Arifureta Author May Have Prompted Anime's Staff Change
posted on by Kim Morrissy
On January 15, 2018, Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest author Ryo Shirakome wrote an update on his user page on the user-submitted novel site Shōsetsu ni Narō discussing the anime's delay until 2019. The anime was originally slated for April 2018.
Although the post was edited soon after publication to remove any "comments that had caused great misunderstanding," the original version of the post (archived here), expresses Shirakome's displeasure with the anime thus far. He wrote: "Every time I was sent scripts and storyboards for the anime over these past few months, I writhed in pain in my room... ahem." He apologized to the readers over the fact that "the anime had turned out like this even after all the blessings and support you gave me." Finally, he stated his hope that the delay would give the anime the chance to become a "better work."
The new staff was announced in April 2018. Kinji Yoshimoto (Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Seven Mortal Sins, Genshiken 2) is directing the anime at asread with assistance from WHITE FOX. Chika Kojima (Big Order) adapts Takayaki's original designs for animation. In March 2019, it was announced that Shoichi Sato (Yes! Precure 5 GoGo!, Shakugan no Shana episode scriptwriter) and Kinji Yoshimoto (Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin, The Seven Mortal Sins) would be supervising and penning the series' scripts.
Jun Kamiya (Kingdom) was originally slated to direct the series at WHITE FOX, with Atsuo Tobe (Kingdom) as character designer. Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Is the order a rabbit?) was originally in charge of the series scripts, but is no longer listed as working on the project.
Shirakome's comments from January 2018 began circulating on various Japanese sites again around the anime's debut on Monday, in light of the anime's disappointing script and production values. Although Shirakome did not explicitly state that he had requested a change of staff, his comments appear to suggest that he was displeased with the previous staff and that he hoped the new staff would be an improvement.
Shirakome launched the novel series in Japan in June 2015 under the OVERLAP Bunko label, with illustrations by Takayaki, after initially presenting it on the user-submitted novel site Shōsetsu ni Narō. J-Novel Club is publishing the series as well as the prequel spinoff novel series Arifureta Zero. Seven Seas began publishing the manga adaptation of the main series in print in English last March, and it also licensed the Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest: Zero and Arifureta: I Love Isekai (Arifureta Nichijou de Sekaisaikyou) spinoff manga.