Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary
In Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 2, “Master,” Rudeus Greyrat enjoyed learning magic from Roxy Migurdia. Sometimes, he enjoyed it in ways she hadn’t intended, but she maintained her good humor and tried to steer the amorous little child to more respectful displays of affection. Despite how much he learned, and despite how much confidence he had gained, he still suffered serious flashbacks to his previous life. Saying he had an unhappy childhood would have been an understatement. Will Rudeus ever be able to throw off the memories that shackle him to the past? Will he ever learn the why of some of the norms of behavior Roxy’s trying to teach him, along with magic? Or will he be forever confined to his own house and yard?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 2
Rudy’s blow on the stone, far from slicing through, made his whole body vibrate. I’m not sure his dad is demonstrating the right technique… Capture from the Funimation stream.
I chose this quote because partly because it’s funny and partly because of what it shows of Rudy’s maturing state of mind. It happened about a year after Roxy had arrived. Rudeus had made such progress learning and practicing magic that he almost never fainted anymore.
His father trying to teach him the sword had the exact opposite effect. The poor kid just couldn’t get it. It didn’t help that while he had an affinity for magic and Roxy was a patient teacher, he had no aptitude for physical combat and his dad was a natural genius. Have you ever tried to learn anything from a natural genius? In my experience, their minds are so far away from mine that they don’t understand why I don’t understand — so they can’t explain it well.
His dad demonstrated a power move and asked Rudy to try it. Where his dad’s sword has sliced through the target with ease, Rudeus only managed to rattle his teeth and nearly break his arm.
“You idiot!” Paul screamed at him (06:19). “That’s stepping in with a hop, and then wham! It’s whoosh, then slash!”
Rudy’s inner monologue said (06:27), “Well, I’m still only four, and my body’s not conditioned. I’ve got a long way to go. I’ll work at it.”
He said that he’ll work at it. I like that! He’s growing! That’s not like the character we’re learning about from his previous life.
Best in Show Moment for Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 2
Rudy sees Roxy in a completely different light compared to just one episode ago. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: It’s Hard to Get Out of a Pit…
After watching this episode, I’m starting to feel a little better about reviewing this series. And it’s because of some of the more controversial elements, though not solely because of them. Put simply: These characters feel real.
Look at the flashbacks we got about Rudy. What his classmates did to him was reprehensible. I could try to be precise and say I could see that destroying a young man’s self-esteem, but it’s way more than that. Those bullies destroyed Rudy’s Earth-side life. There was no way he could even open a window and look outside.
In this world, when Rudy looked past the stone fence at children playing in the road, he had a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-style flashback. Those can be brutal, which is another thing I liked about this show: Its psychology feels authentic. It was so bad for Rudeus that in the previous episode, he began to shake even stepping into yard.
Even the idea of leaving the fenced yard terrified Rudy. Capture from the Funimation stream.
That kind of trauma manifests itself in a lot of different ways. One of them is in sexual behavior that’s considered inappropriate. Case in point: Rudy trying to peek up Roxy’s skirt as she taught a magic lesson. But notice how she reacted. Did she try to humiliate him? Did she try to punch him? No, she redirected him.
Delivery: …Without a Helping Hand
Roxy’s Humility Made Her the Perfect Teacher
Zenith and Paul clearly adore their son. That gave Rudy a solid family life, but it could only stabilize his psychological treatment. He needed more to began to heal.
Roxy did more than simply not humiliate him. All through his education, she quietly encouraged him. She didn’t berate him when he tried to peep at her changing. When he hid behind his mother at the sight of the horse that was to take him to the final exam field, she simply smiled, shook her head, and said (14:08), “You act your age when I least expect it.”
I almost chose the moment Rudy executed sacred-level water magic as my favorite. That was, after all, the culmination of his education. In that moment, he proved not only that he could succeed, but that he could do something amazing.
The scale of Rudy’s sacred-level water magic astounded Roxy. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Rudy Responded to the Respect She Extended
Instead of that, my favorite moment showed the effect Roxy had on him. After saying she intended to follow in the path of Elaina and become a wandering witch (and no, she didn’t really mention Elaina!), she actually apologized to Rudy for not being a better teacher. He couldn’t believe it. To him, she had been an amazing teacher. She was the teacher that showed him the world outside his house wasn’t something to fear.
Roxy appreciated his sentiment, but she could see more clearly than he could. She knew he was already at her level. So after giving him a charm from her home town, she started down the road.
She’d gone less than a hundred meters when he yelled (21:19), “Master! Thank you very much!”
The guy that could only see Roxy as a loli in the previous episode now saw her as a treasured teacher. So much so that he screamed his sincere thanks to the world. In my review of the previous episode, I thought I saw the beginnings of a redemption arc. We still might get that, and I’m looking forward to it. But now I think we might see something even better: A redemption arc with convincing character development.
What did you think of the depiction of sacred-level water magic? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 2: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu – Episode 2 discussion
- RABUJOI: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation – 02 – Facing the Outside
- Random Curiosity: Mushoku Tensei – 02
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 1: Jobless Reincarnation
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 2: Master
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 3: A Friend
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 4: Emergency Family Meeting
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 5: A Young Lady and Violence
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 6: A Day Off in Roa
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 7: What Lies Beyond Effort
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 8: Turning Point 1
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 9: A Chance Encounter
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 10: The Value of a Life and the First Job
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 11: Children and Warriors