Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest
|Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest|
The cover of the first light novel featuring Yue.
(Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō)
|Genre||Fantasy, harem, isekai|
|Written by||Ryo Shirakome|
|Published by||Shōsetsuka ni Narō (Self-published)|
|Original run||November 7, 2013 – present|
|Volumes||10 + 4 side stories|
|Written by||Ryo Shirakome|
|Original run||June 25, 2015 – present|
|Original run||December 22, 2016 – present|
|Arifureta: I Love Isekai|
|Written by||Misaki Mori|
|Original run||July 11, 2017 – present|
|Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Zero|
|Written by||Ryo Shirakome|
|Original run||December 28, 2017 – present|
|Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Zero|
|Written by||Ataru Kamichi|
|Original run||February 23, 2018 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kinji Yoshimoto|
|Music by||Ryō Takahashi|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, BS11|
|Original run||July 8, 2019 – October 7, 2019|
|Episodes||13 + 2 OVAs|
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Japanese: ありふれた職業で世界最強 Hepburn: Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryo Shirakome and illustrated by Takayaki. Originally a web novel, the series has been published in print since 2015. The series follows Hajime Nagumo, who is transported to another world with the rest of his class but receives only the most average of magical abilities, forcing him to fight to improve himself. The novels are licensed in English by J-Novel Club, with Seven Seas Entertainment publishing them in print. A prequel light novel was published in 2017.
The series has received a manga adaptation, serialized on Ovelap's Comic Gardo website since 2016, as well as a yonkoma comedy spinoff and a manga adaptation of the prequel novel, all three licensed by Seven Seas. An anime television series adaptation by White Fox and Asread aired from July 8 to October 7, 2019. A second season has been announced.
High-schooler Hajime Nagumo is bullied by his classmate for his relationship with the class idol, Kaori. When he and the rest of his class are transported to a fantasy world, all of his classmates get powerful magical abilities, while Hajime only gains the ability to transmute solid materials, a common ability usually found in craftsmen and smiths. During a dungeon raid, he is betrayed by one of his classmates and dropped to the bottom of the dungeon. He survives the fall and creates weapons to escape the dungeon and become stronger. On his journey, he meets with the imprisoned vampire Yue, and later is joined by the bunny-eared Shea, the Dragonoid Tio, and others.
- Hajime Nagumo (南雲 ハジメ Nagumo Hajime)
- Voiced by: Toshinari Fukamachi (Japanese); Matt Shipman (English)
- A high-school otaku student who is transported to another world, where he only gains a very low-level transmutation skill. During the first hike in the Orcus dungeon, the whole class is trapped, which is the cause of a desperate death battle against the powerful demon Behemoth. Trying to help his comrades at least in some way, Nagumo applies his land transformation skills and tries to detain the demon to give the guys time to get to a safe distance. At some point he manages to disorient the demon, and Nagumo tries to escape. But, as a result of an accident (in fact, a specially-tuned attack perpetrated by his classmate), he falls straight into the abyss of the dungeon. Contrary to all expectations, he manages to survive after falling into the abyss. Almost immediately after waking up, Hajime is attacked by a monster who bites off his left arm. Fleeing, he randomly stumbles upon a very rare mineral with healing properties. Within a few days, he arrives at an extremely unstable mental state, as a result of which the former personality of the hero breaks down and Hajime changes beyond recognition. For some time he explores the dungeon while cutting down any demonic creature that comes his way. Afterwards, he began to eat all the demons he killed, because of which he gained many demonic skills. A while later, he stumbles upon a place that contains Yue and frees her from her long imprisonment. Along with her, Hajime conquers the dungeon, and one day they reach the last floor and receive Magic from the Age of Gods. Hajime decides to conquer all 7 dungeons, to get all the divine powers and use them to return to his home world.
- Yue (ユエ Yue)
- Voiced by: Yūki Kuwahara (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)
- A vampire princess who was betrayed and imprisoned by her uncle and retainers in the bottom of the Labyrinth of Oscar Orcus for 300 years until Hajime discovers and frees her using transmute. She is a magical prodigy that can use all element types of magic and has automatic regeneration ability thats keeping her from aging and heal her wounds very quickly. She falls in love with Hajime and becomes his first companion. Yue does not show any jealousy when other girls approach Hajime, as she declares herself to be his first and official wife.
- Shea Haulia (シア・ハウリア Shia Hauria)
- Voiced by: Minami Takahashi (Japanese); Amanda Lee (English)
- A rabbit-girl who Hajime and Yue encounter. She has the ability to see into the future and uses a custom made sledgehammer as her weapon. She also develops feelings for Hajime and pursue him relentlessly and develops a sister like bond with Yue.
