I can see why people hate this show but I actually enjoyed it. Of course this show was definitely not perfect. It had many problems. Minor spoilers if you haven't seen it.
One of the problems was the animation. I didn't like that they used CGI for all the monsters, it just made them look all weird and not intimidating. I did like the character designs so I will give them props for that.
The second is how it started. I have read the first light novel and will be reading the rest soon, but how the show started was much different from the light novel. They
didn't add new content to the anime that they light novel didn't have, its that the anime started when they were in the new world and that not how the light novel started. Light novel started with them at there school, anime really doesn't show anything about them being in school and I think they shouldn't have done that.
What I did like about this show is the story. That is what made the show watchable for me. If it wasn't for the story, I probably would have drop it a long time ago. They story is interesting, its not like every Isekai out there.
If you have trouble with animation not being that good then you shouldn't watch this anime. If you like a good story even if it is a bit jumble up then you should definitely check out this anime
I really enjoyed this anime but being a late comer I was able to watch the full 12 ep's, 1 being a review ep 5.5, I can understand the poor reviews. While yes the CGI wasn't the greatest in the world not all CGI is going to be prefect so it's bad but not so bad to not watch. Most eps don't have any or very little CGI meaning it shouldn't really be a reason to give the anime a lower score.
I gave this anime a 9 while I really enjoyed it it's not a favorite of mine so I can't give it a
10. While yes it's another isekai anime it does do things just differently enough to make it stand out with it's story. While it has the typical "harem" trope it doesn't come off fully as fan service and more of a comedy then romance past the first few eps.
The tight walk rope the MC has to walk to not take things to far but also be a realist of the situations he is always in make it enjoyable. Without giving spoilers he becoming overpower by human standards which is a normal trope but he doesn't seem to use it to just blast things away or take orders from someone else. The MC feels more like how most people would react in such a situation rather then go an destroy everything and save the day it more about doing what you feel you should do and not whatever is telling you to do.
If your on the fence about this anime i would suggest watching the first 3-5 eps for yourself. Most people seem to disregard this anime because of minor flaws that every anime has. Also the fact that everyone seems to hype anime up before release making it seem worse then what it actually is. I completely disagree with it's current rating of a 6 there are far worse isekai anime out there if you dislike isekai anime then I would suggest staying away as the people who would enjoy this anime have been turned away by people who dislike it based on genre alone.
By far my favorite anime of its cour, those who demand it be exactly like the manga shouldn't watch the anime.
The story of Hajime pulling himself and his friends through hell and onto the other side, while maintaining the harem trope found in many of these kinds of shows. A cute but at times brutal show, his love for those who are close to him and his hatred of his enemies are fun to watch.
if you're looking for a deep series look elsewhere, if you're interested in a sometimes light sometimes dark harem anime this is for you.
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.
Watching this made me think of Shirobako and how that show made me appreciate quality animation.
In Shirobako there is a scene where a young inexperienced 3D animator tries to show effects of gravity and acceleration on a piglet in a jet plane, and the result just falls flat due to lack of dynamics.
3D in this show is like that. It's jarring. It lacks any believable dynamics. It's lifeless. It's so pathetic it's uncomfortable to watch.
Web novel story can be broadly categorized as action harem. It's main appeal is: thrilling fights, escalating MC power level, sexy babes, character interaction sitcom.
But in the anime the script
is necessarily rewritten to give more screen time to the fights. Therefore, character interactions are necessarily cut, and are mostly lost if you don't already know what to look for.
Unfortunately, all the fights use aforementioned terrible 3D and are plain unwatchable.
Bottom line, don't waste your time. If this particular take on the OP MC harem isekai for some reason intrigues you, better go read the novel and leave the animation to your imagination.
From common place to worlds strongest, another "Isekai" anime as the whiners would say but how does this one fare to top picks like "No Game No Life", "Gate" and "Re: Zero".
Well this anime is a lot like "Sword Art Online" season 01 structure wise, unlike SAO Alice, the very first SAO was trimmed because it was a newcomer and if you know about the anime industry, you know there are things like Slot Booking, Budget and Profit forecast, Not a lot of anime studios go in with sequels in mind. so it's about playing it safe, what can last the whole season and most
likely relevant to what is being played, seeing how popular and how investment SAO has gathered despite the forever mad pseudo critics, not only did it pay off but it generated a large enough pull so that for years anything remotely moving the MC to a different place is good enough to be animated.
So how is it related to SAO, Arifureta it's a much shorter anime that uses the same summary format to maybe pique the interest of an audience.
While SAO was a psychological twist on regards to being trapped inside a game which automatically means certain death if your HP drops to zero, things that only seasoned gamers can avoid and even then, mistakes are made.
