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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.

Original web novel


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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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Kaezar Translations

Latest Release(s)
v.24 c.260-261 + Extras (end) by Kaezar Translations (107d ago)
v.23 c.259 by Kaezar Translations (112d ago)
v.23 c.258 by Kaezar Translations (117d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)
24 Web Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (615 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.07 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 25th 2015, 5:30am PST



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Original Publisher
Media Factory (MF Books)

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Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #21 decreased(-5)
Monthly Pos #20 increased(+1)
3 Month Pos #17 increased(+1)
6 Month Pos #13 decreased(-3)

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On 586 wish lists
On 355 completed lists
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Best Girl's for Rudeus 43 days, 18 hours, 7 minutes ago
Mushoku Tensei Final Volume (END) 112 days, 12 hours, 8 minutes ago
Volume 9 Preview Chapters? 324 days, 6 hours, 33 minutes ago
Latest Translated Volume Discussion 349 days, 9 hours, 37 minutes ago
preview? 352 days, 19 hours, 55 minutes ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by thatguy098
August 16th, 2015, 4:35pm
This is one of the first Japanese books I have read and let me say it will probably stay as my favorite for a very long time. The reader gets to know and love the MC through out the book, and by the end if you don't have even a little bit of dust in your eyes then you don't have emotions. I get teary eyed just from remembering it. I would recommend this book to any reader that loves
fantasy or just any one with nothing to do, you will not regret it at all.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Huge Spoiler at the end of the book. I absolutely love how Rudeus at the end just walks past his nemesis leaving after watching his descendants finish his work with sealing Hitogami.

... Last updated on August 16th, 2015, 4:49pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ayami123
August 14th, 2015, 7:40am
damn i was wondering where are the hate comments. i mean every popular manga must always have hate comment or it will not be real! haha

anyway this is actually good and very decent novel.
though i won't give it 10/10.
it's actually on a decent level. it's quite good biggrin
give it a try.
It's more about redemption and anything.

since I have given this comments. hate comment come on aboard and spam it with 1/10 rating like what you did with tate no yuusha haha biggrin

... Last updated on August 28th, 2015, 12:02am
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Have to give my 2 cents   
Rating: N/A
by Wickian
August 12th, 2015, 12:48am
I've been using this website for over 10 years and have never bothered to make an account, but I need to give my opinion of this novel.

Besides one glaring flaw, this is an amazing read.

Character development is fluid and feels believable.

Supporting characters who don't immediately befriend the MC, who in other stories would feel insulted or jealous and turn into enemies only to see the error of their ways later in the story after losing a fight, instead have more than one brain cell and either grow up or let it go.

The only real enemies are REAL enemies, not comic relief or plot devices. They have things they want and the MC is getting in their way. They aren't really evil, just on opposing sides.

Back to why I made this comment, the one thing I really think drags this story down is the harem factor. I get that the Japanese are obsessed with almost every underage girl flirting with adults and harems where every pretty girl the MC meets falls in love with him or is at least attracted enough to want to get into his pants, but I was really hoping that wouldn't happen in this novel.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Especially him actually getting away with marrying every female childhood friend he ever had...
Unfortunately it did, so I can only give it a 9/10.

The above turned what could have been a near masterpiece into a just a really good novel.

... Last updated on August 12th, 2015, 2:00pm
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No reason not to read this. The most emotional book I've ever read.   
Rating: N/A
by Neoreaperblade
August 1st, 2015, 10:47pm
Do yourself a favor and read this book. I won't list on the why it's good, that's something you need figure out yourself. What I can guarantee is that, at the end, you will love this. Unparalled emotional rollercoaster that is pleasing to read
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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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