I don’t know how many times I’m going to gush about this show, but it has to be said, it completely deserves it. How many shows are able to do what this has done, and done so well? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into the second cour of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation and find out!
Good shows have stories, but even better shows are able to make status quo changes that make them even better. That is what is on the menu with Jobless’s second half. After a teleportation spell goes awry, Rudeus and Eris find themselves whisked away to another continent on the other side of the world. With only their wits and skills behind them, it falls to Rudeus, along with new companion Rujierd to try and make their way back home, unaware that the teleportation spell was much more devastating then they thought.
While Jobless benefitted from a slow burn at the start, showing the childhood of Rudeus as he adjusts to the world and his new life. The second cour makes the wise decision to kick things into overdrive and throw Rudeus and especially Eris out of their comfort zone. Going from the mundane slice of life to an epic quest might have been jarring for a lesser show, but one with Jobless’s budget and tender loving care, it flourishes. The animation, which always looked spectacular before, is used to full effect here, with the actions scenes just as eye-popping and mouth watering. The showdown between the main characters and the mysterious Orsted will no doubt be a highlight for many this year, but it seems to be only a taster for what might come ahead.
But while Jobless has always been beautiful, its heart lies in the story, and once again it excels. Rudeus continues his slow growth to being a better person, but is now confronted with a crisis to test his skills. Much of what is seen in this cour is meant to challenge him, whether it is a happenstance encounter with a god, or a true heartfelt confrontation with his father. Rudeus shows more growth and maturity as he is forced to adapt to a dangerous world. Eris meanwhile is given a chance for freedom leading to a reflection of just who she wants to be. How can two children survive in a place called the Demon Continent? What wonders will they see? What horrors? And when it is all over, just what will Rudeus and Eris be after it is done? What about the old friends and family who were also separated? Can things go back to the way they were, is it even possible? What will happen to their relationships? By the time the credits role on the final episode, all of those questions are answered and the story is ready to move onto a new step, and one that feels wholly earned.
There is much I want to say about the series in general, but those will be for later posts. All I can say is that the second cour of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is nothing short of a masterstroke. It takes all the great that was done in its first half and pushes it forward into a new and exciting direction. This is not just the grand-father of the modern Isekai, but one of the best examples of the concept itself. If you haven’t watched this show, fix that as soon as you can. If you have watched it and were turned off by the main character, I implore you to give it another chance. It’s just fucking good.