Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is the official English title of Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu. This is Episode 10 of Part 1 of Season 1.
I can sort of assume we’re going to see more of Ruijerd this episode. I’m at a bit of a loss how we’re going to experience that “journey” to get back home.
This episode begins with Rudy, Eris, and Ruijerd slaying and eating monster meat for dinner. Eris is happy and content to be eating this way and living off of game meat, but Rudy wants beef and rice.
They reach the edge of a city, but Ruijerd tells them they won’t allow him to enter. We learn that his nickname is “Dead End”, and he quite feared all across the Demon Continent. Ruijerd tells them not to worry because he can just jump over and scale the wall surrounding the city, but Rudy tells him not to because it’ll cause panic within the walls. Rudy finds some blue goo nearby and uses it in Ruijerd’s hair, so his green hair isn’t noticed.
They’re low on money, so Rudy, Eris and Ruijerd sign up at the adventurer’s guild, hoping to do good. They make their team name “Dead End” in hopes that by completing quests, it’ll slowly raise Ruijerd’s name. They even introduce Ruijerd to a crowd of rowdy adventurers, and they laugh at him, not believing him to be the real thing.
Rudy buys Eris a cloak to wear and they go somewhere to eat. During that time, a group of adventurers ask Eris if they want to “Party Up” — e.g, join their party — but Eris doesn’t speak Demon. In fact, a button on Eris’ cloak breaks, and Eris gets so mad that she mercilessly beats one of the adventurers, Kurt. Rudy apologizes and they leave to go sleep at a nearby inn.
Rudy does some math and realizes that by doing D rank quests, they won’t make enough money to stay at inns. That night, he comforts Eris, who is concerned they won’t get back home and will be stuck at this city.
That night, Hitogami comes to Rudy in a dream once again. Rudy is extremely upset to be in his old body once again, so he tells Hitogami to hurry up and tell him whatever he must tell him so he can go back to his child-like body. Hitogami tells him that he’s no fun, but gives him advice to take a quest to find a lost kitten. Rudy is confused, because those sorts of quests don’t pay much, but he trusts Hitogami enough to take the quest the next morning.
Ruijerd uses his red-diamond — his “third eye” — to locate the kitten. They a few things: firstly, that a “kitten” is more akin to a panther than anything else. Secondly, that a group of adventurers are kidnapping small animals and then “returning” them when the quest to find them is available to the guild.
Rudy, Eris and Ruijerd trap them against a wall, and Rudy tries to intimidate one of them, demanding to know why they have the animals entrapped. One of them, named Lohman (also sometimes called “Roman” depending on the translation) kicks Rudy so hard he flies against the back wall. Without another word, Ruijerd decapitates him.
Lohman’s guildmates scream in terror and Rudy asks Ruijerd why he did that. Ruijerd says that Lohman was “evil”, so he was all right to kill. Rudy tries to help Ruijerd understand that you should avoid killing whenever possible, but Ruijerd doesn’t understand, and doesn’t get why Rudy is upset.
Regardless, Rudy threatens the other two guildmates and tells them unless they want more trouble, they’ll do a few things. Firstly, they’ll go take a C-level slaying quest tomorrow at the adventurer’s guild. Secondly, they’ll swap quests with “Dead End”. This way, Rudy and his guild can do quests that are a higher bracket than what the rules allow.
Opinions / Analysis
I understand that the group needs money in order to get back home, but I’m a bit miffed that we have to witness Rudy and Eris getting money this way in order to save up to go back home. It’s such a strange grey area right now — I would’ve liked the show to hammer home the point that they have no money whatsoever and that they’re struggling and can’t possibly survive this way. Maybe even have Rudy or Eris see how expensive food is in the city, and have to go kill game in order to eat dinner that night?
Like, from a viewer’s perspective, sure, I get that they need money, but it doesn’t… feel like they need money. Does that make sense? Up until now, Rudy nor anybody has been worrying about getting dinner or a place to sleep. Emphasizing that now they’re struggling would, I think, make the path to getting home a bit clearer to the viewer.
Also, the path to getting home isn’t exactly clear. They get money and… then what? Just leave the city? They have no plan yet, and the next episode is the finale of Part 1. It doesn’t feel like the end of anything at all just yet. Somehow it feels like it’s rushed and dragging at the same time, because I don’t have any clear indication of where we’re going.
That’s a weird tonal shift here, because the beginning of the season was paced so nicely.
What do you all think? Am I nitpicking, or does the last few episodes here feel different? Let us know in the comments below!
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