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Review: Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 6 Best in Show

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In Fruits Basket Season 2 episode 6, “Are you really this stupid?,” Momiji Souma continued in his role of entertainment director by inviting most of the Shoumas (at least the ones we know) to one of their vacation homes — along with Tohru Honda, of course! After they leave, Shigure Shouma welcomed a surprise guest to his home — a guest who had a shocking request for Shigure! Even as Tohru, Yuki Souma, Hatsuharu ‘Haru’ Souma, Kyou Souma, and others are happily (or not so happily) collected beetles, Shigure showed he was not done withs surprises. His request of Akito Shouma bordered on terrifying in terms of the damage it could unleash. What is Shigure doing? Why is he so calm about it? Does he know something we don’t? Or is he actually someone we expect?

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

Best Moment in the Show: Haru and Yuki’s Quiet Exchange

Haru’s quiet and understated insights into Yuki’s personality continues to amaze me. He’s like the Yuki Whisperer. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Okay, okay, okay. I haven’t read the manga, so I don’t know what Shigure’s up to with Akito. But inviting Akito to the vacation house? While everyone’s there?

Does Shigure really want to destroy the world?

Hyperbole aside, my Best in Show moment this week goes to a quiet interchange between two characters who have both benefited from Tohru’s expanding torus of goodness and light — one more than the other.

Fruits Basket actually gave us a swim suit episode. As the others played in the water, Yuki had a flashback to one of the times Akito tried to break his spirit. He came back to the present when Haru pressed the back of his hand against Yuki’s forehead. Haru asked if the heat was getting to him. Or (11:29) “Are your emotions spinning?”

Before Yuri could answer, Tohru and Momiji asked him and Haru to join them in the ocean. Yuki agreed and stood, taking off his shirt.

“I’m fine,” Yuki said to Haru without irony or exasperation or annoyance. “I was just lost in thought. It’s a bad habit.”

Yuki’s a very different character than he was at the beginning of the series. He can lie now while clearly communicating what he really wants to say. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

As he dropped his shirt to the sand, Yuki added that he didn’t want to worry Tohru.

Haru said (11:55), “That’s the right attitude.”

“Thank you,” Yuki said, striding down the beach towards the water.

I cannot imagine Yuki being that comfortable with himself or Haru just 10 episodes ago. Tohru, just by being herself, has given everyone around her permission — and strength — to be themselves.

But it’s like the calm before the storm. What in God’s name is Shigure trying to add Akito this mix? Is he really that anarchistic? Or does he judge Tohru’s innate power of goodness to be able to heal even that cruel Akito?

Why do I feel like a confrontation of biblical proportions is coming?

Oh, and bonus points for showing Haru’s tanned physique next to Yuki’s surpassing paleness.

What did you think of Rin’s visit to Shigure — and her consumption of Fruits Basket’s entire fanservice budget for two seasons? What was your Best in Show moment? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Review: Fruits Basket Season 2 Episode 6 Best in Show

  1. “Does Shigure really want to destroy the world?”

    Shigure has some kind of game running against Akito, and it’s a serious one by all indications. There’s been hints that Ayame and Hatori aren’t quite entirely onboard… Something he’s willing to potentially break with the Three Musketeers over? That bears watching.

    1. “Something he’s willing to potentially break with the Three Musketeers over? That bears watching.”

      I’m dying to know what he’s got going on. The hints we’ve gotten suggest it might be harmful to Tohru. And I didn’t like Shigure’s expression at all when he looked at Rin. Yet, he’s not a psychopath — at least as far as I know.

      I’m dying to know what’s going on!

  2. We know so little about the Soumas. I didn’t understand the conversation between Shigure and Rin at all, but it’s entirely possible that it’s got something to do with him inviting Akito (we’ve seen Rin coming out of the mansion when Yuki visited, and her ditching Haru is suspicious, as if she’s on some sort of suicide drive). We’ve also seen Shigure’s sadistic inclination run deeper and uglier than his usual playfulness, and Hatori seems to know something about what drives Shigure we don’t. It’s also entirely possible that he knows Akito will decline, but then be on edge. It might be more of a time bomb than a grenade. I have no idea what’s going on, and I honestly dread Akito.

    On the lighter side, I was disappointed Ayame was missing from the beach portion of the episode. I do so want to see his style. What’s he going to do with his hair, if he goes into the water? So many question left unanswered.

    1. “I didn’t understand the conversation between Shigure and Rin at all”

      I didn’t either. I know Shigure is manipulative, but beyond that, I didn’t see any kind of foreshadowing or hints that Rin would approach him like that. Though I’m not entirely sure I interpreted her right — though her desperation seemed clear.

      “we’ve seen Rin coming out of the mansion when Yuki visited, and her ditching Haru is suspicious, as if she’s on some sort of suicide drive”

      I think I’ve seen hints about her struggle against suicide — or did I see that in manga readers’ posts? I can’t recall.

      “I have no idea what’s going on, and I honestly dread Akito.”

      Akito gives me the vibe of someone who will do anything. Absolutely anything.

      “I was disappointed Ayame was missing from the beach portion of the episode. I do so want to see his style. What’s he going to do with his hair, if he goes into the water?”

      I’m not sure how Yuki would have dealt with so much Ayame at once! Though come to think of it, Mine might have come with him, and I’m always happy for her to get more screen time!

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