Mushoku Tensei is the Worst Anime Ever Made


This essay will reference sexual assault, child predation, and miscellaneous unsavory content. If that makes you uncomfortable or is unsuitable for your age group, this is your chance to step away from this disaster of the show. You will be better off, trust me.

Anime is chock full of unpleasant, unsettling, and disturbing content at the best of times. Most anime fans have come to accept that the medium comes with baggage, like the sexualization of minors, the not-so subtle winking at lolicons and the like, and all sorts of things that keep us from being able to enjoy all the great parts of anime. I’ve had to drop a number of series for crossing similar lines.

In the first episode of No Game No Life, we immediately meet siblings Sora and Shiro. Shiro is an 11-year-old girl, and the first time we meet her, she is posed suggestively in a shot that exposes her underwear. Before she says a word, the viewer is forced to see this child in a sexual light. I turned it off and didn’t look back.

In the second arc of Bakemonogatari, the protagonist, Araragi, gets in a scuffle with a schoolgirl. After the fact, she laments the loss of her virtue and he admits to having felt her chest. He does this with a straight face, completely unashamed, and almost sort of proud about it. I turned it off and didn’t look back.

There are more examples of this than I care to admit, but those are the most severe, and believe me when I tell you Mushoku Tensei is worse. For all its production values, voice talent, and compelling story, it unapologetically presents its protagonist as a serial sexual predator and proceeds to support his actions. With no hesitation, I can say that Mushoku Tensei is the worst anime I’ve ever seen.

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From left to right: Eris, Rudy, Sylphie, and Roxy.

Mushoku Tensei began life as a web novel at the very beginning of the isekai boom in 2012. I can’t speak for the content of the web or light novels, as I’m unwilling to go further with this story, but this may as well serve as a condemnation of the entire franchise. I will only be addressing the anime from here on out, though.

Our protagonist is an unemployed shut-in who gets hit by a truck and dies, and is reincarnated as a baby in a fantasy world. Befitting one of the first proper isekai, it plays those familiar notes in the song we’ve already heard. In its first six episodes, Mushoku Tensei has a handful of uncomfortable moments, but any experienced anime watcher can look at it through the corner of their eye and move on.

In the first episode, the newborn Rudy watches his parents have sex, and appears to be gratified by the experience. In the following episodes, as he grows up, he harasses the women in his life, including his mother, babysitter, and tutor. He ogles them, spies on them, and steals their underwear. He does all of this while taking advantage of the fact that he appears to be a child, even though he has the mind of a man in his mid-thirties.

However, there are two examples in the first six episodes that were far more abhorrent than Rudy’s usual tendency to be a sex pest, and while one was serious, two broke the camel’s back. If you haven’t given up by now, I’m sorry, but I guess you’re determined to see this through.

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Rudy’s entire personality is based around making women uncomfortable.

Early on, Rudy befriends an elf boy named Sylphie, after defending him from a couple of bullies. The two strike up a genuinely wholesome friendship, or at least it is until they get caught in the rain and return home to take a bath. At this point, Rudy is under the impression that Sylphie is a boy. Sylphie is short for Sylphiette, and is actually a girl, but that’s completely irrelevant to the point. The writer seems unaware that it’s irrelevant to the point, but let’s continue for a moment under that erroneous assumption.

Sylphie is reluctant to take off his clothes and get in the bath with Rudy. Rudy, despite being a grown man in a child’s body, ignores the possibility that Sylphie could have some underlying trauma or physical condition that would make him reluctant to undress around others. Heck, Rudy ignores the possibility that his androgynous friend could be a girl.

That’s not important, because for some reason, Rudy really wants Sylphie to take his clothes off, and what Sylphie wants is unimportant. He forces himself on Sylphie, stripping her, and when she fights him off, he decides to sneak attack his sobbing friend who is pleading with him to stop, all so that he can take her clothes off. Rudy only realizes he did something wrong when he discovers that the child he stripped and humiliated was a girl.

But here’s the thing; in what world is it acceptable for Rudy to sexually assault his friend because Sylphie was a boy? Is Mushoku Tensei saying it’s okay to molest children as long as the predator is the same gender? It’s not. It is just as egregious, and yet he proceeds to fake an apology to the girl he victimized and manipulates her into accepting it. Do you think that this is disturbing and the absolute lowest that Rudy and the show can sink to? Oh, you’re in for a treat.

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They’re not even subtle in the promotional art.

Rudy later accepts a job tutoring his cousin Eris, a haughty rich girl who delights in inflicting physical violence on anyone who mildly inconveniences her. Gosh, they’re a match made in hell. Despite their differences, a scuffle with some bandits allows them to arrive at something resembling a healthy relationship between family members.

