Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 21 – Quick Summary
In Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 21, “There Was, Definitely,” Kakeru Manabe’s demand for a clear explanation of Yuki’s mood filled Yuki’s mind with childhood memories back. The memories weren’t filled with childish delight, though. He remembered his mother signing him over to Akito Souma more or less as property. Also, he remembered how even his brother Ayame consigned him to a life of misery. Until one day, Yuki snapped under the pressure. He ran, literally for his life. What he found on his journey would show him something tremendously important in the world — and introduce him to the force of nature who gave birth to Tohru!
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 21
When the police asked a distraught Kyoko Honda for a better description of her daughter, with tears in her eyes and her patience close to giving way, Kyoko said, “I told you! She’s a cute girl with a cute round hair tie, cute clothes, a cute voice, and a cute face!” That was an instant before she promised corporeal devastation to whoever had kidnapped her daughter. My God, she was a formidable woman! I want a prequel that gives us her life story.
Best in Show Moment for Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 21
Yuki’s life was in tatters. He didn’t know if he wanted to live or die. But he knew he wanted to lead Tohru home — even if he didn’t know her name. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Beaten into the Psychological Dirt…
Look. I don’t like Yuki. I never have. And you know what? I don’t think I ever will. But dang it, Fruits Basket made me sympathize with him. Again. Not only that, but this darned show forced me to admire the little prince.
Seriously, Fruits Basket. How do you do that?
This episode wired events that we generally knew about into a consistent narrative. From Yuki’s perspective, it was every bit as bad as I’d feared. Worse, even, though only in detail. It wasn’t only Akito who tried to destroy Yuki’s self-worth. His mother slapped him in fury when he wanted her sympathy. We already know that Ayame shrugged him off (and kudos for Mine for nursing Ayame back from the shock of realizing what he’d done). One thing we didn’t know was the role Hatori had played when he erased the memories of Yuki’s first friends. Can you imagine the guilt that man must be carrying? It’s the first time I’ve felt sorry for someone for having a conscience.
Speaking of Hatori, I think that was the event that put Yuki on an existential collision course with his own psyche. He’d finally made friends, but a girl happened to accidentally embrace him, with predictable results for a zodiac child. He transformed into a rat.
A moment that preceded disaster… Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Akito wasted no time in drilling that into Yuki’s head that it was all his fault. There would be no light in his life. Darkness was all that awaited him. From that point, his already frail health took a nose dive.
But Yuki wasn’t done yet.
Delivery: …But Somehow Not Broken
In a fit of near despair, Yuki looked at himself in the mirror. He had put on the hat that Kyo had lost in the wind — and had abandoned rather than accept it back from Yuki. Everything Akito had tried to do pressed down on him, until he snapped. Not knowing if he was trying to destroy or liberate himself, he ran from his home.
Right past a little crying girl he barely noticed. And right up to two police officers talking to a distraught mother who had lost her daughter.
Keep in mind that every force in Yuki’s life had ground into him the idea that he was nothing. As a result, he felt he was worse than useless; he was trash. In him, though, was the the need to be needed. Seeing the upset mother, he remembered that he’d run last a little crying girl. He retraced his steps and found her. Seeing him was the same as seeing a lifeline. She ran towards him.
Yuki remembered what had happened when he tried to make friends. He couldn’t let her get too close to him, right? But he wanted to help. So what did his child’s mind decide?
Yuki wanted to help the little girl (who he didn’t know was Tohru). He couldn’t let her get close, though. But he came up with a plan. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
He ran ahead of her. Not so far that she’d get lost. If he made a turn too far ahead of her, he waited. But that little boy who everyone treated terribly, who had every reason to turn his back on the world, led the little girl — little Tohru — home. When they finally arrived, he put Kyo’s hat on her head and said (18:20), “You hung in there!” Then he retreated enough so she couldn’t see him, but he could see her reunited with her mom.
Yuki’s drive not to give up, given form in his rescue of Tohru, was not only my favorite moment of the episode. It endeared me to a character I did not want endeared to! That’s powerful writing skill, that is!
What did you think of Kyoko’s interaction with the police? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 21: Other Posts
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