Arifureta really was a mixed bag of emotions for me. There were good parts and terrible parts, so I’m going to focus on the good parts for this Saturday Spin-off pitch! That’s right, it’s Shizuku time!
What’s going on?
Often times, I’ll watch a series and one of the background characters catches my eye. There’s something interesting about them and when they don’t get the chance to step into the spotlight for long, I feel a little disappointed, especially when with a series like Arifureta where I pretty much hated the main characters. Well, this is where I take one of those characters and pitch a spin-off series of their own. I am, of course, talking about Shizuku, the star of episode two, twelve, and thirteen. Don’t worry though, I’m not going to leave Shizuku all alone.
What’s the pitch?
After Hajime left with Kaori, Shizuku decided to split from the rest of the students. She’d seen how hopeless they were and felt like she needed to discover more about the world they’d been summoned to. Before long, she found herself fighting her way through a dungeon and discovering far more about the world than she’d ever imagined possible. Having completed the dungeon and acquired a new power, she returned to the surface and found two familiar-looking faces, and they looked lost and worried.
It turned out the Shea and Tio had been separated from Hajime and the others. Rather than leaving them there, Shizuku decided to take them with her and help them find Hajime. It would give her a chance to check on Kaori anyhow. They searched far and wide for Hajime, but couldn’t find any clues to his whereabouts. On the way, they fought with demons and monsters, battled through dungeons, and helped the locals with bandits and criminals. In short, it was just like Arifureta without Hajime and Yue, and it was good!
Where did the inspiration come from?
If you’ve read my reviews of Arifureta, you’ll notice a couple of times where the series picked up and I felt like it was moving in the right direction. All of those times, it involved the other students to some degree. In episode two, we bounced back and forth between Hajime in the dungeon and Shizuku and Kaori on the surface. It felt like the episode had more balance and we were stuck with Hajime the whole time. In fact, Hajime’s best moment was at the end of episode thirteen when he was talking with Shizuku. She wasn’t falling over him and he wasn’t being a jerk. It was probably the most natural conversation in the entire series. Anyhow, Shizuku is awesome and really needed more time to shine.
Other posts in the series
- Rin and Myura (Isekai Cheat Magician)
- Valkyrie (Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious)
- Susamaru (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
- Hinawa and Maki (Fire Force)
- The Exercise Video (How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?)
- Cain Madhouse (To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts)
- Shizuku (Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest)
- Kohaku Lost? (Dr. Stone)
- Chio’s Daily Commute (Chio’s School Road)
- The Noob! (Overlord)
- Shizu (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
- Noir (Fruits Basket)