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
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Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (WN) (Web Novel)
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Ruduen
New 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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Mideris
New 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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