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Review: Fruits Basket Episode 03 – Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Fruits Basket episode 3, “Let’s Play Rich Man-Poor Man,” Kyou Souma continues to try fitting in with class — going so far as to make suggestions for the festival — but he thinks he’s still failing. The perception is not universal. Yuki Souma continues to be respected and well-regarded among his classmates though his perception, too, doesn’t match the reality. Tooru Honda begins to understand their enmity a little better, and it’s deep-seated. Can she get them to understand each other’s perspectives? And can she and Yuki save his secret base, a beautiful vegetable garden, from a sudden typhoon?

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

Arisa knew exactly how to push Kyou’s buttons. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Best Moment in the Show

Tooru and her friends Arisa Uotani and Saki Hanajima want to play cards during a break. They need a fourth player, so Tooru asks Kyou if he’d like to play (4:40). The bad news is that Kyou wants to be all mopey and says they should get Yuki to play instead. But there’s good news! You know how protective Arisa and Saki are of Tooru, right? Well, Arisa doesn’t like the idea of Tooru being disappointed, so she begins to say things like, “You’re so dumb and unorganized, I figured you’d make an easy mark… A real man never runs away from a fight, you know. Pathetic!” She knew exactly how to manipulate Kyou (in other words, she played him like a fiddle). You can guess how he reacted, right? He energetically accepted her challenge, and just as enthusiastically lost. This might be heresy, but truth be told, in that moment, I thought the two of them made a great couple!

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