Mushoku Tensei (LN)


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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.

Associated Names
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Jobless Reincarnation ~ It will be All Out if I Go to Another World ~
無職転生 - 異世界行ったら本気だす
Related Series
Mushoku Tensei Redundancy (Side Story)
Mushoku Tensei (WN) (Web Novel)
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
05/24/16 World Three v11 illustrations
03/25/16 World Three v10 illustrations
02/04/16 World Three v7c3
01/24/16 World Three v9 illustrations
12/15/15 World Three v7c2
10/24/15 World Three v8 illustrations
09/30/15 World Three v7c1
09/16/15 World Three v7 prologue
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Oreste rated it
June 20, 2016
Status: --
My favorite Light novel; there are others I really like such as kuro no maou and konosuba, but mushoku tensei has one thing direly needed to all series and yet to come for those: a proper end. Also, it's pleasing to see proper character building. Furthermore, for all the immature waifu clusters found under the harem tag, mushoku way is the only way to go about harem I can accept. Do give it a try, even if the beginning can be off-putting.
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Elementarteilchen rated it
November 2, 2018
Status: v10
I read this until nearly the end of volume 3 and I think I really can't continue anymore. This is the most overrated novel I've ever read. Why?
    • the story is slow paced
    • too much focus on redundant elements (redundant thoughts of the MC, redundant scenes)
    • sometimes you have 2 different point of views on the exact same slice of life scenes (which slows down the story even more).
    • there is generally too much info and too much text for too little content. You read for hours and in the end nothing happens. You read a lot of mc's thoughts on some boring matter you don't even care. For example he has some thoughts on things, that are common sense and didn't even need to be addressed, but he does it regardeless.
Volume 1 was okay. Except for some scenes and minor suprises, there was nothing really interesting. You have to bear with some info dumps here and there. A huge dissapointment is the fast acceptance of this genius child (our mc). It doesn't matter his parents, his teacher or in later volumes the other characters he met. They all treat him as if his genius in magic, behaviour and other skills are normal. At least you don't get the feeling, that he is REALLY special in the mind of other people.

In Volume 2 are some interesting characters introduced. I enjoyed this volume a little, because of their personalities. I liked the interaction between some characters, but nothing really interesting happens here either (storywise). Except for the ending, which has no build up/foreshadowing and happens in a few sentences :D

Volume 3 was something that got me really angry, because of the redundant, boring jrpg sideqest (or fetch quest) like storyline. What happens in this volume? Well, basically this:


They travel to a city, enter a adventure guild and do some quest to earn money (yawn*). What are the quests like you ask? There are a ton of chapters on a quest to search for a pet. Interesting, right? Later they discover this pet was abducted. Some adventurers abduct pets, just to fulfill the request of the client later (yawn*)

I kid you not. This is the level you have to bear storywise.


Maybe I try to read volume 4 sometime, but alone this shopping trip for armor accompanied again with a ton of mc's redundant thoughts on the new clothes, was killing me :D I don't know if I can really bear with his inner comments on the most uninteresting things, just to fulfill some word count (#filler).


I READ UNTIL VOLUME 10 and now I'm dropping this for real. It gets better after volume 3 and it really wasn't bad the next few volumes. Just keep in mind, there is nothing especially enjoyable happening. There is a goal and you look forward to it. That keeps you going and let you enjoy this novel more. The problem is, there is no real pay off for this big build up of the story. MC achieved his "big goal", but it wasn't satisfactory. It was even the opposite of satisfactory. You start to hate the MC, his fahter and his sister. They all behave childish and unreasonable. I read tons of novels, but this was the epitome of frustrating and bad feelings I got from a novel EVER. His sister gives you bad feelings, because of this one incident even a few volumes later. So look forward to it.

I could rant more and more, because of certain incidents and behaviours of characters, but I will limit myself to 1 person in this review.

Sylphiette (MCs childhood friend) is one of the most detestable characters I've ever read in a novel. She would screw you up emotionally in reality. This is a woman you want to avoid in real life AT ALL COST.


Do you remember the sweet Sylphiette? Yes it is the little girl, who ows all her later achievements to our MC. Because of him she learned a lot of unique skills. She would even die in a future accident, if it wasn't for MC's training sessions. Later in the story they got seperated and Sylphiette made acquaintance with the princess of the kingdom. Many years later MC and Sylphiette met again. Syphiette is still grateful to the MC. They got all lovey-dovey and even married. All okay so far, right? Yes, except she told him, that she would abandon him, because of the princess. She cares more about her. She loves him and of course she would love her children, but her priority is still the princess. The protection of the princess is more important than anything else.


