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
Most people seem to be really hating the series for having the 1st ep be a power struggle than the keeps getting cranked up with power. I won't deny that it's unlogical for an anime MC to be getting ridiculously OP by the second however I think most of you are judging before waiting to see what happens. As he mentioned in the ending of the 5th episode he could end up facing god-level threats, as a maverick yes he is OP as it stands but he could get annihilated by gods. On top of all of that this anime gives you the fan service
(Well more of it is the fulfillment of romance) then most shows. Most shows will string you along until the very end and then some times not even show exactly how it goes, I'm not sure about everyone else but I hate that feeling. (Shield Hero is a good example of what I mean, Raph x Naofumi) P.S. Just because of the fact that he is in love now doesn't mean that won't change. As we've seen before his classmate is seriously in love with him when they are reunited it could mean that sparks fly because of the loli. I'd recommend waiting before everyone jumps down the throat of the maker of the anime, also calling the show trash / whatever seems rather unreasonable. Please wait until we see what happens before you predict the future and write it off as a bad anime.
Its a good anime, except episode 6 which is a recap episode, A RECAP EPISODE. why would they waste time like that. I like the fantasy setting and protagonist. He's actually op. good anime not the greatest but good.
The fight scenes are really cool. A cute loli and a some seriously dark turns. a lot of blood and gore with THICC bunny girl.
Now episode 1 to 5 are amazingly awesome episode 6 is garbage on collosal level. Why they would put a recap episode is beyond me, it adds a little extra in the beginning but that is it, it goes for
"Masterpiece Novel got misunderstood because of the bad adaptation"
Arifureta is one of the few series that got really popular in Japan by just a novel, it got 3 Audio CD before the anime announcement and the sell is so good when compared to other popular anime series
for the Anime, it got really bad storytelling on ep1 (much better on ep2+). for the animation and visual side, it around average and it still enjoyable
for those people who have been told or heard that "the author is so picky about the staff so the anime got delay by 1 year and the animation got worst lol" well,
trust me the current version is thousand times better than the first version
give the manga a short, if you want more then the light novel, if you want even more then the web novel.
I swear with my life, it worth your time
Our main character is transported from another world to one of fantasy with his class. In this world he gets a somewhat useless magic skill and has to fight in a labyrinth. He gets betrayed by one of his classmates, falls down a deep hole causing everyone to think he is dead and this is where our main story starts. Im rushing through all of this because the show does too.
In this hole he is forced to eat monsters to survive, he learns that eating monsters gives him more and useful powers so he goes on a killing spree to get more powers and we
follow him from there.
The story is hard to follow because it is as if they are trying to get through 5 chapters of the source material every episode. On top of that according to manga readers they are cutting a lot out. At this point people watch it more to make fun than anything else.
That and it has a 300 year old loli.
What also doesn't help the show is it's cgi. It is as if they does not even try to blend in with the 2d characters and background including the characters weapons. It is very uncanny, if you thought you saw bad cgi before you didn't know how low the bar could be.
Overall, keep your expectations low if you watch this and treat it more like a weird comedy. That or read the manga because that was popular before this anime.
Alot of other reviews already mention how badly this story is explained,
It's isekai but you don't even know because they skipped it, character development is insanely rushed, it takes only one episode for the entire character development to shift which is unrealistic and pulls you out of the story to say the least...
Anyhow lackluster story aside;
Imagine the worst CG you've ever seen, and then this anime does it worse, fight scenes feel like you are watching a plastic doll on a screen.
Just when I thought this anime could not possibly get any worse, episode 6 is a recape episode. Yeah, because I totally forgot
what happened 4 episodes ago? This anime is a good contender in my worst anime of all time ranking.
This is my first review on MAL and I couldn't be more disappointed about it.
Arifureta, the anime, is a rushed piece of garbage.
I am primarily an anime watcher rather than a manga or LN/WN reader, so I started with the anime. The first few episodes of the anime provided a glimpse into a world and characters which excited me with a twist that truly grabbed my attention, but it all came crashing down shortly thereafter thanks to the horrendous animation and rushed character development. Following the last disappointing episode, I came to MAL looking for others' impressions. That's when I read reviews suggesting that
the source material is far superior, and as soon as I began reading I was converted.
