Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 4: Trapped In A Beast VIllage. The World of Fantasy is tough for NEETs.

Our look at the light novel version of Jobless Reincarnation continues! And while we will just ignore the fact that I completely skipped over this entry, we are going to keep things light and speedy this time around. Because compared to the fifth and sixth instalments, this fourth is very much just a series of adventures. That said there is still stuff to talk about, so let’s get into the point form version right after below!

  • Like I said above, this volume consists of the parts where Rudy and co make their way from the demon continent and the adventures they partake in. Everything we saw in the anime is present here with little to no major changes aside from some extra dialogue, most of which is not really important.
  • Rudeus getting the demon eye helps lay groundwork for this power we see later and it was good to see that Kishrika was as crazy as she was in the anime.
  • I do like how Rudy and Ruijerd’s relationship is growing as they are confronted with the realities of trying to travel to the other side of the world. It is forcing Rudy to grow up fast and for Ruijerd to accept that you have to do some bad things for a greater good.
  • The beast-village chapters are pretty much exactly as we saw them in the anime. It always surprises me how much worldbuilding author Rifujin is able to do with the limited amount of pages in each installment. Furthermore I was glad he didn’t skimp out on showing the horrors of the children being kidnapped by the slavers. 
  • Eris’s fight with her beast animal friends is another good example of seeing her character mature from the hot-headed temper tantrum to a more well adjusted young lady. It was also good to see how much Rudeus is starting to respect her boundaries, which will pay off in a later volume.
  • I liked that Geese stays around and gives the main cast another person to bounce off of. He’s that sly cowardly thief with a heart of gold and it works pretty damn well.
  • But the biggest thing in the light novel is the addition of the Fitz chapters, which introduce a character who will have a big influence after this story arc has finished. I won’t give spoilers to who they are, but I really enjoyed the palace intrigue and relationship between Princess Ariel and Luke Greyrat. All three of them are important and I was surprised the anime didn’t add this in during the runtime, probably saving it for later in the story.

Overall, Jobless Reincarnaton’s fourth volume is a solid venture, though doesn’t really do much to move the story forward that other entries do. Still what happens in the pages is fun to read and is important when looking at the entire tapestry. Give a look if you so desire and I hope you’ll join me real soon for the sixth and final volume of the first major story arc!

On my Radar for Fall 2022: The Three Episode Check-In!

Fall 2022 has shaped up to be a real smasher of a season so far, one with many big hits and some surprising small ones. With a few weeks under our belt, it’s time to see how things are shaping up. Note that I have pushed Golden Kamuy off this list. Not because I haven’t enjoyed it, but that it is more a show I binge when I feel like it. You can still expect my thoughts on that later. Now let’s get into it all after the cut.

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 5: The Father is a Part-Timer!

Our look at the light novels of Jobless Reincarnation continue! When we last left off, Rudeus and co had navigated some rough waters and ended up in a land of beast people! After some close encounters and some friend drama from Eris, the gang has continued their journey and is making their way to the human lands? What will happen next? Well after the cut, let’s take a dive into the fifth volume of the series and find out!

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Overlord IV: Jesus Christ Renner…

If you’ve read my blog, then you know that my time with Overlord has been a love-hate sort of relationship. I tried it, didn’t like it, tried it again, was a bit better, then finally gave it another shot and came around to enjoying it. Part of that was me accepting the series for what it is, not what I thought and wanted it to be. With that said, how does the fourth installment hold up? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into Overlord IV and find out!

My thoughts on all the rest of Overlord is right here!

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The Devil is a Part-Timer Season 2: Curl, the Monkey Paw Does.

While it is a minor miracle that this show even got a second season, the joy at that happening doesn’t mean it gets a free pass for what it actually is. I am not a harsh critic here at Shallow Dives in Anime, but I also don’t pull my punches. If something doesn’t work, then it doesn’t work. I won’t call it an abomination or the worst thing to ever happen, but I won’t look the other way either. I call it like I see it, praising the good and what works, along with the bad and what doesn’t. With all that said, let’s take a dive into the second season of The Devil is a Part-Timer after the cut.

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On my Radar for Fall 2022: Shinigami, Chainsaws, Spies, Witches, and Homoerotic Treasure Hunting

Anime in 2022 has been the definition of Feast or Famine. There has been a sprinkling of heavy hitters, but a lot of stuff that has just been eh. Much seemed to having be saved for this season and now it is finally time to see if it does indeed deliver. Plenty to choose from, but after the cut, let’s see what is on my radar this Fall anime season!

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Re-Dive: Knights & Magic: Hobbies of Mass Destruction

It could be argued, rightly or wrongly, that the internet and modern online culture has destroyed the idea of just enjoying your hobby. If you dive yourself into the cesspit of social media, often liking something or enjoying something puts you on one end of the culture war. No longer can people like something, instead you have to make it part of your personality, or defend it against any and all accusations. It’s a difficult and stressful time if you care about such things.

So it is nice when shows like this come out and fully embrace just loving what you love, regardless of any implications or inferences. After the cut, let’s take re-dive into the series Knights & Magic.

My initial post can be found right here!

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