Arifureta
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?

Arifureta Details

TitleArifureta
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 6th, 2017
PublisherJ-Novel Club
Rating
GenreNovels, Light Novel, Fantasy, Sequential Art, Manga

Arifureta Review

  • Terrence
    January 1, 1970
    Another Isekai? With high schooler protagonists? Yeah. Arifureta actually pulls from a lot of different anime and manga traditions to cobble it's plot together. I was reminded of Fullmetal Alchemist, Shield Hero, and even Tokyo Ghoul. The main hero is an Otaku, and the author of the book explains in the back that this was originally conceived by the author under his pseudonym Chuuni Lover, though those Chuuni aspects were toned down and only really apparent in side stories. Still, it's apparent Another Isekai? With high schooler protagonists? Yeah. Arifureta actually pulls from a lot of different anime and manga traditions to cobble it's plot together. I was reminded of Fullmetal Alchemist, Shield Hero, and even Tokyo Ghoul. The main hero is an Otaku, and the author of the book explains in the back that this was originally conceived by the author under his pseudonym Chuuni Lover, though those Chuuni aspects were toned down and only really apparent in side stories. Still, it's apparent the author is writing with Otaku interests in mind.Protagonist: HajimeHigh school confidant: KaoriTypical hero male: KoukiVampire Lolita Maiden on the cover: ???Lets get this out of the way: This book is for mature audiences. There is blood and there is sex (Not just your typical innuendo). While nothing is ever described in super detail, it isn't left up to imagination.The early part of the novel is solid. There's tension created between our Otaku hero and his jealous classmates over the affection unwillingly received from the beautiful Kaori. This tension comes to a head midway through the book, but because of circumstances, the book becomes less about those High schooler interactions and more about survival. I'm curious how they'll revisit these feelings in future volumes.Battles are bloody. The monsters are clearly lethal. Much of the story reminded me of a bloodier Sword Art Online in that there is this labyrinth of monsters to get through for our heroes. I certainly felt like anything could happen to set the tone for this series. I hope grimdark developments have the potential to happen down the line and this doesn't become too lighthearted / feel good of a series. That edge, the fact that you need to have a beast like mentality to defeat the beasts, is something I appreciated.I liked the battles, but I was eh about the quick relationship development. The story could have taken a very dark turn, but it chooses to only skirt that line. I'm hoping for maybe more drama going forward, but it appears this may become more harem focused, which I'm not totally on board for. But as a single volume, the story of a man's journey from weakling to not so weakling, it's good. It had some surprises in store, which is all you can ask for.
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  • Palm
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the Book. It's really good but there are some parts that make me want to stop reading it. This book took longer to finish because there is actually around 400 pages and not 200 pages like what good reads says.
  • Eckohns
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t really think of a score. The world building was interesting but doesn’t go into a lot of detail aside from how the magic and power ups work. The problem I have with modern isekai is that they’re focused on the power ups the way a Shonen manga would be, but use statistics to it like a video game. Whereas I am personally more interested in the fantasy world building, and personally would rather see more of the mythology, culture or politics. But that’s not what’s popular in fantasy right n I can’t really think of a score. The world building was interesting but doesn’t go into a lot of detail aside from how the magic and power ups work. The problem I have with modern isekai is that they’re focused on the power ups the way a Shonen manga would be, but use statistics to it like a video game. Whereas I am personally more interested in the fantasy world building, and personally would rather see more of the mythology, culture or politics. But that’s not what’s popular in fantasy right now. I’ll give it this, the characters where at least developed enough that I understood they’re main traits.Kouki is the stereotypical hero, and believes in the good of people and can’t see such obvious flaws. Which actually makes him delusional.Himiya is the selfish bully who is willing to commit murder to get Hajime out of the way because he’s jealous of the fact that Kaori likes Hajime and thinks Hajime is a loser.Kaori is good natured And has a crush on Hajime even though no one understands what she sees in him. And is determined to get him back, whereas no one else care enough.So this fantasy is noted as having an overpowered protagonist which all the girls love. These tropes appear a lot in modern isekai. I know a lot of people dislike those aspects of modern isekai. But because I personally haven’t read a lot of those other light novels with premises