Why is the world such a brutal place? Why must one justify the actions of others in order to survive?
In times of war, All one wants is to simply survive. That means doing morally questionable things in order for that to happen. To phrase it simply, the Horizon is like a long dark, and narrow hallway, and when you are in such a hallway, all you would want to do is find the light at the end of it. But unfortunately, that light is far away. Very very far. The Horizon is a story of being human, In that way, everyone is able to relate to it. It touches on the deep essence of existing, reality, sadness, and loneliness.
The setting is quite simple. The Horizon is set in a war-ravaged world, with our 2 main characters trying to get through it together. The two children run into each other, both alone scared, and without their parents, and begin to work together to survive the chaos and destruction that the world was thrown into. They run into obstacles and people which they have to overcome. Each chapter on the surface seems simple, but they all have inner meaning to them which can be interpreted differently depending on the reader. The story tackles the impact of war on innocent lives, hunger, disease, justification of wrong actions and insanity and more.
In the 21 chapters, the main characters meet multiple people, whose lives have been affected by the war, despite all of them being in different situations they have one thing in common; The war has changed them into wilted versions of themselves in order to survive. In the midst of all the chaos, the two children were able to rely on one another to continue their journey. It was enlightening to see that despite their circumstances, they were able to find Joy and Happiness in each other. But it also saddened me that two innocent children were forced to grow up, leave their emotions behind and move on just for the sake of survival and fear of death. They couldn’t trust anyone but each other.
The story is told more through its art than words. The author does an incredible job of creating emotion that is felt by the characters. The use of colors in this Manwha is quite interesting too. It is used in parallel with the boy’s emotions. When the boy is sad or feels something negative, the author keeps it black and white while when he is feeling something positive, or very heavy emotion, the author uses color.
The Horizon is one of the few mangas that knows how to make someone feel emptiness. From the first chapters, I was deeply attached to the characters without even knowing their names and the thought of losing them, it would be as if a piece of something inside me was missing. There was a minimal dialogue which added to the idea of just surviving, nothing more.
To conclude this review, the Horizon is an amazing manga that focuses heavily on the reality of existing, and the effect war has on innocent souls. But every long hallway always has a light at the end of it, no matter how far it is, you will surely reach it.