is a good chance the series will continue for a long time. There Season 2 out now, may come more 3 to 4, I hope.
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When humanity descended from the sky they brought the Testament. A guideline that everyone must follow if they are to return to the heavens. In their world Japan is the only habitable country. Many different factions vie for power, and fight to protect the land they live on. Each group has an ultimate weapon called the Armor of Deadly Sins. The greatest threat is not the Armor though. The Testament ends abruptly, and this is the last year chronicled. Tori Aoi and his friends at the Aerial Metropolitan Ship Musashi will fight for the future and try to save Horizon. What or who is Horizon anyway? Is it worth fighting for? Is it worth dying for?

I bought this anime when it came out. There were no reviews or information on it yet. I was quite surprised. The first episode had me laughing out loud. At that time I could also see signs of a dramatic story in the works as well. There is an excellent mixture of comedy, drama, action, and suspense, not to mention boat loads of fan service. Most of the chicks are totally stacked, and the main character likes to run around fondling them and pulling their pants down. Along with those things this series also flaunts an amazing English vocal cast, high quality animation, and great character designs. It's got some unique themes as well as some typical anime hijinks. If I had to give you a frame of reference I would say this series very much reminds me of Infinite Stratos. I think I can see a little bit of Shattered Angels type stuff in here too. I have seen some pretty good animes come out in 2012. This series is no exception. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

P.S. I'll give you a tidbit. Horizon is the name of the girl on the Blu-ray case cover.
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The first three to four episodes may seem so confusing and strange that the viewer will be sorely tempted to stop watching but if the user bears with the confusion and keeps watching on then they'll be rewarded with one of the most amazing shows to date. Even if you don't understand the plot or the terminology, the fight scenes are exciting and original enough to keep the viewer engrossed. Essentially the story is set in the future where people can use magic under certain conditions and they have to retrieve Horizon's emotions that were turned into weapons.

This show had the most unique battle technique I have seen in any story. What was that technique? A debate. No, that's not a joke. That just gives you an idea of how different (and good) this show is. The characters decide to battle with a debate and what a debate! The main male character starts off with a unique tactic in this unique battle strategy that I have never before seen in a debate. Watch to find out what it was.

This anime will have to be watched twice to understand fully what is going on as it doesn't explain the background and when the characters do exposition the history or their circumstances, it is still full with gaps. A special glossary should have been included in the Extras section of the discs but wasn't. I did watch this show twice and, to once again prove how good this show is, I had just as much fun watching this a second time as I did the first.
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So I blind purchased this and I am happy to report I am not disappointed (unlike that god-awful Bodacious Space Pirate)

I won't recap the story description that is posted with the details so I will cut to the chase.

Characters - They are well developed (not talking upper body assets) and for the most part have a unique personality. (hate the class pres character, he is a weird and it makes no sense why anyone talks to him ... but they do so w/e)
Story - Its actually good.
Animation - Very clean, action scenes are well animated and I haven't seen a botched/error yet)

Issues: For me a really confusing part was figuring out what the hell people were talking about when it came to locations ... It wasn't until later that I learned that the ship and the province they are from was named the exact same thing .... at first I thought it was a translation issue.

I didn't really like the way the story arc ended in this 1st season, it seemed odd, from a motivation stand point. But the fallout from season 1 carries over into season 2 so strange events aside it gets picked up in season 2.
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