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Mushoku Tensei
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The first light novel volume of Mushoku Tensei
無職転生
GenreAdventure, drama, isekai[1]
Novel series
Written byRifujin na Magonote
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runNovember 22, 2012April 3, 2015
Volumes25 (List of volumes)
Light novel
Written byRifujin na Magonote
Illustrated byShirotaka
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
ImprintMF Books
DemographicMale
Original runJanuary 23, 2014 – present
Volumes24 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written byRifujin na Magonote
Illustrated byYuka Fujikawa
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Comic Flapper
DemographicSeinen
Original runMay 2, 2014 – present
Volumes13 (List of volumes)
Audio drama
Mushoku Tensei ~ Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 〜 Ten'i Meikyū-hen
StudioFrontier Works
ReleasedApril 26, 2017
Manga
Mushoku Tensei ~ Roxy Datte Honki Desu
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
Episodes2 (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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Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu (Japanese: 無職転生 〜異世界行ったら本気だす〜, 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 since November 22, 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]

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.

Plot[edit]

An unnamed, 34-year-old Japanese NEET is evicted from his home following the death of his parents. 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 his genetic factor and early training, Rudeus becomes highly skilled at magic. During his childhood, he becomes a student of Roxy Migurdia, friend to Sylphiette, and teacher to Eris Boreas Greyrat. Shortly after, a teleportation catastrophe scatters many people around the world, and Rudeus resolves to escort Eris home. During his journey, Rudeus receives advice from the mysterious Human-God and befriends Ruijerd Supardia. Successfully escorting Eris home, a misunderstanding with her 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 to cure himself. There, he is reunited with Sylphiette who cures his impotency and the two are wedded shortly after. Rudeus receives a request to join his father's quest to save his mother, and ignores the Human-god's advice to do so. During the quest, he develops a romantic relationship with Roxy 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. In order to appease the Human-God, Rudeus attempts to kill one of his enemies, a warrior named Orsted but fails; 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 precised 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' descendants instead. Rudeus lives the rest of his life in peace before his death at the age of 74.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Rudeus Greyrat[Jp. 1]
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (former self),[3] Yumi Uchiyama[4]
Before his reincarnation, he was an overweight 34-year-old Japanese NEET who became a recluse following his high school persecution.WN 1.P After his reincarnation, he discards his past identity and works to make his new life as Rudeus Greyrat meaningful. As such, he adopts a gentleman persona, though his past life's perversion sometimes emerges and scares those around him. Since he retains his intelligence, Rudeus was able to start magic training at three and was able to learn how to cast magic without chanting; in addition, he inherited the Laplace Factor from his parents and, combined with his youthful training, gives him a large magic capacity.WN 17.167 Because Roxy Migurdia helped him overcome his fear of the outside world, he worships her like a god, and ties his accomplishments to her.WN 1.10 During his spare time, Rudeus makes figurines in order to enhance his earth magic, which has become his main offensive magic. In an alternate future, where the Human-God killed everyone he loved, a driven Rudeus fails to enact revenge, and travels back in time to warn his past self instead.WN 16.156 Because of his special reincarnation, Rudeus is immune to curses, allowing him to befriend Ruijerd Supardia and Orsted;WN 17.166 this immunity is also passed down to his descendants.
Sylphiette Greyrat[Jp. 2]
Voiced by: Ai Kayano[4]
Normally called Sylphy, is Rudeus' childhood friend who is part human, elf, and beast race. Due to her Laplace Factor, a genetic material granting its owners enhanced magical abilities if trained at a young age, her hair is green.WN 17.166 Rudeus' influence helped her learn how to cast magic without chanting. Following the teleportation incident, her hair changes to white after exhausting her magic supply.WN 9.81 Because of her magic abilities, she is assigned to be the bodyguard of Ariel Anemoi Asura under the identity of a male named Fitz[Jp. 3].WN 9.82 Due to the Asura Kingdom's conflict for the crown, Ariel and her bodyguards enroll in Ronoa Magic University.WN 9.83 Sylphy has no maiden name, and takes Rudeus' name after marriage. She gives birth to a daughter named Lucy Greyrat[Jp. 4] and a son named Sieghart Saladin Greyrat[Jp. 5].
Roxy Migurdia[Jp. 6]
Voiced by: Konomi Kohara[4]
A demon from the Migurdia species which is known for their telepathy, blue hair, youthful appearance, and longevity. Because she can't use telepathy, she leaves her village due to feeling isolated from her peers.WN 5.S Unable to make a stable living as an adventurer, she becomes a travelling tutor and eventually becomes Rudeus' teacher. After the teleportation incident, Roxy helps Paul search the world for survivors.WN 2.S She becomes Rudeus' second wife after rescuing ZenithWN 13.131 and gives birth to two daughters, Lily Greyrat and Lara Greyrat[Jp. 7] who is the prophesied savior of the world.WN 19.197
Eris Boreas Greyrat[Jp. 8]
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma[4]
A noble girl and distant relative of Rudeus. She is a tsundere character with a short temper, but has potential in the Sword-God style. During her journey to return home following the teleportation incident, she grows to love Rudeus. When they admit their love for each other, Eris leaves to train in order to be worthy enough to be by his side.WN 6.63 From her training, she becomes a proper swordsman who can control her temper and evaluate her opponents. She becomes Rudeus' third wife and gives birth to a son named Ars Greyrat[Jp. 9].

