In Fruits Basket episode 17, "This Is for Uo-chan!," Arisa Uotani continues to tell the story of how she met Tooru Honda and her mother. As we saw in the previous episode, their first meeting wasn't exactly happiness and light, and that trend continued in this episode. However, as the irresistible force that is Tooru's goodness came into contact with Arisa's life, the rebellious teen feels that she understands her own life better -- as well as herself. Can she convince herself to accept kindness from both Tooru and her mom? If she can, will her gang just let her walk away?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best Moment in the Show
It's hard sometimes to make even a positive change in our lives. Arisa learned that the very hard way. But she had some excellent help! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
This show... I remain in awe of how much character and plot goodness they can pack into a single episode. It feels effortless; in fact, even looking back on it, I just see the story flow.
Well, enough of that. Let me share my Best in Show moment from episode 17. In yet another episode filled with great moments, I struggled even more than usual, but I managed to narrow it down to one. Tooru had rescued Arisa from a rival gang who had been wailing on her. As she caught her breath in Tooru's apartment, it came to her that she was terribly lonely, and the natural warmth that Tooru exudes was starting to affect to her. So much so in fact, that she started going to school and hanging around Tooru.
It wasn't smooth sailing, of course. For example, a teacher stopped the two of them in the hall and asked Tooru if she was alright. The question mystified Tooru, of course, but Arisa knew what was up. The teacher was afraid Arisa was trying to manipulate or steal from Tooru.
Much to her chagrin, Arisa began hearing rumors that she was actually corrupting Tooru -- corrupting Tooru! -- who people said was probably doing illegal stuff outside of everyone's view.
Even Arisa, who had been a delinquent and remained strong-willed and headstrong, had to give into the warm of Tooru's affection! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Arisa was sitting on the floor, her back against the wall, outside of Tooru's cooking class. Some of the girls near Arisa (who couldn't see her, because she was sitting with her head below the window) were saying the two of them couldn't possibly be best friends because they were so different.
Arisa, still unused to thinking of herself in any positive way, began to emotionally crash. Afraid the rumors would hurt Tooru, she almost decided to stop hanging out with her.
Then Tooru did something amazing again.
As Arisa's emotions were collapsing into herself, she heard one of the girls tell Tooru she'd made too many confections.
"No," Tooru said (12:40). "This is for Uo-chan!"
Five words that changed Arisa's life. Her expression, artfully shown as a closeup of one eye peeking under her bangs, went from despondent to astonishment. Finally understanding the irresistible nature of Tooru's feelings, she allowed herself a blissful smile.
Just watching Arisa and Tooru interact during the first 16 episodes, you could really see their affection for each other. Seeing how that relationship began and flourished was wonderful. I'm not being hyperbolic when I say this kind of thing gives me hope for the future. Like, for humanity's future!
What did you think of Arisa and Tooru in this episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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