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One Japanese high-school class has been transported to another world, where on short notice they are told they are summoned to be heroes and save it from an onslaught of demons. Each student is given overpowered stats and incredibly useful jobs... except Hajime Nagumo, otaku and bully magnet. As if being looked down upon by the "cool kids" for his hobbies, let alone being the object of affection of class sweetheart Kaori Shirasaki, is not enough, in this world he not gets not only mediocre stats, but also the equally-mediocre-at-best "Synergist" job, which lets him transmute anything.

During one live training at the Orcus dungeon, a trap puts the entire class, their homeroom advisor Aiko Hatayama, and their instructor Meld Loggins, at the mercy of a dangerous monster. Against all odds, Hajime makes some really creative use of his Synergist abilities to defeat the monster. Unfortunately a stray fireball hits him, sending him hurtling down into an abyss.

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Barely surviving the fall, Hajime then struggled to survive the even greater dangers deep in Orcus, nearly losing his sanity with thoughts of vengeance against what he perceived to be the treachery of his class... until he meets Yue, a powerful vampire-girl sealed for centuries in the depths of Orcus. Bound together by similar experiences, Hajime and Yue together successfully escape Orcus and confront anew the world which seemingly betrayed them.

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest (ありふれた職業で世界最強, "Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō") is a 2013 web novel series written by Ryo Shirakome (under the pen name "Chuuni Suki") and was published on the website "Let's Become Novelists", subsequently turned into a light novel illustrated by Takayaki and published by Overlap in Japan and licensed in English by J-novel Club, which can be found here. An anime adaptation is planned for July 2019.

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Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • The primary problem with the manga adaptation is how the story had been either water-down or outright cut out in order to streamline it. On the one hand this makes the story progress quicker at the cost of HUGE amounts of characters and characterization.
    • The story focuses solely on Hajime's POV which removes several critical scenes and even then several scenes featuring him are also cut for no other reason than for the sake of getting the story further along faster. The fans are universally not pleased by the change.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Hajime is subjected to this due to his class lacking the oomph of his peers'.
  • And I Must Scream: Yue gets hit with this trope twice, before the start of the story, and before the end of the story, and both times she was rescued by Hajime.
  • Anti-Hero: Hajime post-fall.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Anyone with inherent ability to wielding magic without having to build it up with chanting can be the target of Big Bad to possess their body, The more powerful, the more likely, Just ask Yue. This is probably why the Beastmen tribe try to off the likes of them as soon as they discover. And also explained why Yue gets imprisoned (as well as immobilized) in the depths of Orcus Great Dungeon.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The God's Crystal. It's the crystallization of Mana, and as a mineral it can store large quantities of it inside. When naturally charged it produces a healing elixir of the highest quality. Discovering one is the reason Hajime was able to survive eating monster-meat and saves him and his friends several times.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: Just about everybody in Tortus. throw all conflict away and form a Badass Army to fight the Mad God, with Hajime as the spearhead .
  • Badass Adorable: Yue and Shia can cause men to instantly fall in love with them yet have stats come damn near close to the otherwise overpowered hero of Hajime's class.
  • Badass Normal: Many melee fighters. Hajime could have been one, but things happened.
  • Blackmail: A comedic version. It is how Shizuku got Hajime to accept and look after Kaori. She threatens him with giving Hajime over-the-top and embarrassing nicknames and spreading them among the general population.
    • Not played for laughs where it concerns Hiyama.
  • Buxom Is Better: Shia certainly thinks so, Yue does not.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Eri, the necromancer girl.
  • Birds of a Feather: Hajime and Yue.
  • Brutal Bonus Level: What the Abyss could be considered as.
  • Black and White Insanity: Kouki has shades of this. Since he is literally the Hero, he believes the class comes with Omniscient Morality License, meaning he would be the good guy no matter the situation, which often leads to him engaging in Insane Troll Logic level mental gymnastics to justify why he is still right and his opponents are wrong.
