Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (WN)

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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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From Common Job Class to the Strongest in the World
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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Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (LN) (Light Novel)
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MagneticMagnet
MagneticMagnet rated it
August 9, 2019
Status: c95
Arifureta has the questionable honour of being the novel I think of first when the worst novel on the site comes up. It's not just bad, it's offensively bad. To call it tr*sh would be praise since tr*sh can be burned for electricity and can be useful in some way. This... Thing is not. The only reason it got even one star is because it's the lowest we can give.

Let's start with the "good":

-The first arc was passable. Betrayal and revenge is not really my cup of tea but I... more>> can see how it could make a worthwhile story.

-It's technically a novel.

And that's honestly all the positives I can think of. As for the bad: Everything else. Well, that is not very useful so let's have some examples.

-Awful plotting.
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The MC having lost an arm and dying alone on the floor full of monsters built a railgun out of whatever he could gather from the enviroment with the justification of magic. You know, out of rock, stone and condensed water because he could use and apply a skill he gained perfectly from the get-go. I was willing to overlook this since it's just how these stories go. The magic motorcycle and car likewise. But later on he pulls a lavaproof submarine out of his pocket he somehow built just in case he needed it, without ever having done anything related to navigation or naval engineering. That's where I had to draw the line. So essentially the author needed a way to resolve a situation and pulled a deus ex machina.

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-Awful characters. I managed to drudge through half of the main story and at that point I didn't care about any of the characters at that point.

The MC can't seem to decide whether he is an antihero or a hero. The author seems to have tried to make him a cool badass but ended up with a rebellious teenager. "I don't care about anyone else!" Saves a city from rampaging monsters. "Human filth like you should just die!" Fires rubber bullets so they don't die. "And those classmates of mine who left me to die should be killed by the monsters in the same dungeon they left me in!" Goes to save the classmates from the monsters in the dungeon they left him in. That, and he generally is an unlikeable jerk.

His harem isn't much better. The first waifu has a plausible reason to follow him but the rest not so much. Second waifu: "I will come with you!" MC: "No." Kicks her off. Second waifu: "I love you! I will follow you until you love me!" First waifu: "Let her in." MC: "Fine." That's the level of romance we're looking at. Oh, and because the harem has the MC, they can do whatever they want. At one point some guys were asking the harem if they wanted to go have some fun on a primary street and the response? A kick straight to the crotch, just like any decent person. Of course, being a civilized major city, there is no public order and the harem just walks away after assaulting some men. Somehow the author even managed to make a dragon I didn't like, and those are on the top of my world order. I read pretty much any story with main cast dragons in it and this is the first and only case where I didn't like one, and that's an achievement.

Of course the other characters are there just to make the MC look better. Other men are there to throw envious gazes at MC's harem and fail to solve any issues so the MC can save everyone while the girls are swooned. You know the deal. The same with villains. They can't stand the MC being better than them so they resort to nasty plots to get back at him, or are generic villains-r-us guys like evil s*ave dealers or some such.

-The world is a bog standard dungeons and skills world. The world itself isn't bad in particular - nothing special either, but the people are incompetent to make the MC shine. The skill system brings the same issues as always. That is, it easily turns into "a character can now do this", which only reinforces the handwavium presented in this novel.

-Action goes about as well you might imagine having a guy with railguns face off with fantasy people. The MC blazes in on his magic motorcycle dualwielding railguns, headshotting monsters while doing backflips with a waifu on his backseat, explosions going on in the background and an angel choir scattering flower petals. He clears the threat while muttering something like "You fools can't even take care of this much" to the incompetent humans who were fighting for their lives, scoffs and drives away. The peanut gallery keeps whispering how cool the MC was and the guys are soooo envious of the cute harem.

Well, I think you got the point. The characters can do things because the author says so and some scenes would have not changed the least bit if it had been replaced with "a wizard did it!". Honestly the whole thing feels insulting as a reader. Apparently the slice of life after story is better but those only work if you care about the cast. And do you really want wade through 179 chapters of worthlesness to get to it?

You don't need a psychology degree to see the author was relieving his frustrations into writing here. That, or he watched "Terrible writing advice" on Youtube and didn't get the joke.

Do not bother with this waste of internet unless you like dumpster fires or want reaffirmation that the novel you're writing isn't actually that bad since this somehow got published and animated. How that happened will be forever a mystery to me. <<less
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Poppukko
Poppukko rated it
February 4, 2018
Status: c303
First of all, to those who expect this to be a story where MC goes 'hurr durr, I'm gonna kill you all after obtaining all these powers for muh revenge', kindly avert yourself from reading this and read Sutaretara Yuusha no Eiyuutan or Legendary Shield Hero instead since that's what you are looking for. Despite the premise where our cunning yet weak MC getting indirectly murdered (which doesn't succeed) by his own classmate might makes it look like we're gonna have a revenge themed story, this is not it.