At least until they’re playing together, and Eris is suddenly so exhausted from the game that she drops in the stable and takes a nap in the hay. It might be a funny and humanizing moment for a character who up to this point has been vicious and aloof, but it’s not meant to be. While Rudy sees his sleeping cousin and starts getting ideas, it’s time for a quick reminder.

Rudy possesses the body of a child, and the mind of a 40-year-old man at this point in the story. Eris is eleven, and his cousin, and even if you want to invoke the casual approach to incest that this medieval world most likely has, Rudy should not be attracted to an 11-year-old girl in any way. For every normal human, that is wrong, egregious, and unacceptable.

So you might understand my dismay when Rudy begins to grope his sleeping, 11-year-old cousin and attempts to rape her. If not for the fact that he was afraid of being caught while assaulting his cousin, he would not have stopped. We already know his grasp on consent is nonexistent.

This is where I dropped the show and never looked back. It’s unapologetic garbage where the “hero” is an easily identified pedophile and sexual predator and shows no interest in portraying any of that behavior as obviously evil as it is.

I should have known as soon as I found out Roxy looks fourteen and is actually in her forties.

I’m telling you all this now because, despite how clearly heinous it is, Mushoku Tensei was wildly popular when it aired last winter. It was the fifth most popular show in a season that had Attack on Titan, Re: Zero, Horimiya, The Promised Neverland, SK8 The Infinity, Beastars, and a dozen more good-to-great shows that deserve your attention far more than this filth.

It was so popular that its second season was announced right after it finished airing, and is slated to begin airing this fall season. So if you’ve heard great things about its character writing, animation, and story, those are all true. You might not have heard that it’s like Lolita if the main character was treated like a good person whose actions are not questionable.

So I might apologize for this break in my usual content; I try to avoid adult material that might alienate part of my audience, but my hatred for Mushoki Tensei is overwhelming to the point that I was willing to take a step from the typical Otaku Exhibition. Keep in mind that this was based on half of the first season, and I have no idea how much worse it got after I dropped it.

This is the part where I say leave a comment or talk to me about it on Twitter @ExhibitionOtaku, but I’ve already debated a lot of people who insisted that Rudy is somehow sympathetic or relatable, and the idea that this monster is relatable makes me want to puke. So if you want to comment, tell me how your day is going, or what totally wholesome anime you’re watching. Until next time, thanks for reading.


36 responses to “Mushoku Tensei is the Worst Anime Ever Made”

  1. I don’t agree with your points. First, Rudeus has been reborn, so he is younger than Elise now. Rudeus is not a great person; he is perverted, but that is a by-product of his old life of a shut-in. He tries to do better as a human being. I know his actions were horrible, but the anime left out some ò the inner reflections of Rudy. I ask that you give the show more time or read the light-novel. There is a reason why an entire studio was created to adapt this 20-year-old series.

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    • If the source material is better then fine, but that’s not what the anime is. Asking someone to sit through it will only make things worse because you’re telling them to waste time on the lesser adaptation. And to be honest, it’s less of an adaptation issue and more a product of its age.

      Twenty years ago, I wouldn’t have blinked twice, mostly because I’d be watching/reading the cool fight scenes and laughing at Eris beating him for it. Ten years ago I probably would have let it slide as well since Isekai hadn’t taken off to that extent and the world in itself is fascinating more than anything else. But now?

      Reborn or not, he has the mind of a thirty-year-old man and if he looked his actual age you know that wouldn’t fly.

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      • The adaption has its own good points, and the light novel was written 20 years ago. It is the beginning of the reborn in another world genre. Rudy is not an adult. He was a shell of a person, and yes his actions are horrible. However, you can expect a 40 year old shut-in to be a amazing person, but he is changing. The author is not supporting pedophillic actions, but he is trying to show Rudy’s past and the person he wants to become.

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  2. The entire premise of the story is a redemption arc. Rudeus is meant to be a disgusting person. The whole idea of the story is him recognizing how bad he is and making an effort to do better. He is not meant to be liked, or be a self-insert character like a lot of other Isekais. You’re supposed to look at him, think he’s disgusting, and be proud of him for trying to make an effort to be better. Although I understand why you might think it’s just bad based on the beginning of the story, when he is at his worst, you kind of need to understand the context of the story to enjoy it. It actually ends up having one of the most wholesome endings I’ve seen in any anime. He ends up deeply caring about his family and goes to great lengths to keep them safe.

