In Fruits Basket Season 2 episode 2, “Eat Somen with Your Friends,” it was time for Tohru Honda, Yuki Souma, and Kyou Souma to pick their future careers. Yet, all three were very, very reluctant — for different reasons. In a maybe related move, Kazuma Souma, for all intents and purposes Kyou’s adopted father, invited Kyou and Tohru to visit. But just as they were starting to fix lunch, Kazuma received an urgent call — from Kyou’s biological father. He seemed very angry. Why does he want to talk to Kazuma now? Why is he so angry? And what are his hopes and plans for Kyou?
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Best Moment in the Show
A moment of kindness or empathy can be way more damaging to self-control than an act of cruelty. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I can’t think of another show that has so deftly crafted genuine moments of pure human emotion than Fruits Basket. Now that we’re, what, 27 episodes in, I’ve grown really attached to these characters. They’ve all shown various kinds of growth and depth! That means the potential for those genuine moments only increases. And I’ll tell you this for free: The writers know how to take advantage of that depth!
Tohru had just listened to Kyou’s reason for dreading the future, and her stricken expression was every bit as heart-breaking as his story. In most shows, that’d be a worthy moment all by itself. It was so authentic and blossomed so naturally! But for Fruits Basket, it was just the intro.
Seeing her expression, Kyou tried to make light of it, saying that he knew she was facing similar anxieties. He went on to enumerate them with pin-point accuracy. Pin-point accuracy that was too much for Tohru. His empathy shattered her control. She couldn’t control the tears streaming down her cheeks. All of the fears she’d born silently came flooding into her mind.
Kyou’s casual empathy unlocked a torrent of emotions in Tohru. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Her voice quivering, she said to him (18:31), “Don’t… Don’t, Kyo-kun.” Her voice sounded so broken! To his credit, Kyou didn’t panic. He just asked what she meant.
“When I’m deliberately ignoring things, I need you to pretend not to notice, or I’ll go all weak. I c-can’t have this sobbing!”
The moment was such an exquisite mixture of vulnerability and strength that I had to name it the Best in Show moment. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her so clearly articulate her own feelings; I don’t think I’ve ever heard her so strongly advocate for herself!
Kyou showed a lot of growth in this scene. He emotionally stayed right there with her. He even consoled her in how own special way. For me, though, Tohru stole the moment.
What did you think of Kyou’s biological “father” in this episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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