Arifureta, the light novel, is an exciting and fun story packed with character development and world building.
Sometimes it is heartwarming, and other times it is dark. There are regularly quotes which grab me and scenes which I know I will never forget. Action, adventure, comedy, drama, romance... it's all there in a bite-sized isekai trope package. Is it the most original thing ever? Of course not. But is it enjoyable? Abso-fucking-lutely.
So the more I read the light novel, the more infuriating the anime became.
Since I first wrote this review I have watched nine episodes of the anime, read all of the currently translated manga, and finished the entire light novel along with most of the after stories. Nothing has changed about my review so I see no need to rewrite it except to edit in a confirmation of my original assessment. The manga is a relatively faithful and well-paced adaptation, further proving that this anime is cheap garbage. I have no choice but to conclude that this sorry excuse for an adaptation was intended to be made on the lowest possible budget with the least possible effort in order to cash out on lazy ecchi gags and prey on faithful fans of the source material.
The first few episodes are rather good. It has a hook that sets it apart from most isekai, giving it a much darker tone from the beginning. The story remains generally the same as the light novel, albeit rushed with much of the context completely skipped in order to jump straight into the action. That is the core issue that tears the whole apart but it could have easily been avoided with proper care. Instead they have skipped so far ahead, ignoring much of the world building and character development, that it is beginning to feel like a completely different story. I know that a full adaptation of every word is not possible or likely, but this is just lazy.
The art would be fine if based solely on the first few episodes, but as soon as the cheap CGI appears you can immediately see that the budget saved from rushing the story was not spent wisely. And somehow, after the big ugly CGI fight scene, the overall animation gets even worse. The colors look washed out, the animation is cheap, and the backgrounds are as lazy as you can get. An area which is supposed to be the fantasy equivalent of the Grand Canyon is relegated to scenes of sitting between two rocks to avoid drawing an actual background. Just lazy and cheap like everything else in this sorry excuse for an adaptation.
The sound deserves a 0/10, but that's not an option. There are scenes which are supposed to be heartwarming that have these laughably bad tracks overlaid in the background where even silence would have been better, and the music is completely forgettable.
The characters would generally be alright if not for the fact that their dialogue is altered to make them more "humanized" while their personal development and relationship building are both rushed to the point of non-existence.
The first few episodes are an exciting look into what could have been, and everything after that is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. And not in a good way like with Domestic Girlfriend or Scum's Wish, but in a way that just makes you want it to be over already.
Read the light novel!!!!! The anime adaptation is lazy and ugly to the point of being unbearable, but even though it is painful I'll keep watching this garbage because I am isekai trash and I still love the source material.
I highly suggest you avoid this anime and instead read the manga or the light novel.
This really doesn't seem like anyone's cup of tea to be honest. But I didn't mind it so much. The animation isn't a problem for me, as it is for some. So if you're not too picky on that, then you won't be bothered by that supposed flaw.
The characters aren't that bad either. Sure there are issues. But if we just focus on the main main cast, then it's not a problem.
My only real problem with this show, is that it's pacing is a little eeeeeeeh.
I will say, if you're going into this and expecting something like Shield Hero. Then you're mistaken. It's
not a bad anime, but wouldn't say it's great either so far.
As of Episode 4 i would recommend anyone ever slightly interested to go read the first light Novel. There is a lot of character and relationship building missing. Arifureta is a great Isekai the anime adaptation however is a real letdown and is leaving a lot of the finer details that make the light novels great out, at least as of episode 4.
The art so far is really good other than the CGI monsters that stick out like a sore thumb. The story is great just not the execution of it. The sound effects and stuff are all top notch. However character progression and relationship
building fell of the cliff with the mc and died at the bottom of the pit. Overall i rate it a 6 so far. May improve over the next episodes if they make the relationships between the character have some sort of actual on screen progression.
