The conclusion to the battle against Gods and humankind aired today, as Arifureta Season 2 Episode 12 came along to end the series’ adventure for another year. How good was it? Let’s find out in this review!
Arifureta Season 2 Episode 12 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 12 and Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Season 2 Episode 12. Click here to read our review of the previous episode of the show.
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Arifureta Season 2 Episode 12 Review- Dead Meat
So, there we have it. Another season of Arifureta has come and gone, and somehow, it doesn’t feel like the show went very far in its prime objectives. Look at what it was at the start of this season, and look at it now. Other than a missing child, not much has changed within our main hero’s party. Hajime and the gang didn’t get much time to themselves this time around, as most of their screentime was spent taking care of other peoples’ problems. The rest was spent with the other heroes, who had never mattered before these last few episodes.
Hajime didn’t have anywhere to go after his adventures in the last season, and that’s an issue that was always going to be hard to overcome. Where do you take someone who can do anything he wants to do without effort? What kind of new powers do you entice him with if he’s already strong enough to kill literal Gods? Does it really matter if he progresses beyond that point, or can the show be completely fine focusing on the other characters while just letting him do his thing?
That certainly would have worked had the show chosen someone other than the most boring characters in the show to focus on- Kaori and her classmates. Kaori is plainer than white bread and doesn’t add anything to Hajime’s group that wasn’t provided by somebody else already. She took Shia’s place and became the worse version of her. We have already talked about how bad the other classmates are in previous reviews, so go back and read those if you want a thorough explanation of why they suck.
After this, when the show revealed that the finale and the adventures beyond involve them playing a greater role in the show from now on, you would be forgiven for being a little miffed with the decision. Other than this, this was a pretty standard “gather your thoughts and move on” kind of final episode. Hajime’s conversations with his teacher and a little surprise in the middle of the episode were great and made sense with how the characters have been written so far.
It wasn’t all good, obviously, as Arifureta Season 2 Episode 12 also featured one of the worst aspects of the entire franchise- the attempts at humour involving one or more of the girls hitting on Hajime. It is generally corny and cheesy whenever it happens, but this time it was worse than that. It came out of nowhere in the middle of an already bad conversation and kept on getting worse with no end in sight. It then ended with one of the participants getting flogged, and by that time I was ready for this show to end forever. We are still getting Arifureta Season 3 because good doesn’t exist in the world.
Arifureta Season 2 Episode 12 was a pretty standard finale that didn’t take any risks and did everything it could to make the sorry stretch forward about two more seasons. Did you honestly expect anything different?
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