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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 10 Review – Best In Show

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 10 Review – Quick Summary

In Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 10, “The Value of a Life and the First Job,” Rudeus, Eris, and Ruijerd Superdia ran into their first obstacle: a pack of ravenous wolf-like demons. As Rudy stood by with his magic, Eris didn’t so much attack them as dance among them. She was so graceful it almost couldn’t be called a fight, though it was just as deadly for the demons. However, their next obstacle was be far more challenging. When they arrived at the city, they discovered the guards were interrogating all entrants, looking for Ruijerd. Ruijerd stood out in a crowd, so how were they going to get him in? And even if they somehow got in, how would they remain hidden?

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

Favorite Quote from Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 10

This should put any notion of Eris’ combat capabilities to rest! Capture from the Funimation stream.

In my Quick Summary, I mentioned Eris’ fight against the demon wolves. It looked like the animators were having a great time with it. It really was more like a dance than a battle. Delighted with the blade that Rowin had given them, she tapped and pirouetted around the attacking demons.

The animation really sold her feeling of euphoria.

When she finished, she stood atop the mound of dead demons, her face jubilant. Far from being tired, she seemed invigorated. The blue blood staining her shirt was the only sign she’d been fighting instead of playing around.

Just before she finished, Rudy stood beside a bored Ruijerd. Rudy said (00:14), “Eris, you know you can leave some of them to me, right?”

I think it’s pretty clear we’ve found something that Eris is really good at.

Best in Show Moment for Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 10

Eris still has to learn about piling on. But if I need someone in my corner, she’s a great candidate. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Setup: Eris Begins Relying on Rudy

There was a scene near the mid-point that I was certain would be my favorite moment. They’d settled into their room at the inn. Ruijerd sat right beside the door, ready to slay anyone who tried to enter. Rudy had been asleep but his latest encounter with the used car salesman who called himself the Man God had awoken him. He sat up.

Eris had her own bed. She hadn’t slept at all. Instead, she gazed out the open window. I’m not sure where this fantasy world is, but I don’t think it’s Earth. I’ve seen the Milky Way, towards galactic center, at the height of its glory with no artificial light sources. Its beauty, which is breath-taking, didn’t hold a candle to the sky on that world.

Sensing she might want company, he sat beside her on the bed. She didn’t turn, but in a very quiet voice, she said (13:10), “Hey Rudy?”

No matter how strong you are, there will come a moment when the burden makes you stagger. In that moment, it’s good having someone you can trust beside you. Capture from the Funimation stream.

“Yes?”

“Will we make it home?”

“We’ll make it,” he said.

“And Ghislaine and Grandfather will be fine, right?”

“I’m sure they will be.”

She rested her head on his shoulder. I’m glad I read the Reddit thread (see Other Anime Sites, below), because Reddit user Ezilayr saw something that I’d missed. If you look closely at Ruijerd’s expression in the background, just for an instant (13:28), you can see him smile.

But this only sets up my favorite moment.

Delivery: Eris is Also Willing to Fight on Rudy’s Behalf

The Hapless Kidnappers

Later in the episode, at the urging of the Man God, Rudy, Eris, and Ruijerd took a quest to look for a missing kitten. The jewel in Ruijerd’s forehead made it easy for them to find said kitten. Of course, the “kitten” looked more like a fully grown panther, this being a fantasy world and all. They quickly learned that they’d stumbled on a scheme three adventurers had cooked up to kidnap pets, then go on the quests to find them.

Ruijerd and Eris almost simultaneously heard the three approaching. Our heroes laid in wait, them used impressive teamwork to capture them and magically pin them to the cave wall. I had to chuckle at how proud Eris sounded when she said, “We fought kind of like a team just now, huh?”

Eris felt super excited about how well they’d fought as a team. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Things took a turn for the worse when Rudy tried to interrogate the leader, and the insectoid leader used a free foot to kick Rudy across the cave. The attack didn’t seriously wound Rudy, but it took him a second to get his breath. Just as he was about to stand, the attacker’s head rolled to a stop just in front of him. Eris glanced at it, but her expression showed her complete disinterest.

