It’s time for the cultural festival and that means Tohru’s class performance of Cinderella… or It’s Cinderella-ish! Get ready for the most incredible and unique retelling of this classic fairytale!
Hiro and Kisa arrived at the school to see Tohru’s play. Haru and Momiji took them to the theatre and sat down ready for It’s Cinderella-ish. Hiro was unsure of exactly what was going on, but the title across the curtain pretty much spelt it out for him. The wicked step-mother dragged Tohru, the wicked step-sister across the stag to berate Cinderalla, Saki for not making them dresses for the ball. When Cinderella said that they would be better off buying some, the wicked step-mother kidnapped the wicked step-sister and told Cinderella that she wouldn’t see her sister again until she’d made the dresses.
The fairy god-mother, Yuki drifted into the scene and asked Cinderella what it is that she wished for. Her first response was to burn down the castle, but the fairy god-mother pushed for another wish. This time Cinderella wanted yakiniku… Regardless, Cinderella went to the ball and met the Prince, leaving her glass slipper at midnight as she hurried home. When the Prince finally caught up with Cinderella, he told her that he didn’t want to marry her, which was fine with her. Cinderella just wanted to open a yakiniku shop with her sister. So they all lived happily ever after!
After the play and all of the spontaneous outbursts that the narrator somehow managed to weave into the narrative, Yuki returned to the student council and was sent on patrol. He encountered Machi who was being bullied by his fan club. Yuki was about to step in, but Kakeru stopped him, saying that he had a better idea. Machi told the fan club that she thought that Yuki was an airhead and lonely, and definitely not a prince. It was about to get violent when Kimi made an announcement over the school PA system. A spontaneous photoshoot with the student council president was now available. The fan club raced off, leaving Machi to herself.
What did you think?
This was without a doubt the funniest episode of Fruits Basket yet. The play was incredible and I loved the way that everyone managed to remain completely in character while performing this insanely brilliant version of Cinderella. Special thanks must go to the narrator who was the undoubted star of the show. There were lots of accidental reveals from Arisa calling out to Kureno, Tohru saying that she didn’t want Kyo to be locked up forever, and Yuki telling Kyo to make his own wishes come true. Saki’s disinterested Cinderella was amazing and Arisa calling Kyo a virgin on stage was hilarious. I was gutted that the play didn’t last for the entire episode, but then Kakeru made up for that.
What have you learnt?
I thought this was an amazing way for the characters to get some things off their chests and potentially reveal things about themselves that they didn’t want to reveal. Yuki has come on as a character and seemed much more at ease wearing a dress this time around… This series is consistently incredible. It never seems to miss a beat and it’s one that I will be studying over and over again. I have no plans to write a story like this, but there is so much that you can learn from something that is so expertly put together. With only two episodes left in this season, I’m already preparing myself for the hard wait for the third and final season.
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