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Arifureta From Commonplace to World's Strongest Season 1 (2019)
ありふれた職業で世界最強 (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō)

Synopsis

High-schooler Hajime Nagumo is bullied by his classmate for his relationship with the class idol, Kaori. When he and the rest of his class are transported to a fantasy world, all of his classmates get powerful magical abilities, while Hajime only gains the ability to transmute solid materials, a common ability usually found in craftsmen and smiths. During a dungeon raid, he is betrayed by one of his classmates and dropped to the bottom of the dungeon. He survives the fall and creates weapons to escape the dungeon and become stronger. On his journey, he meets with the imprisoned vampire Yue, and later is joined by the bunny-eared Shea, the Dragonoid Tio, and others.
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Overview

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest is originally a web novel, the series has been published in print since 2015. An anime television series adaptation by White Fox and Asread aired from July 8 to October 7, 2019. A second season has been announced.

Alternative titles

– Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
– Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
– ありふれた職業で世界最強
– Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekaisaikyou

TL;DR Review

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (Japanese: ありふれた職業で世界最強 Hepburn: Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryo Shirakome and illustrated by Takayaki.

My first impression with the opening theme intro was, “This is going to be a series filled with fetishes.” The opening clearly shows you what it prioritized, big breasts and skimpy outfitted women and loli characters.

The animation goes from decent generic arts to crappy 3D CGI monsters.

The series started interesting and quite dark in tone. Midway through the series, however, the show ran out of steam, the action became boring, and it turns into a generic isekai harem anime. There was a delay in the series production where the director was changed, along with a second studio (Asread) being added. I believe this was the reason why the series had such a mood shift mid-way through. As the series progress, so does the fanservice and ecchi innuendos.

Though this is an isekai anime, the story doesn’t focus much on the isekai part. Instead, they focus on the harem and overpowered main character elements. It’s like the isekai was just thrown in for SEO purposes.

For a short 12 episodes series, why does it need a recap episode in the middle? There were some amusing moments, but there were too many jokes that fell flat.

This is a rip-off of a bunch of more popular series from Magi’s labyrinth, to Fullmetal alchemist’s metal arm, and Sword Art Online’s “child” character, and many others.

The show may be ok for one viewing, but I can’t ever see myself watching this series a second time. I had trouble even finishing the series. Arifureta contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for mature audiences.

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Music

Opening Theme

– “Flare” by Void_Chords feat. Lio (eps 1-13)

Closing Theme

– “Hajime no Uta” by DracoVirgo (eps 1-13)

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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