A lonely boy wandering the Arctic regions of North America meets a wolf, and the two become fast friends, depending on each other to survive the harsh environment. But the boy has a history, and the wolf is more than meets the eye as well…
The Last One
A Rambunctious Girl
A Small Evolution
A Large Vessel
Those Who Follow
The Boy Who Wants to Change
Gift From the Past
I really don't get the fan rave about this anime. There is no story. Basically 2 to 3 episodes are mini-stories loosely throwing in the main character. It is so slow developing the main character. They are dark stories no happiness to them. There is some character development but then they kill off the character. Any character not developed may stay some extra episodes. The first primise was god wanted to see what happens(interesting) somewhere along the line they forgot that and threw in a bad guy trying to destroy the world. No explaination just here's a bad guy that wants to kill our main character. I have put off watching the last episode and I doubt I ever will. Nothing about this anime was good for me.
“Immortality does not fit with death, as mortal does not fit with eternity.” In a nutshell What would you do if you had an eternity only for you to answer one simple question: what does it mean to be a human? Where would your searches lead you? To new cities, you would meet new acquaintances, small joys and big tragedies. All these are nothing but small grains in the hourglass of eternity. Be it as it may, the topic of immortality has been raised many times in literature pieces and movies. And each author thought they had something special to say. Ooima Yoshitoki, who is also the creator of Koe no Katachi, continues to analyze human relationships and emotions in her To Your Eternity. Story In the beginning, there was a sphere. Some being, that in our eyes is nothing but the God himself, creates an organism that can take any form that exists, or could exist. The God decides to send the sphere to earth to observe its actions. Once on the ground, the sphere does not understand what to do next. Turned into stone, it now just lays in the sands of infinity. But then, a wolf walks past it and the sphere immediately turns into it and begins to take its first steps forward on its endless and never-ending path, which is full of many new acquaintances, wars, genocide, social injustice and many-many more. Our protagonist will meet different peoples and cultures, try new food and learn new languages only to understand what it is and what the Deity wanted from it, when sending it to earth. The main character of this anime meets a lot of people and although it is an entity close to God, immortal, it cannot influence what is happening, because the world turns out to be a rather complicated matter, where, unfortunately, hardy anything can be changed. Story wise, to say that To Your Eternity is great, would be the same as saying nothing. To Your Eternity offers the viewer yet another look at human’s nature and the message is that the only enemy of people is their own self. The main protagonist of the series, Fushi, is not just a human, because fully understanding human’s nature will require you to be able to overlive many human lives. Fushi travels finding new people, seeing the good and the bad and it becomes closer, yet, still very far, from fulfilling its aim. It is worth mentioning that the best thing about it is the world building of To Your Eternity; many anime tend to focus on far too many unnecessary details and it becomes a problem. Here, however, the story only directs your attention to what is needed for the world building, which is amazingly well-written. Characters As it has been mentioned many times, Fushi is to meet many people during its long journey. From the worst possible scum imaginable, to people who are just trying to live their lives and enjoy them as much as they can, but they cannot do it because of wars, social injustice, and, hell, killing was not really that much of a problem back then. And here comes the most interesting part about this anime, the protagonist. The best way to describe the protagonist would be to call it a stone. Yes, a stone, the first thing Fushi becomes in this anime. No feelings, no pain, absolutely nothing. And from this nothingness, Fushi little by little tries to understand what the meaning behind being a human is. Granted, Fushi will undergo great character development and this is something very interesting to look at and analyze. Art/Sound The art is amazingly beautiful. It is simple, but there is something special about it. Nothing feels forced, incomplete; the anime pays attention to each and every small detail; the background is just breathtaking. The animation manages to portray the feelings and make To Your Eternity even more enjoyable than it is. Sound wise, however, the anime has great OST pieces, but the opening just does not fit the overall tone of To Your Eternity. And, of course, the most important thing for me to say is the voice acting, which is simply brilliant. Criticism/Random Thoughts a) Of course, as in any shounen, a protagonist is to have an enemy. And To Your Eternity makes a rather odd choice with this one. I mean, when everything screams that the main enemy should be the humans themselves, the anime shows us something slightly different; b) Obviously, the anime will not cover the entire manga. You will need to read the manga; c) To Your Eternity reminds me of Vinland Saga. I mean, after a half, they start looking like something absolutely different from what you were reading. So be ready. Overall All in all, To Your Eternity is not your average shounen. If you think Fushi is your average shounen protagonist, killing the bad guys with its superpowers, tough luck. To Your Eternity is like a small, yet never-ending research of the human nature. I cannot say that I am in love with this series, but I simply cannot deny its uniqueness and beauty. If they cover the entire manga, To Your Eternity deserves a 10/10. But for now, it is a very solid 9/10.