Hajime Nagumo is a High Schooler that is transported to another world alongside his entire classroom. and unlike Kirito who has resolve and skills from the get go and you know, is playing with a fake virtual body, Nagumo is a easily forgettable youth with no back bone. was dealt a bad hand upon reaching the fantasy world, whose skills upon arrival to the new world can only work on groups, as he is basically a glorified Blacksmith that isn't a sorcerer, healer and / or even a attacker and of course is risking his life and limbs on his real body on a floor clearing system like SAO but instead of going UP, the higher floors go underground.
By all accounts, A Blacksmith has no business on the battlefield, and is usually in some shop in the safety of a town.
one day, on a mission for simple jealousy for a girl, A male classmate hides a magic shot among shots meant for the creatures they're fighting and hits Hajime Nagumo sending him several floors down by himself alone with terrifying monsters in a lot of darkness.
Now imagine being a high schooler, with the skills of a blacksmith, no weapons several hundred feet under ground surrounded by tougher monsters that the ones your party used to fight. Alone in the Darkness, with monsters to whom you are nothing more than a treat to eat. the upside is that Nagumo by resorting to eat monsters he is able to hunt by setting up traps to be able to survive, he acquires a myriad abundant of skills related to what he eat, even if it is all raw.
Nagumo has to survive and make it to the top, loses an arm to a monster that was already eating him alive and an eye later on. he has to toughen up and is now fueled by hatred of those who left him, but what should have been a story of vengeance, turns into one of growth on which a boy becomes a man, with a party of extraordinary monsters like a Dragon, a Vampire and a still impressive Bunny Girl with super Strength. Nagumo goes from a forgettable character to Rambo in 13 episodes.
Art 8 / 10
Arifureta has great animation and is very vibrant on regards to characters, landscape and world, but the monsters are 3D rendered so it's all about how you feel about that, I didn't find it as bothersome as others do but I'll leave this to your discretion.
Sound 10 / 10
Great soundtrack. one of the best things of this anime is the use of it's music.
I fully enjoyed this anime, it has a sprinkle of everything, even Konosuba with a perverted masochistic Dragoness on par with Darkness from the aforementioned show. however the edge of the blade here is how does the spacing bother you, this anime spit the anime in to two, a story or summary of one and a long epilogue on which Nagumo is a badass cleaning house on the surface after learning a secret he uncovered underground. a lot of people wanted more dungeon bad assery and more skills. however this show based on how it was handled, the goods are at the surface not the dungeons.
Itis truly sad that this series didn't take the risk a made it longer, maybe get another season and perhaps could have been the next SAO on length but more of an underdog take.
while not the splash everyone anticipated, it's an anime you'll be glad you saw nevertheless. wouldn't be surprised if the show got second season, the character dynamic is a sight to behold after all.
♪♫ And to the haters we sing, no validation for bile, now hear forth my reasons, this could take a while, the show was pretty bad, baseless opinions are worse, and now let my review, become the next verse ♪♫
Most stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. You could be more specific breaking down the different story telling mechanics:
hook, lead, misdirection, climax, whatever let's just generalize with beginning, middle, and end. Arifureta can ban separated into three segments as well, atrocious, pretty decent, kind of shit. So each category of my review will focus on the different segments. I feel it does all average out in the long run to just being a uniquely bad piece of media, but it would be hard to convince someone to watch this based on the following truths.
While the story for Arifureta is a great concept, the direction of this anime is safely the worse I have ever seen. It's an isekai anime, I have no problems with those, but the introduction skips all the best Isekai bits. In fact without the summary, you have no idea its even an isekai for quite a while. It was like this anime starts in the middle of the story and you just have to be okay with that, well I am not okay with it. Then the poorly executed sub arc of the protagonist affliction is revealed, only to never be properly addressed later on. Then back to "grind" of watching near autonomous movement by a drone like MC in a place that is gratuitously dark to cover up a lack of effort to create the darkness through story. 1/10
Then the story brightens up, you start to learn about the world and meet some new characters. The drone completes his metamorphosis and becomes a person. I absolutely love the new people and their circumstances, and Arifureta becomes this wonderfully ecchi comedy with a bit of decent action. It's such a change and it makes you wonder why it wasn't like this from the start? 7/10
THEN for the climax Arifureta falls back into that abyss of seemingly irrelevant story fodder (based on presentation not source),this time taking the new characters and humor with it. 4/10.