Like the... more>> synopsis, our MC: Nagumo Hajime is your everyday mediocre Otaku who gets bullied a lot due to a popular girl in the class trying to get close to him sincerely out of seeing his kindness and quirks. After getting summoned to the other world, he who has a weakass job and stat alongside his classmates found themselves in a pretty pickly situation where a certain jealous classmate doing s*upid sh*t and ended up in him falling down into the abyss, costing him an arm (left), an eye (right), hair color, and almost making him a murderous barbarian if it isn't for the female lead.

The main theme of this novel is about a guy who got betrayed and faced with harsh reality in the other world where your life is always in constant danger with either an as*hole god making you a pawn of his game or the monster trying to kill you. Here, our MC, in his traumatized state after the sh*t he's forced to go through in the abyss, reverts to all human's basic instinct: Survival which made him a ruthless man to everyone but his troupe or innocent people which is pretty realistic since let's be real, every human would think of surviving the ordeal where their life is on the line first instead of instantly wanting to murder the one causing them into such predicament. And even after that, he doesn't think much of a revenge against that as*hole classmate of his. Why? Cause he's a typical Jap MC? Nope, he set his priority straight of trying to get back to his world with all the Cheat he got after losing many things in the abyss instead of indulging himself in a petty revenge that would waste the time he needs to find a way home. Collecting harem and helping almost everyone in a pinch? Reminder that Yue and his harem members are acting as his moral compass to prevent him from becoming a mere murderous monster just because he got the power to destroy anything. So, in the end, the story is not about revenge, but more of the line about a guy who wants to go home while making merry friend along his search for that way and breaking common sense while doing it all. I'd rate it 4.5/5 for the main story while 5/5 for the after story which is hilarious as hell. <<less
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Parpaing
Parpaing rated it
September 24, 2017
Status: v6c5
This story starts off with the protagonist getting betrayed and thrown into some impossibly hard dungeon, he has only 1 goal, and that is, to survive. But then the dungeon gets easy and he forgets everything that happened, becoming careless, carefree. The revenge plot ? Nope, he's too cool for that, he used to care only about surviving, but now he doesn't care about anything. His hair turns white and all of his equipment is black and of course he has a trench coat. The MC gets bored and decides... more>> to conquer all of the great dungeons, even though he asks for a reason to help anyone (but then accepts whatever bullsh*t reason to save them, then acting like a melodramatic teen in the process spewing sh*t about never accepting help from anyone or something and helps them more than is needed) and of course he gets a harem because girls fall in lvoe with him left and right, even though he's an apathetic douche with no personnality whatsoever, and even though he's supposed to be this really cool dude, he's basically walking through supposedly impossibly hard dungeons having carefree conversations with his harem, there's absolutely no tension. Oh and then he meets his classmates, and even though he said he didn't care about them, he actually does and instead of ignoring them, he gets really shocked when he sees them. Urgh, this whole novels stinks of SOA, a novel which is only a symptom, not even the cause. Japan's light novel readers (most of them anyway) have no taste and have only read one or two novels in their lives, never tasting actual quality while the authors are made to sh*t out as many low-quality novels as possible that stroke our lowest instincts, because they're easy to write. <<less
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LAOG
LAOG rated it
January 23, 2017
Status: c153
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou for better or worse is a story that fails to live up to the quality and potential it displayed in the first volume. The premise and concept that were seen in the first volume actually made it seem different from the various "transported to another world" light novels that have recently plagued the market as of late.

The first volume presents us a story about a boy who had been betrayed and left for dead. A boy who's very essence of his humanity was destroyed.... more>> He drastically changes in order to survive the extreme dangers that he faces around his environment. So far the premise of the story sounds good, and the potential that we'll see a dark story filled with psychological conflicts of his humanity all seem to be in place, but nope that's as far as this story goes. The first volume ends with him being introduced to the first heroine of his official harem...

And that's where the story completely goes down the drain and as if the author waged his tail at the sign of $$$ the author decided to completely ruin his own story by falling back into typical, generic tropes that all other similar light novels have.

It becomes another edgy, angst, cliche, harem story where the MC consistently complains and has awkward moments with his harem. The girls themselves aren't anything special and they fall to the typical tropes of a loli, oppai, demi-human, etc. They add nothing to the story other than to emphasis how great the MC is. The other characters in the story are completely useless and are only added to the story to help support the idea that the MC is amazing. From the second volume and on nothing ever really threatens the MC because he can easily overpower them with his deus ex machina that the author will consistently write in the story just for the sake of it.

