The G-Views are back in quicker succession now that my holiday vacation has started. That means it;s finally time to start catching up with several Summer and Fall 2012 on my schedule. where better to begin than with the 2nd season of one of my fav shows of 2011, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.
Fair warning. It is HIGHLY recommended to watch the first season before proceeding as the 2nd season starts IMMEDIATELY after the cliffhanger-ish season finale.
As always, here’s the link to my review of the first season: 147th G-View: Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
I won’t spoil the plot summary. All you need to know is after S1, the gang ends up in England
How do I sum up my thoughts on the 2nd season? Let’s see: It’s the 1st season with a coat of paint. Seriously, the main plot feels like a rehash of the 1st season. Sure, progress is made but the setup feels incredibly familiar. Other than that, if you enjoyed everything S1 had to offer, odds are you’ll enjoy S2 just as much as I did, though I’ll admit it wasn’t as glorious as S1.
I honestly can’t say much else that I haven’t said in my S1 review. The hero team faces off against rival countries for usually contrived circumstances, political disputes have contrived conclusions and contracts are made in a convoluted manner. Believe me, you still require to visit a KSnH viewing guide (like Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Wiki ) as the political system and basis of making progress in life after the 1st apocalypse by reenacting historical events, continues to be confusing. Still, I stand by what I said in my previous review on how interesting the world is from top to bottom. It may not make sense, but the world and its inhabitants are still pretty cool.
The action scenes still kick ass and the fanservice delivers…though you’ll need to be very wary of a nudist culture embracing Aoi Toori. I know he did that in S1 as well but here it’s become one his most well known characteristic. Oh well, at least the amount of water balloons and other fine female bods makes up for major dork chowder. I wonder if the ladies would have preferred seeing the other dudes showing off their pecks instead of dorky Aoi? The animation and music quality remains the same, which is fine by me.
The characters I enjoyed in the previous season are still just as awesome in S2, but the secondary character who got the most important role this season is Tenzou, the Ero-Cap Ninja Man as I like to call him. He even gets his own Zelda/Sheik. Too bad his equally perverted mecha dragon buddy hardly got screen time, along with the incubus, slime, chubby boy and Hindu stereotype guy. My fav characters are still the half-lycan, the Honda cousins, Toori’s older sister Kimi, Suzu and of course…
Now let’s be honest here. While all the show’s pros are fine and dandy, there’s only ONE reason any Nation member would give two licks about this show, the further adventures of The badass lesbian “Teknohexen”, Malga Naruze and Margot Knight. So, their story this time. After the now legendary battle in episode 10, Malga’s broom had been destroyed and she’s forced to go on missions away from Margot. The majority of their subplot follows Malga interacting with others and fighting solo as she grows stronger as a character to eventually return to where she belongs, by her lover’s side in and out of the battlefield. The best part (Besides Malga in combat) is that no matter how rough things got, the most important priority in both their minds was each other.
Hmm, I also noticed some closeness between Suzu and megane girl, who got a big time promotion and more important role this season.
In conclusion: This is yet another one of those “if you didn’t like the 1st season, this one won’t change your mind” kind of anime so I can’t make it any simpler than that. For fans of the series who haven’t picked this one up yet, while very little has changed, overall it’s still a great watch and I can’t wait for the inevitable 3rd season.
Bonus character development opinion. I forgot to mention an important character development in the show, which is Horizon’s. See, Horizon’s an android named P01-s that was created with Horizon’s human soul after the original Horizon died. However, due to circumstances beyond her control, Horizon’s emotions were sealed. Now, Toori, who’s been in love with Horizon since childhood, wants to help her reclaim all her emotions, not just to save the world, but to start over. What’s interesting in this “robot with feelings-ish” storyline is seeing how Horizon debates common sense, law, values and human logic in order to understand what it is like to feel. In short, several debates on what it is like to “feel”. while Toori’s obligatorily annoying that was explained in the 1st season, when it comes to Horizon and backing up his friends, he can be a surprisingly profound person.