Mushoku Tensei Season 1 Part 2 Ending Explained

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Mushoku Tensei Season 1 Part 2 has finished airing. If you thought a few episodes in the middle were messy or disjointed, episode 23 brought almost everything together, covering an impressive amount of material in a short time. So, for those already bracing themselves for Season 2, here's a breakdown of the ending for the isekai anime:

Mushoku Tensei Season 1 Part 2 Ending Explained: Why Did Eris Leave Rudeus?

Mushoku Tensei Season 1 Part 2 Ending Explained
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Already from episode 22, Eris returns home to find that everything she once cared about is gone. Her future seems bleak, as she's expected to participate in a marriage of convenience to help her people. In defiance, she initiates sex with Rudeus instead, only to leave him the morning after.

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As it turns out, Eris left Rudeus accompanied by Gishlaine, in hopes of becoming stronger. She feels that, so far, Rudeus has done everything to protect her, despite being a bit younger than her. His near-death a few episodes earlier made her feel powerless, so she feels that it's her turn to protect the only family member she has left.

Eris's flight, therefore, becomes a frustrating case of miscommunication. While she believes she'd doing the right thing, even whispering to a sleeping Rudeus that she'll come back for him, Rudeus wakes up thinking she's left forever.

Eris's wish to grow on her own after relying on Rudeus for so long is understandable, but she might as well have explained these feelings to her beloved. As is usually the case in such a situation, a simple chat would have fixed that, but an anime has to ensure enough drama, we suppose.

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Mushoku Tensei Season 1 Part 2 Ending Explained: Where Are the Main Characters Now?

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Paul has managed to reunite with Lilia and Aisha, while Zenith is in the Labyrinth City of Rapan on the Begaritt Continent. Rudeus is devastated by what he perceives as Eris' abandonment, but he has a dream about Zenith which causes him to realize he must save his mother.

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Roxy too leaves for Begarrit with her party, the moment she learns about Zenith's whereabouts, suggesting a possible reunion between her and Rudeus. Elsewhere, Sylphie tries to convince an unknown group to recruit Rudeus, setting the tone for Season 2, which will probably arrive soon enough!