that are similar to this one, I can’t say I’m sick of it. But I was never interested in that aspect when I look for a fantasy story to read, which is why I haven’t read a lot of those other books. I can clearly see how those tropes can be done poorly, but surely it can be done well too. Is it done well here? Hard to say.Hajime does suffer a lot, in rather dark and gruesome ways before he becomes powerful. At the beginning, he’s considered the weakest out of everybody. So when he gains these powers, it feels slightly earned. It doesn’t go into a ton of detail, but if it did, it probably be great. There are probably other stories that have handled things worse. Kaori has reasons for liking Hajime, but the promise of she makes to protect him is a little rushed. But other than that, her determination to get him back is believable.Yue’s backstory leaves more to be desired but her growing attached to Hajime is believable.And while these isekai/harem elements might be considered cliche, at least the book is self aware of it, so it doesn’t tease the romance, it makes it clear.The biggest criticism is the inclusion of the bonus chapters at the end of the book. They look like scenes that were originally in earlier drafts of the book. Given how unnecessary they are to the main story, it was a good choice for them to be taken out. But the other seemed to love them so much he included them in the volume anyway. Which just makes the book longer than it has to be. If I read the sequels, and there are bonus stories at the end of volume 2, I’ll probably skip them.Also a fair warning that this book demands you read the next volume, because by the end, only 1 thing is actually resolved. Everything else isn’t.
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  • Justus Stone
    January 1, 1970
    I review Light Novels on YouTubeClick on the link to view my Review of Arifureta Volume 1
  • Aelvana
    January 1, 1970
    Hajime never expected his class to get summoned to a fantasy world. But the dream-like awakening everyone else experienced never came for him---he's just as average in his new life as his old. Worse, the prettiest girl in class won't leave him alone . . . which results in him falling to the depths of a monster-infested labyrinth. He'll need to change himself drastically if he wants to have any chance to survive.This was more interesting than I initially expected, although parts of Hajime's journ Hajime never expected his class to get summoned to a fantasy world. But the dream-like awakening everyone else experienced never came for him---he's just as average in his new life as his old. Worse, the prettiest girl in class won't leave him alone . . . which results in him falling to the depths of a monster-infested labyrinth. He'll need to change himself drastically if he wants to have any chance to survive.This was more interesting than I initially expected, although parts of Hajime's journey feel rather compressed.I liked that Hajime loathes the way Kaori pays attention to him, because he's not interested in her, and he's also become the target of all the guys who are. Even when he finds out her true reason, he doesn't seem interested in her at all as a girlfriend. He's just trying to get her to go away in the nicest way he can think of. Because her attention is poisonous to him, and she either can't see that or refuses to.It's also interesting that the biggest "villain" of the piece is likely Kouki, whose inability to accurately perceive and react to the world around him is causing all sorts of problems, even when he's trying to be helpful. And because nearly the whole class got pulled over, Hajime remains the target of the people who tormented him.The labyrinth part felt like it could have been several books, instead of about half of one. This is where I would have liked to see far more of Hajime's adventures in the depths, but what we do get is still a lot of fun. I had to laugh when he starts lovingly describing the features of the various guns he's creating, although my favorite moment by far was the exchange:"Don't mind me, shoot!""Wait, really? Thanks." Bang!Although the bit where he's completely ready to ignore that sealed block is probably my second favorite scene. Him figuring that if someone went this far to hide something, it's probably better off sealed was hilarious. Hajime is not interested in the typical heroic tropes for the most part. He'd rather avoid the trouble.I'm not that fond of Yue. She's more interested in sleeping with Hajime than anything else---and picking the middle of a fight to seduce the man is not conducive to anyone's survival. I also really dislike the trope of making a very young-looking girl legal by saying she's a few hundred years old, she just stopped aging early. And she won't take him telling her no, so it feels like she rapes him in the end.Overall, though, I'm at least interested enough to see where this goes next. I can't wait for his reintroduction to the classmates who think he's dead, as that should be entertaining in a lot of ways (Hajime's stay in the labyrinth was brutal, and his body reflects that). I rate this book Recommended, as long as Yue's visual age and sexual aggressiveness isn't a barrier.See my reviews and more at https://offtheshelfreviews.wordpress....
