Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest

Alt title: Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekaisaikyou

Vol: 8+; Ch: 55+
2016 - ?
4.464 out of 5 from 3,473 votes
Rank #1,065
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest

When a classroom of students is transported to another world to act as its saviors, Hajime Nagumo finds himself the weakest link. As his friends and classmates are granted strong classes and impressive abilities due to their existing skills, he is given the weak title of Synergist. When a dungeon quest leaves him separated from his group, Hajime must discover his own talents or be left to rot in this world forever.

Source: Seven Seas

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Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou is a perfect example of a manga that has a good start, but because its creator has no idea what he is doing, it fails in every way possible when you read more of it. The story is something you have seen in anime and read in manga and novels many many times already. The manga focuses on Hajime, who is your typical no-life, gamer, otaku, who has no luck to ever get laid. His classmates think he is a loser, all except for Kaori, the most beautiful girl in class … but Hajime is too awkward to appreciate her affection, and because of that, everyone is jealous that the best girl actually pays her attention to a bloody loser. Obviously, even a loser and an incel like Hajime would hate to be treated like that and so he wishes, that his classmates would just be sucked in another dimension. However, any curse tends to return to the person that used it and here it has the same result: his class, he and the best girl get sucked into another world, where they become heroes and, of course, our protagonist gets the weakest stats and is nothing but a burden to the group. Obviously, his fellow classmates still hate him and during one of the dungeon raids, he is just left to die. But Hajime is not ready to just die, he does everything to survive, killing bloodthirsty monsters, devouring their flesh and power and even discovering a top waifu material, because the irl girls never cared about him and tried to understand him, so does his way to revenge begin and from that you might think that I am just a hater that is salty about isekai for no reason whatsoever. No. Till this very point the story is very interesting to follow, it has a lot of blood, the main character starts as a weakling, but he refuses to just die like a dog and decides to keep on his journey to revenge. (It is just like The Rising of the Shield Hero and I totally loved it). The problem, however, is that when Hajime gets power, the whole manga just becomes something totally different from what it was. It just becomes your average harem series, just like what No Game No Life was, with constant fanservice and ecchi scenes and feels like the author is lost and tries to keep your interest using fanservice, which is not bad, but overusing it… is bad. And this makes the whole show miss out on a lot of potential character and world building by just skipping many important details and focusing on things that are not really important. Even characters do not even have anything about them at all. If you are a loser in your previous life, you will be a loser in every world. And this will change until you yourself try to change. In this manga, if you are looking for deep, well-developed characters, then you are in the wrong place. With every chapter the main protagonist just becomes more and more edgy and it is just hilarious. Obviously, his harem never gets enough attention from the author and are nothing but a bunch of just some empty dolls. Overall, this is not even better than the anime. In fact, both the anime and this manga are fucking garbage of a person who is a bloody amateur, who ruined a pretty good start this manga had. And then it became… anything but not a good manga. The rest is for you to decide, I, however, am strongly convinced that if you are looking for something good, you will find an isekai MUCH better than this. Just try doing it.  


Nagumo Hajime is what I will call a tsundere hero. At first, fe's all like "No, I'm not a good guy. I won't save you. I only do things that benefit myself. I'm evil. Grrr." But then fe totally acts like a good guy, and (inwardly) blushes at people seeing feir shamefully moral compass. Sometimes, it's implied that fe's acting cruel and merciless because feir faith in humanity has been destroyed after one of feir classmates betrayed fem. And it's said that feir only goal is to find a way to return to Earth. But honestly, quite a few of feir actions fit more in line with fem wanting to be cool rather than fem wanting to survive by any means on the path to get home. Fe refuses to run away or back down from a fight probably because that would be uncool. Fe refuses to abandon people or break feir promises because that would be uncool. So it might just be that feir condescending and rude attitude is a facade, fem attempting to be an anti-hero. Because anti-heroes are cool. Or it could be that when fe absorbs the skills from the monsters fe ingests, fe also absorbs some of their monstrous attitude, so what we're seeing is a tension between feir human side (which wants to be cool) and feir monster side (which is heartless). Either way, it comes across as a tsundere hero. And it does not make for an interesting reading experience. Whenever a fight sequence starts, I kinda just blank out. I'm not sure what it is, but quite a few of the battles just aren't engaging. Maybe the ratio of fight scenes to non-fighting scenes is too high? Maybe there isn't good choreography or back-and-forth between the two sides? Maybe I just feel that there aren't any real stakes since it's obvious that Hajime will always win? I dunno. The main thing that keeps the story interesting is that it actually has a goal, unlike many of these isekai stories which just involve freeform adventuring. The goal is that there are seven Great Labyrinths which were built by the seven Liberators during the age of gods. After defeating each Labyrinth, Hajime will be granted an ancient power. And once fe's defeated all seven, fe'll have the capability of sending femself back to Earth (though fe'll probably have to fight the gods of the world first, since that's just how these stories go...). While fe was inside Labyrinth #1, fe ran into Girl #1 (Yue). Then before Labyrinth #2, fe added Girl #2 to feir party (Shia). And now fe's on feir way to Labyrinth #3, and there is a Girl #3 in the making (Tio). This seems like a pattern, so projecting forward, fe should end up with a harem of exactly seven girls by the end of the manga. The monsters look really cool, especially the draconic ones. The people aren't anything special, but they're not bad. [Reviewed at chapter 36]

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