The anime “To Your Eternity” isn’t just sad — it’s heart-wrenching. The emotions are just everywhere in each episode. “To Your Eternity” has a lot of heart-wrenching and bittersweet moments. One could even call this, “To Your Suffering,” because of all the feels it gives!
However, now that the season is over, all I can do is think fondly about it. The amazing story, together with its wonderful soundtrack and visuals, carried a lot of depth. Don’t you think so? It’s an undeniable fact that “To Your Eternity” tugs our heartstrings.
Instead of putting away the feels, we might as well enumerate the most heart-wrenching moments from “To Your Eternity” and cry all together! And so, for fun (and pain), here they are. Enjoy!
HEAVY AND MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW!!
When the Nameless Boy Journeys to Paradise
The pilot blew all of us away. This first episode was really “ouchie,” especially seeing the Nameless Boy so strong and optimistic. Suddenly, he breaks down in tears as he loses hope. He journeys back home but doesn’t get any better too. In the end, though, he does get to walk to paradise…
When March saves Parona
The moment of this build-up was so curious and extraordinary. Pioran and Parona were telling March that she’ll grow up, learn a lot of things, and fulfill her dreams of becoming a Mom. All the while, they were already under attack. All March wanted was to be of help to her sister…
Undeniably, this is the most surprising, frustrating, and heart-wrenching moment in “To Your Eternity.” They were so close to escaping. So close! Thus, my hatred for Hayase is immense. It was satisfying to see her clawed by Oniguma-Fushi, but it is just too painful to think about how it was too late. Oh, precious March. (AAAHH–)
When Parona Grieves
The grief following right after is really the most heart-crushing. After some nostalgic flashbacks, Parona is in emotional anguish caused by March’s death and hopes to “follow” her sister. Ghost-March, who’s been crying and denying her death, becomes hysterical as she begs her older sister to not kill herself. Fushi stops Parona with a pained and sad expression.
Looking back, this is the loss with the most weight. Definitely the most heart-wrenching moment from “To Your Eternity.”
When Gugu, Despite Everything, Is Still A Good Boy
Fushi’s journey allows him to meet Gugu who becomes his sworn brother. Gugu’s story gives us one heartache after another — from being abandoned by his brother, getting into a terrible accident, and having to live as a “monster” behind a mask. That’s a lot of painful stuff! Despite all of that, he still remains hardworking, positive, and kind. Very wholesome.
In the words of the old booze man, “Surviving heartache will help you become a much more cultivated human being.” It’s a reminder that heartache makes us stronger. Does surviving this series count as us being strong?
When Gugu Protects Rean
For a long while, Gugu and Rean’s love story unfolded very charmingly before us. However, it ended before it started. They were cornered into a desperate situation when the Knockers attacked, but their feelings finally reached each other. Underground, Gugu bleeds as he tells Rean he loves her. With tears of happiness (and sadness), Rean kisses Gugu.
Following right after, we see Fushi feeling unbearable pain. Gugu and Rean’s last moments together were cruel to watch, but honestly, it was Fushi’s denial that really hit me hard. It’s heart-aching to think about their brotherly bond and how it ends like this. Gugu was an absolute good boy and a true man. (Who’s cutting onions?!)
When Fushi Pretends to Be Gugu
It’s painful to keep a secret especially when you know that the truth can hurt the other person. It’s a difficult decision. So when Fushi faces Rean, he takes on Gugu’s disguise. However, we see Rean catch on, especially after Fushi’s slip of the tongue. Seeing Rean go on with a smile is a knife to the heart. Especially the scene in the flower field when she tells her father that she won’t marry. In the end, she does know about Fushi being immortal and Gugu having “gone” with him.
When Pioran Follows Fushi
Going through the loss of Gugu was difficult to accept. What’s more, Fushi has to continue his journey alone to prevent his family from getting hurt again. Pioran, however, follows after Fushi! The old woman says that what she does with her remaining time is up to her and that she wants to spend it by being with her grandson.
It’s an especially touching, bittersweet, emotional moment. Their reunion makes Fushi’s goal clear and reminds us that mortality is fragile — life is worth living for (and dying) if it’s for the people we care about.
When Fushi Turns into Parona
Fushi has a lot of emotional baggage by now, and the fact that he ends up at the terrible Jananda doesn’t help him at all. He is caught in the middle of wanting to be human and having to fulfill his purpose as an immortal. So when the words “purpose of life and death” triggers a memory, he becomes the person who said them — Parona. Just like all his other vessels, this just confirms what we always dread. Another heartache for Fushi to bear…
We also discover afterward that Hayase was involved. Suddenly, our heartache transforms into anger! (AAAHH-)
When Tonari’s Friends Turn into Knockers
At this point in the story, we’re used to the fact that death follows Fushi. However, it’s the execution that always hits us right in the feels. It was so sad to see them suffer a cruel, regrettable, meaningless fate. These children had hopeful dreams. Uroy, at least, had the chance to have a noble moment by bringing the others to safety. Even though they were side characters, it’s all very heartbreaking. In the end, they all walk towards paradise.
When Grandma Pioran Passes
When Fushi and Pioran reunite, it is pure happiness. Grandma and grandson together at last! But alas, all human life has its end. It’s painful in more ways words can ever describe to see a person you love disappear in front of you. Fushi continues to take care of Grandma Pioran until the bitter end. She is family, after all.
This final moment is truly a heart-aching one in “To Your Eternity.” In her last moments, she shares her wish for Fushi, and we see her walk freely for one last time. This grandma’s love is so pure and moving. Her passing was sorrowful, but also, it makes you grateful for her to have been part of Fushi’s life. The immortal boy walks on in his journey, knowing that he too, was happy.
“To Your Eternity” is a truly bittersweet show filled with so many deep emotions. Every part of the story is a gem. Among other things, the opening song also gives plenty of feels. Some were spoilers, some were not. For example, the adult version of March gave us false hope. The same goes for Gugu’s healed face as he saves Rean in his arms. Ouchie.
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About To Your Eternity
“To Your Eternity” is an anime adaptation of the manga series written by Yoshitoki Ōima. It follows the story of a mysterious orb sent to Earth. It has no identity nor emotions, but through time it learns to take different forms. One day, it acquires the form of a boy and gains consciousness. The boy, Fushi, sets off to travel in search of new experiences, places, and people. “The journey begins.”
It is available to watch on Crunchyroll in select regions. In addition, it is also available to watch for free on Ani-One Asia YouTube Channel.
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