- Tio Klarus (ティオ・クラルス)
- Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese); Morgan Garrett (English)
- Tio is a "pervert" with the main status of M but she is honest and the words this one speaks are similar to the old legends. Her "M" personality was made into this because she was defeated by Hajime's party in the northern mountains of the village of Ul. She devoted herself to Hajime to become his slave and called Hajime "Master."
- Tio originally came from the Ryujin tribe Clarce, half-dragon. Her magic and defense are significantly high especially in her Dragon form, even Hajime's party attacks only cracked the scales of this dragon. She is aged 563 years old and respected by Yue but not for so long. Her appearance is a woman of her 20s with "watermelon" chests and golden eyes. Her dragon form is a few meters long with golden eyes and has black dragon scales. Her job class is Guardian.
- Kaori Shirasaki (白崎 香織 Shirasaki Kaori)
- Voiced by: Saori Ōnishi (Japanese); Skyler McIntosh (English)
- One of Hajime's classmates and the class idol. She was the only one to actively speak to Hajime, going so far as to research manga, anime and even eroge to hold conversations with him. However, Kaori realized her feelings only after Hajime fell into the abyss, and was also the only one who did not believe in his death. Once she meets him again, she becomes frightened by how cruel Hajime had become at first, but eventually overcomes her fear and confesses her love, joining him on his journey, usually competing with Yue and the others for his affection. She has the job class of healer after being transported to another world.
- Shizuku Yaegashi (八重樫 雫 Yaegashi Shizuku)
- Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori (Japanese); Kate Bristol (English)
- She is Kaori's best friend and a childhood friend of Koki. She is a hardworking and caring girl who passes her time practicing her kendo skills, she is extremely sharp and is usually capable of processing things without much explanation. She is one of the most realistic among her classmates and acts as the voice of reason and caution, instead of blindly rushing in like her other classmates. She is referred to as a cool beauty, but has a secret girlish side that like cute things.
- Kōki Amanogawa (天之河 光輝 Amanogawa Kōki)
- Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)
- He sincerely believes in his own righteousness and tries to impose it on others, and considers those opinions that do not coincide with his thoughts to be erroneous. He was the only one who did not know about Kaori’s true feelings for Hajime. When Koki saw how Hajime changed, he began to despise and consider him a villain, because he thought that he forced Yue and the others to help him. When Kaori confessed to Hajime that she in love with him and wanted to go with him, Koki began to zealously protest, arguing his indignation that he and Kaori were childhood friends and should always be together.
- Aiko Hatayama (畑山 愛子 Hatayama Aiko)
- Voiced by: Ai Kakuma (Japanese); Emily Fajardo (English)
- When she saw Hajime and found that he was alive, she was shocked by the sudden changes in his appearance and mood, but fell in love with him when he saved her from poisoning, giving an antidote from mouth to mouth. She was very shocked that Hajime killed Yukitoshi Shimizu without a drop of doubt, but soon found out that Hajime did it for her. At first, she did not recognize her feelings, arguing that she and Hajime were a teacher and student, but soon overpowered this and recognized her love for the young man.
- Daisuke Hiyama (檜山 大介 Hiyama Daisuke)
- Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi (Japanese); Orion Pitts (English)
- During a trip to the dungeon, he secretly attacked Hajime with fire magic, causing him to fall into the abyss. Upon learning that Hajime was alive, in fear, he tried to deny it. He has a manic desire to possess Kaori, which is why he made a deal with Eri Nakamura and helped her kill all the royal knights. Hiyama was subsequently killed.
- Myu (ミュウ Myū)
- Voiced by: Yui Ogura (Japanese)
- She is a young Merman girl from Erisen who got kidnapped to be sold as a slave, but was saved by Hajime and Shea while they came across her in Fuhren. Initially she had been calling Hajime as "Onii-chan", but later changed to call him "Papa".
Ryo Shirakome originally published the series as a web novel on the user-submitted content site Shōsetsuka ni Narō. The main story ran for eight books between November 7, 2013 and October 31, 2015, and has been followed by three after-stories and an extra story since. The series was picked up for publication by Overlap, and the publisher released the first light novel, with illustrations by Takayaki, under their Overlap Bunko imprint in June 2015. When the anime adaptation was announced to have been delayed until 2019, the eighth volume of the light novel was also delayed by a month, from March to April 2018.
A prequel light novel series titled Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Zero (ありふれた職業で世界最強 零 Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō Zero), or Arifureta Zero, began publication in December 2017.
