Log Horizon is a Japanese novel series written by Mamare Touno and illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara. It began serialization online in 2010 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō, being later on acquired by Enterbrain and published as a light novel in Japan since 2011. Yen Press began publishing an English translation in 2015. The series follows the strategist, Shiroe, and the other players of the long-lived MMORPG Elder Tale after they find themselves whisked away into the game world following a game update.
The novel has received four manga adaptations, with one based on the main story and the other three revolving around characters in the series. An anime television series adaptation animated by Satelight aired on NHK Educational TV between October 5, 2013 and March 22, 2014. A second season by Studio Deen aired between October 4, 2014 and March 28, 2015. A third season by Studio Deen is set to premiere on January 13, 2021.
- is the main protagonist of the series and Log Horizon’s founding guild master whose is an Enchanter class with a Scribe subclass, enable him to cast powerful support spells on his allies and accurately draw maps of the places he has visited while eventually develop new spells which can fundamentally change the natural laws of the world. His real name is Kei Shirogane, a socially awkward engineering graduate student who played Elder Tale for almost eight years. During that time, Shiroe was the strategist of the long-disbanded Debauchery Tea Party, an informal (non-guild) group of elite players who completed high level group quests known as Raids, and gained infamy as “Shiroe the Strategist” or the “Villain in Glasses” for his sometime unethical approach in solving a solution. Shiroe initially had strong reservations about joining guilds until the aftermath of the Apocalypse and the ensuing despair among the players convinces him to establish of Log Horizon, organizing Akiba’s Round Table council through a highly complex plan to buy Akiba’s Guild Building so he can remove criminal guilds from Akiba by banning them from the Guild Building premises.
- is Shiroe’s best friend and was also a member of the now-disbanded Debauchery Tea Party group. His real name is Naotsugu Hasegawa (葉瀬川 直継, Hasegawa Naotsugu). His main class is “Guardian”, allowing him to use heavy armor and weapons along with powerful defense spells to protect him and his companions as well as various trap spells to deal intense damage, while his secondary class is “Border Patrol”. He calls himself an “open pervert”, claiming that unlike some men he doesn’t hide his perverted nature from others and is very proud of that fact. He has a tendency to get on Akatsuki’s bad side with his perverted comments and a running gag is their confrontations usually ending with him getting a knee to the face, before she asks Shiroe for permission to do so. In the real world, he worked as a salaryman.
- is an Assassin within the world of Elder Tale. Her secondary class is “Tracker”, which enhances her assassin skills with stealth and detecting abilities. She was initially acquainted with Shiroe after having partied with him to complete quests prior to the Apocalypse. Despite appearing to be a pre-teen, she is a college student like Shiroe. After Shiroe helps her, she starts referring to him as her “Lord” and joins his party, claiming that it is out of gratitude but it is later shown that she is infatuated with him. She has a violent relationship with Naotsugu because of his “open pervertedness” and usually resorts to pre-emptive violence to stop his perverted comments before they can be spoken.
- is a felinoid Swashbuckler. He was the former Chief of the Debauchery Tea Party and an old friend of Shiroe’s. His subclass is chef, which allows him to make delicious foods using ingredients, which is quite a reprieve from the tasteless pre-made food that is offered in Elder Tale, and ends up being an important plot point. Before the Apocalypse he was part of a guild called “The Cat Food Guild”, which was composed solely of cat people. It disbanded after their house caved in due to bad weather.