Let’s Just Skip The Intro
Arifureta Episode 1
When I picked up the first light novel volume of Arifureta, I was drawn into a story that really hit me emotionally as I watched Hajime’s character get broken down and literally rebuilt from the ground up. It was horrifying and compelling and truly a riveting reading experience. I really do recommend grabbing the first volume of the light novel series.
Then we have this first episode of the anime, which outside of being so dark and gloomy visually that at times it is almost impossible to actually see what is happening in a scene, drops us into the middle of the action and fills in a few details through flashbacks but leaves a lot still unsaid. Admittedly, it is a first episode and they probably didn’t want to go through the standard isekai motions of showing us the class getting summoned etc, but we’ve lost some important points that would make the character transformation actually have impact along the way.
Because in the anime so far we don’t know anything about Hajime other than he was a bit of a punching bag for some of the others who were with him and that there’s a girl who is a little concerned about him. The impact of his transformed character is incredibly diminished because we’ve spent no time walking in his shoes as he’s struggled to train his ill-suited ability into something usable and the few flashbacks we get don’t really give us enough emotional connection.
Again, it is a first episode and these details might get filled in later. However, that would mean that we at least got an exciting fight filled opening that drew us into the action of the story… Only as I said, visually this one is pretty bleak and the fights with the monsters have so far been pretty pedestrian.
Now part of this is a problem on my part because I really loved the first book of this series and the anime has literally just skipped over all the foundation of it as though it was filler. However, even if I back away from knowing what the story was about, this episode isn’t very compelling. I’d put it on par with Demon Lord Retry for the season, which is to say there’s potential for growth and it is a genre I like but the first episode was not overly exciting or promising.
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Images from: Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest. Dir. K Yoshimoto. White Fox. 2019.