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|
|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 – February 26, 2020|
|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 basic alchemical magic 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 perverted dragon 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 along with his classmates and friends to another world, where he only gains a very low-level transmutation skill. During the first hike in the Orcus dungeon, Hajime uses his skill to protect his classmates, just to be betrayed by one of them and thrown straight into the abyss of the dungeon. Left for dead, and after losing an arm to one of the monsters, he stumbles upon a very rare mineral with healing properties, which grants him the ability to survive by eating the bodies of monsters he defeat while obtaining their abilities and growing stronger at an astonishing rate. After rescuing Yue and conquering the dungeon, Hajime learns the secret to why the dungeons were created and was granted its treasures. Since then he decides to conquer all 7 dungeons, to get all the ancient magics and use them to return to his home world. Over time, Hajime grows ruthless and cynical as he fights to survive and protect others, but starts displaying glimpses of the lost kindness he once had while interacting with the rest of his party. During his time in the Orcus Dungeon, Hajime also became a self-taught master gunsmith creating the most powerful alchemical firearms and artillery powered by ancient magic he had acquired. Despite being a gunsmith, Hajime can improvise his craftsmanship into swordsmithing and weaponsmithing to craft powerful Chakrams, Kodachis, a war hammer and even a legendary Katana. His job class is Synergist.
- 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 discovered and freed her using his transmutation skill. She is a magical prodigy that can use all elemental types of magic and also has automatic regeneration that keeps her from aging and heals her wounds very quickly. She fell in love with Hajime and became 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. It is soon revealed that the reason she was betrayed was to protect her from being a vessel to the fallen God Ehit, due to her overwhelming power. Her job class is Divine Priestess upon joining Hajime on his journey.
- 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 is different from the rest of her clan because she has the ability to see into the future, causing her have to abandon the homeland together with her clan. She also possessed monstrous strength and uses one of Hajime's custom-made weapons, a sledgehammer called Drucken when engaged in fights. She also develops feelings for Hajime after he helps her village and pursues him relentlessly, making Hajime finds her annoying sometimes. Shea also developing a sister-like bond with Yue despite being her love rival for Hajime. Her job class is Diviner due to her future foreseeing ability.
- Tio Klarus (ティオ・クラルス)
- Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese); Morgan Garrett (English)
- Tio is a pervert in ways of physically and emotionally, but she is honest and the way she speaks are similar to the old legends. Her perverted personality was made into this because she was treated harshly by Hajime after being defeated by him and his companions. She devoted herself to Hajime to become his slave after he saves her from Shimizu's mind control ability and called Hajime "Master."
- Tio originally came from the half-dragon Klarus tribe. Her parents sacrificed themselves when fighting against the god centuries ago while hoping their daughter will find the person who can actually defeat the god one day. 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 563 years old and initially respected by Yue. 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. After meeting him again, she was initially frightened by how ruthless Hajime had become, but eventually overcame her fear and confessed 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, kind 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 likes cute things. Later, Shizuku received one of Hajime's masterpieces, a black Kissaki Moroha Zukuri Shirasaya Katana made of the hardest mineral of Azanthium, as her new weapon, allowing her to utilize her samurai swordsmanship techniques to the fullest. Her job class is Swordmaster.
- Aiko Hatayama (畑山 愛子, Hatayama Aiko)
- Voiced by: Ai Kakuma (Japanese); Emily Fajardo (English)
- A school teacher who got transported to the other world along with the rest of the class. 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 her an antidote through 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 own protection. 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. She is also the hero who manages to expose Ehit's evil, allowing everyone who was deceived for worshipping the fallen God to unite for an uprising against him. Her job class is Farmer.
- 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 him and consider him a villain (as he thought that he forced Yue and the others to help him). When Kaori confessed to Hajime that she loved him and wanted to go with him, Koki began to zealously protest, arguing that he and Kaori were childhood friends and should always be together.
