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Jobless Reincarnation Episode 17 Review – Best in Show

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Jobless Reincarnation Episode 17 Review – Quick Summary

In Jobless Reincarnation Episode 17, “Reunion,” Paul Greyrat remembered the events that had led him to this town, where his reunion with Rudy had gone so wrong. Paul recalled the trip home with daughter Norn, only to discover upon arrival that the Mana Disaster had obliterated his village and countryside. The failed attempts to locate his family, too, came back to him. And now he sat, drunk in the tavern, listening to Geese try to convince him to give his son another chance. Will Paul listen? How persuasive can Geese be? And even if Paul listens, will Eris even let Paul near Rudy?

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

Favorite Quote from Jobless Reincarnation Episode 17

Eris was all for attacking Paul right then and there! Fortunately, Ruijerd stopped her. Capture from the Hulu stream.

This episode was as calm and comforting as the previous episode was intense and disconcerting. I really needed that kind of break after the last episode, and I’m glad we got it!

That said, this episode was not without its emotional gut-punches. My favorite quote started out innocently enough. Ruijerd wanted to get Eris away from the tavern so Paul and Rudy could talk things out. Eris complained loudly that no father should ever treat their son the way Paul had treated Rudy. Ruijerd told her not to say that.

“That’s just how fathers are,” he said (11:05). 

My breath caught in my throat. I remembered how his son had died, and even without his next words to Paul, I knew what my favorite quote had meant to Ruijerd. And once again, I grieved for him.

Best in Show Moment for Jobless Reincarnation Episode 17

For me, there was only one real contender for best moment in the show! Capture from the Hulu stream.

Of Course, It’s Paul and Rudy’s Reunion

Let’s not beat around the proverbial bush. We all know what my favorite moment’s going to be. I’ll bet it’s your favorite moment, too. And if it’s not, I’d love to hear what did take that honor in the comments!

Geese got Paul ready to talk to Rudy. Gotta say: Geese done good! Rudy seems to have thought things through from his perspective, too. As soon as Rudy asked if Paul was scared of Ruijerd and Paul replied (11:51), “Don’t be silly. He saved my son,” I knew where this scene was going.

It’s easier for me to deal with emotional hostility. I can just armor up and go with it. But when a show gives us an episode like last week, then follows it up with a moment like this one? Yeah, I’m pretty much defenseless.

Rudy remembered his previous life, and he remembered that Paul was now still younger than Rudy had been before he died (which is an odd sentence to write!). “Compared to me, he’s doing great,” Rudy thought.

Rudy used Empathy. Read that again — Rudy used empathy! Dude’s growing up! Capture from the Hulu stream.

So he asked Paul to hit reset. They would pretend this was their first meeting after Rudy returned. He even had to ask Paul to kneel so he could jump into his father’s arms. And jump he did.

As both relaxed into the moment, all of Paul’s feelings of failure flowed out. “All this time… I couldn’t find anyone,” he sobbed (18:05). I didn’t want Paul to be crying all alone, so, well… Well, you know!

It was that good a moment.

So, what did you think was the best moment in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Jobless Reincarnation Episode 17 Review – Best in Show

  1. The voice acting for this series is REALLY good- on like “Kaguya Sama: Love Is War” levels(if you’re not watching “Kaguya Sama: Love Is War” right now; do yourself a favor and GO WATCH IT RIGHT THIS SECOND!!). But I could NOT hear what Ruijerd and Paul were saying over Eris. Don’t know if I couldn’t read the subtitles fast enough or what, but- man I could NOT understand them.
    This show has so much going on in the world right now and I LOVE it- I love it when things can be going on in multiple places ate once. It’s one of my favorite parts of “One Piece.” Most series just have other characters off fighting grunts and such. But THIS- Paul is gettin’ sh!t done; Geese is doing his thing; Roxie; Xenith; Ghislaine; and likely more that I’m honestly just forgetting!
    And yes- This was the best moment in the episode. And one of the best in the whole series thus far.

    1. “But I could NOT hear what Ruijerd and Paul were saying over Eris.”

      Yeah, I had to rewatch it. But in retrospect, it kind of felt appropriate. One does not simply ignore Eris! Even the other MCs!

      I agree with you whole-heartedly about the world. It doesn’t feel like an after thought. It’s driving events as much as the characters are, in a very good away. It feels immersive.

      It’s like the difference between two video games that I like. HALO is a lot of fun, but aside from a few outside events intruding, it feels very linear. With STALKER, the world’s always up to something. Sometimes quests fail because mutants killed the NPC who gave you the quest! That’s good stuff.

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