Greyrat Family[edit]

Paul Greyrat[Jp. 10]
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa[5]
Rudeus' father. He discarded his noble lineage due to its restrictive life styles, and becomes a proficient swordsman who is skilled in all three sword styles: Sword-God, Water-God, and North-God style.[6] He is described as a playboy and an adventurer with sharp intuition. Following the teleportation incident and unable to find his family, Paul falls into a depression and drowns his sorrows in alcohol until his reunion with Rudeus.WN 5.45
Zenith Greyrat[Jp. 11]
Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto[5]
Paul's first wife and Rudeus' mother. She also left her noble home, the Lateria[Jp. 12], due to its restrictive life style, and sought to become an adventurer with her skills in healing magic.LNS 1 Paul saves her from people attempting to take advantage of her and she falls in love with him.LNS 1 When Lillia becomes pregnant with Paul's child, Rudeus convinces her to forgive them. After the teleportation incident, she is teleported into a magic crystal. Though Rudeus saves her, Zenith remains listless and unresponsive to outside stimuli though there are moments where she could express her thoughts. It is later revealed she is in a dreamlike state, but is conscious of events around her and is enjoying her everyday life with Rudeus' children.WN 21.227
Lillia Greyrat[Jp. 13]
Voiced by: Lynn[5]
Originally Paul's classmate in a swordsman dojo. A crippling injury forces her to leave her position as a princess guard, and she becomes a maid to Paul and Zenith.WN 1.2 She later has an affair with Paul and becomes pregnant. After working through the revelation with the family, she is taken in as Paul's second wife and becomes closer friends with Zenith. Rudeus' behavior as an infant scared her, though swears her loyalty to him after he helps her to reconcile with Zenith.WN 1.9
Norn Greyrat[Jp. 14]
Zenith's daughter and Rudeus' younger sister. She was with Paul after the teleportation incident and loves him dearly.WN 5.45 When Rudeus fights Paul, she becomes fearful of him. She eventually overcomes her fear, growing close to Rudeus' wives, but remains distant towards Rudeus.WN 11.107 Norn's talents are considered average, but her hard work allows her to exceed her peers.
Aisha Greyrat[Jp. 15]
Lillia's daughter and Rudeus' younger half-sister. From her mother's teachings, Aisha takes it upon herself to manage Rudeus' housework. She is extremely talented and intelligent, but dedicates herself to housework instead of furthering her skills.

Ronoa Magic University[edit]

Zanoba Shirone[Jp. 16]
A human God Child (神子, Miko), a person born with special abilities.WN 6.56 His ability grants him superhuman strength and endurance. Since his youth, he had a fondness for dolls, and beheaded people whose beauty were doll-like. He comes into possession of Rudeus' figurine and decides to become his figurine-making disciple.WN 6.56 Lacking the magic to create figurines, Zanoba buys a young female dwarf named Juliet[Jp. 17] to forge his creations for him.WN 8.71 Later, Zanoba comes into possession of an automated doll and uses it as research. He and Rudeus form a powerful bond of friendship and mutual respect and he quickly becomes one of Rudeus' best friends and most trusted allies.
Elinalise Dragonroad[Jp. 18]
An elf and Sylphiette's grandmother. She was teleported into a magic crystal 200 years ago and has no memories of her former life. Because of this, she was cursed and requires sex to disperese the magic built-up inside her. As a result, her children suffered and scorned her, causing her to distance herself from them. She was Paul's former comrade and enrolls in the university with Rudeus in order to prey on the males. Touched by Cliff's earnest confession, the two begin dating, eventually leading to marriage and a child.
Cliff Grimoire[Jp. 19]
The grandson to the pope of Milis[Jp. 20], a religion similar to Christianity.WN 5.S He was raised in an orphanage for his safety, and is enrolled in the Magic University for the same reason. Cliff is considered a genius but is unfit for battle. He begins dating Elinalise and researches ways to contain her curse.
Rinia Dedorudia[Jp. 21] and Pursena Adorudia[Jp. 22]
The candidates to become the leader of their village. They are from the beast race with characteristics of a cat and dog respectively. Initially delinquents of the school, they are tamed by Rudeus and begin taking class seriously. After graduation, Rinia incurs a huge debt and is bought out of slavery by Rudeus.WN 19.191 Meanwhile, Pursena eats the village's emergency supplies and the village chef places her under Rudeus' servitude as a result.WN 19.198
Nanahoshi Shizuka[Jp. 23]
One of the two teenagers Rudeus failed to save before his reincarnation.WN 7.78 She was transported to the new world and is found by Orsted. Due to the transportation, her body's time is frozen and she needs medication to dispease the magic buildup inside her. She begins researching magic circles in order to create a portal home. Like Rudeus, she is also immune to the effects of curses.
Ariel Anemoi Asura[Jp. 24]
A princess of the Asura kingdom who competes with her brother to the right to succeed the throne. Her bodyguard includes Sylphiette and Luke Notos Greyrat[Jp. 25], a playboy knight and Rudeus' cousin. Ariel is wise, charismatic, but vents her stress out through sadistic acts.WN 9.83 She and her bodyguards develop a strong friendship during their time together. Ariel intends to become the queen to honor the people who died for her. In the timelines where Ariel is queen, the Asura kingdom thrives while it perishes in other timelines.

