「魔眼を持つ女」 (Magan o Motsu Onna)
“The Woman with the Demon Eyes”
While I understand that the split cour is necessary to create a manageable production cycle, it’s definitely a pity that the significant momentum Mushoku Tensei accrued through the first cour stymied a bit over summer. Nevertheless the series refuses to slow down, picking up and forges ahead from strength to strength. Studio Bind really stamped their foot down on the pedal as they continue accelerating Mushoku Tensei towards the next arc.
As we return once more, there is simply no need for an opening theme – as gentle music plays over immaculate transitions between pristine sceneries, settling us into an ambience masterfully constructed to deliver maximum enjoyment of this series. And for any source material folks out there, I think we can all agree the lyrics were quite symbolic too.
Unsurprisingly, Roxy and members of Paul’s old party find their way to the Demonic Continent, hoping to find Rudeus and safely return him home following the Mana Calamity. Through sheer bad luck and coincidences, the two do not cross paths despite almost bumping into each other many times. With Rudeus and Dead End setting off for another destination, it looks like this opportunity for reunion will elapse as two ships sail past each other into the night.
To make matters worse, every shipping company demands an extortionate amount to ferry Rujierd across the seas, since a gory and violent reputation precedes people of his kind. For all their prowess in combat, this matter of rudimentary economics poses an insurmountable obstacle that brawn cannot resolve – which is what I love about Mushoku Tensei, for seeking to challenge its characters by means other than combat. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom. During his solo adventures through the city at Hitogami’s beckoning, Rudeus is able to encounter Kishirika – a self-proclaimed Demon Empress who he pleases using a meal and some subservient antics. So much so that she actually bestows a demon eye upon him.
Simply put, there’s nothing impressive about what Rudeus did with the demon eyes. It’s a powerful ability of foresight he acquired through complete luck – at Hitogami’s whim. Not to mention it was extremely shameless of him to immediately use it to defeat Eris in swordplay – shitting over her Herculean efforts to improve and severely wounding her pride. Frankly speaking his actions were beyond pathetic. From a human standpoint, it shows how little consideration he has for others beyond himself, and how Rudeus has a long way to go in terms of his personal development journey.
Furthermore, to ‘atone’ for his poor conduct, Rudeus considered selling his magic staff to buy passage across the ocean for Rujierd. As Rujierd highlights, it’s so much easier to talk heart to heart. He was actually happy to make concessions, even if it entailed compromising his principles, and points out that Rudeus would have fractured the party anyway by selling the stuff. The action would only deepen the hurt Rudeus would cause towards Eris, since her gift of that staff is partially emblematic of how deeply she cares for him in the first place. Hopefully Rudeus was able to depart with key takeaways from Rujierd – who naturally possesses many lifetimes worth of experience as a Superd that has walked the realm for centuries.
That gruff man Rudeus saved from being potted in the head? That’s Gallus Cleaner, who just so happens to be grateful enough that he’d offer to stow away Rujierd on one of his boats – thereby circumventing the hefty ferrying fee. Talk about coincidences, eh? The sailing goes so smoothly whenever Hitogami is involved, that one has to wonder what his motives and intentions are.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!