Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 5 – Quick Summary
In Jobless Reincarnation II episode 5, “Ranoa University of Magic,” Rudy and Elinalise finally arrived at the Ranoa University of Magic. A school official greeted him cordially enough. At least at first. Then he said Rudy would have to undergo a test – or more precisely, a duel. There’s another silent spell-caster at the university, and the official wants to see how well Rudy stacks up. Who is this spell-caster? How will Rudy compare? And why is Elinalise still hanging out with Rudy now that they’ve arrived?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 5
I have to wonder if “Fitz” would have done a little better if she hadn’t been so completely freaked out over seeing Rudy again. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
There’ve been a few times this season when I wondered if Rudy was faking his humility. I know he was being nice to build a solid reputation. But how deep was that desire? If pressed, would he abandon that facade?
To be sure: I never considered Rudy to be a cruel person. Pervy, yes. Very, very pervy. But never cruel. Still, I wondered: if pressed, how would he react?
We got a couple of hints in this episode, and one of them was my favorite quote. When Rudy more or less brushed aside “Fitz’” attack, he realized that he had just embarrassed an upperclassman. He didn’t want to make people think he was a show-off. I also got the sense he really didn’t want to embarrass Fitz. So, he offered Fitz his hand and said (06:13), “You let me win because I’m new, didn’t you?”
Man, it’s good to see them back together again – even if Rudy still doesn’t know it!
Favorite Moment from Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 5
Fitz, taking a moment to make sure the gorilla understood her clearly. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Sylphie Is Too Endearing
Okay, we’re all friends here, right? So it’s okay if I’m honest about how I reacted to this episode? Good. Here it is.
I’m six decades old, and this episode made me freaking giddy.
A lot of it’s because Sylphie is such a dear young woman. There’s not a malicious bone in her body. She got along fabulously with Zenith, who’s another character I adore. It’s so good to see Sylphie in a good place: well-respected, trusted, and with no small amount of renown.
Then there’s the whole dynamic of Rudy reuniting with her and not knowing who she is — even thinking she is a he! He thought he recognized her wand (05:25), and something about her demeanor made him pause. But he’s still pretty much in the dark.
But I tell you: just seeing them interacting together again felt so right. They have great chemistry. I’m really looking forward to how Rudy reacts when he realizes that no, he’s not gay for reacting to Fitz’ (21:50) “I won’t tell” – he’s just falling for Sylphie all over again.
Gotta say I’m curious how she can see at night with those shades! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Delivery: Sylphie May Be Endearing, But She Packs a Punch
One of their interactions was an example of how good they are together. It also represented a reversal of roles, which fit the narrative perfectly.
Rudy caught something white fluttering above him. That something turned out to be a pair of panties. Rudy was innocent – I’m a witness, and I’m sure you are, too! But the gorilla dorm mother and a dozen or more girls all accused him of being a pervert. They hurled insults at him.
Did you see his expression? All of the trauma he had tried to put behind him resurfaced. That was a visually effective way to portray a growing PTSD response. In that moment, I had to wonder: would Rudy snap and wipe them all out? Dude’s powerful now — he could do it. Or would he mentally collapse?
Rudy was on the verge of panic or mental collapse. I’m glad Fitz showed up! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Fortunately we didn’t find out. In a reversal of roles from the first season, Fitz ran up and told the dorm mother it was her fault. She had been folding Princess Ariel’s panties and had dropped one. I honestly breathed a sigh of relief. Okay, I cheered. Not only was Rudy saved – but the rest of them were no longer in danger (even if they didn’t know what he could do if he panicked).
But the gorilla wasn’t going to let it go. She still intended to punish Rudy. That’s when Fitz gave us my favorite moment. The instant the gorilla said she still intended to make an example out of Rudy, Fitz’ wand came out. In a very clear, very authoritative voice, Fitz said (20:07), “I’m telling you he did nothing wrong. So take your hands off him… Or would everyone here prefer a trip to the infirmary?”
She meant it, too.
Man, it’s great seeing those two back together again.
What did you think of Rudy meeting Zanoba again? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 5: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu Season 2 • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 – Episode 5 discussion
- DOUBLESAMA: MUSHOKU TENSEI: JOBLESS REINCARNATION SEASON 2 EPISODE 5 REVIEW
- The Otaku Author: Mushoku Tensei II: Jobless Reincarnation (Episode 5) – Ranoa University of Magic
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 0: Guardian Fitz
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 1: Brokenhearted Mage
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 2: The Forest in the Dead of Night
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 3: Abrupt Approach
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 4: Letter of Invitation
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 5: Ranoa University of Magic
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 6: I Don’t Want to Die
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 7: The Kidnapping and Confinement of Beast Girls
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 8: The Fiancé of Despair
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 9: The White Mask
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 10: These Feelings
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 11: To You
- Jobless Reincarnation II Episode 12: I Want to Tell You