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    • He never seens to be treated as wrong and most times the anime seen to want you to also fell as perverted as him in this situations because of some camera angles,the girls keep liking with him even after he arassed them(i now the world is diferent but nothing impeace them to just stop interacting whit him) and hees stil seem saving people,etc. Indicating that he is some kind of heroe even tough of doing all of this

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      • Ok, Funnily enough, the world being different is almost reason enough for this kind of behaviour being valid, but ok let me break it down towards some principal points that I think you are skipping on.

        Roxy – Roxy had a contract with the Greyrat family to teach his son (Rudy, Rudeus or whatever) so you could pretty much say it was for the money the reason she stayed in place at first sight. Still though as you see the season develop, you can find out that despite Rudeus is a perverted piece of shit (because he is and I am not trying to minimize it) he was practically a genius with magic. Being able to cast high level spells without needing to chant it. (This “genius” thing is also a thing that inspired Roxy to stay with him, as she did not find anyone else capable of doing such thing. At least on that time of course.) Apart from this, we need to also take in count that there are SEVERAL time skips within the anime, so we can’t really judge based on his actions that just happened very occasionally (because, funnily enough, the time skips practically just come right after where it portrays the bad things about Rudeus in this arc).

        Sylphy – As much as it hurts and everyone will come with the comments of “CoNsEnT eXiStS” Rudeus didn’t really have a sexual interest towards her in the sense that he wanted to take a bath with her. This exact scene was rather a genuine caring (as perverted as it sounds idc) for his mate to not get sick (because, surprise! Rain can sometimes make you sick!) of course after that happened, the writer decided to fade it out, after all he showed how it made Rudeus feel bad about it and came to truly apologize to her. It also portrayed how awkward it was after that, usually coming up with uncomfortable silences between the 2 friends as Rudeus thought he did something wrong. Because after all, He truly thought that Sylphy was a very gorgeous man (of course, we can’t see for how long the awkwardness lasted because the anime uses time skips).

        And the last, Eris – With Eris it is pretty much the same occasion as with Roxy. Rudeus was there to teach her, thus if she wanted to learn something like magic, she’d need rudeus to teach her (as thanks to storytelling most teachers are scared of her due to her aggresiveness.), same thing here as well, we can showcase the time skips (which is mainly why they give Rudeus such a shitty image) as it once again shows the bad things he did (after all this arc is all about redemption).

        And of course, why wouldn’t he help people even if he has that kind of mind? After all as said before, this character seeks redemption, not to be a perverted idiot. And even though, he isn’t seen as a hero of any sorts. His family recognize him as a genius due to certain magic properties (that I won’t ofc spoil because it is related to later things within the series).

        And to finish, on the end, its set on a different time, we can’t just compare literal modern times where so many ideologies originated to some medieval time where ideological development is not made at all. And yes, even if Rudy came from modern times, he won’t portray such ideals because it’ll just look weird to them as they do not understand what they mean. (This is portrayed when Rudeus told Ruijerd that he was a libertarian and he looked at the kid confused.)

        So its not really matter of what values we have rn, but in what values the time has set within the series.

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      • I don’t agree with you, but this essay has given me a greater appreciation for people who are willing to discuss and elaborate on their views, as well as engage with those who disagree.

        So it’s refreshing to read competent analysis by someone who’s going out of their way to be respectful about it. Most people who comment about it think I’ll change my mind if they write well enough or insult me harshly enough, and that just ignores the point of discussion.

        I’m not going to abandon my views of Mushoku Tensei as long as I feel they’re valid criticism, and I’m not going to ask others to abandon their similarly valid opinions. Thanks for making the internet and this blog a little nicer of a place.

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      • to respond to Krauss about rudy and taking her clothes off,

        it doesn’t matter if it was a boy or a girl he kept trying to take his clothes off despite constantly saying no and hitting him and trying to force him to take his clothes off, the fact he fainted that he wasn’t gonna take her clothes off but did it anyway to shock him its such a piece of shit move, it doesn’t matter if it was a girl if anyone did that to someone it would lead to getting the shit beaten out of you. when she started crying that was fucking sad man she looked traumatized, i wouldn’t be shocked if she didn’t trust anyone after that.

