Fruits Basket (Episode 38) – Sure Thing

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School’s back and everyone is settling back in. Yuki has now assumed the position of Student President and is getting familiar with his new team and duties, but can he stop from sabotaging himself?

What happened?

Yuki is welcomed back to school by Mokoto and given a box of chocolates. To their surprise, a first-year girl walks up to them and calls Yuki Yun-Yun and asks to eat the chocolates with him. Yuki leaves his fan club with the girl and demands to know who she is and why she called him Yun-Yun. Of course, it’s all down to his vice-president Kakeru Manabe, who is a bit of a charming rogue. He introduces Yuki to the student council team, which includes the girl, Kimi Toudou. Yuki goes on his rounds and struggles as he compares himself to Kakeru who has a magnetic personality and reminds him of his brother Ayame and Kyo.

Fruits Basket Episode 38 Yuki and Kakeru

What did you think?

I feel like Fruits Basket has been raising the bar continuously this season, but this is the first time that it failed to live up to the previous episode. It’s actually my least favourite from this season. There were some funny moments with Kakeru and Kimi, but it was also exhausting. Not to mention Yuki’s angst. On top of that, it really didn’t feel like much moved forward at all. Did Yuki make any progress, because I don’t think he did? Sure, he stood up to Kakeru to hide his own emotions which probably wasn’t the best way to handle that situation. It was a fine episode, but not in the same league as the rest of this season.

Fruits Basket Episode 38 Yuki jealous of Kakeru

What have you learnt?

I think Kimi was probably the most interesting thing to come out of this episode. She clearly has many sides to her and is only really showing the one. I liked how she seems to play the aloof goofball but is obviously far more aware of what she’s doing that others seem to realise. There’s definitely a darker side to her and that’s what I want to see. So, I think the takeaway from this episode is to try giving you characters more than one face. Everyone has multiple faces that they use in different situations so characters should be no different.

Fruits Basket Episode 38 Kakeru dancing along the corridor

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2 Comments

  1. “There were some funny moments with Kakeru and Kimi, but it was also exhausting. ”

    I think that’s how Yuki perceives himself — dealing with his insecurities is flat out exhausting. I might be stretching it here, but that’s how I interpreted it.

    “Did Yuki make any progress, because I don’t think he did? ”

    It felt like he made a tentative step forward with Kakeru. I don’t recall him ever opening up to anyone except Tohru before. It’s a small step, but it’s Yuki. I don’t think he’s capable of much more.

    And look at us talking about these characters like they’re real!

    That’s a really good sign…

    “There’s definitely a darker side to her and that’s what I want to see.”

    I really want to know what she’s up to. Maybe she’s just terrorizing because it’s fun, but I got a sense she has some plan. Or maybe it’s more like general orders?

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      What do you mean, they’re not real???

      I think the moment he had with the head of his fan club at the beginning of the season was better, but I can see what you mean.

      I feel like Kimi is very deliberate with her actions but like you say whether it’s just for fun or for something more sinister is yet to be seen.

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