Horizon in the Middle of the Bell Curve

Matt Brown (Editor in Chief) — October 30th, 2011
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I should know better than to choose a title just because somebody on Crunchyroll labeled it as science fiction. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere is an incoherent post-apocalyptic mash-up of a bunch of genres that are apparently so overused by this point that they can no longer exist in isolation. Or maybe that's just in the future.

At some point, humanity gains power beyond all reckoning, and promptly uses it to make Earth uninhabitable...except for Japan, that is. People come back to Earth in spaceships only to find they can't leave, and as such, decide to reenact the history of the world as told in their holy volume of Testament. Little did they know that this meant lots of mayhem and death and chest pounding and invasions and burning cities. The once-indigenous Japanese literally float above it all in their city-ship called Musashi.

The first few episodes treat us to the classwork of the Musashi Ariadust Academy, wherein students apparently learn how to miss their teacher with all manner of projectiles, magic, and melee attacks, only to be shown up by the class clown (and also class president), who grabs the unsuspecting instructor's chest. It only gets more silly from there, but it didn't strike me as an unbearable show. There's also some premonitions of bad things to come, noise about the written history coming to an end, and the prez makes overtures about asking out a girl who's been dead for a decade. I expect that the rest of the show will be similarly disjointed.