A member of the infamous Superd tribe is encountered and a being known as “Man-God” who pushes Rudy to face the Superd.


Director(s) TBD
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Aired (Hulu) 3/7/2021
Newly Noted Characters
Man-God TBD
Ruijerd Daisuke Namikawa
Rowin TBD
Rokari TBD

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Recap

Friend or Foe? – Man-God, Rudy

Imagine you wake up in your former body, reminded of your former life, and then this being that is stark white, with barely any noticeable features approaches you. For Rudy, this is a red flag and leads him to believe the dream is over. His new life was just a mirage, perhaps something produced by a coma, and it’s done.

Man-God talking to Rudy

However, the being who identifies as “Man-God” says this isn’t the case. Also, it isn’t necessarily in their power, more so the Wicked Dragon God, who brought them to this new world. But, they do have a request, if not some advice: Rely on the man Rudy sees when they wake up.

Now, why such simple and curious advice? Well…

The Story of the Superds – Rudy, Eris, Ruijerd

It’s because Rudy ends up encountering a Superd, the demon clan known for violence and raging against the world. But, unlike the stories told, Ruijerd is different, and he explains why – after Eris freaks out seeing him. You see, 400 years ago, things were very different between humans and demons, and Laplace took advantage of the discord amongst demons to unite them in order to fight for civil rights.

But, when it came to the Superd tribe, what they didn’t know is Laplace has ill-intent. This affected them due to being given spears that seemed to have some maddening darkness in them. For Superds, this was an immense problem for their weapons, mainly spears, are considered their souls. So after the war, because of the spears Laplace gave them, and perhaps what they were used for, the Superd tribe became immensely violent. Ruijerd even notes people would kill their own families without any sense they were changed into violent beings.

This is why Ruijerd wants to change his tribe’s reputation and why Man-God seemingly sent Rudy and Eris to help him do so.

Roxy’s Hometown – Rudy, Eris, Ruijerd, Rowin, Rokari

Rokari and Rowin, Roxy's parents

Alongside meeting a Superd, we also get to see Roxy’s hometown and even meet her parents! From what we’re told, Roxy is from the Migurd tribe, and they live to be around 200 years old, and Roxy left 20 years ago and is currently 44. But beyond that, we’re not necessarily told much beyond them uneasy with Superds like most. That and Roxy’s father’s name is Rowin, mother Rokari, and it just generally seeming the Migured tribe likes names beginning with R.

Review

Highlights

The Superd’s Backstory

With everything that’s happening, combined with Roxy’s warning and Laplace’s name being invoked, the return of the Superd tribe seemed imminent and destructive. However, knowing they were manipulated by Laplace, albeit for the benefit of demon kind, does give you pause. Mainly in terms of wondering if Laplace is as evil as implied or simply was a demon who found a means to an end and used the Superd tribe as collateral damage?

Ruijerd (Daisuke Namikawa) when he first meets Rudy and Eris
Ruijerd (Daisuke Namikawa)

After all, humanity’s defeat was embarrassing, so when they pushed back and handled Laplace, who is to say they didn’t modify history?

Consistently Keeping Things Interesting

One thing you have to say about Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is that it doesn’t allow itself to experience a prolonged slump. Whether it is introducing compelling new characters, worlds or doubling back on established pieces of this world’s culture, there is always something going on. And while, yes, sometimes it uses ecchi to also regain your attention, I don’t think it ever comes off reliant on that.

Hence why, in some episodes, we get frustrated because, unlike Redo of Healer, you don’t see a show that goes for the most sensational thing, be it sex or violence, to maintain your attention. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation has far more going for it and knows how to pursue that in such a way where you never feel bogged down. Rather, like a child, you are given enough to understand what’s going on, and the topic gets revisited as you’re ready for more.

With that said, it makes you wonder how much of this first cour[1], which ends with episode 11, will be revisited when the show returns with an additional 12 episodes in July, according to EpicStream? Or will we experience yet another time jump, perhaps to Rudy’s adult years, in the second cour?

