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Mushoku Tensei (Novel)  
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A 34-year-old NEET otaku, chased out from his house by his family, found that his life is reaching a dead end. He then recalled that his life could actually have been much better if he had made better choices in the past.

Just when he was at the point of regret, he saw a truck moving at fast speed, and three high schoolers in its path. Mustering all the strength he had, he tried to save them and ended getting run over by the truck, quickly ending his life.

The next time he opened his eyes, he is reincarnated to a world of sword and magic as Rudeus Greyrat. Born to a new world, a new life, Rudeus decided that, "This time, I'll really live my life to the fullest with no regret!" Thus starts the journey of a man yearning to restart his life.

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Associated Names
無職転生 (小説)
無職転生 - 異世界行ったら本気だす - (小説)
Jobless Reincarnation ~ It will be All Out if I Go to Another World ~ (Novel)

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Latest Release(s)
v.24 c.260-261 + Extras (end) by Kaezar Translations (75d ago)
v.23 c.259 by Kaezar Translations (80d ago)
v.23 c.258 by Kaezar Translations (86d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)
24 Web Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (584 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.06 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 20th 2015, 3:46pm PST



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Original Publisher
Media Factory (MF Books)

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Best Girl's for Rudeus 12 days, 11 hours, 41 minutes ago
Mushoku Tensei Final Volume (END) 81 days, 5 hours, 41 minutes ago
Volume 9 Preview Chapters? 293 days, 0 hours, 6 minutes ago
Latest Translated Volume Discussion 318 days, 3 hours, 10 minutes ago
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by CaptainNuja
July 27th, 2015, 3:57pm
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This novel is one of the best I've read in a while. The character development is amazing and at the end, you can really feel how much Rudeus has changed from the beginning. In the beginning, the main character is somewhat detestable. He was just the average perverted freak with no morals. This is slowly changed by the people he meets and events he experiences. He goes from an insecure, weak, apathetic individual to a confident, strong, and caring individual. This shows with his frequent meetings with Hitogami as he is first shown in his old world's body but at the end, he is in the new world's body. This can represent Rudeus's growth and acceptance for who he is.

Everyone has their preferences though, some people may not enjoy this and condemn others for enjoying the novel. That's their choice though. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest light novels/web novels I have read. The only issues I have is that the web novel ended with some questions left unanswered, which is why i gave it a 9.5 instead of a 10. Maybe the sequel will explain them.

Also, a lot of the people are complaining about the harem and how perverted the MC is. The perversion of the MC from beginning to mid-way of the series is definitely a turn-off but after that, it becomes less and less of an issue and unlike other harems, this MC is actually smart and not indecisive.

... Last updated on July 27th, 2015, 4:11pm
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Original and Complete   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Renzonokuken
July 12th, 2015, 5:57pm
Finishing these 24 volumes of Web Novel in one week. I feel satisfied, and easily one of the best light novel/web novel besides some VN/LN that I have read. Even though some of the characters are not explained completely till the end, like Nanahoshi, Rudeus' children, etc,.. it's alright since we read the story from the perspective of the main character, Rudeus.

At first, I don't really expect much and even got annoyed by the prologue's main character and decision. But as it got further, I can get the feel of it.

The best character development I have ever read in a light novel. For the story, you had better read it yourself to find it.
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Loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BlackOrion
May 16th, 2015, 11:10pm
I really feel with Rudeus, I felt bad for him when he was sad, and happy for him when he was happy. It really manages to flesh out the characters enough to allow you to relate with them.
The Novel is always on the perspective of someone, mostly Rudeus, and It really feels like you are watching from their eyes, with their personalities affecting the way the world looks. We have a character growing, and not just with a few "Oh, I have grown" or some super specific decision at times that he wouldn't had taken before, like most books do, but rather with his whole perspective on life changing little by little as he grows older and wiser. You read Rudeus's thoughts on the first few chapters, the middle point, and at the end and can see the same person but different, it's weird enough to be hard to describe.
I would also like to mention that not only were the characters interesting and well done, but so was the world they lived in. It was well defined enough to give you a feeling for it, and vague enough that you didn't feel like a spectator but rather a citizen,you didn't know what you couldn't know, but aside from that you got a good feeling of the common sense of the Universe of Mushoku Tensei.
The battles were well done, and the main character wasn't invincible nor overpowered, while still being strong and growing stronger as time went by. I don't want to say more on this subject so as to not spoil it, so I will limit myself to say that he was well defined.