At this point I'm merely still reading this story simply because I'm too stubborn to drop something at this point.

Story: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Originality: 2/5
Overall: 2/5

Read the first volume and then proceed to drop this harder than the bass at a night club. <<less
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AliceSynthesis80008
AliceSynthesis80008 rated it
May 4, 2020
Status: --
I'll let you be the judge.

Just that, if you ever see a review that says "It's harem etc etc" stop reading it immediately. It is a waste of time, they are just people who feels like they are being attacked by an invisible person if the story they are reading has a harem tag.

Like bruh, there are tags there for a reason, if you don't like harem then why did you bother reading this novel? Then down rate it simply because you ignored the tags you lazy shit.
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Rort
Rort rated it
September 23, 2019
Status: --
If someone asks me "what is a generic isekai novel?" I'll gladly say this novel, it was one of the first novels I have read together with Mushoku Tensei and since that time I was aware thanks to this novel, the good and the bad of every genre.

I'll recommend this novel to newcomers of this site or novels in general, to see how bad some isekai novels are and to avoid them when they read a similar development in other novels.

I'm just expressing my reasons behind the 1-star rating, there... more>> are already a lot of detailed reviews expressing how bad this novel is. <<less
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Jinnai.l
Jinnai.l rated it
May 13, 2017
Status: c259
First thing First, yes the tone does change into light heart comedy after the first volume and the character is a bit shallow at some point but hey every thing have flaws and while their are few thing wrong, they did do something right

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I have to admit that Yue romance barely function (but it make sense, people would naturally find something to cling to in thier absolute rock bottom) and Shia start as a disaster. Let not mention the dragon, she a pervert no need for comment. Remus and Aiko still confuse me but given what MC did it understandable that it happen. However, Kaori and Shizuku romance make the later part of the story worth it and made up for the disaster that is Shia. One is about accepting change to the beloved as natural and be there to help him (bring him slowly back from absolute jerkassery). One is about accepting herself and her feeling. Shizuku's character development is done exceedingly well that it will make you wish that this arc happen 5 volume earlier.

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Now the main story, tragedy happen MC gone from weak to strong and get force into the Harem he eventually warm up to... not the worst thing in the world. Some of the best story often have simple structure.

For those yelling about the dark trope. Please don't take away my faith in humanity. Instead of using your narrow point of view and what could have been. Please judge something as it is.

Spoiler

KOUKI exist to be hate right from chapter two as a classic hero. So hate him

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this is a story about a nice guy who fell to hell and become a badass with heart of stone (something most reader will like because reader are total sad*st who like to only see MC struggle). And he he find somethings to love and slowly getting back that empathy of his (which the reader totally hate because it ruin that nice original setting

for soft and fluffy romance, guys read v14 the dark in the first volume Is continue here and lynch as an Aesop. The hero journey is not about dark for dark sake but fall and slow return to the light side (?) of an incompetent hero into a man he will be come.

4 star... minus one for the clunky romance but otherwise recommended read especially for the side stories. seriously those thing are so good. <<less
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Kurotsubaki
Kurotsubaki rated it
April 24, 2017
Status: c244
Many hate this novel because of the sudden turn on volume 1. But I'm a fan who read it until the afterstory so, im aware that this novel is out of norm and at the same time, following the norm

Some point needed to be known :

1. This isn't a dark story.
Many compare this to another masterpiece like shield hero. But the shield hero maintain its dark attribute until the middle story and become more mellow after his revenge are fulfilled and have a heroine to support him.
Arifureta have... more>> some dark traits, but the author limit it by adding "i want to go home" wish and adding a heroine at first part of the story to suppress the MC darkness. So don't expect any revenge story here as the goal of the MC is "to go home with his important thing" as his goal.

2. Have many turnaround.
At first, many concluded the MC are going dark.... But the heroine suppress this
Then the MC turn badass, but another heroine suppress this too.
And many reader disappointed, and many drop this novel from their reading list.
And the MC turn into someone who will always protect his beloved one and spoils them like a good husband.... (personal opinion)
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what turn him to protect his surrounding is his teacher saying that "living with only you and your beloved surely a lonely way of live" and because the MC think that he can't live in modern live like that he save his surrounding as a coincidence

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rdawv
rdawv rated it
February 24, 2016
Status: --
I read this at the same time as Tate Yuusha (Shield Hero) and Death March and Re:Monster. Arifureta tries to differentiate itself by going down a darker path of power and revenge: taking the bitterness of Shield Hero’s MC, combine it with the JP novel tropes and harem of Death March and the ridiculous OPness of Re:Monster’s MC.

