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Is Mushoku Tensei Worth Watching? Why You Should Watch the Anime

Is Mushoku Tensei Worth Watching
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Since Mushoku Tensei first aired in 2021, it became one of the most popular isekai anime. But what makes Mushoku Tensei worth watching?

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Why Mushoku Tensei Is Worth Watching

Fans fell in love with the adventures of the 34-year-old man who lived a purposeless life before being reincarnated in a magical world as Rudeus Greyrat.

Some argue that Mushoku Tensei is an anime you either love or hate, so here's what makes the anime worth watching, according to fans.

The Art

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This is really self-explanatory; just by watching the trailer, you realize that the first work of Studio Bind has some great visuals.

The characters' faces and overall design are really well done. When Rudeus first gets reincarnated in the magical Six-Faced World, the setting is very colorful, showing the wonder with which he regards his new life.

As the story goes on, later episodes become much darker, showing the more mature adventures of Rudeus and Eris.

Soon enough, the main characters learn more about their world, especially following the surge of mana that upsets their universe.

Season 2 reinforces the anime's varied style, showing both dark and light moments.

Compared to other isekai anime, some of which are produced en masse, look sloppy and a bit similar to each other, Mushoku Tensei looks neater and more distinct.

The Complex Magic System

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The magical system Rudeus encounters (and becomes exceptionally talented in) is very complex and might remind you of a video game.

The magic of Rudy's world is based on mana, which exists within every magic user but can cause chaos when misused.

There are many levels of magic to be mastered, meaning it's treated like a skill in which the characters can improve through constant use – not unlike tabletop games and RPGs.

Of course, some viewers might prefer a setting in which magic is a more ambiguous, mysterious force, but if you're a fan of magical systems, Mushoku Tensei might be right for you.

The Variety

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As is the case with many fantasy works, Mushoku Tensei follows Rudeus from his rebirth until his old age, meaning there are many, very different chapters in his life.

Some will like his early days, during which the world still seems full of wonder, while those bored by that and tired of his improper behavior during childhood might like the more toned down and adventurous later episodes.

Similarly, those who didn't enjoy Rudeus and Eris' days at an adventuring party during the last part of the first cour might find something more to their liking in later episodes, where beloved characters finally reunited.

Comforting Fantasy Tropes

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All in all, Mushoku Tensei isn't the most original isekai, as it uses a lot of fantasy tropes you might have seen elsewhere, like D&D-like magical systems and a magical society with fantasy races. But these tropes can be comforting too.

If you don't want an overly complicated world that breaks all fantasy stereotypes but rather a familiar, RPC-like setting, you might like Mushoku Tensei.

Are There Any Negatives?

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Isekai anime aren't known for their progressive nature and many have fanservice. That being said, Rudeus is one of the worst offenders when it comes to isekai controversy.

The perverted aspects of Rudeus' personality should absolutely not be disregarded, and the fact that he wants to change isn't enough for his actions to be justified.

Another issue is that Mushoku Tensei often reproduces a medievalesque world without much critical thinking, despite the fact that Rudeus comes from modern times.

Season 2, in particular, features the main character participating in the slave trade, a very controversial move.

While some viewers might enjoy the anime's plot and fantasy setting, many find its more unsavory elements hard to ignore.

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