Was it just me or was this episode of To Your Eternity not very…pretty. Like are we seeing the bottom of the funding bin? Did they have a rush and have to subcontract some of the animations this week? The art was just so wildly inconsistent that it actually became distracting to me.

I do have stuff to say about the events of the episode but when I think back on it my mind goes straight to those mangled character models. OK, that’s a bit dramatic. But To Your Eternity is a very dramatic show so I think it fits!

As a result, you’re getting a lot fewer screencaps this week. I did quite like Fushi’s dream world though. And it was interesting to see Gugu’s brother there. Is Gugu’s vessel creating some type of link for Fushi. Cause I’m not sure Fushi ever said more than three words to the brother, why would he dream of him at such a time?

Anywho, in the comments of last week’s episode, we speculated a bit on Hayase’s deal and I called her nutso. I think I’m sort of right but she’s also much more coherent than I figured. From what we saw, I’m guessing Hayase wants to have an immortal baby. There are some intuitive leaps there on whether Fushi actually reproduces in the same way as mammals and even if he did, would a human/Fushi offspring even be viable. But you know, only one way to find out and all that.

It’s not crazy of Hayase to want this. Not at all. From the little we have seen of the To Your Eternity universe, it seems to be very progressive in some aspects but life is still hard. I can see clear advantages to bearing a god-like child. But I also think that Hayase may be going about it in an excessive way. Some of it is the acting mind you.

But there are little things. What was the point of giving her leadership away to Tonari. She’s still in effect taking over the island. Was it to get Tonari killed or get her out of the way? Maybe but then why protect her afterwards. Also, what was the point of knocking everyone out in front of Fushi. They could have drugged them on the ship. Now it’s just going to be that much more difficult to get Fushi to cooperate. You could argue that it’s to show how much power she holds over them but that was already clear. It’s why everyone agreed to the deal in the first place. I dunno, seemed like a pretty weak move from a once renown war strategist. Unless she’s nutso!

I got my explanation about the licking!

I don’t have that much to say about this episode. I didn’t hate it and I didn’t like it either. My notes are mainly: “Yay, the owl is OK!”, then scratched out then circled again. Maybe if the art consistency wasn’t off I would have been able to dedicate more of my brain to figuring this episode out. As it stands, I’m just going to wait for next week.

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  1. Yeah this epsiode was pretty slow to me as well . I did think it was interesting that Gugu’s brother appeared in his dream though. I wonder if he’s important to Fushi now because of his link to Gugu.

  2. But there are little things. What was the point of giving her leadership away to Tonari. She’s still in effect taking over the island. Was it to get Tonari killed or get her out of the way? Maybe but then why protect her afterwards. Also, what was the point of knocking everyone out in front of Fushi. They could have drugged them on the ship. Now it’s just going to be that much more difficult to get Fushi to cooperate. You could argue that it’s to show how much power she holds over them but that was already clear. It’s why everyone agreed to the deal in the first place. I dunno, seemed like a pretty weak move from a once renown war strategist. Unless she’s nutso!

    Frankly, it felt to me like the author was intent on maximizing cheap tension in every scene, at the expense of good writing. Likewise with the owl, unless it’s immortal itself? (Which, what?) In terms of not just art but also story beats, this episode felt closer to your run-of-the-mill action anime, which I found a little disappointing.

    As for Hayase, wouldn’t it be cool if she actually means what she said to the islanders? What if, despite her malicious & controlling nature, she genuinely views Fushi as someone to nurture & look after? That would make her some twisted mixture of mother, lover & abuser — which I’d find absolutely hilarious. I mean, imagine Fushi trying & failing to make sense of these messed-up feelings… As far as “redeeming qualities” go, this is a winner for me.

    1. Maybe it was cheap tension. For me though, it didn’t add any tension. It would have been so much easier and more tense to have the people turn on Tonari since she’s been taking all their money for access to Fushi and now she’s lost that power.

      This was not an impressive episode. I haevn’t read this far in the manga so I don’t know if this is an adaptation issue where we’re only getting what the production team considers important story beats condensed so that’s why it’s coming off messy and a bit disjointed or if it’s just nt the best arc.

      1. Agreed, Rin-chan. The whole thing felt a little labored, so it didn’t really land.

        I had the episode on x2 so I could move onto something else. I’m not huge on this show, but this was still a first for me.

        Still looking forward to the next arc, especially if Hayase keeps control of Fushi.

  3. I noticed the art-dip as well. Hyase seems to have have gotten the worst off-character model, I think? Not that it matters much.

    The owl was shot with an arrow. It’s pretty unlikely that it’d be flying like that, even if it survived. I mean, it would be in Hayase’s interest not to let the owl die, or Fushi can just fly out of that hole… (And I wondered if that’s what happened. Honestly, the owl didn’t make much sense either way to me.)

    This is probably my least favourite episode in my least favourite arc so far. I do think Hayase’s gone round the bend; felt that way ever since the first arc she appeared in. I just can’t quite gauge in what way. It’s even possible that she has this twisted sense of honour in which she has to give a Tonari a chance to achieve what she wants, because she helped her out? I can’t get a read on Hayase, but she doesn’t feel inconsistent.

    1. She doesn’t feel inconsistent to me either. Although to be honest to me she was just a base antagonist to begin with so there isn’t all that much tobe consistent with. For all I know she hasn’t changed at all.

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