Mushoku Tensei

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (Japanese: 無職転生 〜異世界行ったら本気だす〜, Hepburn: Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu, lit. "Jobless Reincarnation: I Will Seriously Try If I Go to Another World") is a Japanese light novel series by Rifujin na Magonote[a] about a jobless and hopeless man who reincarnates in a fantasy world while keeping his memories, determined to live his new life without regrets. Originally published on the internet web novel website Shōsetsuka ni Narō in November 2012, a year later, it was announced the series would receive a print release under Media Factory's MF Books imprint with illustrations done by a Pixiv user called Shirotaka.[b]

Mushoku Tensei
Mushoku Tensei 1.png
The first light novel volume of Mushoku Tensei
無職転生
GenreHarem, fantasy, isekai[1]
Novel series
Written byRifujin na Magonote
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runNovember 22, 2012April 3, 2015
Volumes25
Light novel
Written byRifujin na Magonote
Illustrated byShirotaka
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
ImprintMF Books
DemographicMale
Original runJanuary 23, 2014 – present
Volumes24
Manga
Written byRifujin na Magonote
Illustrated byYuka Fujikawa
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Comic Flapper
DemographicSeinen
Original runMay 2, 2014 – present
Volumes14
Audio drama
Mushoku Tensei ~ Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 〜 Ten'i Meikyū-hen
StudioFrontier Works
ReleasedApril 26, 2017
Manga
Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious
Written byRifujin na Magonote
Illustrated byShoko Iwami
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineComic Walker
DemographicSeinen
Original runDecember 21, 2017 – present
Volumes6
Manga
Mushoku Tensei ~ 4-koma ni Natte mo Honki Dasu
Written byRifujin na Magonote
Illustrated byNogiwa Kaede
Published byASCII Media Works
MagazineComic Dengeki Daioh "G"
DemographicShōnen
Original runOctober 25, 2018August 27, 2020
Volumes3
Anime television series
Directed byManabu Okamoto
Written byManabu Okamoto
Music byYoshiaki Fujisawa
StudioStudio Bind
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkTokyo MX, KBS, BS11, SUN
Original run January 11, 2021 – present
Episodes11 (List of episodes)
Game
Mushoku Tensei ~ Gēmu ni Natte mo Honki Dasu
DeveloperAiming Co., Ltd.
PublisherBeaglee Co., Ltd.
GenreRPG
PlatformiOS / Android
Released2021
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A manga adaptation by Yuka Fujikawa began serialization in the June 2014 issue of Monthly Comic Flapper. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the tankōbon volumes of the manga for localization in North America. The company also has licensed the original light novels. On Syosetu's rankings, the web novel has made cumulative appearances as the most popular work on the website.[2] An anime television series adaptation by Studio Bind premiered in January 2021.

PlotEdit

An unnamed, 34-year-old Japanese NEET is evicted from his home following his parents' death. Upon some self-introspection, he concludes that his life was ultimately pointless. He intercepts a speeding truck heading towards a group of teenagers in an attempt to do something meaningful for once in his life and manages to pull one of them out of harm's way before dying. Awakening in a baby's body, he realizes he has been reincarnated in a world of sword and sorcery. He resolves to become successful in his new life, discarding his past identity for his new life as Rudeus Greyrat. Due to inherited affinity and early training, Rudeus becomes highly skilled at magic. During his childhood, he becomes a student of demon magician Roxy Migurdia, a friend to demihuman Sylphiette, and magic teacher to noble heiress Eris Boreas Greyrat.

As Rudeus finally feels like he has found his place in the world, a major magical catastrophe destroys his nation, teleporting and stranding hundreds of thousands of people far from home - some into dangerous places or situations, resulting in their deaths due to murder, war, execution, monster attack, or exposure to the elements. Stranded practically on the other side of the world in a foreign land, Rudeus resolves to escort Eris home, aided by a strong warrior named Ruijerd Supardia who he has befriended. During his thousands-of-miles-long journey, Rudeus is contacted by a mysterious, untrustworthy being calling itself the Human-God, who gives him questionable advice for an unknown agenda. After three years of struggle - including being defeated by an incredibly powerful world-class warrior named Orstead - Rudeus successfully escorts Eris home to the remains of his shattered homeland. Political events and a personal misunderstanding with Eris leaves Rudeus heartbroken.

Two years later, the incident with Eris has made Rudeus impotent. He enrolls in Ronoa Magic University under the Human-God's advice. There, he is reunited with Sylphiette, who heals his impotence, and the two are wedded shortly after. Rudeus rejoins his father's quest to save his mother, ignoring the Human-God's advice. He reunited and developed a romantic relationship with Roxy during the adventure and takes her as his second wife. He is then visited by a dying future version of himself, warning him the Human-God will cause the deaths of everyone he cares about. To appease the Human-God, Rudeus feigns an attempt to kill Orsted, who is one of Human-God's enemies but instead, Rudeus offers his allegiance to Orsted in exchange for his family's protection. Shortly after, Rudeus takes Eris as his third wife.

The series continues episodically with a series of story arcs based around Rudeus work with Orsted to ensure the Human-God's precise demise, as well as his daily life and growing family. After a large scale attack on Rudeus' life fails, the Human God gives up on his plans against him, opting to scheme against Rudeus's descendants. Rudeus lives the rest of his life peacefully before his natural death at the age of 74.

