Arifureta is another one of these isekai titles which is frustratingly vague at its beginning about its basic set-up; its opener reveals much more about how Hajime and his classmates got to the fantasy world than the episode content does, and nothing in this episode explains anything about why they are there. It is, however, the first of two upcoming series (So I’m a Spider, So What? being the other one) which involve an entire class being transported rather than just a single individual. I’ve heard from descriptions of the first novel that this results in the class dynamics carrying over as well, and paired with what we see in this first episode, that suggests that Hajime is going to have to shake up those dynamics to get ahead in this new world. The first episode definitely shows the start of that happening.
This all results in a first episode which is far heavier, grimmer, and bloodier than isekai series normally get coming out of the gate. Hajime starts in a bad place, loses an arm almost right away, and then has to watch a monster eat it. (Guess he should have listened to the priestess in the flashback?) To survive, he happens across what I’m going to assume is some forbidden knowledge: that eating monsters can quickly make you stronger and allow you to take on their abilities, but if you don’t have Holy Water to offset the side effects, you’re probably not going to survive the experience. The episode pulls few punches in how nasty this process is, with arguably the highlight scene coming when Hajime blows off the arm of the monster which ate his and then savagely takes a bite out of it in a rather extreme form of payback. The way he uses both his basic and new abilities to fashion a magical gun is also rather neat.
In other words, this series is already showing some “bite” to it that many others don’t have. How his classmates react to his radical change in personality and abilities once he finally gets back to the surface should be interesting to see, but first there’s the deal with the blond girl shown at the end who’s apparently strung up naked crucifixion-style in a shot very reminiscent of a recurring visual from Dies irae. Someone he’s going to find down here in the dungeon whose name is clearly stolen from Dungeons & Dragons, perhaps? Opener visuals suggest that she’s going to be a regular cast member, so I guess we’ll see next episode. Other visuals are depending a little too heavily on mediocre CG for special effects, but otherwise the content looks pretty good and has a strong, if very eclectic, sound.
While I do have some concerns so far, this one throws out enough interesting hooks that I’m willing to watch more. You can also free Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou anime watch online and free download.
The disappointment of the season. Worst anime of the year. An anime that should never have existed. No matter how many insults I throw at Arifureta, I'm afraid it will never be enough to convey just how loathsome I consider this atrocity.
There are several levels of bad isekai anime. You've got the disappointing kind like How Not to Summon a Demon Lord. Then comes the horrible kind like Kenja no Mago and Isekai Cheat Magician. And then you have Arifureta in a league of its own with not a single competitor in sight. It's so bad that I watched it every week just to make myself feel better. I assured myself by saying that anime watching can't get worse so the only way is up. And yet, every week, Arifureta hit new lows that I didn't imagine were possible.
Arifureta literally means "common" or "mundane". But in the anime community, this word is now going to be referred to something which is terrible beyond measure. I think I've watched a decent amount of anime, and in all of those, only a couple of shows even come close to Arifureta in terms of the dreadful watching experience I've had. Arifureta has set the standard as high as possible for a show to be absolutely and unreservedly appalling. This is the kind of show that the rating of 1 on MyAnimeList exists for. An anime series that has no saving grace; something that might make you question why you watch anime at all.
Even after having suffered through 13 episodes of this tragically forsaken show, I can't quite point out what it was or what it wanted to be. I doubt the creators or the studio had any idea either. It's an isekai but what did the author really want this to be? A harem? Yeah, because all the new girls want to fuck Kazuma as soon as they meet him.
The premise of the show has Hajime and his class transported into a fantasy world in order to save it from some sort of disaster that's about to occur. In one of their expeditions, he's betrayed by one of his friends, falls into the abyss of the dungeon and that's where his changes start. He's a weak little boy before falling and then by eating monster's shit and meat, he obtains their powers.
When I was watching the first episode and all of this happened, I honestly thought that the second guy that I was watching wasn't even Hajime. By just eating and drinking some crap, his entire body changed shape, his hair color changed and even his voice wasn't recognizable. Damn, what a transformation. He goes from a weak little guy, who wants to look after his friends, to a strong, monster eating maniac who only thinks about getting stronger. His transformation also boosted the shitty level of his character. He was a normal shit guy before he changed and became a stupidly powerful but even shittier guy afterward.
Suddenly, we've got this overpowered, invincible "protagonist" (if you can even call Hajime that) who's going around the abyss, killing monsters with his guns and snipers, eating them and stealing their abilities for himself. You've gotta be kidding me! How did he even learn to create guns?! He was nothing but a support-type before, and now he's suddenly this all-knowing, omnipotent genius. Terrible, absolutely terrible and irredeemable writing.
