Passion: To Your Eternity
Swirling with emotions, he processed his own motions, all to understand that he was all alone in this world full of erosions.
And time passed till all there was but past, and past became future and future became eternity.
But never did his tale of humanity lack humility, only the voice to his wisdom and others’ hearts to wish them.
It was in the fragility that he found a force so kind and innocent which made his own ambiguity a novelty, and that is how he accepted immortality.
Perspective into Review
This piece acts as a review and analysis of the To Your Eternity anime’s first season (spoiler warning). In its simplest form, the series follows Fushi’s, a young boy’s, journey towards who he is meant to be, meeting broken and insecure characters who help fit themselves in the jigsaw puzzle that is our protagonist. The anime has a light yet welcoming art design and soundtrack, which flows with its smooth animation and historical set piece.
Story — Iconic, [Fantastic], Scenic, Static, Erratic
The story, in itself, is not a groundbreaking piece, but it’s how it ties the rest of the characters and themes which gives it weight. You want your story to progress just enough while staying emotional, to mean something to you. To Your Eternity does this sufficiently, in bite sized arcs which explore Fushi’s growth, philosophy, and who he slowly becomes. They all have a point, as they start from a baby, to a boy who turns to and learns from hardship, to a girl who is rediscovering what it means to find hope among despair. They all lead one to another in a memorable way.
Characters — [Iconic], Fantastic, Scenic, Static, Erratic
You can live these characters. They are already around you. You watch them fail, and you grow to be happy loving them for who they are. They will often disappoint because they are human, and they make us realize that we too make mistakes. Fushi’s travels with these characters make the show memorable as their lives and trials make up his life. They give weight to who he is and who he becomes. The characters are the pillar of the show, and we slowly learn how much they mean to Fushi as it’s what he really wants in life, relationships.
Setting — Iconic, [Fantastic], Scenic, Static, Erratic
Going into the world, lore, and magic, this series plants many seeds of what was, what is, and what will be and should be. It does enough to attach you to this world, focusing on a peaceful world riddled by turmoil due to the philosophy and politics surrounding its characters. The world feels alive as previous characters’ actions lead to consequences in Fushi’s life.
Score — Iconic, Fantastic, [Scenic], Static, Erratic
At a fundamental level, the series does not try to excel at its music. The opening theme is enjoyable, but the OST melds into the background usually, but it works for the show. It doesn’t want to draw attention to itself as a core theme of simplicity expressed in the series. Everything is at face value, but it is when you look into its all together that you understand it.
Presentation — Iconic, [Fantastic], Scenic, Static, Erratic
For the animation and design, the series does a good job expressing the light from the dark. It has occasional contrasts in time where the day might be hidden with atrocities and the night flame may reveal the slumbering beauties of the world. The fight scenes are done well and show growth in character, revealing Fushi’s nature — the heart of a child who wants to keep the peace but would go to any lengths to get what he wants.
Themes — Iconic, Fantastic, [Scenic], Static, Erratic
The overall expression of the series lifes in what life is and what it could be. We have very modern issues set in historic times which lead to futuristic answers. Fushi is wise and intelligence yet that is hidden behind a guilty and gullible concious of confusion. It represents us. It helps us realize who we are and how we can be better, because we all have problems but each issue has its solution too. Since the show does juggle quite a few concepts, we don’t get to see the full extent of how each piece factors into the moment, but the good thing is that is cares for what it expresses and that allows every moments to lead to another, from a progressive and realistic perspective.
Life and Beyond
To Your Eternity (Fumetsu no Anata e) is a deep story about life, death, and more importantly, legacy. There may be no such thing as immortality, but there is surely an impression of our mortality.
The series acts as a celebration of the finality and futility of life. The characters are all very obvious of their flaws and mortality, yet they embrace that and try hard to reach their dreams. A lot of characters would die, but that is the aspect that enhances this show.
Fushi, our protagonist, is an immortal entity which can transform into characters he was close to after they die. They live on because of him. Their hopes, dreams, and especially the expectations people had of them all continue because Fushi wants to grow.
