Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 9 Review – Quick Summary
In Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 9, “A Chance Encounter,” Rudeus came to in a place that was almost all white. He couldn’t see much, but from what he could see, he was back in his human body. The discovery crushed him. Of all the punishments he could think of, this was the worst. Things took an unusual turn when a tall, slender bipedal being of light greeted him warmly. Rudy, by now knowing better than to trust pretty much anyone, scoffed at the being when it said that it had been watching over him. What does it mean that Rudy is back in his Earth body? Who is this being of light? And why is it so insistent on giving Rudy advice?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 9
Rokari doesn’t quite understand Rudy’s sense of humor. Rowin, however, seems to have a good handle on it. Capture from the Funimation stream.
When we first met Rowin, something about him looked familiar. I thought maybe it was the color of his eyes, then I thought it was both the color of his hair and how he wore a small braid over his left shoulder. It didn’t dawn on me until the chief, Rokkus, asked about Rudy’s necklace. Turns out Rowin had the same hair color and style of someone else we’d met before: Roxy! Happenstance or that Man-God (or maybe “wicked Dragon-God”?) had led Rudy right to Roxy’s home village.
The chief and Rowin seemed to be impressed that Rudy spoke of Roxy with pride and respect, since he called her master. But this is Rudy we’re talking about. Even when he behaves, he’s just seconds away from saying something wildly inappropriate. He actually made it all the way to their departure from the village.
Rowin and his wife Rokari escorted and friends to the edge of the village. After a few pleasantries where Rudy scored points with Rokari for saying how young she looked, Rudy hopefully asked Rowin (20:48), “May I call you father-in-law?”
Rokari looked shocked and embarrassed. Without even blinking, Rowin immediately answered, “No.”
This show really knows its characters!
Best in Show Moment for Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 9
I’m not going to use a word like “good” or “great” to describe the art in this series. I’ll just say this: Shots like this genuinely convey the character’s feelings. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Setup: This is What I Was Hoping For
Back in the comments of episode 2, Dawnstorm offered some discussion on my hope that this series would include a Rudy redemption arc. Dawnstorm thought the evidence pointed to something more like a healing arc. I’ve been thinking about that on and off for a while, and I’ve to a preliminary conclusion. It’s preliminary because I have no idea where the series might go, so it could trample all over my conclusions.
My conclusion is this: I still hope for a redemption arc — a redemption arc that includes Rudy healing, too. Yeah, I’m greedy. But I think we’re already seeing signs that Rudy is healing, if only a little. Remember back in episode 7, when Eris slept beside him? He consciously decided not to touch her. That’s not what we’ve seen him do before. That’s progress.
I’m not saying Rudy’s perfect. I am saying that he’s making progress. Capture from the Funimation stream.
In this episode, we got an even more powerful indication of where Rudy is in his personal journey. When he became conscious in that bright-white space and found he was in his old human body, you could just that the experience crushed his spirit. He became instantly cynical and belligerent, even in the face of the Man-God. Rudy felt convinced the life he had come to cherish was over, and he was sick at the implications.
His attitude changed completely when the Man-God told Rudy that he wasn’t dead. He would wake up in the body and the life he loved. The encounter forcibly reminded Rudy what he had gained and what it meant to him. That prepared him to consider the mission that the Man-God gave him. Saying that Rudy would awaken near a man, the Man-God told Rudy to approach that man (03:55) “and help him.”
So, just how much has Rudy healed?
Delivery: Rudy Has to Make a Choice
Rudy Met a Superd in the Flesh
Remember the stories of the green-haired demons who had red gems in the center of their foreheads? The ones that would mindlessly rend and tear and kill? Well, when Rudy woke up, he saw Ruijerd Superdia, who had green hair and a red gem in the center of his forehead. Rudy shrank back in fear, and Ruijerd kind of rolled his eyes and turned aside. He was obviously all too well acquainted with that reaction, and he was tired of it. Yet, he didn’t lash out. After a moment, Rudy did something that seemed to surprise Ruijerd. Rudy politely introduced himself.
In other words, Rudy treated Ruijerd with respect because Rudy believed that the rumors and stories he’d heard about the Superd might not be true. Why did Rudy believe that? Because Ruijerd had saved him and Eris. If Ruijerd had wanted them dead, he could have easily killed them when they were unconscious. That understanding was the first indication in this episode that Rudy was healing.
Rudy just said good morning. It wasn’t praise or even a sign of respect, necessarily. It was a simple gesture of politeness. But look at the impact such a gesture had on Ruijerd! Capture from the Funimation stream.
The next example is my favorite moment of the episode, based on Ruijerd’s expression alone. In Rokkus’ home, Eris had fallen asleep. That left Rokkus, Rudy, and Ruijerd awake. Rudy asked why the Superd had such a terrible reputation. So Ruijerd spoke of how the he and his tribe had supported the hero Laplace in an ancient war, and how Laplace had betrayed them by giving them spears that overthrew their minds and turned them into killing machines. He spoke of how his own son had given his life to break the curse, and how he now carried his son’s soul in his spear. And Ruijerd spoke of how it was now his mission to clear the reputation of his people.
How Will Rudy Respond?
Now get this: Rudy empathized with Ruijerd. Rudy saw in Ruijerd painful reminders of what he himself had undergone during his life on Earth. In hid mind’s eye, he saw himself back in his original body, glasses and all, as he thought, “Regret, huh?” He thought about what he and Eris could do to help, and he thought he saw a path to solution.
Rudy’s mental image of himself reverted for an instant to the image he’d had for more years than the form or “Rudy.” And that old form had seen a lot of hate and ugliness. It informed his perspective. Capture from the Funimation stream.
“I’ll help you,” he said aloud (20:08). “I promise. I’ll do all that I can.”
Ruijerd’s look of incredulous hope almost broke my heart. I can’t fathom what he had been through, and now for the first time, someone had not only spoken politely to him, they offered to help him.
That’s the kind of moment I have been looking for. Seeing magic as magical was a fantastic bonus. Seeing how Rudy has grown out of his brokenness to become a reasonably responsible young man has been great. But seeing him look on another sentient being through the lens of his experiences and agreeing to help? That’s just good stuff.
What did you think of how happy Eris seemed to be when she finally got a blade? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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- 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