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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is the official English title of Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu.
In this article, we’re going to take a step-by-step journey through Part 2 of Season 1 of “Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, breaking down each episode in turn. This anime series, combining elements of fantasy and reincarnation, has introduced us to a unique world and fascinating characters. Each episode has built on the last, providing layers of storytelling and character development. As we look forward to the launch of Season 2 on July 3rd, 2023, let’s recap the events of the first season together to ensure we’re all ready for what’s next!
If you need a deeper breakdown, check out our Episode-by-Episode breakdown beginning here!
Episode 1: The Woman with the Demon Eyes
One year after the conclusion of Part 1, the “Dead End” team lands near a new city where they encounter familiar characters such as Paul’s friends and Roxy. The team is now well-known, as even a sailor recognizes them. However, due to Ruijerd’s Sperd identity, the sailor demands an exorbitantly high fare of 200 Emerald Ore coins for their sea voyage. The team struggles to figure out a way to raise the money. In the meantime, Rudy has a dream in which Hitogami, with whom he has a strained relationship, advises him to buy street food and walk down a back alley for good luck.
Rudy follows Hitogami’s advice and stumbles upon Kishirika Kishirisu, a small demon girl who was introduced in the previous season. In exchange for food, she grants him “the Eye of Foresight”, a power that allows him to foresee the immediate future. Using this newfound ability, he saves a man named Gallus Cleaner from an accident and outperforms Eris in a swordfight. Later that day, Ruijerd proposes an immoral plan to sneak onto the ship instead of paying the fare, and the man whom Rudy saved earlier appears, expressing his desire to thank Rudy for his assistance.
Episode 2: Missed Connections
The new installment in the series provides the names of the little bard and the blonde woman travelling with Roxy: Talhand and Einalise, respectively. Their objective is to find Paul’s missing family members: Aisha, Zenith, and Lilia. The episode features several unusual scenes involving Roxy and Einalise, one of which includes Einalise encouraging Roxy to lose her virginity. Amid these peculiar sequences, it’s revealed that Roxy was once a member of an adventurer party and that she, Einalise, and Talhand are gathering information on Aisha, Zenith, Lilia, and Rudy.
On Rudy’s side of the story, they strike a deal with Gallus to ship Ruijerd to the next city and sneak Rudy and Eris onto a boat for safe passage. Upon arrival, they discover that Beastkin children are being held captive to be sold. Ruijerd, feeling compelled to save them, manages to free the children with Rudy’s approval. However, when Rudy returns to rescue a large beast also in captivity, he is mistaken as a captor by two beastkin who come to save the children. Rudy is paralyzed by a spell cast by the beastkin, preventing him from explaining the misunderstanding.
Episode 3: No Such Thing As a Free Lunch
The episode opens with Rudy providing a satirical narration of his prison conditions. His daily routine in jail consists of enduring insults and a cold shower from a Beastkin woman who feeds him. In his cell, he meets Geese, a cheating gambler. When the entire town catches fire due to Gallus Cleaner’s plot to capture more Beastkin to sell, Rudy and Geese escape. Rudy uses his magic to transform a rock into a key for their cage. Amid the chaos, Rudy chooses to confront Gallus despite the inherent danger and receives a knife wound to his leg. With Geese’s assistance, they manage to defeat Gallus. When Rudy regains consciousness, he’s surrounded by the village chief of the Dedoldia tribe who apologizes for the misunderstanding.
Eris and Ruijerd also appear, recounting their own challenges in trying to rescue Rudy. Eris expresses her excitement about sharing their adventure with her grandfather, a Beastkin lover. Unfortunately, back at home, her grandfather Sauros Boreas is being executed due to his supposed incompetence in governance following the mana cataclysm. Darius, a traitor posing as a servant, assumes control over the land. In his final moments, Sauros wishes for Eris’s happiness.