This anime is literally a poorly done beginning, a decent middle, and then blend the two together for the end. Unfortunately the good vibes of the middle cant over power the awesome terribleness of the beginning so the end is a bit lack luster, when you average those three together, Story lands an over all [4/10]. Shame
The art. Sucks, No really though, the intro to this anime has such a poor color palette, that even with a 40 inch LCD display, I had to sit just right to see the bulk of the intended view. The monsters are this weird CGI/auto animated blend of suck. I think they were trying to be techy with it, and it just came off as being cheap, not a great effect at all. 1/10
Later in the anime it brightens up, the characters are colorful, the world vibrant and large. Some of the cgi beasts make a comeback but they are kind of outdone by the people and world around them. 7/10
The final segment also fails in art as well, it is a majority of bad cgi and most of the opportunities for good movement mechanics are hidden in light beams or puffs of smoke. A lot of money saving tricks employed, and it was back to being a visual failure. 1/10. All in all [3/10]
The audio is one of the more consistent things in the show. The OP is just absolutely sexy, and I can jam to that in my day to day. The ED was a bit weak, a good song, but it really didn't fit this show at all. Voice actors were splendid, OST good. There is a character subjected to some rather intense and awkward sensations, and for that voice actor to get through that recording, I am beyond impressed. Audio a bit better than so so, and when credit is due, YOU GIVE IT, Sound [8/10]
Characters. I would give the main squad an 8/10. I cant make that the over all, cause this show forces so many useless people into the spotlight. I hope maybe in the source material, they were more significant? In the anime though, they were more like paper weights robbing me from seeing the ones I wanted to see 4/10. Easy average of [6/10]
Enjoyment, Over all [6/10] I really didn't enjoy it for the first third or so of the episodes. Then it got kind of fun and I liked catching it each week as this average but humorous Anime, then it fizzled out at the end. So you know, wasn't a complete waste of my time, but I am not offended by it.
This was a great story that suffered bad direction and piss poor animation, had a good soundtrack though. I wouldn't recommend watching or not watching this show either way. Personally though, I feel there could be a great season 2, as the plot did seem to move away from the bane of this anime's existence in its final moments. I would definitely be willing to watch it, and am probably going to check out the source, eventually. SO the anime did its job I guess. Arifureta season 1 over all score from me, [5/10].
Arifureta is just one of the many isekai this season that met the genre's expectations.
Of being absolute garbage.
What sets Arifureta apart, though, is my personal disappointment in a well-written source novel that turned into a garbage can.
This anime was a production disaster. The CGI was a rushed job, the cringe moments were absolutely horrible, the pacing was wild, and to top it off, the general feel of the story and development that existed in the source material (Light Novel) was completely destroyed. I don't have the time (or the motivation) to point out the countless amount of times this adaptation decided to leave things out,
or messed things up, or changed things. The original story definitely flowed much better, and didn't leave out the massive amount of explanation that this anime is in desperate need of.
If you even had a SLIGHT interest in the story and worldbuilding of Arifureta I STRONGLY suggest the Light Novel/Web Novel instead. And if you don't like reading text, the manga is up to about episode 10-11 of the anime (at time of writing), and is still by far a better option. (I still strongly recommend the LN/WN over the manga though)
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.
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.
At first glance it looks like a normal anime to be honest but dig deeper and it was pretty fun to watch, funny and bring tears as well (little), the story are great but it's not cleared yet so SS2 confirmed, the character is a bit too much but kina fit into the place, music are good especially the opening, the art is good but some parts are cheap out and weird some weird computer graphic but overall, this is a brilliant anime
For me this anime is a : Great Enjoyment, Good Music, Fantastic story.
Even tho, people rate this anime low and
hate it, i think its very fun ;-;
If I'm giving an objective review of this anime, it's a 3 as such I shall spoil the shit out of it without mercy.
It has exactly 2 good ideas and has a alright soundtrack. Those two ideas are.
1: The dragon people being samurai or at least eastern inspired. I just always enjoy this so this is a personal thing.
2: Hajime adopting Myu is unironically wholesome and is the best character interaction in the entire anime. I am a sucker for hardass/edgelords becoming doting dads, so of course this is my favorite legitimate aspect of the show.
Now you may have noticed that I scored this
anime a 3 and that is me scoring it objectively. That is because if I rated how much I enjoyed this colorful dumpster explosion it would be a 9.
This anime fails abysmally in almost every facet consistently. It's to the point that I will recommend this anime as a comedy. Let me break it down step by step.
Its an isekai anime that fails to explain its an isekai in the actual story until some point past episode 3. While other similar isekai have done this (Grimgar just kinda ignores the fact its an isekai) Here it is really only shown in the OP and is an important part of the non-existant plot about chosen heroes probably fighting a god or demon or something. This is honestly the only bad part of the anime that isn't hilarious but it is ultimately something you can ignore, cuz it sure as hell ignores its own plot.
Aight so. I like some of the character designs, I like the aesthetic decision to give each character an outline that matches their colors which makes them pop out in this drab world. But you see, everything else is awful. The action is hilariously bad, the animation is only sometimes okay but mostly just bad. However the greatest gift this anime gives is the CG monsters. The CG monsters are by far the best and worst part about this anime in all the right ways. You combine the shitty CG monsters with the weirdly slow combat and things just comically fly around or fall over in slow motion that was made by a child playing with their action figures. The best part about the CG monsters is somehow they progressively get worse in all the right ways. Just watch the dragon "fight" and you'll understand.