- Ryutaro Sagami (坂上 龍太郎, Sagami Ryutaro)
- Voiced by: Ryuichi Kijima (Japanese);  (English)
- One of Hajime's classmates and best friend of Koki. He fights using his bare hands and possesses superhuman strength. His job class is Monk.
- Daisuke Hiyama (檜山 大介, Hiyama Daisuke)
- Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi (Japanese); Orion Pitts (English)
- A classmate of Hajime who used to teased him a lot and grown jealousy towards Hajime due to Kaori being so close to him. During a boss fight inside 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 maniac 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 and eaten by the monsters after he was tossed to them by Hajime.
- Myu (ミュウ, Myū)
- Voiced by: Yui Ogura (Japanese)
- She is a young half-mermaid girl from Erisen who got kidnapped to be sold as a slave, but was saved by Hajime and his companions twice when they came across her in Fuhren. Initially, she refers to Hajime as "Onii-chan" (Big Brother), but later calls him "Papa" (Father), much to Kaori's chagrin. Even though Hajime reluctantly becomes her father, he becomes overprotective of her when someone tried to make her cry, thus revealing his parental figures in front of his companions.
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 3, 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 first season 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, filled with monsters stronger than he's ever seen. A bear monstrosity severs his arm and eats it. Hajime escapes by transmuting his way deep into the ground where fortunately he finds a Divinity Stone that creates a constantly refilling pool of Ambrosia healing fluid, allowing him to survive the removal of his arm. In flashbacks, it is revealed Hajime has no warrior skills, his only real skill being Transmute, allowing him to manipulate matter. When his class entered the dungeon they were confronted by a Behemoth and he was deliberately pushed into the abyss by one of his classmates after trying to save Kaori. In the abyss Hajime starts to break due to intense hunger 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 tearing apart of his muscles from the symbiosis of his and the monsters DNA and the healing of the Ambrosia. After his transformation, he hunts further monsters, eating them to raise his levels and gain their physical and magical abilities. He even uses his Transmutation skill to create powerful weaponry through trial-and-error, crafting his first pistol: Donner. Finally he hunts and eats the bear monstrosity that ate his arm before looking for a way deeper into the abyss.|
Transcription: "Pandora no Hako" (Japanese: パンドラの箱)
|July 15, 2019||July 29, 2019|||
|The King is told of Hajime’s death and, unwilling to admit to a Hero’s death, forbids any mention of the incident. Shizuku, Kaori’s friend, reveals through flashbacks that the Pope summoned their high school class and their teacher to this world to act as Hero’s in humanity’s war against demons and monsters. She notices her classmate, Hiyama, acting strangely but does not hear him reassuring himself that no one saw him attacking Hajime. Hajime eventually reaches a giant stone door and defeats the guardians, retrieving keys from their corpses. Kaori is determined not to give up on finding Hajime. Behind the doors Hajime finds a young girl imprisoned in a crystal but decides to leave her, believing she must be a monster imprisoned for a reason. She admits she is an immortal vampire princess but insists she was betrayed by an uncle who wanted her position, but unable to kill her he sealed her away. Feeling sympathy for being betrayed himself Hajime frees her. Deciding to abandon her old name she asks Hajime for a new one, so he names her Yue for the moon, as her golden hair reminds him of moonlight.|
|3||"The Golden Vampire Princess"|
Transcription: "Kogane no Kyūketsu Hime" (Japanese: 黄金の吸血姫)
|July 22, 2019||August 5, 2019|||
