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Review: Fruits Basket Episode 15 – Best in Show

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In Fruits Basket episode 15, "I Wouldn't Say That," Shigure Shouma and Hatori Shouma arranged for Tooru HondaYuki Shouma, and Kyou Shouma to go on a retreat to one of the Shouma family vacation houses. Its view of the lake was beautiful, and Tooru was excited to explore. But she's also terribly worried. Yuki and Kyou acted very distant and aloof to the point where she began to wonder what she'd done to upset them. Before she could sort it out, Kyou tripped and fell. What tripped him? An enormous bear footprint. That was when they remembered Shigure warning them about bears...

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Best Moment in the Show

Review: Fruits Basket Episode 15: Tooru assumed she'd done something wrong

Yuki and Kyou need to be more aware -- they put Tooru through a lot of unnecessary worry in this episode! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

I felt like smacking both Yuki and Kyou up side the head in this episode. Not sure what's going on with the hat flying in the wind. Not sure why Kyou whispered that he was sorry in sleeping Tooru's ear in the last episode, or why Yuki's remembering the flying hat.

But I know their attitude's upsetting Tooru, and it has to stop.

Ahem.

My favorite moment in this episode was so relatable, it was scary. Tooru had been exhausting herself worrying about why Yuki and Kyou seemed so aloof. She didn't know that they're wrestling with some inner demons (which is another way of saying they're Shoumas). As they were walking along the lake shore, their awkward silence wore on her. She tried again and again to remember what she might have said that seemed rude.

As if Tooru could ever be rude...

Review: Fruits Basket Episode 15: It wasn't Tooru's fault!

At least they had the decency to feel bad... Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

Finally, she snapped (6:08). Practically in tears, she bowed low and begged them to forgive her. She begged them to tell her what she'd done wrong so she could make it right.

To their credit, they were mortified. Only a series of falls (first by Kyou, then by Tooru) interrupted their explanation. But as soon as they started arguing again, Tooru was overjoyed that things were back to normal.

Tooru assuming the worst is a trait I'm way too familiar with. I'm glad Tooru has people around her who will try to reassure her, even if they're a bit late about it!

Did you have a favorite moment in this episode? Please feel free to share it in the comments! 

8 thoughts on “Review: Fruits Basket Episode 15 – Best in Show

  1. People say the cap was cut from the earlier adaption, so it’s new for first-anime-only watchers. I’m curious about it, too.

    I do so love the chemistry between Ayame and Shigure. Together they annoy everyone (except Tohru).

    And I’m not letting Tohru off the hook for thinking it’s something she’s done. I understand the impulse very well, but immediately apologising for a mysterious thing you may or may not have done isn’t the best strategy. She really should learn to ask questions first. (It’s not easy to get out of your skin, is it?)

    1. “She really should learn to ask questions first. (It’s not easy to get out of your skin, is it?)”

      Ain’t that the truth?

      She’s lucky she has Yuki and Kyou in her life (and Saki and Arisa!). Otherwise, someone might try to take advantage of her generous nature…

    1. “Glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t know why Kyo whispered “I’m sorry.””

      You are not alone!

      My only guess is pretty vague: What the answer is, it’s going to be heartbreaking!

  2. “Not sure what’s going on with the hat flying in the wind.”

    It’s a flashback to Tohru’s past – when she was lost and a boy in a cap helped her find her way home. The boy ran off, and he did so his hat was blown off. Tohru still has the hat. (The flashback and the hat were shown in a previous episode in her room at the Souma’s.)

    “She didn’t know that they’re wrestling with some inner demons (which is another way of saying they’re Shoumas).”

    I have to admit, this comment made me chuckle.

    1. “The flashback and the hat were shown in a previous episode in her room at the Souma’s”

      I remember that, but I still don’t understand the importance. Should I?

      “I have to admit, this comment made me chuckle.”

      Then my job here is done! I can return to my people…

      1. My apologies, I interpreted that as meaning you didn’t remember… I don’t get it either, but the way they keep coming back to it, it must be important.

        1. “I don’t get it either, but the way they keep coming back to it, it must be important.”

          Actually, that’s a relief! I feel better knowing I’m not the only one to notice that and not know its meaning!

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