Arisa finally reveals the name of the man she’s been obsessing over. It’s become such a problem that she quit all her part-time jobs and found new ones. However, Tohru knows of someone with that same name…
His name is Kureno, but could he possibly be the same Kureno that was with Akito on that rainy summer’s night? The chances seem slim and it would mean getting awfully close to Akito which is not something Tohru wants to do, but if there’s a chance, even a slight one, she’s going to what she can for her best friend. Outside of the Soma estate, Tohru bumps into a little girl, literally, and is surprised to see that she looks just like Momiji and accidentally says his name. Momo, the little girl, asks Tohru if she knows Momiji and that she can take her to him if she does.
They sneak into the estate and find themselves outside Momiji’s room as he plays on the violin. Momo says that she wants Momiji to be his big brother because he looks like her mother. Tohru is struggling to keep her feelings inside and once Momo has gone she breaks down to Momiji, who is elated to find out that his sister has noticed him, although also, worried for his father. Anyhow, Momiji helps Tohru find Kureno who threatens to turn her over to the police for sneaking around. However, when she mentions Arisa, his demeanour changes and he lets her off with a warning. Tohru leaves Arisa’s contact details in a bush and leaves with Momiji.
What did you think?
There have been a lot of sad moments in Fruits Basket, but I think Momiji’s story with his mother is possibly one of the hardest ones to take. Seeing his reaction to Momo’s discovery was wonderful, but it was also hard to get excited for Momiji. As Tohru pointed out to Kyo on the rooftop, some wishes are not meant to come true. It’s a hard pill to swallow but it’s true and this one really seems like one of those times. Maybe the dream will be enough to satisfy Momiji or maybe Momo will see him once she’s older. Who knows, but there will always be some sort of connection between them. A truly bittersweet episode.
What have you learnt?
I’m definitely team Kyo! I don’t mind Yuki, but he can get a little annoying and the last couple of episodes have really cemented that for me. Kyo seems to be dealing with his issues to a greater extent and his bond with Tohru has really grown over the first half of this season. I also think that this series is much stronger when Tohru has a central role in the episode. She seems to bring everything together and make the other characters shine. I still love the little segway episodes with peripheral characters, but Tohru really is what Fruits Basket is all about.
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?