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Mushoku Tensei (Novel)  
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Description
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

Type
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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v.22 c.232 by Baka-Tsuki (46d ago)
c.XMAS 2014 Special by Baka-Tsuki (68d ago)
v.20 c.4 (c.203) by Baka-Tsuki (165d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Ongoing)
22 Web Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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9 topics, 74 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (431 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.11 / 10.0
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February 25th 2015, 4:06am PST


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Year
2012

Original Publisher
Media Factory (MF Books)

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Licensed (in English)
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Weekly Pos #12 increased(+4)
Monthly Pos #15 decreased(-5)
3 Month Pos #10 decreased(-4)
6 Month Pos #7 decreased(-4)

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Best Girl's for Rudeus 22 days, 15 hours, 5 minutes ago
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preview? 174 days, 5 hours, 27 minutes ago
Change Request 176 days, 1 hours, 34 minutes ago

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Keep in mind   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by chrisrogers.com
March 2nd, 2015, 9:20am
First, I would recommend reading this LN it's good.
Second, there are a lot of complaints about how the author writes about women, or how he stereotypes characters, or how there many things pulled from anime and gaming. Remember that this story is written (mostly) from the perspective of the main character and that the main character was a shitty NEET (his own words) for the majority of his life. Rudi describes many of the things in the world as through the lens of his past life. Things like adventuring Rudi will describe in RPG terms, while Paul looked at it as mercenary work. I like how the author uses the main character's past to influence his perception of the world, and how it contrasts with the other character's views. As the series continues you can read a shift in Rudi's perspective over time.
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Best LN Ive read (and I LOVE the daily life bits)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pizzapicante27
February 21st, 2015, 6:57pm
An amazing flow to the story, endearing characters, a really well execution of harem/romance elements that actually afects the story, characters that actually grow and develop over time (most of the novels cover around 8-12 months and there are 22 volumes).

Most importantly for me above all, a consistent internal logic, one thing that really bothers me of the genre is that characters eventually can roflstomp whole armies by themselves, and at this point to me a series stops making sense, I mean why have armies or countries or kings or money or whathever if some random dude can arrive and just kill everyone and can only be stopped by an OP MC. Now this series does have monsters, it does have an OP Main, there are people capable of roflstomping small armies, but they are not invincile, even amongst the "gods" of the story a suficiently capable person is capable of besting them, and the world in which they appear makes sense and sticks to an internal logic thats constant throughout.

And then theres the romance/harem element, OH MY GOD, this is how each and every harem work should be made EVER, I dont think Ive seen a series in which the harem is this interesting, now it is a little bit misoginistic, but not offensibly so, nor outside the conventions of the genre, I mean this IS a harem work, it kind of comes with the territory, so if it REALLY REALLY bothers you to see girls falling all over for the MC (they are 3 I mean come on its not that exagerated), then...well Im sorry maybe the harem genre isnt for you?

Overall as of now this is THE BEST LN I ever read in my opinion a good harem, cool battles a consistent world and an interesting story combine in a work I honestly didnt expect I would see in my life.

... Last updated on February 27th, 2015, 12:32pm
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Daily life sucks, rest of it is good.   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by kirbygc
February 18th, 2015, 6:08pm
This daily life bullshit sucks. Sylphy arc sucks, most of magic uni sucks, by the way this is like 10 worth of content too, and it's all terrible... But intro arc + return arc + labyrinth arc etc... pretty much all the arcs where the story moves forward are great. Read this. It's good. Lot's of sorcery and swordplay, monsters, items too. MC is over-powered which is always great, but he's up against absolute monsters so there's still tension. recommended.

... Last updated on February 18th, 2015, 6:11pm
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Great novel thought it does have it's low points   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by fahadalrefaei
January 30th, 2015, 2:39am
Let me start by saying I love this story and highly recommended it. But like everything it's not perfect.
While it's start out perfectly (loved the first volume) the following volumes are mixed. Some are great, others not so great. There are times when an entire arc felt boring and dragged out and I honestly considered dropping it at time but never fear it, it gets better. Plow though the slow parts and you'd be rewarded by the amazing volumes following it.
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dropping in quality   
Rating: N/A
by alelil
January 29th, 2015, 11:19am
start good, but lately, maybe run out of idea, after using time loop/future thing/etc , story starting to not so good, because if the story move in bad direction, the author can use time thingy then restart the plot, if so, it's useless to read long story.
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Yet another take on the series: Wall of text edition   
Rating: N/A
by prettycoolguy
January 10th, 2015, 4:21am
Well after reading through the whole series so far, I came back to find that there were a few people that had really disliked the series, and like the fanboy I am I decided to silence and harshly rebuke those few people who dared not to like what I like.

