When Hajime and Yue emerge from the Labyrinth they find a bunny-girl waiting for them. She’s desperate for their help, although they seem less than enthused about it.
What did you watch?
Last week there wasn’t an episode, well, there was a catch-up episode which was completely pointless, so I skipped it and wouldn’t blame anyone else if they did the same. This week in episode 6 of Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest, Hajime and Yue return to the surface in hopes of finding a way home. Could a change of scenery be just what this series needs? I guess we’ll find out shortly. Get ready for spoilers.
Hajime and Yue arrived at the surface and found an odd bunny-girl running towards them. Before she could get close, they turned to walk away. The bunny-girl eventually caught up and grabbed hold of Hajime’s leg, begging for their help. It turns out she can see the future, which got her bunny-man tribe expelled from some group and now she wants to save them since bunny-men aren’t any good at fighting. Hajime couldn’t care less and neither could Yue.
After a while, they reluctantly agree to help and take Shea, the bunny-girl to find her tribe. They arrive just in time as a group of dragons close in on their lunch. Hajime shoots them all out of the air and proceeds to take the bunny-men back to the group for protection. He’ll make them take them back. In exchange, the bunny-men agree to take Hajime and Yue to some ancient dead tree where they will find the entrance to another labyrinth.
What did you think?
Honestly. I was bored. This episode really did nothing for me. If anything, I now dislike Hajime and Yue more than before. Their attitude towards Shea seemed absurd and overly harsh. Maybe now that they are interacting with people and not just trying to kill monsters, we’re seeing their true colours. I generally got the gist of what was going on with the bunny-men, but once more Arifureta is determined to rush through any sort of development, whether it’s character or story.
What was your favourite moment?
If I have to pick, I guess it was the duel between Yue and Shea. We can already see that Shea is quite overpowered for a bunny-man, especially in comparison to the other bunny-men. Plus she has the ability to see the future which in reality should make it possible for her to counter every one of Yue’s attacks, but that wasn’t the case. Also, when she won, why on Earth would she want to go anywhere with these two miserable losers. They could have at least developed their relationships a little.
What was your least favourite moment?
Basically every time Hajime interacted with anyone. He was a massive jerk to Shea right from the beginning and it just seemed to continue, using her as bait for the dragons for example. Then, the way Hajime dealt with the bunny-men was once more over-the-top and it didn’t feel like an anti-hero or a hero, but some strange place in between the two.
Who was your favourite character?
Shea seemed to be the only character that got any development with a short flashback to her as a child and her sincerity in trying to protect her tribe was admirable. Even when Hajime pointed a gun at her face, she didn’t back down. Yeah, did I mention that Hajime is a jerk? And again, why would she want to go anywhere with Hajime and Yue? I just don’t understand.
Who was your least favourite character?
And that would be Hajime. I’ll also take a brief moment to mention the bunny-men and how they transformed from timid flower-loving hippies to violent mercenaries in the space of one kill. Their bodies changed and their demeanour too. The leader even grew an evil beard in place of his hippy commune one. It was funny to see the transformation, but come on. Development… anyone?
Would you like some more?
I didn’t enjoy this episode and after the second episode which has so far been the highlight for me, it’s kind of spiralling down. Part of me wants to drop it, although there are only six episodes left, so who knows where the story will be by then? But, I think I’m going to stick it out because, if nothing else, you can learn a lot about story craft from bad stories. Teach me, Sensei!
Other reviews in the series
- 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