  • Bullying the Dragon:In literal sense.
    “Kick the butt of a dragon” is a proverb of this world, it referred to the Ryuujin race and dragons. They boasted their defensive power as an impregnable defense because of their whole body covered by scales, excluding their eyes and mouth, the butt hole that wasn’t covered by scales was their only weak point. Because of their high defense, as they were deep-sleepers, they wouldn’t awaken once they fell asleep, but they would wake up at once, once their Butt that was their weak point received stimulus, and became enraged like raging fires. A long time ago, it was not known why that was done, but the fool was completely crushed. From that, it became the meaning of someone who is foolish enough to purposely disturb someone that was harmless as long as they weren’t disturbed.
  • Came Back Strong: Kaori got this treatment, courtesy of Hajime.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: What allowed Hajime to survive the Abyss. Eating Demon flesh is technically fatal, but by drinking the God's Crystal Elixir, Hajime managed to survive. Not only that, but his body also gained the ability to safely consume their flesh and obtain some of the demons' abilities.
  • Character Development: Hajime goes through a quick one after his fall by hardening and becoming more pragmatic and cold, then he goes through a considerably slower one, mellowing out due to the girls' influence.
  • Complexity Addiction: Both Ehitoruje and Eri go about their plans in the most convoluted manner possible. For the Mad God, he's got both insanity and sadism as an excuse. For the Yandere...
  • Cool Airship: Ferner, Hajime's new ship.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Hiyama is this in spades. Kouki can also have shades of this, but he never goes over the line because of his jealousy like Hiyama did.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Considering that, compared to the average denizens of the world, Hajime's party is extremely overpowered, this happens a lot.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Shizuku. Myuu also causes Hajime to go into this.
  • Determinator: Hajime. Kaori as well, to a lesser extent.
  • Deus ex Machina: What the "God Crystal" Hajime found could be considered.
  • Doomed by Canon: The Liberators, pretty much all of them; Zero will let us know how.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: The God stone gives an unending supply of perfect healing and completely charges magic reserves too. It makes sense that it also stops overflowing just after Hajime is healed from his fight with the Hydra, since keeping that supply of elixirs would have made any and all of the following fights even more trivial, and no one Hajime cared about would be in danger.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Hajime acts like this toward the Haulia tribe. Later on, Cam acts like this as well, even while being tortured.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Hajime and Yue toward each other when they almost died at deepest level of the first dungeon. They became the Official Couple afterwards.
  • Fanservice Pack: After they defeat Neunte - an angel - and her body was left behind, Kaori (she died) requested that her soul be transferred into it instead of her own. The official reason was so that she could actually assist Hajime, but considering said body was more attractive than her own, it was also to give her a boost in pursuing Hajime's affections.
  • Fragile Speedster: Shizuku's job specializes in dealing damage as quick as possible, but she can't receive any, surviving only because of her armor and Hajime's tools.
  • Gratuitous German: Everywhere, from Hajime's weapons and tools to locations.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The reason why Hiyama tried to kill Hajime was because he was jealous of Kaori's fondness of him
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kaori was subjected to it by Hiyama, which is the main reason why her soul gets transferred to a new vessel - Neunte
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Fair Bergen towards the Haulia tribe, when they were invaded by demons. Their defenses were overwhelmed, and in desperation an elder went to the Haulia tribe for aid, knowing that they were elite combatants.
    • After Hajime declares his intent to fight the god Ehito, he sent the other students to call for the world leaders' aid.
    • The reason Hajime, Kouki, and the rest of their class are in Tortus is because humans almost lost against demons, and the God Eht summoned them to turn the tide of the war in their favor.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Played for Laughs There's sometimes Hajime found out that what he does is gone too far, and regrets it.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Hajime, definitely. The Liberators, the creators of the dungeons, also count. Evidently, some of their trials are outright dangerous.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Or anti-heroic people, Hajime and Yue have a very active sex life, to the point that it's a running gag that involves the both of them getting lost in each other's eyes over small praise. For the most part, if the other party members aren't there to stop these moments, things will quickly escalate beyond skinship.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: This is precisely why Hajime wants to create a tool to prevent being summoned again.
