In case you forgot, Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer are not the only big sequels airing this season! Arifureta Season 2 Episode 1 might not be the biggest thing around, but it certainly is big enough to leave an impact. Let’s get right to the review!
Arifureta Season 2 Episode 1 Overview
Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Season 2 or Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Season 2 in original Japanese is an Isekai, fantasy and romance anime brought to the medium of anime by Studios Mother and asread. Asread is known for anime such as the first season of Arifureta and Mirai Nikki. Meanwhile, this season is Studio Mother’s first anime adaptation of any kind.
This season is being directed by Akira Iwanaga, the mind behind several anime projects such as Corpse Party and Kingdom. The series is adapted from a light novel written by Ryou Shirakome and TakayaKi. This episode of the show is thus also referred to as Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Season 2 Episode 1, and Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Season 2 Episode 1.
– Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Season 2 Episode 1 Review does not contain spoilers –
Arifureta Season 2 Episode 1 Review: Back At it Again!
Arifureta is not the best Isekai show ever, and it is not even close. There are plenty of shows that are better than it when it comes to quality. It is, however, the most Isekai show ever. Everything anyone has ever liked or complained about an Isekai makes its way somehow in the series, which makes this show one of the most insane ones you can ever watch. There is a car-crash feeling about the show, which helps it stand out in the best of ways.
There are bunny girls, vampire girls, dragon girls, and mermaids in a single harem. There is magic in the setting alongside the usual fantasy creatures that one gets in a show such as this, like orcs, elves, and some generic formless monsters. Humans get superpowers, and the main character doesn’t get the best one but makes use of it so that it turns into the best anyway. There are a lot of sexual and inappropriate jokes and tons of cleavage everywhere. Girls throw themselves onto our Hero, and he retains a kind heart even after being tortured for a long time.
That is probably not even half the Isekai stuff in the show, but it is all I care to name. Most shows have some of these features, but Arifureta has all of them. Thus, it is the most Isekai show anyone could ever watch. It is not everyone’s cup of tea, but those who love it, love it to the ends of the world. The first season of the show did very well commercially despite its low budget and the terrible CGI that it had because of it, and because of that, we are now at Season 2 of the show.
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If you liked Season 1 of Arifureta, you would also like Arifureta Season 2 Episode 1. It felt like a good continuation to the plot of the first season, and the episode flew gracefully as one lost track of time while watching it. It set up the new adventure of the Hajime gang well, and I liked that the original class that got Isekai’d was also given some attention here, as the show jumped around and skipped a lot of stuff in season one.
The characters are all back and in form for the second go-around. Say what you will about other aspects of the show, you can’t deny that Arifureta has some beautifully designed characters, especially the fairer sex. I like the personalities of all of them, but Shia is definitely overshadowed as more and more characters keep getting added to the harem. Speaking of, I like how Hajime only has this harem out of obligation and doesn’t give anyone apart from Yue any expectations. While I’m not a fan of harem, I don’t mind it this time around because of how it is handled.
The animation has also improved as the CGI looked much better this time around. The higher budget for Arifureta Season 2 Episode 1 was a welcome thing. There is a rock and metal edge to the OST that I like, and my first impressions of the opening and ending themes is also good. It’ll take a while to form an opinion them, so we’ll come back to that in the future. Overall, a solid start by the series.
Arifureta Season 2 Episode 1 was a solid start for the “Most Isekai series of all time”. It followed much of the same pattern of season 1 while improving the animation and music.
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