Episode 4: Slow Life in the Doldia Village
Rudy is caught spying on Eris and two Beastkin girls bathing by Gyes, a tribe warrior, who warns Rudy against misbehaving with his daughter. That evening, during a meal with the tribe Chief, Gyes, and his two daughters, Minitona (Tona) and Tersena, Gyes spots Ghislaine’s ring on Eris’ finger and comments on Ghislaine’s past as a troublesome, violent child who eventually left with a traveler, branding her a traitor to the tribe. Eris defends Ghislaine, causing Gyes to show some regret over his harsh words.
Three months later, the “Dead End” team remains in the village due to the rainy season. During their stay, Ruijerd assists with the village work while Tona asks Eris for swordsmanship training. After a heated disagreement, Gyes encourages Tona not to end on bad terms with Eris, as he did with Ghislaine. Tona reconciles with Eris, and she and Tersena gift Eris wooden dolls resembling her and Rudy. As the group, now including Geese, departs for Millis, there are hints dropped about “The seven strongest fighters in the world,” hinting at potential future conflicts for Rudy.
Episode 5: Family Squabble
In this episode, Ruijerd, Rudy, Eris, and Geese reach the capital of Millis where they part ways with Geese. A surprise encounter with Paul, Rudy’s father, occurs when Rudy intervenes in what he believes is a kidnapping. Paul is revealed to be leading a group rescuing enslaved people who were transported to unfamiliar continents. Their reunion turns sour when Paul learns that Rudy ignored his messages at the adventurer’s guild, choosing to adventure with Eris and Ruijerd instead.
Devastated by the revelation that his family members Aisha, Lilia, and Zenith are still missing and his own apparent negligence, Rudy reevaluates his choices. This episode marks a turning point for Rudy as he is forced to confront the wider impacts of his actions, despite the comfort offered by Eris.
Episode 6: Reunion
The episode opens with a flashback to Paul’s immediate response to the mana cataclysm, struggling to care for Norn while isolated on a green plain. In the present, Geese encounters a drunken Paul in a tavern and challenges his high expectations of Rudy’s journey across the Demon Continent. This prompts Paul to reconcile with Rudy the next day, leading to a heartfelt reunion between father and son at a bar.
However, Eris remains aloof towards Paul. Rudy breaks the news to her that her father, Ghislaine, and grandfather are still missing and could be dead, but she accepts the news calmly. The episode concludes with Paul providing an item to facilitate the group’s journey through a port, hinting at their departure from Millis in the following episode.
Episode 7: Separate Journeys
The episode follows Rudy, Eris, and Ruijerd’s departure from Millis and Roxy’s journey back to her hometown. While on their journey, Eris and Rudy experience seasickness, while Ruijerd remains unbothered. In a separate arc, Roxy reconnects with her former adventuring partner, Nokopara, who encourages her to visit her parents.
Upon arriving at her hometown, we learn about Roxy’s inability to use the Migurdia tribe’s telepathy, an issue that caused her past isolation. Despite initial hesitations, Roxy spends the night at her parents’ home, experiencing an emotional reunion. Her parents inform her of Rudy’s visit two years prior, which prompts Roxy to continue her journey across the Demon Continent in search of Lilia, Zenith, and Aisha. The episode ends with Roxy encountering Einalise in a compromising situation.
Episode 8: Route Selection
This episode starts with the divine entity, Hitogami, providing Rudy crucial information regarding Aisha and Lilia’s location. On their arrival in a city, Rudy intervenes when palace-guards harass Aisha. After rescuing her, he learns that Aisha and her mother, Lilia, are being held captive in the palace.
Despite using a pseudonym to avoid revealing his identity to Aisha, Rudy’s attempt to free them takes an unexpected turn. Summoned to the palace under the pretext of a meeting with Roxy, he finds himself in a trap. Pax captures him, intending to use both him and Lilia as bait to ensnare Roxy. Despite following Hitogami’s guidance, Rudy finds himself in a precarious situation, leading him to question Hitogami’s real intentions.
