To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 12

To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 12

The Servant and the Princess

To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 12 reveals that Messar and Alme are childhood friends. Alme is the princess who rules Renril, so that’s a pretty big deal. But, that doesn’t mean Messar is also the child of a noble. He’s the child of a servant.

As kids, Messar and Alme would often play a game together. I discussed the game they play a bit in my Episode 11 review if you’re interested. But, Messar and Alme weren’t supposed to play together due to their differing statuses.

Originally, Alme thought Messar was playing the game with her to get closer to her. She assumed this was his way of trying to marry her and become king. That was never the case, but Alme didn’t seem to be against the idea. She even said that if Messar could beat her, she’d grant him one wish.

Messar and Alme playing a game as kids from the anime series To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 12
Messar and Alme playing a game as kids

It’s during this flashback that we learn why Alme keeps her face veiled. Her mother told her that she needs to hide her face from anyone she doesn’t trust. The implication here is that she’s only supposed to reveal her face to her future husband.

Throughout the rest of the episode, Alme’s veiled face is used as a metaphor. Just as she doesn’t trust Messar enough to show him her face, she doesn’t trust Fushi’s group with her kingdom. So, it’s only fitting that we finally see her face at the end of the episode after Messar wins her trust.

But, even the way we see her face is a metaphor for how Messar won her trust. He didn’t win her trust by being trustworthy. He took her trust by force by beating her in a game. And, he reveals her face by force by blowing her veil.

The Boy Who Felt No Pain

In the middle of Episode 12, we get to learn a bit more about Hairo, one of the other “immortals.” He’s the one raised by the Church of Bennett. And the reason the church raised him was that they thought a demon possessed him.

So, what does it mean that a demon possessed Hairo? It means the same thing it used to mean in our world — that he wasn’t normal. When people didn’t understand the afflictions of others, they jumped to demons. And that’s exactly what happened in Hairo’s case.

Hairo has a condition that causes him to not feel pain. This is a real disorder. But, despite how it might sound, this isn’t a good condition to have — especially for children. If you can’t feel pain, you’re not going to avoid danger very well. This can lead to more injuries.

Hairo putting on his armor from the anime series To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 12
Hairo putting on his armor

So, with Hairo’s condition in mind, why did the church pull all his teeth? I don’t have a great answer. But, my guess is this was how they were testing if his “demon” was still there. If he cried out, they’d know the demon was gone.

Though, I have no idea if this is the case. I just can’t think of another reason for them to do this. There was no implication that he needed to have all his teeth pulled. Unless maybe his condition also caused issues with his teeth. I’m not sure. I’m no doctor.

Anyway, the woman who was raising him suddenly disappeared one day. Her replacement said that she sinned and so was punished. But, what was her sin? It’s unclear. What we do know is that her punishment involved removing all her teeth. This is where Hairo’s dentures came from. That’s messed up.

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Messar’s Game

I mentioned earlier in the review that Messar and Alme played a game together growing up. And that it was through this game that Messar won Princess Alme’s trust for Fushi. But, what I didn’t mention is that this was the reason Bon recruited him.

Each of the 3 “immortal” allies Bon recruited brings something unique to the alliance. In Kai’s case, it’s his absolute loyalty to Bon. He’s someone Bon can trust with this mission. He’s not afraid to die for Bon and even death won’t stop him from serving Bon.

In Hairo’s case, his body that doesn’t feel pain will make him a very useful immortal soldier. A mortal body that doesn’t feel pain is a negative. But, if Hairo is immortal, his lack of pain will make him formidable on the battlefield. An immortal can still fear the pain of dying — not Hairo.

Messar challenging Alme to a game from the anime series To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 12
Messar challenging Alme to a game

Messar brings his connection to the princess to the alliance. Well, that and the fact that he’s an old friend of Bon’s. But, it’s because Bon is an old friend of Messar’s, he knew about Messar and Alme. And that’s why Messar was vital to the team.

Bon knew that they’d need an in with the princess. Messar is that in. Without him, they never would have gained Alme’s trust before the Nokkers attacked. Remember, Bon and the crew knew Renril was the Nokkers’ next target. So, naturally, getting someone like Messar on the team was important.

Messar is a bit interesting because of his personal goal, though. It turns out he’s the half-brother of the princess. Instead of marrying her, he wants to protect her. And to do that, he’s willing to become immortal to fight off the Nokkers. But, what about after Alme dies?

Conclusion

What do you think of To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 12? Do you like Messar more after this episode? Why do you think the church pulled Hairo’s teeth? And, would you get good at a game for a chance to marry Princess Alme? (Yes.) Let me know in the comments.

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