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  • Noemi
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series!!!I started reading the manga before the novel came out, and it hooked me since the first chapter. It's a compelling story where a high schooler gets transported to another world where magic and demons exist. I love isekai genre and story. Hajime is a 15-year-old boy. He gets bullied by his classmate because they consider him an otaku. His mother is a shoo mangaka and his father a game developer, so he had a different upbringing compared to his classmates. Moreover, the most p I love this series!!!I started reading the manga before the novel came out, and it hooked me since the first chapter. It's a compelling story where a high schooler gets transported to another world where magic and demons exist. I love isekai genre and story. Hajime is a 15-year-old boy. He gets bullied by his classmate because they consider him an otaku. His mother is a shoo mangaka and his father a game developer, so he had a different upbringing compared to his classmates. Moreover, the most poplar girl in the school tries to befriend him, and least say that its classmates don't like this situation. One day gets transported with his entire class to a fantasy world. Here, the king and the high priest tell them that they are heroes selected by their God to save their world by fighting against demons. It's like an RPG game. They get a profession, skills and stats. Of course the most popular guy in the class gets the title of hero while Hajime gets the title of synergists. His classmates make fun of him for his profession and his low stats. However when they get to practice inside a dungeon, Hajime gets betrayed by one of his classmates and fell down a bridge while fighting a magic beast. After a period of discouragement, he decides that he wants to keep living and go back home to his parents. He trains and developed new skills while passing floor after floor in the dungeon. While clearing a room, he meets Yue, a vampire who was also betrayed by her family. Hajime frees Yue, and the two becomes comrades and keep clearing the dungeon floors. It's an intriguing stories, and a wonderful plot. I love how the author describes and portrays the characters. Moreover, the voice of the story and how it is written is different compared to other stories. While other fantasy novel try to take the readers into the story, this novel is written like the author is just telling a story without trying to involve the reader in it. I was a little bit skeptical at the beginning, but the more I read, the more I fell in love with this book!I'd recommend it to whoever wants to read a good human-get-sent-to-another-world story.
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  • Casey
    January 1, 1970
    So I was going to give this 5-stars. I was really enjoying it. That is until the last 70-80 pages. It is impossible to tell you why without spoiling some things. So I'll put in a spoiler tag when I get there.It may be a bit contrived that Hajime is able to survive and build his powers because of a lucky find of the Divinity Stone. But nearly every plot has a protagonist encounter something they need. I liked how he was actually using his transmute powers and that's how he did it, rather than som So I was going to give this 5-stars. I was really enjoying it. That is until the last 70-80 pages. It is impossible to tell you why without spoiling some things. So I'll put in a spoiler tag when I get there.It may be a bit contrived that Hajime is able to survive and build his powers because of a lucky find of the Divinity Stone. But nearly every plot has a protagonist encounter something they need. I liked how he was actually using his transmute powers and that's how he did it, rather than someone else just dumping powers on him. He used them in unique and unusual ways that ended up allowing him to become successful. I liked the concept of how he gained his new powers (to a degree). Obviously without the overpowering Divinity Stone and Ambrosia this would not have been possible. But I enjoyed it. I like how there is a subplot or twp going on with his classmates but that this book didn't focus on them a whole lot.But the book fall apart when (view spoiler)[Yue, the Vampire Princess makes an appearance. Okay, not exactly at that point... but that's the start. You'd probably guess that at some point Yue and Hajime are going to start intimate relations. Duh. It isn't that they start them that bugs me. It is how from that point on it feels like every other paragraph is about it. They are not graphically described, but gratuitous in the sheer number of times it comes up. This gave the nearly the last quarter of the book a different vibe and feel that just didn't mesh with the rest of it. (hide spoiler)]So yeah, while the end left me a bit disappointed, on the whole I really liked the story and am certainly interested in what's going on so I'm sure I'll be picking up more of this one.Verdict: A fun, primarily enjoyable isekai adventure. Worth picking up if you like the genre and probably worth picking up if you're not 100% sure but want to give it a try.
