Consider this my ‘first impressions’ if you want, today I decided to watch another anime. Will I finish it? Who knows, I certainly do not. But alas, here I am doing what I know I shouldn’t be doing but I’m doing it anyway.
Like everything on any of my lists, “Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou” has been on it for the longest time and today after coming back from the movies, I decided to give it a watch.
The ordinary life of 17-year-old otaku Hajime Nagumo is disrupted when he and his classmates are summoned to a fantasy world and tasked with saving mankind. While his classmates are gifted with impressive abilities useful in combat, Hajime is belittled for only gaining an inferior transmutation skill that lacks any real offensive power.
During an expedition in the Great Orcus Labyrinth, Hajime is betrayed by one of his classmates, plummeting him to the bottom of an abyss. Though he survives the fall, Hajime is faced with menacing monsters and misfortunes that send him spiraling into a grim nightmare. Desperate to live and return home one day, he resolves to fight for his survival—only to meet an imprisoned vampire he names Yue, who is also seeking to escape the labyrinth. Taking an interest in him, Yue and a few others along the way accompany Hajime on his journey to find a way back home, while steadily transforming from commonplace to the world’s strongest.
I’ll be honest a scrawny kid left behind for being too weak or too inferior. I thought that the first episode did a great job at showcasing what would happen to a person’s mind if they thought that they were left behind to die.
Hajime repeating to himself that he didn’t want to die, only to later accept his fate as he contemplated where he went wrong; coming to terms with the reason he was in this position was because people thought he was weak and inferior.
You can definitely feel all the emotions that Hajime went through in the first episode alone.
Which makes it even better when he accepted that dying was not the way to go instead he should be executing his revenge was when the episode itself got fairly interesting. When the switch was flipped you can definitely feel it and see it too. Hajime was on a warpath towards vengeance as he looked to beat everyone who had wronged him, abandoned, betrayed and called him inferior.
I love the fact that once Hajime decided to be the best version of himself, that he was given literally god-like powers and stats. Episode one of “Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou” was able to accomplish what took SAO what feels like thousands of seasons to get to. An insanely overpowered character.
I just love the fact that Hajime realized that eating the monsters he killed raises his stats, I think that’s pretty funny. I don’t know why I think that, I just do. I also love how this dude decides to that the best way to get out of this labyrinth is transmuting guns and bullets. A modern twist to a magical-fantasy world; and let us not forget this dude is doing all this with only one arm.
Now could this be one of those instances where the first couple of episodes will be the best episodes of the series and everything after this point trails off? Yeah, it could very well be that way. But it got a second season so that must mean something? But then again, anything can get another season nowadays so I shouldbe surprised.
Overall, I’d say that “Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou” does have a fairly interesting first couple of episodes, I look forward to seeing what becomes of this.