Hajime is on his way to return Myu to her mother when then encounter a group of sandworms in the desert that are acting strangely. After fighting them off, they find a noble that has been poisoned and is in need of help!
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (Episode 14) – Irregular
After barely surviving the Orcus Labyrinth, the heroes party returned much to the relief of Princess Liliana. She was keen to find out what happened and was happy to hear that Hajima was still alive, although Shizuku warned him that he’s not the same person anymore. Their other issue was the state of the hero who had not handled their latest mission too well. At least Shizuku seems to have things under control. She also tells Liliana about Kaori.
Kaori was now with Hajime as they sped across the desert in his version of a Humvee. It was as you would expect with Kaori and Yue fighting over who loved Hajime the most while he maintained his edgy demeanour. However, Tio spotted something in the distance and warned them to be careful. The sandworms seemed to be acting strangely. When they got past the sandworms, they discovered the son of a Duke who needed help after the water in his home town had been poisoned. If only there were some strong adventurers that could help him!
What did you think?
Before I started watching season two of Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest, I figured I should check out my reviews of season one to refresh my mind. There I said that I would most likely not be reviewing season two… That was several years ago now and here I am. So, I guess we should talk about the episode in question then. It was as average as I think it could have been. Nothing really stood out although the CGI animation was definitely an improvement.
A couple of the things that bugged me with season one reappeared in this episode. Listening to Kaori and Yue argue over who loved Hajime more was exhausting. Can we just stop that now, please? I don’t like Yue and don’t care for Kaori so it wouldn’t really bother me too much if they fell out of the Humvee. That’s probably why I came up with the spinoff idea where Shizuku, Shea, and Tio went off adventuring on their own. The other thing that was annoying was when Hajime refused to help people so he can look edgy just to go and help them anyway. At least Myu told him to help before he could go through the motions this time.
What have you learnt?
Pacing was one of the biggest issues with the first season and while this episode was a lot slower, it didn’t really correct the issue. I did like that we spent some time with Shizuku and the other students. Seeing more of the world in each episode will make it more interesting. They did that towards the beginning of season one and then switched to just following Hajime so it’s possible that we will see that happen again.
Ultimately, this was an improvement all around on season one which, honestly, shouldn’t have been that difficult to achieve. It’s possible that I have my expectations firmly set to low so there’s every chance that I will end up enjoying it. I think the actual story is an interesting one that deserves your time. It’s just whether they do it any justice this time around. They’ve had a lot of time since the second season was announced so, hopefully, they have a better plan this time.
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The Monster of the Abyss
- Episode 2 – Pandora’s Box
- Episode 3 – The Golden Vampire Princess
- Episode 4 – Guardian of the Depths
- Episode 5 – The Maverick’s Lair
- Episode 6 – Worthless Rabbit
- Episode 7 – The Great Reisen Labyrinth
- Episode 8 – Reunion with the Past
- Episode 9 – Dragon Slayer
- Episode 10 – The Goddess’ Sword
- Episode 11 – The Monsters’ Day Off
- Episode 12 – A Looming Shadow
- Episode 13 – The Best at Being the Worst
- Season Two
- Episode 14 – Irregular
- Episode 15 – Burning Light
- Episode 16 – Black and White
- Episode 17 – Reunion
- Episode 18 – Memories from the Bottom of the Sea
- Episode 19 – Someone Important
- Episode 20 – A New Vow
- Episode 21 – A Disturbing Darkness
- Episode 22 – Invasion of the Capital
- Episode 23 – God’s Apostle
- Episode 24 – Betrayal
- Episode 25 – A New Journey
- Bonus Posts
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