Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 1 Review – Quick Summary
In Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 1, “Jobless Reincarnation,” a thirty-something NEET met his end at the hand of truck-kun. The last thing he remembered was being wheeling into an operating room. Then everything went black. When he opened his eyes, some huge man just picked him up and kissed him. That seemed strange until he noticed that his own hands were tiny. That’s when he realized he’d been reincarnated as a baby. Even better, his intellect and memories were intact! What kind of world will he find after he learns to walk? Will he understand the language? And will they have a replacement for his light novel collection?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 1
The main character wondered what the heck this man was doing — wasn’t the MC severely injured? This is no way for a doctor to behave! Capture from the Funimation stream.
I wasn’t going to watch this show, much less review it. I mean, how many isekai shows can I watch in a given season? But I read RABUJOI’s review and thought the show sounded interesting. Glad I did! At first, I thought it reminded me of Tanya the Evil minus the evil. Then I thought it was like The Misfit of Demon King Academy with the demon king being less a demon. By the end of the episode, I’d decided. It was its own thing, and if this first episode is any indication, it’s going to be a fun ride.
My favorite quote is a good indication of this series’ humor. The episode started just after truck-kun had slammed into the main character. The main character, who described himself as overweight after having been a shut-in, was fading fast. He was aware that the doctors were trying to treat him in an operating room. He also knew he was dying.
So when he next opened his eyes, he saw a man reach out and pick him up.
“What the hell is he doing?” our main character asked (02:20). “I’m seriously injured.”
This was just the first of many surprises in store for our main character.
Best in Show Moment for Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 1
Crafting a sense of wonder? In an isekai? That’s a pleasant surprise! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: Rudeus as the POV…
The first thing to draw me into this series was how authentic the main character’s experience felt. So often in isekai series, the truck hits the MC, and the MC is in the other world building a harem or exercising great and unearned power. Here, we got to experience first the near-death experience, the death experience, and the reincarnation experience. Rarely have I felt so immersed in a scene.
The show kept that up. I thought it was hilarious how the MC learned he was a baby when he reached for Zenith Greyrat’s bosom, only to realize that his hands were pudgy and so, so tiny.
The MC’s lust taught him a valuable life lesson! Capture from the Funimation stream.
We still had no real idea of where he was. He was an immobile baby, so he could only see what was visible from his mother or father’s arms. That meant that we in the audience learned about the world along with him. We knew that the little dude was as good at crawling, and we found out he was lusting after the family’s maid, Lilia. In fact, his little lust was so obvious that it almost made the maid express her concern to Zenith. But the scene did more than make me laugh. It showed me that the maid was cooking over wood embers on an open hearth. Not exactly cutting-edge technology!
The magical moment as Rudeus Greyrat, our main character’s name in this world, decided to expand his awareness of the world.
Delivery:… Delivers an Instant of Magic
Just Where Was Rudeus?
Zenith had blonde hair, so Rudeus thought that maybe he was in Europe. When he was old enough, he climbed up onto the window sill and looked out. The glass wasn’t completely clear, so he had to carefully adjust his body to see out. He was shocked to see his father, Paul Greyrat, practicing with a sword. At first I thought Rudeus was confused because as someone who had lived in Japan, he didn’t expect Paul to be using a long sword. But no, it was that his father was training with the sword at all. Just what year was it?
Rudeus was shocked to see his father practice with a long sword. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Rudeus had over extended his little body. He lost his balance and thudded to the floor. There he lay, looking up at the ceiling and feeling like an idiot for doing something so embarrassing. Immediately, both Zenith and Lilia were at his side.
Lilia was worried because he wasn’t crying. In other words, the little dude wasn’t acting little at all. His mom picked him him and checked his skull for cracks, as any mother would. Rudeus reacted humorously, just as he had for the entire show to this point. “You’re not supposed to move people who’ve hit their heads, lady,” he thought (05:11). Just another funny moment.
Oh. It’s Not Europe.
It was even funny when his mother said she’d use magic to make sure he hadn’t been injured. Rudeus wondered if this was this world’s equivalent to kissing a boo-boo.
And then his mom actually cast magic to heal him.
How often do we see magic used in isekai series? All the time, right? But this show made it feel magical. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Rudeus could only watch, his mouth hanging open, as the magic flowed around him and through him. Though his eyes, I could see magic as an amazing, unexpected thing. I could see it as something, well, magical. And just like that, I was hooked. I decided I’d review this series.
What did you think of how Rudeus comforted Roxy Migurdia towards the end of the episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 1: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu – Episode 1 discussion
- RABUJOI: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation – 01 (First Impressions) – Getting Serious About Living
- Random Curiosity: Mushoku Tensei – 01