「お嬢様と暴力」 (Ojousama to Bouryoku)
“A Young Lady and Violence”
So Paul reckoned the best solution to the situation was to knock out Rudeus without consulting him on anything. I understand that he didn’t want to bother putting up with Rudeus and his logical arguments – since Paul never seems to have won any of those despite being the father. However, it does seem a tad immature.
That said, his intentions come from a good place. Specifically wanting Rudeus to earn his keep, as well as receive a fully formal education too – reading/writing, mathematics, magic, swordplay, etc. What’s more, from what Paul said about not getting along with his father, he must have swallowed a lot of his pride to make this request.
So it seems easy right – receive free accommodation and food for years, while earning enough money to cover two people’s fees for magic university, just through tutoring a young girl. Well. Turns out this isn’t exactly the case.
The Third Girl: Fiery Redhead Tsundere
If Roxy is a kuudere teacher, and Sylphy a dandere childhood friend, then Eris is the tsundere ojou-sama. I think everyone can agree she immediately makes her mark – her vibrantly red head and body language exuding such an intense aura. Also, I would wager a guess that many people dislike her. Who does this brat think she is? Flaring up with such an ugly temper beating up anyone who displeases her?
And well, you’d be right. There’s honestly nothing I can retort with. These were very much my first impressions of Eris too. But I promise. There’s a reason why I eventually came along to thinking Eris is the best girl in this series. Instead of trying to convince anyone, I will let her character development shine through, which I’m sure it will in the coming episodes.
But I think you can see glimpses of it this episode. Yes, she behaves absolutely wildly. Is completely self-centred. And shows no remorse for her acts of violence. However, I think coming from a flawed place and changing for the better is how the best character development cycles go. Additionally, she will never bow down even against adversaries way more powerful than her. Never once did she beg or cry for help when she got brutally beaten by the adult jailers to the point of having broken teeth and blood spurting everywhere.
Yes, she ended up being rather scared. However, her spirit remained indomitable even when faced with the prospect of death. That can come across as too overwhelming for some people. And that’s a point of view I would understand. But I can really appreciate that level of determination or commitment if channeled in productive ways.
The Stark Reality of Mushoku Tensei’s Setting
When Ghislaine came to save Rudeus and Eris – the way her movements were animated was mind bogglingly incredible. Seeing her ‘shunpo’ through the city scape, shattering the sword in the air, to instantly killing the kidnappers in one swift motion with such a fierce expression on her face. Not enough shows depict protagonists coming to terms with the cultures and customs of another world, especially regarding death.
And this is definitely the moment where the penny drops for Rudeus and the viewers – that Mushoku Tensei’s setting is a world of swords and magic where death is fairly commonplace, without the law, order or enforcement protection mechanisms of modern day Earth society. Although the likes of Re Zero and Grimgar exist, isekai for the most part don’t deal with aspects pertaining to wish fulfilment, perhaps related to the fact most protagonists have god level powers in other isekai shows and never come under threat.
Ghislaine’s power levels also tease to use the potential upper ceiling of power scaling this world. Where the kidnapper, a swordman who was clearly trained in the North God style, is incapable of putting up any resistance as she wipes the floor with him. Honestly, if this is how they’re animating a mere skirmish, I’m positively creaming myself over the prospect of seeing how Mushoku Tensei will bring epic fights to life.
All’s well that ends well for Rudeus. While he might have had a taste of reality, and is struggling to come to terms with the fact he remains mortal during his second chance at life, he’s overcome some hurdles to win the respect of Eris and ends up being accepted as her tutor. Though as you can expect, this is only the beginning.
If you ask me, these episodes go by way too fast. And not in a bad way. Coming from a novel reader, the pacing is perfect. I’m just so bummed out that we have to wait week upon week for further continuations from this wonderful adaptation, instead of being able to see the whole thing at once.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to talk about. As always, thanks for reading this post – and see you all next week!