Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (Episode 4) – Big Gun

Last episode, Hajime and Yue managed to descend to the 100th floor of the abyss, where they found a large suspicious door.

We also found out that Yue, the vampire loli, is 300 years old.
Which will be important this episode.

Brief Synopsis

Hajime and Yue proceed beyond the large door to find a giant hydra. Each head of the hydra seems specialized in a different manner, some attack and some defend. And amongst all of them is one white head that can heal any damage the other heads take.

We are treated to a fairly long battle involving gunshots, the snakey heads lashing about, and a lot of magic. We also witness injury on both sides. Most importantly, Hajime gets to use the big gun, which doesn’t shoot like I would have expected – instead of one powerful bullet it fires a massive laser-like beam. Eventually after some trial, and a kiss (she’s 300 years old, so it’s okay), Hajime and Yue manage to defeat the hydra. Hajime did lose his right eye in the process though.

On the surface we see the teacher for the isekai class negotiating with the king to allow the heroes to take a break if they want to. We find out her class is the farmer. The episode ends with a scene of the isekai class having made it to the 60th floor of the abyss.

Episode Thoughts

Well, we got quite the fight. Almost the entire episode was Hajime & Yue fighting the hydra and it’s snakey heads. Personally, I’m happy to see a long, drawn out fight like this. One that had some back-and-forth too, although there was never really any doubt that Hajime & Yue would prevail. I can see an argument for the fight being TOO long, but considering how the other isekai that I’m watching this season have had such short fights, I was very happy to just indulge in one big fight like this.

So let’s talk about the fight!

First, the hydra and it’s snake heads. It’s clear that the 3D animation is going to be a reoccurring issue with this series, because it just looks so out of place. The hydra was no exception – the snake heads looked super derpy. Here’s a great picture to show you what I mean:

Funny right? While it’s good for some laughs, it takes away from the fight. Watching 2D effects such as gunshots, magical attacks, et cetera, applied to a 3D model just doesn’t really work well. Whenever the snake heads were hit with an attack it felt a bit disconnected.

However, I will say that I didn’t mind the 3D animation in the room itself, like the giant crystal pillars. I thought it all looked very impressive. So I guess the real disconnect is just having direct interaction between 2D and 3D – but once again, I’ll still give Arifureta some credit because I’d say they did an OK job considering what they are trying to do. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than any other anime I’ve seen that tries to do this sort of thing.

Animation aside, we also saw Hajime kiss Yue. Thank goodness they established that Yue is 300+ years old right?! I should have saved last episode’s post title for this one, if only I had known!

Oh, and Hajime lost his eye. Obviously this is so that he can don an eyepatch and level up his edginess. White hair, red eyes, one arm, eyepatch, and loli vampire girlfriend. Hajime is really moving up the edgy totem pole! He may even reach Kurumi Tokisaki’s level at this rate.

In Conclusion…

This episode was a long fight, and I was glad to see the long fight. Aside from the 3D animations, I had no qualms with this episode whatsoever. I think it was a great episode and had fun watching it. I’m now very curious as to where the anime will go from here..

Was the hydra protecting something?
Will Hajime and Yue make it back to the surface?
And how will the isekai class react to his return?

Lots to look forward to.

Until next time,
Thanks for reading!

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4 thoughts on “Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (Episode 4) – Big Gun

  1. Honestly the visuals were so distracting that it took any kind of excitement out of this fight and as they’ve yet to establish the characters in any meaningful fashion I’m so disconnected from what they are doing at this point it is really difficult to care or feel anything. It would have been very cool to see this fight if we knew the characters well enough to be invested and if they had managed to visualise it in a way that didn’t make me want to laugh.

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    1. I’d like to think that there is some way that they could still make the 3D animation work… but considering I’ve never seen it work, it’s really hard to say. What gets me is that this is anime, it’s supposed to be a 2D medium anyways right? Not to mention who knows how much of their budget went into the 3D animation…

      I enjoyed the fight and effects, but as I mentioned there was a real disconnect. Like whenever anything came into contact with the snakes, it didn’t feel like they reacted properly and their models didn’t look like they took any damage… all around just very odd.

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      1. It’s more the interaction between 2D and 3D that’s jarring I think… like 3D ships and models in space anime are usually fine for me too. But you’re also right that these models are all just very derpy looking.

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