Initially the story was interesting, but it quickly went down the “I suffered this tragedy and got this power and so I’m entitled to do what I want because I can” way like... more>> Re:Monster. Meaning the author tries to justify whatever the MC does, because firstly how he had suffered and thus unable to easily trust others, and secondly because he has the strength to disregard the opinions of others.

If you liked Re:Monster, you will find much of it here. It is a little better written than Re:Monster and more translation effort is in it. The dialogue is a bit more colorful and the supporting cast are given ‘screentime’ and not just prop onaholes like in Re:Monster. The setting and the harem which is acknowledged but blatantly ignored by the MC who point blanks tells everyone he is only in love with one of them is what makes the story different than other harem novels.

It is the ultimate in wish-fulfillment fantasy, a self-serving story that serves to bend to the whims of the MC. It might be very difficult for some to empathize with the MC, but some readers will enjoy reading someone who was bullied and abandoned becoming all powerful and treating every one except for the main love interest as dirt. <<less
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clam
clam rated it
January 26, 2016
Status: --
rate 1/5 a waste of a good read first volume great he has a great transformation in personality then later on he just becomes a s*ave to his harem its rather annoying also he just doesn’t seem to know the word “no” it then just start to annoying you and you really start to hate the characters no like you really start to hate the characters.
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kitsuao
kitsuao rated it
November 17, 2018
Status: c330
don't fall for all the people telling it's bad because of the harem or the cheat MC.

first thing first, the harem : so contrary to what everyone say the harem doesn't come from nowhere with all the girl in the world after his dick, the "only" eight wives have all a more or less good reason to like him.

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kaori : fell in love with him when she saw his braveness when he "saved" a grandma and her grandson from a thug by doing a dogeza and screaming bullsh*t in order to embarrass the thug publicly. She liked his strength of heart and became obsessed with him (almost to the point of becoming a yandere)

yue : saved her from 300 years of scealing, an, d didn't abandon her afterward when the scorpio attacked. Also like her he can directly control magic

shia : saved her family and trained them to the point they would be able to survive by themselves. Also have the same ability to control magic (btw she also love yue as much as hajime)

tio : became obsessed with him after he awakened her to the M world.

aiko : saved her mentally by preventing a breakdown from not being able to save one of her student (discover she's in love with him during a fight 8000m in the sky against an apostle.

shizuku : she fell in love when she was saved and treated like a girl for the first time in her life by hajime, dreaming of being protected, wearing girly clothes and suck, she was forced to do the reverse by her family and entourage because of the dojo her family posseded.

remia : saved her daughter myuu and became a father figure for myuu, and healed remia's wounds, she then decided to marry him so to not separate myuu and hajime.

liliana: she fell in love with him after he prevented her r*pe by the prince of the empire and helped overthrow her crisis.

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as you can see he saved a lot of the girl, but before screaming at the misogynistic protag or something, just remember that he is literraly th strongest in the world, to the point of killing a god, also he didn't start a relationship with another charater than yue until the volume
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5 of the wn (volume 7 of the ln)

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also its clearly used by the author as a comic relief, proof it is that the otherclassmate call him a cheat harem protagonist, breaking the 4rth wall and suck.

about the protag and the wives being insanely strong, it's explained multiple time why them became strong:

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hajime: having suffering for days while his body destructed and reconstructed endlessly, having aquiring all the the age of god magic, by this occasion also the concept magic, having absorbed a lot a of skill by eating monster. Also it is stated that he is really stubborn in what he is doing, even before the abyss, and coupled with having a lot of otaku knowledge implamented by his father also with a little bit of genius, allow him to create powerful artifact.

kaori: once strong only at healing who get strengthened by regeneration magic, once she got the apostle body, she's able to use disintegration magic, and became really good at twin sword art, because of the muscle memory of the apostle, also got strengthened by training

yue: opness from the start and get strengthened by the age of god magic, training helped a lot too

shia : originaly strong, became stronger by training and using magic to strengthen herself, also got strengthened by age of god magic

tio : she's a god dragon, and became even more powerful by training and aquiering metamorphosis magic.

aiko : not particulary strong, just use her power like fermentation smartly, also helped hajime to remain somewhat human and to not turn totally aphatetic.

shizuku : due to being born in a dojo, she was trained since early age to swordsmanship and throwing art. Got strengthened by crossing to another world, and get further beyong human reach by sheer effort and willpower

remia/myuu: remia isn't a fighter nor she is strong. Myuu obtain the demon rangers after she proved herself courageous enough by puting herls before the berserk hajime in order to stop him. She's also really smart and mature like showed in certain part of the after story.

liliana: isn't strong and a fighter, she's a workaholic at deskwork.

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also the after story is even better than the main story, even more during the kousuke endou arcs and travel to tortus arc, but all the other arc are as good or just a little bit less than the two cited. <<less
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Darkzeta
Darkzeta rated it
February 17, 2018
Status: c305
Warning: This story does start off with grim darkness. BUT.... it does go fluffy wuffy later.

