Jobless Reincarnation Episode 22 Review – Quick Summary
In Jobless Reincarnation Episode 22, “Dreams and Reality,” Rudy knew what he saw was a dream, but it nonetheless terrified him. He stood in his old room on Earth, surrounded by his dark, untidy room. Throwing open his window, he looked out into the world with Eris, Ruijerd, and even his parents Paul and Zenith. A world that faded before his eyes. What did the dream mean? Was it a premonition? Is Rudy’s life about to take a bad turn?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Jobless Reincarnation Episode 22
Eris took some comfort in knowing that Rudy was preparing to stand between her and an angry god. At the same time, she knew that a time of parting approached. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Did you hear the OP this week? I swear it sounded like they had shifted it to a minor key, and it was a lot slower. It set the tone perfectly for this episode. If I had to pick a theme for this episode, it would be maturity. Each of the characters has grown profoundly since we met them.
Yet, they’ve remained themselves. Which is just how it happens in real life. Mostly.
Ruijerd, Eris, and Rudy were riding to where Rudy’s home had been. I won’t start talking about that, because I won’t be able to stop. Damn, it was affecting. But as they rode, Rudy intently fashioned a fireball between his hands. Eris rode behind him, and she asked him what he was doing.
The old Rudy, seeing Eris’ face so close to his, might have made some smart ass lewd comment. But this isn’t the old Rudy. Plus, the two of them have been through far too much together. So, not breaking his concentration, Rudy said (04:20), “If we run into Orsted again, I’d like to at least be able to escape him.”
Rudy just said that if they run into an angry god again, he wants to have developed the skills and power to push back. And he’s utterly, utterly serious about it.
Just who is Rudy going to grow up to be?
Best in Show Moment for Jobless Reincarnation Episode 22
Rudy did not have the mental framework to understand what Eris said to him. That’s absolutely heart-breaking. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: Eris Has Grown
I just witnessed a tragedy. An honest to goodness, middle-finger to Shakespeare tragedy. Othello? Ha. Macbeth? More like McLame by comparison. All kidding aside, King Lear and Shakespeare’s other tragedies were great works of literature. But I am being utterly serious when I say none of them affected me as strongly as did my favorite moment in this episode.
I mean, look at the setup. Rudy had finally matured to the point that when Eris threw herself at him, instead of ripping off his clothes, her perceived that she might be in despair. And he did not want to take advantage of her. Talk about character growth!
Now look at the other side of the equation. For a while now, Eris had considered what might be awaiting her. She’s from a prominent political family. She was educated. She knew how things might play out, and she thought she was ready for it.
Then we came to the scene with Alphonse and Ghislaine. The scene where Alphonse argued from the perspective of political reality and Ghislaine argued for a romantic hope. Did you see what happened? Did you see what Eris, the 15 year old young woman did?
Eris knew what she had to do. But when it came to it, it was just hard. Capture from the Funimation stream.
She silenced them with a word. She knew. After everything Eris has been through, she knew. She told them to leave her alone so she could consider her next move.
I have rarely seen a scene that packed with emotion. We’ve seen these young people grow up. We’ve seen them go through a lot together. Eris had to endure Ruijerd leaving on his own quest. Now, we see her wrestling with a reality she foresaw. But when the moment came, it was hard. She wasn’t scared. It was just damned hard.
I’m about to invoke Tolkien, so you know how much this affected me. Eris was just like Frodo who knew he had to take the ring to Mordor. Except in this story, there is no Sam. There is no one to explain what happened to Rudy. No one to interpret what Eris did so Rudy could understand it.
And that’s so tragic I almost can’t stand it.
Delivery: The Gift of Eris
Here’s the thing. I don’t know what Eris decided she needed to do. I don’t know why she thought she needed to take Ghislaine with her. But whatever it was, it scared her to her core. I don’t know if she is confident she can get through it. In that moment, she made a decision that I would not have understood 30 years ago. It’s something that I would not have been equipped to understand at that time. But now, I get it.
I just hope to God I can articulate it.
Facing utter darkness, knowing the stakes, Eris wanted something she could take with her. She wanted a memory, a feeling, something that would help her face what was to come. She loves Rudy. Neither she nor Rudy even know that means at their age, but it’s real, it’s potent, and it’s powerful. She wanted to share her first time with Rudy.
Eris offered Rudy a priceless gift, a gift she intended to sustain her, too. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Rudy was not equipped to understand this. His past blinds him. His expectations betray him. He could only see that in the morning, Eris had gone. He could not see that of all the people in that world, she chose him to be her first. She chose him. That’s a priceless gift. That memory should have been Rudy’s Phial of Galadriel, a beautiful light that would hold back all darkness. But Rudy could only see her leaving.
He could only see the part that said (22:00) “You are I are not well-matched.” He was blind to the “right now.”
And that damned near broke my heart.
Sorry, Shakespeare. I shed not a single tear over Hamlet’s fate. I can’t say the same for the Tragedy of Eris and Rudeus.
What did you think of Rudy’s walk through his shattered home? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments.
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