Tag Archive: 2011 anime


Back again with another Afterword. I’ve been following the second season of this show religiously for a few weeks now and that gave me the push I needed to go rewatch the first season (this time in blu-ray!). When Horizon S1 initially aired, I followed the show, but it didn’t seem to hook me. There was tons of world building, but the show lacked something. Looking back now, I can say perhaps it was not missing something, but rather I was the one missing the understanding needed to enjoy such a well crafted show.

The wiki thing:

In the far future, humans abandon a devastated Earth and traveled to outer space. However, due to unknown phenomenon that prevents them from traveling into space, humanity returns to Earth only to find it inhospitable except for Japan. To accommodate the entire human population, pocket dimensions are created around Japan to house in the populace. In order to find a way to return to outer space, the humans began reenacting human history according to the Holy Book Testament. But in the year 1413 of the Testament Era, the nations of the pocket dimensions invade and conquer Japan, dividing the territory into feudal fiefdoms and forcing the original inhabitants of Japan to leave. It is now the year 1648 of the Testament Era, the refugees of Japan now live in the city ship Musashi, where it constantly travels around Japan while being watched by the Testament Union, the authority that runs the re-enactment of history. However, rumors of an apocalypse and war begins to spread when the Testament stops revealing what happens next after 1648. Taking advantage of this situation, Tori Aoi, head of Musashi Ariadust Academy’s Supreme Federation and President of the student council, leads his classmates to use this opportunity to regain their homeland.

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“No matter how many times I have to repeat this, I promise I’ll save you.”

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of the most popular and acclaimed series in a long time, and not without reason. When it initially aired I skipped it over, but I’ve come to appreciate it much more as the series does some truly interesting things with its plot and characters, and explores some intriguing philosophical ideas. Don’t be shocked from the first impression. The anime isn’t what he may look like the first time you see it.

From wikipedia:  In this world, there exist strange creatures who have the power to grant one wish to a chosen girl. However, in exchange, that girl must then become a magical girl and use her powers to fight against witches, evil creatures born from darkness that are responsible for murders and suicides.

In the city of Mitakihara, a schoolgirl named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki are approached by a familiar named Kyubey, who offers to grant each of them one wish in return for making each of them a magical girl. Another magical girl named Homura Akemi tries to prevent Madoka from making such a deal, while Kyubey urges Madoka by telling her she will become the most powerful magical girl. However, contrary to the glamorous notions one would expect, a magical girl finds herself dealing with death, isolation, loss of humanity, agony over the value of her wish, and existential crisis. Madoka, following her friends, soon sees the darker side of being a magical girl, and because of knowing the truth about being a magical girl, she questions if she should become one as well.

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