Illustration (Light Novel, Original character design: Hara Kazuhiro Illustration "Log Horizon: Nyanta Hanchou Shiawase no Recipe" (Manga): Souchuu Illustration "Log Horizon: Nishikaze no Ryodan" (Manga): Koyuki Illustration (Anime): Ito Mariko
Animation Production "Log Horizon": Satelight Animation Production "Log Horizon 2nd Season": Studio Deen
Log Horizon (ログ・ホライズン Rogu Horaizun) was originally a Japanese novel series written by Mamare Touno and was published by Enterbrain in the year 2011 in Japan. Log Horizon novel has received four manga adaptations with one being based on the original plot while the others revolving around some of the characters in the series. An anime adaptation of Log Horizon was eventually aired with its first episode taking place on October 5th, 2013 and the last episode being aired on March 22nd, 2014. It has 25 episodes and was directed by Shinji Ishihara with the series being produced by Satelight studios.
"The massively multiplayer role-playing game or MMORPG Elder Tale (エルダー・テイル- Erudā Teiru) has become a global success after releasing its eleventh expansion pack, having a user base 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 - Homesteading the Noosphere) thirty thousand Japanese players who are logged on at the time of the update suddenly found themselves transported into the world of Elder Tale using their in-game avatars.
And one of them is Shiroe, an intelligent individual who specializes in strategies. He, along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki eventually decided to team up to find out what really happened in that day which was later called “The Apocalypse” (Dai Saigai - 大災害 – Catastrophe)."
Characters: Shiroe (シロエ Shiroe): is the main protagonist in Log Horizon and is best known as “Shiroe the Strategist” or “The Villain with the Glasses” (腹ぐろ眼鏡 - Haraguro Megane). His main class is “Enchanter”, a class who specializes in casting powerful support spells that helps his allies to win battles instead of fighting in the frontlines. His secondary class is Scribe which allows him to accurately draw maps of the places he has visited. He has been playing Elder Tale for almost 8 years and is the strategist of the long-disbanded Debauchery Tea Party group, an elite group of players but not formally a guild, who have completed high level quests called Raids.
Naotsugu (直継 Naotsugu): Also part of the now-disbanded Debauchery Tea Party group and Shiroe’s best friend. His main class is “Guardian” a class that allows him to wear heavy armor and equip heavy weapons as well as to cast powerful defensive spells to protect him and his companions. His secondary class is “Border Patrol”. Naotsugu has no qualms in saying that he is an “open pervert” who claims that he is better than other men for not hiding his true nature and is actually proud of it. He often annoys Akatsuki and a running gag in the anime is Naotsugu getting hit by Akatsuki’s knee before she asks Shiroe’s permission to do it whenever Naotsugu has perverted things to say.
Akatsuki (アカツキ Akatsuki): She is a beautiful assassin within the world of Elder Tale. Her secondary class is “Tracker” which improves her assassin skills more with stealth and detecting abilities. She used to party with Shiroe before the Apocalypse (Dai Saigai - 大災害 – Catastrophe) and was originally using a male avatar. With Shiroe’s assistance, she was able to switch to a female avatar which she finds more comfortable and decides to start calling and referring to Shiroe as her “Lord” as a form of gratitude.