A Very Impactful Story – To Your Eternity Anime Review

“An Orb, known only as It, is cast to Earth to be observed from afar. Capable of changing forms from beings whose reflections It captures, It first becomes a rock and then, due to the rising temperature, moss.

It does not move until one snowy day, a wolf at death’s door barely crosses by. When It takes the animal’s form, It attains awareness of its consciousness and starts to wander with an unclear destination in mind. Soon, It comes across the wolf’s master—a young boy waiting for his tribe to return from a paradise abundant with fish and fruit in the south. Although the boy is lonely, he still hopes those whom he holds dear in his memories have not forgotten him and that he will reunite with them one day.

The boy wants to explore new surroundings and decides to abandon his home with It to find the paradise using the traces his tribe left behind. However, with a heavily injured body and no sight of his elder comrades, what will become of the boy?

Fumetsu no Anata e illustrates the story of an immortal being experiencing humanity, meeting all types of people in many places throughout time.” – MAL Synopsis

Episodes: 20 – Studio: Brain’s Base – Dub/Sub – Aired: Spring 2021 – Finished – MAL Rating: 8.45 – Genres: AdventureDramaSupernatural

I love a good coming-of-age story. Even if it’s not the main theme of a show. It’s always fun to see characters grow and learn from their experiences. Ultimately seeing those experiences mold them into the person they become. This is like a coming-of-age story taken to the extreme. It was very enjoyable and super impactful.

First off the premise is awesome. The first episode sets the tone for the whole season perfectly and it’s beautiful. I would consider it one of the best first episodes in anime that I’ve watched. The narration, animation, and atmosphere are top-notch. What’s seen in this episode is what’s seen throughout this season. Growth, friendship, loss, grieving and moving forward.

There were three story arcs this season surrounded by two singular episodes (episodes 1 & 20). Each act following Fushi meeting, learning and interacting with a slue of varied characters in various locations around this world. I enjoyed every act immensely except for the last one. Not to say it was bad or unenjoyable, but compared to what came before it, and the great finale, The characters, and story just don’t compete. With that being said though, it pushed the story forward well. It played its part. I loved the varied locations and seeing all the different cultures and social dynamics in the various places Fushi ends up. He spends more time in some places and with some characters more than others and the show can quickly lull you into thinking that hey this might be a sweet kind of chill slice of life type thing. Up until it isn’t. Which really just says that the moments that are meant to hit and be impactful do just that 9/10 times in this show. It does a great job of making you care about the situation that Fushi is in.

Fushi himself is a fun character. Not often do you get to see a character grow from literally nothing, a lifeless inanimate orb, to an animal, then to a human, and so and so on while seeing all the bumps and hiccups along the way. Saying it before doesn’t do it enough justice. It’s truly crazy seeing him go from a literal rock to a full growing functional human boy with emotions and goals. When he first starts talking it felt eerie but also cute in that same way when you see a baby speak its first words. I loved seeing all the small and big things he picks up from the various people he spends time with. It’s very sweet and wholesome and really adds to the tragedies that happen throughout this series. His abilities are really interesting. Being immortal and unable to die. Being able to shapeshift into any living object provides him with enough stimuli. Which when it comes to this season I’m pretty sure it’s only been the case of that living creature making some impact on his life and having to have died. This is very tragic and the story uses that concept to really tug at the heartstrings. Added on to that whenever he transforms into them they’re always in that state they were in when they died. It’s disturbing looking back and very sad. Also, him being able to recreate inanimate objects and he uses that expertly time and time again in various situations. Fushi is a very intelligent character and that gets displayed often. He’s also very empathetic. So all the tragic things that happen to him just hit so much harder when you see his reactions and emotions. Fushi is a great character all around.

While Fushi is the main character the nature of this show and his character is set up in a way that the supporting cast carries a lot of weight in each arc. They are our introduction and our eyes to the world and events. With that being said that reliance on the side characters can make or break a story arc. I am happy to say, the supporting cast really only fell short during the third arc for me. The first two arcs and the second in particular, have a great cast and the story is the most personal and tragic.

There are a few recurring characters that appear throughout the whole show. The man in black is the mysterious being that planted Fushi on earth and narrates the show. Definitely excited to learn more about him. Is he a god? A devil? If there’s more to learn about him I’m intrigued. The granny was great, a strong and funny parental figure for Fushi. I enjoyed every moment she was on screen. The recurring villains are great too, but most of what made them interesting to me is a heavy spoiler so ill leave it like that.

The animation was great for the most part and I really enjoyed the art style. I watched the dub and there were definitely some voices that didn’t sound good or took a while to get used to. Some flat performances. Overall though it’s a good dub. Last but not least, while I like a lot of elements of this show a lot. Am I crazy for saying that the most enjoyable aspect of each episode by far is the opening? The visuals are amazing and the actual song, Pink Blood, is one of the best songs I might’ve ever heard. I stopped skipping anime intros years ago because I’m lazy. Whether they’re good or bad. There are a few openings where I can’t wait to click on the next episode and hell I might even rewind it a couple of times before I let the episode play to listen to it. It’s that good.

So yeah, To Your Enternity was overall a really fun and sad experience. I spoke pretty vaguely in some parts of this review but that’s because I believe this show is well worth the watch and experience of going in blind. There are some very impactful moments here that I’m glad I got to watch without being spoiled. This show was really good. Amazing story, great characters for the vast majority, varied settings, and overall just impactful at everything it tries to accomplish. I’m excited to see where season 2 and the rest of the story goes & once again Pink Blood is beautiful.

To Your Eternity – 9/10

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