Yuki recalls his childhood and how Akito slowly broke him down, piece by piece. He’d almost given up, believing Akito’s twisted words, but a chance encounter gave him a new outlook on life.
From a young age, Yuki’s parents abandoned him with Akito. He was a zodiac spirit after all, and not just any spirit, but the rat – the closest of all the zodiac spirits with their god. For a while, Akito and Yuki seemed to get along. Akito would have the occasional outburst, but nothing too severe. However, one day, Akito snapped, believing the world to be shrouded in darkness. And Since Akito was in the dark, that was where Yuki would be too. Alone in the darkness.
Yuki had been told over and over that he was useless and that no one liked him nor needed him. He’d briefly met Kyo who appeared to hate him. Akito told Yuki that Kyo’s mother had committed suicide because she wished Kyo had been the rat and not the cat. Yuki had tried to reach out to Ayame, but he brushed him off without a second thought.
Then, one morning Yuki left the Soma estate. He wasn’t sure why or where he was going, he just knew he needed to get out. He ran and ran and ran until he happened upon a mother screaming at the police to help her find her lost daughter. Yuki remembered running past a little girl crying and retraced his steps. Knowing that he can’t let a girl get too close, he led her back to her mother and placed his cap on her head before slipping away. He realised that, at that moment, someone needed him and it gave him a renewed strength.
What did you think?
I think I’ve talked about burning the Soma estate to the ground with Akito inside it, and I’m pretty much back on that train of thought. Akito is a monster and I find it abhorrent that no one has put her in her place. (Yeah, I’m still sticking to Akito being a girl.) The thing with Akito is it is impossible to believe anything she says. Did Kyo’s mother really leave that note or was it something that Akito arranged? I’m sure we’ll find out more in time. It was interesting to see Yuki finally say what it was that he wanted and it probably wasn’t what many were expecting. He wants Kyo to be his friend and sees Tohru as the mother he wished for!
What have you learnt?
I thought it was interesting that the hat Yuki gave to Tohru had been Kyo’s before that. It feels like that should have come up sooner and been used as some sort of misdirection or misunderstanding. Either way, it was a pretty powerful episode and I think it paves the way for Kyo to step up as the sole love interest for Tohru, which I think he already has, but this just clears that all up. I’m very curious what Kakeru has to say after Yuki’s revelation. He’s bound to say something funny or inappropriate, or he could be incredibly insightful. That guy’s an enigma!
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