Soundtrack is pretty okay. I might go relisten to some tracks to get a better opinion but this isn't actually bad.
This one is hard to rate because I like the characters. They're all so one note and shallow but their so weirdly endearing. Its really difficult to explain how I feel about them. Like I cant even tell you if I enjoy Hajime because he's a shitty edgelord or if I enjoy him because he's genuinely a fun character. All I know is that the extra members of Hajime's party are either boring (Yue) a shitty Aqua clone (Shea) and a shitty Darkness clone with the worst character introduction I have ever seen in any anime ever. Myu's an actual fun addition to the party I legitimately like so she's saves the score from being a 2.
If your still reading this then, go watch Arifureta. I will guarantee that you will at least get a good laugh during the first 3 episodes and if you enjoy what you see I highly suggest finishing it. This anime never has a dull moment.
Trivialest plot, cardboard characters, spontaneous porn episodes, awfull slide show animation and awful music. Who created this? Why it was created? Who would like this? The greatest mysteries in the world.
All the parts of this title are dreadelly bad, i didn't catch even few pleasurable seconds, it's some kind of achievement for creators
It is something like "50 shades of grey" for guys and I can assume that poor unformed children will enjoy the primitive idea underlying the plot but enjoying this title will fatally lead to brain liquefaction.
It is the saddest anime-industry event, which lowers base quality of
airing series to actual zero.
I feel like i would never ever watch an isekai again.
"Butchers the source material"
"So bad it's good"
"Generic isekai trash"
I've heard these three claims made, and none of them are valid.
1. Let me make one thing absolutely clear, the source material for this is not good. The best manga or light novel I've read is not even comparable to an 8/10 anime. But that aside, some specific claims are demonstrably false. That it's incomprehensible, I understand it perfectly so I don't know what anyone's on about. That they ruined Hajime's character, from what I've heard he's edgier in the source material, and if he were to be any edgier Yue would be cut touching him. All
in all, there is no reason to believe the source material is better.
2. I just before finishing this watched the first four episodes of Zero no Tsukaima, and was totally baffled by how they thought such obnoxious and loud fantasy music would improve the scene. Nothing in Arifureta is that baffling, although there are a few awkward moments of CG animation.
3. Normally isekai anime have the protagonist go town to town on quests for the adventurers guild. This has an adventurers guild too, but the first 5 episodes of it are a dungeon with only two people in it. To go 5 full episodes without expanding the harem beyond one person is remarkable if nothing else.
Now for some praise ...
- The main leads, Yue and Hajime are married if I recall correctly. Have you seen an isekai where the main lead actually chooses a partner. The closest is In Another World with my Smartphone, which has the series promise he'll enter a polygamous marriage eventually. Their dynamic is generally entertaining to watch too.
- The battles are quite engaging from a strategy perspective.
- The environments are different from the typical isekai.
- It handled the whole "revenge" angle exactly as I expected, which is great because any other way would've probably ruined the series.
And for some criticisms ...
- The story does tease that Hajime will face more powerful foes later on, which is kinda exhausting. He's earned the right to be stronger than everyone.
- There are a few inconsistencies, and odd decisions. They're nothing too major once you realise them, but don't expect a polished anime. Those "so bad it's good" claims came from somewhere.
- There is some god awful CG in this series. It's not like it's anything important. You wouldn't notice if it were good, but it's noticeably bad and that's fine. I'll take 10 seconds of distraction over being strung along by a stagnant romance subplot for a full 13 episodes any day.
- The first episode is an absolute mess.
And for the dub ...
I've seen the dubbed version twice, and watched clips of the sub on youtube (as well as the last two episodes subbed). There are so many lines which are great in the sub and terrible in the dub, and to be frank there's no arguing here that the sub's better. The only slight issue with the sub is that the dragon's voice is kinda annoying.
So, after watching dis S1 Arifureta, the first half of the series (Ep1-4)was indeed hard to watch because the progresive-regresive flow of the anime (constantly initiating flashback to make-up the story). buts still it wasn't dat hard to understand.
The Story was fair, compare to another isekai in summer 2019. The art and Sound was superbly well made and good, but still it can'teven compared to Kimetsu no Yaiba (ufotable) quality in current season.
i was realy enjoying a "from zero to Hero" plot and Anti-Hero Type. BUT the series has it drawback, YES everybody realized this after the first half of the
series. The MC was Edgy, it felt like some chuuni make his own Char development in dat series. I thought it was fine, but they make it worse.......