So from chapters 1 - 176 it is pretty much other world shenanegans and stuff that can be grim dark and emo and sad and stuff. And oh we get some harem action going too.

After 176 is when it gets really interesting and funny and stuff. So try to get pass the 176 chapters.

... more>> Remember: 1-176 = grim dark fantasy and some harem action.

177 + = fantasy, funny, entertaining and over all better than I had expected.

Best of luck and join the rest of us. hahahaha! <<less
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Lav
Lav rated it
September 14, 2017
Status: c281
Alright, first of all, I would like to say that seeing people who are actually giving this novel bad reviews have clearly not seen enough of the typical boy meets girl-->romance-->tsundeb*tch beating up the wuss MC beCUase CoMedY.
Honestly, I started this novel because I read a bit of the Manga (fully expecting it to be another Is It Wrong to pick up girlsblahblah in a dungeon.) I have to say this was the most refreshing novel I had ever read. None of that bs where the MC gets beaten... more>> up by thotderes for cOmEdY, a powerful MC who knows how to be alpha as f*ck, the cliches are there but in a nice way, kinda like my hero academia. MCs main girl is the one coercing him into a harem, don't blame him, he cannot win against his princess (even nightbattles). You know the annoying, naive, MY OWN JUSTICE IS THE TRUTH- kind of character? Well If you've got a grudge against them, you'll absolutely love this novel. The smug is present, the laughs are there, the diabetes are there, and badassness you cannot get enough of is also present (a good 40-60% of the novel depending on what you classify as badass). Also his weapons are waifu material if you love guns and the like. <<less
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TigersAreYellow
TigersAreYellow rated it
August 27, 2017
Status: --
Normally I would give this a 4 star, but seeing as how generally on these websites scores are inflated, I raised it to a 5. Is Arifureta something amazing and new kind of like how AOT and SAO was for anime watchers? Definitely not. But is it something worth reading? In my opinion it is.

Now first of all, I'm not one of those guys who loves those dark, gritty, realistic types of stories. I love fantasy, I love OP MC's, I love having pretty girls all over the place. Why?... more>> Because real life kind of sucks compared to that, and I'd like to read something that I don't experience pretty much every day, or on the news. I understand why some people don't like this type of writing, it's "unrealistic" and "predictable". Okay, go read classic literature. This is for people who love cliches, who love the background of "fantasy world, MC adventures around" and like to explore all the different routes authors can take.

The characters are funny, and most of all, distinguishable, and even without necessarily having arcs revolved around them, you get to understand the characters better through their actions and conversations with each other. The MC is someone I was confused by at first, because generally MC's will be super nice and want to save everyone, but it's interesting how the author takes the road of (nice guy) -> (cold, "mean" guy) -> (cold, nice guy). His life threatening experience and harsh treatment in the first arc changes him drastically, and throughout the story, he slowly regains his humanity.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes isekai types of light novels, but if you're a Saya no Uta kind of guy, this is not for you. <<less
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calebra
calebra rated it
February 2, 2017
Status: c135
I don't really understand all the hate this series garners but it isn't that bad. I guess most people started reading this because of the dark themes in the first arc / volume. If you want those heavy, revenge centered plots, this isn't for you. It kind of becomes light hearted in the latter part. It still has action but the events of the story is definitely lighter compared to the beginning.

Also, for me, best girl is
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Shizuku

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RpR1337
RpR1337 rated it
January 26, 2017
Status: c133
I'll be honest, and try to stick to being as diplomatic as possible. Just so that no one gets indigestion due to my standpoint.

First of all, I think this novel is good. The importance is on 'think' - and this is a shoutout to all the review writers that rated the novel low without even trying as far as writing 'I think' - since it's not a be all, end all, just an opinion. This one will be my opinion. I'll respect the fact that others have opinions, but I... more>> won't respect the actual opinions, unless they're adhering to some decent logic. End of first rant.

The series is a dark hero concept, which translates fairly well, because the actual dark hero isn't the usual extremity (like some other concepts), but a sort of apathetic dark hero. Psychologically speaking, the reason he shows only faint interests in most common flags of 'OMG it's gonna' happen' plot twists in the white horse, blonde prince style stories is that his capacity due to the events of Volume 1 amounts to that much only. Instead, we get a protagonist who's constantly dancing the fine line between being a dere housemat and a mad sociopath. And I find this concept much more interesting than either standard heroes, or standard dark heroes. Instead of focusing on one end of the spectrum, he shows a variety of extremities, which, coupled with his mature but mischievous character, creates a spectacle which is similar to a brat bully, but in fact isn't. So in my opinion, I find him a very good character, and enjoy that he's a stu. Maybe only Tatsuya from Mahouka was so close to my ideal MC, apart from Hajime.

