Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12 Review – Quick Summary
In Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12, “The Woman with the Demon Eyes,” Rudy, Eris, and Ruijerd were elated to finally get to the ocean. Eris wanted to dive in for a swim. Unfortunately, they mood turned sour when they learned how much it would take to charter a ship back to Eris’ continent. How much was the price? Well, the word “astronomical” came up… What can Rudy, Eric, and Ruijerd do to earn that much money? Who was the frail waif begging for food along the back alley where Rudy walked — because the Man God suggested he walk there? And how many more times will Roxy Migurdia nearly cross their paths, without either of them noticing?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12
I had to feel sorry for Rudy. Poor guy just wanted a cool nickname like Eris and Ruijerd! Capture from the Funimation stream.
As soon as they entered the city, they found a broker who could get book passage to the Eris’ continent. The broker recognized them as Dead End. What’s more, he knew they had some nicknames they’d earned through their exploits.
Rudy got all excited. He’d always wanted a cool nickname. The broker remembered Eris as “Mad Dog Eris.” He remembered Ruijerd as “Guard Dog Ruijerd.”
Rudy’s had his share of crappy luck. “What’s mine?” he wondered. “It’d better not be ‘horndog’ or something!”
It wasn’t “horndog.” The broker struggled to remember, because obviously, Rudy’s exploits weren’t as well known. He finally said (03:26), ““I remember! ‘Kernel Master’ Ruijerd!”
Well, at least it wasn’t “horndog.” Though I can’t say that would have been inappropriate!
Best in Show Moment for Jobless Reincarnation Episode 12
Rudy isn’t used to being around people he can depend on. Old habits die hard. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: Picking Up Where It Left Off
Since I reviewed Jobless Reincarnation episode 11, I had honestly forgotten just how beautifully this show is crafted. Did you hear the music playing during the OP? As far as I’m concerned, that would have been good music for a big-budget, cinema-released movie. The voice acting was spot on. I mean, listen to the joy in Eris’ voice as she celebrated landing her first strike on Ruijerd! During that scene, I didn’t hear the voice of Ai Kakuma, a talented voice actor. I heard Eris celebrating.
What’s more, did you see the background animation? There’s a short early on, just after Ruijerd basically protected Eris’ honor by not letting her strip down and swim in the ocean, when the camera panned across the beach to the city’s walls. But, the city didn’t have pristine, symmetrical walls. There were some sections that weren’t quite finished. There were others that seemed to be hewn out of raw rock, maybe where an outcropping had prevented the builders from extending the beige stone all around.
The background art carried more detail than most series’ would have on key art! It’s just wonderful! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Think about that for a second. The background art hints at history and story! In almost every scene, I went between complete immersion as a viewer and delight as a writer. The people who put this series together love their art, and they are skilled in their craft, and I’m absolutely ecstatic that they’ve decided to share it with us!
Look. If some of the content in this show is so objectionable to you that you can’t watch it, I get it. There are things I can’t morally accept, too. But in this case, I feel bad, because you’re missing something special.
Delivery: Rudy and Ruijerd’s Trust
I love it when a series gives me so many possibilities for my favorite moment. I finally settled on a moment that showed not only Rudy’s growth, but Ruijerd’s longing for friendship and his personal strength, too.
It started with Rudy feeling guilty that his Eye of Foresight helped him beat Eris. She’d been riding high on her first strike on Ruijerd. Then, after an afternoon stroll, Kishirika Kishirisu gave Rudy an artifact that evened the playing field. Eris felt crushed. She wanted so much to fight beside Rudy as an equal.
That night, he turned over as they slept side by side. And he didn’t perv on her! In fact, the guilt made him feel so bad, he decided then and there to sell the amazing magical staff Eris had commissioned for him. That was the only way he could think of to get the money for their passage.
Rudy was lying next to an unconscious Eris — and all he could think about was how much he was supposed to be helping her instead of powering up. Capture from the Funimation stream.
But when he tried to sneak out, he ran into Ruijerd, who waited outside. Ruijerd wasn’t buying any of his excuses (really, Rudy — magic kinks at a brothel?). Instead, Rudy and Ruijerd argued. Rudy desperately wanted to solve the problem, because he felt responsible. Ruijerd, though, had another perspective.
He said (20:09), “Why are you trying to do everything yourself?”
Ruijerd had been alone for so long. Now, he was part of a party. Ruijerd wanted to help. Eris had been upset, because she wanted a role in the party, too. In that moment, Rudy began to understand what contact between people could be. In that moment, he saw a path other than the one he’d seen in his previous life.
That’s what this show is about — those moments between people. That’s why I felt almost giddy through the whole episode. The show’s back, and it’s still doing what it did best. I’m really looking forward to where it goes this season.
What did you think of Kishirika Kishirisu’s approach to life? Where were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments.
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