Antagonists[edit]

Human-God[Jp. 26]
A mysterious entity which lives in a pocket dimension located in the center of the Earth.WN 16.157 He is able to appear in the dreams of humans, and has a magic aura that makes people trust him. He has precognitive abilities, allowing him to see the many futures that occur. Since the beginning, the Human-God attempts to earn Rudeus' trust in order to kill his family and avert a prophecy where Rudeus' descendants kill him for good.
Laplace[Jp. 27]
The instigator of the human demon war. Originally, he was the second Dragon God, but was split in two during a confrontation with the Fighting God.WN 17.166 His first half is the Demon God Laplace, known for his magic powers and hatred of humans, and his second half is the Technique God, who sided with the humans during the war. Laplace is prophesied to instigate another human demon war, eighty years in the future; his death is necessary to open the entrance to the Human-God's dimension.WN 17.166

Other characters[edit]

Ruijerd Superdia[Jp. 28]
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa[7]
A kind man from the demon race known as supards.WN 3.23 They were manipulated and cursed by Laplace during war between humans and demons, and developed a stigma of being murderous monsters. Under manipulation, Ruijerd killed his son who was able to free him from Laplace's control. Following the death of his species, Ruijerd travels the world in order to dissolve the stigma against the supard race.WN 3.23 Ruijerd's hair is cursed, causing those around him to become fearful. His time with Rudeus encourages him to shave his hair.
Kishirika Kishirisu[Jp. 29]
The demon empress known for her demon eyes powers and the ability to betow others with demon eyes. She is engaged to Badigadi[Jp. 30], the demon lord of immortality. Badigadi has an older sister named Atoferatofe Raibaku[Jp. 31], a skilled swordsman who likes to conscript people into her demon army through the use of a magic contract.
Orsted[Jp. 32]
A member of the dragon tribe, humanoids with powerful abilities. He is considered the strongest of his kind, giving him the title of the hundredth Dragon God. Orsted is trapped in a time loop by his father, the first Dragon God, and needs to kill the Human-God to escape.WN 18.187 His father's magic allows him to distort the Human-God's precognitive abilities, see a person's destiny, but causes his magic powers to replenish at a slow rate. In addition, the Human-Gods curse causes all people to detest Orsted, except for Rudeus, due to his immunity to curses.
Perugius Dola[Jp. 33]
One of the warriors who defeated Laplace during the war between humans and demons. He resides in a floating castle and has eleven familiar spirit with an angelic humanoid named Sylvaril[Jp. 34] serving him. He awaits the day Laplace is reincarnated in order to kill him again.

Media[edit]

Web novel and light novel[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9] The illustrator for the light novel is a Pixiv user called SiroTaka.[10] Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the light novels for publication in North America.[11]

After publishing the first parts of his work, Rifujin wrote that he intended the series to last at least a hundred chapters.[12] 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.[12][13] Originally, the story arc where Rudeus' reunites with Aisha was supposed to be completely different from the published work.[14] The author intended to have Lilia die off-screen, and Aisha to be hiding under a different identity. However, he found Lilia's death to be anti-climatic, and decided against her death; as a result, he had to rewrite the story arc in order to have her survival and lack of contact make sense. Rifujin stated the story arc may 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.[14]

Web novel volume list[edit]

