Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24: It was nice to see Machi happy for a moment
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Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24 Review – Best In Show

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Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24 – Quick Summary

In Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24, “Here You Are,” Kimi Toudou suggested that the Student Council go out to a fancy restaurant to celebrate their successes. Kakeru Manabe liked the idea. Naohito Sakuragi, did, too, along Yuki Souma. But Machi Kuragi declined outright. Can Yuki understand her perspective well enough to entice her to attend — or would that be a bad idea? Speaking of bad ideas, Yuki decides to spend New Years at the Souma compound — with Akito, among others. Can he get through the evening peacefully? Was that even possible? Finally, Tohru spends New Years with Kyo Souma at Kazuma Souma’s house. There’s another guest present — one who almost costs Tohru here forehead!

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24

Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24: Machi turned out to be tsundere. Who knew?

There’s something just dear about Machi. I’m glad she’s warming up to Yuki. I can’t think of anyone who is more of an expert on dysfunctional families. Well, okay, the Soumas are pretty much all experts… Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Machi apparently has had a rough way to go. Her mother tried to use her as a pawn in her machinations to obtain financial power. It was bad enough that I wondered if her mom had Souma blood in her veins! The experience left Machi unsure of who she really was. She didn’t even know her own favorite color.

As they met on the street, Yuki surprised her with a a compliment, and she tripped and fell. The contents of her purse scattered. Yuki saw that she’d not only kept the maple leaf he’d given her as a present; she had turned it into a book mark! He expressed delight that she had liked his present. She denied it. They actually argued about it.

Kakeru showed up, noticed the leaf bookmark, and said, “Hang on. Isn’t that the maple leaf Yun-Yun gave you?”

“No!” she cried, embarrassed (10:39). “It could be!”

I guess we now know that Machi is a closet tsundere!

Important Translation Note!

Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24: What the heck did Shigure say?

I don’t know anywhere near enough of the Japanese language to know if the translation was right, completely mangled, or something inbetween. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I can’t vouch for this, but maybe you can confirm/deny it. As I watched the last scene, and Shigure Souma said (20:39) of Haru and Rin, “Akito should just teach them a lesson already.”

I was like, WTF? That seemed like a hundred and eighty degrees to what I expected. Then I came across this Reddit post by caimstongueatoo:

By the way this line was completely mistranslated. He said something like “When will Akito learn his place?”

edit: I saw the page in japanese from the manga, it’s kinda like “When will you realize…?” tldr he wasn’t antagonizing the zodiacs but Akito instead.

Iasi_Lael also posted a link to the relevant manga page.

Talk about completely changing the meaning! If you can confirm/deny this, I’d love to know — please drop a note in the comments!

Best in Show Moment for Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24

Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24: Tohru strikes Kyou with the dreaded pompom.

Here, Tohru unleashed the dreaded pompom. Kyou was defenseless! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Tohru’s Been Generically Nice

You know Tohru. She’s a little clumsy. She’s not always the first to process subtle clues and come up with an answer. But she’s kind to a fault, and she adores her friends.

When it came to Kyou and Yuki, she was always looking out for them in a mother hen sort of way. She’d cook, she’d clean, and she seemed to enjoy taking care of everyone around her. Nothing wrong with that, but it just didn’t seem sustainable. Her emotions were always flowing out. There was appreciation flowing back, but it didn’t seem fair.

You remember the end of the last episode? Her mind shied away from the idea that she might love Kyou and he might love her. But her heart’s already way ahead of her. Her heart knows. In this episode, it decided to push the envelope, just a bit. I think it was an important step, though.

Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24: Tohru is proud of her new scarf.

I can feel my blood pressure drop every time I look at her smile. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Delivery: Now, Tohru’s Learning to Flirt!

They were in Shigure’s home. Tohru came up to Kyou and, in her all excited voice, said (12:15), “Look at this, Kyo-kun!” He wasn’t really sure what she was talking about, so she spelled it out for him.

In a voice just bursting with innocent pride, she said, “I bought a new scarf! It even has pompoms!”

If I live to be 100 years old, I doubt I’ll ever hear anything so heart-crushingly cute as Tohru Honda saying “pompoms.”

“You’re gonna hit someone when you turn around,” he said, voicing an obvious concern. I mean, this is Tohru we’re talking about.

Saying, “There!”, she spun around and crashed a pompom into his chest. Even Kyou, as grumpy as he can be sometimes, couldn’t stop his grin.

“Oi,” he said.

Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24: Even Kyou had to chuckle at the pompom strike.

Even Kyou had to grin at the attack of the pompom. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

They looked so happy together! That’s the first time I’ve seen her make such a bold move! Well, bold for Tohru. It takes a show of this calibre to elevate a little moment like that to be the perfect union of plot, character, and theme.

And I’m still recovering from the cuteness in Tohru saying “pompom!”

What did you think of Akito’s reaction to Yuki? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 24 Review – Best In Show

  1. I can’t personally confirm the mistranslation, because I didn’t catch what Shigure was saying, and even if I had, I don’t speak Japanese. But I’ve heard the same thing in other places, both from people who read the manga and people who do speak Japanese. (Someone said it’s not the first mistranslantion, either. Apparently, the subs aren’t that good.)

    God Tohru was adorable in that scene, hitting Kyou with a pompom. They’re so awesome together. Kyou’s straightforward manner forces Tohru to face herself in a way that’s good for her. He’s not pushy, but he’s also not the type to tempted into being pampered.

    With regards to Machi, I have personal experience in what it’s like to not even know what you like anymore. People try to do nice things for you, but they can’t tell whether you’re just enduring it, or whether you’re actually happy about it, and that’s because you don’t know yourself. This is an aspect of severe depression that doesn’t often get addressed. Totally different backstory, but it was quite powerful for me.

    And I think this probably only the second episode we’ve seen Monkey. I didn’t miss him, but I wouldn’t tell him that to his face, poor thing. Not even the author seems to want him around too much.

    1. ” Kyou’s straightforward manner forces Tohru to face herself in a way that’s good for her. ”

      That’s one of the things I like about their relationship. I like watching them slowly grow closer together.

      “This is an aspect of severe depression that doesn’t often get addressed. Totally different backstory, but it was quite powerful for me.”

      I’ve noticed that the writer has a nuanced way of presenting mental illness — especially PTSD. It’s good to see mental illness treated honestly.

      People with depression, anxiety, and even PTSD and OCD really get a raw deal. I hope fiction like this raises awareness.

      But then I watch the news and see that empathy is now apparently a weakness.

      Well, it won’t help to give up…

  2. Wow! That’s a pretty severe mistranslation if it’s the case. Seems more likely that Shigure was talking about Akito and not Haru and Rin, but equally, anything goes with Shigure. Who knows what he’s planning?

    Also, yes. Tohru flirting was very cute. Almost as good as Shigure’s reaction when he realized he would be leaving Tohru home with just Kyo – the beast!

    1. AngryAnimeBitches’ review pointed out something similar about Shigure’s quote in their review.

      It’s almost like Crunchyroll needs to pay their translators better!

      “Almost as good as Shigure’s reaction when he realized he would be leaving Tohru home with just Kyo – the beast!”

      That _was_ funny. Kyou just can’t take a joke, especially one like that.

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