Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest

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Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest
Arifureta, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first light novel featuring Yue.
ありふれた職業で世界最強
(Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō)
GenreFantasy, harem, isekai[1]
Novel series
Written byRyo Shirakome
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō (Self-published)
Original runNovember 7, 2013 – present
Volumes8 + 4 side stories
Light novel
Written byRyo Shirakome
Illustrated byTakayaki
Published byOverlap
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintOverlap Bunko
Original runJune 25, 2015 – present
Volumes10 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written byRoGa
Published byOverlap
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineComic Gardo
Original runDecember 22, 2016 – present
Volumes5 (List of volumes)
Manga
Arifureta: I Love Isekai
Written byMisaki Mori
Published byOverlap
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineComic Gardo
Original runJuly 11, 2017 – present
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Light novel
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Zero
Written byRyo Shirakome
Illustrated byTakayaki
Published byOverlap
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintOverlap Bunko
Original runDecember 28, 2017 – present
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Manga
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Zero
Written byAtaru Kamichi
Published byOverlap
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineComic Gardo
Original runFebruary 23, 2018 – present
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byKinji Yoshimoto
Written by
  • Shoichi Sato
  • Kinji Yoshimoto
Music byRyō Takahashi
Studio
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, BS11
Original run July 8, 2019 – present
Episodes13 + 2 OVAs (List of episodes)
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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 premiered on July 8, 2019.

Plot[edit]

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.

Characters[edit]

Hajime Nagumo (南雲 ハジメ, Nagumo Hajime)
Voiced by: Toshinari Fukamachi[2]
A high-school 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 go to a safe place. 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 attacks a monster who bites off his left arm. Fleeing, he randomly stumbles upon a very rare mineral with a healing effect. Within a few days, he arrives in 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 masters the dungeon and cuts out any demonic creature that comes his way. After that, he began to eat all those demons he killed, because of which he gained many demonic skills. A little later, he stumbles upon a place that contains Yue and saves her from a long misadventure. Along with her, Hajime conquers the dungeon, and one fine day they reach the last floor and receive the Magic of the Gods Age. Hajime Decides at all costs to conquer all 8 dungeons, to get all the divine powers and with the help of them to return to their home world. After he survives, he sets out to find a way back to his world.
Yue (ユエ, Yue)
Voiced by: Yūki Kuwahara[2]
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.
Shea Haulia (シア・ハウリア, Shia Hauria)
Voiced by: Minami Takahashi[2]
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.
Kaori Shirasaki (白崎 香織, Shirasaki Kaori)
Voiced by: Saori Ōnishi[3]
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. She has the job class of healer after transported to another world.
Shizuku Yaegashi (八重樫 雫, Yaegashi Shizuku)
Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori[4]
Tio Klarus (ティオ・クラルス)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[4]
Kōki Amanogawa (天之河 光輝, Amanogawa Kōki)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara[4]
Aiko Hatayama (畑山 愛子, Hatayama Aiko)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma[4]
Daisuke Hiyama (檜山 大介, Hiyama Daisuke)
Voiced by: Minoru Shiraishi[4]

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

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.[5] 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.[2] 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.[6]

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.[7][2][8]

Digital publisher J-Novel Club licensed the series for an English release, and published the first chapter on February 21, 2017.[9][10] During their panel at Anime Expo 2017, Seven Seas Entertainment announced that they would publish a print version of the novels[10] as part of their collaboration with J-Novel Club.[11] J-Novel Club has also licensed Arifureta Zero, and the series was the publisher's first simultaneous publication.[8]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation by RoGa has been published on Ovelap's Comic Gardo website since its inception on December 22, 2016,[2][12] and the first volume was published three days later on December 25 to coincide with the release of the fifth light novel.[12] The series has been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment.[13]

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.[14] Seven Seas announced their license to the series on January 10, 2019.[15]

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.[2][16][17][18] Seven Seas announced their license to the series on January 10, 2019.[15]

Audio drama[edit]

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.[2][6][19] The drama CDs share the same voice cast as the anime.[2]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced on December 2, 2017. The series was initially intended to premiere in April 2018,[2][20] but on January 15, 2018, its release was pushed back due to "various circumstances".[6] 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.[2] 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.[18][4] Void_Chords feat. LIO will perform the series' opening theme song "FLARE", while DracoVirgo will perform the series' ending theme song "First Song" (ハジメノウタ, Hajime no Uta).[21]

The series premiered on July 8, 2019 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, and BS11.[21][22] It will consist of 13 episodes.[23][24][25] Two original video animations (OVAs) will be released with the second and third home video sets on December 25, 2019 and February 26, 2020.[23][24][26] Funimation has licensed the series for a English Simulcast and simuldub.[27]

Episode list[edit]

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 (2019-07-08)July 22, 2019[28]
2"Pandora's Box"
Transcription: "Pandora no Hako" (Japanese: パンドラの箱)
July 15, 2019 (2019-07-15)TBATBA

OVAs[edit]

No. Title Original release date Ref.
OVA 1"Yue's Diary"
Transcription: "Yue no Nikki-chō" (Japanese: ユエの日記帳)
December 25, 2019 (2019-12-25)[24]
OVA 2"The Hot Spring Where Romance Blooms"
Transcription: "Naresome Onsen" (Japanese: なれそめ温泉)
February 26, 2020 (2020-02-26)[25]

Reception[edit]

The series was the 27th best-selling light novel series in the first half of 2017, with 84,372 copies sold.[29]

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.[30][31] 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.[30]

References[edit]

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