A 34-year-old NEET gets killed in a traffic accident and finds himself in a world of magic. Rather than waking up as a full-grown mage, he gets reincarnated as a newborn baby, retaining the memories of his past life. Before he can even properly move his body, he resolves to never make the same mistakes he made in his first life ever again and instead live a life with no regrets with the new one that was given to him. Because he has the knowledge of a middle-aged man, by the age of two, he has already become a prodigy and possesses power unthinkable for anyone his age and even older. Thus begins the chronicles of Rudeus Greyrat, son of swordsman Paul and healer Zenith, as he enters a new world to become the strongest mage known to man, with powers rivaling even the gods themselves.
well, I powered through what was out so far and I have to say I'm not impressed. There will be vague spoilers in this review if you care about that sort of thing.
The most basic premise is good, and the whole reason I picked this up to begin with. Art is all right as well, and the theme of 'new beginnings' and 'giving life your all' is something I can get behind.
The execution was pretty disgusting though.
The thing reads like a basic male power fantasy with really gross pedophilic undertones (both in that the mc is literally 3-7 and lusting after women and the fact
that he's sexualizing other very young characters. super gross. Also slightly incestuous considering the beginning where he's really into his mom's boobs and then later his cousin).
The main character has some traits that could be sympathetic, e.g. being quick to get discouraged in his past life, bullied harshly, and seeming to be a good person deep down (a la saving the guy from a truck).
But he's saturated in the most toxic elements of otaku culture and honestly pretty disgusting because of it.
he's literally a terribly written Mary Sue in this new life. Nothing really goes wrong for him, he's OP af (which I'm not totally against on it's own) , anyone who's mean to him is shown to be in the wrong, casually and easily manipulates all the flat characters around him, tone/attitude of superiority carried throughout.
also the very blase and flippant treatment of rape (the maid and his father??? in the past if not the present), the whole fuckery with Paul and how there were no repercussions from his cheating at all? w/e, the random torture-porn (in that she was violently beat up in a weird tonal shift, not that there was literal porn) scene with Eris when they were kidnapped, his occasional super gross pedo asides, NIPPLE LACE AND SUSPENDERS? (literally had to stop and take a moment to contemplate the absolute stupidity), and it's harem so u know it's gonna be shit.
I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment of the tutor when she left though. Even the stolen panty moment wasn't totally awful.
basically a really bad fanfiction. the only reason I even gave it a 3 is because the art was decent, it wasn't as visually/cliche Ecchi as it could have been, and I did actually manage to read through all the currently translated chapters.
The manga tells you the SUPER, SUPER, SUPER generic bullet points.
The light novel explains why stuff happens and how it works.
The problem is there are 25 full books in the light novels and the manga seems to be trying to squeeze 350 pages into a 30pg manga chapter. By doing so many, many, many important parts are getting skipped.
The Light novel series I gave my first "10 Masterpiece" rating to.
This manga cannot compare.
---- small spoilers below
Small Spoiler for comparison:
Light novel: 5th birthday, Only 5th, 10th, and 15th birthdays are celebrated with gifts and are
for passing onto a new stage in life. *Gets gifts for use: wand, sword, etc. and his expectation are explained. He uses these items over the next few books*.
Manga: I turned 5! Party. "Thanks's for the gifts (random gifts in his hands)". end...
This misses the whole point of the birthday, it was not about celebration, but about getting tools for life and survival. Not a "frolicking children's party".
2nd small spoiler:
Manga starts when he is like 3, missing the whole first 3 years of his life. They could easily written at least 3 solid chapters from this time.
“Failure is not the end, its more like a part for being successful”
Mushoku Tensei Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu is probably one of the manga that you shouldn’t miss and this manga have a big chance to be popular. I am not saying this just because i like this manga, heck i don’t even read the LN (some people said the LN is much more better) which this manga based on, but this manga is seriously shows a lot of potentials.
