Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is the official English title of Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu. This is Episode 9 of Part 1 of Season 1.
I don’t have much to say other than: I hope we get clarity on what in god’s name happened last episode. Tons of new characters were introduced in the last 10 or so minutes of the anime without really explaining who they are. I’m hoping that gets fleshed out this episode!
Let’s get in to it!
This episode begins with our protagonist meeting some sort of entity. He appears the same as he did in the old world, strangely enough. The person he’s talking to is named Hitogami — or, “Person-God”. Hitogami tells our protagonist a few key, interesting things. Firstly, what he’s witnessing right now is a dream, but Hitogami chose to come give him some advice. Secondly, the reason that Rudy appears in his “old body” is because that’s what he mentally looks like. When he awakes, he’ll be in his physical body once again, as Rudy. Hitogami is extremely cartoon-like, and very animated, almost childish in his delivery.
The blast that we witnessed last episode — Hitogami calls it a “Mana Cataclysm” — has transported Rudy. Secondly, if he wants to survive, he should trust the man that he wakes up beside, and help him with whatever he asks.
With that, Hitogami disappears.
Rudy wakes up beside a Sperd, with Eris asleep nearby and no sign of Ghislaine. At first, Rudy recalls all of the mentions of Sperds from his parents and Roxy, so he’s concerned — but he tries to speak to the Sperd using Demon Tongue, which surprises him. We learn his name is Ruijerd, and he’s hell-bent on getting Eris and Rudy home. It takes Eris awhile to warm up to Ruijerd.
They go on a long hike together through the desert, drinking water Rudy conjures up with his magic. We learn that through the red diamond — or “eye”, as Ruijerd calls it — he can sense monsters’ presence. Eventually they stumble upon a Demon village, where they all have blue hair.
One of them notices Rudy’s necklace, and he tells them he got it from his master Roxy. They all freak out, because it turns out Roxy is from this demon tribe of people. In fact, Rudy even meets her parents.
As they sit by a fire, Rudy learns that Ruijerd can’t be seen in a city because of the red marking on his forehead. However, he’s determined to fix and repair the Sperd name. We get a backstory as to what actually occurred 400 years ago, and why people are so afraid of Sperds to begin with.
Laplace is the name of the Demon King. According to Ruijerd, Sperds’ pride are held in their spears. Laplace wanted demons to rise up against the humans, and so he employed the help of the Sperd tribe, to which he gave them new spears. When the Sperd people began to go berserk, slaughtering anything that moved — family, children, etc — it became clear to Ruijerd that the spears were cursed. Ruijerd today carries the spear his own son used.
The next morning, Ruijerd, Rudy and Eris leave Roxy’s hometown. Roxy’s parents give Rudy a sword and a small sack of something. The episode ends with Rudy being certain that he wants to help Ruijerd clear the Sperd name.
Opinions / Analysis
It may sound strange, but I found this episode quite… boring? I understand that it was pretty cool seeing Roxy’s hometown, but I would’ve been more interested to see Roxy herself. I feel like adding more characters right now isn’t what the story needs, and I’m beginning to get a little overwhelmed with the trivia and such.
Ruijerd seems like a nice guy, and I’m happy we’ve finally got at least one male character that isn’t a complete scumbag. In this episode, Rudy mentioned that he wants to help Ruijerd inside of cities, and perhaps a human child accompanying a Sperd will help slowly begin to clear the name.
But, I dunno… all of a sudden, this “quest” on clearing the Sperd name feels a bit sudden for Rudy to embark on. For now, he just needs to get home. Eris is also doing surprisingly well, for being so far away from everything and everyone she knows — I was expecting her to cry, or act somewhat like a child (since, you know, she is one).
One thing I greatly liked about this episode happened in the very beginning — Hitogami told Rudy that the reason he appeared that way in the dream was because that’s what he mentally looks like. That shows him (and us) that he has a LOT of work to do to in order to make himself a better person. I want more of that!!! Less of him leering on pre-pubescent girls!!
What do you all think? Let us know in the comments below!