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  • Steven Ritch
    January 1, 1970
    Isekai, done differently!First of all I have to admit that im a huge sucker for Isekai novels. I understand that they are all over and people get angry at the OP main characters and what not in these types of novels but i really enjoy them. That being said this book takes everything you know about the genre and changes is.....kinda. The way things are done is a little different but it still has alot of similarities to other Isekai books. That in no way makes this book boring, it can be dark and Isekai, done differently!First of all I have to admit that im a huge sucker for Isekai novels. I understand that they are all over and people get angry at the OP main characters and what not in these types of novels but i really enjoy them. That being said this book takes everything you know about the genre and changes is.....kinda. The way things are done is a little different but it still has alot of similarities to other Isekai books. That in no way makes this book boring, it can be dark and brooding at times and fun and funny at others. The characters are memorable and the MC is different than alot that are presented in this genre which is refreshing. That being said it does have some issues but not enough for me to really mention or complain about. Love this series and look forward to future volumes!
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  • Hisham El-far
    January 1, 1970
    Yes. Another Isekai story.But this one is actually really good!Not just 1 or 2 ordinary everyday people summoned to another world - but an entire school classroom of students AND their teacher!There's also the added twist that the main character is the odd one out and has absolutely average stats and skills compared to his classmates.Things swiftly go from bad to worse for our main protagonist in spectacular fashion.This book is well written and well paced. This being a Light Novel of a Manga se Yes. Another Isekai story.But this one is actually really good!Not just 1 or 2 ordinary everyday people summoned to another world - but an entire school classroom of students AND their teacher!There's also the added twist that the main character is the odd one out and has absolutely average stats and skills compared to his classmates.Things swiftly go from bad to worse for our main protagonist in spectacular fashion.This book is well written and well paced. This being a Light Novel of a Manga series, there are a few of the usual let downs - namely occasional fan service moments. But the story is more than strong enough to make you overlook these.I am definitely reading more of this series.4.5 out of 5.
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  • Karla Schneider
    January 1, 1970
    Off to an amazing start, but with glimpse of growing complacent and going downhills. First of all, he doesn't have a dick... and then he suddenly grew one, we get the stereotype. But the new personality he adapted to is stiff, not only does it show no empathy; it also cannot be reasoned with, nor can it take advantage of people and opportunities. One more problem with a Harem in general is that there is NO character development for the girls and it's fully committed to growing that dick. Really? Off to an amazing start, but with glimpse of growing complacent and going downhills. First of all, he doesn't have a dick... and then he suddenly grew one, we get the stereotype. But the new personality he adapted to is stiff, not only does it show no empathy; it also cannot be reasoned with, nor can it take advantage of people and opportunities. One more problem with a Harem in general is that there is NO character development for the girls and it's fully committed to growing that dick. Really? That's what every guy wants, a book all about the guy and his ego, when there's a butt load of girls just waiting there?
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  • Phil F.
    January 1, 1970
    Mixed feelings about the volume. Barely enjoyed the 1st half, because of various problems that I think that the volume has. But, I enjoyed the 2nd half quite a lot, despite still having the initial problems that made me dislike it at the beginning. Really like the setup that this volume made. Extremely curious to what will happen from here. One good point of the series is the enjoyable dialogue that it has. Loved the Bonus stories, laughed pretty hard on the chess one.Plus, kinda nice seeing a r Mixed feelings about the volume. Barely enjoyed the 1st half, because of various problems that I think that the volume has. But, I enjoyed the 2nd half quite a lot, despite still having the initial problems that made me dislike it at the beginning. Really like the setup that this volume made. Extremely curious to what will happen from here. One good point of the series is the enjoyable dialogue that it has. Loved the Bonus stories, laughed pretty hard on the chess one.Plus, kinda nice seeing a relationship going further than holding hands.