Some Char Composition seem a bit familiar, YES KONOSUBA was pop up into my mind (after watching ep 9). if u watch it carefully, the MC's party consist same element as KONOSUBA's. i wont spoil it much further, but let me explain what make this show disastrous.
MC had a goal, but what he done was very contradictive in his Home World's Ethos and common Ethics. (i can' texplain it cuz it would contain soo many spoilers)
WHAT is Definition of EDGY ?, it was "trying to be cool by being violent". YES and the MC stupidly achieve while tryin to became an Anti-Hero. His Drastic measure by Killing (*more like executing) was indeed a stupid way to be look cool.
Its normal to see people died in battle, but executing it after it was over was far from necessary, (especialy by a 17 Yrs old edgy kid). it feel like the writer / editor tellin us that its Okay to Kill a surendering Enemy and much worse, they make it look like it was fine in anime. I Understand that they intent it for progerssing the story much further in the future. But the execution was so bad its seem all the gud effort that had been put to this anime was wasted only cuz MC current dev.
still i wont spoil much further and allow me to gib a quote for dis anime.
"Those Who Kill is not the Strongest, but the weakest comparing to the one that forgives"
Arifureta is similar to a giant turd stuck in your ass. It's painful, it stinks, it looks and feels horrible, but by the time you're done you feel so much better that you forgot how awful the experience actually was.
Story: 2/10 The story for this anime is such a mess that it's almost impossible to describe. They took the source material for this anime, skimmed it like a lazy high school student skims a book they have to write a report on, and then confidently present it as if what they've done is acceptable. In this scenario the viewers are this student's teacher, and if
you paid attention to it at all, (Trust me, I don't blame anyone if they didn't), you think it's some sick joke and tell them to fuck right off. The first episode is probably the single worst episode of an anime ever. There is nothing to lead you into the story, just an incoherent mess of flashbacks and mediocre scenes of Hajime becoming Ken Kaneki and Naofumi Iwatani combined. The first arc lasts until episode 5, and continues to expound upon nothing, mostly consisting of god awful animation, and pointless fights that take up most of the episodes running time. Starting at episode 6, the story actually becomes a bit better, because you realize you're halfway done with this abomination of a story. the remaining episodes consist of rushed arcs and disjointed scenes of Hajime's classmates that serve no real purpose since the viewer has no reason to be attached to them at all.
Art: 3/10 Personally, when this anime only utilizes 2D animation, the art style is passable. At the very least it doesn't hurt your eyes when you see it. This show's most notorious aspect is it's 3D animation, and it looks straight out of a bootlegged N64 game that the family dog chewed on. It's quite literally the most disgusting animation I've ever seen, and i've seen Mars of Destruction and My Sister, My Writer. I recommend closing your eyes whenever any fight sequences start playing, for your own sake.
Sound: 5/10 The OP and ED are passable, nothing terrible but nothing memorable either. Not much to say on it because it's just there, and that's really it.
Characters: 4/10 The characters in this show are awful in a lovable kind of way. Hajime is your typical Gary Stu "OP as fuck because plot" character who starts out as a pussy so that the viewers feel sympathy for him. If you're a fan of edgelord MCs you'll love this one. Yue is the staple legal loli of most modern anime adaptations and serves as the main love interest of Hajime simply because she was the first one he encountered. There's no meaningful development between them at all except the fact that they've had intercourse, and we don't even get to see it. Shea is a bunny girl that really makes me think of Elmer Fudd, because I too want to hunt bunny rabbits after listening to her speak for more than 3 seconds. She solely exists for fan service for all the deplorable cretins who find bunny girls attractive, with no meaningful purpose whatsoever. Tio is the reason the score for characters is a 4 instead of a 2. She's fucking hilarious. I can only attribute the hilarity of her character to her voice acting, as Yoko Hikasa is an expert at lewd voice acting, having gotten experience from voicing characters in well regarded Ecchi anime such as High School DXD and Campione. Lastly and definitely least in terms of development is Kaori. You see her about 5 times during the entire show and yet she's a main character you're supposed to like because she supposedly cares about Hajime. Maybe if we actually seen any meaningful interaction between them at all, we as the viewers could say she's a good person.
Enjoyment: 8/10 You're probably wondering, "CrimsonDonger-Sensei, you just spend the entirety of your review shitting on every aspect of the show! Why on earth did you give this an 8 for enjoyment? did you click that by accident?" Well, I'm an idiot who loves bad anime, and as such i enjoyed the hell out of this show despite how fucking awful it is. Call me a masochist if you'd like, it's a great show when you've got nothing else to do.
Overall: 3/10 This show sucks. If you're expecting an innovative isekai, I implore you to look elsewhere. If you're expecting fluid animation and dynamic action scenes, you're going to be disappointed. While i personally enjoyed watching this shitfest of a show, i cannot reasonably recommend this to anybody, as it is truly a huge steaming pile of cow manure.