As for the romance part, it's also an interesting and enjoyable perspective for me. Sorry that I like my novels 'happy and gay', but quite honestly, my belief is that if you want drama and tragedy, look out your window - consequentially, I can't understand people who actually enjoy tragedies. But that's also one way to look at things, so I won't condemn. End of second rant.
I personally prefer RomComs, and this one has a nice setting for me, with a little twist - having a harem situation while being a monogamous kind of person, which is also a novel (lol?) idea in my reading. I do like harem stories too, just so you know.
The 'pink space' power' of Yue, Shia's usual behaviour, Tio's entire being, and a certain closeted aspect of Kaori's all translate well to comic relief in my opinion. Overall, the RomCom aspect is a nice strike for my tastes.

The female characters are also nice representations of the standard archetypes of Japanese novel n' manga females. No actual fault there, I believe. I'll leave the rant related to this to later.

The story itself is sometimes a bit slow-paced - I actually didn't like the description of many combat scenes, as they sometimes suffer the illness of the "destruction of Namek", if some old-timers still remember that one. However, the description of feelings transmitted, ethics, morals, and some psychological aspects in the series are, albeit a bit iffy, rich and well-performed, I think. Also, I like my novels dense (as in Campione! level dense - text, descriptions, mostly related to feelings, less in the case of battles). That made it much better for me. Also, though I can think of a few examples off the top of my hat if I were to liken this series' plot to that of another (Konjiki, primarily), I still find it rather novel and interesting.

For the next part, those who can't take a bit of criticism, please don't open the spoiler tag, because it's mainly related to the justification of rants above. Those however, who can take it, and understand it without popping a vein, do read it, I recommend them to. If you still pop a vein, even if you were convinced you won't : well sorry, but just as I can disregard your opinion, you're free to do so to mine.

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Now then, to illustrate some of my points, I'll just do some shoutouts again.

- To people rating this novel with 1 star, then justifying it with 'this novel is shit' multiple times, with a plethora of different sentence structures : if you do something, and whack up somewhere, are you interested in people pointing it out to you, and from their own perspective, no less? Yes, I'm pointing at you, LoL 'BG'-ers. You, "reviewers", are the same. In short: either review decently instead of an immature and uncivilised rant, or forget it.
- To people rating this novel with 1 star, then still recommending it : why are you even here? Why are you even reviewing?
- To people rating this novel with 1 star, then ranting it's clichéd, stereotypical, or not 'original' enough : why are you even reading Japanese fiction?
(Addition : Japanese entertainment has clichés. They work. Otherwise, the Shounen genre would've died out long ago. Instead, what do we have? Yes, ladies'n'gents, Shounen Jump. We have Shounen Jump. It's not specifically a problem for me if you don't enjoy somewhat 'clichéd' stories, but you really should switch to European or modern American literature in that case.)
- To people rating this novel with 1 star, when they read less than half the story : don't. Just don't. Self-sacrifice (actually reading something, and only after that, writing an opinion for other people to potentially reduce their wasted time out of the goodness of your heart) is different from suicide (writing an opinion when your understanding goes only as far as 'this seems round, but not completely - is this an egg?').
- To people rating this novel with 1 star, then not giving any decent justification in general, and half of the anti-wall-of-text is "shit" : go get kicked by a horse and die. I have nothing more to say to you.

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And for the last part, recommendations, hopefully a bit more balanced than about... well, most of the recommendations in other reviews:

- If you enjoy thrill, drama, tragedy, virtually on every page of a novel : I think you shouldn't try this to avoid the letdown after Vol. 1. Instead, either try some other novels with more descriptive tags, or go for western literature.
- If you enjoy a stable RomCom with some twists and turns : I think you should give this one a try. It's a bit non-conclusive for male-female relationships from the harem aspect, but goes to second base fairly quickly with how MC's a mono instead of a harem king, and is a steady, all-out castle siege afterwards. Also, lots of comedy, laughs and stuff.
- If you enjoy a typical shounen development curve for characters : MC is a stu, so I wouldn't recommend this series, since there's a fair chance you won't get the meaningful power-ups that often, which may dampen your enjoyment.
- If you enjoy a dense-worded story regardless of the content's weight, or use novel reading as a time sink mainly : you should give this a try in my opinion. Lots to read, with depressing parts, sometimes, you'll go "awwww" from the cuteness, sometimes you'll get thrilled, sometimes you'll laugh. It's quite the varied experience, if you don't expect Earth-shattering events every 2 pages.
- If you only enjoy out-of-the-box concepts from every angle, with no repetition, and this isn't your first Light/Web Novel : you should leave this one be, since it won't fulfil your expectations anyway. Refer to point one of recommendations.