|Hajime and Yue are attacked by a giant scorpion monster. Yue feeds on Hajime’s blood, recovering her magic, and they kill the scorpion. While eating the flesh Hajime tells Yue all vampires were exterminated 300 years ago, making her the last vampire. Yue explains the labyrinths were built by Mavericks, powerful magic users who attempted and failed to defeat God, so they each constructed a labyrinth as sanctuaries against Gods revenge and may still be alive on the deepest floors. Hajime transmutes the scorpion’s shell to create a rifle named Schlagen. Hajime tells Yue how he was betrayed but no longer cares about his classmates, or even revenge, he just wants enough power to return to Japan, and as Yue no longer has a home he asks her to go with him. Hajime’s classmates decide to enter the labyrinth again. Hajime and Yue enter a floor where all monsters are infected and psychically controlled by a plant-like monster. Yue is infected; however, one of the monsters Hajime previously ate makes him immune to the infection, allowing him to kill the monster. Later, Yue strips naked to drink Hajime’s blood and seduces him. Several days later they reach the bottom floor and prepare to face the final boss monster.|
|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 confront the final boss, a giant hydra-like monster with six heads, each capable of a different type of magic and one of which can heal the others. Yue is distracted by the fear inducing hypnosis of a second head and almost eaten, so Hajime snaps her out of it with a kiss. Hajime succeeds in using Schlagen to destroy three heads, including the healing head, and Yue destroys the remaining three with lightning. Before they can relax a surprise seventh head emerges. Hajime is injured protecting Yue and Schlagen is destroyed. Seeing Hajime unconscious Yue drags him to safety and tries to attack with his pistol but is injured. Even unconscious, Hajime hears Yue crying and somehow increases his speed such that he can dodge all attacks. He explodes grenades all around the room, dropping the roof on the head and allowing Yue to kill it for good with lightning. As the final door opens Hajime passes out from exhaustion. Meanwhile, Aiko Hatayama, Hajime’s teacher also summoned as a Hero, argues with the Pope who is insisting they re-enter the labyrinth. The Pope agrees to only send students that volunteer as long as Aiko continues using her fertility magic to support the kingdoms struggling agriculture.|
|5||"The Maverick's Lair"|
Transcription: "Hangyakusha no sumika" (Japanese: 反逆者の住処)
|August 5, 2019||August 19, 2019|||
|Hajime awakens in bed with Yue, having lost his right eye, and learns they are in the Mavericks home. They discover the skeleton of the Maverick before a magic circle. Hajime has his memories forcibly examined by a spell which activates a recording the Maverick left behind. The Maverick introduces himself as Oscar Orcus and for defeating his labyrinth deems Hajime worthy to know the truth of the Maverick/God war. Hajime’s classmates enter the labyrinth and defeat the Behemoth they believe killed Hajime. Oscar grants Hajime his power and memories before disappearing. Hajime realises the Mavericks were actually Liberators and reveals he has inherited Oscars Ancient Creation Magic, allowing him to add magical properties to transmuted objects to create Artefacts. They bury Oscar and Hajime takes his ring which controls a portal to the surface. Hajime decides to conquer all the labyrinths for their Ancient Magics. Over two months Hajime takes advantage of Oscar's treasure, library and workshop to learn as much as he can, crafting weapons and vehicles and outfitting himself with an advanced prosthetic arm and a magical jewel to replace his eye. Yue continues seducing him several times so he gives her a magical ring and warns her that his plans will eventually make them enemies of the Church and their God, Ehit. Yue swears to stay with him regardless as they teleport to the surface.|
|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|||
|Shea Haulia, a Rabbit-girl, waits impatiently at the spot Hajime and Yue are supposed to appear. When they arrive Hajime and Yue attempt to ignore her as she is quite annoying. Hajime eventually agrees to listen and she explains her tribe is threatened by monsters, and with her magical ability to predict possible futures she foresaw Hajime would save them. Hajime agrees in exchange for her guiding them to a Great Tree mentioned in Oscar’s library. Arriving at the tribe’s forest Hajime kills several monsters, using an unfortunate Shea as bait. The rabbit-men ask Hajime for training as they are tired of being helpless. Hajime struggles to overcome their natural rabbit-like timidity so he puts them through a merciless training routine of “kill monsters or I'll kill you instead”, turning them into tough monster killers. Shea takes them to the tree which Hajime determines is the entrance to another labyrinth, but a stone slab nearby with slots for rings like Oscars, makes Hajime realise this labyrinth will only open after he has defeated other labyrinths first. The rabbit-men decide to continue training and guard the tree until Hajime returns. Shea, having fallen in love with Hajime, travels with them and Yue is forced to let her after Shea technically won a duel by managing to scratch Yue’s face.|
