New light-novel-turned-anime teases an April start date.
Earlier this year, light novel series Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest teased a secret project to be announced before the end of the year. Generally "secret upcoming projects" tend to be anime adaptations -- and that is indeed what Arifureta has in its future.
The new TV anime will be directed by Jun Kamiya (Blue Seed, Neo Ranga) with series composition by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Girls' Last Tour, Is the Order a Rabbit?). Character designs based on illustrator Takayaki's art will be created by Atsuo Tobe (Yakitate!! Japan), who is also serving as animation director. The animation will be produced at WHITE FOX.
The voice cast so far:
Hajime Nagumo: Toshinari Fukamachi (Taihei Nouka, All Out!!)
Yue: Yuuki Kuwahara (Tohru, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid)
Shia Haulia: Minami Takahashi (Megumi Tadokoro, Food Wars!)
Seven Seas Entertainment, the official English-language printer for the novel series, describes the plot:
Seventeen year old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They're treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku's wet dream quickly turns into Hajime's nightmare. While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime's job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith's level of strength?
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest will air starting in April 2018 on TOKYO MX and AT-X.
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos. Her latest story can be found in My American Nightmare.