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  • Ryan Evans
    January 1, 1970
    Fun read that definitely didn't follow the norm. If you're a fan of anime with strong male protagonists, this is a good addition. Pros-uses some of the best pieces of the genre while being original-detailed world building-some litrpg elements (lit lite) to explain character developmentCons-like all lite novels, it is short compared to western literature-a 180 plot progression (fun but a little jarring)-the litrpg usage is central at the beginning but seems to be thrown out by the end
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  • David Anthony Beard
    January 1, 1970
    Must read!The Official novel version is so much better than the unofficial web version. It is not first reading but it has been several years since I have read any Arifureta. It is a story about a kid you gets transfer to a new world with the weakest stats then getting betray falling into an abyss and pulling himself back up stronger then ever. It is a must read for any light novel fan.
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  • Jonathan Wactor
    January 1, 1970
    As an avid reader of isekai, this one has thoroughly captured my attention. It's protagonist goes through a lot of changes throughout the novel. Starting as a timid otaku that's bullied, his class is transported to another world. Like most isekai, Hajime starts his journey at the bottom of the food chain. Unlike its genre, Hajime goes through a dramatic transformation of personality. In a crowded genre, this one is definitely my favorite yet!
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  • Damien King-acevedo
    January 1, 1970
    SurprisingI was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I've tried reading a few LNs and they always seem shallow and totally lacking in conflict; not so here. While a lot of the plot is pretty shallow, it's more than made up for with the characters and the near constant conflict.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting storyAnother isekai....was what i was originally thinking. But the story becomes anything but....the simple way hajime looks at the world and the balance yue brings is a magic all on its own and brings some much needed life to an overly cliched genre. This is now one of my favourite stories. Good job Shirakome sensei
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  • Eric Warren
    January 1, 1970
    Top notchIt's different from the usual isekai stories I like to read and that makes it refreshing that said I certainly doesn't bring anything new to the table. And honestly it's so well written it feels like it could actually end right here but you still want more. I recommend the book.
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  • Saidah Gilbert
    January 1, 1970
    I read the sample so I decided to buy the book. Then I spent the whole weekend while forgoing proper sleep and chores reading the entire series. It was the fact that it was in series form and I can never resist a series that made me read the whole thing in one sitting. Fortunately, the story was engrossing enough to hold my interest.
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  • Charles
    January 1, 1970
    While definitely a light novel, it's much more serious than is typical for the genera. I'd call it "exciting" or "adventurous" more than I would "fun".The author demonstrated more creativity than I'm used to as well, which I found refreshing.
  • Howard
    January 1, 1970
    At first it seemed like a normal isekai novel but it changed into something much darker. I loved the character development in this book and all the twists and turns it took. Looking forward to starting volume 2.
  • Ernest Chamberlain II
    January 1, 1970
    Very funInteresting twist on a reoccurring troupe. And love how the main character actually changes but still retains their personality. The history of the world is interesting as well.
  • Tomcat
    January 1, 1970
    Recommended reading.Is nice to see a good book in such a common genre. Good story, well narrated with nice characters. Some cool references to other stories and really an entertain reading.
  • Alec Rebert
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved this book... Yes it uses some established tropes in light novels, but at the same time flips those same tropes on their head... Hajime is an awesome character and the overall comedy is funny... Worth picking up!5.0
  • Mitchell Ricketts
    January 1, 1970
    Good read if a fan of the genre. MC is definitely better written than a lot within isekai.
  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    Good bookA nice start to the series and a surprise excited to see how the protagonist progresses and how challenge is maintained despite the characters strength
  • Ethan
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing
  • Jeffrey
    January 1, 1970
    A somewhat bland dungeon crawler. Does have its good moments though.
  • Jason A Williamson
    January 1, 1970
    A very fun bookI liked it so much a read it twice in one month. The second one is good but a little slower.
  • Mario Suárez Cortez
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, interesting, good characters.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Despite having a lot of distinctly derivative elements, this is pretty good, and it definitely goes a few places most isekai light novels don't.
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