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Review: Fruits Basket Episode 21 – Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Fruits Basket episode 21, "I Never Back Down from a Wave Fight," the three girls in Yuki Shouma's fan club decide that they just must get rid of Tooru Honda because she is getting too close to Yuki. Of course, they can't just assault Tooru -- her friends Arisa Uotani and Saki Hanajima would do something unspeakable to them! So, they hatch a plan that starts with them interviewing Saki about her waves -- in her own home. What are the girls planning to do? What will Saki do when she figures out what they're doing (or does she already know)? And while Saki's making tea, who's hiding in the room with the girls?

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

Best Moment in the Show

She doesn't smile very often, but when she does? It's beautiful. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

I almost feel sorry for Yuki's fan club. Not quite, but close. I mean, it's got to be hard competing with Tooru, when a) Tooru is just being Tooru so she had no idea there's even a competition going on and b) any relationship they have with Yuki is purely the result of their delusions.

Under the guise of interviewing her about her wave power, the trio thinks they trick Saki into inviting them into her house. Of course, Saki wasn't fooled at all, and once they were there, she told them as much. Furious, their leader, Motoko Minagawa, decides there's no more need for subterfuge. She asks Saki if she'll tell Tooru to stay away from Yuki.

"They can do what they want," Saki said (15:05). "Actions brought on by jealously are simply ugly."

They protest that they truly love Yuki. It took a lecture by Megumi Hanajima, Saki's awesome little brother, to clarify what they're really doing: trying to use their affection as a license to do whatever they want, without caring what Yuki or his friends wanted. Megumi went on to say they needed to be considerate and not be selfish. He finished his speech by putting a curse on all three of them, which terrified them so much they fled.

Megumi and Saki make a formidable team. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream

That was nearly by Best in Show moment. But it came shortly afterward.

Saki said that she actually felt a little jealous over how much time Tooru was spending with the Souma family -- at the expense of her and Arisa. Echoing her brothers words, she said he was trying not to be like Yuki's fan club. Just then, the doorbell rang, and Arisa and Tooru were there! Tooru had told work she'd be late so she could visit Saki -- because Tooru was worried about her.

As Megumi brought Tooru and Arisa up to speed on the trio's wicked plot, Saki had a moment to reflect. "When you cherish someone, there may be times when it gets hard," she thought (19:07). "But it brings joy as well."

Then her brother smiled at her, because her saw her smile -- and it was amazing (19:16). Saki's smile in my Best in Show moment. 

Some things are just worth waiting for.

What did you think of the fan club? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Review: Fruits Basket Episode 21 – Best in Show

    1. Weren’t those quotes something?

      Saki all by herself is amazing. But paired with Megumi, wow — I’d hate to be on their bad side!

      I had the biggest grin through the whole scene up until and including when Megumi unleashed his curse.

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