This anime is a total fucking burning wreck, the anime is shit, the writer couldn't be bothered with developing the characters so did it all in the space of 10 minutes, the original Author is a fucking lolicon, the bad guys randomly switch between normal 2D and UTTERLY HORRIFIC looking 3D and in no way should this show have been approved.
This is like the anime equivalent of the horrible car you bought drunk that's at risk of disintegrating every time you so much as glance at a gear above 2, yes it's shit, yes it's a risk to
everyone who uses the roads and if the police see it you'll probably lose your license, but you love something about it, that you can't put your finger on, but it's your favorite car, one that no other car could beat in your heart
The fact that this show is one of the worst I have ever seen, and isn't even the worst Isakei trash out this season means this show is getting a solid 10 out of 10 from me, mainly due to the fact that it managed to not be the worst anime to come out this season
"Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest" certainly lives up to its name: it's about a commonplace synergist character named Hajime, who can't fight and basically can only transmute rocks, and his change into an OP gun-toting badass killing machine straight out of Devil May Cry! There are a ton of isekai (transported to another world) anime that have been coming out lately, but I wanted to let you know that you'd be missing out if you skipped Arifureta! I've seen the 5 episodes that are out so consider this a preliminary review.
Story: 5/10. This is as generic as an isekai gets: Hajime and his homeroom
are transported to a fantasy world and are fighting so they can return home. Actually, the fact that his whole class comes with him is a novel concept, but sadly they don't go into that much. Hajime is separated from his class early on and so the class basically becomes background characters. Hajime is betrayed by some people early on and eventually adopts this "screw the world" attitude, similar to Naofumi in Rising of the Shield Hero, but Shield Hero just executed this idea a lot better. See, Naofumi was accused of an awful crime he didn't commit, which basically ruined his life in this new world and turned everyone against him, giving him pretty good reason to be surly all the time and not trust anyone. By comparison, Hajime really doesn't have as much justification for this attitude.
Character: 7/10. There was a lot of missed potential here. It this show had actually developed every member of Hajime's class and showed how they were dealing with life in this new world I'd probably give it a 10/10 for doing something I haven't seen in an isekai. Sadly we only focus on Hajime and Yue, the male and female leads. Hajime is a bit of a bland OP isekai protagonist you've seen before, but his action lines and scenes are so cool it's hard not to like him. My only gripe with Hajime is his sudden shift in personality (and hair color) from episode 1-2. I feel like if the show had slowed down and taken its time with his transformation from wimp to badass it would've been a lot better. I really like Yue, the adorable loli vampire, who can still be a badass in her own right.
Art: 6/10. The art and animation is done by Studio White Fox (of Goblin Slayer and Re:Zero fame) and it looks good for the most part. All of the character designs are appealing. I really like Yue's design with her golden hair and piercing red vampire eyes. I love all of the monster designs, especially the seductive plant monster in episode 3. No, the main reason I had to drop the score is because of the intrusive BAD CGI that is used for certain monster battles. In particular I am thinking of the hydra Hajime and Yue fight in episode 4, that looks like it walked out of a PS2 game. The jump from 2D animation to bad 3D CG is so jarring I'd say it puts Berserk (2016-17) to shame! It's that bad!
Sound: 9/10. The soundtrack in Arifureta is superb. I remember turning up the volume during fight scenes because I loved the battle music so much. The OP deserves special mention because it is simply gorgeous and one of my favorite OP's of all time now. Arifureta's theme features sexy jazz/sax music accompanied by beautiful English vocals that never slips into "Engrish" is you know what I mean.
Enjoyment: 8/10. Honestly there are things in this show that either don't make sense or aren't explained well. Why didn't Hajime die from blood loss after his arm got ripped off? If eating the monsters you kill in this world gives you a power boost, why doesn't everyone do it? Shouldn't there be a ton of white haired gun-toting badasses like Hajime then? Anyway, none of that matters because you're gonna watch this anime for the sick action and sexy music, and "turn your brain off" like I did. During this season of isekai anime, I recommend the "Two-Hit" mom isekai for a comedy show, but I choose Arifureta if you want action goodness.
I was gonna give Arifureta an overall score of 8/10 but when I thought about the terrible CGI in certain episodes, and I remembered just how damn confusing and poorly paced episode 1 was, I had to dock it down to a 7/10.
