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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 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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v.20 c.4 (c.203) by Baka-Tsuki (66d ago)
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4 Volumes (Ongoing)
21 Web Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (292 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.03 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 24th 2014, 1:11am PST



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Monthly Pos #11 (No change)
3 Month Pos #13 decreased(-6)
6 Month Pos #2 increased(+3)

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Best Girl's for Rudeus 3 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes ago
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fantastic storytelling.....   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wittyrajput
November 5th, 2014, 3:46am
This LN comes in the top league for me.....The best thing about is its different from its contemporary novels and has an amazing flow of events.For me,MC being already 34 and all that rather than repulse by that idea,It was quite funny how he tries to indulge in his perversions even as a baby.If you take it,I am sure you will read it to the end with how incredible the storytelling is!!!!!!
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Wow, just wow!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kappalord
November 2nd, 2014, 12:55pm
Let me get this straight, have some people even read this novel or have they been reading too much pedophile news lately? Are your minds okay or maybe now you're seeing pedophiles everywhere?

I'm seriously worried. confused

First of all, in no part of this novel is there any underage sex. There are many moments where you're teased with lolis, but the MC never sleeps with children, only adults. Anyone who says otherwise simply hasn't read the light novel or is probably just jumping at the first hint of a kid because their minds can't take it anymore.

Also, to certain individuals, I think there is a serious need to separate fantasy from reality, you're starting to confuse the two. Someday you're going to start attacking people because you think they're reincarnated pedophiles from a manga. I certainly don't need people like that near me.

Obviously, once you have such a bias, you can't appreciate the storytelling. It goes in the face of all the normal shounen cliches while keeping things interesting. Wait, is narration in books relevant on a forum for manga & light novel mediums? Seriously.

Cool, I see you're acting like a real person on the internet, you're definitely not an anon.

Your intent is righteous, but if you read your own review, you'll find the logic is downright ridiculous. A fictional character is going to return to "our" world? And this is not even counting the fact that he has no loli harem (wtf are people reading?
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The MC is married to adults, one of whom looks younger than her 50 years
and your line "I'm a grown up with a responsibility to protect my family." is especially ironic if you ever read the light novel...)

At no point have I condoned this so-called "loli harem" or pedophilia, this novel simply doesn't have it. When you go as far as to say authors can't even tease readers with loli, I understand what you mean by the danger. But this also is ridiculous, because authors everywhere tease readers with dangerous ideas. Next you might as well start a campaign against books like Lolita by Nabokov. In all your righteousness, have you even considered some of the violence and other "alarming" messages in these mediums?

Are you going to start a war against all these works because of what they tease? It's called fiction for a reason, and you'll probably understand that one day when you get older. Otherwise it is just sad.

Humbert is entirely relevant because, despite his grotesque end, he thoroughly indulged in his sick pleasure. If you are so scared of the pedophilia epidemic, no need to look further, Nabokov was the one who brought it into the public. Certainly people like you thought so when the book came out.

FYI: If you are going to apply "our ethic and our moral standard" to decidedly fantasy literature, then no one can help you with your strange situation. You haven't heeded my warning to stop confusing fantasy with reality, so I suggest you stop reading most of the material on this site (especially the wish fulfillment genre) if your tendencies are so prudish. Stick with nonfiction, it's usually safe for genteel minds.

By the way, please go protest against those countries with 15 as a marriageable age. They need to be thoroughly indoctrinated by your Puritanical ideals of justice and political correctness.

1. Don't bother, stubborness makes correcting mistakes a pain.
2. This is really awkward, but I'll just quote you: "I don't want him near my house. I don't want him near my daughter's school. I don't even want him on facebook or twitter." /facepalm
3. Good luck changing the historical standards of centuries. If your argument is 15=child, I pray you don't go around the Middle East calling people pedophiles for marrying young women. As I imply before, that idea is perfectly normal but the line of reasoning that got you there is just zealotism, thinking your ideals and ethics are universal, when it's not. Case and point, world history 101.

