Rudeus has been studying hard with Roxy. He’s determined to make the most of his time with her and do something with his life… well, something and looking at panties. He’s not changed that much!
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (Episode 2) – Master
During his studies, Rudeus learns that there are demons in this world. Even more surprising, Roxy is a demon and in the wrong light, her hair almost looks like the legendary Superd, a feared race that has been ostracized by all sides. Of course, she’s not a Superd, but that doesn’t stop others from treating her differently. That’s something that Rudeus is all too familiar with.
As his training progresses, Rudeus gets stronger and stronger, learning four different types of attack magic. He’s almost surpassed Roxy and in some ways, she knows he’s already better. After his fifth birthday, Roxy informs Rudeus that he will take his graduation exam in the morning. He’s struggling with the idea of moving on from Roxy and to make matters worse, the exam will be outside of the village, far beyond the safety of his garden.
What did you think?
This series just gets better and better. When I started this series, I had no idea that I would be get bummed out like this. Seeing what happened to Rudeus in his previous life was not easy to watch. I abhor bullying and this was way too much. Sure, he’s a bit odd and a pervert, but that was too cruel. The hardest part of it was that his parents clearly thought that they were helping him by allowing him to hide at home. I understand the desire to shield your children from the world.
Of course, as Rudeus learnt about the university it brought back all the painful memories of his past life. It was what kept him inside his garden. He believed that everyone was watching him, ready to make fun of him or worse. Paul and Zenith fell into the same trap that his previous parents did. Why push him? Roxy, however, was not his parent and that allowed her to do what no one else had done. She simply took him beyond the mental barrier and showed him the world outside. Sure, she knew nothing of his past and didn’t do it intentionally, but she did it when no one else would.
What have you learnt?
So, Rudeus’ character has become infinitely more interesting at this point. He struggled with bullies in high school and shut himself away from the world. Every time he promised himself that he would try to move on, his body refused and his parents enabled it. Now, I’m not saying it’s an easy thing to get over. Quite the opposite. Everyone remembers the person that bullied them. This sticks with you forever which is why I hate that it goes on.
Since Rudeus shut himself away, he quite likely regressed. He lost his social skills and found comfort in video games, light novels, and anime. The format isn’t that important, the idea that he sought out anything to escape from reality showed how mentally scarred he was. We’re two episodes in and he has made steps in the right direction. He’s far from perfect and will no doubt make many more questionable decisions, but that feels right. As I said, these things stay with you, so getting over them and finding a way to change is going to take time and effort. I’m glad he isn’t suddenly a poster child for isekai heroes.
Other posts in the series
- Season One – Part 1
- Episode 1 – Jobless Reincarnation
- Episode 2 – Master
- Episode 3 – A Friend
- Episode 4 – Emergency Family Meeting
- Episode 5 – A Young Lady and Violence
- Episode 6 – A Day Off in Roa
- Episode 7 – What Lies Beyond Effort
- Episode 8 – Turning Point 1
- Episode 9 – A Chance Encounter
- Episode 10 – The Value of a Life and the First Job
- Episode 11 – Children and Warriors
- Season One – Part 2