I keep getting anxious when I watch To Your Eternity lately. The last few episodes have been lovely and I just sit there, waiting for the other soe to drop. I almost wish the show would pull a completely unjustified genre switcheroo and become a calm rural Slice of Life with some light supernatural elements. Ok I watched a Natsume movie this weekend, that may have something to do with it.
I don’t entirely mean it. As much as I love seeing Fushi and company happy, I do want to know what happens with the nokkers.
I looked up the word nokkers, wee if it relates to any real words. The closest I could find was Danish in which it’s genitive plural indefinite of nok… Nok means enough. Maybe there’s nothing here.
To Your Eternity just has an answer for everything, doesn’t it? Every time I hit on something where I’m like, let me speculate about the rules of this very detailed and complex universe, the series just goes and answers all my questions the very next episode. So Fushi’s vessels regenerate whenever he transforms, and he hasn’t transformed. Because he wants to be like his brother Gugu. Makes sense. I get it. Mystery solved!
Speaking of brothers, we saw the return of Gugu’s older brother. And he seems like h’s doing great. Last week’s preview made it seem like he would be a much bigger part of the episode and even a potential threat. But not really. Not so far at least. he’s cleaned up and he honestly feels bad. He even held on to the ring instead of pawning it for some quick cash.
We already knew that Shin was a pretty good brother when they were younger. It seems he’s just a nice guy in general. He was in a bad place and became a jerk for a while but that’s not all there is to him. Oh and we meet Rean’s fiancée as well. He seems like a pretty nice guy too. Nice people all around. Isn’t it worse when they’re nice?
I’m going to talk about Natsume again because I do that. There’s a scene that tends to stick with me. A young Natsume that has already been shipped from household to household after his parent’s death is about to change families again. It’s heavily implied that his youth hasn’t been great. He’s occasionally been abused and generally is just heavily neglected. And this kid from school tells him, well isn’t that great, maybe his new parents are going to be nice. And Natsume just says, they were all nice.
And that’s the thing, anybody can do awful things at some point in their lives. Anybody can cause put you in a miserable situation, even if they don’t mean to. And it stings so much more when they’re really just nice people.
I seem to have gone on a tangent again. Well, I liked that they made Shin more than just a bad guy or a junkie. He can be both those things and also a caring brother and decent person. Go figure.
I surprised myself by thinking that Rean and Gugu are in fact quite cute as a couple. In fact, all of Gugu’s family kind of rocks! His current family. The ones that take care of him and love him. I also think it’s great that the author made his characterization so consistent. Specifically, in the way he expresses joy!
I’m beating around the bush. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the latter half of the episode. But oh boy did they manage to capture that particular awkwardness of attending a party where you don’t quite feel like you belong. Of course, it was exaggerated but for a while there, I got some type of contact discomfort. I wanted them to go home almost as badly as when they were in the woods.
And it turns out I was right! because this is not a great party! Poor Rean, her sweet sixteen is not working out like she thought. This said, up until the last 5 seconds I was just sitting there with a goofy smile ooohing and awwing and squeeing all over the place. Gugu revealing the truth to Rean was adorable. And they were smart enough not to make her go tsundere. I would have hated that. But this was perfect. I’m all in. Gugu and Rean 4ever!
And then they make the balcony drop. WTF!?! Oh and the creator is there (always bad news) telling Fushi nokkers are attacking (see told you it was bad news) and fade to black. What?? Who? wwhere, why, huh??????
I was starting to sound almost as baffled and flustered as Gugu’s voice actor when Rean was trying to put that ring on him. Almost but not quite. That guy is a genius at sounding confused. I looked him up and the guy in question is Taku Yashiro. He’s had a few notable roles but the ones I most clearly remember him from are Vulcan from Fire Force and Kouichi from Horimiya. Koucihi was pretty great at sounding like he had no clue what was going on as well!
This has been a tangent-filled review. The bottom line is that I loved this episode once again. And although I feel like Gugu may be out of luck, I also feel like he’s been living on borrowed time for a while and he’s had a few great moments. In the end, everyone gets the same thing. One lifetime.
I’m sounding so brave but watch me turn into a bitter blubbering mess next week…
- To Your Eternity ep. 1 – Forever
- To Your Eternity ep. 2 – Precocious
- To Your Eternity ep. 3 – Manners
- To Your Eternity ep. 4 – Pain
- To Your Eternity ep. 5 – Orphan
- To Your Eternity ep. 6 – Maker
- To Your Eternity ep. 7 – Dreams
- To Your Eternity ep. 8 – Freaks
- To Your Eternity ep. 9 – Home
- To Your Eternity ep. 10 – Flamethrower