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Log Horizon (Novel)  
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Description
From Baka-Tsuki:

By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale (エルダー・テイル Erudā Teiru) has become a global success, having a following of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Novasphere Pioneers (ノウアスフィアの開墾 Nōasufia no Kaikon), thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are all logged on at the time of the update, suddenly find themselves transported inside the game world and donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer called Shiroe along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki decide to team up so that they may face this world which has now become their reality along with the challenges which lie ahead.

Type
Novel

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Associated Names
ログ・ホライズン (小説)

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.3-5 by Skythewood (68d ago)
v.7 c.2 by Skythewood (73d ago)
v.7 c.1 by Skythewood (73d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Ongoing)
9 Web Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol1, Chap1
Ends at Vol5, Chap5

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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (58 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 18th 2014, 3:29pm PST


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Year
2010

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (March 2015)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #462 increased(+36)
Monthly Pos #489 increased(+87)
3 Month Pos #576 increased(+142)
6 Month Pos #683 increased(+226)

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On 527 reading lists
On 234 wish lists
On 4 unfinished lists
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This novel is magnificent   
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by compass96
August 20th, 2014, 3:08am
I've always loved characters who were more intelligent and tactical than strong. Love the contrast between the adventurers and the people of the land. Also, the world building in my opinion is excellent. Btw, i love the fact that just like a normal game, they don't die. I know it must have being tempting to go the SAO route but i find this more refreshing. When you are practically immortal and in a different world how do you live without succumbing to boredom or immorality?
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different, "good" different...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nakie08
January 29th, 2014, 9:34am
Despite its setting, I prefer to not see it as an MMORPG fantasy series. It doesn't contain much in-game activities usually seen in novels of that genre. It's not really about adventure, but more of a "building a new place for us to live in" type of story.

I loved reading LMS, so I can't help comparing the 2. LMS focuses on adventure; fighting mobs and boss monsters, gathering loot, completing quests and exploration etc. which gives you the feeling of actually playing an RPG game. To me it's fun because it's very familiar. I played alot of MMORPGs in the past.

In contrast to that, Log Horizon is something very different. It still has MMORPG style incorporated within it but it doesn't end in that. The story centers on the Catastrophe (the event where all the players online at the time were "sucked in" into the game) and how the players cope, live and interact with their new "reality" that they're stuck in after that.

So instead of adventuring, questing, boss hunting, loot-gathering etc. The story focuses on figuring out how they can interact with their "new" world, how much impact their presence have on it and vice-versa, finding their identity and culture, building a new place for them to live in and finally pushing the boundaries of possibilities limited by the in-game mechanics that is set in it. It kind of touches on the post-apocalyptic genre with regards to this but instead of the usual "gloomy acceptance" mood, Log Horizon has a more hopeful "Let's start from scratch" mood which is kind of refreshing and nice.

While it lacks the thrill of adventure, it gives a more satisfying feeling because the characters in the story is trying to achieve a higher goal than just self-imrprovement such as leveling and completing quests. A boss fight in other titles might give you more exitement but personally it pales in comparison to how it feels to read about characters working together in building something epic from nothing, which is what this novel is all about.

So you might get disappointed if you find out that it's not really the usual VRMMORPG type of story that you're looking for, but don't focus on what it isn't and focus on what it actually is; a very solid story that is full of depth, hopeful and promising. It's still ongoing and by the looks of it, it hasn't even reached half of its potential depth yet.

P.S.
If you do decide to try it, don't give up on it until you've read vol. 2. That's where all the fun starts ;p
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Fun VRMMORPG Series   
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by CrownedClown
December 23rd, 2013, 3:02pm
It's different than the other VRMMORPG series because unlike titles like Sword Art Online & Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, Log Horizon focuses on team work & strategy. However, like most Japanese video game titles it fails to utilize the full potential of the video game setting & does not capitalize on the 'involved' feeling of LMS or Ark.

Instead of feeling like you are reading about characters in a video game, it's more like you are reading about a world where video game like mechanics exist. The story focuses a lot on character interactions with players & NPCs (Computer generated characters) more than actual action or game play. This is particularly disheartening because the glimpses we have of the game itself are quite interesting and entertaining.

All in all, this is a good VRMMORPG series with plenty to offer readers of the genre & anyone just looking for a nice fantasy setting. This series boasts a heavy emphasis on teamwork, characterization & setting. .
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