  • The Dreaded: Just about everyone learns that it is a really bad idea to go against Hajime and his party.
    • The Haulia tribe becomes this for the other beastmen tribes and The Empire.
  • The Hero: The entire summoned class is this, but Kouki in particular even has it as his character class.
  • It's Personal: Hajime's M.O. is that if you ever try to harm people he holds dear, all bets are off.he doesn't give a damn about the ones who wronged him or bullied him in the past anyway, as he simply has no time for it.
  • I Will Find You: After Hajime fell into the Abyss, Kaori refused to believe he was dead and worked tirelessly to become stronger so that she could look for him.
  • Japanese Delinquent: The Haulia tribe, after Hajime trained them, adopted stereotypical delinquent lingo and mannerisms.
  • Jerkass: Hajime becomes one temporarily after leaving the Abyss...
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: ... But fortunately, he loses some of his edge over time and lets his original personality shine through.
  • Kill Sat: Hajime managed to create one that fries enemies with beams of collected sunlight.
  • Killer Rabbit: The Haulia tribe was considered to be the useless hippies of the demi-human races. Then they underwent Hajime's training, turning them into Crazy Awesome Blood Knights CombatPragmatists. Oh, and they are actual rabbit-people to boot.
    • The Kicking Rabbit Hajime encounters in the Abyss is a literal example. It's a rabbit, and it's second only to the Talon Bear in raw killing power.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Kouki often acts on his first instincts.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: One wouldn't think Aiko's "Farmer" class would be dangerous, but one of her "fertilizing" abilities produces methane. She all but single-handedly annihilated the royal Church of Ehit when they were weakening Hajime in his fight with Neunt while the "angel" was trying to straight-up murder her. All she really needed from Tio was to keep the gas from dissipating by using wind magic, and a small spark.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Ms. Aiko as Farmer and Hajime as Synthesizer. They both look useless on paper when compared to Heroes and Wizards, but after a couple of levels, Aiko single-handedly kick-starts a global agricultural revolution, while Hajime is... well, Hajime.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: There are many sapient races in the new world.
  • Mama Bear: If you scare or try to hurt Myuu, you had better hope Hajime finds you first because Shia is even more brutal. The leader of a criminal organization that kidnapped Myuu and tried to sell her off in a black market? Squashed into a stain on the floor very, very slowly.
  • Mega Manning: Hajime full stop. Listing each individual ability would take far too long. He can not only acquire the powers of his fallen enemies, he can also find new and novel ways to use them, such as taking a fairly weak ability to generate electric fields and turning it into the basis of all of his railguns, which are ridiculously devastating.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Meld.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Yue and Hajime are this to each other and to a lesser extent, the others in the party... that is until they too become more accustomed to killing.
    • Myuu becomes everyone's since they want to preserve her innocence. Of course, it doesn't work, but at least they tried. And Myuu can stop Hajime's outlash. Almost all on her own.
  • Mysterious Waif: Yue fills the bill, Not only is she immensely powerful, she's the one and only reason for Hajime to returned his humanity, motivated him into fighting Big Bad (which he didn't give it a whit otherwise), she also become a vital key for the plan of said mastermind to destroy everything. She's really the main drive to the entire story.
  • The Nondescript:
    • Endo Kosuke. At first he is so average and unnoticeable that he becomes a joke, but it gets to the point where the heroes send him to get help by passing through a huge dungeon because even the monsters don't notice him.
    • In a later arc, (after story), he even becomes a hero of his own while posing as the Right-hand man of the demon king, the demon king being Hajime of course.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Hajime crawled back from the abyss, of which Hiyama lampshades it in abject terror.
  • Old Shame: In-universe. Hajime, towards his Chuunibyou days.
