Why Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Are So Popular Around the World and What I Think of Them

James Tomioka

Anyway, it’s interesting!
This work opened a new door for me in fantasy manga, which had been a bit stuck in a rut for a while.
It’s not flashy, but it’s a magical story that you can truly enjoy.

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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End is one of my top 3 best works of all time.

I’ve read a lot of Japanese manga in my life, but Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End has caught my attention in a way that hasn’t happened in a long time!

It’s not your typical shonen manga with straightforward battles and power-ups; instead, it beautifully portrays the emotional growth of its characters.

For those who haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End to anyone interested in a manga that focuses on such depth and development.

  • A story filled with laughter, yet capable of moving you to tears.
  • You can delight in the development of the protagonist (Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End centers on emotional growth).
  • Free from intense suspense, it offers a leisurely viewing experience.
  • The artwork is exceptionally beautiful.
  • Ideal for lovers of adventure fantasy.

Now, let me share how impressed I was with Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End.

Enthusiastic support from both domestic and international fans

One of the reasons why fans, both domestic and international, are hooked on the show is the bond between the characters, the progression of the story, and most importantly, their empathy for the heartbreaking philosophical themes woven by the main character, Frieren.

Each episode has a profound message, and the fact that it is so highly regarded by fans is evidenced by the amazing score of 9.39 on anime rating websites.

Brian Tanjiro

Anyway, it’s very popular all over the world!
I think it’s the most remarkable work in the world right now.

Deep empathy for Frieren’s long journey

Overseas fans are particularly touched by the emotional challenges and resilience of the long-lived wizard Frieren, as they resonate deeply with her journey of overcoming the loss of her companions and continuing to move forward.

Frieren’s growth, as seen through her introspection, appreciation for her past friendships, and encounters in her new adventures over the centuries, brings a depth that goes beyond a simple tale of adventure.

The subtle yet powerful message of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End strikes a chord with audiences, and it’s clear that many fans appreciate delving into its meanings. The narrative progresses gently, yet each segment is imbued with layers of significance that linger with the viewers.

James Tomioka

After experiencing this work, I’ve come to deeply reflect on the significance of people meeting and parting.

It might come as a surprise to those expecting epic action, but the tranquil beauty of Frieren’s narrative is truly the heart of this series.
Rather than the grandiose battle scenes typical of many fantasy stories, a significant number of readers find themselves profoundly connected with Frieren’s process of reconciling with her past and her evolving perspective on new beginnings.

I hope you can find a connection with Frieren and her journey, recognizing that each moment is intertwined and holds deeper significance.

This series offers more than just an engaging story; it prompts profound contemplation on the essence of life and the value of time.

Especially, the question of “what is the purpose of life after defeating the Demon King?” strikes a chord with contemporary audiences, resonating deeply with many.

While some might find the story’s onset somewhat slow, its depth, originality, and purpose become increasingly apparent, capturing the viewer’s attention more and more as it progresses.

Given the widespread critical acclaim “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” has achieved both domestically and internationally for its distinctive theme, I believe the allure of this series will endure for a long time.

Fans’ Voices

Brian Tanjiro

I can deeply relate to the character of Frieren.
The separation from her friends that she experiences and the strength to continue living in spite of it is like watching my own life.

James Tomioka

The description of the world after the demon king is defeated, seen beyond the confusion of the early part of the story, is fresh and fascinating.
As the story progresses, one realizes the profound beauty of its design and narrative.
Frieren’s journey feels as if it symbolizes the very life of many people.

Tomahawk Shinobu

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End has become a beloved tearjerker anime by depicting “loss and sorrow”.
Unlike the common anime themes of “growth and challenge”, it’s the focus on “loss and sorrow” that serves as this work’s unique allure and the reason it’s so captivating.

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End has brought a new twist to fantasy comics.

The story of “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” begins with the protagonist, Frieren, reflecting on her days with her friends and her deep exploration of what it means to be human.

Her journey is also one of dialogue with the past and a search for a deeper understanding of herself and others.

There is no doubt that this story has breathed new life into the fantasy genre.
Every scene in which Frieren reveals her memories of her friends and how they impacted those around them is deeply moving.

By looking back at the past, we find gratitude for what has been lost and hope for the next generation…
This work delves into such profound themes.

Distinct from many other anime, “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” is definitely an unprecedented work that makes you think about human relationships, the passage of time, and the value of life.

James Tomioka

When I finish watching any of the episodes, I find myself feeling somewhat tender inside.

If you are looking for a story that moves you, I urge you to watch it. I especially hope you enjoy the beauty of the artwork in the animated version.

My favorite scene, the tears that Frieren sheds at the beginning of the story, will make the viewers’ hearts clench.

It is a moment when anyone can relate to the sadness of losing a loved one and the subsequent regret.

By carefully depicting such human emotions, this animation is more than just a story; it is a work that questions the meaning of life.

Voice actress Atsumi Tanesaki’s performance as Frieren is superb!

Atsumi Tanesaki, who voices the main character Frieren in “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End”, has received enthusiastic support from voice actor fans for her performance.

Ms. Tanesaki uses her sensitive yet powerful voice quality to express Frieren’s complex emotions beautifully.

Her skill in bringing completely different characters to life, as she did in her role as Anya in “Spy x Family”, is nothing short of amazing.

There seems no doubt that Ms. Tanesaki’s acting ability adds to the charm of “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End”.

Tomahawk Shinobu

With Ms. Tanesaki’s voice, Frieren’s character gains more depth, and it draws you into the story, doesn’t it?

Fern and Frieren’s growing bond as master and apprentice

In “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End,” the character of Fern, alongside Frieren, is explored in depth and has been highly praised by fans.

Fern, who lost her mentor, Heiter, at a young age, is portrayed with a realistic and poignant developmental arc by the author. Her sometimes mature demeanor paired with occasional childlike behavior towards Frieren adds a charming complexity to her character.

Frieren, too, exhibits childlike behavior, reflective of her role in supporting and guiding Fern. However, as the story unfolds, Fern is shown to grow and become more independent, marking her evolution as a key theme in the narrative.

While the story of “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” incorporates more battles and comedic elements as it unfolds, the essence of the narrative remains focused on their growth and the deepening bond between Fern and Frieren as master and apprentice.

As the plot progresses, the development of Fern into a true adult is anticipated, and her relationship with Frieren deepens significantly. This relationship is a central theme throughout the series and is a highlight that fans particularly cherish.

There is a profound connection between Fern and Frieren, marked by occasional complaints but underscored by mutual care and concern. This master-disciple dynamic greatly enriches the storyline, adding layers of complexity and emotional depth to “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End.”

Brian Tanjiro

I’m also interested in the relationship between Fern and Stark, and all the characters in the show have very good taste. By the way, my favorite is Heiter.

The Magic of Music and Design in “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End”

Tomahawk Shinobu

I love the beauty of the forests and cityscapes along the journey. The use of subtle sounds is wonderful, and you find yourself immersed in the story.

What makes “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” so special is the quality of its music, sound design, and visuals.

The sound of the lanterns and the babbling of the stream add a quiet but important atmosphere to the story that evokes the stillness of the night. The music and visuals blend perfectly, enhancing the depth of the story and its serious themes.

The visual techniques and the realism of the sound effects break away from the typical story line early on and set this animation apart from the rest. Such quality and attention to detail show that “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” is much more than just entertainment.

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