So, what was the author thinking when he wrote Hajime? That's a question I'd like answered. His personality changed more times than there are episodes in the season. It's not unpredictable in a good way, no. It's embarrassingly predictable, but it just fluctuates between a guy who wants to save his friends, to one who cares about no one but himself, to caring about a vampire girl he'd just met, to having a dream of going home while caring about no one, to not caring about his former teacher, to caring about his former teacher, to not caring about the friends before his "transformation", to caring about them. It's kind of a cycle that repeats itself in every arc. His attitude towards the people who help him (except towards vampire loli of course) is stupidly obnoxious, and this doesn't change.
Since the second episode of this abomination, the characters that are introduced are nothing but objects to praise and aid our amazingly charismatic Hajime. Let's begin by talking about the naked girl tied to, and hanging from the chains in the opening: Yue. After being saved by Hajime (how surprising), the only reason for her existence is to suck up to him. She doesn't have a single personality trait worth mentioning. She really doesn't. All she's done is help Hajime defeat monsters and get jealous when other girls get close to him. I honestly don't have a clue what else I could write about her.
Moving on to the other characters in Hajime's "party"; first, we've got Shea, a bunny girl whose sole goal in life is to fuck Hajime. Yeah, not much else to her character either. Then, we've got a masochistic dragon girl who'd like to fuck Hajime. Great. And did I mention that Yue wants to fuck him too?
The only character who was even barely relatable, or bearable for that matter, was Kaori Shirasaki, one of Hajime's classmates who'd been transported into another world. She's the character whom Hajime tried to save when he fell and for that, she's shown to bear great responsibility. The emotions she goes through are interesting to watch as she goes from blaming herself to firming her resolve in finding Hajime. Alas, she didn't get too much screentime after those initial few episodes. And even if she did, I doubt it would've made much difference to the overall experience of watching Arifureta.
The full name of this piece of shit show is "Arifureta: from commonplace to the world's strongest". What it fails to mention is that this change happens in the span of one episode. Since episode 2, no enemy's even posed a challenge to Hajime. He and his party members are the only characters on the good side who're not totally useless. Everyone else who's not introduced as the enemy is shown to be weak; pathetically weak. Then, Hajime will appear, act as if helping them isn't his problem and eventually be convinced by one of the girls to help them. And then, we'll see our great hero pull out his guns and shoot down the bad guys with little to no effort. All while the animation hurts your eyes and makes you wonder if you're really in 2019 and not in 1969.
The other characters are so pitifully useless that it made me wonder how the world wasn't overtaken by demons and monsters before Hajime had his little demonshit-eating transformation. I know I've made this point a few times already but I just can't stress enough how stupid and weak anyone else that's not in Hajime's party is.
If there was one anime where the studios deserved shit for their terrible, lazy and disgraceful commitment, this would be it. I don't like to shit on writers or production studios, but for once, I can't say that the deplorable plot or storytelling is the only major reason for an anime to be the crappiest of crap. White Fox and Asread are both massive production studios, especially White Fox. Believe it or not, this is the studio that has produced shows of the ilk of Steins;Gate, Katanagari, Akame ga Kill, Hatarakou Maou-sama and Re;Zero. I'm not a fan of Re;Zero. In fact, I hated it. But that wasn't due to the fault of the studio. The production was top-notch in each of the anime series I've mentioned above. However, for Arifureta, both of these studios share the blame. Big time. I'm not kidding when I say that even Maou-sama Retry! which was produced by a no-name studio had better animation than Arifureta at times. And there's no excuse for this. Absolutely none. The opening was decent as far as the sound goes, however, nothing is noteworthy in the audio aspect either.
If you don't already know, Arifureta was scheduled to air in Spring 2018. Apparently, the production was already underway but because the author of the light novels didn't like what he saw, everything was scrapped and the anime postponed till Summer 2019. The utter lack of responsibility by the producers is mindboggling. They scrapped a series because they didn't like what they saw and the final product of what they "liked" is this abomination. I don't even want to imagine what the thing they scrapped must have been.
Some of the action scenes were so pitifully animated that it hurt my head just watching it. Imagine playing an action game at 10 FPS. That's how awful these action sequences were. This was a result of terrible visuals and sound combined with horrendous direction and a lack of planning. The worst part of the animation is the CGI of monsters, dragons, skeletons, etc. Basically, any enemy that wasn't human had CGI which would make the games from the 90s and early 2000s look great in comparison. Everything from their movements to their appearance was a pain to watch.
Do you want to see a female dragon having a massive rod inserted into her ass? Do you want to see a bunny girl kissing the main character fervently when he was trying to give the girl a mouth-to-mouth CPR? Or CGI so bad that it looks worse than a 1990s game (Heck, even those games had better CGI than the monster battles in Arifureta)? Do you want something to vent your frustration on? Do you want to see what your beloved medium of entertainment looks like at its worst?
Even if the answer to all of the above questions is yes, I'd still not recommend this. It's easily the worst isekai I've watched overall. I may have watched some with just as bad story-telling and characters as Arifureta, but they at least had okay animation. Arifureta doesn't tick the box for being decent in any department, be it characters, story, or animation.