Volume no. Title Web novel release date[8]
1 Childhood (幼年期, Yōnen-ki) November 22 – December 2, 2012
A 34-year-old NEET is kicked out of his home following the death of his parents. He comes upon a speeding truck heading towards a group of teenagers, and manages to pull one of them out of the way before dying. He then awakens in a baby's body and realizes he has been reincarnated in a world of sword and sorcery. While initially indulging in his perversion, he resolves to become successful in his new life, discarding his past identity aside for his new life as Rudeus Greyrat. At the age of three, Rudeus teaches himself magic and begins training to increase his magic capacity. Discovering his talent in magic, his parents hire a girl named Roxy Migurdia to be a live-in teacher. During his two years with Roxy, Rudeus learns more about the world, and overcomes the trauma which made him a recluse. After Roxy's departure, Rudeus befriends a bullied girl named Sylphy, whom he mistakes for a boy; during their time together, Rudeus teaches her everything he knows, allowing her to become proficient with magic. Realizing the co-dependence between Rudeus and Sylphy is limiting their potential, Rudeus' father, Paul Greyrat, sends Rudeus to his relatives to enlighten him about the world.
2 Boyhood: Home Tutor Part (少年期 家庭教師編, Shōnen-ki Kateikyōshi-hen) December 9–16, 2012
Rudeus is bought into the Boreas branch of the Greyrat family, and becomes a tutor to Eris Boreas Greyrat, a haughty and violent girl. To become her tutor, Rudeus and the Boreas family arrange a fake kidnapping, which is turned into a real kidnapping when they are betrayed by a butler. Regardless, Rudeus wins her favor and becomes her tutor for mathematics, languages, and magic. Over the years, Rudeus bonds with the Boreas family, and teaches himself more about the world, learning several different languages on the side. On his tenth birthday, Eris and the Boreas family presents Rudeus with a magic staff. Shortly after, a magic beam hits the country, transporting people throughout the world. Roxy arrives to the city, and decides to join a search party led by Rudeus' father.
3 Boyhood: Adventurers Introduction Part (少年期 冒険者入門編, Shōnen-ki Bōken-sha Nyūmon-hen) December 23, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Rudeus is able to pull Eris and himself to safety mid-teleportation and finds themselves on the magic continent, an area inhibited by demon citizens and powerful monsters. Cautiously heeding the words of a mysterious Human-God, Rudeus befriends Ruijerd Supardia who volunteers to escort them home. Passing through Roxy's hometown, they arrive to a city named Rikaris and sign up at an adventurer's guild to make money for the voyage. Coming upon group of pet kidnappers, Rudeus destroys their operation, and uses their rank to take higher level quests from the guild. Eventually, they are discovered and blackmailed, forcing them to leave town. Acknowledging his leadership was at fault, Rudeus changes the group dynamic in order to take Eris and Ruijerd's opinions into account.
4 Boyhood: Journey Part (少年期 渡航編, Shōnen-ki Tokō-hen) January 14–24, 2013
The party arrives at a part that will take them to their next destination, the Milis continent. Following the advice of the Human-God, Rudeus enters an alleyway and encounters the Demon Empress Kishirika Kishirisu, who gives him the power of foresight as a reward. Due to the Milis' discrimination against the Supard race, Rudeus pays an organized crime group to smuggle Ruijerd. Once there, Rudeus and Ruijerd betrays the organization to save kidnapped children from the beast race. After freeing the Holy Beast, the beast race's deity, the beast race mistaken Rudeus to be part of the organization and is incarcerated. After clearing the misunderstanding, Rudeus, Ruijerd, and Eris spend a few months with the beast race as they wait for the seasonal rainstorm to pass. They then continue onwards and is accompanied by Gisu, Rudeus' cellmate who was imprisoned for gambling.
5 Boyhood: Reunion Part (少年期 再会編, Shōnen-ki Saikai-hen) February 7–17, 2013
Arriving in Milis' capital, Milishion, the group and Gisu go their separate ways. Rudeus comes upon a kidnapping and intervenes, learning that the kidnapping is actually a rescue orchestrated by Paul's search group. Paul chastises Rudeus for failing to search for teleportation victims on the magic continent, who is taunted by Rudeus in return, causing the two to fight. Rudeus realizes that aside from Norn, the rest of his family are still missing. After some self-reflection, Rudeus and Paul reconcile before continuing on their journey. Arriving at West Port in order to travel to the Asura continent, Ruijerd's connection and Rudeus' aunt (Therese Latreia), allows them to board a ship despite the ban against the Supard race.
6 Boyhood: Homecoming Part (少年期 帰郷編, Shōnen-ki Kikyō-hen) March 16–29, 2013
Arriving in Dragon King Kingdom, the Human-God advises Rudeus to travel to Shirone Kingdom to save Lilia and Aisha. There, Rudeus meets Pax, fourth prince of Shrione, who captured Lilia and Aisha to bait Rudeus and in turn, Roxy who he desires to court. Due to Pax's tyrannical rule, his soldiers rebel; at the same time Rudeus befriends the third Prince Zanoba, who helps free him from the prison. In the aftermath, Pax and Zanoba are sent out of the country, while Lilia and Aisha journey to reunite with Paul. Continuing on their journey, Rudeus and his companions meet the Dragon God Orsted, who attacks after hearing the Human-God's name. Utterly defeated, Rudeus is spared by Nanahoshi Shizuka, Orsted's companion. Continuing onwards, the party arrive at Eris' hometown. After saying their goodbyes to Ruijerd, Eris learns her entirely family is dead. In response, Eris asks Rudeus to become her family, and sleeps with him. She then leaves to train her sword skills, in order to become a worthy woman by his side. Instead, Rudeus believes his sexual performance was lacking, leaving him heartbroken. Elsewhere, Roxy becomes acquainted with Kishirika who reveals the location of Rudeus' mother.
7 Adolescence: Admission Part (少年期 入学編, Seishōnen-ki Nyūgaku-hen) April 16–22, 2013
Two years after Eris' departure, the psychological trauma left Rudeus impotent. Since then, Rudeus has been adventuring and spreading his name in order to search for his missing mother. Roxy's companion, Elinalise Dragonroad, relays Zenith's location to Rudeus, and how the others wish for him to live his life instead. On the advice of the Human-God, Rudeus and Elinalise enroll into Ronoa Magic University, to cure his erectile dysfunction. There, he becomes reacquainted with Zanoba and befriends Fitts.
8 Adolescence: Special Student Part (少年期 特別生掌握編, Seishōnen-ki Tokubetsu-sei Shōaku-hen) April 23 – May 9, 2013
Growing impatient, Zanoba requests Rudeus to teach him how to create figurines; Zanoba's lack of magic and dexterity makes him a lost clause. Instead, they search the slave market, and purchase a young female dwarf whom they name Juliet and teach magic to. Rudeus soon learns that Rinia Dedorudia and Pursena Adorudia destroyed his precious Roxy figurine, and enacts vengeance against them. Later, Cliff Grimoire, requests Rudeus to introduce him to Elinalise. After an earnest proposal, the two begin dating and Cliff begins his research on curses in order to cure Elinalise's ailment. Next, the beast race's mating season starts and Rudeus is besieged with challengers who wish to wed Rinia or Pursena. Coincidentally, the demon lord Badigadi also challenges Rudeus to affirm Kirakishi's speculations. Rudeus win's Badigadi's conditions for victory, causing his fame to rise within the school. Afterwards, Rudeus becomes reacquainted with Nanahoshi who is a student under the name Silent Seven Stars. It is revealed Nanahoshi was one of the teenagers Rudeus failed to save before his death, and was transported to the current world with her original body. She requests Rudeus to power her magic circles in order to create a spell to return home.
9 Adolescence: Sylphiette Part (少年期 シルフィエット編, Seishōnen-ki Shirufietto-hen) June 8–18, 2013
Fitts' monologue reveals her identity to be Sylphiette, whose hair has turned white following the teleportation incident. Following the incident, she was teleported to Ariel Anemoi Asura's palace and saved her from a monster. With her home gone, Ariel has Sylphy become her bodyguard. Due to the political strife and assassination for the throne, Ariel and her companions were forced to flee; they enroll into Ronoa Magic University as a political farce and to have Ariel build up connections to claim the throne. In the present, Sylphy's timidness forces Ariel and her knight, Luke Notos Greyrat, to plot a way to have her seduce Rudeus. Eventually succeeding, Sylphy reveals her identity to him, and uses an aphrodisiac to cure his impotency. In Ariel's presence, Rudeus clears up any misunderstandings and declares his loyalty and marriage to Sylphy.
10 Adolescence: Newlywed Part (少年期 新婚編, Seishōnen-ki Shinkon-hen) June 26 – July 2, 2013
Rudeus begins searching for a house for his marriage. With Zanoba and Cliff's support, Rudeus investigates a haunted machine and neutralizes an automated doll which killed the past inhabitants. Zanoba researches the doll and the creator's notes while Rudeus renovates his new home. Rudeus and Sylphy hold a wedding reception, where they learn Elinalise is Sylphy's great-grandmother.
11 Adolescence: Younger Sister Part (少年期 妹編, Seishōnen-ki Imōto-hen) July 28 – August 9, 2013
On Paul's behalf, Ruijerd escorts Norn and Aisha to Rudeus' home where they will be staying until Zenith is rescued. Aisha decides to become Rudeus' maid while Norn enrolls and dorms at Ronoa Magic University. However, being constantly compared to Rudeus and feeling completely alone, Norn secludes herself in her dorm. Rudeus sneaks into the dorms to see Norn, allowing her to sort out her negative feelings towards him. Months pass and Sylphy becomes pregnant. Shortly after, Rudeus receives a letter from Paul's group, requesting for his assistance. The Human-God tells Rudeus to stay home, but is convinced to leave when Norn attempts to sneak out and go on the journey herself.
12 Adolescence: Begaritto Continent Part (少年期 ベガリット大陸編, Seishōnen-ki Begaritto Tairiku-hen) August 30 – September 6, 2013
Learning that Rudeus will need two years for his journey, Nanahoshi informs him about a hidden area containing a teleportation circle, which would shorten his overall journey to six months. Together with Elinalise, they are teleported to the Bengaritto Continent where they traverse a desert of monsters and accompany a band of merchants. Arriving at their destination, they are reunited with Paul's group, and learn that Zenith is inside a legendary dungeon called the Teleport Labyrinth, and that Roxy is missing inside.
