If you wander into Youtube or Reddit, you’ll probably stumble upon one dude who will claim that Mushoku Tensei is the pioneer of the Isekai Genre. For the uncultured uninitiated, Isekai is the term used to denote the ‘died in an accident but ended in a fantasy world’ trope. Mushoku Tensei Light Novel or Jobless Reincarnation has been on the run for over 8 years.

The light novel has inspired a manga and an anime adaptation that awaits a second season. Yesterday, leaks came from Twitter that confirmed that the light novel has officially ended.

Is Mushoku Tensei light novel the pioneer of the Isekai Genre?

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Mushoku Tensei Light Novel illustration, image courtesy of animesenpai.net
  1. The specialty of Mushoku Tensei Light Novel is such that it is often considered the gateway that led to the rise of Isekai. No no, Isekai as a concept has existed for far long. Although it is only recently that it has become such a huge ruckus in the Anime Community.
  2. The official website for the Mushoku Tensei Anime itself describes it as the pioneer of Naro-kei light novels. Naro-Kei is not same as Isekai. Jobless Reincarnation is definitely one of the most potent when it comes to blasting the Isekai genre up down the throat of all Otaku.

But series like Re: Zero, Konosuba and even Rising of The Shield Hero were very contemporary to this one.

How Mushoku Tensei Light Novel inspired the manga and the anime

Mushoku Tensei Jobless Reincarnation
Image grabbed from Netflix

Media Factory had previously informed that the light novel which is based on the Jobless Reincarnation book would come to an end.

  • Originally, Rifujin na Magonote wrote the web novel and published it on the Shosetsuka ni Naro platform on November 12.
    • The platform literally translates to “Let’s Become Novelists,” or Narō for short. After that almost a year later Media Factory wanted to make a light novel.

  • Media Factory hired Shirotaka as the official illustrator. The light novel found even more immense popularity after the manga publication.
    • Media Factory published the manga adaptation in their monthly Comic Flapper publication. Since July 27, 2014, The Manga has been in serialization.

What about Mushoku Tensei Anime Season 2

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Image courtesy of Netflix

After the manga came to the first television anime adaptation, Mushoku Tensei. The Anime’s premiere happened on January 11, 2021, and ended on December 20, 2021. As it is, the world awaits the second season of anime.

  • Studio Bind has produced the first season and will continue to put out the same in the second season which premieres in 2023.
  • As the world awaits the second season of the Anime, the news of the light novel ending came as a surprise to the fans.

What is the story of Mushoku Tensei or Jobless Reincarnation?

The premise of Jobless Reincarnation follows the story of a jobless 34-year-old (hence why Jobless Reincarnation).

  1. The protagonist has to leave his home after his parents die and he doesn’t even bother to visit their funeral. The hero then falls into an abyss of nihilism as he finds that his life is utterly meaningless. This happens just before he falls into a speeding truck to push a teenager, who would have died otherwise.
  2. Things change as he finds himself born again into new eyes. He opens them and sees two married couples. Unable to form speech but completely capable of thinking using his previous language, our protagonist is unleashed onto a fantasy world.
    1. The hero is reborn as Rudeus Greyrat and has an innate potential for magic. From his early training, he becomes capable of utilizing and understanding magic circuitry at an extremely early age.
    2. The journey of Jobless Reincarnation is that of Rudeus fiddling his way through an array of magical characters, entities, castles and royalties.

Concluding

Mushoku Tensei was a pioneer in the sense that it collectively brought together a load of different elements. Fantasy medieval setting? check. Dead and brought to a fantasy world? Check. Magic? Check. Guilds, royalties, countries, and politics? Check.

Today the Isekai fabric is a stretched cloth. But where it actually became codified into the Isekai that it is today, has Mushoku Tensei’s contribution written all on top of it.


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Rhytham is a Philosophy graduate who founded a state-level organization that promotes anime and Japanese culture in his home state of Assam India. The org is named Assam Senpai Society. He is also an ardent writer, poet, musician, vocalist, graphic designer, and photoshop artist. He has worked on multiple state and national level conventions. Other than anime, catch him watching western series that really have in themselves the solidity to catch his attention.