Well jokes aside I do wish to give my own take on the series and address some of the criticisms directed at this series, which while by no means is perfect, seems to get some people that really hate it for very small things. Anyways before I start I have to offer a few caveats, firstly I haven't read many light novels, so I can't exactly judge it according to it's peers, instead I will just give my own impression of it. Secondly I both have a soft spot for fantasy, and I am the exact type of person this series would aim for in terms of wish fulfillment (wasted parts of my life, deeply regret it, love the idea of a second chance in a world based on swords and magic, etc) so I will probably be biased to some degree, though I will attempt to be fair. Anyways I'll just get started.

Firstly I will look at the basis of the entire thing, the writing, or rather because I can't read the original language it was published in, the translation.The translation of this is relatively smooth (well I assume at least), though in parts it gets very rough around the edges, and there were chapters that were annoying difficult to comprehend, though that is rare. The writing style of the series is a very conversational chunks of thought format, mostly from the point of view of the main character, though interspersed throughout are more details from a sort of third person perspective. This style doesn't really lend itself to any flowery writing, or much else really. Though it's very good for quickly giving the reader an understanding of the situation and character who's view point we are looking through. It is a very quick to read style of writing, and suits the "light novel" status of the series. I can't really complain about it as it works well for what it is.

Secondly let's take a vague spoiler free look at the characters. While I wouldn't say that most of the characters are amazingly unique and lovingly crafted, or even not archetypal or stereotypical to some degree, the author till manages to make things interesting. The characters in the series are rarely static, most of the time they do experience some growth. The characters interactions too are interesting enough to keep reading, because they do change, so too do the interactions which I believe is a major draw for the series. The author also has a really great way of illustrating some of the characters by switching to another POV, and allowing us to see inner thoughts of characters that we have only seen the actions of. Personally these parts were one of my favorites, unfortunately the author doesn't actually switch POVs that often. The main character while annoying in some ways due to his character flaws (the main one of these is that he's a pervert) is fairly consistent, and not totally unlikable so long as you can get past the perversion more than occasionally spoiling the mood.

Next I suppose would be the world building, it's so so. It's there, and there's a map and a geography for the world, even a history (though we only know a bit mostly through one or two stories the MC heard as a kid, or through some brief glints of insight through characters that have lived for a long time). I get the feeling the author is going to delve deeper into this stuff at a later date, but for now it is workable.

Finally (assuming I haven't forgotten anything important to add into this review at a later date) would be the plot. The plot for most part is divided into arcs, each one having a general logical progression. Though in a few cases something unexpected does happen to move the plot along swiftly. One of the complaints I heard in one of the reviews, was that the author didn't seem to know what they were doing and were just throwing things out there, but I really don't think this is the case. I have always had the impression that throughout the series the author has had some sort of overarching idea in mind. There are cases of clear foreshadowing of major points, and of lesser points and characters there are clearly threads left for the author to pull on at a later date. Perhaps it isn't fully fleshed out exactly what he is going to do for the minor details of the story, I still wouldn't say that the author doesn't have any idea what to do next.

Anyways all in all, I would say that the series is admittedly leaning on the side of almost generic, however the character interactions are entertaining enough in my view to make it worth it.

Anyways with the basics out of the way I will address one of the few complaints that seems to have caused the most hatred in these reviews, that the MC is somehow a pedo. Firstly I would like to say, that I don't actually think it matters if he was or not, because all that matters is how something like that is used to tell a story. This is fiction after all. Anyways though I said it wouldn't matter if he was one, I have to say it's hardly written like that at all. Yes there are sorts of jokes here and there about breasts and sex appeal and stuff like that, but it's never written in a way that's realistic or seeming like it's meant to be in any way close to the real world, or even fantasies of that sort of thing. I honestly don't see what the problem is when the entire thing really has almost no effect on the story or actions of the guy in any way, I think you could even adjust the ages of everyone to be ten years older and the basis of the interactions would be the same, it's really not written in any appreciable way to actually effect stuff. I know moral outrage isn't something that you can control, but it is really irksome to see ratings of 1 on a decent series with very little justification besides a perceived character tendency.

Anyways moving on from that pointless rant that has been said before, I will address some of my own concerns with the series.

