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To You, The Immortal
by Noburo on July 24th, 2017, 10:25pm

Rating - 9.4 / 10.0

User rating of this review - N/A out of 5
Story/Plot - 5 out of 5
Characters - 5 out of 5
Drawing Style - 5 out of 5
Enjoyment - 4 out of 5
Overall - 4.5 out of 5

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Quick Summary
"It" is a simple being who has wondered the earth since the beginning. Neither human nor animal, "it" can transform into anything. After turning into a wolf and being introduced to man and pain, "it" begins to rapidly evolve.
This is a manga with raw emotion and one that takes a step back from the world. This author is the same author who wrote Koe no Katachi, so you can imagine the feels it brings. It's a unique manga with much potential.

The plot is very unique. Instead of focusing on action scenes or cliche romances, this story often reflects on what it is to be human. It shows the beauties and faults of humanity through the eyes of an outsider who desperately wants to join but can't because he is not human himself.
The plot is not set in one place with a single goal. I wouldn't call it episodic, but the story does spend 3-5 chapters per arc with a unique and specific cast of characters. After each arc, our main character takes away (sometimes literally) something he learned from the humans. It can get very sad and you can always tell when a death flag raises.

The characters are this series' main strength. You could argue that the characters is what the series is about instead of the plot. Each character, except for our MC, is obviously human (in a philosophical way) and displays their own set of strengths and weaknesses. The MC struggles with the fact that he cannot replicate the feelings at first and must learn to adapt to his new family. Each family he stays with adds to his overall character, shaping him into more of a human.

Drawing Style
The drawing style is pretty realistic. The overall style is gorgeous though. Everything is drawn with such precision and care and it feels that the author really loves what he is creating.

I always enjoy reading the new chapters of this series. I have been following it since the first chapter debuted, and it still manages to invoke emotion out of me every time. There are rarely times that I am bored with this series.

Overall, this is a beautiful manga. It is not your regular "hahaha lets use superpowers to destroy everything" type manga. It is much more calm and thoughtful. It boils down to the question, what does it mean to be human?

I would compare this manga to Mushishi in the way that both place a big emphasis on deep thought and nature. I highly recommend To You, the Immortal to fans of inner strength and overcoming fear and weaknesses.
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