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 24 “OVA: Eris the Goblin Slayer” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In this bonus episode, Cliff is introduced as we learn what Eris was doing while Rudy reunited with his father.
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1 (Part 2) - Summary/ Review (with Spoilers)Jobless Reincarnation is the epitome of a show being so good, you'll excuse the one thing that would tank any other show.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 23 “Wake Up and Take a Step” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Rudy begins to succumb to his depression, we're shown all the lives and people he touched up to this point.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 22 “Dreams and Reality” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In what is partly a recap episode, the completely unexpected happens left and right as Rudy and Eris finally make it home.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 21 “Turning Point 2” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As you might remember, the last turning point preceded the Mana Disaster utterly changing the world. So what will follow this turning point which follows Rudy meeting the Dragon God?
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 20 “The Birth of My Little Sister, The Maid” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Alongside seeing what led to Lilia and Aisha ending up in the Shirone Kingdom, we learn how Rudy will escape his imprisonment.
Mushoku Tensei Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 19 “Route Selection” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Familiar faces come back in this episode, and at least half of them aren't people Rudy is fond of.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 18 “Separate Journeys” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Rudy and the members of Dead End reach the Central Continent, Roxy makes a trip home and we learn why she left in the first place.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 17 “Reunion” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)After a tumultuous reunion, Paul and Rudy find themselves at a bit of an impasse. However, Rudy's memories of a past life, and an unexpected person, trigger a reunion.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 16 “Family Squabble” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)It's an emotional episode as Rudy runs into people who haven't been on his mind, but they have long thought and worried about him.
Mushoku Tensei Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 15 “Slow Life in the Doldia Village” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Three months in the Doldia village's rain season leads to new connections and the reveal that a few familiar faces have been in the village before.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 14 "No Such Thing As Free Lunch" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In a far more violent than usual episode, Rudy is forced to kill someone as his family struggles back home.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 13 “Missed Connections” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Part of the episode features what happened in episode 1, but from Roxy's perspective, before shifting us back to Rudy who ends up liberating those held with Ruijerd.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 12 "The Woman with the Demon Eyes" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation returns in a glorious fashion as if it took a week off and not several months.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1 – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation may get to be a bit much at times, with its ecchi, but beyond that, it is one of the most consistent quality shows we've seen in a long time.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1 [Finale]/ Episode 11 " Children and Warriors " – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In what appears to be the season 1 finale, Rudy learns he'll need to trust his comrades more to reach his goals – or people might die.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 10 “The Value of a Life and the First Job” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In the city of Rikarisu, Rudy begins the process of healing the Superd reputation – but Ruijerd sense of justice will make that journey difficult.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 9 "A Chance Encounter" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)A member of the infamous Superd tribe is encountered and a being known as "Man-God" who pushes Rudy to face the Superd.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 8 "Turning Point 1" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As the episode title reveals, we’ve reached a turning point in Mushoku Tensei, which includes a two-year time jump, Rudy getting handsy, and a potential demon uprising.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 7 "What Lies Beyond Effort" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Eris' 10th birthday is on the horizon, Rudy decides it is time to start furthering his studies as his cousin prepares for the major moment. But, soon enough, he is dragged into the chaos.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 6 "A Day Off In Roa" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation rediscovers its balance between world building, character building, and a bit of ecchi for those who need it.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 5 "A Young Lady and Violence" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Will Rudy rue the day he asked for a job to pay for him and Sylvie to go to university together? It all depends if he can win over his cousins.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 4 "Emergency Family Meeting" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Paul does the unthinkable, and due to Rudy calling him out on it, he shows just how cruel he can be to those he loves.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 3 "A Friend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Despite the title, "A Friend," we would submit that Paul and Rudy's relationship being developed is on par with Rudy making one of his first friends.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1/ Episode 2 "Master" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In "Master," we get to peer into Rudy's former life as Roxy preps him for what's to come.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1 Episode 1 "Jobless Reincarnation" [Series Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is a reincarnated/transported to another world anime featuring ecchi, magic, and a notable amount of potential.

[1] From Reddit: The term “cour” comes from the Japanese broadcasting lingo where it’s french for “quarter.” It literally means “quarter year.” A show that runs 1 cour runs for 3 months, regardless if it’s 10-13 episodes. 2-cour is half a year; 3-cour 3/4ths, 4-cour a full year.

Summary

The Superd's Backstory - 83%
Consistently Keeping Things Interesting - 86%

85%

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation remains one of the most consistent and entertaining anime of the season.



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