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)
Mushoku Tensei – Jobless Oblige (Spin-Off)
Mushoku Tensei – Old Dragon’s Tale (Spin-Off)
Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu (2)
Isekai Tensei Soudouki (1)
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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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New StarSpeedCollection rated it
August 10, 2020
Status: Completed
Personally, I love the novel having reading it from start to finish twice (and having multiple reading by bits). I do understand if people dont like some parts of the novel as it is made that way. Its closely related to the main theme of the novel which I'll explain later.

Mushoku Tensei is slightly different from a lot of isekai novel. Quoting from a previous review, "Mushoku Tensei is not Mushoku Tensei without the entire journey, from beginning to the end" (Level1Pixel, 2019). Mushoku Tensei as a story doesnt provide... more>> you with adventures and amazing fights all the time but rather, takes you on a slow journey.

I understand if some doesnt like this and thats fine. It can go a bit too slow for some that expects it to go differently. Unlike most isekai novel now that puts you in a thrilling fights, funny comedy, sweet love all the time, this novel, although does provide you with those stuff, does not have that all the time. There are some chapters that just tell on how he live his everyday life, normal routines, meeting friends and stuff without anything special happening. To be fair, if you're not interested with normal life, it'll be really boring. But that brings it to the main theme as well.

I never like manga, anime, or novels that depicts too much pervertedness (in fact, I dropped some of the best novels with great concepts due to that). I dont mind it with this novel though. You can call me biased, but I do think his pervertedness is just how his character is. The author doesnt force the perversion of the MC but just rolls with it. Which, again, ties to the main theme of the novel.

Of course there's negative stuff such as some bad character development, some bad character introduction, and weird story progression. Though, even though I say its bad, it makes sense when you keep the main theme of the novel in mind. If you are repulsed with these kinds of stuff, its really understandable if you dont like or even hate the novel. The novel is just like that.

The main theme? Well, if I were to sum up the whole novel in a short paragraph, the novel is about a guy that want to live his life to the fullest, and never wanting to live a life full of regrets... again.

Mushoku Tensei is a sort of lifestory. Sometimes its boring, sometimes its exciting. Sometimes your hard work pays and sometimes it doesnt. Sometime you're the best and sometimes you're the worst. Sometimes you have to make a life decision. Sometimes, things doesnt go as planned and sometimes it does. Sometimes your friend changes after a few years not meeting them. Sometimes, things you have to do changes due to circumstances. Thats just how life is. And thats why I love this novel. As said, its the whole journey, from beginning to the end.

P.S. If you cant handle reality, I actually recommend you not to read this as it hits quite hard. But if you can handle quite a bit, then this novel is not bad of a journey to take on.

P.S.S. The first few volumes is mostly quite fun though, do have a look. <<less
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New phreakinsane rated it
August 6, 2020
Status: --
As with anything else your enjoyment will largely be based off of your tolerance levels.

Can you tolerate a pathetic beta MC? If not, avoid this, he gets that way later on.

Are you disgusted (as I am) by infidelity and other forms of betrayal? If you are, avoid this. It's put in the begining with the MC's deplorable repulsive father. Its also the MC's love interest later on.

I personally cant stand beta males. I also cant stand cheaters nor disloyal lovers or friends, so I dropped this. Personally I wish that... more>> crap like this didnt exist I wasted time and emotional energy reading this. But I know we're all strange in our own ways and some out there are probably in to this. My guess is only a small niche of people would actually enjoy reading this book. <<less
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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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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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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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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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Level1Pixel rated it
October 28, 2019
Status: --
Since the anime is announced along with a PV, I really want people to read the LN/WN and not be discouraged by the negative reviews. Try to refrain from reading too into those reviews and just enjoy a few volumes before making a conclusion. I am not saying they are wrong. Everyone has their own opinions. I am just speaking from personal experience because reading the reviews ultimately ruined my enjoyment of the series. For half of the series I was constantly looking for the bad things that the reviews... more>> pointed out. In the end, I got nothing.

Mushoku Tensei isn't Mushoku Tensei without the entire journey, from beginning to end. There is that immense satisfaction when you finish reading and you look back at the things Ruedus has done.

There is real character development, characters you first hate become characters you love. And that's what makes the series good. It is willing to start with the ugly and take its time to develop them. Characters start out as childish, naive, and annoying but they learn and improve as the series continue.

The series will constantly remind you that Ruedus used to be a disgusting NEET because that's his basis for improvement. Thoughts are redundant because characters don't change over night. You really get to see Ruedus's train of thought as he reaches his conclusion and overall become a better character. <<less
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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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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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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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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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