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Review: Fruits Basket Episode 11 – Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Fruits Basket episode 11, "This is a Wonderful Inn," Momiji Souma gives Tooru Honda a wonderful White Day present: a ticket to a posh Souma family-run hot spring inn! It took some work, but they were able to convince Kyou Souma and Yuki Souma to go, too. Once there, they met the proprietor, who had a decidedly odd way of greeting her guests -- and that was just for starters. Will the bickering between Kyou and Momiji subside so Tooru can enjoy herself? What is in the package that Yuki keeps trying to find the right time to give to Tooru? And Momiji is how old?

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

Best Moment in the Show

Fruits Basket Episode 11 Review: Yuki gives Tooru a White Day ribbon.

Timing isn't always everything. Sincerity is important, too. And when they come together... Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

It's not the scene I'm going to name as the best in this show, but do you remember when Tooru tried to hit the ping pong ball? How she focused on the ball, drew back her arm, and put all of her effort into her swing -- and missed the ball by about a meter? Or two? That was a timing issue, wasn't it?

That, in a couple seconds of animation, was a perfect representation of my romantic timing. Even in my prime. 

That's why I've chosen another scene as my favorite in this episode. It was just after Tooru's attempt to play ping pong. Yuki worried Tooru when he suddenly walked out of the room. She found him outside, standing on a bridge, and asked him what was wrong.

There wasn't anything wrong. He just couldn't contain his laughter at how badly she'd missed the ball. He seemed glad she didn't feel insulted, but he said he couldn't laugh in front of anyone because no one, not even his parents, had seen him laugh like that. 

Then, he handed her his White Day gift, saying, "I wanted to give it to you sooner, but the timing never seemed right" (19:19). It was a pretty, frilly blue hair ribbon. She immediately tried it out, and of course, Tooru being Tooru, it was beautiful. 

Then he asked, "Does it meet with your approval, Princess?"

The utter sincerity almost overwhelmed her. She was barely able to tell him that it did. 

That's when he delivered the coup de grâce. "I consider that a truly great honor" (19:57).

As someone whose timing is terrible, even I can see that his timing was spot on. I really liked seeing Tooru receive some of the attention she deserved. 

5 thoughts on “Review: Fruits Basket Episode 11 – Best in Show

  1. I was never a huge fan of Yuki during my first run-in with Fruits Basket (about seven years ago), but, oddly enough, he’s fast becoming one of my favourite characters this time ’round. I just love the reverence with which he treats Tohru (especially during this scene). He’s a perfect gentleman!

    1. “I was never a huge fan of Yuki during my first run-in with Fruits Basket (about seven years ago)”

      He’s much warmer in this version, isn’t it?

      And have you seen episode 12 yet? Wow — gave me a whole new perspective on him.

      1. I wonder if that’s it… I wish that I had the time to go back and re-watch the original series, for comparison purposes…

        I have!!! Phew, it was positively chilling! I’ll have to check out your post on the episode… I’d love to hear what you thought about it!

  2. I honestly have little to say about this episode. That was a cute scene, sure, but it’s not one that invites words. As an episode I thought it was perfectly pleasant, but also not too interesting. It probably doesn’t help that Momiji is my least favourite character so far. It’s not that I dislike him, but when he told the story this episode, for example, I just didn’t connect with him the way I tend to with the others.

    1. “That was a cute scene, sure, but it’s not one that invites words. ”

      Honestly, I felt a little like I was intruding, but this is a blog, and words are my stock-in-trade, so my options were limited!

      “It probably doesn’t help that Momiji is my least favourite character so far. ”

      Then I can completely see why this wasn’t your favorite episode. He was omnipresent!

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