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Review: Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 5 Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Fruits Basket Season 2 episode 5, “Wait for me, tororo soba!,” the school year just ended, and Momiji Souma had what he thought was a great idea: take Tohru Honda, Hatsuharu ‘Haru’ Souma, Yuki Souma, and Kyou Souma to a haunted house! It sounded like fun until they realized Tohru wasn’t just scared of haunted houses. She was terrified of them! Can they get her through the attraction in one piece? Meanwhile, while working in the convenience store, Arisa Uotani met a young man who caught her attention. She was disappointed when he didn’t visit again. She counted herself lucky when she saw him wandering through the neighborhood. But he acted in such an unusual way that she actually asked if he were some foreign king! The truth, however, was much different — much, much different.

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

Best Moment in the Show

Yuki and Kyou could learn a thing or two from Momiji! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Do you want to know what’s cliche? Me. More specifically, me reviewing Fruits Basket (either season). I’m cliche because I keep complaining how hard it is to pick a single moment out of these episodes. In fairness to myself, I blame the show.

It’s too packed with goodness!

I’m going to pick the moment Momiji makes Yuki and Kyou look really, really petty. Or makes himself look good. Or both. I almost have to wonder if Momiji set up the scenario with just something like this in mind — he’s an incredibly bright and sometimes devious little Souma!

To celebrate the end of the school year, Momiji suggested the crew visit a secret fun spot. Turns out it’s a haunted house! However, they quickly realize there’s one flaw in the plan: Tohru isn’t just scared of haunted houses. She’s flat out terrified of them. But not wanting to inconvenience anyone, and honestly to try to overcome her fears, she agreed to go in.

And promptly screamed herself hoarse. Every little movement made her jump. The actual attractions practically gave her a heart-attack. Yuki and Kyou both tried to convince her to it’s okay to leave, but she was bound and determined to make it through.

I actually felt bad for Tohru! Her voice actor, Yui Horie, too — she had to be hoarse after all that screaming! But she sounded fantastic! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It got so bad that Tohru closed her eyes so she wouldn’t see the props. But then every sound terrified her. Even worse, now she was running into walls and tripping over any imperfection in the floor. Every bump made both Yuki and Kyou more anxious for her. Finally, Tohru face-planted on the cement floor (09:24). Yuki started a sentence that Kyou finished, “She can’t keep going this. She’s going to hit something vital and die!”

In a spirit of genuine concern, they both asked her to take their hands. And promptly started arguing over who copied whom and who was the bigger idiot. Meanwhile, Tohru, eyes still shut tight, tried to get them to stop arguing.

While they were wrapped up in their little martial world, Momiji gently took Tohru’s hands. “Hold my hand as you walk, Tohru,” he said brightly (09:53).

Yuki and Kyou could only stare, defeated, as Momiji helped Tohru to her feet (her eyes were still screwed shut!). Then, to add insult to injury, he turned to them and, wagging his finger, said, “Don’t ignore a girl while you fight. It’s a no-no!”

I think Momiji’s pink bunny back pack made the insult even worse.

What did you think of Haru’s story ending in “a moving reunion?” What was our Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “Review: Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 5 Best in Show

  1. The subtle moment of megumi asking saki if she’s lonely when arisa talked about kureno. Cant think of many anime siblings that are this kind and caring.

    1. “The subtle moment of megumi asking saki if she’s lonely when arisa talked about kureno. ”

      And did you see his expression!

      He was so concerned!

      The two of them are great together.

  2. Heh, since I’m not writing these posts, I’m not bound by having to pick a favourite scene. I’m free!

    Haru’s deadpan humour is totally my style, and he also seemed to know exectly what could overwrite Tohru’s fear. Casually breaking the installment is such a Souma thing to do: they’re rich, so they’ll just pay up.

    Didn’t expect Arisa to run into the rooster (I think that’s the only one we’re still missing?) For a moment I was worried she’d hug him and have a “story” to tell, only to find Saki bieng Saki and Tohru not quite as suprised as she imagined. Now that would have been a scene to watch.

    1. “Heh, since I’m not writing these posts, I’m not bound by having to pick a favourite scene. I’m free!”

      They say restrictions make one more creative. Not sure it’s working for me, though!

      “For a moment I was worried she’d hug him and have a “story” to tell, only to find Saki bieng Saki and Tohru not quite as suprised as she imagined. Now that would have been a scene to watch.”

      I really hope we get something like that. The entertainment value alone would be worth it! But it’d be great for Tohru to be able to share her experience with Arisa and Saki.

      Though now that I say that, I wonder if Saki already knows? I mean, she’s already effortlessly broken the fourth wall…

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