13 Adolescence: Labyrinth Part (少年期 迷宮編, Seishōnen-ki Meikyū-hen) October 5–21, 2013
Rudeus had coincidentally brought a book with him about the Teleport Labyrinth, allowing the party to easily map and navigate the dungeon. After finding Roxy, they retreat, allowing her to recuperate before reentering the dungeon. The party proceeds to the final room and battles a Lernaean Hydra resulting in the loss of Paul's life and Rudeus' left hand. The party free Zenith from a magic crystal and discover she is in a dreamlike state. Rudeus mourns Paul's death and agonizes over the neglect he's shown his parents from the past life. In order to cheer him up, Roxy seduces him and the two start a relationship. Returning home, Rudeus gains Sylphy's permission to have Roxy as his second wife. Months later, Sylphy gives birth to Lucy Greyrat.
14 Young Man: Everyday Part (青年期 日常編, Seinen-ki Nichijō-hen) November 23 – December 4, 2013
Rudeus and friends life are highlighted and developed: Roxy becomes a teacher at the Ronoa Magic University; a fanclub is built around Norn; Rudeus learns lightning magic, achieves a threesome with his wives, and hosts a party to celebrate his sisters' birthdays and marriage to Roxy; Pursena defeats Rinia in a duel and returns home to become the village chef; and Nanahoshi makes progress in her experiments to create a teleportation circle home. As thanks, she invites Rudeus and his friends to meet Perugius Dola, a dragon tribe known for defeating Laplace.
15 Young Man: Summoning Part (青年期 召喚編, Seinen-ki Shōkan-hen) January 6–17, 2014
Travelling to Perugius' floating castle, Nanahoshi becomes sick spurring Rudeus and his friends to search for Kirakishi who may know a cure to her ailment. They search leads them to a confrontation with the demon Atoferatofe Raibaku, and are eventually rescued by Perugius. With Nanahoshi cured, Rudeus returns home and is advised by the Human-God to check his basement. Rudeus is stopped by a future version of himself, revealing a mouse will leave the basement and inflict Roxy with a terminal disease. The future Rudeus explains that following Roxy's death, the Human-God kills everyone he cares about. Before dying, the future Rudeus gives his diary, and instructs his present self to do three things: consult with Nanahoshi, write an apology letter to Eris, and to doubt but not oppose the Human-God.
16 Young Man: Human-god Part (青年期 人神編, Seinen-ki Hito-gami-hen) February 17–28, 2014
The Human-God confesses his plans, explaining how Orsted and Rudeus' descendants will cause his death; to appease him, Rudeus agrees to kill Orsted. Rudeus sends a letter to Eris, requesting her assistance, and develops a battle suit for the upcoming battle. As they battle, Orsted comes to understand Rudeus' predicament and offers to employ him. Rudeus accepts upon learning Orsted has knowledge on how to protect his family. Rudeus returns home with Eris, and takes her as his third wife after resolving their misunderstandings.
17 Young Man: Kingdom Part (青年期 王国編, Seinen-ki Ōkoku-hen) April 1–11, 2014
Orsted and Rudeus discuss information regarding the Human-God, the power of destiny, and employment conditions. Without much detail, Orsted tasks Rudeus to help Ariel become queen as that outcome will be unfavorable to the Human-God. In addition, Orsted provides Rudeus with a summoning circle in order to summon a familiar with a strong destiny, to protect his family from the Human-God's powers. Rudeus ends up summoning the beast race's deity, the Holy Beast, and nicknames it Leo. Meanwhile, Perugius will offer his assistance to Ariel campaign if she correctly answers his question about kingship. Rudeus guides Ariel to the correct answer, earning Perugius' favor, and they prepare for their journey to the Asura Kingdom.
18 Young Man: Asura Kingdom Part (青年期 アスラ王国編, Seinen-ki Asura Ōkoku-hen) May 22 – June 4, 2014
With Orsted's guidance, Rudeus comes into contact with an Asuran criminal network to smuggle them into the kingdom. In doing so, Ariel recruits one of the personnel to testify against a rival for the throne. After thinning out the assassins after Ariel, a banquet is held for the nobles of Asura. There, Ariel uses Perugius' to sway the nobles to her faction and to incriminate a rival minister. A powerful swordsman under the Human-God's urging crashes the banquet in order to help the minister escape; the two are thwarted, securing Ariel's position for the crown. In the aftermath, Sylphy resigns from being Ariel's knight, Orsted reveals he is in a perpetual time loop until the Human-God is killed, and Rudeus begins training again after reflecting on his earlier weakness.
19 Young Man: Subordinates Part (青年期 配下編, Seinen-ki Haika-hen) July 3–13, 2014
Rudeus lives his daily life while completing missions for Orsted. Roxy gives birth to a girl named Lara Greyrat and Eris becomes pregnant. Rinia, who has become a slave following her failed career as a merchant, is freed from captivity by Eris. Rudeus pays off the slave owners and in turn, Rinia is forced to work off the debt. Instead, Rinia causes discord in the house, so Rudeus decides to put her and Aisha in charge of recruiting subordinates to help Orsted's cause. Aisha's management results in the formation of the Rodos company, an employment agency, yielding great profits. Rinia receives a letter from the beast race urging her seek the Holy Beast. Rudeus, Rinia, and Leo travel to the beast race's home and convinces the chief to let Leo stay with the Greyrat family. On the behest of Rinia, Pursena returns with them. Afterwards, Zanoba receives a letter from Pax, who has taken the Shirone throne by force, and has ordered for his return.
20 Young Man: Zanoba Part (青年期 ザノバ編, Seinen-ki Zanoba-hen) August 21 – September 2, 2014
Zanoba's recall deviates from future Rudeus' diary, leading them to believe it is a ploy by the Human-God. Since Pax's kingship will lead to the formation of a republic nation, Orsted orders Rudeus to ensure his survival. Rudeus and Roxy accompany Zanoba on his return where they are later stationed at a fort. After successfully warding off a foreign nation's invasion, the party learns that the castle has been cornered by rebels led by an exiled prince. Feeling betrayed by his people and lack of results, Pax commits suicide, fulfilling the Human-God's goal. With the annulment of the republic nation, Orsted will be unable to predict Laplace's birthplace and intervene in the latter's war campaign. In response, Rudeus decides to prepare an army to confront Laplace eighty years in the future.
20.5 Part 2 (間章, Kanshō) October 16–21, 2014
The events of two years are highlighted in the volume. Rudeus uses the Rodos company and his figurine production to spread the news about the upcoming war with Laplace. Cliff and Rudeus graduate from the university. Norn and Aisha have a party to celebrate their coming of age. Cliff decides to return to Milishion in order to take a position of power within the Milis religion. Rudeus also receives a letter from Zenith's mother, demanding they travel to Milis. Together, Rudeus, Aisha, Zenith, and Cliff arrive within the city walls.
21 Young Man: Cliff Part (青年期 クリフ編, Seinen-ki Kurifu-hen) November 7–22, 2014
Zenith's mother, Claire Lateria, wishes to wed her off to another man; Rudeus protests and cuts off all ties with the Lateria family. The Milis religion is divided into two factions; one accepts demons and the other persecutes them and are led by the pope and cardinal respectively. Rudeus appeals to the pope in order to build a Rodos company branch there. Claire manages to take Zenith into custody by using Gisu and denies her plan. Contacting his aunt Theresa, a peaceful resolution is almost reached until the cardinal orders his knights to cripple Rudeus. Rudeus is forced to rebel and kidnaps the cardinal's religious figure, the mind reading miko, to ensure his family's safety. The religious politics forces Claire to Zenith to reveal themselves, and the miko reveals Claire's intentions were well meaning towards Rudeus and Zenith; Claire hoped the rumors about Elinalise's adventures would cure Zenith but is disproved. After reconciliation, the miko reveals Zenith is conscious and is living a happy life with her grandchildren. Gisu reveals himself as Human-God's follower who manipulated the events of the volume, and intends to build an army to kill Rudeus.
22 Young Man: Organization Part (青年期 組織編, Seinen-ki Soshiki-hen) January 5–15, 2015
Rudeus travels around the world to make peace with powerful people to dissuade them from joining Gisu's campaign; he ends up winning the favors of the swordsman known as the Death God, the Dragon King's Kingdom, and the leaders of the magic continent. Sylphy gives birth to a son with green hair, leading to unease until it was confirmed he is not Laplace's incarnate. Nanahoshi has completed her invention of a magic circle to go home but an unknown problem causes it to fail. She deduces she and Rudeus are the results of a time paradox in the future, which prevents her from returning home; she then enters stasis to close the time loop. Rudeus locates Kishirika who gives him the power of clairvoyance and reveals Gisu is in the Bihaeril kingdom.
23 Young Man: Battle Part (青年期 決戦編, Seinen-ki Kessen-hen) March 1–15, 2015
Rudeus and his allies travel to the Bihaeril kingdom and find Ruijerd and the supard survivors. Through a series of events by the Human-God, the supard village is stricken with a plague and is to be invaded by an army. After curing the disease, Rudeus and his allies overcome the invading army and earn the kingdom's cooperation. Gisu equips Badigadi with a legendary armor which is passed onto the North God Swordsman, Alexander Kallman, following his defeat. Orsted overwhelms Alexander and forces him to be his subordinate. With all matters settled, Rudeus returns home to his family.
24 Conclusion Part (青年期 完結編, Kanketsu-hen) April 3, 2015
The lives of the characters are highlighted during the time Rudeus is 34 and on his deathbed at 74. The story shifts years into the future and follows Reira, a girl with the power to control time and is trapped in a perpetual time loop. She is used to summon Nanahoshi's friend, Akito Shinohara, and falls in love with him. Akito's death causes Reira to travel to the past where she bargains with an unknown entity, revealing her to be the cause of Rudeus' reincarnation, Nanahoshi's summoning and the teleportation incident. Rudeus' action creates a new future for Reira as she starts her time loop once again.