        30 year old man forcibly pulling the pants of a 5 year old boy does not sound good on paper.

        and just because he wasn’t interested sexually it doesnt make it ok at all.
        that situation applies to any situation and he would still be a massive asshole, the fact he didn’t realize maybe it could be trauma shows lack of empathy and a literal cretin or simply bad writting,

        i think anyone would realize something is very wrong, even the idiots would realize something is wrong, if he doesn’t want to take his clothes off, especially if it isn’t a girl. he still tried to force someone to do something they didn’t want to, man and when she cried what an absolute cold piece of shit, he was a psychopath in that moment. chances are he probably is.

        it doesn’t matter if he’s trying to not make me sick, how i wouldn’t like medicine shoved down my throat, i wouldn’t like some piece of shit forcing me to take my clothes off. if you would do that to someone then fuck off.

        you don’t have to be a NEET to do that, that is such a piece of shit move to do, he doesn’t try to really change his flaws, its more that his good side keeps rising, and his bad side keeps lowering, he never tries to fix his bad side. some parts yeah but not the core of the problem. the character really is written as 2 faced depending on the situation.

        yeah the guy is 30 but even then his behavior is far worse than most people, man what a piece of shit, just because he saves lives doesn’t make him a good person.

        but in here he is portrayed as a lowlife more equal to a bum on the street, he seems more fit to steal from others and do illegal shit than being a NEET. he just has criminal behavior and he would have gotten multiple lawsuits or arrested if he did that irl, it doesn’t change the fact that its “medieval” times, even back then these actions were seeing as lowly, that’s why the laws were made in the first place.

        and its not the bigger problem the fact that he is this way, its the fact that hes unapologetic on his shitty actions barely ever gets called out or tries to sneak past them, and that his surroundings are full of enablers and are equally toxic, hell even encouraging his behavior, when he kept sexually harassing roxy, she was indifferent about it, she didnt take it seriously which lies in the problem she didn’t attempt to stop this behavior at all, and the author should have done more, its played as jokes by hurting him with slapstick humor.

        also rudy fathr is horrible too, when he slapped his kid trying to put him into submission that he was right and the kid was wrong, it was very controlling behavior, sucks that rudy didnt decide to him him back fuck that guy.
        even before he cheated i got the impression this guy was a degenerate.

        and no its not back then it was ok to hit kids, its still fucked up kids back then when they were hit and its still wrong, it just wasn’t called out as today.

        the way the show tries to solve its problems is not healthy its like putting a bandage on broken glass, its usually forgotten simply brushing it off like its nothing; or it never happened or manipulate the other person feeling bad for you. its horrible behavior nothing ever gets addressed properly or gets fixed properly.

        its also the environment that its the big issue too, unlike shows like re zero and konosuba, their surroundings have people always reacting their bad behaviors, either they discourage like Kazuma, or try to help them become better like Subaru,

        in contrast here, no one calls him out, instead they are his level, and the ones that are lower than him he gets to beat up to make himself look better.

        it is honestly a self insert fantasy, he says self fulfilling prophecies that “dude its like how those cool guys do it get the girl and a childhood girl and marry her” and he gets to be the cool guy all the time coincidentally, which I’m guessing he does marry all of them in the exact way he describes cool scenes in his head, i haven’t read the LN but im guessing that’s how it goes.

        and his pervert part is SUPER annoying, the honestly underwear worshipping is pure cringe, if its a joke i give it a 1/10 not funny whatsoever having the underwear of a supposedly 14 year old girl. holy fuck that really makes me cringe, that’s the opposite of funny.

        under normal circumstances i would assume he has a bunch of mental disorders, if it was qualified he had adhd, BPD, autism, retardation, or down syndrome it would have been more believable.

        i can handle 1 piece of shit in the story, but if you put 30 pieces of shit in the story while being unapologetic about it I’m out. its the quite the show to make me dislike most of the cast. they are just really toxic, and those points never get addressed.

        man it would suck to be a woman in that story holy shit, the shit they have to put up in there.

        anyway i don’t think it deservers all the praise it gets, its overhyped. but its a different story. though its plain weird and toxic, hopefully no one takes this story seriously and try to do the shit he does if anyone watches this.

        anyway this was exhausting to rant on this series, very toxic show, I can’t imagine how the author is like. Jesus.

        never want to watch this series, just wanted to say my opinion. GG

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      • he wont be treated like he is wrong cause to others he is just a kid? for others, he is just a kid doing childish thigs.

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  3. It gets worse in the manga. There’s this weird focus on his erectile dysfunction after eris leaves him. I get that the audience is supposed to see him as an improving mind, but I didn’t see much improvement after the time skip. I tried giving it another chance, but I just can’t stomach anymore of the portrayal of female characters as a cure for his ED. Not only did this not make sense, since they had a well-established relationship (communicate much?), it just felt weird that they ignored the world-ending threat in the previous arc. It’s like, why even show it when you were gonna focus on an entirely different thing in the next arc? The story was good so far despite its flaws, but I think the flaws just kept growing for me to be able keep at it.