This show is actually trash. I am someone who actually went out of my way to write a review on this show just to display how bad it is. The first episode starts out skipping a ton of details so you actually have no idea what is happening.
The story is rushed on how he becomes "the best" with a really pathetic gimmick to gain power. I just finished episode 5.5 (yes 5.5, a recap episode and the most recent as of writing this) where it told us exactly what we just watched like it's been running for over 100 episodes. Why? The manga is
rated highly, so why mess up badly on this?
The show (so far) has shown next to nothing of the side characters all the while the main and the loli (very epic) traverse the cave with horrible CGI enemies that they defeat very easily giving ZERO satisfaction. This show would much rather give me two scene of the main dude and the loli kissing, the dude and the loli bathing together, and a fucking recap episode instead of actual (interesting) story or side character back story. 0/10. Do not watch
1. There is no way the source material is better than this. The best manga or light novel is no-where near this level.
2. The CG is not that distracting, and to be honest it would be a complete waste of the anime industries strained resources to animate the monsters properly. The weapons use actually decent CG, because those are actually worth putting that towards. In Made in Abyss the focus is the monsters, the monsters in Arifureta aren't anywhere near as unique so it's good to put as little effort as possible into them.
3. The strategies used in the battle sequences actually aren't boring,
I think part of that is that Hajime is alone early on which means there's no-one to explain what's happening in an obnoxious fashion.
4. This series has a quite strong dynamic between the two leads. Their romance progresses much further than the overwhelming majority of anime. I like that Hajime starts out with the goal of "revenge" but then just decides he doesn't really care enough anymore.
5. The pacing criticisms are somewhat justified, that they still put focus on the boring side-characters is kind of jarring and frustrating. Aside from that as long as you read the synopsis there's not much difficult to understand and the brisk pace is nice.
6. I watched the dub, if that means anything. You should probably watch the dub.
7. I came into this expecting something to enjoy ironically, it turned out to be unironically enjoyable.
8. As of episode 7-ish it's edging towards being a harem anime, and it not being a harem is among the things which set the series apart. I'm willing to tolerate it turning into a harem if it doesn't get too annoying, but we'll have to wait and see.
This show doesn't know what kind of show it wants to be so it left it so that it could be any kind of show. You find out that it is an isekai and that the entire class was transported, but you dont see the actual isekai event. It is like playing an rpg where someone else has played the first few levels for you and you are just continuing from there.
Story is horribly done including the attempts at comedy and fanservice.
The art is below average.
The characters don't feel unique. Especially the main characters.
The best way that I can describe this anime is
that someone is trying to take their favorite parts of all the anime they have watched and put it all together, but they also missed several details
This is an isekai that is so poorly done that I created an account to leave this review so that others don't waste their time.
4/10 for me. Believe me when I say this, but the Arifureta Manga is really good. It's a good mix of Tokyo Ghoul, Fullmetal Alchemist and Shield Hero. The only reason I have this a 4/10 is because they butchered the fucking manga.
They cut out a lot of the important parts that make Arifureta good. I stopped at episode 1 when I saw them skip the school scene. Fucking idiots ruining good material.
I'm currently still reading the manga and I'm excited for the next chapter but the anime is just so fucked up. I'm fine with them changing some parts of
the manga as long as it is an improvement. A good example is when Naofumi was the one who asked Trash and Bitch to be executed, but in the anime it was the queen. It's a good twist and makes Naofumi more mature. In Arifureta they just removed a lot of parts in order to cram everything in 1 season.
I've not got any experience writing reviews, so I'll just give my honest opinion to start with.
Before you watch the anime, read the novel. The anime rushes through so much stuff, if I hadn't read the novel, I'd be quite confused at what was even happening at times...
Once you've read the novel, if you want to give the anime a shot, I say go ahead: It's not a great adaptation, but nor is it that bad. I personally have lost interest in watching this season.
We know from MAL that it only has 13 episodes. I know I stated that they're rushing things, but there is
far too much content for a mere 13 episodes and the more interesting stuff happened later in the story (Or at least, what I found more interesting), as such I'll be hoping a second season comes out (They should be able to get the bits I found boring finished up in S1.)
