Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is the official English title of Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu. This is Episode 11 of Part 1 of Season 1.
Going in to the Part 1 Season finale, I’m unsure what to expect. We’ll probably see Rudy and Eris kill some monsters alongside Ruijerd, but I expect they have something a little more exciting up their sleeve for the end of Part 1. That begin said, I’m unsure what that could be.
We were introduced to quite a few characters at the end of Episode 9 or 10, so perhaps one of them will make an appearance?
Let’s check it out!
This episode begins with Roxy looking at a giant bulletin board listing out the names of those who died from the Mana Cataclysm. Luckily, neither Rudy nor any of his family members are on it. Two people — one man with a large beard and one blonde woman — mention that they know Paul. Roxy writes a note for Rudy and leaves it on the bulletin board. Roxy mentions that she is caring for Norn, but Aisha, Lilia, and Zenith are missing, so she’ll travel to Zenith’s homeland of Millis to look for them. She assumes that Rudy will make it home in one piece, so that’s why she isn’t looking for Rudy.
Meanwhile, Rudy, Eris and Ruijerd are taking on a question to search the “Petrified Forest” to investigate a monster. However, when they arrive, they see 2 other teams — one team consisting of a large Pig Demon, and the other team having Kurt alongside her two companions. Apparently, the guild triple-booked this quest onto three different teams. The Pig Demon man tells them that he won’t let them get the reward, and it’ll be first-come first-served. Ruijerd is concerned for Kurt and her teams’ safety, thinking that they are children (if you’ll recall, Ruijerd is extremely protective of children). Rudy tells him that they should tail Kurt’s team and interfere if things get too desperate.
Well, things in fact do get quite desperate, but Rudy stops Ruijerd from interfering too early. Rudy explains that if they help at the very last second, it’ll build up their reputation more. However, Rudy waits too long, leading one of Kurt’s guildmates to die. Ruijerd and Eris jump into action and kill the two monsters attacking Kurt’s group, but Ruijerd is absolutely fuming at Rudy for stopping him from helping, and allowing someone to die.
It’s obvious that Rudy feels guilty, but Kurt says it isn’t Rudy’s fault because it was her group. She says it’s their fault for not being strong enough. She also resents that Ruijerd called them “kids”, because she claims they’re adventurers who signed up for a job knowing they could die out there. Ruijerd apologizes, and Kurt and her surviving teammate leave the forest.
They overhear the Pig Demon struggling to fight against a “Redwood Cobra” — the mysterious monster in question that they’re supposed to be investigating. Rudy tells them they can interfere this time, before he dies.
We see a neat battle sequences of Eris and Ruijerd fighting and defeating the monster (Rudy notably doesn’t do much in the fight), but Ruijerd finds the carcass of the Pig Demon, lamenting that once again, they were too late.
They return to the city to find a Horse Demon, who is also an adventurer, named Nokopara. He has beaten Lohman’s teammates and gotten them to tell him what their business with “Dead End” is. He tries to extort Rudy, Ruijerd and Eris, demanding that they give him half of their monthly earnings every month so that he doesn’t rat them out to the adventurer’s guild. Rudy tries to think extremely hard, but can’t figure out how to get out of this.
In a sudden movement, Ruijerd pours water on his own head to reveal his green hair. Nokopara falls over in terror and everybody shouts and screams at the fact that he is the real “Dead End.” He threatens Nokopara, stating that they’re leaving this city, and that if they ever find out their licenses have been revoked because of Nokopara snitching, he’ll kill him.
Ruijerd is forced to escape when some guard run over to arrest him, leaving Rudy and Eris on their own. They spot Kurt and her surviving teammate, who have fallen over in fear at the sight of Ruijerd. Rudy asks why they’re scared, because after all, Ruijerd saved their lives. They’re speechless, and Kurt can only mutter out an apology.
Rudy and Eris leave the city walls that night to go look for Ruijerd. When they do, Rudy apologizes for making decisions all on his own and trying to min-max everything. His decisions led to the death of 2 people, and forcing Ruijerd to expose himself so that they could escape a potentially dangerous scenario. Ruijerd also apologizes, saying that he was blaming Rudy too harshly without understanding how much he was trying to balance in every decision — getting money, clearing the Sperd name, and protecting Eris. Making a decision that’s most beneficial for each of those 3 things must be extremely difficult.
They camp outside the walls that night, and in the morning, they discover that Ruijerd has shaved his hair to prevent people from being scared of him again. Rudy gives him a sort of bandana reminiscent of the headbands that they wear in Naruto. I think it’s from Eris’ home. He covers his third eye with it, and Rudy promises that from now on everybody will have equal say in every decision, because they’ll be working as a team.
Opinions / Analysis
For a season finale, this kind of… sucked. I like the reveal of Ruijerd’s identity — that was done quite well — but in terms of what actually happened, nothing much. Think about it, this season just ended with Rudy, Eris and Ruijerd leaving the city that we spent, what, 2 episodes in?
This ending wasn’t very satisfying. I’m invested in Ruijerd, sure, but not that invested. I was hoping we’d see another character be found, or something like that. How crazy would it have been that they found Sylphiette being harassed by some random adventurers or something like that, then BOOM, titlecard and season finale?
Once again we end on this ambiguous note, that isn’t very satisfying. Where will they go from here? In the beginning, we get this cool note from Roxy that gives us the names of all these places, but we have no idea where Rudy is in proximity to those places. If we even ended on a map, or something, showing us where Roxy is headed vs where Rudy is headed, we may be able to get a bit hyped in the idea that he may see some past characters again after they’ve been teleported from the blast.
I’m not hyped enough to begin the second season. I will, of course, but I really hope the show steps up its game.
What do you all think of the ending of Part 1? Let us know in the comments!