Arifureta: From Common Place to World’s Strongest Review Episode 13

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Arifureta Episode 13

Hurray! We made it to the end of the Arifureta anime. If life were a game this would definitely be an achievement for having survived an endurance test of some sort, though I somehow suspect that a binge watch of this series would make it somewhat more palatable.

Anyway, episode 13 sees Hajime and his harem race through the dungeon and drop in on the fight below before destroying all the monsters, shooting the demon, and calmly returning to the surface. Then Kaori declares she’s in love with Hajime and despite being calmly and firmly rejected insists on joining the ever growing harem of girls following after Hajime.

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As usual the lack of impact this episode has comes back to the lack of foundation any of these characters have, and following on from that, the way at which we rush through the situation and just how little we’re asked to care about anything that is happening. This sequence really should have had some impact. Hajime reuniting with his classmates, their reactions to his transformation, the split in their current morality, yet the anime just glosses past it all. It’s there, but carries no weight, much like most of the events the anime has sped through.

However, it is now done and all I have to do is review the series as a whole without it turning into a rant (that may take some re-writes) and then I can pretend this anime doesn’t exist and just go back to reading the books. then I can ‘look forward to’ or be horrified by the fact that this one apparently got a second season. This is definitely a case where they are telling the same story but have utterly missed everything that made the story interesting.


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4 thoughts on “Arifureta: From Common Place to World’s Strongest Review Episode 13

  1. Everything that happened lack any real impact or consequence. Everyone just hurries through the scenes and the action is laughable. Hajime can just point his gun in any direction and still shoot down these monsters and Shea can just spin around and around with her hammer.

    I’m not sure what this series was focusing on. It certainly wasn’t character development or tone, that shifted all over the place. At one point is was an edgy revenge story, then a cutesy harem, and then dark and edgy again. I felt it improved towards the end and while I didn’t end up completely hating it, it just became laughably bad.

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