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Mushoku Tensei (Novel)  
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A 34-years-old NEET otaku is chased out from his house by his family. This unattractive and penniless guy 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 already 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 ~

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Latest Release(s)
v.18 c.7-14 (c.182-189) by Baka-Tsuki (0d ago)
v.15 c.10-11 (c.153-154) by Baka-Tsuki (13d ago)
v.14 c.8 (c.140) by Baka-Tsuki (14d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Ongoing)
20 Web Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (204 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.94 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 10th 2014, 11:19pm PST



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Monthly Pos #5 decreased(-1)
3 Month Pos #3 (No change)
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Latest Translated Volume Discussion 0 days, 4 hours, 53 minutes ago
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novel for young male adult   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kint
September 15th, 2014, 11:04pm
like the tittle state this novel is not for every one . i would highly recommend this series because of the story and how author craft every character.( i do wish for more chapter on how the another character view of thing ) . this is the story of change, the MC change form a closed closet jerk into an
"pervert" family man that willing to ANYTHING to protect his family and friends.

... Last updated on September 15th, 2014, 11:25pm
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Wow, I love this   
Rating: N/A
by HeartlessIndigo
September 15th, 2014, 6:20pm
I've been on-off reading this to and from school on my bus every day. It's been a decently enjoyable. The story generally stayed that way, for the beginning at least. In the latter volumes of the book, to put it bluntly, sh*t hits the fan.

Not trying to spoil no too much, but what happens is a plot-twist without much foreshadowing, which I generally don't like. But the actual potential plot brought on by this plot twist more than makes up for the unfairness of it being sprung up out of the blue.

... Last updated on September 15th, 2014, 6:21pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rollokost
September 15th, 2014, 2:09pm
Damn this novel is killing me, gotta stop pulling all nighters to read and finish my work, think the last time i was so engrossed was vinland saga

I'm usually a manga fan and got a referral but i was surprised by how interesting the story was. I guess its rare to find a protagonist who's an ordinary guy with no ambition dealing with stuff in an anime-ish world? mushoku tensei feels like an anime or manga got turned into a reality drama lol

The plot is awesome and the pacing is smooth. It starts off really slow and doesnt rush anything. Its built very patiently until it just explodes in the later volumes. There are some chapters just about life, but thats just the calm before the storm biggrin

There's lots of comedy and some tearjerking tragic moments too, all of it is written sincerely.

I just have one big problem: cant decide between charmander, squirtle, and bulbasaur ;_;
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by bnad
September 15th, 2014, 12:41am
Let me guess. The author was (or still is?) a Neet, with a paedophilic tendency, who sole desire was to have a palace full of harem devoid of personality, but because the author was not a tyrant in dark age, instead the author decided to write about it and wrapped it with fantasy setting and genre cliche?

But since 183 people gave the LN an eight plus rating, they probably did relate with the author.


I'm not even a prude. But damn, this novel was creepy.

... Last updated on September 15th, 2014, 11:45am
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finally something original and tasty   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by laita7
September 13th, 2014, 8:27pm
this light novel was a surprise, was getting kind of jaded about the general quality of novels since there's just so much cringeworthy stuff out there

then BAM MUSHOKU TENSEI! its like a treasure hoard of interesting dialogue and epic fantasy.

in a similar way to Re:Monster, the MC is reborn as a child but hes not an orc bent on eating his way to max super saiyan 4. the guy actually has a personality that you can believe in with ordinary emotions. the new world is waaaay entrenched in japanese culture and its funny how he keeps trying to separate japanese logic from his new life. the action parts are also written very well without over exaggeration, the magic and swords system + monsters etc. mesh well together without making your brain ache with contradictions

the romance is a teenage wet dream come true, but the somewhat unique thing is the author makes the harem actually work. the girls have personality rather than being what the author calls "satellites" revolving around the MC, they develop a history together and for the longest time, its just teasing and nothing happens. the slow moving and gradual merging of their lives is gratifying if you enjoy that type of romance.

however if you're a milis believer (aka one love one life), stay away. you will be irreversibly seduced by the fatal temptation of "3P" you have been warned!

but best of all, there's a lot of semi life lessons mixed into many chapters that give you a feeling of what family and friendship mean, especially to someone like the MC who was secluded. it feels like the author is often writing with his targeted audience being NEETs. the mc says all of it from a non judgemental tone, so you're free to take from it what you will

read it you'll love it, but check the tags first though (HAREM + MATURE + SEINEN). i dunno how so many reviewers come to throw dirt because they can't stand a pedo joke, don't like harems or like the guy below, want a superhero MC who has to be the strongest in a world where the plot moves linearly (beat bad guy 1, beat bad guy 2 who's stronger, beat the gods and so on until you wonder what's the point of even reading)

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P.S. Eris best girl
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Dissapointing eroge novel (warning spoilers)   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by h3r01c
September 13th, 2014, 4:44pm
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It's strange how so many people love this novel and how many people hate it. Anyways since enough people praise this novel here's the problems I have with it. I have read 170 chapters and really had to wonder why I'd bother.

