Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 18 – Quick Summary
In Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 18, “Do You Wanna Kiss,” Hiro Sohma saw Isuzu “Rin” Sohma crossing a bridge and dashed up to her. Hiro had matured a great deal since we last saw him, because Rin’s state terribly worried him. He saw her exhaustion and her ashen face, so he asked if she had been eating properly. Rin, driven by a despairing fury, verbally lashed out, asked he if felt guilty because “he was there when it happened.” When what happened? Why is Rin driving herself so hard? Why has she been attacking everyone, including Hatsuharu “Haru” Sohma, for this whole season? And why in the world would she cower in front of Tohru Honda, of all people?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best in Show Moment for Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 18
Rin loved Haru so much that she said she would have been content to just be his heart. Her life to that point hadn’t prepared her to hope for more. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Rin’s Agony Explained
Since my goal is to celebrate anime, I go into a show trying to understand what the writers hoped to achieve. I’m a wiling accomplice. Instead of looking for things to criticize, I look for ways to buy into what they’re selling. Most of the time, that means I can enjoy a series by giving it the benefit of the doubt. In the case of Fruits Basket, though, it’s so emotionally powerful, so well-presented, and so in tune with what I think of as “human core,” that I begin to react to the characters as if they were friends. Or in the case of this episode, my own children.
I’m past the point in my life where I look at Rin and think, “Wow, she’s hot!” Please note that I’m not saying she’s not. What I am saying that’s not what I first see when I look at her. I see a powerful, proud, and enormously resource young woman who has pushed herself right at the edge of her strength. Earlier in the season, I had no idea what drove her. But a shot of her in Season 2 Episode 4 had brought to mind a fantastic song called The Story in Your Eyes by the Moody Blues. There’s a line at 00:32 that evoked Rin: “The sound we make together is the music to the story in your eyes.”
Look at the fierce determination in her eyes. This is Rin at her most alive, and even then, her circumstances tried to claw her back. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Well, we learned about her motivations in this episode. As a father of a specials needs child, I’ll tell you this: I wanted to rain hell-fire on her parents. I wanted to erase their existence from this continuum. I paused, wondering how that would affect Rin. And that’s when I remembered they weren’t real, and maybe my approach to watching anime had some drawbacks.
But I’ll take those drawbacks, because I get to experience the full force of this story. This episode is an example of why I not only love fiction, but that I want to create it. I want to affect people the way this episode affected me. And I’m pretty sure that as good as I’ll get, this level is beyond me. But it’ll be fun to try.
Delivery: Rin Responds in a Broken Way
There were so many heart-rending moments in this episode that as an attempt to plant a flag of hope, I’m going to select a moment of pure adoration. It’s broken, it’s the product of a heart shattered by parental disdain, but it was an honest effort to express love. That’s a lot.
The moment was sometime after Haru and Rin said they loved each other (which was almost my favorite moment at 17:00) They were sitting together in bed in a tender moment of intimacy. Out of nowhere, Rin said, “I wish I could’ve been born as your heart. Then I’d always be with you, and I’d die when you die” (07:34).
The moment reminded me strongly of an October Project song called One Dream. At 02:43, Mary Fahl sings, “If I could speak in tongues of flame, I’d burn forever with your name.” I first heard that song shortly after it was released in 1995. It still gives me chills.
Think about what Rin said! She loves Haru so much that she wants her life to be defined by his. Rin wants to be utterly present for every moment with him. She wants them to be inseparable.
But her broken home influenced her vision of love. She wanted to be internal to him; she wanted no life apart from his. Leave it Haru to put this into perspective when he said, “Then we wouldn’t be able to kiss or anything!”
This show has me at the upper limit of my emotional vocabulary. So, at the risk of sounding stupidly melodramatic, I’m just going to say what I think: This screen capture is the foundation of hope for an ending to the curse. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
It was a beautiful, heart-breaking moment. I could only bear to recall it because of one other moment, near the end of the episode. Rin had collapsed in Shigure Sohma’s house. Tohru had found her. The last shot of the episode was Rin in bed, covered up and warm, with Tohru watching over her. If Tohru as the Irresistible Force of Kindness joins forces with Rin and her indomitable will, then I think that maybe, just maybe, they have a chance against the curse.
What did you think of Hiro’s new-found maturity and empathy? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 18: Other Posts
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