DISCLAIMER: This is the first review I've ever written and it was simply out of boredom. the formatting is shit and i realize that. I don't expect anyone to read this, I simply desired the catharsis of speaking my thoughts on this anime.
I stopped watching anime seriously since 2 years ago, that's probably the only reason this anime got 5 from me, a fair, impartial one, otherwise not even worth my remarks. Why stopped watching anime? Simple cause animes are childish and most of the time nothing but retarded japanese ideas which are well what can i say!! Retarded. This shitty shows boils blood for a certain 8th grade syndrome group and after that meh! Well, exceptions are obviously excluded.
My review is based on the my experience of anime, manga and light novel, all of them.
The light novel deserves an 8, balanced and worth reading. The manga
is a joke, don't bother and the anime?
Well, this is one of the prime examples of how to to screw up a light novel adaption. A top 10 one i guess.
From the novel the story is a good one but does the anime tell any story? In this 13 episode hardly anything clear. Too many half assed explanations nothing complete.
Art? Poor budget anime with 6-7th grader animetions. The motions are slow, the monsters are kindergarden arts and when the mc talks badass words, it feels like somehow his zipper is open. That's the feeling. Childish. The stand up comedies misses timing and seems like monotonous because of that. Example of bad directing and editing.
Sound? Hardly any background music. I don't give shit to amateur opening and endings sang by voice actresses.
Character? Except hajime, others are just like novel. Or maybe my image of of them in the novel overshadowed them here so no impressions.
Enjoyment? I guess some episodes are worth it. The first 2-3 episodes were decent and the first reunion episode with the teacher was really good cause i haven't read the novel then. But after that episode everything went to dust. They made up things on their own, not following the novel. Rushed it. Rushing really sucks man.
Well, what can i say! Expected it to suck and glad i look down on these greedy low budget japanese anime studios that makes up garbage and maintains lets wait and see status. This is the sole reason anime industry is declining. Greed vs reality. But, i recommend people to read the novel cause it's decent. And my decent means above 7
This anime would have been better as a 24 or 25 episode anime. Mainly because they are trying to cover 4 volumes in 13 episodes, which normally wouldn't be that bad until you see how much content is in each volume which would need around 6 episodes to cover just 1 enough to do it justice. Especially since they covered volume 2 in just 2 episodes while cutting out most of the volume.
However if you haven't read the books the anime itself covers a lot of the main plot details so that you can at least know what's going on.
Overall, the anime
felt like it was rushed and too short to cover each volume. If instead they dedicated more episodes to each volume it would have been better and only cut out some of the less important stuff.
Arifureta is a work of art. Let me present a few examples:
- skipping hundreds of pages of source material in a few seconds,
- skipping important character development,
- skipping the protagonist's entire backstory,
- skipping the "summoned into another world" event in the first place,
- harem power fantasy with girls falling for him immediately,
- harem antics that take up most of the screen time,
- an edgelord protagonist who still acts as a hero and saves his waifus and the local towns,
- trivially steam-rolling any threat with his OP abilities and only minor planning,
- generic edgy dialogue with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the face,
and forgettable villains who get maybe a few minutes of screen time,
- other side characters in the same situation,
- spending too much time on generic fights against random monsters, and
- very low visual production standards.
That's right; Arifureta ticks all the boxes.
You might think that the parts about skipping hundreds of pages in a few seconds, the protagonist's backstory, and the "summoned into another world" event are an exaggeration. They are not. When they adapted this from the light novels, that is what they decided to go with. Hajime was a different kind of person before turning edgy, but they only portray it on-screen for a few seconds in short flashbacks. These flashbacks also quickly mention that the class of high schoolers was summoned to another world, which you'd think would warrant more attention. So there are a hundred pages down the drain. There are also later points when even longer sections of the novel are condensed into a few seconds in an awkward summary. A few hundred pages? Skipped just like that. Aside from these obvious parts, many small pieces of character development also disappear off somewhere. Don't worry though. Much of the harem content and fanservice still made it, and some lengthy boss fights against random monsters go on for quite a while.
In fact, I believe that this anime is on to something. Who needs the protagonist's backstory anyway? The audience doesn't need to know who he is or how he ended up in the situation he is in. Who needs any bare minimum of world-building? Who needs characters expressing their personalities? What truly matters is cute waifus and edgy one-liners. Narrative cohesion? Plot? Characters? Interesting content? Understanding what is happening on-screen? Those are for pretentious elitists, smug critics, and people who read the source material beforehand.
