The depth and creativity of Horizon makes it a much more challenging beast to analyze than Queen’s Blade, and our intrepid colloquiumers are dropping out like flies. This week we’re down to only the most rugged and foolhardy crew of bloggers: redball, John Sato, draggle, and Foshizzel (who provided pictures).
redball: In episodes 5 and 6 of Horizon we find most of our cast embroiled in battles in multiple dimensions, while the hero Tori and heroine Horizon are on a date. As always in Horizon, we must not take these events at face value. While it may seem tempting to believe that the battles themselves represent the ebb and flow of the date’s success, I believe that instead these seeming independent events are tied together in order to teach us about dualism.
That every man ought to endeavour peace, as far as he has hope of obtaining it; and when he cannot obtain it, that he may seek and sue all helps and advantages of war— Thomas Hobbes
Simply put, dualism is the existence of opposing forces acting on a single body. Much like Horizon, dualism has many interpretations and can be applied to multiple disciplines. The primary disciplines of dualism are moral, mind-body, and physical. All of these are referenced in these episodes. Continue reading