Digital publisher J-Novel Club licensed the series for an English release, and published the first chapter on February 21, 2017. During their panel at Anime Expo 2017, Seven Seas Entertainment announced that they would publish a print version of the novels as part of their collaboration with J-Novel Club. J-Novel Club has also licensed Arifureta Zero, and the series was the publisher's first simultaneous publication.
A manga adaptation by RoGa has been published on Ovelap's Comic Gardo website since its inception on December 22, 2016, and the first volume was published three days later on December 25 to coincide with the release of the fifth light novel. The series has been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment.
A yonkoma comedy spinoff by Misaki Mori, titled Arifureta: I Love Isekai (ありふれた日常で世界最強 Arifureta Nichijō de Sekai Saikyō), began serialization on Overlap's Comic Gardo website on July 11, 2017. Seven Seas announced their license to the series on January 10, 2019.
An adaptation of the prequel light novel Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Zero by Ataru Kamichi began serialization on February 23, 2018 on the Comic Gardo website. Seven Seas announced their license to the series on January 10, 2019.
A series of two drama CDs were released with the seventh, eighth, and tenth volumes of the light novel on December 25, 2017, April 25, 2018, and June 25, 2019. The drama CDs share the same voice cast as the anime.
An anime television series adaptation was announced on December 2, 2017. The series was initially intended to premiere in April 2018, but on January 15, 2018, its release was pushed back due to "various circumstances". Originally, the series would have been directed by Jun Kamiya and written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, with animation by studio White Fox and character designs by Atsuo Tobe, who also would have served as chief animation director. However, following the postponement, it was announced on April 29, 2018 that Kinji Yoshimoto would be taking over as director and studio Asread would be joining White Fox as animators. Additionally, Chika Kojima took over from Atsuo Tobe as character designer to adapt Takayaki's original designs, and Kazuyuki Fudeyasu left his position as scriptwriter, being replaced by Shoichi Sato and Kinji Yoshimoto. Ryō Takahashi is composing the series' music. Void_Chords feat. LIO performed the series' opening theme song "FLARE", while DracoVirgo performs the series' ending theme song "First Song" (ハジメノウタ Hajime no Uta).
The series aired from July 8 to October 7, 2019 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, and BS11. It ran for 13 episodes. Two original video animations (OVAs) will be released with the second and third home video sets on December 25, 2019 and February 26, 2020. Funimation has licensed the series for an English simulcast and simuldub.
After the series' finale, it was announced that the series will receive a second season.
|No.||Title||Original air date||English air date||Ref.|
|1||"The Monster of the Abyss"|
Transcription: "Naraku no Soko no Bakemono" (Japanese: 奈落の底の化け物)
|July 8, 2019||July 22, 2019|||
|The episode begins with Hajime Nagumo being thrown into the abyss of the Orcus Labyrinth. At the bottom, he quickly finds monsters stronger than he's ever seen. One of them, a bear like monstrosity, tears off his arm and eats it right in front of him. Hajime escapes by transmuting his way deep into the ground. By a stroke of luck, he finds a Divinity Stone that creates a constant, nigh-unlimited pool of Ambrosia, allowing him to staunch the bleeding of his now-missing arm. In a few flashbacks, it is revealed that Hajime was pushed into the abyss by one of his classmates after trying to save Kaori from a Behemoth. Hajime is stuck in the Abyss, and starts to break due to intense hunger. He eventually loses reason, and begins to hunt the extremely strong wolves by using traps. Upon eating one, the cells of the monster change his DNA, and only the constant healing from the Ambrosia saves him. His body transforms, becoming much stronger due to the constant healing of his muscles that keep getting torn apart from the symbiosis of his DNA and the monster's. After his transformation, he uses his Transmutation skill to create powerful weaponry through trial-and-error, eventually creating his first pistol: Donner. He uses it to hunt the rabbit and bear predators before looking for a way further into the abyss.|
Transcription: "Pandora no Hako" (Japanese: パンドラの箱)
|July 15, 2019||July 29, 2019|||
|Hajime ventures further into the labyrinth, growing stronger with each monster he consumes until he finds a little girl imprisoned into a crystal.|