Again, don't misunderstand. I've got no problem with culling the world of malicious adults who sexually abuse and exploit children. Just don't overextend, and start calling everything pedophilia because it doesn't meet your personal standards.

... Last updated on November 6th, 2014, 6:12pm
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Wow, just wow...   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by bnad
November 1st, 2014, 10:33pm
So let me get this straight. The MC is 40 something guy, who had sex with underage girl, you people are okay with that?


Sure, he's in a younger body, reincarnation, magic, bla bla bla and all that crap. But he's from our world. Bound with our moral and ethic. And someday he'll return to "our world" (probably at the end of the story), and know this. He slept with children.

I don't want him near my house. I don't want him near my daughter's school. I don't even want him on facebook or twitter. I just want him on FBI database. A phone call away from jail.

And no, the storytelling was pretty awful. The MC is smart and strong just because the author made everyone else stupid and weak. Imagine if Ray Reddington is in the same world, and the author can't pull any of deus ex machina crap. The MC will die. Very quickly.

If you really think the narration was that good, then you really need to read more books. Seriously.

Cool, you just joined a couple hours ago. Probably just to write that review. Good for you. Hiding behind an anon avatar is awesome.

Nope, don't worry about it. I'm 28 years old guy, with a full time job, a wife and a baby daughter. Never had violent misconduct in my whole life. Not even a speeding ticket. And yeah, I drive, my own car. I'm a grown up with a responsibility to protect my family.

This LN loli harem genre started to become an epidemic, and that's why I'm worried. No, it's not cool to tease reader with loli. Why? Because it puts children as sexual object.

It's pretty alarming that a wish fulfillment genre put loli harem as one of their wishes. It's alarming for the author (he definitely need help), and for you too, mostly because you think that it's okay. It's not btw.

You probably understand that, someday, when you get older. Or not. Which would be sad. For you.

And don't worry, I don't really want to live near you too. The feeling is mutual.

FYI: 15 years old is a child. Unless you' were writing you're from some planet I don't know about. The fact is, the MC is suppose to be from our world. With our ethic and our moral standard.

And please don't bring Nabakov if you aren't really sure that would help your case. Unlike Rudeus, Humbert's action got him a very terrible consequences. Life destroyed, guilt ridden and everything. Nabakov never celebrate Humbert's action. Nabokov even described Humbert as "a vain and cruel wretch" and "a hateful person".

Meanwhile, here you are.


Humbert is entirely relevant because, despite his grotesque end, he thoroughly indulged in his sick pleasure. If you are so scared of the pedophilia epidemic, no need to look further, Nabokov was the one who brought it into the public. Certainly people like you thought so when the book came out.
I wanna point out at least 2 fallacy (I could push it to 3). But why bother.

You haven't heeded my warning to stop confusing fantasy with reality, so I suggest you stop reading most of the material on this site (especially the wish fulfillment genre) if your tendencies are so prudish. Stick with nonfiction, it's usually safe for genteel minds.
Wait, you do understand, by "our world", I was talking in the context of the story right? The author, with his basic storycrafting ability will, probably bring back the protagonist back to "our world" at the end of the story for the story loop, since he was using a some kinda variant of hero's journey. Sorry for assuming you're smart enough to comprehend that,

By the way, please go protest against those countries with 15 as a marriageable age. They need to be thoroughly indoctrinated by your Puritanical ideals of justice and political correctness.
I did, and still am. And no, me not being okay with people treating children as sexual object does not make me a Puritan. It makes me... errr... normal.

