Eri reveals her plan and it’s as crazy as she is, however, she is the one with all the power right now and she plans on turning everyone into one of her undead puppets. Who will save them?
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (Episode 25) – A New Journey
The attack is over and Hajime’s classmates are left licking their wounds and generally feeling underprepared. Meanwhile, Tio and Yue are attempting to save Kaori at the remains of the church. The on that Tio and Aiko destroyed. Yue tells Hajime that Kaori will be fine and that he should find Aiko who is taking a break. Aiko is distraught at the destruction she caused and the countless lives she snuffed out in an instant. Hajime asks her if she regrets what she did? She does not.
Hajime then makes a selfish request of her. He wants her to remember the pain and the guilt of what happened. He wants her to be an example of what it’s like to be human since he can no longer feel those emotions. Aiko is sad for Hajime and starts to cry. He’s grateful for her compassion and offers her his back to cry on.
They all return to the stadium when the other students are training. Kaori is the last to appear and she has changed. At Kaori’s request, Hajime put her soul in the repaired body of Noint the Apostle. Kaori is determined to get stronger and her body was already at its limits. Her real body is protected by a magical barrier so she can return at any time. Next, Hajime intends to head to the Great Labyrinth and when the others hear they are desperate to come with him. Liliana wants to go to the Capital of the Empire to report on what happened while the other students are hopeful of gaining some powerful magic. They leave at dawn.
What did you think?
So, there was a definite comedown after the last episode, which is to be expected. I loved that Kaori made the decision to use Noint’s body instead of her own and it wasn’t forced on her because they couldn’t repair her body. That would have worked, but making it her decision empowers her which was nice. I didn’t exactly enjoy the scene where they were eating and find the way Hajime treats the other girls to be quite annoying. I thought maybe we were past that, but I guess not.
It’s interesting that there is such a difference in personalities between Kouki and Hajime. I’m not entirely sure why Kouki has such a problem with Hajime after he saved him, saved everyone, and saved him again. What has Hajime got to do? Surely, they all know that Daisuke was the one that made him fall into the depths of the labyrinth.
Despite all this, I find myself actually wanting another season. That might be because the story is really interesting even if the dynamics are hit or miss. If it doesn’t come along, I will definitely be checking out the light novels.
What have you learnt?
The best part of this episode was the interaction between Hajime and Aiko. She was struggling to come to terms with what she did, even apologising to the beat-up remains of a soldier. Aiko is not a warrior and her powers reflect that. Even so, she managed to be creative and used them to help Tio obliterate the church. Hajime could see her pain and asked some fairly blunt but useful questions to help her see that she can be upset and still be in the right.
Hajime seems to be at his best when he’s around only a few people. Too many and he starts to put on the bravado or does weird things like attacking Shea or Tio. We saw it with Kaori earlier in the season and Shizuku at the end of last season. One on one, Hajime can be quite kind and insightful. I think that just makes his interactions with Kouki that much more annoying. They just start attacking each other.
So, I made it to the end of the second season after saying I probably wouldn’t watch it after the first season. It took a while to get into, but the final third was definitely worth the wait. I still find myself in the position that I wouldn’t recommend the series because the first season is so painful to get through. It has its moments, but you can’t tell someone that it gets good after twenty episodes…
It’s a shame because the story is great and has a lot of potential. I just think the delivery hasn’t been the smoothest. We needed to see the other students more. We needed to see Hajime when he was commonplace and not just for half an episode. There’s a fine line between being edgy and a dick, and Hajime crossed it too often.
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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