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Log Horizon: Collection 1 [Blu-ray]
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Elder Tales has become a global phenomenon, immersing millions of players in its online fantasy world. However, something goes wrong with the twelfth expansion pack. Eight year veteran Shiroe and 30,000 other players suddenly find themselves trapped in the game's no longer fictional universe! Except it's not even exactly the game they knew: things are in different places, the portals don't work, and if a gamer was playing an avatar who wasn't a physical match for their real self… well, let's just say that everyone who's been playing is going to have to make some serious adjustments to their new world view. Add to that the fact that the former Non-Player-Characters are now self-aware and working towards their own ends. This collision of the Elder Tale people and players with seemingly impossible skills, abilities, and knowledge promises to be cataclysmic. Get ready for heroes to rise and new legends to be forged as Shiroe and fellow players Naotsugu and Akatsuki discover what happens when sword and sorcery becomes real in LOG HORIZON!
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For the English dubs, you get more information about the "world" or game of Elder Scrolls. According to many, the English dubs are closer to the original manga but I really can't say. There are mild cuss words in the English dubs as well as 21th century American slang words. In some cases the new dubs are better in explaining things and in other cases it loses (to my opinion) some of the "magic" from the original Japanese voices. Chief Nyanta & Princess Lenessia being the 2 main different dialogues. Less "meows" and more "street slang" would be my interpretation. Also, some of the Japanese language scenes just are better.
The voice actors and actresses (especially the actresses) sound very similar to one another in contrast to the Japanese actors/voices, which provide a very distinct change in who is speaking (sorry, all the females sound the same regardless of the credits).
Specials- in some of the episodes both the beginning & opening sequences with music have full subtitles, be they in English or Japanese. On disc 1 you can view other products coming from the same company (Sentai). The "politeness" of the Japanese language is lost but then with the English dubs it is much more reduced in the sexual innuendo by Naotsugu & Naotsugu vs. Akutsuki are more like curses/mouthing off to each other versus Akutuski keeping Naotsugu silent on his sexist humor.
This anime is still great & amazing but the English dubs do give it a different flavor that I'm not used to and because of this, I do prefer the original Japanese language despite getting more info in the English dubs.
BIG notice here: this DVD/Blu-Ray set has the first 13 episodes with the Log Horizon 2 set delivering the rest of season 1. If you go to most anime outlets, they'll offer you all these into Parts 1,2,3, etc. with about 3 episodes per set & at the SAME PRICE IF NOT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THIS ONE!!! Remember, this set has 13 episodes, if you buy the other versions, you're more or less getting 3 episodes per purchase so buy this one if you actually want the show to watch.
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I really liked that part, because it takes this show in a different direction than SAO, and sometimes even pokes fun at the former game. They try to deal with living in the game world of Elder Tale, such as dealing with the rampant player-killing several players were doing out of sheer boredom, and later having them deal with the NPC's (non-player character, or characters controlled by the game itself), who viewed the players with a cautious sense of optimism. While players were powerful, they could also abuse the NPC's, and unlike players who resurrect after dying, NPC's who die stay dead, hence their skepticism.
Overall this show was really interesting to watch. I watched it online at crunchyroll, and will certainly get this when it comes out on bluray.
I only have two main complaints. The first is that due to the sheer amount of characters, many of them get sidelined or very little development, so you don't get to know them very well. The second is that the show starts to peter out towards the end, as the most interesting things happen around halfway to about 3/4th's of the way through the show. The ending very obviously sets itself up for season 2 which will air in the Fall 2014 anime season in Japan, with Shiroe meeting an old acquaintance who will likely be a major antagonist towards his goals.