Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14 Review – Quick Summary
In Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14, “No Such Thing as a Free Lunch,” Rudy finds himself alone and naked in the beast people’s village prison. He was smart enough to at first wait for Eris and Ruijerd to rescue him. But as the days wore on, worry consumed him. Had they abandoned him? Had they gotten into trouble? And what could he do another either situation, since he was alone and in a prison hanging from a tree?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14
It was hard to tell if Eris felt happier about Rudy asking about her or of the role she had played! Capture from the Hulu stream.
Eris’ zest for life continues to entertain me. After Rudy’s amazing effort to defeat the Northern Saint Gallus Cleaner (with help from the Fluffy Dog of Doom and Geese Nukadia), Rudy collapsed in exhaustion. He regained consciousness to see a crowd of beast people surrounding his bed. In front of all of them, he saw Eris and Ruijerd. Eris looked ecstatic to see him awake.
Rudy learned that the beast people considered him a hero, which would have sent the younger Rudy into waves of self-congratulation. Now, though, he said that he’d been worried about Eris and Ruijerd. He asked if they had run into trouble.
Seemingly overjoyed that he asked, Eris said with enormous enthusiasm (20:16), “Listen! It was awful!”
It was great seeing her so happy about it!
Best in Show Moment for Jobless Reincarnation Episode 14
Rudy could handle adversity. Kindness, though, was an attack he had not practiced against! Capture from the Hulu stream.
Setup: Masterful Preparation
Do you remember the scenes in the previous episode where Rudy tried to convince himself to kill the kidnapping smugglers? Rudy had wanted to protect Ruijerd’s reputation, because if the Superd went on yet another killing spree, it would further damage the Superd’s collective reputation. Rudy failed in that regard. He lacked the courage to do what was necessary, and Ruijerd had to do the killing. Rudy felt ashamed for it.
Ruijerd didn’t blame him. In fact, it seemed like the Superd might want Rudy to keep his hands clean. At the very least, he wanted Rudy to focus on protecting Eris.
Rudy decided that he could not stand by as the kidnappers sold the beast kids into sexual slavery. Capture from the Hulu stream.
Neither Ruijerd nor Eris were with Rudy in this episode, though. Not when the band of smugglers invaded the village and tried to kidnap more of the beast children to sell into slavery. As he and Geese were trying to escape, Rudy looked down from the rope bridge on a scene of children screaming for their parents, many of whom lay dead. They’d been killed trying to protect their children.
Rudy considered just leaving. These beast people had imprisoned him, and he didn’t have the stomach to kill. Yet, seeing one beast child crying out “Mommy! Daddy!” freed something in Rudy.
“Watching this happen… just makes me sick,” he thought (11:19). So Rudy acted.
Delivery: The Crucible of Personal Morality
Not surprisingly, Gallus Cleaner had been behind the smuggling operation. He was more than just a smuggler. He was a gifted warrior, a Northern Saint, in fact. That meant when it came to swordsmanship, he was all that.
After a confrontation where Gallus demonstrated his power, Rudy almost let him go. We know that even with his new Eye, Rudy doesn’t excel at hand to hand combat. He’s a strategic weapon. Need to wipe out a city? Rudy can do that. Need to defend himself against a single competent swordsman? That’s a problem.
Gallus dragged a beast girl behind him. She screamed for her parents, and Rudy wanted to fight so badly that he shook. Still, he could not act. Then the Fluffy Dog of Doom attacked and wounded Gallus. Rudy, seeing that he could not now avoid a battle, tried to slow his heart-beat. It was so loud that even we viewers could hear it!
Rudy found the courage to do what had to be done. Capture from the Hulu stream.
The fight was as brutal as it was fast. Together, the dog, Geese, and Rudy were able to defeat Gallus. The effort so exhausted Rudy that he passed out. When he came to (see my Favorite Quote, above), he was surrounded by Eris, Ruijerd, and representatives of the beast people. Their chieftain said “Thank you” to Rudy (20:00).
Being naked in a jail cell? No problem. He’d experienced worse in his previous life. Fighting a Northern Saint? A little tougher, but still within his abilities. But dealing with well-earned gratitude? Dealing with the feelings of having done something good and being acknowledged for it? That was new to Rudy. And you know what? He liked it. Turns out I did, too!
What did you think of what happened to Sauros Boreas Greyrat, Eris’s grandfather? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!
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- Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15: Slow Life in Doldia Village
- Jobless Reincarnation Episode 16: Family Squabble
- Jobless Reincarnation Episode 17: Reunion
- Jobless Reincarnation Episode 18: Separate Journeys
- Jobless Reincarnation Episode 19: Route Selection
- Jobless Reincarnation Episode 20: The Birth of My Little Sister, The Maid
- Jobless Reincarnation Episode 21: Turning Point 2
- Jobless Reincarnation Episode 22: Dreams and Reality
- Jobless Reincarnation Episode 23: Wake Up and Take a Step
- Jobless Reincarnation Episode 24: Eris the Goblin Slayer