|7||"Great Reisen Labyrinth"|
Transcription: "Raisen dai meikyū" (Japanese: ライセン大迷宮)
|August 26, 2019||September 9, 2019|||
|They travel to Reisen Gorge, containing the entrance to another labyrinth. They are greeted by the voice of hyperactive Maverick Miledi Reisen who built a maze-like labyrinth filled with practical jokes which mostly target Shea. Several of Hajime’s classmates decide to abandon the labyrinth and help Aiko on the farms. Hajime and the girls make it to the bottom of the labyrinth to face the boss, Miledi herself operating a giant robot. After a lengthy battle they succeed in cracking her crystal heart. She uses the last of her energy to wish Hajime luck against Ehit, though Hajime claims he has no intention of defeating Ehit, Milede assures him he will one day be a God-Killer. However, upon entering the treasure room they find the actual real Miledi’s soul inside a small, cartoonish golem, whom Shea punishes for all the pranks. For completing the labyrinth she gives Hajime her ring, and Yue her Ancient Gravity Magic. She then expels them from the labyrinth through a whirlpool, though Shea drowns as she cannot swim. Hajime brings her back with CPR though tries to drown her again after she wakes up and seizes the chance to violently kiss him. Tired, they find an inn where Shea loudly insists Hajime spend the night taking her virginity. Now publicly humiliated Hajime punishes Shea yet again.|
|8||"Reunion with the Past"|
Transcription: "Kakoto no Saikai" (Japanese: 過去との再会)
|September 2, 2019||September 16, 2019|||
|Hajime is asked by the Adventurers Guild to find missing adventurers, including a noble’s son. They travel to a nearby farming village, unaware the farms are being visited by Aiko and several classmates, though one classmate, Shimizu, has disappeared. Hajime tries to avoid them but they hear Shea calling him by name. Aiko tearfully confronts him about where he has been but he ignores her. They are confronted by an arrogant Templar Knight who insults Shea, so Hajime severely injures him. His classmates are shocked and scared by his new merciless personality though Aiko swears she will find a way to bring him back. Later, Hajime visits Aiko alone to tell her the truth about the war against the demons. Centuries ago several humans discovered the truth, the God Ehit was not on their side, he was merely controlling the war for his own amusement. These humans became the Liberators to free mortals from Ehit’s tyranny. Unfortunately, Ehit, through the Church, had them labelled heretics and renamed Mavericks. The remaining Liberators built the labyrinths to keep their Ancient Magics safe until someone capable of defeating Ehit came along to claim their powers. Before leaving he also tells her in no uncertain terms that one of his classmates tried to murder him. The next morning Aiko and the students stubbornly insist on helping them search the mountains for the adventurers as Aiko wants to ask more questions about the Liberators.|
Transcription: "Kokuryū o ugatsu mono" (Japanese: 黒竜を穿つ者)
|September 9, 2019||September 23, 2019|||
|Once in the mountains Hajime uses transmuted drones connected to his jewel eye to search for the adventurers. They find the nobles son, Will, the only survivor who reveals they were attacked by an army of monsters and a black dragon. While returning they are attacked by the dragon. Hajime succeeds in knocking it from the sky and attempts to pierce its armour with his weapon the Pile Bunker, which can drive Azanthium stakes through any material. The dragon almost escapes until Shea knocks it out with Drucken. Deciding to forgo piercing the armour Hajime sadistically shoves the stake into its only unarmoured area; the anus. However, the pain causes the dragon to reveal she is a female Dragonborn, capable of taking a human form and begs him to remove the stake in exchange for everything she knows. She admits she was magically forced by someone to attack Will and his friends and as atonement, offers to help them stop that person. Hajime decides to kill her anyway but Yue convinces him to spare her. He removes the stake and the dragon transforms into a young woman named Tio, a shameless masochist who admits she enjoyed the stake, just a little. Now their ally Tio reveals the person, whoever he is, has an army of 60,000 monsters and is planning to attack the farming village.|
