Fruits Basket (Episode 4) – What Year Is She?

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The arrival of Kagura certainly brings a bit of action to the Soma household, but will she see Tohru as a threat or an ally?

What did you watch?

So, this was episode 4 of Fruits Basket and at this stage I still didn’t quite understand what I’d gotten myself into, but it was a lot of fun and I had almost finished watching all the seasonal shows from the previous season. As always, you can expect spoilers beyond here.

Fruits Basket Episode 4 Kagura Soma

What happened?

At the end of the last episode, Tohru was met by a shy and timid girl, hiding behind a tree and asking it Kyo was living there. When Tohru confirmed that he was, the shy girl ran inside with a skip in her step and joy on her face. Then she saw Kyo and punched him through the table and the screen doors…

It turns out that the shy and timid girl, Kagura is also a Soma and suffering from a zodiac curse. She then spends the rest of the episode either confessing her love for Kyo or pounding his face in. Having prepared a lavish feast, Kagura goes to tell Kyo that the dinner is ready. When he says he’s not hungry she knocks him through the floor destroying all the food.

Fruits Basket Episode 4 Kagura Soma greeting Kyo

What did you think?

I really enjoyed this episode. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I couldn’t stop laughing at Kagura’s personality flips. Poor Kyo just can’t seem to go an episode without taking a beating. These Somas really have some emotional issues and violent tendencies. I think Shigure is the only one not to have hit anyone. There was also a nice moment between Tohru and Kyo on the roof, but I enjoyed the funny moments more.

Fruits Basket Episode 4 Kagura Soma in her Animal Form with Tohru

What was your favourite moment?

I don’t know why because I saw it coming a mile off, but when Kyo fell through the ceiling and destroyed the feast I laughed so hard. Maybe, it was Shigure’s reaction or Kyo’s face. It could have been the way that Kagura flipped having prepared this exquisite feast only for him to tell her he wasn’t hungry. Whatever, it was funny.

Fruits Basket Episode 4 Dinner is Ruined

What was your least favourite moment?

I do find it troubling how utterly unstable the Somas are and poor Tohru is stuck in the middle unsure of how to react. They are obviously super strong and able to recover from things well, so it stands to reason that they would be like this because there is no consequence except for all the damage to property. I had to laugh when Kagura threw Kyo into the TV and you just hear Shigure’s exasperation.

Fruits Basket Episode 4 Tohru Honda

Who was your favourite character?

I don’t know too much about the Chinese zodiac but I would never have guessed the boar for Kagura. I was expecting something with a little more of a darker side. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed Kagura’s introduction to the show. She offered some great slapstick entertainment and also creates a little more tension for Tohru, especially as Kyo is clearly going to become a love interest at some point.

Fruits Basket Episode 4 Kagura Soma Mad

Who was your least favourite character?

I don’t think Yuki really did anything in this episode except sit around and wait for one of the girls to make him some food. Admittedly, Shigure pretty much did the same, but at least he offered some comedic lines and interacted a little more with Tohru and Kagura. At this stage, I don’t seem to care for Yuki. Even with Kyo’s closed off and angry exterior, I find him to be more interesting as a character.

Fruits Basket Episode 4 Kyo flying through the Screen Door

Would you like some more?

I don’t think they’ve announced how many episodes will be in this season of Fruits Basket, but the title image says season one which makes me think there will be at least a second season. Either way, there are a lot more Somas to be introduced and no doubt some more interesting personalities. Surely, however, they can’t all show up and beat up Kyo!

Fruits Basket Episode 4 Kagura Soma hits Kyo into Shigure's TV

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  1. Yess! I love Kagura too, her character is so funny going from sweet to angry! I kind of have a thing for liking hotheads too haha so really hope to see more of her. This episode was really heartwarming with lots of character development for Kyo too! Kyos also my favorite tsundere. Thoughts aside, I think your review was great as usual. I’m still working on getting my thoughts together for my reviews without going on a ramble lol.

    • They way she snaps in an instance is so funny and poor Kyo just seems to be on the receiving end of everyone’s violent outbreaks. Ha, even Tohru has hit him.

      Oh and thanks, I took me a while to settle on this format for my reviews. Saves me from rambling and hopefully keeps me from being too one-sided.

    • I feel bad for Kyo being in that situation too lol. And that’s good you found what works for you, I’m still trying to figure out how to be more organized!

    • I’m sure you’ll get there soon. Mine went through a few iterations and I’m sure there will be more to come one day.

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