It’s a very interesting ensemble of fantasy, history, adventure, action, and philosophy — where each aspect pushes one another. In the simplest sense, it’s really a story explaining that life goes on and that we should make the most of it. But it also emphasizes that our lives matter and that we allow others to upgrade too.
You Lose Some, You Gain Sum
The characters in To Your Eternity are quite simple. They depict us, in all our shames and struggles. Most of these people are rather unsuccessful, they live day to day, trying to find happiness in what they have, and realizing that true beauty is to breathe.
There is nothing to leave except who we were. The more strengths we had, the stronger the next generation will take from us. Fushi realizes this when he faces new and stronger foes, you are only as strong as the ones near you.
And the biggest struggle is keeping all those memories and personalities within us. As when Fushi dies in a certain body, he loses their memories and abilities, and for a creature who cannot die he feels so full of life, and that very aspect turns on its head when he loses someone close to him.
There’s so much to learn. And the more we learn, the less we know. Yet, we can leave traces of who we were in our footsteps. The expectations of life aren’t in our destination, but in our expression and rehabilitation. No matter how or why, we leave a mark, it’s about understanding what we want to leave, because leave we will.
It is Human to be Alone and Vulnerable
To Your Eternity has Fushi start as a rock, to a wolf, to a mute boy. It really goes from how we were before birth, to acting on instinct, to realizing the world as a learning being. It’s so easy at first, people are nice to you… until they aren’t. But that is what makes the relationships Fushi has all the more important.
From a baby girl who is destined to be sacrificed to an orphan girl who disowned her own father after realizing he killed her mother, the series explore the idea of identity through external ambiguity and internal familiarity. And we see each of these characters interact with Fushi in their own selfish ways. That expression can even be in the form of love, aid, hate, or admiration or it can be the innocence of the young vs the doubts of the old, everyone has something to learn and grow from an entity whose purpose is to outlive them all. It is a give and take transaction. The people progress because of Fushi in the moment, and Fushi progresses through them once they’ve passed, he literally reaps what he sows.
How do you teach an immortal, non-human the beauty and mortality of life?Through death. It’s only because the ones he loved died that he ever grows and acts towards his destiny. As, of course, even an immortal being has a prophecized path to complete, but instead of chasing it like some special goal or a burden, he views it as just another learning experience. Another trial he has to pass to keep living and meeting new personalities.
You are Your Own Goal and Path
Yea, we’d all like a ghost which has all the answers like Fushi does, but if we really think about it, we do. And you know what, we have one that doesn’t force us, and actually really is our on our side. Yes, we do stupid things, and obviously, we all know better, but sometimes it takes a crime to know bad from sad.
Fushi can’t really think for himself. He needs someone to mentally and emotionally rely upon. This is why he chases and protects those close to him as he needs their guidance and direction. Even the ghost in his head, he wants him for the answer even if he may dislike his views on life and what is important.
As much as we inherit and intake, we are always headed to where we must. It doesn’t matter where we go, nor how we go, but more so who we take along.
Fushi, as much as he’d like, cannot physically take anyone because of his immortality. But it is the ideology which lives on. It’s a really interesting take on how no matter the gender, race, or age, we are always the same child who wondered for answers, others still wonder, but only some still wander.
Fushi tips the scale, being the immortal being he is, towards doing whatever you can. Perhaps, a bit unrealistic because of his special trait, but he never feeds his trauma. He’s a great example of how we all have our horrors, but we always have a home. Fushi shows us that if we make Earth, itself, our home, then there is nothing to be afraid of as we’ll always be where we belong. And there are shadows at home too. But every night is followed by sunlight.
A Future Forever Unknown Yet Forlong
The message in To Your Eternity, if not in the name itself, is that eternity is a short solace yet an opportunity prickled with punishment. There is no peace in Fushi’s life as being immortal means having eternal problems. But Fushi knows that there’s a solution and technique to follow through after every downfall.
This isn’t a story about Fushi, but an ode to every character he meets as he watches them reach their eternity.
For us, we are en voyage towards eternity too. But what we need to take in is the fact that we know we’ll reach there, so how will you decide how you want to go there? We all have a Fushi, it’s more about realizing who or what, because it will too follow suit through what we were.
The idea of legacy feels icy, but better to prepare than to despair.