Light novel volume list[edit]

Volume no. Content Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
Digital Physical
1 Web Novel 1 January 24, 2014[15] 9784040662206 April 4, 2019 May 21, 2019[16] 978-1-64275-138-3
2 Web Novel 2 March 25, 2014[17] 9784040663937 May 23, 2019 July 30, 2019[18] 978-1-64275-140-6
3 Web Novel 3 March 25, 2014[19] 9784040667553 August 1, 2019 October 29, 2019[20] 978-1-64275-705-7
4 Web Novel 4 August 25, 2014[21] 9784040669618 October 10, 2019 January 7, 2020[22] 978-1-64505-179-4
5 Web Novel 5 October 24, 2014[23] 9784040671307 January 16, 2020 April 14, 2020[24] 978-1-64505-228-9
6 Web Novel 6 February 25, 2015[25] 9784040674124 April 2, 2020 July 28, 2020[26] 978-1-64505-488-7
7 Original Story between Web Novel 6 and 7 August 25, 2015[27] 9784040677590 July 9, 2020 October 27, 2020[28] 978-1-64505-753-6
8 Web Novel 7 and start of 8 October 23, 2015[29] 9784040679464 October 1, 2020 December 8, 2020[30] 978-1-64505-793-2
9 End of Web Novel 8 and part of 9 January 25, 2016[31] 9784040680460 January 21, 2021 March 30, 2021[32] 978-1-64505-952-3
10 Web Novel 10 and start of 11 March 25, 2016[33] 9784040681924 TBA April 20, 2021[34] 978-1-64827-087-1
11 End of Web Novel 11 and 12 May 25, 2016[35] 9784040683478 TBA June 1, 2021[36] 978-1-64827-222-6
12 Web Novel 13 August 25, 2016[37] 9784040684833
13 Web Novel 14 December 22, 2016[38] 9784040687452
14 Web Novel 15 April 25, 2017[39] 9784040691893
15 Web Novel 16 July 25, 2017[40] 9784040693552
16 Web Novel 17 October 25, 2017[41] 9784040695877
17 Web Novel 18 January 25, 2018[42] 9784040696645
18 Web Novel 19 May 25, 2018[43] 9784040699257
19 Web Novel 20 August 25, 2018[44] 9784040651675
20 Web Novel 20.5 and start of 21 January 25, 2019[45] 9784040655024
21 End of Web Novel 21 March 25, 2019[46] 9784040656373
22 Start of Web Novel 22 July 25, 2019[47] 9784040659084
23 End of Web Novel 22 June 25, 2020[48] 9784040645407
24 Start of Web Novel 23 December 25, 2020[49] 9784046800695

