Colorful new art of To Your Eternity's Fushi has been released.
The new portrait was released through Japanese broadcaster NHK's dedicated anime Twitter account. NHK aired the original season of To Your Eternity in Japan. The new image features a painterly take on the series' central hero, a divine being named Fushi who is gifted with eternal life and the ability to change his form. The image was posted alongside a reminder that the second season of the critically acclaimed anime series is still scheduled to be released next October.
▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼#不滅のあなたへ 第2シリーズ— NHKアニメ (@nhk_animeworld) January 20, 2022
To Your Eternity is the latest hit manga from Yoshitoki Oima. Oima is also known for her original manga series, the cyberpunk thriller Mardock Scramble, and A Silent Voice, a drama series about a young man who attempts to make amends with a deaf girl he bullied during elementary school. A Silent Voice received widespread acclaim and praise, and in 2016 was adapted into a similarly lauded animated movie by Kyoto Animation, the studio behind Violet Evergarden and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club.
Like Oima's previous works, To Your Eternity has received a nearly universal positive reception. The series won the Kodansha Manga award and was recommended by the American Library Association. The manga is still currently being serialized, and released its 16th volume in Japan last August. An animated adaptation premiered in 2021 and was produced by Brains Base, an animation production company that is known for its work on Kunihiko Ikuhara's Mawaru Penguindrum and the second season of Spice and Wolf. The anime was well-received upon its premiere, though some critics noted a supposed drop in quality later on in the first season.
The series tells the story of Fushi, a divine being who is sent to the Earth in order preserve information about the planet and the beings that live on it. After taking the form of a rock and then a wolf, Fushi eventually adopts the appearance of a young boy, and begins learning about the various experiences, both good and bad, that make up a human life. Fushi's interactions with humans eventually attract the attention of the Nokkers, a race of parasitic beings who can steal his memories and forms.
Oita's original manga is available in English from Kodansha USA. The complete first season of the anime series can be streamed from Crunchyroll and HBO Max.