Anyway, what I loved the most is how nicely it was wrapped. The ending was great and I defy people to try going through it all and not feel even the slightest bit emotional at chapter 260-261

... Last updated on May 16th, 2015, 11:21pm
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A true masterpiece of Japanese anime literature.   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by tameflame
May 16th, 2015, 6:54pm
Its finished now, but I'll flesh out my review as time goes on.

A masterpiece, of the hundreds of manga, light novels, anime that I've read or watched, this comes into my top 10.

It is a work on the perseverence of human nature, the power of unconditional love, seasoned with perfect slice of life episodes that make you feel you are living another life.

The author shows you beautiful scapes and introduces you to fantastical but incredibly human characters.

The pacing of the plot, along with meaningful and compelling character driven storytelling makes it unique and truly one of a kind. In 10 years I have yet to read a light novel from Japanese culture that addresses the issues of death, life, redemption and observes the sheer darkness of the human psyche while bringing to the forefront the battles and struggles we go throughm; this work sheds volumes on the human condition.

It is ended with a denouement that leaves no gaps in the work. Overall and absolutely amazing story that will remain a hallmark of all light novels. A true epitome of Japanese otaku culture.
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Above average   
Rating: N/A
by zanaikin
April 25th, 2015, 9:21am
Has its highlights, but certainly not the best thing since sliced bread.

MT takes big points for its appealing premise of taking a complete loser who failed at life, giving him a second chance, and making a man out of him. In a sense, it is a redemption type story with an uncommon approach, harnessing the modern belief of YOLO and positive motivation instead of say, moral guilt. It is also a rare light novel propelled by detailed character focus, strong growth, and... functional, believable relationships.

My only problem here is that these were never <strengths> of the light novel franchise to begin with. If I wanted detailed characterization I'd go read a traditional novel. LNs are usually categorized for their fast story that keeps the audience constantly entertained -- this pacing is where MT often bogs down.

Furthermore, it's also plagued by some really big minuses.

*Like the fact the main character is so perverted that even as a baby he disgusts people. It's hard to read the MC's thoughts without feeling more than a shade disturbed, unless one is also a hormone-addled teen in the midst of puberty.

*The MC succeeds at learning even complicated tasks with relative easy. Sure, he is described as a diligent person. But it's hard for the reader to <feel> that way when he say, successfully casts his first spell within a minute of trying in story.

*The world is super-generic, with a magic system so simple even the most amateur game designer would laugh at. The medieval society they depict isn't any better, and I question if the author ever read anything historic outside of video games. Suffice to say, the writer is no worldbuilder, which becomes a problem when so much time is spent traveling the nooks and crannies of the fantasy world. Every time something is explained about the world, I feel like I just ate a sleeping pill.

My conclusion is:

Yes, MT is much better than maybe 75% of light novels out there. But light novels are hardly the apex of literary finesse. Meanwhile, what good LNs often has to offer -- creativity, alacrity, sympathetic main leads -- is sadly lacking in MT.

