dropped after: first episode
reminded me too much of Sword Art Online with more fanservice and less philosophy. maybe that’s not fair. maybe, just as SAO takes a sharp nosedive after episode 14, Log Horizon ends better than it starts. i don’t know. tell me if i’m missing out.
Horribly. You learn quickly that SAO and Log Horizon are completely different series. I’m not quite sure what you mean by more fanservice because…well there’s pretty much no fanservice. The closest you really get the entire series is Naotsugu always talking about panties, which fails more often than succeeds. As for Phiosophical aspects, Log Horizon blows SAO out of the water without even trying.
THIS, very very much. I love SAO, but it has loads more fanservice than Log Horizon (I don’t even remember any fanservice in LH, except maybe that a couple of female characters have large breasts, but they really come across as, well, women with large breasts, as opposed to walking pairs of jiggling boobs that exist only to appeal to straight male viewers). I was actually surprised at the lack of fanservice since this comes from the same author as Maoyu (a series I dropped partially due to the overuse of fanservice).
I’ll admit that the first couple of episodes of LH seem a little boring, especially if you compare them to the more action-packed and dramatic SAO, but give LH a little time and you might be pleasantly surprised. You mentioned philosophy, and the above commenter hit the nail on the head by saying that LH blows SAO out of the water in that regard. In fact, to compare them, SAO is more like a “popcorn flick”, in that it provides fast thrills and excitement, whereas LH explores its themes much more deeply and requires some level of thought and maybe even some level of intelligence to fully appreciate and understand. That’s not to say LH doesn’t have its share of silly humor, relationship hijinks, and exciting battles. It just has fewer of those things compared to SAO and a much bigger focus on world building, politics, and some genuinely fresh ideas not seen before in the tired “people trapped in a virtual world” genre.
Of course, LH isn’t perfect. Some of the humor falls a little flat, a couple of recurring jokes are overused in the beginning. Akatsuki’s character design, adorable as it is, still makes me a little uncomfortable simply because she looks so young. I could do without some of the relationship aspects (though they seldom appear, thank God). And finally, the amazingly awesome Nyanta is sadly underused. The show, like any other, isn’t for everyone, which is why I don’t usually comment on posts like this. But you did ask if you were missing anything, and your reasons for dropping the show (that it’s like SAO with more fanservice and less philosophy) just didn’t seem to fit LH. It might be worth trying a few more episodes if those were your chief complaints, basically.