Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 6: I’ve been Travelling for 3 years and Maxed out my Virginity.

Our look at the light novel version of Jobless Reincarnation continues! When we last left off, Rudeus had met and then made up with his father who had gone out to find the missing people from the teleportation incident. Now fresh with resolve, but determined to return Eris home, we follow Rudeus as he finishes the final stretches of his great adventure. Yet will it be able to stick the landing? After the cut let’s take a dive into the sixth volume and find out!

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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!

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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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 2: I Don’t Want to Get Punched, so I’ll Train This Tsundere!

Our look at the light novels of Jobless Reincarnation continues! Last time we left off Rudeus was reincarnated into a young boy with a penchant for magic. He met a cute elf girl, was trained by a cute blue haired witch and then shanghaied by a busty muscular cat woman to do a job! What happens next? Well if you didn’t watch the anime, or ya did, let’s see what happens in the next volume after the cut!

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High School DxD Volume 2: Our Boy crashes an Engagement Party!

Our look at light novel version of High School DxD continues! It’s been a bit since we got back into this beloved series, but I’ve finally wrapped up the second entry and I want to talk about it! Will this installment continue the good will established in the first, or does the anime do things better? After the cut let’s take a dive into the second volume of the series: The Phoenix of the School Battle! and find out!

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If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Defeat Even a Demon Lord Volume 3: The Cutie is growing up!

Our look at the volumes of If It’s for my Daughter, I’d Defeat Even a Demon Lord continues! It has been a long while since I revisited this series. With holidays, other anime and plenty of other distractions. Getting this series done has been a problem. Still we are one volume closer now and it is time to talk about it! After the cut let’s take a dive into the third volume and see what’s happening!

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 1: Starting Life in Another World

Our look at the light novels of Jobless Reincarnation begins! I don’t know if these will be novel by novel. There are quite a few, and I have a considerable backlog. I’ll probably do arc by arc in the future unless something important comes up. Either way I finished the first and I couldn’t put it down. So after the cut let’s take a dive into the first volume of Mushoku Tensei and see what’s what!

My thoughts on the first anime cour can be found right here!

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Three Years of Shallow Dives in Anime

This week will mark the 3rd anniversary of Shallow Dives in Anime! I can’t believe that much time has passed, and frankly, I can’t believe that I’ve managed to keep it up.

Three years in, I’ve been shocked at how well the blog has done. It has always been a passion project of mine, something I used to get my thoughts out in the world instead of letting them stew in my mind. I haven’t set out to re-write the book on blogging, or give out some great, grandiose thoughts on this or that anime. I’ve just been a dude attempting to throw out his opinions on shows he likes, and perhaps do so with an honest and open mind.

That honest and open mind has, over the three years solidified into the real purpose of this blog. Hyperbole, cliquishness and arrogance is all over the place, and people would rather twist the words of this or that show to fit their viewpoints, instead of seeing things for what it is. I have tried to do the opposite. I don’t see anime for what it wants to be, I see anime for what it is. To cut through the bullshit and deliver points that are short, sweet and get to the gist of the matter.

Whether it is the brutal truth surrounding Wonder Egg Priority. Going to bat for Gundam SEED, talking about difficult ideas revolving Fate/Illya’s Kuro. Admiring the sheer courage of Redo of Healer. Trying to split the difference over Faye Valentine, or seeing what is good in shows that may not be. I’ve approached every anime that has crossed this blog, good or bad, sweet or sour, with a measure of fairness. There is very little I will not talk about on this blog, and whatever does come up almost always has something special to share.

As always I have many people to thank: CrowIrinaLynnScottYomu, PeteJon Spencer,,  iniksbane and infinitezenith for always being there for chat or comment. And most of all to you. If you have taken the time to look at one of my posts, leave a like, or even a comment. Know that you have always brought a smile to my face. and warmth to my heart.

So here is to three years of Shallow Dives in Anime. You can look forward to the Thursday post with the celebration review. One that has been a long, long time coming. I am very interested in seeing what people think, but for now, all I can say is this.

Thank you for reading my blog.