Not solely was Fumetsu no Anata e essentially the most tough present to rank in 2021, it was in all probability essentially the most annoying as properly. That sounds odd to say a few collection which cracked my high 10, nevertheless it’s undeniably my reality. To Your Eternity was nearly unbelievably inconsistent – one of the best eps had been stellar (the premiere presumably one of the best anime episode of the 12 months), and the worst really execrable. The Gugu arc was very good begin to end, the Jananda arc by no means higher than mediocre (and normally quite a bit worse) and the whole lot else someplace in-between. That provides as much as a really vexing anime expertise.
So right here we’re once more, with one other season I can solely guess will seemingly observe the identical course if historical past is any information. It’s modified studios – Mind’s Base misplaced it at the same time as they picked up Golden Kamuy from Geno – and administrators. I don’t have a lot historical past with both Drive or director Sayama Kiyoko, however as with GK the widespread thread is that the adapting author (on this case Fujita Shinzou) stays the identical. And as with GK the collection appears amazingly unchanged on the manufacturing aspect (they even retained the identical OP as the primary season).
If it is a present of extremes, the S2 premiere was a kind of “someplace in-between” episodes. It was fairly odd the truth is, a bit meandering and narratively awkward within the type of endearing manner this collection usually is. On condition that Fushi is an immortal a timeskip is nothing shocking – I believe it gained’t be the final. This one is about 40 years, and finds Fushi residing alone on a abandoned island (other than two years touring the oceanic meals chain) in an try and keep away from getting near anybody and draw the Nokkers’ consideration away from people. His solely companion is his Creator, who as normal lacks within the social graces and isn’t shy about providing unsolicited recommendation.
When the Observer tells him the Nokkers are rampaging and killing people in a village on one other island, Fushi resolves to go – and although the Observer tries to speak him out of it, one suspects he’d by no means have informed Fushi if this wasn’t precisely what he anticipated. A customer arrives first, although, a 9 year-old woman named Hisame (Kusunoki Tomori). She declares herself as a member the the guardians and as Hayase’s granddaughter – and ultimately raises the bar to reincarnation. She additionally, oddly sufficient, has a Nokker – Hayase’s Nokker – residing in her arm. It appears as if the guardians have turn into a faith with Fushi as their God, which is clearly a nasty concept on so many ranges.
Is that this moeblob actually Hayase’s reincarnation? Nicely, the Observer appears to assume so – and he introduces a brand new time period to elucidate it, “Fye”. Hayase was obsessed sufficient with Fushi emigrate to her personal granddaughter’s physique, I suppose. Finally Fushi and the guardians make their technique to the village in query, the place the disaster has ended, although not earlier than the demise of six residents within the Nokker assault. A pair of medical doctors present up and the girl warns Fushi that the guardians simply need to “personal” him. She additionally has an immunity to poison (which Hisame places to the check) and ultimately reveals that she’s none aside from Tonari, 40 years older however nonetheless fairly spry.
I confess I had somewhat PTSD assault when the phrase “Jananda” was uttered – the scars of that debacle nonetheless haven’t healed. I didn’t like Tonari one bit then and I gained’t lie, it’s arduous to be neutral about her now – I hope she’s not a lingering presence this season. I’d be mendacity if I stated I do know what to anticipate – I haven’t learn this far into the manga and if any collection was ever unpredictable it’s Fumetsu. I nonetheless just like the vibe right here very a lot – it’s bizarre and quirky – and each the premise and the protagonist are excellent. However that is a kind of satan within the particulars collection, and the character of these particulars is anyone’s guess at this level.
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