Firstly the harem, I can't say I'm a fan of harems to begin with, maybe I'm just a sucker for Victorian ideals, but I always prefer more dedicated relationships, or at least complex ones. The problem with this work ending up as a full harem work is more than my own feelings however. The problem is that by marrying the main character, the three wives become essentially tied down. For various reasons (mostly pregnancy and children) those other characters that had interesting development until that point suddenly become fixed, they are no longer actors moving about of their own accord but either always accompanying the main character. Before they ended up like that, they did admittedly revolve around the main character, but they also had some sense of agency, one of them traveled the world, one of them trained and met interesting characters, one of them formed deep relationships with some of the important players in the world. But now they are tied down to the house. I can understand why that would be, but it feels annoying. It feels like the entire scope of what we can see, and who will interact with the world has narrowed considerably. While before it wasn't exactly common to see the outside world with their eyes in a POV switch, it did happen and was enjoyable. This I personally find to be one of the most annoying developments in the series. I really hope that the author will break them out and at least let them make some moves in the future.

Another complaint I had, that tallrice right under me reminded me of, was the way that the series sort of took a mishmash of ideas from other places and tried to make them it's own. Sometimes though it failed to be a good thing however. For instance, as tall rice said the video game references. Now personally I never really was a JRPG man myself, and I do understand that it is deeply embedded in the culture of a certain age group in japan, but I really felt that some of the borrowed ideas cheapened the experience. For instance the ranking in the adventurer guild, it really felt far too generic, and like the author put it in without even attempting to make it his own thing. Though in other cases I do think the author at least attempted to make them his own, and that's why something that feels ripped directly from a game feels so jarring.


Well anyways I think that's it. Though I know the series isn't for everyone, and does have many flaws, I really hope people won't get turned away by superficial complaints, I hope others will at least try it out and see for themselves.
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The reason for the bipolar reviews:   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by tallrice
December 26th, 2014, 11:07am
First, this is definitely not a perfect, or even amazing series. It's definitely not terrible either... The author has a very good writing style for the most part, he captures a lot of the dramatic irony allowed by the dual persona and he has the patience and detail to go through different aspects of the world and life of the character. After the first volume, I was quite ready to give this series a 10. By volume 11, however, I dropped the series, and my 7 rating is just because I did enjoy reading a fair amount of it. Note that I read the original, so I can't comment on the translation.

I'm going to start with this, since it seems to be the topic of most of the debates here. To be quite honest, I don't really care if a reincarnated character has a -implied mostly- h-scene with a girl his own age, in his new body. Part of the idea of reincarnation is that you should be dealing with new social circumstances, hormonal changes, age context and it's not as if he's taking advantage of little girls in order to injure them - he was in reciprocal romantic relationships with them...

Except that the author doesn't really write it this way... there are these really irksome, misogynist ways that the author objectifies girls in the series. If it was to represent a certain characterisation or if it was just one aspect of his descriptions, then I wouldn't be quite so annoyed, but it's constant, in pretty much every single chapter, right from the beginning. There is very little romance involved, since all the relationships are driven by the protagonist's arousal rather than any actual caring or interest in the thought, culture and lifestyle of other characters.

Now, before inferring that I mean the author is a misogynistic pervert or something, it's worth taking a step back and seeing where this comes from. The author really treats women in his story not like actual people, but like anime characters from those moe subculture shows that I admittedly don't care for... If you like moe archetypes such as the slightly tomboyish but completely devoted childhood friend, the tsundere noble girl, the clumsy library girl, (and some hentai archetypes like the slave-elf, yeah, that one appears later on too...), oh, don't forget the maid and the little sister, then you'll have no problem with the harem women in this series, and you'll probably think little of the characterisation of them, since, well, they whole point is that they are not like intimidating irl girls who might actually want to have a relationship with someone other than the MC or not ever show their dere side to you (oh horror). Just don't expect actual 'relationship' to the relationships, it's more that the MC 'wins' them. No sharing of his own emotions or life stories, no actual trust, he might teach them things, but never actually learns from them, nothing that would be remotely relatable to real relationships...

Also, may I mention that there are almost no male characters in this series. I don't mean none, just none that stand out. I was actually quite excited when the MC made his first childhood friend because I thought it was a boy... until we learn it isn't... After that, there are hardly any male characters (other than his father, who plays a semi-important role) until the doll otaku and another character (trying to avoid spoilers...) who become his proteges later on. Even in those arcs though, there's just a lack of significance of the male characters... the world being made here is harem genre, but I guess if I criticise this series for it, i should at least point out many other series lately are way way worse...

But, the author isn't stupid, just brainwashed by this way of seeing society, so he actually manages to make some character development, makes the women tough enough to fend for themselves, and some of the best parts of the novels are when he switches the perspective to particular side characters/girls' perspectives, which he does every so often, and he actually manages to bring forth compelling psychologies when he does that.