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  4. God all these reply’s are so stupid. Yall are dismissing the MC’s actions based on character development. How can you dismiss the author straight up having 2 underage cousins have sex.

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    • Because
      1) They are in essentially medieval times and that shit happens at that age. They specifically mention this many times that even Rudeus isn’t weird in comparison to the nobles of the time. Content and time periods are everything and it’s important to note that if you care enough to note Rudeus is of age (mentally) then there is no issue as Eris was 15 at the time, a legal adult in that world.

      2) They are second cousins, not first cousins, and it’s even implied that Eris’ Father might have been adopted so they might not even be that closely related.

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  5. These comments defending the show are exhausting. Anyone trying to defend him is completely ignoring the fact that they are 11 year old and 14 year old aged children he is touching with no remorse. I will give it to you that he is a shell of man that never had a real life of his own and never experienced any of these things HOWEVER, if he were not involuntarily and randomly reincarnated into a child’s body, would you still agree with him doing all the things he’s done? All the girls he’s touched? Looked at? Fantasized about? Does it make it better that he’s 40 BB because his creepy little hands aren’t 40 years old? Sit there and tell me that this show is creating a fantasy for pedophiles, you sit there and tell me that, I dare you. He even says a few times to himself “I’m taking advantage of her right now, I think this is wrong” literally! and then he goes and gropes a sleeping child. Not to mention when they rescue the beast children from a prison where they were being TRAFFICKED he starts oggling the half naked girls who had probably already been abused at that point… LETS NOT FORGOT THE DEMON GODDESS WHO LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS ABOUT 7 AND HE WAS VERY INTERESTED IN. GROSS. AS. FUCK.
    I keep hearing “but it’s a redemption arc” as a rebuttal, but redemption implies the character is trying to be better, and like I stated previously, he makes a few comments about how even he is unsure about his actions bc he knows they are inappropriate, YET HE ALMOST ALWAYS ACTS ON HIS PERVERSE THOUGHTS, RARELY DOES HE EVEN TRY TO STOP HIMSELF. Almost every time he does stop himself it’s only because he will get in trouble, not because he cares. Also, outside of Eris beating the shit out of him, and many light-hearted jokes excusing his behavior, no one ever claps back, at least one person is always encouraging or empathizing with him, and every woman in the story is sexualized in one way or another. Truly and simply.

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    • If they showed more of his previous life he was most likely jacking off to Loli shit before they kicked him out, if they showed that before being isekai because obviously he has a loli fetish going after “sexy 14 year olds” in his own words, remove his “flaws” and he’s just a gary stu or Mary Sue.

      Likely if he wasn’t a shut in loser he would most likely be a registered sex offender, the guy is disgusting and likely autistic or some form of mental disorder since he doesn’t get when others feel uncomfortable, he doesn’t learn from his mistakes he just brushes it off, and has the AUDACITY to manipulate other people being wrong not him.

      Absolute fucking loser and a power fantasy to loli fetishers, there was no need to make a 100 year old or whatever look like a 14 year old girl.

      They made the Mc handsome overpowered has a harem self insert. And the series is very sexualized, is just a fetish put in there. The guy is a pedophile and it’s never acknowledged.

      Just keep him away from playgrounds.

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  6. All this comments clearly show how people really being a bias and not reading the actual material but judge the entire series based on the MC actions at the beginning. I am truly disappointed at this article on the views also without even bother to do any research nor read the actual materials and what the authors trying to do. If you want a non controversial characters there are plenty out there, Naruto, Luffy, Gon Hunter x Hunter, etc. But if you watched or finished Attack on Titan you will know that Eren Yeager was the antagonist this whole time and people still love him at his death. To be honest, Rudeus compare to some characters in Game of Thrones are look like an angles, remember the scene where Jaime Lannister pushing Bran Stark (a little kid) down from a tower while having sex with his sister, Cersei. But guessed what? He had one of the most epic redemption arc, … At the beginning of the series, he was easily one of the most despised characters, but as more layers were revealed he became a beloved hero. It just crazy how people keep focus on all the bad qualities of Rudeus right now and despite the entire shows, but didn’t look at the fact that the author did it on purpose, if you despite Rudeus right now then the author did a great job on creating the most hated character in anime on the internet. But don’t put your opinion out there if you haven’t read the entire series and judge everything base on the beginning, this just show that you are ignorant and refused to change your mind based on your own biases. Even Eren Yeager committed genocide at the end people still like him which is crazy to me. But FYI for those who have not read Mushoku Tensei Light Novels, then I will just say this one line, MT world buildings are so crazy that it can even compare to Lord of The Rings world buildings, it is peak fiction and if you judge the entire series base on the controversy of the MC at the beginning which is not that worse than some character in Game of Thrones then it is just your lost on an incredible series I guess my fellow internet friends. All this controversy will start to change in the next 2 or 3 seasons of show and I bet the world will be shocked especially those who despite the series so much and not even bother to understand how a show as controversy as MT got the highest rating in the world (8.4 on Anikore Japan, 8.7 on Anilist, 8.3 on Bangumi China, and 8.77 on Myanimelist)

