Jobless Reincarnation Episode 23 Review – Quick Summary
In Jobless Reincarnation Episode 23, “Wake Up and Take a Step,” Rudy was absolutely devastated by Eris’ departure. So much so that Alphonse could not even get him out of bed — even by begging he help them continue reconstruction. Has Rudy reverted to his original mental form? Will anything rouse him to action? Just why did Eris leave, anyway? And what kind of progress, if any, is Ruijerd making in his dream to rehabilitate the reputation of his people?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Jobless Reincarnation Episode 23
Ruijerd didn’t know how to react when people just joked around with him. But he seemed to like it! Capture from the Hulu stream.
Ruijerd had apparently killed some kind of beast that would have eaten three men in the vicinity of Rudy’s home. They were ecstatic for his help, and they thanked him profusely. One man asked if he were a demon, given the markings on his clothes. Bracing himself, clearly uneasy with what he was about to say, he told them flatly that he was a Superd.
They didn’t run. They didn’t freak out. If anything, they were curious. They even asked to see the gem on his forehead. When he showed it to them, he was shocked that they still didn’t run away. Just to make sure he wasn’t missing something, he asked if they were scared of him.
Maybe if they were kids, one man said, adding that it was common for humans to tell their children that if they didn’t go to bed, a Superd would show up and eat them.
“I don’t eat children,” Ruijerd said seriously (09:52). The men laughed, still very much at ease with him.
It was great seeing him just talking to people. If only Rudy could realize how much he contributed to this moment!
Best in Show Moment for Jobless Reincarnation Episode 23
Rudy’s responsibility to Zenith drove him forward despite all of the pain trying to hold him back. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: Rudy’s Implosion
This show has demonstrated some powerful insights. If I were a presumptuous man, I’d say that Rifujin na Magonote, the writer, has seen some dark stuff in his life. But a good write (and Rifujin na Magonote is, in my not so humble opinion, an outstanding writer) can present different aspects of the human condition without having actually experienced them. So I don’t how much despair or crushing defeat this writer has really experienced.
But I’ll tell you this: He knows how to portray it effectively, honestly, and with power.
Take my favorite moment in this episode. Rudy had emotionally imploded. Lacking the emotional and intellectual stability to understand what Eris had done in the previous episode, Rudy had reverted to his emotional state at the end of his life, back on Earth. Like then, he could not move forward. Here, as on Earth, he experienced caring people who tried to urge him forward. His mother and father had tried on Earth. Alphonse tried in this world. Even though Rudy wanted to respond, he simply could not.
Alphonse tried to motivate Rudy. Rudy was not ready to listen to him. Capture from the Hulu stream.
Ever been there? Know what that’s like? It’s dark. There’s no way to see forward. There’s no way to conceptualize forward at all. Rudy’s state in this episode felt so raw and real and it got under my skin. He had mentally crashed.
In that state, he imagined/dreamed/had a vision of Zenith. She seemed tired, so the Rudy in that vision, a younger version of his current self, said he’d oversee cleaning up the house so she could rest. She gratefully took him up on that. “I’d like you to wake me up when everything’s ready,” she told him. He said he’d accept that responsibility.
Delivery: Zenith, Rudy’s Mom
“Rudy,” she said in a quiet voice (20:56), a sad, tired smile on her face. “I love you.”
The vision faded. An emotional darkness still engulfed Rudy. Nothing around him had changed in the slightest. He still could see no way forward. This time, though, that darkness didn’t stop him. On Earth, that darkness had prevailed. Here, he had a responsibility to tugged on his will.
I’ve not read the manga or visual novel. But I have a terrible feeling Zenith is in big trouble. Capture from the Hulu stream.
There was no swelling music. No uplifted spirit. He felt no different than he had the moment before. But now, he put on his gear and took a step outside (21:30). Then another, and another. Rudy had decided to look for his mom. That was enough to make him move forward.
This show has a way of pulling us into real moments like this. It’s a way of reflecting reality to an almost painfully clear degree. Seeing him move forward without hope, responding to the responsibility he had shouldered, is exactly how it works in real life. It was painful to watch. It was painful to write about. But it’s real, and it’s worth experiencing.
What did you think of Eris’ resolve to improve herself? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!
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