MediaEdit

Web novel and light novelEdit

Rifujin na Magonote published his work on the online web novel website, Shōsetsuka ni Narō (Shortened to Syosetu); the first chapter was uploaded on November 22, 2012.[3] In November 2013, the author announced his work was to be released as a light novel under Media Factory's MF Books imprint; regardless, the author stated his intentions to continue publishing his chapters online.[4] The illustrator for the light novel is a Pixiv user called SiroTaka.[5] Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the light novels for publication in North America.[6] They made localization changes in their translations of the light novels, such as toning down Rudeus' perverted behavior and removing references to rape. They later decided to "re-evaluate" their localization decisions.[7]

After publishing the first parts of his work, Rifujin wrote that he intended the series to last at least a hundred chapters.[8] Due to criticism towards his work, Rifujin considered ending the series prematurely, but was inspired to continue when his work reached the first place on Syosetu's daily rankings.[8][9] Originally, the story arc where Rudeus' reunites with Aisha was supposed to be completely different from the published work.[10] The author intended to have Lilia die off-screen, and Aisha to be hiding under a different identity. However, he found Lilia's death anti-climactic and decided against it; thus, he had to rewrite the story arc to have her survival and lack of contact make sense. Rifujin stated the story arc might be bizarre due to the changes but expresses no regrets in his decision; he noted Lilia's survival made him reconsider Zenith's condition in the story.[10]

Rifujin intends on creating a sequel to the web novel series that's based in the Six-Sided Universe. On January 15, 2021, the author stated that he plans to finish the Orc Hero web novel first. He also suffers from health problems and plans on spending time healing before starting the new work.[11]

MangaEdit

In the May 2014 issue of Monthly Comic Flapper, it was announced that the manga adaptation of Mushoku Tensei by Yuka Fujikawa would premiere in the June issue;[12][13] though Yuka is the author of the manga series, character designs are credited to SiroTaka.[14] Media Works collected the individual chapters into tankōbon volumes; the first volume was released in October 2014.[14] In January 2015, Seven Seas Entertainment announced its licensing of the manga series for localization in North America under the title Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation.[15]

AnimeEdit

On March 15, 2019, the official website of MF Books announced that an anime adaptation project of Mushoku Tensei would be produced.[16] The anime was later announced on October 18, 2019 to be a television series, which is directed by Manabu Okamoto and animated by Studio Bind, with Kazutaka Sugiyama designing the characters, and Yoshiaki Fujisawa composing the music. Egg Firm is credited for production.[17] The series was originally scheduled to premiere in 2020,[18] but it was delayed until January 11, 2021.[19][20][c]

At the conclusion of the first cour on March 22, 2021, a second cour was announced.[21]

The opening theme song is "The Traveler's Song" (旅人の唄, "Tabibito no Uta"), while the ending theme song is "Only" (オンリー, "Onrī"), both performed by Yuiko Ōhara.[22] Funimation licensed the series and is streaming it on its website in North America, Mexico, Brazil and the British Isles, in Europe through Wakanim, and in Australia and New Zealand through AnimeLab.[23] Muse Communication has licensed the series in Southeast Asia and South Asia and is streaming it on their Muse Asia YouTube channel, and on iQIYI and Bilibili in Southeast Asia.[24] On February 13, 2021, Funimation announced the series would be receiving an English dub, with the first episode premiering the next day.[25]

GameEdit

A smartphone game titled Mushoku Tensei ~Game ni Nattemo Honki Dasu~ (Translated: "Mushoku Tensei - I'll Seriously Try Even If It's Made Into a Game") will be released in early 2021.[26]

ReceptionEdit

On Syosetu's rankings, the web novel made cumulative appearances as the most popular work on the website.[2] The light novels have appeared on Oricon's charts and have also ranked on T-site's novel popularity polls.[27][28][29][30] However, the main character Rudeus has been criticized for being overtly perverted.[31]

On February 8, 2021, before the premiere of the fifth episode, the series was suspended from Chinese streaming network Bilibili due to controversial content described as "immorality" by some critics, most prominently a streamer named LexBurner, who called the anime "for bottom-feeders in the social hierarchy," which led viewers to leave low reviews for the anime on the streaming site. This also led to LexBurner, one of Bilibili's top streamers, to be banned from the site.[32][33] Later, author Rifujin na Magonote commented on LexBurner's actions as follows: "His words are only his personal opinion, and he is free to hold whatever views he likes. Although I am displeased at how he has insulted other viewers, anime is not just made for successful people, so I hope that those who can enjoy it will enjoy it.", he further commented: "If that is the kind of online presence he is, that's just the way it is sometimes. Even in Japan, there are plenty of people like him, although they might not have his influence. As far as I am concerned, instead of engaging with him, I think it is more important to ignore him and grow your own communities. Thank you!"[33]

The series has also received user criticism in China for containing perceived misogynistic comments and content.[34]

Notes and referencesEdit

  • ^WN represents the web novel of the series in the format of X.Y, where X represents the volume and Y represents the chapter number. P stands for the prologue chapter, which is not numbered.
  • ^LNS represents a special chapter added in the light novel volumes. The number beside the note denotes the volume number.
  1. ^ Japanese: 理不尽な孫の手, Hepburn: Rifujin na Magonote, lit. "Unreasonable Backscratcher"
  2. ^ シロタカ, Shiro Taka, lit. "White Hawk"
  3. ^ Tokyo MX lists the series premiere at 24:00 on January 10, 2021, which is effectively 12:00 a.m. JST on January 11.
Japanese
References
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