Anime Review

Mushoku Tensei, the Godfather of Isekai

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Published on July 20, 2021

So, after the whole anime industry gets conquered by Isekai genre, the godfather of Isekai finally got it’s own anime adaptation.

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is a light novel series which is said to have coined the term Isekai giving rise to this genre which now rampages over anime industry has finally got an anime adaptation of 11 episodes by Studio Bind.

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As the title suggests, it’s a story about a jobless and hopeless Japanese NEET who gets hit by a car while trying to a group of teenagers from getting hit by a truck. He dies and gets reincarnated in a world of sword and sorcery as a child of swordsman and priest, with his memory intact. So, no matter what happened in his past life he gets opportunity and decides to have a whole new start in this new life and new world as Rudeus Greyrat.

So basically this couple have a 34 year old man as their child which is creepy. Now, I’m not saying that for nothing. Even his maid who takes care of him agrees with me. She even thinks he’s possessed by a demon. I might, maybe understand why is it so. It’s a Harem, Echhi series so it needs a protagonist like that. Some might even find humor in that.

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But no matter what, seeing a baby who’s not even able to walk properly doing those “echhi stuffs” and having those perverted looks towards women with that creepy look on his face. Okay, Smug on his face. I don’t find humor in that cause for me that’s straight up creepy. People are being quite careless in front of that child but he might not be that young as you think he is, which is straight up creepy.

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But as the show goes on Rudy doesn’t seem as creepy cause the show kind off separates that. He has his usual voice of a kid and an adult voice expressing thoughts of a 34 year old man inside of him. And it works. This method is effective in showing both sides of Rudy and making them separate and one at the same time. Rudeus does seem innocent and pure until the other voice starts talking and his “smug” appears. But his adult voice doesn’t only shows his adult side but also his take on stuffs from his adult perspective and this also gives the show a pretty good narrator so it was smart move.

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Since this is an Isekai, our protagonist just need to be extra-ordinary, right? Well, it’s nice that he doesn’t get his abilities as a gift. He’s an adult in the body with body of a child so he understands stuffs better. Like a player who understands the game getting a new account for playing again from the start. You know like in most of the reincarnation Isekai. This is how he gets to master magic at a very young age (also comparing it to some game system) but doesn’t get quite good in the sword skills.

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Which actually doesn’t affect him that much. He’s too good at magic that he can cover it up with it also others might fill the gap for him. There are some dire situations in which Rudeus does tend to get into huge troubles for his lack in that skill but if you look at it in overall it really doesn’t affect him much nor he’s motivated to get better at it no matter what, to avoid situations like that in the future.

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But it’s not totally a good thing for Rudeus that he has memory of his past life in this new life. All the stuff that made him a shut-in and their trauma still hunt him. Even though he was able to leave his previous world behind but wasn’t able to leave those trauma behind and because of that he needed some time to recover and adjust to getting used to normal life.

I actually don’t have any complaints on the components of anime itself. The animation is good. In fact, the animation is too good. It’s so good that it impresses you in an artistic way from time to time. The sounds are executed well and the music is good as well. It perfectly sets the world of the story for us. The direction is very good. An episode of this show does feel a bit longer than other anime. I didn’t mean that in a bad way.

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I was trying to say that it feels a single episode covers and delivers much more content in a limited time, so you would feel you’ve watched a lot of stuffs in that time. Maybe because of the nature of the opening segment of this anime. This doesn’t have a definite opening sequence. The opening song plays in the background, the credit does shows up and in that time the show prepares itself for that episode. And I was quite impressed with that approach.

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So, you can say the anime adaptation indeed adapted the source material well. I have no complaints over the elements that it’s composed of. Out of all the problems I had with this anime, most of them seem to be from source material. The characters as well. It introduces many characters at just a short span of time and I really didn’t care much about most of them. When I was trying to connect to a character, the series introduce new character and invests on that. And also, the characters do quite questionable things as well which the plot doesn’t require at all. But the story still makes them to it just for the sake of adding some “elements”.

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This season itself didn’t expand well too. It was just a man who died and is trying to start a new life in new world with his memories intact. And nothing happens, it’s just Rudeus doing random stuffs in every episode and trying to settle. And when things started to happen the season/cour just ends. Maybe it’s one of the first to introduce the concept of Isekai so it’s trying to explain it very well and create a good base but we basically get new Isekai in like every anime season so we are well familiar with Isekai. So, I personally feel it didn’t age that well which is quite understandable.

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Final Thoughts

So, in general, Mushoku Tensei had a good anime adaptation but the series itself felt creepy and questionable at times. The adaptation sure is pretty but still, can think of some flaws but also some really interesting elements in the story as well while the season/cour actually get started when it nears the end while it feels like just grazing upon only synopsis for the major part of it. The series didn’t age quite well for me and a lot of stuffs seem outdated. But in spite of that, I still would encourage you to check it out to witness where the Isekai madness which now tramples over the whole industry, started.

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