REVIEW: ‘To Your Eternity,’ Episode 19 – “Wandering Rage”

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To Your Eternity Episode 19

To Your Eternity is a shonen fantasy anime produced by Brian’s Base. With Jananda being overrun by the Nokkers, Fushi must think fast if he is to save those who are left. But they are not the only threat on the island. Hayase continues her obsessive hunt for the immortal in To Your Eternity Episode 19.

Few things are better for a narrative than the willingness to surprise an audience. A well-implemented change in a story’s path can breathe new life into a story. And even the strongest tales need this sort of fresh air from time to time. Happily, To Your Eternity Episode 19 brings several surprises to Fushi’s story. These curveballs made what was set up to be a strong episode become a phenomenal one instead.

The key to this story’s surprises lay in its approach to the show’s signature element. Its emotion. The powerful, often heartbreaking moments that have left viewers’ cheeks tear-streaked throughout the first season comes in with plenty of punch in this episode, but not in the ways one might expect. The choices several characters make take the narrative of both the episode and the larger series in some potential new directions. This is particularly true for Fushi.

Fushi’s emotional growth continues in To Your Eternity Episode 19 as he is forced to make a series of choices that promise to greatly influence the immortal’s continued development. The show continues to deliver Fushi’s unique voice throughout these moments, creating a character that feels both original and organic. Fushi has managed to escape getting shaped into a stereotypical “heroic” character. Rather he grows into his own choices and becomes something that will hopefully be truly unique. This episode certainly feels like a step in that direction.

And while Fushi is, as always, the heart of the narrative, I must take a moment to comment on the stellar job the writing continues to do with its delivery of Fushi’s ongoing antagonist, Hayase. Rarely have I seen a character that is so capable of making me hate them more. But just when I think Hayase cannot show herself to be any more awful, she ups the ante and displays an even more twisted visage than what we have already seen. She has, without a doubt entered my most loathed anime villains of all-time list alongside Griffith and Freiza.

The visuals in To Your Eternity Episode 19 continue to deliver the horror that overwhelms much of the story. Between the Nokker fueled zombie twisting corpses into shambling weapons, and Hayase being simply twisted, there are a lot of harsh moments throughout this episode. And the animators at Brian’s Base continue to deliver it all with skill.

So, bringing it all together, To Your Eternity Episode 19 delivers an amazing story filled with horror, hard choices, and hard-earned character growth. With only one episode remaining in the season, it will be interesting to see how the series will follow up this fantastically crafted story.

To Your Eternity Episode 19 is streaming now on Crunchyroll.


To Your Eternity Episode 19
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TL;DR

So, bringing it all together, To Your Eternity Episode 19 delivers an amazing story filled with horror, hard choices, and hard-earned character growth. With only one episode remaining in the season, it will be interesting to see how the series will follow up this fantastically crafted story.