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Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Light Novel) Vol. 3 Paperback – August 7, 2018
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"...Hajime has to learn how to become superpowered and how to become a hero all on his own. It's a good twist on the genre conventions and really points out (through the parallel character of the class prince) that just having the powers isn't enough to make you a real warrior, much less hero." --Rebecca Silverman, Anime News Network
About the Author
Ryo Shirakome is a Japanese author best known for Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest.
Takaya-ki is a Japanese artist best known for their illustrations in Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest.
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The first volume of Arifureta had an interesting enough twist on the isekai genre- what if an entire class was taken to another world, along with its cliques and social layers? It then turned into a hard-edged dungeon crawler, with lots of action and a developing, monogamous romance. These are good things! The second volume had an unexpected tonal shift towards comedy, which was odd but worked for me. Many of the jokes made me laugh really hard, so i could look past Hajime acting like a jerkwad the whole time, and the shallow writing of the new character Shea (the hot bunny girl who wants to jump Hajime's bones). This third volume, unfortunately, moves past the limits of what i can tolerate.'
We're meant to believe that Hajime has been changed into a cool antihero by his time in the labyrinth, and that this justifies his obnoxious behavior. However, by the end of this volume, it's painfully clear that Hajime is nothing more than Gary Stu wish fulfillment, complete with two beautiful girls constantly hanging on him, that everyone else is so totally jealous of, you guys. If you didn't catch that the first time, don't worry; every single time they see other people, the author is sure to tell you how jealous everyone is of Hajime, who is totally the coolest ever and so much more totally powerful than everyone else. There are hints that there will be a slow-burn arc for Hajime's character, but possible events of future events don't excuse how insufferable he is now.
If it was just Hajime's character, i could tolerate this, but the breaking point for me was the bizarrely juvenile, tasteless, and unfunny attempts at humor. What passes for a joke in this volume wouldn't sound out of place in a 7th grade playground, such as noting that an off-screen character is homosexual- because his last name is "Gaye!" GET IT?! The new character introduced on the cover is essentially Darkness from Konosuba, if she was unlikable and exponentially more obnoxious, and the other characters are no more complex then she is.
The writing has either taken a turn for the worse, or else i'm just noticing the author's bad habits more; like many light novel authors, he tends to overload the reader with redundant writing. Every point that is made is explained at least 3 distinct times, to the point where if this novel had a real editor, it may only have been 120 pages. The J-Novel translation is, as always, very well done and readable, despite a few uncharacteristic spelling errors (that will probably be fixed in the next month or so).
I wanted, so much, to like this volume; there was just so much content that was off-putting and distasteful to me. If you enjoy raunchy sex comedies, or trashy fantasy stories, this may be what you want. I won't judge, honest! It's just that the first volume promised a much different series, which i find disappointing.
The entire concept of the series is definitely the typical “Isekai” genre, but this author gives just the right amount of each cliche scenario that it’s refreshing, and not boring to read. The MC is thoroughly developed, as well as the side characters.
I really recommend reading this series.
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Eagerly awaiting the next volume.