Manga[edit]

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;[50][51] though Yuka is the author of the manga series, character designs are credited to SiroTaka.[52] Media Works collected the individual chapters into tankōbon volumes; the first volume was released in October 2014.[52] 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.[53]

Volumes[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 October 23, 2014[54]978-4-04-066884-0November 24, 2015[55]978-1-626922-35-8
2 March 23, 2015[56]978-4-04-067293-9February 9, 2016[57]978-1-626922-44-0
3 September 19, 2015[58]978-4-04-067808-5June 7, 2016[59]978-1-626922-79-2
4 March 23, 2016[60]978-4-04-068226-6October 18, 2016[61]978-1-626923-42-3
5 September 23, 2016978-4-04-0694-18-4April 18, 2017[62]978-1-626924-54-3
6 March 23, 2017978-4-040691-09-1October 24, 2017[63]978-1-626925-62-5
7 September 23, 2017978-4-040694-18-4April 24, 2018[64]978-1-626927-23-0
8 March 23, 2018978-4-040697-76-5December 18, 2018[65]978-1-626929-45-6
9 October 23, 2018978-4-040651-00-2August 20, 2019[66]978-1-642751-19-2
10 March 23, 2019978-4-040655-76-5February 25, 2020[67]978-1-64505-204-3
11 October 23, 2019978-4-040640-46-4September 8, 2020[68]978-1-64505-740-6
12 March 23, 2020978-4-040644-69-1February 16, 2021[69]978-1-64827-077-2
13 August 20, 2020978-4-04064-816-3