Rudy on Thin Ice

Rudy, though, reacted only slightly better than he had when he had witnessed Ghislaine’s astonishing handiwork back in episode 5. Now, please remember Eris’ original reaction. It’s important. Rudy asked the Superd why he’d just murdered that adventurer. The answer was simple: “Because he hurt a child.” Rudy realized they were all on thin ice. For just an instant, he sure looked like a lost little child. But he pulled himself together and tried to calmly explain that Ruijerd that he had to restrain himself. It quickly became apparent that his words hadn’t worked, because as soon as Rudy got the two living adventurers to explain the scheme, Ruijerd declared them villains and advanced, ready to decapitate them, too.

Rudy bought a little more time by physically placing himself between the Superd and the cowering, restrained survivors. When Rudy suggested they team up with them, Ruijerd had heard enough. He seemed physically incapable of understanding why he should work with people he saw as villains.

Rudy tried once more, but Ruijerd had dug in. He would not work with villains. That’s when Eris got involved.

Eris to the Rescue!

Remember how she, personally, didn’t care of that leader had lived or died? She didn’t care at all. Now, though, she cared, but it had nothing to do with the dead adventurer. Eris advanced on Ruijerd and punched him in the arm with her tiny fists. She might as well have punched a mountain. At the same time, she started yelling at him to stop complaining all the time. The force of her personality caught his attention, and he turned to look at her.

“He’s doing this all for me and you,” she screamed at him, continuing to punch him (19:40). She asked why the poor bound fools should be labelled villains just because they kidnapped animals. When he pointed out one of them had also kicked a child, she kicked Ruijerd and said that she kicked people, too.

Watching her courage in action is an absolute joy. Capture from the Funimation stream.

He played his last card, telling her that degree didn’t matter; villains were evil.

“Didn’t you do bad things a long time ago?!” she screamed in his face (19:52).

In that moment, he lost the fight. Eris didn’t notice, because the momentum of her anger made her say that “Rudeus is amazing” and that if they listened to him, everything would work out. But she’d made her point. She’d made her point because she believed in Rudy. I’ve heard that you can get an idea of the quality of a person by the quality of their friends. Having someone like Eris fight so hard on Rudy’s behalf says a lot about the kind of young man he’s becoming.

Closing Thoughts

Okay, confession time: I should have dropped the whole Setup section and split the Delivery section to be the whole post. But damn, I couldn’t let that quiet scene in the middle of the night go without a remark! It’s exactly the kind of scene I hope to see when I watch anime. So, I hope you enjoyed remembering both scenes as much as I did!

What did you think of the demon city Rikarisu? What was your best in show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 10 Review – Best In Show

  1. Eris’ development from when we met her to now has been pretty evident- particularly towards Rudy. At first; I kind of felt annoyed with her. But she’s fine now- relying on Rudy and showing vulnerability around him.
    Ruijerd killing that guy…….Rudy’s reaction to it in comparison to Eris. Ruijerd was angered; Rudy was afraid; and Eris was just like “Okay then” and moved on her mind. What does that say about her mental state? Is she what Yuji Itadori was afraid to become in “Jujutsu Kaisen-” when he explained why he wouldn’t kill a person to Jun Pei? Or is she just a kid who doesn’t understand the value of life quite yet?
    This series is so great- the animation, characters, and now the World Building is kicking in! We’ve been getting hints at it before, but now we get to SEE it rather than just hear about it.

    1. Eris has come a long way in just a few episodes, hasn’t she?

      Interesting comparison to Yuji Itadori. Apt, too, I think. Does Eris understand the value of life? I’m not sure. Maybe in the quiet of the night, when she lets herself think about things like whether she’ll get home, maybe that’s when she would be open to caring. During the day, though, we just got our answer.

      “This series is so great- the animation, characters, and now the World Building is kicking in! ”

      I was worried at times, but man, is it picking up steam now — in a good way! World building is what I like most about fantasy, assuming it already has the other important stuff like character and plot.

      It’s been awhile since a show got me thinking this much, and I love it!

  2. That really was a great scene. Imagine the scene from the surviving scamster adventures, though. They get shocked to see a Superd, only to then witness this little girl punching him and shouting at him, and he… listens? Just spreading this scene alone could put a chink into rumours if they could be believed. (Though it oculd backfire if people started to think Rudy and Eris had found a way to “control” him.)

    1. “Though it oculd backfire if people started to think Rudy and Eris had found a way to “control” him”

      Wow. I hadn’t thought of that. Blame would probably fall on Rudy as a magician, wouldn’t it?

      Man, seeing Eris punching Ruijerd was so in character for her!

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