... Last updated on November 6th, 2014, 6:01pm
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Dynamic Protagonist: From Useless guy to a Loveable Family Guy   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by l3umblel3ee
October 30th, 2014, 9:06pm
I personally liked this story in contrast to to the negative reviews. An advice before reading this novel is, do not read the manga first, because I find the manga has a bigger emphasis on the ecchi content rather than the story itself. As well I find that if you read the manga first, you'll have a bigger negative opinion before you can even see the intriguing details within the story. If I had read the manga first I don't think I'll able to have treated the perverted moments as simple jokes, but annoying moments.

As the story goes on you see the character mature and become a loveable family guy (despite his perverted attitude). The annoying pervert jokes also calms down as the big story and picture takes place. One of the biggest factors I love about this story is the real life aspect story. The development from an infant to a young man is the key to why I find this story so intriguing. The friends, adventures and interactions we see the protagonist makes throughout the novel always makes me wonder what new exciting plot the author will do next. Therefore I recommend this story to people who like to see a dynamic protagonist and is able to pass by the perverted contents as simple jokes.

... Last updated on October 30th, 2014, 11:41pm
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Wow, just wow   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by suilenn
October 29th, 2014, 5:16pm
Mushoku Tensei literally redefines how good a light novel can be. Seriously, a lot of novels feel like they're written by teenagers. The author (Rifujin na Magonote, watch for his works in the future) shows he's capable of communicating complex emotions without resorting to really shitty or overtly facepalm dialogue.

First the "hero". Totally not what you expect in a shounen-ish type setting. He's a complete wimp at the start, with all the residual NEET issues after his reincarnation. But you follow him through his relationship with his parents, and all the other events that make his reincarnation truly "starting all over again." I like how the author made his goal a more fulfilling life, rather than more meaningless ambitions.

So then the plot. Simply put: it's @#$@# amazing. Not going to spoil it, but the plot is masterfully weaved with some very unique and memorable characters. There are some parts that had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Then there were some moments that really grip your heart and make you feel the sadness or joy or #justeverydaythings.

Read it, you'll have a ton of fun.

... Last updated on November 13th, 2014, 7:45pm
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a creepy 40+ otaku in a 10 year old body.......and he targets 8 to 12 years old girls grossness me out///   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by ajaykumaryadav
October 29th, 2014, 4:46am
The mc is disgusting.....
Don't get fooled by his 10 year old body basically.....he is 40 in his previous life and 10 in current world

So a 50 year old man is striving for good life and sexually harassing kids not teens. ...but kids and sometime women......everyone thinks he is 10 year old kid and do nothing but this bastard takes advantage of his body and do whatever he wants..........I just imagine if everybody knows about his actual age what will be their reaction......but would never do that ...because that will kill this just keep everyone in dark and lead better life...........the mic isn't ashamed of his behavior/////.
This is!!
Anyway even if u want to read it u can......just lie to yourself that the mc is 10 year old not 50.... And has nothing to do with his previous life......///// he lived his pathetic life is described again and again every chapter......which kills the mood that he doesn't deserve reincarnation and hope for better life when in his previous life how he ruined his family and lead carefree life.....a perfect douchebag//////

... Last updated on October 29th, 2014, 4:56am
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Rating: N/A
by loztcause
October 9th, 2014, 11:32am
I like the series, but I have mixed feelings about the main character. Rudeus is 25 gallons of pervert in a 1 pound bag. But he's a hard worker, and a decent character when it doesn't involve women. He tries to keep himself modest about his abilities, because of his previous life, which can be annoying at times too. Overall I like the series though.
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No good MC   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by rhin33
October 5th, 2014, 12:00pm
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What can I say? I am sucker for the fantasy setting! However MT is leaving me with mix opinions. On one hand we have quite decent build up of the characters, nice twists and action. On the other hand we have... Rudi... Yes! The main character is the main problem of the story. If it wasn`t for his hypocrisy, gross behavior and "modest" evaluation of oneself I would have enjoyed the novel much better.
(If there is something he have done wrong or is supposed to be reprimated for he instantly forget that he is 40 yo creepy otaku and act like 10 yo baby >> )
There were countless times I was about to punch the monitor. Rudi is no good human being. No matter before or after reincarnation.

