450px-Mushoku_Tensei_Mushoku Tensei was perhaps the first light novel I picked up. The only problem was that I couldn’t put it down after that. Yes, I do believe it was that good as I lost many days without sleep, and even when I felt I couldn’t read anymore and took a rest, I went back to reading more of it the next time I awoke.


A 34-year-old NEET otaku was chased out from his house by his family. This virgin, plump, unattractive, and penniless nice guy found that his life was heading towards a dead end. He recalled that his life could actually become much better if he can get over the dark history he lived through.

Just when he was at the point of regret, he saw a truck moving at a high speed with three high school students in its path. Mustering all his strength, he saves them but ended up getting run over by the truck, which kills him.

The next time he opens his eyes, he had reincarnated to a world of swords and magic, as Rudeus Greyrat. Born to a new world and a new life, Rudeus declared, “This time, I’ll really live my life to the fullest with no regrets!” Thus begins the journey of a newly made man (end of synopsis.)

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Being reincarnated and sent to fantasy world is becoming  somewhat mainstream, even stories of going into virtual reality takes the same kind of measures. Still, this doesn’t keep away from the enjoyment you get from reading and viewing these genres. Mushoku Tensei expands a great many volumes, all of which will take a tremendous amount of time to read. However, you only have to read the first chapter to know whether you will continue reading or not.

You will see the main character, along with others, grow from a child to a grown adult with every passing chapter and volume. The continent traveled is vast and very much explored that I wouldn’t be surprised if all areas are visited by the end of the story. There is also a vast collection of characters that we come to love despite our first impressions of them.

You can read Mushoku Tensei from the people who translate the novel and buy the books, which are in Japanese, to support the author. No official translation has been stated to be released as of yet.

In all honesty, after reading a great twenty volumes, I would have to rate Mushoku Tensei a 9 out of 10.