Jobless Reincarnation is the epitome of a show being so good, you’ll excuse the one thing that would tank any other show.


Season Premiere 1/10/2021
Season Finale 12/19/2021
Episodes 23
Network Hulu
Created By Rifujin na Magonote
Genre(s) Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Young Adult, Animation, Non-English

Summary

2 years roughly pass in this part of the season, and while Rudy fulfills his promise, as does Ruijerd, it comes at a cost. What cost? The bitter truth. But, throughout the journey, Eris and Rudy get stronger, Rudy helps Ruijerd recover the reputation of the Superd, and while things end on a somber note for all, there is hope if and when we join them on their next chapter.

Highlights

The Adventures & Continued World Building

I can’t recall any other show, live-action or animated, doing to the extent Jobless Reincarnation does regarding extensively building out the world the characters live in and somehow balances building out a world while not having its characters lost in the details. For whether it is meeting Ghislaine’s people or this season spanning at least two continents, you are constantly amazed by how big this world is and that we’re not just learning that by seeing maps, but Rudy, Eris, and Ruijerd guiding us.

The Battles

Rudy prepping to cast a spell

While there are fewer battles, the battles in this half of the season aren’t against monsters, but humans, or those akin to humans, and they are far more notable. Whether it is the battle with Gallus Cleaner or Orsted, alongside having memorable life or death moments, we get to see how all the training, studying, and skills and strength of Eris and Rudy have gained thus far used on a whole new level.

Eris’ Growth – Especially Emotionally

When we first met Eris, she was a complete and utter brat. From what it appeared, years of being bowed to and her emotions striking fear into whoever she interacted with, it essentially left her stunted. Yet, thanks to Rudy and Ruijerd, in a way, she grew as a person.

In this part of the season, there are two notable examples. The first deals with Eris’ friendship with Minitona, and the issues in episode 15. Within that episode, we see the formerly selective Eris bond with Minitona, and despite a language barrier, she interacts with her, teaches her swordplay, and forms the kind of bond which angers Minitona when she realizes Eris can’t and won’t stay.

The second example comes from episodes 16 and 17, which we’ll discuss more in the next topic, and how Eris consoles Rudy as Rudy deals with an altercation he had with his father. Now, yes, Ruijerd does have to coach Eris on how to handle the situation, but there is no denying that Eris being able to console Rudy, while getting the first hint that her family is gone, shows the kind of growth very few characters with a tsundere type personality get to have.

Paul and Rudy’s Reunion

Paul and Rudy embracing

Paul and Rudy have long had a complicated relationship. Rudy wasn’t the son Paul wanted and Rudy didn’t have much use for his father. Yet, they still needed each other. For both, their relationship was a means of starting over.

Lest we forget, Paul is the black sheep of his family with a sordid relationship with his brother and father, and through Rudy, he was hoping for a do-over. Then with Rudy, by the time he originally died, his relationship with his parents disintegrated, and while Rudy latched onto Zenith, when it comes to Paul, he would throw the man under the bus and didn’t really foster that relationship consistently.

Yes, when it came to asking advice on approaching Sylphie, he did help, but their good times were few, and their stand-offs were many. Heck, in this part of the season, the two fight, and unlike in part 1, Rudy wins and could have killed his father.

But, thankfully, the kind of communication both struggle with regarding accountability, empathy, and more, at least when it comes to each other, is attained.

Seeing How Far Rudy Has Come, And The Work He Still Has To Do

Nearly all anime have some type of recap episode. However, unlike its peers, in the almost two-episode recap towards the end of the season, the story also moves forward as much as we look back and see familiar faces. We get to see the lives Dead End touched, check-in on Roxy, among others, while also heading all the way back to Rudy’s past life when he was bullied.

Yet, this walk down memory lane is more so a look over the shoulder, as the show presses forward than a full stop and 180-degree turn. For as we check in on people, multiple storylines are being set up for the future. Be it finding Zenith, maybe Rudy finally encountering Sylphie, Eris’ next move, and so much more. Thus we get one of the best season finales for ANY show which went past 12 episodes in a season.

On The Fence

Reconciling How Old Rudy Is Mentally, With What He Does

Rudy and Eris' clothes on the floor

For the video review, we did the math, and mentally, Rudy is damn near 50. Knowing this makes his continued pervy actions increasingly hard to let go of. Especially when it comes to Eris for him trying to pinch her nipple and then the proposal of them getting intimate? Yes, Rudy has a 13-year-old body but with the thoughts of a nearly 50-year-old man part of the situation? It remains the biggest, and perhaps sole, at this point, blemish on the show.

One that, more often than not, we try to ignore, but it becomes problematic when the show reminds us that Rudy loves collecting panties, touching people without permission, and, to some, is considered attractive enough to be intimate with.

Overall

TV – Rating: Positive (Watch This)Recommended

Rudy being humble
Rudy: That’s an exaggeration

Most shows overstay their welcome when they go past 12 episodes. When it comes to most shows, by the time they reach an episode count past 20, you are ready for it to end, and it takes a dramatic season finale for you to even think you may want an additional season. Jobless Reincarnation, as we’ll say over and over, is different. Its only real flaw is that its protagonist is a perverted old man who often takes an interest in someone not even 16 yet. But, if you can get beyond that, somehow, between the world-building, character development, battles, and slew of emotional moments, you’d be hard-pressed to find another show that does so much at a fairly consistent quality as Jobless Reincarnation.

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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.
The Best of 2021 - Television & AnimeOriginally in order of season finales, but now in no particular order, here are many of the best shows whose season or series ended in 2021, or we only got a preview of.
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.
Ruijerd saying goodbye
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: Season 1 (Part 2) – Summary/ Review (with Spoilers)
Who Is This For
Those who love adventure series which are funny, sometimes perverted, have a moderate amount of action and want you to care as much about the world you are being introduced to as the characters who act as your guides.
Highlights
The Adventures & Continued World Building
The Battles
Eris' Growth – Especially Emotionally
Paul and Rudy's Reunion
Seeing How Far Rudy Has Come, And The Work He Still Has To Do
Disputable
Reconciling How Old Rudy Is Mentally, With What He Does
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