In Fruits Basket episode 2, "They're All Animals!", Tooru Honda is completely freaked out that her mere touch turned Shigure Souma into a dog, Yuki Souma into a rat, and Kyou Souma into a cat! She almost despairs when the delivery man doesn't believe her. He just accepts the dog's stamp as enough to prove delivery! She's only marginally relieved when they turn back into humans, because they're naked. Shigure in particular seems pretty relaxed about it. Now that she knows the family secret, will they let her go free without altering her memories? Is that what the head of the family intends to do? And why is Shigure so intent on getting Kyou back into their home?
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Adversity? Kyou knew had to deal with that. Anger and fighting, too. But Tooru's unabashed torrent of affection? He has no idea where to even start! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Best Moment in the Show
Tooru's walking home late after work, and she's fretting. Earlier that day at school, she'd found Kyou and Yuki, and they were about to come to blows. Terrified at the thought of them fighting, she did the only thing she could think of: she threw herself on Kyou, which turned him into a cat. Kyou interrupted her attempt to explain herself with an angry tirade that ended with, "Get out of my sight" (16:50). She left, mortified, and she didn't see that he immediately regretted his words. Do you remember Tooru's reaction to her mom's story of how the cat was excluded from the zodiac banquet? Tooru remembers! She so sympathized with the cat that she wanted to change her birth year! So as she's walking home, she racks her brain to come up with ideas to get back in Kyou's good graces. Despite his harsh words, she is absolutely determined not to give up. But even as she makes that vow, she hears someone coming up behind her. Terrified it might be one of the perverts she's heard too much about, she swings her book bag with all her might -- and nails Kyou right up side the head (19:30). She's horrified -- but instead of being angry, he tells her to drop the "-san" and just use his name. Her gentle kindness is an irresistible force; his inner rage is an immovable object. In that moment, Tooru solved the paradox by moving Kyou, if even a little. I think that qualifies as a best moment!
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