Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest 2nd Season

Alt title: Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou 2nd Season

TV (12 eps)
3.868 out of 5 from 6,860 votes
Rank #1,654

Shizuku and the other students return to the royal capital. Their brush with death, and the dramatic reencounter with Hajime Nagumo, has had different effects on each student's mind. Hajime, now joined by Kaori, arrives at the Gruen Desert.

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The first season of Arifureta was outright bad, but it also had transcended to the realm of “so bad it’s good” territory. Just like movies like The Room, it was very enjoyable to see it as schlock that unironically tries to take itself seriously and fails at every step. The second season no longer has that appeal simply because it’s not so bad anymore. It’s actually better and that makes it worse. You might be a bit confused here, so let me explain. The horrible script and animation have improved in the second season and now they are just bad. The edgy revengeporn is gone and so is the harem building aspect. Basically, the show lost everything that made it bad and turned into a generic isekai about an overpowered bland mc and his harem fighting the demon lord and his generals. If you noticed, we humans tend to remember the very good and the very bad, while at the same time forgetting anything that is mediocre and forgettable. The second season falls in the latter kind.Even if you see past that issue, the second season also falls victim of the development phase of any story. The first season is usually the introduction to all the main characters, while the second has the task to develop them in some sort of fashion. There is hardly much of that going on. It mostly introduced the main antagonists, the demon lord generals and the evil apostles and there were fights where even the overpowered mc had to struggle more than usual. That aside, nothing much changed and I doubt most would give a damn about seeing any of the stock characters that comprise this run of the mill set up getting some sort of character development. Whatever fun you could find in the first season was just seeing the bland mc steamrolling his enemies and gathering a bunch of paper-thin harem archetypes with edgy revenge in mind and horrible CGI fights to accompany them. Now that all that are gone, so is the hook of the whole thing. The plot was never serious, and trying to develop it would leave everyone uninterested.In a nutshell, the second season gets a higher average score than the first, but also an even smaller recommendation from me.

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