I don’t know if I should be admitting this but Hayase and I, we think alike! Not the being in love with Fushi part. He seems like a nice…thing, but we hardly know each other and I don’t see Fushi in that way. But the Fushi killing her then turning into her part. I also think that would be a great idea.
What are the odd of Fushi turning back that rowboat and finishing her off after realizing she’s been possessed. 100%? 107%?
I kind of like Hayase but I think she (and pretty much all of this arc) represents a missed opportunity. She was characterized so unevenly since her reappearance that I just never really figured out what to make of her. She goes from brilliant to really short-sighted. And you could blame it on her compromised mental state but it did come off more like an author not quite knowing what to do with the character. At least to me.
Even in this episode. Hayase is a fighter with considerable frontline leadership experience. Under invasion circumstances, she’s exactly the type of person you want on your side. And arguably, she did much more to save the people of the island than Fushi did. But then the weird getting caught by a Nokker and ripping out her own arm scene. Granted, it seemed like she had no consequences, not even a scratch from ripping her own bicep out of her arm, but that just brings attention to how silly this arc is when up until now To Your Eternity has been insistent on showing human life as realistically fragile and fleeting. It’s one of the major themes. So that scene, as hilarious as it was, is just working against the story.
But at least, To Your Eternity has been very consistent with Tonari. In that, she was a shortsighted selfish jerk when we met her and slowly turned into a shortsighted doofus where she remains. Either that or she just really, truly, deeply hates Fushi.
So Hayase, is nuts, we all agree, and probably not a great person. Although from Tonari’s point of view, she’s unhinged but still allowed her and all the kids to leave the island, she confined Fushi but never hurt him. I’m just saying, that considering Tomari’s life up until then, Hayase must have seemed like an average if not slightly nicer than average person. But fine, we don’t like her because Fushi doesn’t. Let’s go with that logic.
Even then, Hayase is offering to do a very necessary thing that has to be done and would be terribly painful for Fushi to do himself. Why not let her? She wants to get into Fushi’s good graces, so why not? And Tonari’s solution isn’t only to stop Hayase from doing what she wants but to commit murder-suicide, leaving Fushi not only with the gut-wrenching task of having to put down the infected kids but also having to grieve her and feel guilty about not being able to save yet another person. Wha? Why? What does that accomplish other than devastating Fushi? Was that the point?
And after all this Tonari is going to stay on the island and lead them? No one wants that. Girl, you’re not smart. Just stay out of the way.
So I didn’t love this episode. It was kinda dumb again. There was even an intense mid-combat sobbing break because that’s always a good move. Just stop everything and have a good cry as your enemy is bearing down. BUT I did love Fushi and Hayase’s little romantic boat date. There was even a confession. And I have to admit, I loved Fushi’s reaction. I guess I was starved for a bit of comedy from To Your Eternity because I earnestly laughed. It seems we get to meet up with Pyoran again for the last episode. I like that too. I’m happy the show didn’t forget about her. She’s a very interesting character type that we rarely see.
Only one episode left, let’s see how it goes.
- 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
- To Your Eternity ep. 11 – Confession
- To Your Eternity ep. 12 – Rebirth
- To Your Eternity ep. 13 – Empathy
- To Your Eternity ep. 14 – Arrow
- To Your Eternity ep. 15 – Return
- To Your Eternity ep. 16 – Freedom
- To Your Eternity ep. 17 – Promises
- To Your Eternity ep. 18 – Mercy