Title: To Your Eternity Vol. 5
Author: Yoshitoki Oima
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Volume five of To Your Eternity brings us to Jananda Island where Fushi is participating in the tournament to declare a new ruler of the island. If he succeeds, he can use his authority to free Pioran and get everyone else off of the island in the process. We also learn the girl’s name who brought Fushi to the island. Her name is Tonari and she was told to bring Fushi to the island via a cloaked person. Things seem to be rocky between Fushi and Tonari… especially since Fushi is hell-bent on not killing anyone in the tournament because he’s tired of seeing people die.
Before the finals, the Nokker that Fushi was chasing catches up to him and ends up attacking the island. Tonari and the other islanders who have warmed up to Fushi attack en masse. Finally, the Nokker is defeated right before the finals of the tournament. Fushi is confident that he will win until the final battle is against the cloaked person who is revealed to be [REDACTED]. The outcome of the tournament now rests on this final battle that becomes deeply personal for Fushi.
While that last part of the description suggests that the volume ends there, it doesn’t. It ends after the tournament but I don’t want to say anything about it due to spoilers. We are now getting attached to a new crop of people which makes me wonder how many of them are going to die and how many more forms is Fushi going to take on? We already saw a new form in this volume which surprised me but mentioning it will lead to even more spoilers which will also spoil who the cloaked person is.
I would talk about two other characters but it would ruin the majority of this volume so I will just focus on our new character, Tonari. Tonari and her father were exiled to this island when Tonari’s father was accused of killing her mother. He denied it until the very end when he was exiled. Tonari had a choice of being an orphan or being exiled alongside her father. She chose to stay with him and they ended up on Jananda Island. There, Tonari’s father did the same thing Fushi did: he wanted to win the tournament so that they could leave the island and live on in peace. Needless to say, he didn’t make it which left Tonari stranded on Jananda.
So, Tonari sees Fushi as a way of finally getting off of the island. She has waited years for this moment. It’s a bit of a rocky relationship between the two of them but as they get to know each other better, they start to bond. Tonari, though, is a bit of an energetic girl who seems to rush head-first into danger without thinking too much of the situation. She also has a habit of being annoyingly cryptic. She’s always withholding information from Fushi while teasing him about it at the same time. It’s that attitude that really caused their rocky relationship to begin with.
Tonari is a mixed bag of a character because, on the one hand, you feel for her because of what happened with her father and her fate because of it. On the other hand, you just want to smack the hell out of her for being so annoying. I guess her character is a love/hate archetype but towards the end of the volume, she does win back just a little bit of respect.
Really interesting volume this time around. That final challenger really took me off guard. I’m excited to see how the outcome of the tournament shapes the next volume. As I eluded to in my last review, it seems that the death aspect is going to serve as Fushi’s source of power. A double-edged sword that will allow him to become stronger at the sacrifice of his own happiness. It’s almost like he’s awakening the Mangekyou Sharingan!
Still, even though Fushi is immortal, is he really? Sure, he will live forever but if all of his memories are taken from him by the Nokkers, then he will revert back to being a rock (or possibly his base form which is that of a sphere) and will either have to relearn everything all over again, which may not even happen, or remain in that basic form for all of eternity. Still, we have no idea what the Nokkers are or where they even came from. All we know is that they want to take away all of Fushi’s memories and, by way of that, his ability to transform and/or produce objects.
With this Nokker defeated, One has to wonder where the next one will come from. Fushi does need a power-up but I feel that won’t come for a little bit. Right now, he needs to focus on rescuing Pioran and ripping [REDACTED] a new one!
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