People can’t live without others. I bet… I bet no matter how oppressed you are by others, how hopeless you are, or how loved you are by your family, you want to be accepted by others. That’s my theory.
And also, for parents, as long as their children seem happy, that’s more than enough.
— Kyoko Honda // Fruits Basket
tohru thinking it’s cute that kyo was jealous of rin for “stealing” kazuma away from him when they were kids, is really sad when you remember that tohru’s biggest fear was always her father taking her mother away from her.
Look man, I’ve loved Fruits Basket since I was a little fifth grader checking out the individual manga novels from the library and finishing them within the same afternoon between Yes We Can™ commercials, but it’s gotta be said:
Kyoko and Katsuya’s relationship was not a romance.
It was a horror story.
How the fuck am I supposed to be ok on a weekly basis if Furuba keeps hitting me with this shit??
We start off the episode with the conclusion of Yuki’s emotional 3 episode monologue, then immediately him and Kakeru are full force chucking the fucking soccer ball at each other. We get the slap-stick comedy of festival play preparation and rehearsals in the middle. Then we finally end with Furuba batista bombing me into emotional turmoil with Yuki and Kyo’s conversations. And of course:
The Kyoru content
I can’t believe it! Here we are at S2, E22, we are almost at the end of the season, and the wait between the end of Season 2 to the beginning of Season 3 is going to be pretty brutal. I know it will be. I can feel it in my bones, lol. Anyway, let’s jump right into this episode.
First, I absolutely love how they decided to show Yuki’s feelings on Tohru. The way it was presented didn’t just feel like a slideshow of flashbacks/past events. A good example to compare this too would be in Season 1 when it came to the New Year’s episode. I remember really not being all that fond of how they implemented the flashbacks in that episode - they felt too much like they were just filling space. But here, they were executed very nicely. I think it also helped that we got moments like this one:
It made the flashback moments more transformative and it really hits home how Yuki feels about Tohru. It takes the scene of when Tohru placed the blanket over a sleeping Momiji, Hiro, and Kisa, and put Yuki in their place. They even made Yuki look like a child - kid Yuki. It makes it so that there is no more ambiguity with that scene and what it meant to Yuki. When we go back and watch that scene now, we can imagine the later take on it that we see in this episode. I feel like this image that we see here was what Yuki was actually imagining in his head at that moment.
We also get this moment briefly foreshadowed and shown to us, which is fantastic! (I legit gasped when I saw it!).
An excellent bit of jumping forward, in a very subtle way, that is noticeable to manga fans, but isn’t quite as obvious as the Hatori and Mayu scene (which I do adore, but it is a very obvious flash forward).
It also makes me really excited to see what they might do with Momiji, when we get the reveal that he views Tohru romantically. Momiji’s reveal isn’t presented as personally as Yuki’s is here, but still, they may add in a bit more or presented it in a slightly different way, and I am here for that possibility.
I also think it was a fantastic choice for this episode to add in small details like these:
Yuki kicking the soccer ball back and forth with Kakeru added some movement and extra humor to the episode. It gave more life to the scene, which is important when you get such a big retrospective bit of content from a character that is very internally based. That scene also added more to Yuki and Kakeru’s friendship and highlights Yuki letting loose more. In the manga we do see them throw the ball back and forth at each other once or twice, but not to the same level and degree as we see here in the anime. It’s one of the advantages of the animation.
Kimi going off to talk to one of the characters also works as a way to bring the episode back to a more active and external place, rather than the more passive and internal place that it was in before. Plus, it’s another little moment that helps makes the characters and school setting feel more lived in and realistic.
There is one more aspect of this episode, related to Yuki, that I want to talk about, but I feel I want to end my thought post with that. So, instead, I’m going to talk about some of the other things very briefly here before jumping into that:
It’s kinda funny that, as a manga reader, 3 episodes from the end of season 2, and I have no idea how they are going to end the season (I mean, I have theories, I just don’t know which one is correct)
It was pretty obvious where they were going to end season 1 from the start but here, I don’t know
It makes me so happy.
Better start praying, ‘cause you’re gonna die, dammit!
Not at all!
The real reason why Kyoko Honda was killed was because if she was still alive the manga would be like 10 chapters max. And 9 of them would be her beating the crap out of all the Zodiacs shitty parents and signing the adoption papers for all the kids.
Some kyoko panels in which she reminds me of Tohru 🖤