The story is began when a 34 years old NEET get reincarnated after get killed in traffic accidents. Surprisingly, he gets reincarnated as a newborn
baby with name as Rudeus Greyrat and lives in magical world where magic do exist. Since he still has the memory when he was adult, he resolves to not making mistakes (being NEET) again and live a life with no regrets. Because he already have knowledge of adults, by the age of two he already can read and speak like how adult supposed to be. Moreover, within that age he already can do magic which makes him as a prodigy and thus his story began.
What makes me interest with this manga is the story. Even from chapter 1, the story would easily grasp the reader to keep reading it since the plot is moving smoothly, scenes each scenes are connected beautifully, and the plot twist in the end always keep the readers to be curious on what happen next.
One of the main interests of this manga is the development. As you know, the protagonist Rudeus Greyrat or should we call Rudi is start as 2-year-old boy but with middle-aged NEET mind. He is constantly growing in each chapter not just physically but also mentally. As a boy who being called as prodigy surely its interesting to see the development that happen within him like what's gonna he learn next and etc. The development is also happen in the relationship within each characters, from hate to friends and even have a slight of romance which is nice.
Art in this manga is pretty well made too. Yuka Fujikawa who responsible for the art is really did his job, even he is not famous his art is pretty good. The background is really detailed and beautiful which really fits with the story and also the character design is great. He really make the characters being as eyecandy for the viewer so we didn’t get bored with it. No complaint from the art.
Another things what make this manga interesting is the characters, each characters have their own uniqueness but at the same time it feels real like the real life person. Each actions that they made have their own reasons not like any manga which sometimes some characters do annoying things without any particular reasons. Rudi, our protagonist is pretty much have a “hero” in his personality due his dark past, like to protect the weak, helping another person, etc. Despite his appearance, he is pretty genius due his age, it thanks for his middle-aged knowledge from his past life. Another characters that should be mention is Eris, she is Rudi’s older cousin. She is not your typical tsundere since she is extremely violent, tomboy and rude especially to Rudi but in the end she got her soft side which is pretty cute.
This manga is extremely good for those who’re looking for an enjoyable manga. The story is flowing naturally like a river, the characters is likeable, the comedy is funny enough to make you laugh, overall you wouldn’t want to miss this manga. In the end, If there is anyone asking me what manga that they should read the first list that i would recommend is this manga called Mushoku Tensei : Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu.
There is something, yet feels like nothing and yet I still want more
Thats my basic impression to this series. I want to like it a lot, but there are too many things that push it for me perfect or even good.Yet it demands you to continue.
Mushoku Tensei is one of the newest entries into the fantast seriesthat has become a nice niche for me. However unlike other titles that had their own charms ( Dungeon Meshi or Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari) with only minor hiccups, these one seems to match its sense of enjoyment with its sense of revulsion.
The main story is about a
34 Neet person, who after losing his parents and regarded by his peers as garbage, is killed off saving some people and reincarneted as a young child in a fantasy setting to his pleasure.
And thats itself points the charm and flaws of the premise. The MC has his memory of his past live ( a disguisting , perverted ,shameless person) put in the position of his own benefits. He is a miracle kid who has situations and outcomes make him great with him being the greast mage and swordfight er progidy., and as such comes of as obnoxious. The boy literally learns everything perfectly but just putting his mind to it. No process , no win/loss scenario .Just perfect Miracle kid.And the fact that manga keeps shoving into my face that he is in fact a 34 year old man in a 6 year old kid's body
The fan service comes of as repugnant as well with the MC moments with his mother, his best friend , his tutor, his cousin, his aunt . At the story shows that he gets it from his father, who cheated on his wife with a maid and the manga asks us to accept it.
And even though I should hate that in the manga, there are still moments of positive with the book like his " Taming of the Shrew" arc with his cousin. Even the art is too good for this sort of thing, with beautiful designs and images.
I wanted to like this book but at the same time I dont want to like it either. It feels like To Love Ru if the MC is a scumbag with the best luck in the world.Yet it is deeper than any harem comics has any need to be.
While I still continue to read it to see how it goes (Its adapted from a best seller visual novel, WTH?), I would not recommend this to any fan of fantasy. Only touch this it would you can keep your sanity in check