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  7. Jobless is the best anime of its kind. The owner of this blog is clearly bogus and does not know what he or she is talking about. These types of people are what is wrong with anime. First of all calling Rudy, a pedophile for being born into another world is just stupid. He was 34 years old when he died and was reborn into another world. Having been a shut-in he had no sexual relationships whatsoever. Meaning that the closest thing he had to something real was porn or hentai. Calling him a pedo for watching porn clearly shows that you have no idea what the definition of pedo is. In his, before life, he was not out there touching younger girls and being disrespectful towards females. On the contrary, he respected women. He was bullied in shameful manners that caused him to be a shut-in. So how is he a pedo for watching porn or hentai?
    Second, he was reborn with memories of his past. Meaning that he knows what sin is. The only reason why you don’t see babies doing the same shit he was doing is because babies are born not knowing sin. So how tf can you call him a pedo. Even so he was not out there actually touching females as a kid. He obviously lusted but who tf has not? As a guy, you will always lust over a woman. That does not make a pedophile. What this writer of this blog actually wants to see is him rudy being 7 years old dating a 34-year-old in his new world. You would actually want a 13-year-old to date a 34-year-old? To me, you seem like the pedophile pal.

    This writer also had the audacity to mention that Rudy sexually assaulted Slyphi. I am actually curious if he actually fucking watched the anime at all. In all the animes I have seen take Naruto for example men always bathe together. So Rudy thought that Slyphi was just shy so he decided to push “him” a little so that he could see that there was nothing wrong with being naked. He wanted “him” to have no shame. What Rudy did not expect was for Slyphi to actually be a female since “he” had the appearance of a male. That was when he realized the reason for Slyphi saying “no”. Rudy in no point shows signs of enjoyment. He is actually shocked and stunned at his mistake and feels so bad about it. So how tf is he a pedophile? It’s not like Rudy got Sylphi naked on purpose knowing she was a female and enjoyed the moment you morron.

    Third. The second season does a good job of showing who Rudy actually is. His little sister was trying to convince him to take her on a journey with him by stating that in the future she was going to “bloom”. Rudy then chops her on the head and tells her she should not be talking like that because it is not appropriate for her. Rudy even states in his head “what has she been teaching her”. If he was a pedophile he would have said omg you will bloom yes come with me. Like, stop hating on something you did not even watch. Stop talking out of your ass.

    Fourth in the second season, Eris wanted to have sexual relationships with Rudy but he stated that he could not because they both promised they would wait. Eris however, told him that she would only say it once and she threw herself on top of him. She told him that “although you have lusted for me, are you telling me you still say no” he says no. But she still insists that it’s ok if they do it now. See if Rudy was not a decent person he would have done it with no hesitation. So how tf is he a pedo?
    If you ask me you are the pedo for wanting to see a 34 year old reborn as a kid date a 34-year-old. Just turn a random 34-year old woman into a pedo, you weirdo.

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    • Can we agree at least that the author is a pedo? Also the anime seems to be made for pedos (or at least part of it). And I’m saying this based on what you and others said here.

      Just try for a moment to get out from this fiction world and try to think about the writer and the animators. Can’t you see that there is something disturbing?

      Let me ask something else. If someone enjoys watching only rape hentai or pedo hentai, do you agree that person has an issue? Even if he didn’t act on it.

      One last thing I want to mention is that Japan is very relaxed regarding laws against pedos. It is something related to their history from what I read and only recently they were forced to be more restrictive. There was a couple of years ago a case with Nobuhiro Watsuki (a manga writer) caught with nude photos of 11 years old or younger girls. He just got a small fine and had no problem continuing to work at the same company. Apparently this was a common practice in Japan so this is why people there didn’t take it really serious.

      I’m not writing this for you (as from your comment you seem to either worship this anime/LN beyond reason or have some hidden pedo tendencies) but for those who will read these comments.

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  8. Hi! I try to leave comments up whenever possible because I value discourse, especially differing opinions. However, if you’re going to insult me without offering any valid opinions or criticism, I’m going to delete your comment. If you’d like to offer your views, please do so in a respectful manner. Thank you, and have a nice day.