|3||"The Golden Vampire Princess"|
Transcription: "Kogane no Kyūketsu Hime" (Japanese: 黄金の吸血姫)
|July 22, 2019||August 5, 2019|||
|Hajime frees the girl, an immortal vampire whom he names "Yue" and the two start exploring the labyrinth together.|
|4||"Guardian of the Depths"|
Transcription: "Saiō no Gādian" (Japanese: 最奥のガーディアン)
|July 29, 2019||August 12, 2019|||
|Hajime and Yue at last arrive to the bottom of the labyrinth and confront the boss monster in a battle to the death.|
|5||"The Maverick's Lair"|
Transcription: "Hangyakusha no sumika" (Japanese: 反逆者の住処)
|August 5, 2019||August 19, 2019|||
|Having conquered the labyrinth, Hajime and Yue collect its treasures and learn its secrets while making preparations to continue their journey.|
|5.5||"Omnibus: Great Orcus Labyrinth"|
Transcription: "Sōshūhen Orukusu dai meikyū" (Japanese: 総集編 オルクス大迷宮)
|August 12, 2019||August 26, 2019|||
|A summary of the events so far.|
Transcription: "Zannenna usagi" (Japanese: 残念なウサギ)
|August 19, 2019||September 2, 2019|||
|Back to the surface, Hajime and Yue meet Shia, a rabbit-girl with the power to see into the future and was waiting for their arrival in order to ask for help.|
|7||"Great Reisen Labyrinth"|
Transcription: "Raisen dai meikyū" (Japanese: ライセン大迷宮)
|August 26, 2019||September 9, 2019|||
|Hajime, Yue and Shia explore the Great Reisen Labyrinth together and have a hard time confronting its owner.|
|8||"Reunion with the Past"|
Transcription: "Kakoto no Saikai" (Japanese: 過去との再会)
|September 2, 2019||September 16, 2019|||
|Having conquered the second Labyrinth, Hajime and his party set to the next town, where Hajime has an unexpected reunion with his homeroom teacher, Aiko Hatayama.|
Transcription: "Kuro ryū o ugatsu mono" (Japanese: 黒竜を穿つ者)
|September 9, 2019||September 23, 2019|||
|Accompained by Aiko and some other students, Hajime and co. embark on a rescue mission where they face a powerful dragon. Once the dragon is defeated, it reveals herself as Tio Klarus, a half-dragon who decides to join the party.|
|10||"The Goddess' Sword"|
Transcription: "Megami no Ken" (Japanese: 女神の剣)
|September 16, 2019||September 30, 2019|||
|Hajime attends Aiko's request to defend the town from an overwhelming army of monsters. In the occasion, Hajime learns that the monsters are led by one of his classmates who betrayed the others.|
|11||"The Monsters' Day Off"|
Transcription: "Bakemonotachi no Kyūjitsu" (Japanese: 化け物たちの休日)
|September 23, 2019||October 7, 2019|||
|After parting ways with Aiko, Hajime's party continues their journey, eventually meeting a young mermaid called Myu and decide to protect her from a criminal syndicate.|
|12||"A Looming Shadow"|
Transcription: "Shinobiyoru kage" (Japanese: 忍び寄る影)
|September 30, 2019||October 14, 2019|||
|Hajime returns to the city where he was summoned and learns that his classmates are being attacked by a powerful demon inside Orcus Labyrinth.|
|13||"The Best at Being the Worst"|
Transcription: "Munō no Musō" (Japanese: 無能の無双)
|October 7, 2019||October 21, 2019|||
|Hajime and his party defeat the demon and rescue his classmates with ease. After the battle, Hajime's classmate Kaori Shirasaki declares her love for him and decides to accompany him.|
Transcription: "Yue no Nikki-chō" (Japanese: ユエの日記帳)
|December 25, 2019||—|||
|OVA–2||"The Hot Spring Where Romance Blooms"|
Transcription: "Naresome Onsen" (Japanese: なれそめ温泉)
|February 26, 2020||—|||
The series was the 27th best-selling light novel series in the first half of 2017, with 84,372 copies sold.
Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network enjoyed the series, praising it for its central premise and how it was "good twist on the genre conventions" by making its hero have to work for his overpowered hero status instead of immediately gaining it like many light novel protagonists. She criticized the series for its depiction of the romantic relationship between Hajime and Yue, which she called "unhealthy", and also felt that the translation wasn't as good as some of J-Novel Club's other releases.
The anime adaptation was subjected to extremely sharp and negative criticism. Christopher Farris of the Anime News Network, cited manufacturing issues as the main causes of the series's failure. Farris points to the poor quality of the animation and the first episode missing most of the original source of the original novel.
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- Web novel at Shōsetsuka ni Narō (in Japanese)
- Official website (in Japanese)
- Official manga website (in Japanese)
- Official yonkoma website (in Japanese)
- Official Arifureta Zero manga website (in Japanese)
- Official website at J-Novel Club
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