Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 Part 2 Episode 23 Review

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 Part 2 Episode 23 Review

I Wish Roxy Would Share My Burden

Roxy surprised me in Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 Part 2 Episode 23. I never expected her to be the one to initiate things with Rudeus. But I guess this shows that she’s somewhere between Eris and Sylphie.

Eris takes what she wants — and that’s one of the things I love about her. On the other hand, Sylphie is very reserved and would never think about being so forward. And now we see that Roxy is in the middle. Her personality is more like Sylphie’s, but she has the courage to make the first move.

Was this a good time to sleep with Rudeus, though? In a lot of ways, no. Roxy admits that she took advantage of Rudeus’s emotional state to get what she wanted. However, even if she didn’t stand to gain anything, this still may not have been a good time.

Roxy cheering Rudeus up from the anime series Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 Part 2 Episode 23
Roxy cheering Rudeus up

Rudeus just lost his father in a pretty horrific way. He also basically lost his mother, as well. And worst of all, he lost his left hand. I get that Roxy wants to cheer him up. But maybe sex isn’t what he needs most right now.

With that said, there’s one thing Roxy said to Rudeus that changed my mind about this situation. Yes, I still find Roxy’s actions kind of “sus.” But her reasoning for why she did this makes sense. She knows that Rudeus needs companionship in order to heal.

Elinalise and Geese say that Rudeus will get over it in time if they leave him alone. However, from Roxy’s experience with Rudeus, that’s not the case. She remembers how he would wallow in his sorrow alone as a child. And she believes that, in this moment, she’s the only one who can understand and help him.

Rudeus’s Left Hand

Rudeus takes quite a while to tell Roxy about his wife. And I can’t actually remember if Roxy ever met Sylphie. When Rudeus eventually tells Roxy about her, Roxy doesn’t seem to acknowledge knowing her. She acknowledges knowing of Sylphie because Elinalise told her.

Though, to be fair, I guess even if Roxy met Sylphie, that was 10 years ago, at least. And it’s not like Roxy was living with Sylphie’s family and teaching Sylphie magic. If they did meet, it probably wouldn’t have left much of an impact on Roxy.

Roxy’s not going to remember the friend of her student from 10 years ago, whom she may have met once. But the more I think about it, I’m pretty sure Roxy and Sylphie never met. Rudeus became friends with Sylphie after Roxy already taught him magic.

Roxy and Rudeus sitting by the campfire from the anime series Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 Part 2 Episode 23
Roxy and Rudeus sitting by the campfire

Anyway, Roxy knew that Rudeus was married with a kid on the way when she chose to sleep with him. That’s bold. But at the time, she never expected a long-term relationship with Rudeus. In her mind, she was providing Rudeus with romantic and sexual companionship when he needed it.

Once they returned from their journey, Roxy would leave, and Rudeus would go back to Sylphie. The only reason Roxy took up this role right now was because Sylphie wasn’t around to do it. At least, that’s her explanation. She tells Rudeus that she’ll be his left hand until the end of their journey.

I thought Roxy’s mention of being Rudeus’s left hand was also interesting. Usually, you’d say you’re someone’s right hand. But Rudeus literally lost his left hand. Is this why Roxy chose to say left instead of right? Or, is it that she recognizes that Sylphie is already Rudeus’s right hand?

Roxy Greyrat

Technically, Roxy isn’t Rudeus’s second wife yet. He asked her to marry him in a roundabout way. But Roxy tells him to get Sylphie’s permission first before she agrees. And I don’t think it’s going to surprise any of us when Sylphie says yes.

Sylphie already told Rudeus that she was fine with him having other women. I don’t remember if that was before or just after they got married. But either way, Sylphie’s already acknowledged that she’s fine with it. And it’s not like Roxy is some random woman. Rudeus has a strong connection with her.

Interestingly, I think Rudeus’s marriage to Roxy actually makes it more likely that he’ll marry Eris as well. I mean, obviously, he’s going to marry Eris. Once upon a time, there was a chance that Cliff and Eris could have ended up together. But that ship has sailed.

Elinalise telling Rudeus to marry Roxy from the anime series Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 Part 2 Episode 23
Elinalise telling Rudeus to marry Roxy

Okay, but how does Rudeus marrying Roxy have any impact on Eris? Of course, it opens Rudeus up to the idea of having more wives. If he already has two wives, why not three? However, I’d argue that this actually has a bigger influence on Eris’s decision to marry than it does on Rudeus’s.

What if Eris returned from her journey to find Rudeus with a single wife and kid? I guarantee you she’d put on a brave face, act like she was fine, and then move on. She’d recognize that by leaving Rudeus, she gave up her spot beside him.

But what if Eris returns and Rudeus has two wives? Well, in this situation, it doesn’t look like Rudeus replaced Eris with someone else. Instead, it looks exactly as it is — Rudeus is open to loving more than one woman. So, there’s still room for Eris.

Final Thoughts

What do you think about Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 Episode 23? Do you think Roxy was in the wrong to sleep with Rudeus when she did? Do you think there was any deeper meaning behind Roxy saying she’ll be Rudeus’s left hand? And what do you think Eris will say about Rudeus’s polygamous marriage?

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