Seventeen-year-old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They’re treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku's paradise quickly turns into Hajime’s nightmare. While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime’s job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith’s level of strength?
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The story starts of great, there is plenty of emotional depth and a relatable protagonist. However, as the story progresses it becomes a glorified emo cliche with way too much focus on romanic attractions and a not so clear motive for the protagonist to follow. It get's worse with just how over powered the protagonist becomes and his general outlook on everything gradually changes from pessimistic loner to tsundere straight man. I felt like the story was made rather well in the beginning but then it felt like the author swapped out with an awkward pervert that has daddy issues. Really, everything from after he meets bunny girl is just a mess.
I'm 4 light novels in, which I think is decent enough to get a review in. Arifureta has its ups and downs. It goes from good, to bad, then back to good, then bad, then out of nowhere back to good again. It's very inconsistent, but so far the good has outweight the bad.Story: It's an Isekai story, so a class is transported to another world. Hajime Nagumo is the weakest memeber of his class, but after overcoming many obstacles he becomes the strongest of his class. He also has a harem and sees his personality change a ton. Arifureta shifts from action/adventure, to romantic comedy, to a parody of isekai, basically there's not really a consistent genre. There's also some plot armor in the first light novel. For the most part, the fights are solid, the story is interesting enough. I enjoyed light novel 2 the most. Shea's backstory is well done. I do think they could've given more backgrounf and buildup into the characters being transported to the new world, even if it does a considerably better job than the anime in that department.Art: It's okay I guess. Not much more to say.Characters: A good light novel, or story in general, needs to have a good protagonist. I think Hajime is a solid one. He's cold, calculating, and very intelligent. His responses are not cliche, and he shows some growth as each novel progresses. I especially like his interactions with Shea. There's definite growth in their relationship, and how with Yue's help he becomes considerably mor friendly to her. Speaking of Shea, her and Yue are great. Even Tio has a bit of a charm to her, and her fight with Hajime in light novel 3 was solidly done. If I had a complaint about the characters, it'd revolve around the class. Most of them are foregettable and uninteresting. If I mentioned Suzu or Endou or Ryutaro to you, could you remember anything about them? Probably not. Even characters that are supposed to have a huge impact in the story like Eri and Daisuke are forgettable for the most part. Kouki is very cheesy, but the author obviously intended for him to come across that way. Yuka is easily one of my favorite characters, and I wish she played a larger role in the story. I hope she gets more time in future light novels. Shizuku as well.Overall: I personally have liked it for the most part. I can see why some wouldn't. Kaori would probably annoy some readers, Kouki might even if that's what the author intends for, and there are a ton of references to other manga and anime thrown in at random points.
I really enjoyed it but had to drop it due to Japtems horrible translation skills, having to read paragraphs 4-5 times over, re arranging it in my head to be able to understand it was painful, all in all this would be a great read if someone came and copied his broken english and fixed it up into something readable.
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