They’ve made it into the mountains and located the Count’s son, but they also found a black dragon and it seems oddly determined to kill the Count’s son. So much so, that’s it’s ignoring Hajime completely.
What did you watch?
So, the last episode of Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest was actually one of my favourites, despite the heavy exposition and Hajime still being a jerk for the most part. I had hoped that episode 9 of Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest would build on that and not do what episode 3 did after episode 2. Well, I guess it’s time to find out. Here come the spoilers. Get ready!
Hajime, Yue, and Shea took Sensei and her students along with them on the quest to find the Count’s son. It was an odd decision, but that’s what happened. Not long after getting into the mountains, Hajime located the site of a battle. There were giant footprints and the ground was scorched. There were no human remains. Then, Hajime sensed someone nearby and ordered Yue to part a waterfall. Behind it, they found a cave and inside was the Count’s son. Hajime offered his best attempt at a pep talk and then led the boy outside.
Once out in the open, a dragon flew into sight and instantly started to attack, focusing on the Count’s son. This gave Hajime the chance to get out some of his big weapons and attack back. They exchanged blows back and forth until Hajime managed to bring it down with the help of Shea. Then, unable to do any actual damage to the dragon, Hajime took a giant metal spike and rammed it up the dragon’s ass…
What did you think?
I’m done! This show is just so utterly stupid it’s beyond belief. I don’t even know where to start, but this was the worst episode with the poorest CGI and more story that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Hajime is so confused by what’s going on and his attempts to be even edgier than ever, that Yue had to remind him of his own rules. I’m not even sure what they’re going for now. I hope it wasn’t laughs, because this was just unbearable.
What was your favourite moment?
This is almost impossible, so I’m going to go with the old favourite of Shea whacking things with her giant hammer. Try to ignore the fact that this is the exact same animation frame from episode 7… I kid you not, see for yourself – click here!
What was your least favourite moment?
The CGI in this show seems to be getting worse. None of the monsters have been particularly impressive, but this dragon is on a new level of bad. It’s bad enough that the story is a complete mess, but when it’s not good to look at too, then you’re in real trouble. After last week’s episode, I am extra disappointed, but I really shouldn’t be surprised.
Who was your favourite character?
It was quite the relief when the CGI dragon took on a human form and we didn’t have to stare at that abomination any longer. I’m watching the subtitles and even then its mouth didn’t move in time with the words… Anyhow, Tio Klarus, the dragon appears to be a complete masochist and manages to piss off Hajime. The second part of that is more than enough to gain some respect. It’s not a lot mind you, but it’s enough to win this episode.
Who was your least favourite character?
I’m going to give it Hajime for a number of reasons. One, I don’t like the guy. Two, he has no strategy. It’s just bang, bang, bang. Is it dead yet? Nope. Bang, bang, bang. Hasn’t he got all these other skills and abilities from the labyrinth at his disposal? As I said earlier, I’m over this. I really can’t see there being any improvement at this stage.
Would you like some more?
No, I really don’t and I cannot wait for this series to end. I’m only now watching it because I’ve started reviewing it and I am going to finish. What if it suddenly becomes amazing? It won’t, but I’m going to have to stick around just in case. Maybe, if I’m really lucky, Shea will hit me with the hammer and put me out of my misery! This is just really bad.
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
- Bonus Posts