And, the main character isn't actually all that badly made. Besides his comments on women (which are too often, unfortunately), he's pretty decent. He has a complex past, he tries his best to do fun things. He is a total cheat character out of any run-of-the-mill shounen manga, but there are defined limits to his powers and he generally thinks about his actions, when he's not reeling from unexpected situations where you seem him desperately trying to recover from unfortunate incidents. This puts this series at least on 'good' level compared to the dozens of ridiculous stories coming out of this web novel industry lately that, once you get to chapter 2 or 3, the main character is vying for strongest in the universe...

Another selling point of this series is the complexity of the world. It has a reasonably developed magic system, by no means original, but well described and elaborated, it has an actual world map, with different peoples and cultures, again, nothing original, but he gives traditional fantasy (and anime) cliches his own spins, he has some politics and cultural clashes going on that the characters interact with, some historical mythology. Most of all, I enjoyed his early representation of language - although he doesn't make anything particularly complex, we finally have a fantasy world where the main character doesn't magically know how to communicate from day 1, but has to learn it... I was annoyed that only took a couple chapters and that he picked up other languages in the space of a few pages, but at least he learned them.

The world, however, starts to break down in explorations of it. Some countries were essentially reduced to the similarity of some of their foodstuffs with japan's foodstuffs - we passed through this country, they had rice! it wasn't as good as Japanese rice - and, of course, despite living in this world for 15 years, by that point, our character had developed no appreciation of his new world's (and mother's) cuisine. (Also the country of our doll maniac, which I was sceptical of, but he isn't so terrible a character in the end).

There is also too much video game influence in his description of the world... for my taste anyway. Note that I'd be fine with this if it was a novel about a video game like SAO or Log Horizon, but this isn't a video game based world. Nevertheless, the way the author demonstrates learning is by ranks of skills. The skills are all discrete, everyone uses the same fireball spell or slash skill. The wild is all random encounter monsters, essentially, that wink into existence in places with enough 'magical concentration', and although there is some historical background to the world, it is all the legends of so and so, who will have a direct effect on the story, like the usual video game lore...

Most of all, however, the annoyance for me of the game influence is the structure of cities and professions. The author thinks of the world as being based around adventurers who go around killing monsters and picking up drop items (at least they have to peel the hide of things in this world). Of course, the main merchants are 'weapons' and 'armour' shops, main organisations are adventurer and magic guilds, etc... This makes a lot of the world building feel superficial. I should point out that despite the limitations he sets on himself by depending on video game descriptions, he does get out of this mould sometimes, so it's not entirely immature.

Anyway, I still give it a 7, because I quite enjoyed this series. As far as light novels go, it is one of the better ones... but it's still mediocre as far as good writing goes, though it has potential if the author wanted to revise some of his characterisation and world building for the printed version. EDIT: I am told the printed version is the same as the web novel, so no luck there.

... Last updated on December 26th, 2014, 9:41pm
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Best novel i've ever read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SrwpkMX
December 25th, 2014, 12:22pm
Reading all types of manga for the past 10 years, i have never taken a liking to light novels.
I have nothing against it, its just my brain fails to visualize characters, plots and settings without pictures. I gave up reading novels.. Until i met Mushoku Tensei.

Ive read close 300 manga over the years and i have to say its been a very long time since a story has both captured my imagination for fantasy action while still satisfying my craving for romance.
The story has so many mind bending plot twists and a masterpiece story telling.

One of the best stories i have ever encountered, period.
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Reincarnation novels   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by blackzero7
December 16th, 2014, 9:41pm
Reincarnation done right. Reincarnation in many religions is supposed to give the soul the opportunity to mature and grow not a tool to simply exploit the knowledge of past lives for some kind of wish fulfillment. I am mostly hating on Gun-ota. Re:monster and Slime Tensei have the same feel of being reset back to level 1 after the game over and more like they are playing a video game. Jashin is a reincarnation novel that isn't really a reincarnation novel. It is more like rising from the dead as a God combined with going to a fantasy world. Reincarnation is more like he got a job to pay off his debt and work his way to retire in heaven. Souen no Historia uses Reincarnation to give back a life that was taken too soon and part of the novel is leading up to people reuniting with lovers long thought dead. That Novel's protagonist is more deserving of his gift of new life as evidence of him receiving the same name as his previous one.
Mushoku Tensei is more of the journey to purify yourself and learning from mistakes. Rudeus has the strongest character development and story. The novel even has character development for other characters too.
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Yes complicated   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by ebrahimsamer
December 10th, 2014, 4:14am
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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