To summarise: this story is semi-bland. I don't think that it's even close to being bad. Some originality in my opinion, some stereotypes - it's 'just another Web Novel'. I find it good, and if you're interested even after hearing it's semi-bland, you should try it. <<less
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SorakaNii
SorakaNii rated it
October 14, 2016
Status: --
I don't know why one of my favorite novel is so low in ranking but this is a very unique series you know, most of the stories are only 3rd rate in the imaginability, but this guy tops even Kazuma Kamachi when it comes to imagining what happened inside. It's charm cannot be explained unless you change your perspective. Try reading it very slowly and repetitively that a volume could take an hour or two to finish, of course, while you imagine. If you cannot do that then you are... more>> mostly biased and don't have the capacity to imagine further. Well, depends on the person really. The fights, the labyrinths, the surface, the valley is imaginable on a large scale. Very descriptive. Truly a unique series. The characters too, might be cliche but you can see what they're doing happening. Especially all heroines and their tendencies, it is all within the scale predictable, with draft environments you can freely doodle. Draft heroines + draft environments = you can set it the way you like. And the author never fails to answer you. Very enjoyable new experience.

Hint: if you know a lot of thigs then you can play most part of the novel for real in first person perspective. Even the plot. Try playing skyrim or the like to improve your sense of lighting and texture, and Sfx. Best to read at silent places. As an addition, this story is sweet and the atmosphere is dark, so try weaving your feelings accordingly as the MC <3, as reference try knowing more at companionship *it can give you insight in the future on how to judge the feelings an author poured in his stories.

Unnecessary, don't read
Edit: I've read the comments but seriously!? I mean you didn't see it coming? And volume 1 was actually pretty sweet, the writing didn't even change much. I don't know what you were expecting, but this novel just wasn't meant for 'that' hateful kind of dark, and I guess it is overall enjoyable if you did not go outside the authors point of view, from the way I see it, you just expect things to happen without actually going deep on the waters, and don't just go ahead and judge the authors character from the perspective of a social degenerates (someone who is reliant or more prone to complaining their problems) it doesn't necessarily mean that bullied people are vengeful, most of them are just peaceful, and the correct term is loner. To those people who actually viewed the series as someone who thinks that the author has the image of those who wants to get back on others or wanting to be cool, can go read more novels before coming back here. Loners rarely gets angry, and the image they want is something out of longing for something, not the trendy-or-wanting-attention kind of cool. And do you even read? Try SAO to polish that. And reading is definitely not something for those who judge based from preferences, especially a poor judge of character, seriously. <<less
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admira
admira rated it
May 16, 2016
Status: c127
I'm honestly surprised that I managed to get up to chapter 93 in the raws before I got sick of this series. Certainly, I skimmed some, but skimming is a lot more difficult when you can't read it to begin with. Well, to be fair, I only read ~40 chapters in Japanese. But, even so.

Various plot spoilers in the following, read at your own risk:
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In hindsight, this story was great until he met Yue. It was a gritty, fight-for-your-life survival. And yet the author decided to turn him into a chuuni nightmare (for us) --WHILE acknowledging that it was chuuni. At the time, I was caught up in the addiction of reading chapter after chapters, so I didn't even realize how s*upid that was. But now...

Moving on, it went from great to good after leaving the 1st dungeon. Then it went from good to okay, and okay to "why the heck am I even reading this?" I really wanted to know what happened after they reunited, though, so I kept on reading.

When he meets the girl from his class again, I'd say that's when things were really ruined. I got the rabbit girl clinging to him. She didn't seem to be the brightest, and was a persistent girl. To be honest, I always thought she was just mistaking other feelings for love. But that chick from his class?

I've never understood devoting yourself to a man who you love, but obviously has someone else he loves and is sleeping with. Correction, a man you are infatuated with. Because I don't think that it can be considered love when it's entirely one-sided on her part.

Anyways, when it hit the underwater arc, I just couldn't take it any longer. I stopped reading the raws back in 2014, and then blasted through the translations a few months back. And after that, I decided that it wasn't just my shaky understanding of the story--it was really, incredibly boring. Too many power-ups, too much OP.

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The only pro this series still has going in my mind is that it's a bit earlier in the OP department. At the very least, OP wasn't nearly so common (and boring) back then. <<less
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GainedWheat077
GainedWheat077 rated it
May 11, 2019
Status: Completed
I have finished reading the main story line, and dropped it after a couple chapters in on the after story. Bare with me I finished reading this like a year ago.

The story premise is okay, the problem is our characters plot armour and the fact that he is very often contradictory to his feelings. SPOILERS AHEAD.

