Controversial Comments by ‘Mushoku Tensei’ Author on Anime’s Slavery Depiction

(Last Updated On: August 24, 2023)

The author of the popular light novel series “Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation,” Rifujin na Magonote, recently found himself in the midst of controversy surrounding the anime adaptation’s portrayal of slavery. In Episode 6 of Season 2, the protagonist, Rudeus Greyrat, agrees to buy a slave girl, sparking criticism from viewers who argue that it normalizes the abhorrent practice.

Magonote responded to the backlash on social media, emphasizing that he does not personally condone slavery. However, he explained that he wrote Rudeus as a character who doesn’t inherently oppose it. The original story is set in a world where slavery is an accepted part of society, and Magonote contends that this context doesn’t warrant excuses.

This statement follows an earlier comment by Magonote, where he stated that Rudeus doesn’t harbor hatred for slavery. Instead, the protagonist believes that not all slaves are universally unhappier than they were before becoming slaves. He refrains from imposing his own sense of justice upon a culture he is unfamiliar with.

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Reactions to Magonote’s stance have been mixed. Some argue that it’s vital to portray slavery accurately in historical fiction, emphasizing that Rudeus is a complex character who will likely evolve as the story progresses. Others, however, assert that the anime should have taken a more critical stance on slavery, regardless of the fictional world’s norms, believing it should have unequivocally condemned the practice.

The controversy surrounding “Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation” serves as a reminder of the ethical and moral complexities involved in adapting sensitive subjects like slavery in fiction, prompting discussions about the responsibilities of authors and creators in portraying such themes.


Source: IGN India

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Amit is an entertainment content writer. He is currently pursuing graduation with Bachelor in Commerce. He loves to watch anime and play games like Minecraft, Clash Royale, and Pokemon Go in his free time.

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