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  9. I’m really glad that someone feels the same way about this terrible show because it’s been extremely concerning to me that this show got so popular.

    The issue I have with this show is with the people claiming that it’s motivational, or that Rudy somehow changes or develops from the person he was before he died. Rudy, at no point is forced to truly struggle and confront his traumas because he’s literally reincarnated into a world that’s perfect for him. It’s a literal definition of an escapist fantasy. The people defending Rudy always say that he’s a flawed and realistic character, but that means nothing if Rudy isn’t forced to change. Making a few reflections, and thinking, “Oops, I did a bad” isn’t actual change.

    Another thing that’s strange to me is how this show seems to be seems to be fine with Rudy being a pervert, and portraying his perversions in a comedic and lighthearted manner. Again, if this show truly wanted Rudy to change, his perverted acts wouldn’t be played off for laughs. The fact that there is also unironic fanservice of Eris, who is 11 years old also seems to cloud the whole “motivational” theme.

    I think the show would be much more interesting is Rudy was reincarnated without his memories. Let’s say for example, Rudy is simply reborn as the same person with the same mind, but without his memories. Because he’s the same person, he makes the same mistakes again in his new life, and gets bullied and ostracized again. But gradually, his memories start to return, and he’s able to use his experience to push through the bullying and the isolation. He’s able to properly process the past, and develop strategies to deal with bullying, and to deal with his proclivity to isolation.

    Rudy NEVER has to deal with consequences of his actions, never has to make up for lost time, and never has to work past the problems he made for himself and everyone in his previous life. I just don’t see any confrontation of the past in the original anime, which confuses me because people claim that this show is motivational or inspirational. Again, it’s a literal definition of an escapist fantasy.

    The cherry on top is in episode 8 or 9, when Rudy is in his old body again and confronted by the weird “God” creature. He thinks, “Oh, it’s over,” which signifies to us that there has been ZERO development from the first episode. I truly don’t understand what everyone sees in this show.

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    • This is from a while ago but I’m pretty I heard that the reason he was kicked out of where he lived before he was reborn was bc he was recording and watching NSFW videos of his niece so I think pedo still works

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  10. The people defending Rudy’s actions because of his “character development” are the people that add to the problematics of anime. Despite the story telling, action, and supposed “character development,” this show is hard to watch. I don’t understand how anyone can watch a 40 year old man in a child body’s perving on little girls and call it okay. ESPECIALLY since his inner voice is that of a mature man, which makes the “his body is young” argument is null. We also get flashbacks to Rudy being in his old body, speaking to god, which signifies that he definitely still has the mindset of an older man. I would even say Goblin Slayer is better, because at least in that anime, we know that rape is bad, unlike this pedophilic dumpster of a show.

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  11. Sure Rudeus is disgusting and honestly not the most likeable character but this show isn’t a self insert, does every show require a clean skin character or only have flaws we deem acceptable?(a Psyco murderer seems more likable It seems because for some reason people can relate??), He does some pretty disgusting things, he does some good things, he develops, other characters get involved that have their own issues to deal with the world is vast, there is many things going on but it comes down to how you watch a show like this.

    I find it more disturbing that some even say we agree with his actions because we like the show, or the author is messed in the head because of this, I don’t understand this criticism, sure he might start from an angle that we could find uncomfortable in a way that really isn’t common to see but at the end of the day we are watching a story, sure plenty of Isekai’s are MC self inserts but this one just clearly isn’t, he has real issues and those issues take along time to deal with especially when most of the people he is around don’t really understand what is really going on with him.

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  12. It’s an anime, relax. It supposes to be funny. When I saw Rudy do all that stuff, I found it funny, because is a 35+ yo guy in a body of a child. So consider his past life, he will be kinda a weirdo that is trying to sneak to girls. From the plot of anime, from s1 to s2, I can say we see that he changes a lot, and that’s the point, to have a good character development. Also, some scenes over doing it, like the Syphi-bath scene, but in the end was funny, consider how the things turned up. Anyway, except from Rudy being a little weirdo, all the other stuff just show a different side of things.
    I think, most of that things people find them funny and realistic.
    In the end, animes are not for young kids, so, why not show some weird stuff in…

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  13. I think the reviewer forgot 1 thing.

    This is an anime, a freaking hand drawn fantasy series that is not real.

    If you are unable to tell the difference between fantasy and reality, I would suggest seeing a psychiatrist and discuss it.

