After collapsing at Shigure’s house, Rin is reluctant to let Tohru look after her. So much so, that she’s prepared to jump out of the window to escape. However, the more you know Tohru the harder it gets to walk away!
Admittedly, Hatori had to stop Rin from going out of the window by grabbing her. She settled down, but then Tohru came to see her before going to bed to give her a bottle of water. Rin asked her why she was looking into the curse and why she was meddling in things that didn’t concern her? Tohru told her that it did concern her and that she had things that she couldn’t give up. Finally, Rin jumped out of bed and ran out of the front door. She tripped on the flagstones and lay on the ground sobbing.
She could feel the energy that Tohru gave off and she so desperately wanted to let herself be overcome with it. Tohru reminded her of Haru and she didn’t want to take advantage of her or get her in trouble. Finally, Tohru knelt down beside Rin and placed a hand on her shoulder to comfort her. Rin spun around and wrapped her arms around Tohru and told her that she was going to lean on her. That she needed her. Tohru visited Rin in the hospital several times after where they eventually got around to talking about the curse and what to do next.
What did you think?
I have so many thoughts right now! The moment that Rin accepted Tohru and told her that she was weak and powerless and needed her help was incredible. We’re watching two people that have been alone for so long, both determined to do it on their own and not be a burden on others come together. I think it’s as touching a moment for Tohru as it was Rin. Shigure knew the power of the moment and tried to use it to slip a little more advice toward Yuki and Kyo. He’s always up to something.
It’s utterly amazing how this series is able to hit you with an emotional gut-punch like that and then a scene later leave you rolling on the floor with laughter. The way Kimi asked Yun-Yun to come to the meeting over the school P.A. system was hilarious, but it was the brief interaction between Haru and Kakeru that made the whole scene that much better. It’s as if everyone around Yuki gets it, but he’s still not quite there yet.
My final thought, for now, is that I’m absolutely delighted to see Tohru pushing things forward. I was so worried that she would continue to drift around making everyone happy by just being there, but to see her actively working towards her goal of breaking the curse is wonderful, especially now that she has a partner like Rin.
What have you learnt?
This series, whether you’re looking at the makeup of the story, the animation, the music, the direction, is a masterpiece. Everything about it is incredible and I say that fully admitting that this is not my genre of choice. I’m always advocating the idea that you should watch/read wide and outside of your main genres of choice and this is the series that fully justifies that belief. There’s so much to be learnt from Fruits Basket that no matter what you’re writing, you will be able to take something away from this. For me, characters are what give the stories life and this series has it in abundance.
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