  • Older Than They Look: Yue, a 300 year old loli vampire and Tio, a 500 year old busty dragon girl. Also Aiko, the 25 years old loli teacher.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: The whole class was this before they got summoned.
  • One-Man Army: Practically every member of Hajime's party. It took only four of them to wipe out an army of 50,000 monsters. Hajime takes the cake as usual though, as he killed 100,000 monsters by himself with the help of a Kill Sat and drove back another 1,000,000 through intimidation.
  • Otaku: Hajime was one. Not only that, his father is a manga artist and his mother is a game developer.
  • Papa Wolf: Go on. Try to hurt Myuu. I dare you. Completely unnecessary, scare her even by accident and may God have mercy on your soul.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • They accepted the ring, they didn't steal it. Don't call them grave robbers.
    • And the items in the study were transferred to them, not stolen.
  • The Paragon: Not that anyone expected the Anti-Hero like Nagumo Hajime to become, but he's quite manipulative and belief in pragmatism, it helps that his party (as well as himself) tied some good connections with many Reasonable Authority Figure they came across, as well as some of said Reasonable Authority Figure manipulating him into becoming this Paragon in turn, intentionally or otherwise. Before the penultimate chapter, he motivated and united everyone into fighting the Big Bad's Legions of Hell, using their own agenda, not to mention he proceeds to Break the Believer in the most subtle way possible, by having his little teacher ascend to godhood as the goddess of fertility.
  • Physical God: Ehitorujue, from whom this status is usurped by Yue, which makes sense since said power didn't belong to him to begin with, being a Body Snatcher and all.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Hajime's very first reaction after unsealing Yue.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: This series has quite a few, though their degree of power and influence varies due to their positions. Including but not limited to Meld, Elder Alfrerick, Princess Liliana, Aiko-sensei herself, etc...
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: Hajime, after he leveled up.
  • Rescue Romance: Hajime's harem mostly exists because of this trope.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Kaori and Shizuku's friendship has strong shades of this. So does Yue and Shia's, especially after Hajime is finally persuaded to also take Shia as a lover.
  • Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Where Yue have been sealed in for centuries.
  • Sentai: Later on, the hero's party - Kouki, Suzu, Ryoutarou and Shizuku - were "persuaded" by Hajime to become one such group to act as diversion. Hilariously enough, Shizuku is Pink.
  • Sensei-chan: To her chagrin, Aiko is treated more as a mascot character than an authority figure by her students.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Hajime and Yue have a bad habit of getting lovey-dovey at the drop of a hat, usually resulting in sex if the mood isn't interrupted. This becomes a Running Gag, commented on and complained about by the rest of Hajime's Unwanted Harem. This gets turned Up to Eleven once Hajime is finally persuaded to start accepting the other girls as lovers.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: What attracts most of the girls to Hajime.
  • Stepford Smiler: Suzu, the mood maker of the team admits to doing all that just to be accepted. In short, she fears rejection.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: Double Subverted, Deconstructed, and Reconstructed.
    • Hajime is double subverted in that he originally looked like a straight case. Despite all the abuse he got from his class, the school idol, Kaori, was fond of him, and he was ardently striving to use his lack-luster "synergist" ability in clever and creative ways, even managing to restrain a Behemoth the rest of the class, and the royal knights together couldn't even scratch... until his class betrayed him, knocked him down a pit and left him for dead. Subversion. Then, after being driven to madness with only his survival and revenge on his mind, he meets and falls in love with Yue, and she brings back enough of his original caring nature to leave thoughts of revenge behind, and then he finds himself being pursued by women he's not romantically interested in, who are trying to get into his pants so hard that even shooting at them doesn't make them stop. Double subversion and Reconstruction.