The other major problem with the series is the polygamy. I don`t mind to certain extend however after volume 10 the action significantly drops and we are introduced to the "ultimate ending in eroge game" like in every chapter for a couple of volumes -.-

If it sticks with the adventure aspect the series is perfect.
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Quite good   
Rating: N/A
by core potato
October 3rd, 2014, 2:26pm
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Here are a few things that I liked about this story.

-The main character while holding enormous potential has to work very hard for a long period of time to grow stronger. In this world no matter how "strong" you are if you are not skillful you will still lose.

-The main character isn't perfect. This guy isn't out to be a hero he's just trying to live a better life than the one he had before being reincarnated. In the end he's pretty likable, he's aware hes not perfect and he just wants to protect his family.

-The relationships make sense (not just the love interests but those are what I'm going to talk about here, as they are more people seem to care about them). This story had the only "harem" situation that actually seemed realistic to me. It wasn't an "oh I met you for 5 minutes when I was a kid and fell in love with you" kind of thing. Every relationship was built over a number of years of close proximity with that individual away from any other love interest. Not only that but they followed through. It wasn't a kiss on the last chapter kind of thing. The MC got married had a few kids, cheated (again not the perfect guy) got a second wife, etc.

I have also notices this story is getting a lot of flack over being "creepy". I'm not sure I agree. I mean the MC starts out as a bit of the pervert and to an extent stays that way. But I honestly enjoyed this part of the story. It made him a little more realistic and (to me) likable. Also his perversion tones down a bit after the first few volumes while never going completely away.

In the end this story has an MC that is strong but not overpowered. They have to work hard and train for a number of years to become strong but are still far from the top. The MC is more individualist and cares about his family and friends, hes not out to save the world and he follows up on his love interests. I enjoyed it, I think you might as well.
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Mature, epic fantasy story   
Rating: N/A
by ththth12
September 29th, 2014, 9:07am
Itís funny how this series has got very positive ratings, yet almost half of the written reviews are very negative. This post is partly answer to these reviews.

First of all, MC starts of as a failure of human being. Heís pervert, coward, and pedo. Yet when story goes on, he slowly grows up. It takes a lot of effort and a very long time, but he finally becomes a decent human being. There is no any magical transformation; itís very slow progress, so it seems some have missed it. He learns to truly care about other people, and their feelings. He never becomes a noble hero, nor does he want to save the world. He becomes a man who loves and cherishes his family.

As for otaku self-insert/Gary Stu, well, what kind of self-insert suffers from ED? Thatís just bit too uncomfortable. He thinks his previous self as a human trash, and his being shut-in as sickness. There is no glorification of the otaku culture; instead he deeply regrets his previous lifestyle, and considers it as wasting his life. It takes very long time for him to get over his past. As for Gary Stu, do you even know what it means? MC is very far from perfect, and never becomes cool, noble hero. Heís aware of his shortcomings, and that makes him very likeable.

What I like about this story is the lack of shounen tropes. There is no sudden powerups, and nobody tells their life stories or reveals the secret of their moves in the midst of battle. Everyone has to do years of hard practice to gain any skills, and new skills are built on previous ones. MC starts practicing magic when he is 2-3 years old, and trains it every day. He has an advance of having the mind of adult while being in a childís body, because small children can learn new skills much faster than adults. Thatís why he becomes so good at it so quickly. It still takes years of effort, compared to likes of Bleach with 3-days training sessions.

There is also refreshing lack of the harem tropes, as relationship with all girls develops separately, and they all have their reasons to fall for him. They also have their own lives and motives. Every woman in the story will not mysteriously fall to him ; instead they have their own love interests. MC is not afraid of women, he actually wants and gets some, becomes married, have children, and still story goes on.

I recommend this series to anyone who wants to read mature, epic fantasy story with interesting plot twists.
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