Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 Review

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 Review

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2

Counter Arrow & Stepped Leader

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 (Mushoku Tensei II: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu / 無職転生 II ~異世界行ったら本気だす~) is the third cour of the Mushoku Tensei series. This is a little confusing for some people. So, allow me to explain what that means.

First, there’s Mushoku Tensei, which is 11 episodes long. Second, there’s Mushoku Tensei Part 2, which is 12 episodes long. And third, there’s Mushoku Tensei Season 2, which is also 12 episodes long. Next year, there will also be a Mushoku Tensei Season 2 Part 2. So, we can all look forward to that.

But, you shouldn’t go right from Mushoku Tensei Part 2 to Season 2. There are two special episodes in between that you should watch. The first is “Eris the Goblin Slayer” and the second is “Guardian Fitz.” They both add context to the events of Season 2.

Suzanne and Rudeus from the anime series Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2
Suzanne and Rudeus

Now, Season 2 picks up after Eris abandoned Rudeus in the middle of the night. With both Ruijerd and Eris gone, Rudeus heads to the Northern Continent on his own in search of Zenith. And there, he temporarily joins two adventurer parties: Counter Arrow and Stepped Leader.

Counter Arrow is the first party Rudeus joins. And, after a near-death experience, he starts getting along well with his party members. But, that all comes crashing down when he attempts to start up a romance with fellow party member Sara. I’ll get to her more in a bit.

After leaving Counter Arrow, Rudeus joins Stepped Leader, which is a higher-ranked party. It’s with Stepped Leader that he earns the nickname “Quagmire,” which will follow him around. He got this name from one of his signature spells, which summons a bog that traps monsters.

This first part of the season may have been my favorite.

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Rudeus’s Erectile Dysfunction Arc

If you haven’t seen Season 2 yet, the title of this section will probably be concerning. But, it’s an accurate description of a large portion of this season. And, it all starts with Sara, the member of Counter Arrow whom Rudeus attempted to romance.

After Rudeus saves Sara, she becomes clingy and stays by his side almost all the time. Rudeus, naturally, saw this as a sign that the two of them were getting closer. And, when Sara initiates sexual intimacy, Rudeys jumps right in. At least, he tries to.

There’s one small problem, he can’t get it up. This is a result of the psychological damage Rudeus took when Eris left after sleeping with him. And, Sara makes things even worse by insulting Rudeus and walking out on him, as well. Thus, the ED arc of the series begins.

Sara bundling up from the anime series Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2
Sara bundling up

You might be thinking, how could this possibly be an arc? Well, it both is and isn’t. The ED arc is more of an overarching arc throughout the season. It covers multiple, smaller arcs, including the Stepped Leader arc. Rudeus joins that party after its leader, Sol, tries to help him with his manhood problem.

After leaving Stepped Leader, Rudeus then makes his way to the Ranoa University of Magic. He goes there for a few reasons. First, he was invited on Roxy’s recommendation. Second, he may be able to learn more about the mass teleportation there. And, third and most important of all, he might find a cure for his ED.

This also isn’t me making a joke by saying finding a cure is the biggest reason why Rudeus enrolled. It’s actually the main reason. He wasn’t going to enroll until the Man-God told him that doing so would lead to him finding a cure.

Ranoa University of Magic

There’s definitely some good content during the University of Magic arc. But, overall, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the first part of the season. When I watch a fantasy series like this one, I watch it for the adventure.

What I don’t watch it for is a school setting in which characters learn magic. I’m not overly interested in the whole magic academy thing. And Mushoku Tensei isn’t the first series I’ve enjoyed that’s done this. The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 did the same thing.

This half of the season was also the sillier half. There are no life-or-death situations while out on adventures. There’s not any real drama. Instead, it’s all about Rudeus going to school, making friends, and tormenting beastkin. The silliness doesn’t stop there, though. Everyone’s favorite prince, Zanoba, is back, too.

Sylphiette and Princess Ariel from the anime series Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2
Sylphiette and Princess Ariel

If you don’t remember Prince Zanoba, he’s the nerd who’s obsessed with Rudeus’s figure of Roxy. He also has super strength and no talent for crafting figures of his own. So, naturally, he and Rudy hit up the local slave market and bought themselves a child to make figures for them.

But, it’s not like this arc is all bad. We received quite a bit of lore, which I’m always a fan of. And, Demon King Badigadi appeared for the first time. Badigadi’s cool. Though, I have to admit that he adds to the aforementioned “silliness” of this part of the season.

And, of course, I can’t end this review without mentioning Sylphiette. Her reintroduction into the story is really the most important thing to come out of this arc. It looks like she’ll be traveling with Rudeus from now on. But, we’ll have to wait for Part 2 to see if that actually happens.

Final Thoughts

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 is an 8/10. Originally, I had this season rated at a 9. And, it definitely has some good parts. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I preferred what came before it. The whole magic academy thing just isn’t for me.

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