The immortal in the place of mortals.
Fumetsu no Anata e or To Your Eternity is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Oima. The Anime series premiered on April 12, 2021, and will run for 20 episodes. Of which I have viewed 14 episodes so far. This Fumetsu no Anata e Review revolves around the idea of evolution, beliefs, immortality, bonds and everything in between. You might have heard about her from another little known multi-award winning anime called A Silent Voice. Yes, it’s the same author who wrote both the mangas.
This article is drastically different from my other articles like the one I did on Scissor Seven which is just an awesome show. Or if you can remember the anime, I did a review of the OG internet anime Ninjai/Ninji the little Ninja, the little known anime called One Punch Man and my latest review on Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life.
Introduction to Fumetsu no Anata e
The story basically illustrates the journey of an immortal life force in the world of the living. In the course of experiencing humanity, it takes us on a journey of evolution and emotions.
Episode 1, the beginning, is simply biblical. The start of the Anime was dramatic enough to pull me into the scene. Yet the simplicity of the animation and story keeps me grounded as well. It speaks of a god-like being bringing life into the world. This life-form has to experience the process of evolution. This means it has to start right from it being a sort of single-cell organism. An organism that cannot define abstract feelings and emotions and pain. Only time will tell at which point will its journey end. That plot alone was enough to keep me watching.
This life brought forth by this god-like entity was immortal. This means it cannot die even if living meant a thousand deaths a day. The story takes us into the journey of evolution along with this being with no name, yet immortal.
In episode 2, it takes us a little further on the journey of this immortal being. We can see how it evolves and acquires new characteristics. Pain promotes growth, and as it regenerates, it gains a higher form of self. However, even if it evolves and grows, it still lacks humanity or that uniqueness that makes a human…….. well, human.
Evolution and Beliefs in Fumetsu no Anata e Review
But what is interesting is that, in the same or similar way, a child learns through observational learning and mimicry of human emotions and thought process. Thus, this infant, the nameless immortal, also evolves simply by existing and seeing the world as it is. All this whilst processing information a small quantity at a time.The anime also imparts to us the viewers how evolution had already taken place with other organisms in this world.
The need to cling on to higher beings got humans attached to the most ridiculous and unrealistic of beliefs. While we can sit back and condemn the Father using blind faith and beliefs to sacrifice a child. We would only be ignoring the evolution of human emotions, thinking processes, and the development of society, hierarchy, and civilization.
The anime quickly gives us subtle but strong characters right from the start. It introduces the cutest character and the one who would name the nameless immortal. Practically taking its evolution to a different stage altogether.
If I could define this anime so far in the first few episodes, is simply that; while its simple animation deceives you, its complex structure grabs hold of you. It showed to us the curiosity of a child but the fearless resolve of a loving child as well. The sacrifice that the child would make allows for us to question the intent of the sacrifice. If it is truly for a higher being or simply for mortal satisfaction and greed.
March, the name of the self-proclaimed mother of the immortal, a child who took a nameless being and gave it a name, a fearless and resourceful character of the Anime who kick-started the complex stages of evolution of the immortal.
Fushi, the immortal, went to the world to gather and preserve information, to experience evolution, to experience humanity. He saved March. He experienced complex emotions with her for the first time and on its journey, meets humanity in its various forms. But always with a message and a piece of evolved nature to take away.
It is interesting to see that as evolved humans; even the most non-human act or Godlike actions, will still be attributed to the gods and their will. You will observe this in the anime when the Wolf bites off the Bear.
Fushi, the immortal being, fails to see the self as a being of power. That is pretty natural, considering that such a complex thought process would have not been part of its thinking. It’s still evolving, after all.
When Fushi meets other characters during his journey, he stumbles to learn quickly. Mainly because learning requires stimulation, and to be honest, life as a human is not really stimulating but quite mundane. This is easily visible in our daily lives. Human evolution has reached a stage where we neither move forward nor stagnate. As if a giant wheel runs round and round in circles without significant changes in our lifestyles or overall growth. In fact, we can say we have, rather regress than progress.
Through this journey, you’ll meet quite a few characters which I will not name nor go into detail. Mainly because it is upon you as a viewer to discover them. Other than the protagonist, some side characters are more significant than others. It feels like it is destiny that they must come in Fushi’s path. Fate so as to push the wheel of evolution that much further.
In the short 14 episodes, what I like about this anime is that the characters develop beautifully throughout. They all bring value to the anime and to the protagonist’s evolution. We also see the Nokkers, who are alien-type antagonists with Shape-shifting powers that attempt to thwart Fushi’s purpose and they suit the role quite well. Their existence also is important as they help portray the battle between progressive and regressive very well.
For the romantics, there is a beautiful love story within this anime that will captivate audiences of that genre. There are also sacrifices, realizations, pain, suffering, and many other things. All of which are necessary for a good storyline which the creators manage to portray.
The one thing so far that I did not like is the almost too normal reaction of the characters meeting an immortal shape-shifter for the first time. I would have expected a much more terrifying and horrifying expression than what they showed.
Final Thoughts for Fumetsu no Anata e Review
However, I am looking forward to the remaining episodes as I am curious about the evolution of the evolution. And whilst this anime is purely fictional, it had some surreal stories and emotions, and feelings attached to it. The character growth and the battle between the rationality of the mind and the irrational human emotions are simply captivating. Questions of death and pain are common themes throughout the show. Even witnessing someone else’s pain and the different kind of connections that are being made is so far incredibly deep. I really hope the creators do not disappoint and stick to what was working in the first few episodes.
In conclusion, what is good about this anime is that while there is the main character, the story, however, does not depend on him to move forward. Maybe because it is dependent on other people’s stories for the evolution to happen, but I feel that because the focus is not too prominent on the main character. The creators could come up with multiple action-packed emotional storylines that can break the mundane of the usual Hero based storyline, and that is an exciting prospect of evolution.
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