To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 9

To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 9

The Church vs. The Nokkers

To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 9 proved that the Church of Bennett is nothing but a scam. Not once has the Church or its god been able to save a single person from the Nokkers. And yet, that’s exactly what all its followers believe.

But, hey, it’s not like that’s any different from churches in our world. Well, except that it is. You see, in the world of To Your Eternity, we know that supernatural beings exist. Fushi is immortal and can revive the dead. And the Black One is effectively a god that can create life.

On top of that, we know that souls and the afterlife exist. This is how Fushi can take on the forms of his dead friends. It’s how he can revive people. And it’s how Bon is able to talk to the dead.

Church of Bennett Pontiff from the anime series To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 9
Church of Bennett Pontiff

So, now think about what the Church of Bennett believes in. They believe in a supernatural being (a god) that can perform miracles. They also believe in souls and an afterlife. And yet, they shun any evidence pointing toward these things actually existing. They believe Fushi and the Black One are devils and that Bon is crazy.

Fushi is literally showing them that he can perform miracles and save people. He’s doing all the things the Church of Bennett believes their god can do. And yet, they don’t recognize him as their god — or a messenger thereof. Why? Because their church is fraudulent.

We’ve seen that gods (the Black One) have no problem interfering with the world. And yet, the god of the Church of Bennett is mysteriously silent. That’s because it doesn’t exist. Rather than following a real god, the church exerts power by tricking people into believing in a fake one.

Fushi Can’t Save Everyone

We’ve known for a while that Fushi can’t save everyone. Fushi has even known this for a while. That’s why he cast himself away on a deserted island after the events of Season 1. It was the only way he could think of to save people.

When Bon learned of Fushi’s ability to revive the dead, he also recognized that this would only hurt Fushi. Because Fushi wants to save everyone, he’d also want to revive everyone who the Nokkers killed. Though, I’m not sure if he’d revive people who died in other ways.

Pioran died of old age. So, would Fushi revive her if he knew he could? He might want to. But, I think someone would be able to talk him out of it. Pioran had a full life and I could see her berating Fushi if he brought her back.

Fushi mourning the dead as Sandel from the anime series To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 9
Fushi mourning the dead as Sandel

But, why am I bringing this up? In Episode 9, Fushi once again had to confront that he can’t save everyone. However, it was different this time. This time, Fushi didn’t remove himself to prevent the Nokkers from attacking. Instead, Bon told Fushi to remove himself so he could focus on getting stronger.

The thing is, while Fushi is training, the Nokkers will still be attacking settlements. He knows this. But, because he now has friends he can rely on, he’s able to focus on the future instead of the present. Bon and his men are going to fight off the Nokkers while Fushi trains.

In the long run, only Fushi can stop the Nokkers. So, it’s important for Fushi to get stronger. It only benefits the Nokkers if he fights as he is now. It gives them a better chance at defeating him once and for all.

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Fushi’s Immortal Horse

In the second half of Episode 9, the Black One provides Fushi with an immortal horse. I think he said he made the horse from part of Fushi’s body. So, I guess that means the horse is Fushi. Or, does that make the horse Fushi’s offspring?

It doesn’t matter. What matters is that Fushi now has his first immortal ally. To me, this seems like an important step toward Fushi reviving his friends. Now that he’s not the only immortal being, it opens the door for more immortal beings, like his dead friends.

But, as I’ve said in previous episode reviews, I’m not convinced Fushi’s friends will be immortal. Can they be immortal? Probably. I don’t see why they couldn’t be. Fushi could revive them every time they die. However, what would be the point of that from a storytelling perspective?

Fushi and his new horse from the anime series To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 9
Fushi and his new horse

What’s the lesson in Fushi making his friends immortal and living happily ever after? There isn’t one. It seems like the real lesson of this series is that everyone dies at some point. Fushi understands this reality. But, as of yet, he hasn’t actually accepted and internalized that lesson.

As I explained in the previous section, he’s still trying to save everyone. That shows that he hasn’t actually come to terms with the fact that he can’t; everyone dies. If his friends become immortal, he’ll never learn that lesson for real. So, this immortal horse could be part of the solution.

How does the horse solve the problem of Fushi’s friends becoming immortal? Well, Fushi isn’t alone anymore. The horse can live forever with him. So, he can revive his friends, they can do what they need to, and then they can die for good. All Fushi needs is one immortal friend.


What do you think of To Your Eternity Season 2 Episode 9? Do you understand what I mean when I say the church is intentionally fraudulent? How strong do you think Fushi will be at the end of his 3-month training arc? And what would you name an immortal horse? Let me know in the comments.

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