I did actually read some of the light novel, and it has some serious problems too, most of which remain in the adaptation as well. First of all, even the premise is misleading, and not in a good way. You might think that Hajime is a ruthless, morally compromised anti-hero, but this isn't entirely true. He sometimes acts in an edgy manner, but it is mostly superficial. In practice, he very consistently ends up playing the role of the knight in shining armor who saves his waifus from generic villains. And his harem is recruiting ever more waifus, so this keeps him very busy. Sometimes he ends up helping random civilians too, which earns him the favor of... you guessed it, even more waifus. What Hajime lacks in actual moral flaws, he makes up in sheer edginess. His mannerisms, fighting style, choice of words, and attire all scream edge. The black suit, the eyepatch, the mechanical arm, the occasional twisted smirk on his face. His arsenal of guns, grenades, a motorcycle, etc. This is the most superficial way of being edgy. The anime isn't even trying to hide it, sometimes outright calling him an edgelord. It doesn't help enough though. Rather than actually write Hajime differently, they made him a generic heroic harem lead and tried to cover it up with superficial changes.
Hajime does propose some morally dodgy things on occasion, but he will backpedal in a few seconds or the people around him will easily talk him out of it. More than anything, he seems to behave strangely. He talks to people in an edgy way and is often rude but then saves them anyway. A cunning, pragmatically oriented ruthless person would do the opposite: they would sweet-talk people into working for them and only backstab them at the perfect opportunity. Hajime takes the worst of both worlds as far as his personal gain is concerned even though personal gain is what he often claims to be after. Also, his edgy lines are not even very imaginative. For instance, he might say in very simple words that he kills his enemies or doesn't care about other people. He has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the face. I don't mind characters being a bit edgy. In fact, I prefer anime on the edgy side if the alternative is being too bright and cheerful. There is a right and wrong way to do it though, and I'd prefer if they expressed their edge with a bit more nuance.
Hajime may deliver some edgy lines and act grumpy, but you can always count on him to save the day. It is superficial. There is a difference between being ruthless and being edgy. I give Hajime some credit for being willing to kill his obvious enemies, and I suppose that alone makes him more ruthless than many other protagonists, but that is as far as it goes. He still generally goes around helping people and coming to their rescue at the last second. True, he weighs his personal gain as well, but he still usually ends up helping for only a moderate reward. This is aided by convenient circumstances. Hajime is routinely placed in situations in which helping other people is rewarded. This is made easier by the fact that he quickly becomes overpowered to the point that none of his opponents can touch him, so there is little risk involved. At worst, he has to spend a bit of ammo. Moral dilemmas? Who needs those? Generic villains routinely arrive to pick a fight with him and often go out of their way to threaten his waifus, so what else would a harem lead do? There you go, interests neatly in alignment and yet another innocent town saved. Even better, he rescues children abducted by evil-looking criminals. Even when it is not beneficial for him personally, Hajime sometimes manages to convince himself to act altruistically for some reason. Almost like his earlier character development never happened. You know, the development much of which was skipped anyway. Hey, look, it almost makes sense now.
As noted above, Hajime gathers a harem of girls who want to sleep with him. A real shocker there. An isekai with a harem? Who would have thought? The anime isn't trying to hide this either and the light novel even less, explicitly calling it a harem. Thankfully, Hajime isn't too dense, so he is also aware of the affections aimed at him. I guess I'll give him credit for that too, but it still doesn't make the harem antics different enough to be interesting. You can probably guess how this works. Hajime helps a girl like a knight in shining armor or otherwise demonstrates his heroics while delivering a few edgy lines with maybe a touch of sweetness mixed in. The girl falls for him on the spot. Then repeat the process for the next girl. No buildup necessary, just join the harem right after your introduction and immediately try to get into Hajime's pants. This approach to romance is truly touching and tugs my heartstrings.
Hajime does actually sleep with some of them, so it isn't entirely left at the level of tease. (Of course, he does not do it on-screen, so don't get your hopes up if that's why you're watching.) Good for him, I guess, but it still doesn't make the harem interactions interesting enough. The harem antics really bog down the show because almost all the dialogue revolves around them. The personalities and life goals of the girls are almost entirely defined by their love for Hajime, and they barely speak about anything else. As always, the true battle is not the action scenes but the waifus fighting over Hajime's affection, reducing him to a fairly typical harem lead who awkwardly stands there as the girls bicker and argue. He is aware of the situation and may deliver a few edgy lines about it, but mostly he sits back and listens. So much of the dialogue in the entire show focuses on arguing over who can gain access to Hajime's pants that it is easy to forget that other topics ever existed. Some of the harem members manage to find enough common ground to share Hajime's love, not that it helps the dialogue.
Many of the side characters receive outrageously scarce screen time to the point that we barely know them. Hajime has quite a few classmates who were summoned with him to this world, but only a few of them receive any kind of attention and even then it mostly revolves around their relationships with him. Good luck remembering more than a few of them. This also applies to many of the locals, including the antagonists. The demon generals only manage to show up briefly, and the evil gods don't even bother to appear in person. I wouldn't blame anyone for forgetting that they exist. Their motives are so poorly fleshed out that they are reduced to generic villains.