Of course our beta MC agrees with her. You get frustrated because of her and get again bad feelings (you get these kind of thing a lot in the later volumes. I promise you.) and then you get angry at the MC, because he behaves like the "beta-male-king". I can't continue, because of all the frustrating feelings I get from this novel. I dread what awaits me ahead, because there is a lot more potential to this negative emotions. The story isn't even that interesting. Summary after 10 volumes

    • frustrating feelings everywhere (drama)
    • too much build up and then no or bad pay offs
    • most of the time boring or average story and plot twists.
I think the good rating is just because this was one of the first novel ever consistently translated and completed. In my opinion this really isn't worth reading, because there are a lot of better novels with similar settings out there.

If you like drama and depressing feelings this might be for you. I never felt more uncomfortable to read a novel than this.
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Druuj rated it
October 14, 2016
Status: Completed
This is probably the best JP WN I have read so far, and the only one that kept me interested to the end. The MC is a pervert you can relate to, with good character development and a frame of mind that is not offensive most of the time. The world seems simplistic, but it adds to the story with travels and many different cultures. The MC is not a master at everything he touches. Which is nice. Plot armor is not obvious since the adventures leave some scars behind... more>> (can't/shouldn't spoil). Also the entourage around MC is comprised of really likable characters each one with his own depth of development.

Really you can't go wrong with Mushoku Tensei. It is just THAT good. (Again, for a JP WN). <<less
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furqon37 rated it
September 17, 2016
Status: --
I like this story. Heart warming slice of life Rudeus who is former NEET become Riajuu. Conflict in this story is attractive and sometimes make me feel tense.

For MC character, I like him too. Even he is certainly total pervert, he didn't wild and hit every women he knows (ex: underage girl, sister/girl with lineage with him, another girl even with tempted body). He choose hareem path with every girl who have mutual love with him and under certain circumstance. I can say he is inside of border common sense.
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Khalagar rated it
September 28, 2017
Status: --
By far the best LN of all time, bar none. This series has the greatest world building of any LN or WN series I've ever read, and honestly, it can compare to top tier fantasy series like Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire etc when it comes to world building and character building.

An absolutely amazing series
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eristo rated it
June 8, 2019
Status: v23
this is the best novel I have read so far.

you follow the MC from birth till the beginning of his golden age. You see him grow up, struggle, and make friends.

I like the different POV, some people don't like repeating stuff, but I really like to see the same event having completely different meaning viewed from different angles.

there are spin off stories about his children.
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April 6, 2019
Status: --
It was amazing until

He decided to actually do stuff with the harem. I was okay with him being friends with girls in love with him but just didn't want to read when he had s*x with them. I could ignore the dad having a child with the maid/caretaker despite it being bad also. Not a fan of polygamy even though the LN's amazing.

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MyRAMEN rated it
June 14, 2018
Status: v8
Personally I didntlike it much becauseit felt like the first part (s) of the story were missing reading it. Also I dont like depressing based stories much which was kind of the whole intro so far, him looking for his mom from an refugee incident with his background/development skipped. Also I didnt like how the characters looked reading/seeing yhe words/images. The book still was nicely written justnot for my taste.
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Aqualaguna rated it
February 13, 2018
Status: v11 illustrations
I think this novel addressed to depressed people.

the MC personality reflected commoner in our world which depressed because of appearance or social interaction.

this traditional reincarnation novel really is the best from other traditional novel. MC is not as OP as we though (large pool of mana) because there is Dragon god orsted and sword god. The encouragement to MC from his wife or side character really touching for depressed people.

the author is thoroughly with his work. This novel is like fantasy biography of certain man. And also there is... more>> a history book at the end of LN which make it like biography <<less
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cheeto rated it
July 8, 2018
Status: v11 illustrations
Though the main character is a bit too lecherous, his struggle was real.

I mean, his fears were always there and he was human enough to admit he was not perfect, but always searched for the best possible solution for him and those he loved.

A good novel to pass the time, with romance, angst and funny moments everywhere.

Well translated and great to read.

Thanks to the author and translators for their work.
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