Arifureta, our wonderful seasonal isekai trash of Summer 2019. It is an experiment by the novelist, wondering what would occur if he culminates many different elements of manga and novels to create this narrative, hoping to find success in extracting the most praised aspects in order to replicate said acclaim.
The story follows our optimistic and kind protagonist Nagumo Hajime, as he is ridiculed for his supposedly useless skill by his peer who possesses far superior skills (hmmm... kinda reminds me of a series... *cough* SHIELD HERO *cough* ), he is later betrayed by one of his peers and undergoes extraordinary emotional trauma that damages
his psyche, he experiences Marie Antoniette Syndrome whitening his hair and becomes more ruthless (huh... wonder where that originated... Tokyo... guru?). Later on, after traversing the many trials in his way that is easily dispatched thanks to the power of [ Overpowered Protagonist ] skill, he encounters a 300-year-old blonde loli vampire (wow, didn't know Oshino Shinobu can traverse across different shows with her abilities) who exists for the sake of fan-service and deus ex machina.
The art is lacklustre, you can immediately tell the show was created as an immediate cash grab by the producers. Many action scenes are laughable, characters are in still-frames as they dodge and weave across the battlefield, like paper cut-outs dragged across the wall. And oh god the abundance of CGI in the action scenes is nauseating, it is to be expected that CGI is used for gigantic creatures and monsters, but even his weapon is animated in CGI, not evening noting how the lack of recoil and reaction from the user whenever he fires is off-putting. The art can look at most decent in calm scenarios and some scenes can look pretty smoothly drawn, but those are seldom.
I commend the voice actor for their great performance, they do express emotions in scenes, but due to the pacing and direction of the show, it had little effect on me. The soundtrack during fight scenes is... everything? Literally, I hear jazz, heavy metal and orchestral in different fight scenes. Very disconcerting, as if the composer does not even know how to compose fitting music and so experiments with very single genre of music, mashing them into every scene. There's no motif connecting any of these soundtrack, so they just feel like a mish-mash of different music. Disappointingly, they are definitely nothing noteworthy, too bland. Have to admit, the opening isn't bad (not the visual, it's piss poor). However, the ending is as dull as the soundtrack. Also, the sounds they used for the monster are the same exact ones you can get from a soundboard... talk about effort.
Our main character is basically if Ken Kaneki and Iwatani Naofumi performed a fusion. A carbon copy of them both, which is so accurate that it bothers me, the author must have been really lazy. His classmates are stereotypical characters such as the kind and caring childhood friend, the hateful and brash bully etc. Extremely forgettable. The loli vampire's personality is created to be extremely clingy and slightly tsundere. Not of the character's backstory, motivation, personality or design is anything to write home about, the protag is made to look as badass as possible because why not?
All in all, the show is your seasonal, typical isekai anime. If you are a fan of the genre, sure go ahead it might temporarily satisfy your cravings. As for everyone else, it is best to avoid this show for something even remotely more enjoyable and memorable than this. As for me, well I will just keep watching till I hit that one episode where I will drop this show enitrely.
You know what? After watching 5 episodes of this anime, you can't really complain about the bad CGI anymore. I mean, let's all be honest here, there's a lot of anime out there with worse animation than this. I know they skipped some of the content but that's not something to really complain about. You can still follow the story if you watch it properly. So instead of staring at the bad CGI and complaining about how dark everything is, just try to enjoy the show. This is the part where you say the internet saying "It's so bad, it's good". And what does that
mean you ask? Well I don't know, I just put it in there to make the review longer.
They did a really good job adapting the manga, even though they skipped the part where they were supposed to get isekai'd. Are you trying to copy the Fate Series': Heaven's Feel opening? Unlike some directors who changed the whole story of some anime, *coughs* Tokyo Ghoul *coughs* Akame ga Kill *coughs*, the director followed the manga pretty well.
Now leaves the question of is it bad? good? both? Ye I don't know. Why not just partner the director of this anime with the author who made Ousama Game.