    • Kouki is deconstructed. He gets into Tortus, is given the "Hero" job and it goes straight to his head. Already an Obliviously Evil twit full of Selective Obliviousness, he goes full tilt Tautological Templar, believing himself the paragon of virtue destined to save the world, and that everyone must follow him, regardless of how stupid or straight up suicidal his actions are. He even drags Hajime into training early, and when Hajime gets dragged off the training field by Hiyama and his three flunkies, whereupon the four of them start using him as a practice dummy against his will, which would have put him in the hospital in any other setting, he turns and blames Hajime for it.
    • An invoked deconstruction happens with Yukitoshi Shimizu, Hajime's Shadow Archetype introduced in Volume 2, and named in volume 3. This character is an even bigger "other world" Otaku than Hajime is, always dreaming of being whisked away to another world to become the "hero" and surrounded by a harem to tend to his every want and need, but instead of channeling his imagination and creative energies in a productive direction, like Hajime did, he chose to delude himself deeper and deeper into his "other world" delusions and fantasies. Upon coming to Tortus and seeing how wrong his fantasies were, since he fixated on the benefits of being "the hero" but never paused to consider the perils, especially once Hajime "fell" into the abyss, he withdrew from the class and into himself so far that he's downright ecstatic when a Demon comes along and promises to make him a "hero" if he betrays humanity, starting with his teacher, Aiko.
  • Stupid Evil: Ehitorujue was dumb enough that he left Hajime alive after pissing him off so hard.
  • Stupid Good: Kouki
  • This Means War!: After Ehito stole Yue's body, Hajime had a Big motivation to Kill the God, with a literal war no less.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Myuu in the main party and Aiko in hers.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Hajime took hundreds. It got to the point that his stats were over 9000 each after he left Orcus' dungeon. Hell, his level is ???
    • Shia, after she joined Hajime's party. Also, the entire rabbit tribe after Hajime trained them.
    • As well as everyone in Hajime's class, including Ms. Aiko. From Ordinary High-School Student to being able to fight monsters on daily basis.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Hajime, after getting his psyche shattered by the isolation he experienced while in the bottom of the abyss.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the same time, meeting Yue and reuniting with Kaori definitely mellowed him out.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Tio. While the others escape the Lotus-Eater Machine in the Sea of Trees Dungeon because of the bonds they share with one another, Tio escapes because the fake Hajime in her dream didn't abuse her as severely as the real one.
  • Torture Is Ineffective: While being tortured by the Empire Cam not only didn't break but started to mock his torturers about how much they sucked at it, to the point that one of them had to be prevented from killing him because of how annoying he was.
  • Unwanted Harem: Hajime declares that he only loves Yue, much to the other girls' chagrin. That doesn't stop them from pursuing him with all their might, however, even if he straight up shoots at them. The "Unwanted" aspect becomes less true after Hajime accepts that he truly loves Shia as well.
  • Training from Hell: Hajime trained the Haulia Tribe after protecting them from the Empire. The result? The next time they met one member of said tribe, he took on multiple Empire soldiers and won.
  • Troll:
    • Miledi Raisen, full stop.
    • Hajime has recently started to become one himself, particularly towards Shizuku
  • Trapped in Another World: Hajime and the rest of his class were summoned to Tortus by the god Eht because humanity almost lost against the demons. Only Eht has the ability to send them back, or so Pope Ishtar Lombard claims.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Hajime comments from time to time about how Shizuku acts like one. Of course, this is only after she falls in love with him.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Nagumo Hajime as a Synthesizer is this initially, then he finds the God Crystal. Ms. Aiko, the loli teacher, thought so as well, as a Farmer, but Meld who saw it, commented that he never knew the Farmer Class existed before and recognized her potential to cause a new era of food production, a.k.a. an agricultural revolution.
  • War Is Hell: Just ask those dead Liberators, Meljine will shove this trope directly into your memory.
  • World of Badass: Tortus. Every living denizen had to.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Why Miledi concluded that Hajime would eventually fight a Mad God,or is it just what she believed based on his relationships with others and his disposition? (Which she is damn right about either way).

Alternative Title(s): Arifureta, Arifureta Shokugyoude Sekai Saikyou

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