Shigure arrives back at the beach house to collect Kyo. Tohru is excited for Kyo to finally be included with the other zodiac members even if it means she’ll be alone. Kyo is not quite so optimistic.
Yuki is surprised to see Shigure escorting Kyo to see Akito. So much so, that they almost get into a fight. Kyo hasn’t even gone in to see Akito and already the tension is through the roof. This is going to be excellent. Akito greets Kyo and then starts to mock and berate him. All he can do is stand there and take it as Akito reminds him of what he is and what he did to his mother. Finally, Akito turns the conversation towards Tohru. That’s almost too much for Kyo as he finally realises his true feelings. This is just another thing for Akito to work on and he quickly denies that he loves Tohru, fearing what Akito might do. We find out that they have a bet – if Kyo cannot beat Yuki before they graduate from high school, Akito will lock him up for the rest of his life.
Tired of it all, Akito sends Kyo back to the beach house where he searches for Tohru. He reflects on his past and the time after his mother’s death. It turns out that there was another who showed him affection… Kyoko, Torhu’s mother. Kyo finds Tohru on the beach and reveals to himself that he loves her, but will do whatever he can to save her from Akito.
What did you think?
There were two things that I spent the second half of the first season waiting to be answered. I had predicted that Yuki was the boy whose hat Tohru treasures and that Kyo would somehow be involved with Kyoko. I guess I’ll be claiming my prize now then. All that needs to happen is for Akito to be confirmed as a girl and I win Fruits Basket! All jokes aside, I love trying to spot the clues and piece together what will come. We didn’t yet see the full extent of Kyo and Kyoko’s time together, but I think there’s much more to come. I think he possibly blames himself for Kyoko’s death, but I also think that Akito is somehow behind it and Kyo’s mother’s death.
What have you learnt?
This episode was so incredibly tense, I can’t even get my thoughts together without wanting something bad to happen to Akito. As far as the story goes, very little happened, but it’s going to be one of the most memorable episodes in the series for me so far. To be able to create that kind of atmosphere from two people talking was incredible. Sure, the music helped and wouldn’t have been out of place in any thriller or horror series. Another thing that this series does so well is how it incorporates the flashbacks. I haven’t once felt that a flashback was unnecessary or pulled me away from what was happening. It’s all well-timed and just enough to make me want more without being too long.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – See You After School
- Episode 2 – They’re All Animals!
- Episode 3 – Let’s Play Rich Man, Poor Man!
- Episode 4 – What Year Is She?
- Episode 5 – I’ve Been Fooling Myself
- Episode 6 – Perhaps We Should Invite Ourselves Over
- Episode 7 – Spring Comes
- Episode 8 – See You When You Get Back
- Episode 9 – Yuki Was My First Love
- Episode 10 – It’s Valentine’s, After All
- Episode 11 – This is a Wonderful Inn
- Episode 12 – You Look Like You’re Having Fun
- Episode 13 – How Have You Been, My Brother?
- Episode 14 – That’s a Secret
- Episode 15 – I Wouldn’t Say That
- Episode 16 – She Said Don’t Step on Them!
- Episode 17 – This Is for Uo-chan!
- Episode 18 – What’s Important Is…
- Episode 19 – I’m So Sorry!
- Episode 20 – I Can’t Believe You Picked It Up
- Episode 21 – I Never Back Down from a Wave Fight
- Episode 22 – Because I Was Happy
- Episode 23 – You Look Well…
- Episode 24 – Let’s Go Home
- Episode 25 – Summer Will Be Here Soon
- Season Two
- Episode 26 – Hello Again
- Episode 27 – Eat Somen with Your Friends
- Episode 28 – Shall We Go and Get You Changed?
- Episode 29 – I Got Dumped…
- Episode 30 – Wait for me, tororo soba!
- Episode 31 – Are you really this stupid?
- Episode 32 – Let’s Start the Watermelon Splitting Contest!
- Episode 33 – Well, It’s True
- Episode 34 – My Precious…
- Episode 35 – Who Are You?
- Episode 36 – All Mine
- Episode 37 – You Cried for Me
- Episode 38 – Sure Thing
- Episode 39 – I Should Just Die…
- Episode 40 – See You Later
- Episode 41 – Ask Him For Me
- Episode 42 – You Will, I’m Sure of It
- Episode 43 – Do You Wanna Kiss?
- Episode 44 – There’s Just No Way!
- Episode 45 – Are You Okay?
- Episode 46 – There Was, Definitely
- Episode 47 – That Isn’t What I Want
- Episode 48 – It’s Cinderella-ish
- Episode 49 – Here You Are
- Episode 50 – I’m Different Now
- Season Three
- Episode 51 – I’ll Hold Another Banquet
- Episode 52 – That’s an Unwavering Truth