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Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15 Review – Best in Show

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Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15 Review – Quick Summary

In Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15, “Slow Life in Doldia Village,” Eris has thoroughly impressed her new friends in the beast village Doldia. Rudy and Ruijerd, too, have found a way to fit in, at least until the end of the rainy season when they’ll be able to continue their journey. However, Eris’ casual mention of Ghislaine as her sword teacher provoked an angry reaction from Gyes Dedoldia, who turned out to be Ghislaine’s older brother. Why did he react that way? What had Ghislaine done? Why does Gyes hate her so much? And how will Eris respond to an attack on her sword master’s reputation?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15: Rudy was quite proud of Eris teaching the beast children.

Rudy was proud of Eris — who not long ago didn’t want to learn anything! Capture from the Hulu stream.

Since it was the rainy season, there wasn’t much to do in Doldia village. So, Rudy, Ruijerd, Gyes, and several others were hanging out in a common room. Eris sat in a corner with Minitona Dedoldia and Tersena Adoldia, who were about Eris’ age. 

Instead of just sitting around or getting into trouble, Eris took the initiative to try to teach them her language. Apparently, she was pretty good at it, because as Rudy looked on, astonished, Minitona introduced herself using Eris’ language, and then Tersena did the same thing.

Rudy’s shock knew no bounds. “Eris, of all people, is teaching a language!” he said before shaking his head in wonderment (03:30). “ She does her teacher proud.”

Seems that Rudy isn’t the only character who can show development!

Best in Show Moment for Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15: Rudy observed that people can change. He should know!

Two words. Rudy uttered just two words in my favorite moment. Those two words made all the difference in the world. Capture from the Hulu stream.

Setup: Hope

I’m just a simple farm boy from Ohio. I grew up shoveling my body weight in pig crap every day. By hand. Then I shoveled it into a spreader and fertilized our fields with it. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? But then, in the spring, I’d also have to cultivate the newly planted fields. Even my family wouldn’t trust an idiot like me with the expensive grain planter. But they’d make drive a single-row cultivator bolted onto a John Deere Model L. And yes, I had to start it with the hand crank. Good times, good times.

I’m trying to get across the idea that I see the world in a rather unsophisticated way. I grew up thinking that judging people was a bad thing. I grew up thinking freedom was a good thing. You know, silly childish ideas like that.

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15: Yes, that's a John Deere Model L.

Good Lord, this brings back memories. This is how I started many a summer day! Capture from YouTube’s video

To be honest, I’m actually being quite a bit less sarcastic than many of you probably think. I really have come to believe that not judging is childish, because most of the adults I know certainly do it. Regularly, and often. I think loving freedom is a childish idea, too, because the dominant activity in modern politics is restricting people’s freedoms, like folks’ freedom to decide how to manage their own health or how to exercise their right to vote. 

Or how to stay alive during a routine traffic stop.

In short, if I’m honest with myself, I no longer believe in the goodness of humanity. I think my believe in that abstract concept was a childish construct, based on inadequate information. Because God knows, the more I learn, the less possible I think it is to believe in something like that. 

And then there’s this damned show.

Delivery: A Reminder of Something Fundamental

Experience, a Hash Mistress (or Master)

Here’s the thing about experience: It’s limited. I wasn’t here to see the turmoil around the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I’ve only read the output, which is one of the most remarkable documents in human history. I tend to think of the men and women who labored to produce it as giants in that history. But they saw a world very much like the one I’m looking at now. More brutal more often, in fact. Yet, they fought for something more than themselves. They fought not to believe in the goodness of humanity, but to establish it.

Jobless Reincarnation reminded me of that this week. It was a little thing. Gyes could not accept why and how Ghislaine had left the village. Eris’ heated defense of her sword teacher bewildered him. In modern politics, that would be the end of it. They’d say Ghislaine worshipped demons or some such; they’d say she was the ultimate evil and that anyone who talked to her was going straight to hell. 

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15: Eris knew Ghislaine was amazing.

Eris knew, from personal experience, just how amazing Ghislaine was. That kind of perspective is often lacking in today’s discourse. Capture from the Hulu stream.

Gyes, though, listened as Eris, Minitona, Tersena talked about “Auntie Ghislaine”. First, thinking of Ghislaine as “Auntie” is just hilarious. Second, Eris spoke at length about her admiration for her teacher. She spoke of Ghislaine’s strength and courage. In general, she gave the impression that Ghislaine was more than just a good teacher. She was a remarkable, respected person who has mastered her craft. Gyes listened, and he thought he had heard.

Eris, Proof in Action

Later, as Rudy watched Eris teaching Minitona swordsmanship, Gyes came up and casually remarked that she’d never taken up the sword, no matter how much he demanded. Gyes asked to confirm Ghislaine had taught Eris. Rudy not only confirmed it, he said she’d become a Sword King. Rudy also mentioned that she’d also been his magic student. Gyes thought he joked. Rudy was serious. 

Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15: Gyes could not believe Ghislaine learned magic.

The very idea that Ghislaine could learn magic seemed ludicrous to Gyes. He lacked imagination. Or faith. Capture from the Hulu stream.

Gyes was flat out incredulous when Rudy said she had learned to read, and could even do math. As Gyes shook his head, Rudy uttered the two words that reminded me of something important.

“People change,” he said (10:14). 

I don’t have to have faith in humanity. I don’t have to believe in the goodness of people. Those concepts don’t help me live, and they don’t help me help other people live. They’re too abstract. What I can do, though, is offer my support to people who want to live. I can offer my help to people who want to explore who they are, in whatever way make sense to them.

In other words, I can help people exercise their freedoms. The abstract ideas are fun to debate, but people are in pain here, now, and that’s where they need the most help. I don’t have to believe in the goodness of humanity. Rudy reminded this farm boy that it really is just this simple: I have to be that goodness. 

It seems absolutely fitting that someone like Rudy had to remind me of that.

What did you think of the deliberate world-building in this episode? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Jobless Reincarnation Episode 15 Review – Best in Show

  1. You grew up on a farm? I didn’t know that; that’s cool! And yeah; growing up- you see the world with less of a “wholesome” view on things. Stuff either becomes grey or pitch black. I don’t know if it’s just the cynic in me that WANTS to view the world like that, or if my brtoher’s still-optimistic world view is infecting me, but…..I don’t really know what I think just yet.
    One things for sure: you’re about about “being the light that you want to see.” it may not be the anywhere else…..

    1. Our farm was about 2,000 acres. We farmed grain (wheat and soybeans, mostly), we had a Holstein dairy operation and an Angus beef operation. My dad and I worked mostly with the pigs. Man, that seems like a long time ago!

      That light really might not be anywhere else, but in my more clear moments, I realize that there are sparks everywhere. Being a spark is important, but trying to help other sparks is, too. At least, it’s important if we want the right kinds of flame to spread!

      I still can’t believe a character like Rudy can remind me of stuff like that!

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