To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 16

To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 16

Fushi’s Immortal Soldiers

To Your Eternity Season 2 was a very good episode because of the return of Kai, Messar, and Hairo. I like these characters, so that makes the episode good. But, what made the episode even better was how we got to see Fushi use these characters.

Before Kai, Messar, and Hairo revive, we saw Fushi using their forms. And as he did, he learned the strengths and weaknesses of each of them. For example, he found that Messar’s outfit isn’t made for fighting with a sword. But, he’s very good at standing his ground when using a handheld cannon.

He also learned that Kai’s armor can protect him from Nokkers’ attacks. And he learned that Hairo’s lack of pain allows him to fight for longer than when using other forms. All this information comes in handy later in the episode when these three come back from the dead.

Messar, Kai, and Hairo from the anime series To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 16
Messar, Kai, and Hairo

After Fushi’s allies return from the dead, we get to see him use them as pieces in his strategic battle. When they die, he immediately revives them wherever they’re most needed. And because they’re immortal, he doesn’t have to worry about losing them. They can’t be taken from him like his other forms.

It was like watching Fushi play a real-time strategy game. He’s directing his pieces around the battlefield knowing he can revive them. I don’t know about you, but I thought this was interesting to watch.

I enjoyed seeing Fushi put his knowledge of both the battlefield and his pieces to use. This is something we haven’t seen from him before. Usually, he only has to somewhat consider the pieces he has. And he’s considering them from the standpoint of using them himself. Now, he’s directing multiple of these pieces around.

Fast-Travel: Unlocked

Something Hairo figured out is that Fushi’s immortal allies can fast-travel. At least, they can fast-travel to anywhere within Fushi’s domain. All they have to do is die and have Fushi revive them where they want to go. And how do they die? Suicide, of course.

Fushi’s allies need to get back into Renril after destroying a trebuchet miles away. But, the walk would take all night. And Fushi can’t teleport them there if they’re alive. So, Hairo takes Messar’s handheld cannon and shoots himself with it. Problem solved! Now Fushi can revive him back in town.

Practically speaking, this is a great idea. And we see Fushi’s immortal allies use it over and over again during the battle. But, it’s not without its downsides. For one, it can be somewhat traumatic for those who witness this fast-travel take place.

Fushi's allies discussing fast-travel from the anime series To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 16
Fushi’s allies discussing fast-travel

What’s potentially more of an issue is, well, the whole suicide thing. For Hairo, who came up with this tactic, it’s not a problem. He doesn’t feel pain. But, that’s not the case for Messar and Kai. And we see Messar worried about this the first time they fast-travel. He tells Kai to make sure to kill him in one shot.

I have a feeling Fushi is going to ban his allies from fast-traveling at some point. It’s important that they’re able to do it during this battle. But, after the battle, we may see him change his mind about it. It’s clear that it already makes him uneasy.

Also, this could connect to Kahaku’s statement about wanting to protect Fushi’s humanity. I’m going to discuss what exactly that means in the following section. But, I could see Kahaku viewing Fushi enabling fast-traveling as a loss of his humanity. Fushi shouldn’t treat people like disposable pawns.

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Kahaku the Nokker Sympathizer

You might not think the final sentence of that last section makes sense for Kahaku to believe. After all, Kahaku is the one who said Fushi should stop worrying about saving everyone. He should let some of those people die because saving them will only put a burden on him.

However, that and not wanting to use people as pawns aren’t mutually exclusive. Not saving someone is very different than repeatedly getting someone to die for you. And, the very fact that Fushi is reviving his allies goes against what Kahaku wants.

So, here’s the big question, is Kahaku on the Nokkers’ side? I’m going to say no. He is definitely on Fushi’s side fighting against the Nokkers. But, from what he says to Fushi and Kai, we can see he does sympathize with the Nokkers’ cause.

Kahaku tied to a chair from the anime series To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 16
Kahaku tied to a chair

What do I mean when I say Kahaku is a Nokker sympathizer? Basically, he agrees with the basic idea that the Nokkers stand for. He believes that death is the only way to release people from the “pain” of living. And he wants to preserve Fushi’s humanity. That second part is very important.

By preserving Fushi’s humanity, he means removing Fushi’s immortal powers. He views Fushi’s immortality as a curse that won’t let him die. So, it’s clear that Kahaku’s ultimate goal is to free Fushi of this curse — thereby killing him. But, he’s doing that out of love for Fushi. He believes this is what’s best.

Again, Kahaku is not an ally of the Nokkers. However, his beliefs and goal do align with those of the Nokkers. And it seems he may not be influenced by the Nokker in his arm, after all. It’s his religion that influences him — which makes sense.

Conclusion

What do you think of To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 16? Now that we’ve seen Kai, Messar, and Hairo in action, has your favorite changed? Do you expect Fushi to allow his allies to fast-travel in the future? And do you think Kahaku is going to betray Fushi? Let me know in the comments.

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