Seventeen-year-old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They're treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku's wet dream quickly turns into Hajime's nightmare. While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime's job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith's level of strength?
This is garbage and I say this as a person that likes the isekai genre.
The thing is, they kinda forgot about the "isekai" part. There's no transportation to another world in this anime because for some reason they skipped it. The pacing is terrible, instead of things playing out as they should they put everything into flashbacks, confusing everyone. And honestly that might have been their goal considering that if you haven't read the source material, nothing in this adaptation is going to make sense. I'm 4 episodes in and if I hadn't read the
explanations by ln readers, I would be completely lost.
This anime has two major flaws. The first one, is obviously the animation. CG that makes Overlord 3 look good is the norm here. The opening doesn't even have any animation with barely any art, just quickly finished pictures of characters without their faces.
Second, the pacing / story. Sitting through episode 4 was torture. The whole episode was just 1 fight against an unnamed enemy creatures. And that's how it has always been for the most part. The MC just killing random mobs and looting them, sometimes I feel like I'm watching someone grind in an MMO. Because they're monster npc they have no personality and it's just not fun. I'm not saying that fighting against monsters has to always be boring, it COULD have been fun, had the animation been good. But 20 minutes of 1 fight with animation straight from a PS1 game.. oh god kill me.
The whole anime just moves too slowly and that it's number 1 problem. At this point I doubt we will even see him finish the dungeon before the season ends.
Tl;dr This series is a disaster. If you really want to give Arifureta a try read the Manga or the Novel.
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Oh boy, where do I begin with this mess. When I saw this was in production by White Fox 2 or 3 seasons ago I was reasonably hyped for it to come out. White Fox has done reasonably good to great work on other series that I have been reading long before an Anime adaptation happened and with only minor nitpicks at some plot rearrangement with my full understanding that Manga and Anime are essentially marketed to separate(but still overlapping)
audiences. So I tempered my anticipation with a fare amount of reasonable change but than I watched the first episode... and now I'm past the 4th episode and I'm dropping this series there. This is a total betrayal of the series as well as burning some reputation White Fox had(at least with me) over it.
Sound design is excellent and clear, all the voices sound appropriate for the characters so far and the opening song Flare by Void_Chords is now a permanent resident on my playlist for just how kickin it is.
Hajime's character is completely different from his manga persona, being changed from a traumatized(symbolized by his Marie antoinette Syndrome after eating his first monster), angry, ready for bloodshed at any moment attitude that made him such an antihero of the manga to a mostly neutered re-humanized tragic protagonist. He has, for what I've seen so far, been completely defanged.
Yue has been altered from the much more capable if slightly bratty counter balance to Hajime's ever encroaching psychotic break. She's now a much more meek and soft spoken loli character who seems to be present more for the shows marketing than for the actual story, which is a blatant betrayal of her character when you learn that her roll in the manga is being the primary force that keep Hajime from murder on reflex.
And if these 2 are any indication of character design for the show I have no positive outlook on how Shia or Tio will be played, both most likely will be shoehorned into more marketing rolls as their characters barely resemble who they are in the written works.
Most of the show. That's not a joke. For a pseudo-RPG Isekai style series the biggest draw for me was the dark and hard art style that really accented what was happening in the story. But Hajime looks flaccid and weak, Yue is still sporting a fur towel(probably because Waring Hajime's trench coat wouldn't be TV appropriate, even though its a staple part of her character design after she gains her own set of clothes), and the monsters being in CG being the biggest design mistake. They look nothing like their manga counterparts and look either reticulated our outright pathetic(in the case of the Gale Bear and the Hydra).
If you where coming into this series completely blind, with your only knowledge of it being its MAL score and synopsis, you would probably passively enjoy it and give it a 5 or a 6. If you started this series because you read the Novel or the Manga and where hoping for just another way to enjoy the series from a studio that HAS done good work in the past, than like me; you have been betrayed. Read the Manga or the Novel and hard pass on this Anime.
After watching 4 episodes of this show, I got to say that the story and character so far has been really well. However, the way they use that ultra cheap 3D animation on some enemies, just ruins it all... i find it hard to look away when it all looks so goofy at times. I understand that it might be to much work painting it all, if you dont have the budget for it, but in my opinion, i would rather see some less detailed monster, than a horrific attempt on a 3D monster in a world where everything else is painted.. hopefully there wont
be 2 many 3D animated enemies in the episodes to come
Four episodes down now and this is what I gathered. The story takes the Shield Hero twist, where one Hero (MC) is deemed weak and scorned. This time instead of only four a whole class is Isekai'ed. That's a new one. But sadly till now, very less of how that class is formed is shown except for the MC.
Story(Till now: 5) - Mainly because it is again an Isekai. The tried and failed method to jump-start an anime. But taking the Isekais from last season into account, like Slime and Shield Hero, I decided to give it a chance. Till now, not much of the
story has been touched, so 5.
Art (4): Frankly, the art is not extremely bad. Neither is it extremely good. But the animation is soo bad, it takes a lot of enjoyment out the of action that otherwise could have been good. There is use of CG for a few monsters. They are as you would expect from a CG, so its Okay.
Sound (2): I've got to say, I don't think the music suits this anime. The Opening, as well as ending, are not noteworthy at all. But the ending is slightly better. The music during the action sequence doesn't seem to follow the action at all and adds to the terrible animation that is already there, making it even worse. There are a few frames where the viewer expects some sound but is just not there. All in all the sound is the worst of all.
Character (Till now:5): Very less of the characters other than the male and female MC have been elaborated till now. I don't even know the names of most of the support characters. So currently you only get to review two total characters.
The male MC is, well he is not your goody-two-shoes MC that most Isekais have. That is still fresh start at least.
The female MC is your typical hundred-year-old blonde legal loli. After being saved by male MC she gets attached to him, sometimes literally. I would like to know though why can a vampire use magic that are Heavenly or Divine?
Enjoyment (4): All the above mediocre score should have already clued you in about the below mediocre enjoyment it can give.
Overall (5): As far as Isekais go, this one falls on the bad side. You would not be missing into any good ones if you skip this one. BUT, this is still on-going, and while most animes go slack after the first half, who knows, that may change.