Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest
|Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest|
(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 (season 1)|
Akira Iwanaga (season 2)
|Music by||Ryō Takahashi|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, BS11|
|Original run||July 8, 2019 – present|
|Episodes||14 + 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 to October 2019. A second season by Asread and Studio Mother premiered in January 2022.
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 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 defeats while obtaining their abilities allowing him to grow stronger at an accelerated 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 blacksmith, creating powerful alchemical weapons, tools and even vehicles for he and his party to use. 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, but affirms herself as 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 find 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, Tio Kurarusu)
- 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 Kōki. 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 Kōki 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, Kōki began to jealously 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); Aaron Campbell (English)
- One of Hajime's classmates and best friend of Kōki. 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); Lara Woodhull (English)
- 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.
- Liliana S. B. Heiligh (リリアーナ・S・B・ハイリヒ, Ririāna S. B. Hairihi)
- Voiced by: Noriko Shibasaki
- Noint (ノイント, Nointo)
- Voiced by: Rina Satō
- Freid Bagwa (フリード・バグアー, Furīdo Baguā)
- Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi
- Mikhail (ミハイル, Mihairu)
- Voiced by: Makoto Ishii
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 Heart 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 "FLARE", while DracoVirgo performs the series' ending theme "First Song" (ハジメノウタ, Hajime no Uta).
The series aired from July to October 2019 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, and BS11. It ran for 13 episodes. Two original video animations (OVAs) was 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's finale, it was announced that the series will receive a second season. Akira Iwanaga replaced Kinji Yoshimoto as director, and Studio Mother replaced White Fox as the secondary studio. The rest of the staff and cast returned to reprise their roles. It premiered on January 13, 2022 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, and BS11. The opening theme is "Daylight" by MindaRyn, while the ending theme is "Gedō Sanka" (外道讃歌) by FantasticYouth.
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
- Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest (novel) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia