Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (LN)

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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 wet dream 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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Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest
ありふれた職業で世界最強
平凡职业成就世界最强
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Miika
New Miika rated it
July 28, 2019
Status: --
this is one of the best and most memorable novels I have read, starting from tragedy and going even further to despair to adding game elements and helping him stand up from the abyss to climbing out and finding hope, later the epic adventures where he has his sence of values and doesn't let anyone cross them. Even though all the important characters have bad pasts, but that makes it more rewarding to see how they have come out of it. I wish it would have kept the game like... more>> status more in the light because it completely dissapears, but it did its job and got me interested. For all of the re****s that call the characters plain, plz f-ing shut up if don't understand more complex things <<less
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Chulloswag
Chulloswag rated it
July 14, 2017
Status: --
I personally love stories where the protagonist is an antihero or villain. However, the problem is that most authors completely butcher the character. We either get someone thrust into a villain role who actually risks everything to save others, or we get an antihero who's an obnoxious edgelord. This series would be a prime example of the latter (with SAO being a similar case) and it ruins almost everything after the Great Orcus Dungeon. A lot of the other characters are just plain annoying. The only reason this is a... more>> 2 rather than a 1 is the beginning. <<less
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Phaeous
Phaeous rated it
April 1, 2017
Status: c223
Hajime (m.c) is one of two of the best characters I've come across (I've read a lot of great novels) & the essential reason is how intensely dedicated he is to the achievement of his own happiness; how ruthless & shameless he is in fulfilling that end. The only purpose of existence is happiness, & happiness is ultimately an individual capacity

Anyone who attempts to claim that one intrinsically owes any random passerby or society in general anything, can come try & settle that claim with me--"One is an end in... more>> oneself"

I love you Shirakome, given that the maincharacter is ideal, I hope you never end this glorious series <<less
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Ruduen
Ruduen rated it
October 16, 2018
Status: v7
I think plenty of other people have said it, but I agree with the general thoughts on this.

The novel starts off with an interesting enough premise and characterization. However, somewhere between the second half of volume 1 and the first half of volume 2, the default characterization and a rather unique outlook on combat changed, and the main character's handling takes a sharp nosedive.

It's after that point that things go from rather interesting, to the main character constantly reiterating how edgy he is, then does the 'heroic' action anyways after... more>> finding the obvious edgy excuse. In addition, the main pairing feels like it has little depth (and feels creepy to boot). Then unnecessary harem elements show up, and the rather juvenile humor keeps coming along with it.

At a certain point, I was reading more to see what the 'side' characters were doing, rather than how the overpowered main characters were breezing through everything. It feels far more like poor wish fulfillment than anything of interest. It's a shame, too, because the side stories had a lot more potential. However, the poor handling of the majority of the book is lacking.

You'd need to have very specific tastes to enjoy the bulk of this. It has some interesting elements, but I would be hard-pressed to recommend this to most. I couldn't even recommend this to people who enjoy dark characters, with the main character having such contradictory actions that it just feels stilted. <<less
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akak
akak rated it
November 4, 2018
Status: --
Arifureta is one of the worst series in existence.

The first volume is decent, but right after it the series become very very bad. It completely change genre and become a really terrible crappy harem comedy.

The main character, Hajime, is one of the crappiest protagonist that I have ever seen. Other than that, he's also too much of a mary sue, too much stronger than everyone else, his power to create anything he want instantly resolve every single problem he face, everyone love him etc. etc...

Like in all harem series, all... more>> the female characters don't have any personality or characteristic, they are just... there, to lust over hajime, and nothing else.

Obviously they fall in love with Hajime without any single reason, and some of them fall for him even if Hajime insult them, doesn't care about them, and even physically beat them.

There is a reason if the 99, 9% of reviews and opinions about this series across the entire internet says either "this series is extremely bad" or "1 volume is fine, then it become extremely bad".

And no, it never ever becomes better, it just becomes worst, and then even worst.

I strongly advise to avoid this series. <<less
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introparadox
introparadox rated it
May 19, 2017
Status: c37
Epic emotional start, a nice and week MC, turned into a OP and badass one, but then suddenly turned into a cruel disgusting bastard for no reason what's worse is I think the authors thinks this is funny, so I think he would continues this way, he rather sight-see someones dies than moves merely his finger to save him, yes merely his finger as he has a powerful magic that works by finger (you will see if you read) he doesn't have any risk nor aftermath to fear but with... more>> the sick excuse that someone can't just save everyone in need, what the hell I'm I supposed to applauded or to be impressed, what's more it's awfully contradictory, at start when he was in his worst state of anti-humanity (or rather close) he risked his life for a stranger, how should I feel about this change, it's like someones return your sincere smile out of the blue with slap or spit in the face. I'm really deeply disappointed. <<less
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victor daigo
victor daigo rated it
April 10, 2017
Status: v5c2
Really awesome story. First I thought it was just like the others isekai light novels, but after reading a few chapters I got hoocked to the story and the main character. Love the protagonist (nagumo hajime) character, and chuuni suki (the author) for making a great story and a even greater badass main character, who didn't obtain power just because plot but with efort and self sacrifice (not sure if this is considered spoiler). Sorry if there are mistakes, english is not my mother language. I definitely recommend this novel.... more>> Also the manga is pretty good <<less
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berdanka
berdanka rated it
May 16, 2018
Status: v3
MC is OP and lost his sense of reason after fighting for his live alone, everything is good, but...

for everyone who will wait for the hero to stand on his principles after hell-like experience - don't get your hopes high. MC is edgy in unreasonable places and stupidly kind to his classmates even after overall contempt and betrayal. It doesn't make sense.
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rhianirory
rhianirory rated it
May 3, 2019
Status: --
don't be fooled by the first volume, it takes an abrupt 90% turn afterwards and the MC deteriorates into a walking cliche. To be specific, I liked it up until they left the first dungeon and met up with the bunny girl. After that I started to lose interest at a very noticeable rate as it went from action/survival/ mystery to romantic harem comedy. Such a good start and then it goes downhill fast. It gets an extra star for the beginning, otherwise this would be a 1.
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DeathStroke96
DeathStroke96 rated it
August 22, 2017
Status: v4
It had a boring start (well mainly c1) but that was a set up so, I was willing to ignore that pretty meh chapter, however towards the end of c1 of v1 and then onwards it was fun! Really fun, especially seeing how the MC broke down and then transformed to the bad ass he is was really enjoyable, plus with the intro of Yue and the continuity of conquering the dungeon and the ending about the truth of the world made the first volume awesome.

v2 continued onwards from v1... more>> with an Intro of a new female character and some other side characters and a new dungeon.

honestly with this being my second isekai, after Death march (LN) I have to recommend it to anyone new to either LNs or isekai genre overall but my suggestion is to read the official J-Novel translation as the quality of the translation is huge! <<less
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Enferlain
Enferlain rated it
February 27, 2019
Status: v8
I loved the first volume, it had mostly everything I'm looking for in a novel. Unfortunately it falls into the same trash category as soon as 2nd volume comes around, namely adding new heroines for no reason. What's the point? Why add another useless harem element to an already enjoyable fantasy? Can the author not write about the adventures of the 2 main characters, does he so desperately need to keep adding new sh*t that serves no real purpose? It's the same every time. I've been reading novels for a... more>> while, but somehow it seems like other than Spice and Wolf no one can write something with a meaningful one on one relationship with no harem trash or multiple love interests added. I'm really ****ing disappointed right now. I thought I found something great, but I guess I should know better at this point to get my expectations up. I'll continue reading because I want to see just how bad it gets, or if it gets better. Until then, this is a 2 star from me. Without the first volume, it would be just one sh*tty star. <<less
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Kio Ciel
Kio Ciel rated it
June 30, 2017
Status: v5
Even though I'm not currently on Volume 5 (because I'm already read the Web novel version and finish the entire series) I have to says I skipped several chapters in volume 1 and I regret it because when I was done with volume 1 it completely hooked me! So I have to go back and re-read it once again.

If you're a type of person who like to see BAD people get punish or received retribution then this one has it for you.

But if you're a type of person who doesn't... more>> like Harem then this might be a little bit hard to handle since there is a harem in it, but on the bright side is that the actions will distract you from the harem so don't be worry. <<less
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DragonHJT
DragonHJT rated it
January 20, 2018
Status: --
At first I thought the novel would be great, but as I kept reading, it progressively got worse. It had great potential from the start, ... more>>
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But there was no good revenge scene after he met up with everyone, and after he met the usagi? (Bunny) girl, it became more cringey with his arm becoming a op shotgun gun that can one shot a few monsters at his will, Indiana jones bolder scenes, and creations, like a car and railgun, that are too advanced to be understood by other unimportant characters in a swords and magic world.

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I like how it gave some explanation on how things worked with a some sort of logic instead of just saying something along the lines of "the rock is useful to make things because it is different from the rest" like I have seen in some LN's, but for his weapons to be too advanced for anyone else to know what it was except for his classmates, it doesn't seem like it belongs as a main weapon. If it showed some progress to advancing technology in general, it would be a lot more reasonable. I think that it started off great and would have had amazing potential if it didn't go the way it is now. <<less
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Elphus
Elphus rated it
July 11, 2019
Status: v9
If analysed, you'll find that almost the entirety of the main characters' personalities are influenced by or due to trauma.

Hajime is a broken kid who had to kill of every aspect of humanity just to survive the Great Orcus Labyrinth; Yue was trapped in isolation for almost three hundred years; Shea has seen so many of her people killed or sold into slavery; Tio watched her hometown burn to the ground; Aiko is at first sad she couldn't save Hajime, then later is someone that weeps when she realises she's... more>> killed people; Shizuku breaks down from trying to be strong all the time in the Ice Cavern.

I doubt the author's intent was to write about such broken kids as a reason for anything more than edgy/chuuni cool ideation, but all of these kids are broken in some way, which makes this series more about humanity than almost anything I've read.

It's a bit too heavy on the tropes which is why it's only 3☆. <<less
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RagingDs
RagingDs rated it
February 10, 2019
Status: v5c1
Absolutely a great read well worth your time. It does get a bit repetitive and predictable in places, but even with that I still found myself enthralled by the story. The author does a very good job combining different elements of comedy and adventure as well. Not my favorite all time series, but solidly holding onto a top 10 or maybe even 5 spot.
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arnoldstrife
arnoldstrife rated it
June 7, 2018
Status: v6
It's actually quite good. The first Volume was awesome. It showed the struggle "From Commonplace to World's Strongest" like the title implies. It was definitely emotional and started me towards reading the rest of the series. From there the story changes quite a bit and doesn't quite hit the same emotional tone. But it still does fairly well overall.

Particularly of note is that this is really like 2 stories running parallel to each other. We have our MC who starts out weak then becomes strong. We then also have the... more>> other character which the narrative switches around to every so often which started with cheat abilities and was already strong, he's the archetype dense male lead hero type. The contrast between the 2 stories is really what makes this story great. In 1 story it showcases that being Isekai is actually pretty terrible filled with lots of hardship and is really unreasonable. The other plays into the trope pretty hard. These 2 stories started in the same point, then diverge into wildly different ways and continue to meet and split up again over and over. But always the 2 lines merely intersect each other and never stay in twine for to long as they have there own themes that they play into.

Some Minor Spoilers in regard to some of the other reviews concern while I try to be as vague as possible

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As mention the story tend to weave between the 2 story lines between our MC and the "Hero" party (the group that was OP from the start) But it also goes back and forth thematically. In the beginning the MC is hit really hard dramatically while the "Hero" party plays the Isekai part and is a bit comedic. However after the first arc the ton shifts as our MC goes Isekai trope hunting and the "Hero" party gets hit with drama. The 2 story lines though change frequently flips in tone (Not always drama) but the author does a good job of always picking contrasting tones between the 2 story lines to make it interesting.

Also there's a rule of cool system that takes place in terms of action it helps mitigate raising power levels by having cool action scenes separate from character growth. It isn't always about him being strong. It the MC growing as a person too. Part of that means he's kind of a crappy person in various ways until he grows out of it.

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The series is extremely self aware but it plays into it really well when it needs to and contrast well when it wants to.

Also the MC is awesome. He's extremely decisive not dense protagonist here. He has a best girl and lets everyone know. <<less
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captain crunch
captain crunch rated it
May 26, 2018
Status: v5
Rating: 3.5 - 4, Translation: 5

[Rating/Translation scale: 5 = almost all readers may enjoy / infrequent minor errors. 4 = large majority of readers may enjoy / frequent minor errors or infrequent major errors, no difficulty to read. 3 = 50% of readers may enjoy / frequent major errors, unable to understand some sentences or a paragraph in a chapter. 2 = niche audience may enjoy / unable to understand moderate portion of a chapter. 1 = portion of niche audience may enjoy / unable to understand most of a... more>> chapter.]

I read the J-Novel Club version of this LN.

Summary: A Japanese high school class gets summoned to another world to be heroes to fight against the demon country. MC was a kind of otaku loser and also does not get any special abilities. Eventually, an incident allows him to gain extreme amount of power. He tries to find a way back to Japan, and in the meantime forms a harem and learns some secrets about the alternate world.

Good: Has the main isekai features for isekai fans. MC does not have to follow the standard "good guy" role and is independent. Each volume feels like a complete arc, and like a novel.

Bad: After MC becomes OP, the action gets a little repetitive. 1st volume is a little dark and a struggle for the MC, but then 2nd volume onward has a strange change to have a lot of comedy sketches with new harem members becoming comedic relief instead of serious characters.

Overall: Good for isekai fans, sort of anti-hero MC. Storytelling is fair to good. However, action gets repetitive, author makes strange choice to add a lot of attempts at humor after V1. Better than hit-or-miss on my scale, slightly above 3.5. <<less
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slimeholder
slimeholder rated it
March 26, 2019
Status: v8
Note/Edit: This review does not contain direct spoilers, but I will be referring to some general things/concepts that may be considered as ones. If you wish to go into this novel 100% blind (which is highly recommended), please do not read this, or any other reviews, and just go for it (feel free to take a look at the last to paragraphs tho, as they are spoiler free).

This is amazing... Clearly one of the best (if not the best) novels I've ever read. The characters are great, and character development... more>> itself is brilliant. This is not your ordinary "MC wins a lottery, becomes OP in an another world and f*cks everything that moves novel". Not at all. This is a novel about true feelings and strength of heart. Do not misunderstand tho, it's not like the MC goes around trying to make friends with everyone and resolve conflicts via dialogue or smth. On the contrary, the MC is completely indifferent towards everyone except the people whom he considers to be his true comrades. Be it a cute flower, a monster, another human or even the whole world, the MC will slaughter everything on his path to make his companions smile (edit: When I say companions I do not mean the bunch of idiots that he is teleported to the other world with, but people he meets later on). This is very refreshing, as I am tired of "black and white" characters and worlds. The world building is very good as well (not the best I've ever seen, but great regardless). Every character is developed at a very good pace (not to slow and not too fast). The enemies are not mindless evil creatures that seek world domination. Every opponent he encounter has clear motives and distinct emotions (although, it's not like he (the MC) gives a sh*t). On top of that, the way that events unfold is very satisfying and you are never left thinking "wtf are you doing?" when the MC decides on an action. I could go on forever, but I think you get the gist of it.

Watch if: You like OP protagonists (the MC goes from weak to OP), good character development, and dungeon crawlers.

Do not watch if: You like mindless harem novels where the MC has intercourse with everything that moves, flat characters with no clear backstory, motivation or feelings, and explicitly "good" or "bad" characters. <<less
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Mideris
Mideris rated it
October 14, 2018
Status: v8
This Light Novel is being animated! Expected release, Currently, is 2019.

This story is for all intents and purposes, is one of the better ones I have read in all my time here. The overall structure is sound, the plot develops at a reasonable pace, and it is well written enough to look decent in English. All in all this warrants 3, of the four stars, simply because it stands at a quality level unlike most novels. However, giving this story a solid 5 is completely unjustified for a number of... more>> reasons. Chief amongst these is that the author enjoys playing entirely too heavily on Hajime's otaku personality and his now "reforged" soul or morality. It is not enough of a problem to warrant not reading.

Let me put this bluntly, you will get completely SICK of his morality being reestablished so much, at least into the second volume. The story is interesting and actually original to some degree. I am picky, so very few novels will make me ignore their issues. This one did not, however, I still enjoyed it. If you're looking for a character-centric light novel, primarily focused on the character and less so on skills, this is a good one. If you dislike OP, then you'll be amused seeing as this one plays it as a complete joke.

If you wish to read this light novel, it can be read through Meido <<less
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