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Review: Fruits Basket Episode 16 – Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Fruits Basket episode 16, "She Said Don't Step on Them!," it's summer. Arisa Uotani and Saki Hanajima are wearing stylish swim suits, and they are lounging in and around the pool when Tooru Honda arrives. She's wearing a middle school, one-piece blue swim suit, and it almost breaks Arisa's heart. So, Arisa rounds up Yuki Shouma and Kyou Shouma, and they head off to the mall. They don't know it, but some of Arisa's old gang members see them. Will Yuki and Kyou overcome their embarrassment enough to encourage Tooru? Will the old gang members make trouble? And can you believe who Arisa used to idolize?

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

Best Moment in the Show

I think there are ways for someone to be more adorable than this, but they involve sorcery... Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

Another Fruits Basket 2019, another dilemma: With a show this packed with touching little moments, how can a mortal like me pick the Best in Show? Besides using a random number generator, that is. 

Well, time to man up and just do it. I don't want anyone accusing me of being as wimpy as Yuki and Kyou acted this episode! Of course, I say that with all due respect!

Early in the episode, Arisa, moved to pity at the sight of Tooru still wearing her middle school swim suit, corralled Yuki and Kyou to go with her and Saki to help Tooru pick out a replacement. Of course, Yuki and Kyou were too embarrassed to be of much help, which was simultaneously endearing and exasperating. 

It falls to Arisa and Saki to offer the most advice, and about all we know is that it's probably pink. We'll have to find out later, because the time came for them to leave.

Tooru's goodness and innocence shines as a beacon in the darkness. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

You know Tooru, right? So you can probably guess how she reacted when everyone said it was a gift. She was almost beside herself and tried to argue. Saki reassured her, and even Kyou said she should accept it. But it took Yuki looking into her soul and saying (9:02), "Please accept it, Honda-san."

So she did, and her gratitude was great. So great, in fact, that when Saki and Arisa gave her a sustaining hug, light shone forth, and there was peace.

You know, I really shouldn't read The Silmarillion before writing these reviews...

What did you think about Arisa's past? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Review: Fruits Basket Episode 16 – Best in Show

  1. It is sweet how Tohru’s friends look out for her. I am very sure that the people around her are the reason she can stay who she is without becoming cynical or hardened by the world.

    1. “I am very sure that the people around her are the reason she can stay who she is without becoming cynical or hardened by the world.”

      You got that right!

      I think their friendship is one of the things that makes this show feel uplifting despite the sometimes heavy overtones. I really want to believe there are people like that out there. More, I want to believe there are more of them than I think!

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