[Review] Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu

Anime

Hello loyal JOI readers, hehe how many times have I mentioned this in the greetings in every review article . I hope you don’t get bored! So, still in the atmosphere of the winter anime that has just finished, I will revisit one of the titles that is quite controversial among fans or non-fans. What else if not Kaif- Mushoku Tensei!

Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu or in its English title Jobless Reincarnation is an anime adaptation of a novel by Rifujin na Magonote . Rifujin na Magonote launched the novel online on the Shousetsuka ni Narou website on November 22, 2012 and ended on April 3, 2015 with a total of 24 volumes. This online novel finally officially became a light novel under Media Factory on January 23, 2014 with illustrations by Sirotaka .

The anime itself will be released from January 11, 2021 to March 22, 2021, with a total of 11 episodes. The second part will only air next summer .

From the first 11 episodes alone, Mushoku Tensei has caused polemics until the anime ‘s broadcasting on the Bilibili platform was stopped in China. Not only in China, some negative voices are also echoing in the western hemisphere. The cause is none other than the behavior of his super lewd character and indications of pedophiles and the like. Is that true?

If we look at the genre, Mushoku Tensei is an isekai series . Okay, from here I understand, there must be haters of this genre who are ready to attack if a weak point is found in the series. Moreover, the otaku really praised this series when the anime adaptation was announced. “The father of all Isekai” or “This is just a quality Isekai” or “Your view of Isekai will definitely change when you watch this” . And in fact, it turns out to be in contrast to the expectations of otaku in realizing isekai that can be accepted by their haters.

How did the Mushoku Tensei story get two very different opinions? So, Mushoku Tensei tells the story of a NEET who is really trash and is kicked out of his house and then in short, gets hit by a truck. So classic huh? Yes, but that’s just the prologue. The NEET who had died is now reincarnated as a baby in another world. Yes, the world has a fantasy theme. Nothing spectacular, right? But this is where the story just begins. Rudeus Greyratis the main character of this series. He is a NEET who was reincarnated earlier, but it doesn’t necessarily eliminate his trash and perverted nature from the past until he becomes a baby again in the real world. With a combination like this, the haters will be complete. Eits , but once I say, this is just the beginning.

Starting over as a baby makes little Rudeus have to learn everything from scratch. Starting from how to walk which is of course fast but not instant. Then learn how to speak, manners and others. Why do we watch babies learn to crawl? Yes, so you know, this anime is not instant. There was a process going on before Rudeus could become a reliable man.

Unlike other isekai series where the main character is directly OP without any medicine, Mushoku Tensei shows us how beautiful a process is. Rudeus might be talented in magic but Rudeus’s sword skills are zero. So it’s clear the main character here is not a true OP like the other isekai . Rudeus himself needs an assistant teacher to learn advanced magic, he can’t directly study independently.

After forging his skills, Rudeus also underwent a process of personality formation. Through the teachings of his teacher, Roxy , Rudeus is invited to dare to leave his home environment. Changing a NEET who is already accustomed to #stayhome certainly requires another process so that he is completely brave to get out of his safe zone. It is evident that after successfully leaving the house, it does not necessarily make Rudeus’ mind open to want to explore the world outside his home. The audience continues to be invited to watch little Rudeus and his home environment for several episodes until a letter from Roxy again invites Rudy to get out of the safe zone.

Then we see another process that will be experienced by little Rudy, namely the struggle to be able to get the right to education in schools. Eits , can’t just do that. It took money and finally little Rudy had to work again while being processed again to learn new things such as his dull sword skills and other foreign languages. And there are many more processes that occur, if we pay attention to actually these 11 episodes are all prologues, where Rudy can only really be ready for adventure in the second part later.

After you read the snippet of the story I wrote, what do you think? Is this anime really dreary or extraordinary? For myself, Mushoku Tensei presents a new and challenging isekai journey where we really feel the adventures of Rudy from birth until later maybe until he breaths his last.

The graphics presented by Studio Bind are truly above average quality. For example, the moment when Rudeus cast the Cumolonimbus spell for the first time. It’s possible that the budget is bigger than the entire EX-ARM anime episode . In fact , Studio Bind is the first time making anime with their brand (yes, even though it has a lot of backing) .

Animation from the studio is also combined with musical accompaniment such as the opening which is not wasted and is carefully inserted in each episode ( director poke Re: Zero S2 ). I have no complaints about the music plus all the voice actors are professional. Regarding the story and characters that haters often complain about , I myself think it’s reasonable. The character is perverted like that, it can’t be changed instantly. Moreover, Mushoku Tensei really presents a very long process. So about the story I also think it’s fine , at least it’s better than most isekai out there.

Mushoku Tensei is not a perfect anime . But that doesn’t mean Mushoku Tensei deserves negative reviews that are highly biased towards certain cultures. Ah yes, talking about culture, the culture shown by this anime is so specific! Starting from the devil’s language which is actually voiced like a foreign language so that Rudeus’ hard work in learning it is felt ( that’s why I write them as professional seiyuu ). There is also a birthday culture that is celebrated every 5 years, this has become a color in itself that subconsciously makes this anime perhaps one of the best qualities of all isekai series .