|10||"The Goddess' Sword"|
Transcription: "Megami no Ken" (Japanese: 女神の剣)
|September 16, 2019||September 30, 2019|||
|Hajime is convinced to fight when Aiko asks him to. He erects barricades around the village while avoiding the amorous intentions of Tio who finds his mixture of neglect and verbal abuse exciting. Hajime decides to dedicate their victory to “Aiko, Goddess of Plenty”, embarrassing her, then proceeds to massacre the monster army with transmuted mini-guns and rocket launchers. With his ammunition depleted and Yue and Tio out of magic Hajime and Shea rush to capture the mysterious robed commander as the monsters retreat. Hajime realises the commander is the missing Shimizu. Shimizu admits he was disappointed not to be the only summoned Hero, especially as he paled in comparison to his more powerful classmates, so he signed a contract with a demon, power in exchange for killing Aiko. He scratches Aiko with a poisonous needle but is shot from behind by a monster sniper. Hajime shoots the sniper and heals Aiko with Ambrosia via a kiss. As Shimizu lies dying he offers loyalty to Hajime who spots the lie in his eyes and mercilessly executes him, devastating Aiko. As they leave Yue correctly guesses the sniper was aiming at Aiko, so Hajime finished killing Shimizu so Aiko would blame him and not herself, enabling her to recover much quicker psychologically.|
|11||"The Monsters' Day Off"|
Transcription: "Bakemonotachi no Kyūjitsu" (Japanese: 化け物たちの休日)
|September 23, 2019||October 7, 2019|||
|A slavery gang captures a rare mermaid child named Myu and decide to sell her. Hajime returns Will to his father and collects his fee. Deciding they need a break they explore the city as tourists. At an aquarium they meet a sentient talking fish and decide to free him. As thanks he passes on a rumour of a captured mermaid child. Deciding this bothers him Hajime and Shea wander the city until he senses the child in the sewers underground and rescues her, enraging the slavers boss. Hajime and Shea keep Myu safe but struggle with what to do next. Elsewhere Yue and Tio discuss sharing Hajime between them. Hajime decides to give Myu to the city guards, despite her begging to stay with Hajime. After handing a tearful Myu over the guardhouse is attacked and Myu kidnapped again. Enraged, Hajime begins systematically executing known associates of the slavers looking for the upcoming auction. saving many children along the way. Locating the auction in a noble’s mansion Hajime executes the boss, rescues Myu and blows up the mansion along with the auctions customers. Myu decides to start calling an uncomfortable Hajime “Papa”, which causes Yue, Shea and Tio to demand Hajime get them all pregnant with his children.|
|12||"A Looming Shadow"|
Transcription: "Shinobiyoru kage" (Japanese: 忍び寄る影)
|September 30, 2019||October 14, 2019|||
|Despite his unease Hajime takes to parenting Myu quite well. They return to the city where Hajime and the other heroes were summoned. While visiting the Adventurers Guild Hajime meets a panicked Endou, one of his classmates, who warns them Cattleya the Demon set a trap in the labyrinth for the rest of the class. The class are overwhelmed by Cattleya’s summoned monsters, unable to even get close to Cattleya to try killing her. Hajime is indifferent until Endou upsets Myu and he becomes downright reluctant to help at all. A student, Suzu, is injured, causing most of the class to flee. Hiyama suggests signing contracts with the demon to survive. Kouki, the main Hero, gets close to Cattleya, but hesitates after she drops a locket with a picture of her lover, realising she has a life outside the war as well. While hesitating he is seriously injured. With support from the girls Hajime decides to save his class, reasoning only one of them tried to kill him, meaning most of them are innocent. Shizuku’s sword is broken so she prepares to die alongside Kaori. However, they are saved at the last second by Hajime, having created a shortcut using his Pile Bunker to blast through the upper floors. Everyone is shocked to learn Hajime is still alive.|
