Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (Episode 22) – Invasion of the Capital

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Yue and Shea face the demon that attacked them in the volcano and neither has forgiven him for hurting Hajime. Meanwhile, the demon army lays siege to the Capital and it’s not looking for the humans!

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (Episode 22) – Invasion of the Capital

What happened?

Yue, Shea, and Kaori have accompanied the Princess as she tries to find Shizuru and the other summons, but then they experience the magical barrier protecting the Captial being destroyed. Tio informs them over some sort of magical communicator that a demon army is attacking. When they learn that it’s being led by the demon that attacked them in the Grand Gruen Volcano, Yue and Shea take off to basically kick his ass.

Meanwhile, Hajime calls Tio and asks her to come and collect Aiko so he can fight unhindered. As soon as she leaves, the white dragon almost toasts Yue and Tio when the demon uses spatial magic to redirect its fire breath. After Yue uses it back at him and wipes out most of their dragon riders what’s left splits up. Shea faces an army of dragon riders led by the finance of the demon they killed back in the Great Orcus Labyrinth. She has no time for his sentimental crap and quickly pulverises him. Yue has a slightly harder time with the leader who is forced to flee once he’s injured badly.

After Hajime avoided and blocked Noint’s attacks, Tio finally arrives and flies off with Aiko. It looks like Hajime is about to let loose on Ehit’s apostle!

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What did you think?

I think this might have been my favourite episode yet. There was nothing special or particularly flash about it, but it worked really well. Of course, the CGI demons do look terrible. I still can’t believe they have continued to go with this look. They don’t appear to have been blended into the animation and therefore stand out and look awkward as hell. I would have rather seen one or two classical animated monsters wrecking the Capital that have these guys ruin the episode.

But let’s forget about them for now. Shea has been my favourite character for a while and she really hasn’t been given that much to do of late, so getting to see how much she’s grown was awesome. The best thing, however, was her talk with the angry demon. He was furious that she killed his fiance. Apparently, she was kind and loving. Shea’s response was brilliant. She doesn’t concern herself with finding out about everyone that attacks them. Hajime had given her the chance to run away and he wouldn’t have attacked, but she chose to fight. How was any of this Shea’s fault or even Hajime’s? Shea hits hard with her hammer and her mouth.

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What have you learnt?

In a series, it’s a great idea for each episode to be a little bit better than the previous ones. If the audience goes through the series and is constantly finding a new favourite episode then you are doing something right. Normally, that would be entirely true. However, with Arifureta, the first season set the bar so low that it’s not been hard to better each successive episode. I am glad that it’s improved and that it is now starting to live up to its potential. I just wish it hard found that groove much sooner.

This is finally starting to feel like an enjoyable series to watch, but I’d struggle to recommend it to anyone because of the poorly paced first season. I can’t say stick with it until the twentieth episode because that’s when it starts to get good! I’m already here so I’m going to continue and I’m glad that I can now enjoy it and even look forward to the next episode, but I’m not entirely sure it’s been worth it. Not yet anyhow. Maybe the last couple of episodes will change my mind.


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