Fruits Basket S2E15 Review – Quick Summary
In Fruits Basket S2E15, “See You Later,” it’s student teacher conference time! The meetings began normally enough, with one exception: Saki Hanajima amazed everyone, including me, by saying she thought Kyou Shouma’s dad, Kazuma Shouma, was attractive. Her casual statement shocked Tohru Honda and Arisa Uotani into silence! Later, Shigure Shouma attending Tohru’s conference was only a minor annoyance to her teacher, Mayuko Shiraki. But When Yuki Shouma’s mother arrived, the meeting started as an undeclared war and only got worse. What can Yuki do to stop his mom’s flood of politely-disguised vitriol and disrespect? Or is there nothing he can do except for listen to his teacher try to defend him — without defending himself?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best in Show Moment for Fruits Basket S2E15
Yuki’s mom looked as shocked as I felt when Yuki said he could depend on Ayame. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: The Abyss Consumes Yuki
I’m choosing a Yuki moment as my Best in Show this week. I don’t even like Yuki that much! I wanted to give the Best in Show moment to Kyou for his honest longing for Tohru. So, you know this moment must have hit me really hard for me to chose it over Kyou. Or Arisa. Or Saki (and I hope she’s not angry — she can easily get through the fourth wall, you know!).
For several episodes, we’ve gotten hints that Yuki’s mom is, let’s say, not at all supportive. She’s all about position and power and politics and money. She was happy, in fact, to leave younger Yuki in Akito Shouma’s clutches because Akito was the head of the family. His “affection” for Yuki might well translate into political advantage for her.
Remember back in S2E3, where we learned of Ayame Shouma’s lingering guilt on how he had neglected Yuki when he had been younger? That episode was remarkable because we got to meet Mine Kuramae. But it was also remarkable because we saw Yuki take the first steps toward forgiving Ayame, who, with Mine’s help, was trying to step up and take responsibility for his past mistakes.
The end of S2E7 was also important. Yuki tearfully confessed something to Tohru. I’m not sure he knew what he was saying, but it was an attempt to take control of his own life, and Tohru was a catalyst. In this episode, Ayame played that role.
Delivery: Ayame Throws Yuki a Lifeline
Yuki’s mom’s words so outraged Shiraki that the teacher tried to intervene. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Yuki had been waiting for his mom when she finally arrived at the school. He walked with her to where Shiraki’s room. From the instant she started talking, Yuki’s mom dismissed not only Shiraki, but the whole school and Yuki’s volition, too. She said she had made arrangements for Yuki to attend a college of her choice, and she completely ignored his objections. Shiraki’s response clearly showed her polite concern when she said (14:09), “You’re saying something very illogical to your child right now.”
In my notes for the episode, I wrote, “If I cared about Yuki, this would be dramatic stuff. But I don’t.” Yuki annoys me. I see the the narrative’s purpose for him. I respect it. But I don’t like him.
A Moment Worthy of Quoting Tolkien
Then Ayame arrived. Ayame’s exuberance reminded me of a quote from The Return of the King:
But Gandalf sprang up the steps, and the men fell back from him and covered their eyes; for his coming was like the incoming of a white light into a dark place…
- Tolkien, J.R.R.. The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings (p. 59). HMH Books. Kindle Edition.
The atmosphere in the room changed in an instant. Yuki’s mom couldn’t handle Ayame’s sheer audacity. His very presence rendered her almost speechless. Trying to reassert herself, she slammed Ayame for being Ayame. “You’ll turn Yuki as useless as you are if he’s around you,” she said.
When I said “light,” I wasn’t kidding. Ayame brought sparkles and everything. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Yuki’s Quiet Declaration of Independence
Quietly, almost as if he were himself shocked to hear himself speak, Yuki said (17:02), “I can depend on him.”
Those five words broke the logjam of psychological detritus that had stifled his growth. Back in S2E7, Yuki was almost whiny. Here, he was resolute. Because of his brother’s support and because of Tohru’s kindness, Yuki was able to not only stand up to his mother, but reach out to her later. That’s such cool character growth that even though I don’t like him, I had to acknowledge Yuki’s moment as Best in Show.
What did you think of the bouquet of roses Ayame gave Shiraki? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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