Episode 9: The Birth of my Little Sister, the Maid
Episode 9 takes us back to the moment of the mana cataclysm, unveiling the event from Lilia’s perspective. After being teleported to an unknown location, Lilia and Aisha arrive in a city where they end up imprisoned by Pax. Meanwhile, Rudy finds himself in a similar predicament, captured and unable to utilize his magic. However, he manages to build a rapport with the Third Prince, Zanoba, due to their shared peculiarities, which helps him secure his freedom.
In another twist, Ruijerd, Eris, and Aisha enter the palace, not as prisoners, but as requested help from guards whose families Pax has also taken hostage. After Rudy is freed, he reunites with Lilia, who is raising Aisha to serve as his future maid. As they depart, Aisha reveals her knowledge about Rudy’s real identity and addresses him as her older brother, leaving everyone in surprise.
Episode 10: Turning Point 2
In a shocking start to Episode 10, we see Ruijerd and Eris incapacitated and Rudy reflecting on the unpredictability of life. As we step back in time, we see the trio preparing to cross a snowy mountain. They encounter Orsted, a character that briefly appeared in a previous episode. Recognizing Ruijerd and Eris, Orsted is unfamiliar with Rudy, leading to a tense conversation that reveals Rudy’s affiliation with Hitogami.
Upon hearing about Rudy’s encounters with Hitogami in his dreams, Orsted attacks Rudy, piercing him in the chest. As Rudy lies dying, he has a conversation with Hitogami in which he expresses gratitude for his second chance at life and the opportunity to save Aisha and Lilia. Hitogami reveals that Orsted is one of the most powerful among the Seven and that his curse causes others to freeze in fear. Despite Rudy’s brush with death, he awakens in Eris’ arms, having been healed by Orsted following intervention from Nanahoshi, his companion.
Episode 11: Dreams and Reality
Episode 11 brings a series of emotionally charged moments for Rudy. The episode kicks off with Rudy telling Ruijerd about Hitogami’s revelation regarding the fading curse on the Sperd, causing Ruijerd to shed tears. As Rudy and Eris make their way back to the central continent, they come across Rudy’s deserted hometown, sparking a rush of memories for Rudy.
Ruijerd’s unexpected departure from “Dead End” marks a poignant moment in the episode. Soon after, Rudy and Eris encounter Ghislaine at a survivor’s camp, where they discover that Zenith and Sylphiette are still missing. In another tragic twist, Eris learns about the deaths of Phillip, Hilda, and her grandfather. To add to the unfolding drama, a new man who has taken the throne demands Eris’ hand in marriage.
In a surprising development, Eris seduces Rudy, and they sleep together. However, the excitement of losing his virginity quickly turns into desolation for Rudy when he finds a clump of Eris’ long hair and a note from Eris revealing her plan to leave with Ghislaine on an undisclosed journey. The episode ends with Rudy in tears.
Episode 12 (Finale): Wake up and Take a Step
In the final episode, we delve into Rudy’s troubled past, revealing the extent of the bullying he faced and the supportive efforts of his parents. As these scenes from his past unravel, we simultaneously see Rudy in his current state, bedridden and in despair. The episode also highlights the far-reaching influence Rudy’s journey has had on others, as exemplified by Eris’s praises, Ruijerd’s newfound respect from others, and the activities of characters like Zanoba, Geese, and Tona.
A significant portion of the episode focuses on a drinking contest between Kishirika Kishirisu and Talhand, where Kishirika, despite her petite frame, trumps her opponent. Unable to pay for the drinks, Roxy Migurdia bails her out. In gratitude, Kishirika uses her “demon eye” to locate anyone Roxy wants, leading to the discovery of the whereabouts of Aisha, Lilia, Rudy, and an estimation of Zenith’s location. The episode concludes with Rudy mustering the strength to set out and find Zenith, paralleling a scene from his past life where he leaves his childhood bedroom.
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