Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (Episode 21) – Turning Point 2

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Rudeus’ search for his mother and Sylphiette takes the party across the mountains and into dragon territory. Ruijerd tried to explain to Eris why it wasn’t a good idea to hunt a red dragon, although that’s the least of their worries!

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (Episode 21) – Turning Point 2

What happened?

They were in high spirits after successfully rescuing Lilia and Aisha from Pax. Even a trek across the mountain range couldn’t dampen the mood. If anything, it just made things worse as Eris spotted some red dragons flying overhead. She told Rudeus and Ruijerd that she hoped to hunt one. No doubt, she was feeling extra confident after Ruijerd officially recognised her as a warrior. Her fighting skills had improved to no end.

Everything seemed to be going well, but then Ruijerd and Eris froze, their eyes locked on something in the distance. Rudeus tried to ask them what was going on but they wouldn’t or couldn’t answer. He turned his gaze to match theirs and watched as a man and girl in a mask walked towards them. They continued past them without even looking up, but the tension became unbearable.

Ruijerd ordered Rudeus to remain still, but that just made things worse. Their oxen gripped by terror bolted and threw itself off the side of the mountain. The man turned back towards them and asked if that was Ruijerd’s voice. He then recognized Eris too, however, Rudeus remained unknown to him. Rudeus continued to push his luck, asking him questions about the mana disaster.

He then let it slip that he saw Hitogami in his dreams which sent Orsted wild. He charged without warning. Only Ruijerd’s quick reflexes saved Rudeus. However, he was no match for Orsted and was quickly incapacitated. Eris was next to jump to Rudeus’ aid, but she was tossed aside like a ragdoll. Orsted injured Rudeus, but it wasn’t enough to stop him from fighting back. Maybe, it would have been better to play dead!

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What did you think?

I think that this episode was not even close to the regular twenty-four minutes. It said twenty-four minutes on the in-app timer, but I don’t believe that for a second. This was five minutes long at best. I’m pretty sure I can’t go without breathing for any longer so it had to be. Seriously though, this was an incredible episode and not just because of the action. There was a lot of subtle details revealed throughout and I loved it for that.

It’s fairly well known that I love making theories based on what I’m watching. This sort of storytelling is incredibly engaging, especially if you can get the audience to join in. Having come up with a number of theories, they will stick around to see if they come true. It doesn’t have to be straight away either. A few little crumbs in all it takes to keep us merrily following the trail, making more theories, and becoming more and more invested in the story. This episode was a masterclass in that respect.

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What have you learnt?

And now for the fun part! The most fascinating thing in this episode was Orsted, however, it wasn’t how strong he was or determined he was to kill Rudeus once he found out he knew Hitogami, although that was interesting. He said that he knew Ruijerd and Eris, but also that they hadn’t met yet. He commented on their fighting abilities, noting that Eris was much stronger this time. Hang on, he said he hadn’t met them yet…

I’m getting a sense for time travel here or even something like Groundhog Day. The real kicker was when Rudeus told him that he was Paul’s son, but Orsted believed that Paul only had two daughters. The fact that Orsted had no idea who Rudeus was should have been enough for him to want to kill him. It was enough for him to ask about Hitogami so I guess that makes sense since there is some sort of connection between the two of them as hinted in Rudeus’ dream.

Orsted also didn’t know anything about the mana disaster and that seemed to trouble him. Assuming he has been repeating some period of time in which he has got to know everyone and everything in this world, an event or a person that was new would be quite significant. It’s like Neo in the Matrix and the cycles of time. This series just got a lot more complicated and interesting. I can’t wait to find out more about Nanahoshi. Could she be from another world, too?

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Series Information

English TitleMushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Japanese TitleMushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu
GenresActionComedyEcchi, FantasyIsekaiMagic
DemographicSeinen

Anime

Season One – Part One
SeasonSeason One – Part One
ReleasedWinter 2021
Animation StudiosStudio Bind
Episodes11
1Jobless Reincarnation
2Master
3A Friend
4Emergency Family Meeting
5A Young Lady and Violence
6A Day Off in Roa
7What Lies Beyond Effort
8Turning Point 1
9A Chance Encounter
10The Value of a Life and the First Job
11Children and Warriors
Season One – Part Two
SeasonSeason One – Part Two
ReleasedFall 2021
Animation StudiosStudio Bind
Episodes12
12The Woman with the Demon Eyes
13Missed Connections
14No Such Thing As a Free Lunch
15Slow Life in the Doldia Village
16Family Squabble
17Reunion
18Separate Journeys
19Route Selection
20The Birth of My Little Sister, the Maid
21Turning Point 2
22Dreams and Reality
23Wake Up and Take a Step
Season One – Side Story
English TitleEris the Goblin Slayer
Japanese TitleEris no Goblin Toubatsu
ReleasedWinter 2022
Animation StudiosStudio Bind
Season Two – Prequel
English TitleGuardian Fitz
Japanese TitleShugo Jutsushi Fitz
ReleasedSummer 2023
Animation StudiosStudio Bind
Season Two – Part One
SeasonSeason Two – Part One
ReleasedSummer 2023
Animation StudiosStudio Bind
Episodes12
1The Brokenhearted Mage
2The Forest in the Dead of Night
3Abrupt Approach
4Letter of Invitation
5Ranoa University of Magic
6I Don’t Want to Die
7The Kidnapping and Confinement of Beast Girls
8The Fiancé of Despair
9The White Mask
10These Feelings
11To You
12I Want to Tell You
Season Two – Part Two
SeasonSeason Two – Part Two
ReleasedSpring 2024
Animation StudiosStudio Bind
Episodes12
13My Dream Home
14Wedding Reception
15Afar
16Norn and Aisha
17My Older Brother’s Feelings
18Turning Point 3
19Desert Journey
20Into the Labyrinth
21Magic Circle to the Sixth Stratum
22Parents
23Let’s Go Home

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    • Yeah, Rudy still thinks he can talk his way out of anything. Wonder if he’ll have learnt his lesson after this one!?

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