A popular Japanese comment forum started a discussion thread with the title "Mushoku Tensei is interesting, but was it really necessary to establish the perverted protagonist?" This forum rarely sets up threads to point out criticisms, making it a special occasion spawned by the scene in the most recent chapter of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation.
The thread highlighted the following comments:
- «'If the valley is deep, the mountain is high', I think it would be something like that. It is necessary to lower the expectations of the reader in the early stages of the work. In storytelling theory, narrowing your audience down to just those who are interested is paramount, and this great work has also applied the same ploy. I mean, with that scene they have got rid of anyone who was not really interested in the series.
- No, it wasn't necessary. The author created an ugly and distorted character. Still, I feel like it's something to increase the impact of the redemption bow. A fairly cheap trick that at least they knew how to apply well here.
- «It is not healthy to project yourself into the characters of a work that you are reading or watching. For now, just look at him as the protagonist, not as if you are the protagonist.
- "It's easier to empathize with a pervert, that's how the industry works."
- "Perversion is a repressive style that normally characterizes villains. There are no limits to how dense a character can be, so the author is respected for not resorting to the cliché of the hard-working hero who doesn't have a hint of charisma. "
- “The protagonist is actually an older man, but I respect the author's intentions. Few have what it takes to dare that their protagonist has advances with the girls.
- "Perverted characters are even more common than 'upright' ones. Imagine the sexual frustration of a 34-year-old man who has been returned to being a child.
- «I think that with a perverted character it is easier to feel identified, and I thank the author for that. Does it disgust me? Sure you do, but maybe that's the author's intention in the original work, amplifying the impact of the next redemption. It is not bad to admit that the character disgusts you, in fact it is worse people who criticize you for giving your opinion.
- “You really need a lot of patience if you go to the original light novels, because the protagonist is like that for a long time. Fortunately the development is sublime, although late.
- "It seems that the franchise used all the cliche elements from the beginning, could it be that they intended to attract as many audiences as possible first and then filter them with these scenes?"
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Synopsis
Despite being bullied, despised, and oppressed his entire life, a thirty-four-year-old hikikomori still found the determination to try something heroic, only to have it end in a tragic accident. But in a twist of fate, he awakens in another world as Rudeus Greyrat, beginning a new life as a baby born to two loving parents. Preserving his memories and knowledge of his previous life, Rudeus quickly adjusts to his new surroundings. With the mind of an older adult, he begins to display a magical talent that exceeds all expectations, honing his skill with the help of a magician named Roxy Migurdia. Rudeus learns to use the sword with his father, Paul, and meets Sylphiette, a girl his age who quickly becomes his best friend.When Rudeus's second chance at life begins, he tries to make the most of his new chance while conquering. his traumatic past. And maybe, one day, he can find the one thing that he couldn't find in his old world: love.
(c) 理 不尽 な 孫 の 手 / MF ブ ッ ク ス / 「無 職 転 生」 製作 委員会