Depends. If you want horny meets Isekai then Moshuko Tensei is worth watching, if not this might be one to skip.
This is one that has me really on the fence. I could see myself watching more of it, but at the same time I could easily drop it. I was recommended the watch by a friend linking a YouTube recommendation. I typically don’t watch too much outside of what interests me, but this season I wanted something new and fresh. While I am pleased that popular anime are receiving second, third, and fourth seasons sometimes it’s nice to branch outside of what you know.
On my current watch list I am watching Dr. Stone, Log Horizon, Attack on Titan and Re:Zero. The good news I already know what I am getting, but the bad news is that none of these are fresh. I am a sucker for curiosity. I always want to know if there might be something that I like in a genre but isn’t something that I haven’t watched before. And Isekai is right in my wheelhouse.
That being said I also crave new ideas, or being presented with something I haven’t encountered before. I also like good writing, sub-standard writing won’t hold my interest long even if the art style and voice acting is excellent. Writing is the pinnacle of storytelling in my opinion. I can overlook even subpar effort in terms of art and voice acting if the story intrigues me. So where does that put me with Mushoku Tensei?
So far while there is plenty of horny action that isn’t enough to hold my interest. But there seems to be some story development and character development. The pacing of the show is so far on the slower side. It would be nice if there was a quicker pace. But when you start in a new world at the point of infancy, it wouldn’t be expected to be a quick start. Of course you can speed up the process by skipping past childhood. But childhood is being actively explored. While child development in itself is an interesting subject, the problem is that our child is an adult in a child’s body.
Is it cheating if you get to restart life as child in another world?
This means that the author is interested in exploring what character development might look like, if the protagonist is a child in another world. The idea of what my life would look like if I knew what I knew when I was younger is a thought experiment at play in this series. And of course the idea is an intriguing one, but ultimately it can be a wasted thought exercise. Because no one can be Isekai’ed, and no one gets to start with a headstart in terms of knowledge at childhood.
Here we get to explore what it’s like to have a head start, that is if you are also gifted with an ability to use magic. So not only does the protagonist get to have knowledge beyond that of a child, they are also gifted in magic. This is essentially double cheating, one for knowledge and one for natural talent, for the character. But to be honest this character might need to double cheat to make up for the obvious lack of social skill and inability to embrace adult responsibilities. Otherwise I don’t see success happening in this world either for this character.
There is a limit to how much ability and knowledge can bless an individual, if it’s not coupled with reasoning and good decision making. So I am wondering how the protagonist will grow or if the show will head in a direction that makes sense. I am tentatively optimistic, for this show. But I can see this one going either way. Will it just be a horny dumpster fire (and hey I am not judging) or will we get to see real character growth and real story development?
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