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  14. I think there’s a difference between being a “perv” and being a sex offender. The main character clearly is the later. It’s normal to have desires and even fantasies but it’s not ok to grope someone against their will. I understand that they want to portray Rudy as an imperfect character, however the anime misses the mark by instead creating a misogynistic world where sexually assaulting women is allowed. It would be a lot more interesting if pervert thoughts were followed by a honest willingness to avoid them and pervert acts represented as learning situation. In the end we can ask what did the sexual assault instances contributed to the advancement of the story? Did we actually need them?

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  15. Idk how far the anime got because I read the manga, just curious to see where it would go, and got through a lot of perverted BS until the moment that made me drop it. So basically, Rudy and Eris do i t . Underage you-know-what between a child and an adult. They’re not even in a relationship when they do it, it’s a one night stand out of desperation because Eris was about to get married off. I can handle perverted characters and scroll past perverted moments, although I don’t like them, but I drew the line there and realized my line is too lenient if Rudy, with all his red flags, got past it to that point. There’s some more arcs (I checked the chapter summaries and skimmed because curiosity corrupts) where Eris leaves to get stronger or something after the one night stand, Rudeus gets depressed thinking he was abandoned (no moral repercussions, he felt happy and guiltless the morning after), he goes on some more adventure and has more romance moments with other kids (some characters reappear like Sylphie and Roxy) despite what he did with Eris. My moral compass feels shot just thinking about it…

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    • the manga is considered the worst adaptation of the show/light novel and in the anime, it is a growth case in point episode 22 one of the most controversial episodes because rudy has sex with eris who is legal in their world. keep in mind rudy says no and is shown to believe that if he takes advantage of her he s wrong. And he would be however eris pushes herself on rudeus and the deed is done the wine spilling represents him falling back into his old habits. in this episode, rudy is in the wrong but it shows development yes it is small but episode rudeus would have jumped at the opportunity to have sex with eris
      don’t get me wrong what rudeus did was horrible but bad people don’t change in the matter of 2 scenes change takes time

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  16. please keep in mind rudeus is supposed to change slowly its a redemption arc. to everyone mad at rudeus that’s like saying bojack horseman is a bad show because bojack is a bad person and no rudeus is not glorified it looks that way because the animation is nice

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  17. anybody making a comment defending this character or show is clearly infested with brain worms and has swiss cheese holes in their gray matter. motherfucker is a pedophile rapist and it doesnt matter if he’s in a child’s body if his mind is still 40. y’all need to watch/read something good for once

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  18. People who believes in reincarnation (including me) based on their culture and religion believes that every single living creature reincarnated after their each death we could be of different genders , different time , we could be born as an Aryan German in one life while being a Jew in another life the same way you could be born as a tiger in one while while you were once a deer so your age is thus always taken as of your current age in your current life the only exception with Rudeus is that he remembers the memories of his previous life which thus plays an important role in his new life he is not the same 34 year old NEET now as he has a new body and a new life that too in a new world but is still such a fucking creep as his mind remembers him being happy on watching loli porn and playing hentai games as it is his addiction and an addiction never goes away so easily he starts the novel already telling us that he is a garbage of a human being who was always too full of himself while doing actually nothing while laughing on others doing something which is what was a huge change , him saying no to eris for sex as he was not fifteen years old like her which is an legal age for a adult shows development as his past self would have already jumped on the idea without much thought not to mention that situations like this happen in real life to many good people u know of ( FYI according to the Sharda Act in the 20 th century it was considered that a 15 year old girl and a 18 year old boy could marry) . People still look as Rudy the same while never looking it as Eris a 15 year old girl getting a 13 year old minor Rudeus to have it with her even the times when Eris actually came to his room on her birthday with Rudeus with him telling her that he may get a little naughty with Eris saying that it’s ok if it’s just a little don’t tell me that Eris do not know what she was saying in this world children are already aware of all these things , of course Rudeus giving in to that thought was downright in no way right as he sees it as her invitation to do it with her as he used to see in the porn movies he used to watch so yeah Rudeus is undoubtfully a disgusting person , a piece of shit as he shows the lowest a person can become but when people began to shit on him saying he never actually feels bad for what he does he do maybe it’s not enough for you but he do if u pay a close attention then you will see how much flawed are each of these people . In the LN it was mentioned how much a spoilerd brat was Eris how she beats one of his teacher with a stick when he was sleeping in his room making him go to a hospital she was such a brat that could even beat someone to near death just for angering her , she slaps Rudeus just because he only says that he knows things which she does nut know when he have not even done anything wrong with her but yeah she also got a character development as she got much better still if you thing that MT is bullshit then alright but please don’t shit on people by actually calling people pedo for liking something after all the story was always of a 34 year old NEET creep so it does not bother us because we already know what we are getting into

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