Fruits Basket – The Final Episode 8 Review – Quick Summary
In Fruits Basket – The Final Episode 8, “I’m Disappointed in You,” Tohru Honda decided she’d waited long enough. No more hesitation, no more interruptions: She sought out Kyou Souma with the intent to tell him she had fallen in love with him. But Kyou did something unexpected: He interrupted her and asked she she really did love him. When she said yes, he said he couldn’t deal with it and left. What would cause Kyou to walk away from what should have been one of the high points of his life? Will Tohru go after him? And has anyone found what the armed and deranged Akito Souma is up to yet?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Fruits Basket – The Final Episode 8
Kyouko just said what she thought. I only met her in flashbacks, but I miss her terribly. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
In this episode, I felt the loss of Kyouko Honda like a physical weight. Maybe it’s how important she’d been to Tohru, or maybe it was the echos of her personality we’ve seen almost everywhere. Whatever it was, I take my hat off to Natsuki Takaya for creating the character, for the animators who brought her to life, and to her voice actor Miyuki Sawashiro who gave her a voice. I’ve seldom felt the loss of a character this personally.
This episode sprinkled in a few moments of levity, and one of those came to us from Kyouko herself. I would say that these moments lightened the episode, but it was more like they gave an opportunity for the emotional pain to gather momentum before it struck. Even still, one of Kyouko’s lines made me laugh.
She had just met the young version of Kyou. He’d been sitting on some random cement pipes stacked in someone’s yard. She apparently had thought he looked lonely, because she walked up to him and tried to strike up a conversation. He got all bashful and resentful and angry like he does and he tried to insult her.
“Aw, it’s so cute how totally not cute you are!” she said laughing (04:45). She had such a musical laugh, too.
Best in Show Moment for Fruits Basket – The Final Episode 8
Tohru became angry… for her own sake? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Kyou’s Self-Loathing Singularity
The problem with a gravitational singularity is that light can’t escape it. In fact, nothing can escape it (well, there’s Hawking radiation, but let’s put that aside for now). Fruits Basket has presented me with another of its firsts: An emotional singularity, from which even the Light of Tohru can’t escape. The series carefully, painstakingly, and lovingly constructed this singularity around and within Kyou.
In this episode, we saw the full scope of what Kyou had endured, and what he had internalized, and it astounds me he could even walk upright. From the time he was young, his mother said bringing into the world had been a mistake. She committed suicide, and Kyou thought it was his fault — in no small part because that’s what his father told him.
The Soumas set him up as the Cat, destined to be locked away, out of sight, an object of derision who, simply by being so wretched, could make the Soumas feel better about themselves. That’s got to weigh on a person!
Kyouko gave Kyou a glimpse of a world he’d not known. It’s no wonder he had wanted to be her hero. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Having fled his father to live with Kazuma Souma, the young Kyou met Kyouko (see my favorite quote, above). With almost supernatural ease, she adopted that poor stray cat and gave him a modicum of normal motherly affection. Bu before that could seep into his psyche and heal him, he tried and failed to find Tohru because Yuki Souma beat him to it. Unable to process the flood of emotion — guilt at not being able to help, disappointment because he couldn’t be Kyouko’s hero, and more — he ran off. He only saw her one more time.
Delivery: Tohru’s Anger, On Behalf of Herself
I’ll give Kyou credit: He summoned the courage and told Tohru all about his perceived role in Kyouko’s death. The crushing, intertwined tentacles of hate and loathing that others and himself had wrapped around his heart had forced him to see Kyouko’s death in only one way: as his fault. He could not and should not be loved. He believed there was no way even Tohru could love him. And if she did, it would constitute a betrayal of her love for her mother.
Kyou thought Kyouko’s last words were that she could not forgive him. So Kyou came out and said that “I can’t forgive me.” But when he told Tohru that he didn’t want her to forgive him, for the first time I can remember, Tohru did something that would have been unthinkable in the first season.
Tohru became angry — on her own behalf. She denied the false choice he gave her: to forgive him or not. She didn’t think that he needed to be forgiven. And as for what her mom said? She wasn’t having it. She couldn’t believe that her mom would have said such a thing, even as she lay broken and dying.
Kyou could not accept what Tohru told him. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
To make it perfectly clear to Kyou how she felt about him, she said (20:30), “But if she truly did say that, then… I… I… have to rebel against Mom!”
In that moment, Tohru claimed her own identity. She loved Kyou, and she was going to love Kyou no matter what. Because that’s who she was, and that’s what she wanted to do. And I got to see it happen.
What did you think of Akito’s untimely arrival at Shigure’s home? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Fruits Basket – The Final Episode 8: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Fruits Basket: The Final – Episode 8 discussion
- The Otaku Author: Fruits Basket (Episode 58) – What’s Your Name?
- 100 Word Anime: Fruits Basket: The Final Season Episode 8 Impressions
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Fruits Basket – The Final – Episode 1: I’ll Hold Another Banquet
- Fruits Basket – The Final – Episode 2: That’s an Unwavering Truth
- Fruits Basket – The Final – Episode 3: I Hope It Snows Soon
- Fruits Basket – The Final – Episode 4: I’m… Home.
- Fruits Basket – The Final – Episode 5: I Mean… You Know, Right?
- Fruits Basket – The Final – Episode 6: It was So Foolish
- Fruits Basket – The Final – Episode 7: That’s Right, It’s Empty
- Fruits Basket – The Final – Episode 8: I’m Disappointed in You
- Fruits Basket – The Final – Episode 9: What’s Your Name?
- Fruits Basket – The Final – Episode 10: I Just Love Her