Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 3 Review – Quick Summary
In Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 3, “A Friend,” Rudeus Greyrat does something that would have been unthinkable before Roxy Migurdia’s education — he went on a walk, outside, and away his home! By himself! His parents Zenith and Paul felt proud, and more than a little surprised. At first, Rudy had a lot of fun. The weather was pleasant, the people he saw waved happily to him, and the scenery was spectacular. After awhile, he came upon three boys hurling mud balls at another who was couched, trying to protect his head. Rudy, outraged, tried to decide what to. Then the biggest of the bullies decided mud wasn’t enough and picked up a large stone. What will Rudy do? Will his own memories freeze him in place? Or will he stop the bullies?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 3
For Paul, the pain was real… Capture from the Funimation stream.
Rudy, Rudy, Rudy…
After the bathtub incident, I give Rudy full credit for feeling like a miserable heel. Because he was. It’s not that I enjoyed seeing him so miserable. It’s that I enjoyed seeing him understand the magnitude of what he’d done and the pain he’d caused. Even better, he knew he had to do something to make it right.
But heaven help him, the little dude has some serious gaps in his understanding…
With his father’s help, he made his way downstairs where Zenith had managed to help Sylphiette calm down. The little green-haired girl looked side-long at Rudy, waiting to hear what he had to say.
He apologized. It was very heart-felt, too. If he had stopped there, things might have gone well. But no, he had to add (18:52), “I thought you were a boy all this time!”
As Sylphiette burst back into tears, Paul said to himself (19:04), “My son may be dumber than I thought.”
I kinda felt bad for Paul in that moment.
Best in Show Moment for Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 3
Rudy knew he was in the right. Would Paul realize it, too? Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: Alone on the Front Lines of Fatherhood
A Grave Responsibility
Are you a dad? If you’re not, please do keep reading! But I want to speak from my own experience as a father, and if you’re a father, I think this will resonate with you.
Here’s a secret that is difficult to express in this moment in time: Raising a son is different from raising a daughter. I’m not talking about things like toy selection or anything like that. I’m talking about two fundamental lessons a father must teach his son — or he’s no father at all.
First, a father has to teach his son the proper use of strength. Boys can be physically aggressive, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it has to be channeled into healthy outlets. Playing basketball? Healthy. Bullying physically weaker people? Not healthy. A father has to make that point clear, and sometimes, it’s hard. I was profoundly lucky. My son was never inclined to be a bully. But I’ve known fathers who struggled if their sons didn’t take to the lesson. Those fathers were in a better position than the fathers who encouraged their sons to bully. At least the former were trying.
Paul Was All Over It
Early in this episode (01:55), Paul impressed on Rudy that a man’s strength was for protecting the weak.
Rudy made it harder than he needed to, but Paul felt confident he’d gotten the point across: Strength is for protecting the weak. Capture from the Funimation stream.
The second lesson is that a man should always treat a woman with respect. I was lucky in this regard, too. My son was never inclined to be disrespectful. But a lot of problems in society would simply disappear if these two lessons got passed from father to son.
In this episode, Paul fought with both of these lessons, and you know what? He came through pretty well. But it was touch and go for a moment there.
Delivery: Paul Holds it Together
The Burden of Having to be Right
Rudy came home from a day of playing with Sylph. It’d been one of the most enjoyable days of his life. Paul sat in the dark waiting for him. Paul’s duty as a father was a little harder than most. His son wielded Saint-Class magic, and if Rudy misused his power, a city might die. Plus, Paul hadn’t been a father long, and his son used to be a shut-in. This whole situation was new to him.
So he did what most of us men do when we’re unsure. He over compensated and wouldn’t even listen to Rudy’s explanation. Now, Rudy’s not really a seven year old. He’s (mostly) an adult in a seven year old body. So Rudy reasoned that he needed to help Paul get through this. Unfortunately, adult words like (09:34) “Shout and make your kid apologize before he says anything? I wish I could deal with things as quickly as an adult” came across as profoundly disrespectful.
Paul slapped him.
In Paul’s defense, Rudy’s adult words coming out of a child’s mouth was more than a little insolent. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Already feeling uneasy at what he’d done, Paul felt even more uncertain when Rudy, nonplussed, brushed himself off and continued his laying out his arguments. Paul, frustrated, pointed out that the other boy was clearly hurt, and Rudy threw Paul’s earlier words about protecting the weak back at him. That’s when Paul finally asked what had happened.
The Greater Burden of Doing the Right Thing
Rudy explained (in very sarcastic terms) how he’d stop bullies from hurting Sylph, and how perhaps his father would have preferred he join in with the bullies? And then, when Rudy was old enough, he’d leave his father, because he would be ashamed to be part of family that thought bullying was cool.
Rudy brought every bit of rhetoric he’d ever learned to bear. And in this case, he was also in the right. He was prepared to take this argument however far he had to.
My favorite moment in this episode was when Paul, after trembling in silence for several seconds, simply said (10:58), “Sorry.”
Do you have any idea how hard it is for a dad to say sorry to his son? You feel like you have to be this perfect example. You feel like you have to be the rock. In this world, Paul’s clearly an alpha male not only for his family, but for the surrounding area. An apology takes a ton of strength. As far as I’m concerned, he proved he had it when he admitted he was wrong.
Paul had a helluva day. But at the end, his family was intact, and he’d done the best he could. That’s all anyone can expect. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Paul proved that he has real courage, too.
What did you think of Sylphiette’s reaction to learning incantation-less magic? What was your Best in Show moment? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 3: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu – Episode 3 discussion
- RABUJOI: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation – 03 – Childhood Friend
- Random Curiosity: Mushoku Tensei – 03
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