Well, they’re just rewriting all the rules in To Your Eternity all of a sudden. I’m not against it. It’s certainly ambitious to introduce so many paradigm-shifting ideas in the span of two episodes but it can be invigorating. This said it can also turn out to be a disaster if they don’t know how to handle it. Like when businesses overexpand and end up bankrupting themselves. I wonder which way this will go.
Last week, Bon suggested that Fushi should fall in love. And that’s an interesting notion. Naturally, it can only go as far as the writers are willing to take it but what would someone like Fushi find attractive. We often talk of laws of nature or destiny when we talk about love but I’m not sure either of those applies to Fushi in the first place. He doesn’t really have any sort of general guidelines for love and we have none to judge him by either.
I have to admit, as confused as I am, I’m sort of impressed that Fushi’s first canonical love is a doll. I also liked Bon’s reaction. It was a lot like a parent trying to wrap their mind around an unexpected situation with their kid. He mentions that there are people in the world that fall in love with dolls but he would rather that Fushi didn’t become such a person was rather on the nose. Somehow, the fact that such an eccentric and untraditional character is the one giving this speech made it hit even harder.
But the doll thing is not what the episode was about. It’s a tiny tangent and if you ask me a red herring. It most likely really is March that loves the doll and not in a romantic sense. Just in a little kid that really likes a toy sense.
Thankfully, love was in the air this week. And some of it might be romantic! Let’s start with Iris shall we, or should I say Todo. I’m not sure how necessary it was to make her gender a reveal. I do appreciate that it introduced same-gender relationships into the conversation in a generally positive way but it also feels a bit like a stunt now. And for some reason, now that I know it, I feel silly for having assumed she was a boy. Because she kind of looks like Bon’s first love, doesn’t she?
I thought about it last week too. When he was young, Bon probably couldn’t always tell dead people apart from the living ones. We all assumed that the girl was a ghost because the flow of the episode would make you think Bon was only interacting with ghosts at this point but there was no real indication of that. His sister saw him from the balcony, she could have missed a young girl sitting or the girl could have run away before being noticed. I’m just saying there is a non-0 chance that girl was alive and potentially put on a bit of weight in the intervening years…
And what about that cliffhanger, huh! Kohaku finally managed to get his courage up. I wonder what Fushi will say. He still doesn’t quite understand what love is, and I wonder if he understands the full implications of marriage. He might decide to say yes on a whim. I doubt it though. That would be too big of a change… Also, Kahaku only loves Fushi in one specific form so that’s going to be a problem eventually.
All this talk about love and I haven’t even gotten to the meatier reveals yet.
So…hmmm… Fushi can resurrect people? Like can he really. Bon mentioned that he was talking to a “him” that disappeared right after the girl’s new empty body was created. This “him” could have been the man in black but it also could have been another local ghost. One that now has a brand new princess body to prance around in.
But that’s secondary. Yup, a potentially possessed princess is a mere trifling here.
Fushi knew he was able to recreate bodies. So he must have tried it before at some point. Did that previous attempt not resurrect? Is that why he doesn’t know he can do that. I’m assuming that the soul/spirit of the person has to still be around for it to work. Or at least someone’s spirit has to be around… Or maybe she’ll just die again in a week or so. Not sure yet. Still, this seems like it could change more or less everything.
Also, Fushi can turn into a random girl he’s just met? Can Fushi actually turn into everyone he meets as long as they died at some point? Cause there have been several substantial time jumps now, I have to assume most of the people Fushi has met have died of old age. If that’s all it takes, then Fushi could potentially take one hundred different forms making it odd that he only sticks to 5 or so.
I was always under the impression that he could only take on the forms of people with who he had some kind of bond. People that have touched his life in a significant way. And maybe the fact that Fushi met this girl under such extreme circumstances forced some kind of bond in his mind. I’m not sure.
But if he can resurrect people and he can turn into anyone he meets, then we suddenly have a very different story on our hands. Fushi is already formidable but if he can recreate actual life, then it’s difficult to not call him some sort of god.
But for now, he doesn’t even know it. Bon doesn’t want to tell him because he thinks Fushi will just resurrect his old friends and leave him. And the man in black hasn’t told him because… why hasn’t the man in black told him? That guy is notoriously unhelpful but still. What is his plan here?
And lest you think Bon is a bad guy now, he isn’t. He’s just very immature and always has been. However, Bon knows every one of his soldiers by name. That is very impressive to me. And he really cares about their well-being. He was terrified at the idea that one could have been killed or seriously injured in the nokker attack. In many ways, Bon is just playing at battle here. Because he’s just a kid. But he might have to grow up soon. Maybe Iris can help him with that…
- 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
- To Your Eternity ep. 19 – Dato
- To Your Eternity ep. 20 – Happiness