I will start with the pros and cons of characterization.

    1. Our protag is a fairly decent personality at the start of the story before he becomes all monster-fied and electrified, already having quite the broken ability of transmutation or whatever it was called. Sadly not being smart enough to know he can use it for greater purposes until his arm is bitten off and going through extreme pain of having his body reformed, does he figure out he can make some hectic sh*t out of it like guns, MERICA!
    2. One REALLY good aspect is how much pre-planning he goes into before major fight sequences. Adds a whole other depth to his fights, not to mention side characters are almost never made useless, though they are given plot armour in the form of a harem. The author does a shitty job at most of the cliches implemented, yes they are fun now and then, but they come in the form of the exact same type of comedic trope. Eg yue and the rabbit chick competing over the protag 8====D.
    3. Same comedy is used every single time, they almost never develop a relationship between each other that isn't dependent on our protag, same goes for the rest of the girls. Everything revolves around our protag, like the sun with planets. Now you may argue that is what a harem is meant to be, but hey, it makes the characters extremely linear with no depth. Hell even one of the harem members the dragon chick is a masochist, and that's all she has got to her character, nothing else. It's like the author just wanted a big tiddy dragon chick kid you not.
    4. Our protag has a real hatred for a select few individuals in his class, but never does the common sense thing you would do to such individuals. Some are straight up selfish/greedy and are very obviously dangerous to everyone else well being. ... more>>
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      They later kill our protags crush, but the protag was being a soft sh*t before and didn't kill the guy (who attempted to murder him at the start of the story by making him fall down into the abyss) which led to the whole situation leading to the chicks death (and then convenient resurrection)

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Next on is the STORY, WORLD, COMBAT and TRANSMUTATION!.

  1. Our story is basically...
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    Protagonist build harem, get strong, fight sadistic god to keep harem safe and get back home to japan.

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    Pretty bland story am I right....? Well..... the other bits in pieces of this novel is it's charm, not this plot.
  2. The charm includes: WORLD BUILDING!
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    For our protag to get stronger and add new harem members, he must explore dungeons. There are 8 dungeons (I think), each dungeon was made by an individual, part of a group that had the goal of defeating the evil god. They did not succeed so they made 8 dungeons outside of the god's influence with the hope that someone strong and mighty would come, conquer said dungeon, and attain the powers/items that came with completing said dungeon.

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  3. The cities and towns etc are also really cool additions to the novel, overall done really well.
  4. COMBAT and transmutation!!! Combat is pretty cool, kinda original from what I remember, but in this case everything is STAT based which is something everyone has seen. Luckily our protag has the ability to transmute (literally alchemy from fullmetal alchemist) materials into whatever form/shape he desires giving an extra depth to combat, this ability ties into his preparation before fights. So he makes things like...
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    Dual railgun revolvers, sniper railgun, a bloody hand held minigun, rocket launchers, a massive anti-vampire (not really, it can be used against anything but the principle is a huge munition) stake several metres thick, a prosthetic arm with many enchantments and so on so forth. He even has vehicles

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Overall the story is a big fat cliche. The characters have been done before and follow all the cliches, but for me the ride was fun because of all the world building. Many of the villains were nice except the final one was pretty meh. <<less
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warfox02
warfox02 rated it
August 27, 2018
Status: c300
This novel starts nicely. The plot has direction and every girl in the harem is unique that you can imagine them speaking when reading their speech pattern without the author saying who's talking.

Im gonna rant about others saying Arifureta is bad.

  1. This WN not perfect, it has flaws but the positives cover it all
  2. Main heroine being a loli...
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    The loli vampire has stopped aging since 12 she is old enough to be your great great great great ancestor, she may have the body of 12 buy the MC is 16, the age gap is wide... the thing is.. some readers imagine themselves to be the MC and disgusted with the Yue, well duh, you are most probably an adult

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  3. "Stop reading this, it's a waste of brain cells" well Mr. Smarty Pants how bout instead of reading WNs and LNs you read Science journals... leave us alone
  4. Spoiler

    "I disconnected when Kaori died" I honestly thought to stop reading when she died, but not because I'm disappointed but because I'm nervous that she may die eternally but I pushed through and got satisfied.

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    This is one of it's charm, it's a roller coaster ride! Sometimes it's sweet, exciting, dark, sad. It's a complete package!
  5. And to the guy who made an account just to bash this Novel, crying about Yue, you think our common sense exist at that world? Many world transfer novels indicates early marriages due to fight against Demon Clan, I'm not a lolicon but looking at that perspective it's acceptable...? You clearly didn't take the novel to heart... you are in no position to rate this 1 star cos you simply don't know how to read and appreciate
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