It may seem like it’s just another cliche isekai, but “Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation” is more likely to actually be one of the best anime series of 2021. Aside from the beautiful looking artstyle and animation, there are a few more reasons to justify the claim.
Firstly, it originally started on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō (Let’s Become a Novelist) website back in 2012. That might not mean much to you right now, but it’s actually the biggest website for web novels in Japan. There are currently over 780,000+ novels hosted on the platform! Some of the other franchises that started there are:
Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu (“Jobless Reincarnation: I Will Seriously Try If I Go To Another World”) by Rifujin na Magonote was published on the platform from 2012 to 2015. We can see that many of the recently popular anime series were also beginning around that time. Only a year after it started, it was announced that Mushoku Tensei would get its print release on Media Factory’s MF Books imprint with illustrations done by Pixiv user Shirotaka. There is also a manga adaptation that started in 2014 and is still ongoing, as well as a spin-off manga which started in 2017 (also ongoing). The spin-off focuses on the main character’s magic teacher Roxy.
Moving forward, the anime announcement was extremely well received. The official upload on Funimation’s Facebook profile crossed 57,000+ reactions and even more on YouTube on both Japanese and English uploads. Three trailers have been released already, and all feature beautiful animation. Check out the first trailer:
Next, the second one. This is a teaser trailer from 3 weeks ago:
And finally, the latest one which features new scenes. Also the awesome Tomokazu Sugita’s voice as adult Rudeus!
Studio Bind is in charge of the animation production. Founded in November 2018 as a joint venture by studio White Fox and Egg Firm. The first work of the studio was on the anime Karakuri Circus for episodes 22 and 31. However, Mushoku Tensei will be their first anime as the lead animation studio. It already seems like it will be a great debut!
Another reason why Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation might be one of the best anime in 2021 are the voice actors! Aside from Tomokazu Sugita voicing the former version of the main character Rudeus, the rest of the cast is awesome too!
Yumi Uchiyama voices the young Rudeus Greyrat
Toshiyuki Morikawa voices Paul Greyrat, who is also the main character’s dad in the new world:
Hisako Kanemoto voices Zenith Greyrat, who is also the main character’s mom in the new world:
Lynn voices the Greyrat house maid Lilia
Konomi Kohara voices the magician girl Roxy Migurdia
Ai Kayano voices Sylphiette
Ai Kakuma voices Eris Boreas Greyrat
Daisuke Namikawa voices Ruijerd Superdia
As far as the story goes, also read the full synopsis:
When a 34-year-old underachiever gets run over by a bus, his story doesn’t end there. Reincarnated in a new world as an infant, Rudy will seize every opportunity to live the life he’s always wanted. Armed with new friends, some freshly acquired magical abilities, and the courage to do the things he’s always dreamed of, he’s embarking on an epic adventure—with all of his past experience intact!
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation will premiere on January 10 exclusively on Funimation, and we’ll eventually see if it will really become one of the best anime of 2021. My personal opinion is that it will, though I guess it’s a bit early to judge. Of course, there will be a lot of other great shows too.
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