Isn't living the reason for life itself? Before I begin, let me preface this by saying that if you haven't seen this anime yet, at least its first episode, then don't read this review. In fact, don't read any review. Just take this first paragraph as a heartfelt reccomendation, to pick this anime up, and experience it for yourself. Because this review WILL spoil the first episode, which for me is necessary for a review of this anime. Now, with that out of the way, let's move on. let's see what's out there I don't want to jump the proverbial gun and say this is the best anime ever made. But I can at least say I'm reasonably sure this is the only 10/10/10/10 review I'll ever make. Anime and Manga are vast mediums with a storied history of creativity, culture, influence from other cultures, and evolution overtime. The sheer amount of creativity that's possible with Japanese comics and animation, with their unique types of storytelling, are perfect for crafting masterpieces of art. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that To Your Eternity, especially its anime, is the culmination of a long period of evolution in crafting a masterful story and presentation. Using novel concepts, a detailed world, brilliantly written characters, and expert sound and visual composition, a work of genius was created. The first episode of To Your Eternity sets the tone for what the rest of the anime will be, and what an astounding start to a journey it is. You'd naturally expect in a shounen to have a main character introduced who has a dream, large aspirations, and an event that kicks off their wild journey into the unknown world ahead of them, but nope! Too bad for people who are more comfortable knowing what to expect, the rug is almost immediately pulled out from under you. The "hero" of this story, or rather, an experiment wrapped in a character, is an immortal entity capable of shapeshifting into and taking on the feelings and abilities of, anything it encounters that makes a strong impression on it. In short, this main character's only goal is to learn, and experience things. This is an important point for later on in this review, so remember that! It takes on a few different forms, including a dead wolf who dies right on top of it, and becomes that wolf. Then, it eventually meets The Boy, who is what this whole anime is about. Nice to meet you! My name is... The Boy is a lonely creature. Isolated from the rest of his tribe, he's forced to try and survive in the icy tundra with nothing but a shack, the ability to catch fish, and his pet wolf... who has died, and unbeknownst to him, been replaced with our Main Character. Through this encounter, we experience the psyche of this lonely boy who has grown up for years wondering when his family will return to him. So, he decides to set out on a Journey to find them instead, and see the world. To experience things. Of course, taking his wolf with him. But it wasn't meant to be. The boy is forced to give up due to an infection and the harsh cold, and returns to his shack to die. The music goes from hopeful, to somber. The cheery atmosphere put on by the boy's ever hopeful monologues and lively animation, give way to depression and slow, sad movements. That's when you realize how well everything is coming together, and you're forced to feel what the boy feels. Isolation. The brutal destruction of his hope. The realization he'll never get to know what fruit tastes like, or see any of the world besides the icy plains he lived on all his life, or see anyone he knew again. At last, he dies, surrounded by pictures of people he brely remembers, but before he does, he tells the main character, the immortal wolf, to "remember him". The wolf transforms into the boy, and carries his wishes with him, while the nameless boy who had lost all hope, goes off into a fantasy where his dreams come true. The Immortal, having taken on the boy's form, sets out to gain more experience, and explore the world, just as the boy had wanted to do. He would never die, just continue learning and growing. Mondays be like... Now you may be wondering... Rascal! I thought this was a review. Why did you just tell me a summary of episode one? What good does that do? Because Episode One of this anime, is more than just the pilot episode. It is the whole anime, in a sense. That isn't to say there aren't surprises, or that other things don't happen later on, or that it never grows and changes, it does. In fact, that is exactly what I mean when I say episode one represents the anime perfectly. It speaks for itself. It just... is. It's beautiful, from beginning to end, as well as sad, tragic, frustrating, happy, magical, everything. It's the embodiment of all the feelings you don't know how to describe or deal with, in anime form. The feeling of being alive, and the meaning of what it is to live. And it sets everything up that the show will deal with in the future. Ideals of family, relationships, remembering people, life, death, meaning, even simpler experiences that help one find beauty in the small things, like eating good food, or having a laugh. It all stems from this one episode and blossoms into what becomes the whole anime. This anime isn't a tragedy, a comedy, or anything else you think it might be, at least the way I see it. It's a romance. A romanctic ideal of life, death, existence, and deeper questions that nobody knows how to ask. It's... just art. That's giving it a lot of credit, I know. A simple animated TV show can't really be a transcendental experience that perfectly encapsulates life, and its meaning. I mean... can it? I honestly don't know. At least I don't know any objective answer on that. Talking about the quality of this show, if that's all you want from a review, I'd have to say it's pretty much perfect. The music, pacing, narration, animation, character designs, emotional peaks and lows, story, character arcs, realistic and meaningful dialogue it all works well together. Impeccably so, such that every episode feels like a deliberately crafted and meaningful experience. But at the core of it all there's something a lot more meaningful that affects us on a different level than entertainment, and that's proven by its philosophy and how many people get something different from it. I'm going to just straight up acknowledge, that there will be many people, some in the review section of this very webpage you're viewing this review on, that don't really see a point to this anime. They'll think, why does this even exist as a story? There's no goal, there's no actual motivation behind it. But this anime is the point. To me, the very act of watching it, is akin to the act of just living life. Sure sometimes it's hard to see a point. But at the end of the day, the "point" is to experience it. To live life, is the point of life itself. To seek things out, experiences, a purpose, other people. That's the point of this anime, just to portray that. For some people, that's not enough, they need solid motivations and a clear goal, and I get that. But for me, this romanticized portrayal of life, its beauty, and its fragility, is all I need, and it speaks volumes more than any other anime, movie, or TV show I've seen. Favorite anime as of writing this review. 10/10
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