Incest and harems

1. The 1st person he sleeps with is his cousin Eris Boreas Greyrat, he is physically 12 and mentally he is 46 at that time while she is 15. The author later reveals a volume later that 15 is considered the age of an adult in his world. The reason she sleeps with him and she requests it, is because she nearly sees him die and because she wants to go on a training journey due to the fact that she failed to protect him. Its in chapter 63 in case you want to check.

Problem I have with this issue is how all the female characters love the mc due to how inferior they feel and due to the terrible circumstances they face. Eris is a spoiled child who takes after her grandfather and while she meets the mc when she is 10 and lives and travels with the mc for 5 years, she is told and forced by her mother to sleep with the mc almost when she is 12 because apparently no one else will possibility marry her. After coming back home despite being missing for 2 years, her own father is trying to marry her off to gain political power which results in her giving her virginity to the mc and running off to train to become someone who can protect the mc. She is a violent oujou sama with a big bust in case anyone wants to know how the mc classifies her.

Sylphiette is a childhood friend who's a mixed race who is befriended, and taught by the mc. She basically develops a childhood crush and marries him and stays married despite the fact that he will marry 2 other women. She is teased due to her hair when he rescues her. She fulfills the loyal childhood friend stereotype.

Lastly, the last wife is roxy who is in her 40s and taught the mc magic. He catches her masturbating in the 1st volume and steals one of her unwashed panties to remember her by. She falls in love when the mc rescues her in a labyrinth but she doesn't have any experience in male relationship because it states somewhere they all treated her like a child or just friends. She fulfills the loli teacher sterotype.

2. Ok the interference of prophecy, divine influences

In the first few volumes, the "human god hitogami" literally helps the mc do anything important. Befriend the superd when he's teleported to the magical kingdom, where to get his magical eye, ignore the request to save his parents, ect.... It really ruins any tension if a god is your guardian angel in my opinion.

Later on we find out that the human god is using him for his own purposes and the dragon god is a time traveler that's suppose to destroy him. He even meets himself 50 years from the future. This story is too unpredictable, whenever the mc has a problem, a god helps him or some random plot device helps him solve it. Despite the fact that he has one of the highest mana capacities and is good at spells and amazing at magic, he still has to negotiate, or get help from various beings stronger then himself.

3. The plot and the terrible sexual jokes

After he is dumped by Eris, he has ED (erectional dysfunction). One of the running gags is he worships his sensei Roxy and the holy object, her panties. If you look at volume 10, the whole volume is about him getting married to his 1st wife Sylpie. Keep in mind he will get married 2 more times... The fights that he starts are he wins due to his overwhelming magical abilities and some swordsmen abilities (red stray dragons, various bandits, monsters, students) or he is spared, pleads for his life. (1st time vs the dragon god, saved by human, 2nd time vs the dragon god, demon gods twice).

The more you will read this story the less you can care about the characters unless you pretend to be the main character which is some of the 10 star ratings are doing. In conclusion, don't waste your time, unless you want to pretend to be a gary sue who gets a harem and solves his problems with the interference of divine beings and fate (if you actually read past 150+). The discussion about the plot device seem to make things worse, like the author doesn't know what he is doing with his story anymore and is trying to stall for time or justify his poor plot.

... Last updated on September 13th, 2014, 4:47pm
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The best adventure light novel   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ambarg
September 9th, 2014, 4:37pm
Read tons of light novels and can safely say the author is a genius. Mushoku Tensei takes all the best parts of action, adventure and even everyday life and combine them into an amazing reading experience. Sometimes, you'll wonder why nobody has ever thought of and created something like this before since it seems so simple.

Even after mixing in all different "stereotypes," the characters are never boring. The story is never predictable and believe me you'll go WTF WHAT JUST HAPPENED RIFUJIN NA MAGONOTE ARE YOU FOR REAL once you're 15 volumes in. None of that Naruto or Bleach garbage with the MC getting superpowered out of nowhere. There is a perfect balance of action, adventure and slice of life.

I'd like to think this light novel is the main reason behind the reincarnation light novel boom since we're seeing so many of those now. Unlike others, it deserves its place since I am addicted as hell.
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Mary Sue Warning   
Rating: N/A
by Kagrath
September 9th, 2014, 3:15pm
While the premise is very interesting the writing and MC are not. Basically, a pedophile otaku in reborn into another world when he dies and becomes the most passive bad-ass in existence. He reaches maximum power by the time he's 6 and spends the next 10 years (where I stopped reading) doing jack shit in terms of growth. The characters are one dimensional stereotypes, story progresses in a predictable pattern and the MC fondles children.

Move on, don't waste your time.
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Rating: N/A
by MatrixM
September 8th, 2014, 1:03pm
I thought I had already left a comment that, overall, gave a slightly negative review of this series (cliches, not great writing, horribly perverse/twisted protagonist in some ways BUT some pretty great ideas).
Turns out I hadn't.

And instead of saying that, I just need to say: I just read chapter 154, end of vol 15, and holy SHIT that was a great chapter. The series just grew a beard. Shit just got real.
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Rating: N/A
by Akiradesu
September 4th, 2014, 10:59am
After reaching chapter 101, realised that I'm forcing myself to read. Few things here and there simply doesn't add up when it comes to character actions, their development and world setting in general.

Would be great if Japanese authors would make a redo after finishing their serialised works and call them - "bug free versions". One can dream, right?
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