Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation) has hit its 4th episode—at the time of writing—and we are truly amazed at how amazing this series has been so far! Every episode has taken the usual clichés of isekai anime—like reincarnation in an OP form—and twisted them in an intellectual way.
Rudeus Greyrat, the main hero of Jobless Reincarnation, starts as a baby but within his mind exists a 34-year-old NEET who now wonders how he will overcome this new world he’s been reborn in. Rudy isn’t exactly overpowered—he can use magic better than most but nothing spectacular—and he’s not shy about being a massive pervert. Jobless Reincarnation has already begun showing that this is an isekai that wants to reinvent the isekai genre while keeping close to its roots.
The Tropes of Isekai but Lessened
Many isekai are obsessed with copy/pasting the usual fantasy themes such as overpowered main heroes, worlds filled with tons of monsters, and girls with large oppai just waiting to get with the main dude. Some of these concepts can be found in Jobless Reincarnation—plenty of large oppai girls for example—but are done in unique ways.
Instead of an OP teenager who attracts women like an oasis attracts weary travelers in a desert, Rudy starts as a baby and grows naturally. On top of that, instead of the usual silly themes like trying to save the world or beat the demon king, Jobless Reincarnation is quite realistic. Episode 4 has Paul—Rudy’s father—reproducing again with his wife and the family maid! A lot of isekai shy away from real-world themes but Jobless Reincarnation embraces them and uses them to create a more real-world setting.
Rudy isn’t Overpowered…WHAT?!?!
We mentioned this earlier but Rudy—despite being the main man of Jobless Reincarnation—isn’t overpowered like your typical isekai protagonist. Rudy is blessed with enhanced magic and a more matured mind—due to his memories from his original life—but so far, he hasn’t shown to be on the levels of Seiya Ryuguin from Cautious Hero: The Hero is Overpowered But Overly Cautious and/or Tanya Von Degurechaff from Saga of Tanya The Evil.
What is amazing about Rudy—and we mentioned this briefly in our first impression of Jobless Reincarnation—is that he feels almost relatable. Before he was Rudeus the perverted child who could read at a super early age, he was a NEET who feared going outside due to horrible school bullying. Rudy finally escapes his fear in the early episodes of Jobless Reincarnation but this fear makes him feel more human than overpowered warrior like Kirito from Sword Art Online and we love that about Jobless Reincarnation.
Paul and Zenith Greyrat are Rudy’s parents in Jobless Reincarnation. Yes, this might seem like we’re pointing out the obvious but let’s once more look at this statement. We actually see the parents of a reincarnated character in Jobless Reincarnation!
Go ahead, we will sit here and wait while you name more than five shows that have parents for the main character in an isekai series. Aside from shows like Re:Zero—which only recently showed Subaru’s parents—and the mom-focused anime Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? most isekai skip over the parental guardians and just have the hero be reborn and in a body similar to their original form. This might seem silly but we love the fact that Rudy has parents—though Paul is probably not the best dad around—and it gives the entire show a refreshing feel against the tsunami of other isekai works.
An Adventure for No Reason
Almost every single isekai has a main goal for our heroes. In the case of Konosuba, it's to defeat the Demon King; in Cautious Hero, it's to defeat the Demon King; and in Arifuerta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest, the main goal is to return to the original world from where our main man Hajime Nagumo came. Isekai very, very rarely shy away from the usual “save the world” idea but Jobless Reincarnation isn’t following that trend.
As of right now, Rudy isn’t trying to become strong to overcome extreme challenges or in an effort to level up. Rudy just wants to do more with his life than he did as a NEET and thus he eventually desires to advance his magical skills by hopefully enrolling in a magical academy. Jobless Reincarnation feels like an adventure story that doesn’t need the typical end goal or start but one that is spontaneous and very realistic.
Jobless Reincarnation is already becoming one of our favorite isekai and its doing so by going against the tide of similar series. Rather than mimic the isekai handbook that many authors do, Jobless Reincarnation aims to feel like a true adventure of a young man who has been given a rare second chance at life and that is truly refreshing.
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