... Last updated on April 25th, 2015, 9:35am
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WARNING !!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Odd_21
April 12th, 2015, 6:24am
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WARNING : This Series Mushoku Tensei - Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu or The Story Of Rudeus is just a Side Story.So don't get too attached Rudeus(Main Character) or any other character because the main Series will take place after 100 years later and the Main Protagonist will like be Rudeus descendants or Akihito (Akihito is the Tall Guy That is having a Love quarrel in Chapter-1 page-6 In Manga).Personal I think it should be Rudeus descendants.
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Keeping it simple   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Anedres96
April 11th, 2015, 5:11pm
This web novel is simply a masterpiece, you will never be bored a second. It has to be considered that Mushoku Tensei is really focusing in the seinen demographic. Simple writing and an epic story, makes it enjoyable through the 200 chapters that are now. This is one of the many reincarnation novels that are trending, so if you have read others already, it might become repetitive. So if you are searching for time to spend in awesomeness, you are a bit perverted, and like light but funny readings; this is just for you! It's not rated 9/10 by accident. wink

... Last updated on April 11th, 2015, 5:12pm
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This is a magnum opus   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bobIV123
April 5th, 2015, 12:30am
For me this is the crown jewel of the "transported to another world" genre and is just...difficult to describe. It's really really good and you should read it right now, realize its greatness, then come back here and give it a 10. Make an account if you have to. This is a masterpiece, certainly not flawless, but a masterpiece nonetheless.
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Pretty Good Escapist Fantasy   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lyrad
April 3rd, 2015, 7:08pm
First off, before reading this you need to know that what you're reading is basically an escapist fantasy of how a complete loser is given a second chance in life and becomes a much better person.
Now if you know what it is and you're ok with it, then go ahead. It's a one hell of a ride.

You might think that you'll see a shallow story which what I expected at first, but it was a pleasant surprise to see that it was so much more, and how it was unraveled. Volume 2's progression is very generic but at the end of the volume, you'll see that it's just to set the stage.
It also has a pretty impressive world building. For one, it has detailed map of the continents, the history and progression how the major powers in the world played out is very well thought out.

I saw many people complains about how he already surpassed his teacher by the age of 5 aka how OP he's gonna be and drop it. Well for starters, he only surpasses her in one aspect and their magic ranks are actually equal. And even this isn't enough, to those complaining of how OP they think he's gonna be, then try to actually continue to read it first. Because he's far from those standing at the top of this world's power tier, not to mention many of them have lived for hundred-thousands of years so they have more battle experience.
There are many people stronger than him, but he finds the way to overcome them be it with strategy or his comrades.
For normal people he might be too strong, but what he's facing isn't normal people. They are monsters among monsters who some of them hold the title of "God".

One other thing that impressed me is the content. You need to know that the translations are not the translations of the Light Novel but the Web Novel. Which is the raw, unpolished version of the series before it's officially published and overhauled/edited to make it better. As such Web Novels are usually sparse like a draft containing of mostly only the major points of the series. Yet, Mushoku Tensei is pretty detailed and immense. Most of the volumes have more than 10 chapters, hell, the recent volume 23 has over 20 chapters and counting.

Anyway, this is probably the best and the most enjoyable escapist fantasy novel I've read. Definitely worth every seconds of time which I read it.

@Rielco: About brutal end, well the author has already posted the final chapter and some epilogues. Yea, Mushoku Tensei ended, and let's just say you shouldn't have anything to fear, It's a pretty complex feeling reading the ending, but it was satisfying. And it's not completely ended because it's just "Mushoku Tensei" aka Rudeus' arc which ended. His next series is about to unfold.

@mercio: gr8 b8 m8 i r8 8/8
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One of the best fantasies in recent years   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rielco
March 19th, 2015, 8:31pm
Been binge reading and my eyes are killing me. Currently up to volume 23 and enjoyed this story immensely!

It has a great cast of characters, some of whom have really grown on me with their sass and craziness. Has one of my favorite bad guys of all time. The plot actually makes sense for a Japanese light novel or web novel PLUS, without spoiling everything, it's really good about twists and surprises. There's romance that progresses past first base (HOORAH! disclaimer though, it moves WAY past first base!!), even though the MC seems like the average Jap beta dweeb that could indecisively flounder for 20 volumes.

But most of all, I like seeing a redemption story that's not excessively vulgar in wish fulfillment. This pathetically flawed sod trying to hold on to and protect his family in his new life is damn heartwarming. But I just get this feeling the author is about to give him a brutal end *cry*

Cheers to a non-Miura-esque ending!
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