|13||"The Best at Being the Worst"|
Transcription: "Munō no Musō" (Japanese: 無能の無双)
|October 7, 2019||October 21, 2019|||
|Hajime sees through Cattleya’s magic and kills all her monsters. Hiyama is terrified at Hajime’s return, fearing he will be discovered as his attempted murderer. Hajime transmutes Shizuku a new indestructible sword. Myu calls Hajime “Papa”, confusing everyone and upsetting Kaori. Cattleya attempts to flee but is caught by Hajime who tortures her for information, shocking his classmates. Hajime learns a powerful demon has cleared one of the labyrinths and is using its Ancient Magic to create a monster army. Cattleya warns him her lover will kill him in revenge, but Hajime kills her anyway. In the aftermath Kouki is outraged Hajime executed the helpless Cattleya so Hajime berates him in return for being too weak to do what is necessary, warning Kouki if he or any of his classmates try to stop him, he will kill them too. Kaori confesses she loves Hajime but he turns her down as he already loves Yue. Kaori insists on joining his team anyway to compete with Yue. Shizuku tries to return the sword he gave her but he tells her to keep it, though it is suggested she may be developing a crush on him. As they leave in Hajime’s transmuted SUV Kaori is furious to discover she must share the back seat with Shea and Tio while Yue automatically gets the passenger seat beside Hajime. Hajime remains determined to make it back to Japan no matter who he has to kill, even God himself.|
Transcription: "Yue no Nikki-chō" (Japanese: ユエの日記帳)
|December 25, 2019||—|||
|The ladies of Hajime’s team stumble across Yue’s diary, beginning with meeting Hajime and her seduction of him. She describes meeting Shea, the "worthless rabbit" and coming up with ways to torment her for falling in love with Hajime. She also describes her addiction to Hajime-nium, her name for Hajime’s blood. Then, after Shea defeated her in their duel she starts describing her fondly, admiring her skill and determination. Next she describes meeting the annoying Miledi, after which Yue describes feeling an almost sisterly bond with Shea and deciding to protect her. This causes Shea to burst into tears. She also describes meeting Tio, the “scrap dragon” and helpless pervert, as well as her jealousy of Hajime giving Aiko Ambrosia with a kiss and wonders if Hajime might be a sexual sadist, or have a teacher fetish. Next she describes finding Myu and the uncontrollable desire it caused to have Hajime’s baby. Finally, she describes Kaori and her overwhelming desire to defeat her and keep Hajime for herself. Yue finally arrives and, finding them reading her diary, punishes them severely, then writes in her diary that it is a good day when you can punish the people you care about.|
|OVA–2||"Hot Love Springs Eternal"|
Transcription: "Naresome Onsen" (Japanese: なれそめ温泉)
|February 26, 2020||—|||
|While bathing with Myu Hajime overhears the ladies in the women’s baths demanding the story of how Kaori met Hajime. She reveals it was when she saw him defending a grandmother and grandson from thugs, despite still being weak at the time, and she fell in love with his humility and not his strength. Yue jealously labels her a stalker so Kaori demands details of Yue meeting Hajime. Yue explains about being trapped in the crystal and Hajime almost abandoning her but then changing his mind after she begged him. Shea interrupts with her tale of meeting Hajime after he defeated the labyrinth, begging for his help, then being used as bait to hunt monsters. Finally, Tio recounts her story of Hajime trying to kill her by impaling a spike up her anus in her dragon form. Pushed beyond embarrassment Hajime tries to stop Myu hearing what the ladies are saying. Kaori wonders how so many weird meetings caused anyone to fall in love with Hajime. As soon as they leave the baths they start competing for the harassed Hajime again.|
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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