Anime[edit]

On March 15, 2019, the official website of MF Books announced that an anime adaptation project of Mushoku Tensei would be produced.[70] 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.[71] The series was originally scheduled to premiere in 2020,[72] but it was delayed until January 11, 2021.[4][7][c] 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.[73] 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.[74] Muse Communication has licensed the series in Southeast Asia and South Asia and is streaming it on their Muse Asia YouTube channel, on iQIYI and Bilibili in Southeast Asia.[75]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [76][d]Directed by [e]Written by [e]Original air date [78]
1"Jobless Reincarnation"
Transcription: "Mushoku Tensei" (Japanese: 無職転生)
Hiroki HiranoManabu OkamotoJanuary 11, 2021 (2021-01-11)[f]
After being hit by a truck and dying, a hopeless and jobless Japanese man reincarnates into a fantasy-like world as Rudeus, son of the swordsman Paul Greyrat and his wife, the healer Zenith. Keeping his memories of his previous life, Rudeus quickly learns to read and eventually starts practicing magic. Noticing his aptitude, Rudeus' parents hire the adventurer Roxy Migurdia as his magic teacher. Roxy has some doubts at first about tutoring him due to his tender age until she witnesses his unique ability to cast magic instantly and realizes his potential. As the Greyrat family gives a welcome party to Roxy, Rudeus vows to work hard to improve himself and make proper use of the second chance he was given to have a happy and fulfilling life.
2"Master"
Transcription: "Shishō" (Japanese: 師匠)
Hiroki HiranoManabu OkamotoJanuary 18, 2021 (2021-01-18)[f]
Rudeus reminisces about his past life, when he was expelled from home and was hit by the truck that killed him while attempting to save some teenagers. He spends the next months training magic with Roxy until the day of his five-year-old birthday party, when Roxy declares that she has nothing more to teach him and will hold his graduation exam. The next day, Rudeus leaves his home for the first time accompained by Roxy. He gets distressed over his past trauma, when he was severely bullied by his classmates in school that led to him become recluse, but he ends up overcoming it once realizing how Roxy blended well with the villagers, despite all the prejudice she usually suffers due to her demon origin. In the exam, Rudeus manages to summon a massive thunderstorm and Roxy declares that he passed. Roxy then departs to continue her journey and Rudeus thanks her for everything she has done for him.
3"A Friend"
Transcription: "Tomodachi" (Japanese: 友達)
TBATBAJanuary 25, 2021 (2021-01-25)

Reception[edit]

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.[80][81][82][83] However the main character Rudeus has been criticized for being a pervert.[84]

Notes and references[edit]

  • ^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 listed the series premiere at 24:00 on January 10, 2021, which is at midnight on January 11.
  4. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.[77]
  5. ^ a b Information is taken from the ending credits of each episode.
  6. ^ a b Episodes 1 and 2 were pre-screened on December 27, 2020.[79]
Japanese
  1. ^ ルーデウス・グレイラット Rūdeusu Gureiratto
  2. ^ シルフィエット・グレイラット Shirufietto Gureiratto
  3. ^ フィッツ Fittsu
  4. ^ ルーシー・グレイラット Rūshī Gureiratto
  5. ^ ジークハルト・サラディン・グレイラット Jīkuharuto Saradin Gureiratto
  6. ^ ロキシー・ミグルディア Rokishī Migurudia
  7. ^ ララ・グレイラット Rara Gureiratto
  8. ^ エリス・ボレアス・グレイラット Erisu Boreasu Gureiratto
  9. ^ アルス・グレイラット Arusu Gureiratto
  10. ^ パウロ・グレイラット Pauro Gureiratto
  11. ^ ゼニス・グレイラット Zenisu Gureiratto
  12. ^ ラトレイア Ratoreia
  13. ^ ゼニス・グレイラット Rīrya Gureiratto
  14. ^ ノルン・グレイラット Norun Gureiratto
  15. ^ アイシャ・グレイラット Aisha Gureiratto
  16. ^ ザノバ・シーローン Zanoba Shīrōn
  17. ^ ジュリエット Jurietto
  18. ^ エリナリーゼ・ドラゴンロード Erinarīze Doragonrōdo
  19. ^ クリフ・グリモル Kurifu Gurimoru
  20. ^ ミリス Mirisu
  21. ^ リニア・デドルディア Rinia Dedorudia
  22. ^ プルセナ・アドルディア Purusena Adorudia
  23. ^ ナナホシ・シズカ Nanahoshi Shizuka
  24. ^ アリエル・アネモイ・アスラ Arieru Anemoi Asura
  25. ^ ルーク・ノトス・グレイラット Rūku Notosu Gureiratto
  26. ^ 人神 Hito-gami
  27. ^ ラプラス Rapurasu
  28. ^ ルイジェルド・スペルディア Ruijerudo Superudia
  29. ^ キシリカ・キシリス Kishirika Kishirisu
  30. ^ バーディガーディ Badigadi
  31. ^ アトーフェラトーフェ・ライバック Atoferatofe Raibaku
  32. ^ オルステッド Orusuteddo
  33. ^ オルステッド Perugiusu Dōra
  34. ^ シルヴァリル Shiruvu~ariru
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