Why you should watch Frieren : Beyond Journey’s End

In the world of big fantasy anime like Moshoku Tensei, “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” takes a much more serene approach to things. As someone who has watched and read most genres of manga and anime, Frieren felt like a breath of fresh air, in what I would say is a flooded field of fantasy anime.

The story itself starts at the end of the hero’s journey. Quite different from what you’d expect, in fact my initial thoughts when starting Frieren were “Well here goes another adventure to kill some big bad.” But this anime subverted that expectation in the initial five minutes.

The hero’s party returns home after slaying the demon king. And one of the most noteable members of the hero’s party being e a flat-faced, monotoned elf by the name of Frieren.

The anime itself follows her after, according to her own words, a mere 10 years of adventuring with the hero. It follows Frieren’s realization of how fleeting human lives are, and realizing that a mere ten years for her were much more to her comrades.

Frieren’s journey from this point on follows her making an active effort now to know people, coming from her regret of not knowing her friends better. It is an incredible look at how time flows differently for different people, and how moments we may have otherwise thought of being unimportant.

I speak for myself when I say this hit home, growing up and losing people you realize how you should have cherished moments with one another more. In fact, it reminded me a lot of “Violet Evergarden”  at times with its style of storytelling.

At the end of the day, I’d say Frieren is a must-watch show, especially if you’re getting tired of the run-of-the-mill fantasy genre and looking for something while you wait for the next season of Mushoku Tensei.

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