Some of the other villains have slightly more of a presence but only slightly, like maybe three minutes instead of one. The light novel was already stingy on the screen time allocated to villains, but the anime is moving at such a breakneck pace that it's a "blink and you'll miss it" situation. The motives of these people can be described as crazy people doing crazy things because the author couldn't come up with anything compelling. Also, the villains tend to wear obviously evil smiles, a few tiers more evil than Hajime's edgy smirk. Why? So that the audience knows that they are villains, duh. How else would they figure it out? By the way, they don't get proper backstories to flesh out their motivation either.
Now that we have dealt with the good (?) and the bad, it is time for the ugly. There is the matter of low-quality visuals, whether it is the lack of detail or CGI. For starters, when it comes to the characters, there is often a distinct lack of detail especially for their faces. This is especially true of some side characters. The background visuals vary between bad and decent. Some of the landscape didn't look too terrible, though still not great or anything, but even then it looked blurry sometimes. Of course, there is also a decent amount of in-your-face fanservice, but that almost goes without saying. Then there is the infamous CGI. I don't usually mind CGI, even its less impressive iterations, but this time even I have to admit that it looks cheap. It ranges between "that stands out in an odd way" and "I don't want to look at the screen anymore." Were they operating on a shoestring budget? Apparently, the anime initially got postponed because of horrendously low quality and another studio ended up working on it, so this version is allegedly the better one.
It is kind of poetic, actually. A man with no backstory fights against people with no backstory for reasons that are poorly established while the visuals make you want to look away anyway.
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Some anime creators, however, fail to understand what it means.
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest is a Japanese light novel series, which is written by Ryo Shirakome (his first work) and illustrated by Takayaki. The novels are licensed in English by J-Novel Club, with Seven Seas Entertainment publishing them in print. An anime television series adaptation by White Fox and Asread premiered on July 8, 2019. The final episode aired on October 7, 2019 and concluded 13 episodes series.
Hajime Nagumo and his entire high school class are summoned to a fantasy world to save the humanity.
While his classmates are gifted with impressive abilities useful in combat, Hajime has hardly anything to boast about; his skills are nothing but average. Hajime, just like in his world, has to struggle to gain the needed power to save the mankind: he needs to clear an entire dungeon, which is considered the deadliest, no human has ever cleared.
It is quite a challenge to assess Arifureta unbiased and I have been trying for some time to find something good about it, all in vain. The moment Arifureta starts, it already fails in many ways. It feels like the show tries to skip every important detail and focus on something that is absolutely not needed. Hajime explores a dungeon with a group of people and they are not just some random heroes he knows nothing about it, but the series just decides to skip the important world-building and throws Hajime in the depth of the dungeon. Fine. At least, the show explains Hajime's power and does not make him overpowered, the moment he is summoned to another world.
And do not get me wrong, while I do call them 'flaws' they are actually not. The show skips unneeded development, Hajime is thrown in the depth of a dungeon, no human has ever been able to clear. He has to fight for his life and discover many secrets about the world he is summoned to. The hype should have never ended. But something went wrong. While the show does have a very dark start, some really good start, it fails after a couple of episodes greatly. From something dark it becomes... well, bunny girls. Why would they do that sudden shift in the series' tone? I still cannot answer this question. And if you think that the series might focus more on the world-building and characters and explain a thing, or two about the series, spoiler: it will not. P.S. And if you think bunny girls is a 'black spot' for any anime, watch Rokka no Yuusha.
Animation wise, let us just say that the series adaptation was supposed to air over a year ago, in April 2018, but was reportedly pulled because the original creator was dissatisfied with it; the core staff was almost entirely replaced, as well as their work they had done. Do not get me wrong, it is not that bad, but there are some flaws that you will notice, if you are attentive enough.
Character wise, the whole cast is just so dull that I cannot name even one good thing about them. Hajime Nagumo does start as a no-life otaku, in a new world, where he is a loser, too. Betrayed, he changes a lot and he is not that whiny brat anymore and that is pretty much it. He becomes a new person and shows little to no development; his inner dialogues are just awfully bad. Hajime is not the only main protagonist in the series, but they all are similar in a way, they lack uniqueness. They all are just your average isekai characters, in your average isekai harem.
Enjoyment wise, Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou does have an enjoyable start, which gives you a hope that Hajime Nagumo is going to become a new, interesting protagonist that has his ideals, desires. Yet, the whole series screams 'averageness' and it will not change even after the 13th episode. Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest could have been a pretty good ecchi, or hentai, but for something serious you need a better story-line, world building, as well as character development.
All in all, I failed to find anything enjoyable about Arifureta, thus I cannot recommend you this atrocity.