Tohru is about to confess her feelings to Kyo, but he interrupts her to ask her something first. Then, when his fears are confirmed he tries to run away. She tries to stop him, but that just makes him confess everything!
Kyo asks Tohru if she loves him, however, he already knows the answer and when she stumbles to respond, he loses it. How can she be so stupid? He feels guilty for wishing that he could spend the rest of his time with her, especially if this was going to happen. He doesn’t deserve her… not after what he did!
Tohru runs after Kyo and confronts him, standing barefoot in the rain. He tells her that he knew her mother, that he was there the day she died, and that he could have saved her. However, when it all came down to it, he chose not to in an attempt to save himself or rather from revealing his true form.
He told her that Kyoko had said that she would never forgive him. At least that was how he heard it. He’d witnessed his mother die and now Kyoko, his one ray of light in the world. It was the final straw for him and sent him spiralling into a depressive state that made him paint Yuki as the bad guy, someone to blame all his misfortune on.
Tohru refused to believe that her mother would have blamed him and it certainly wasn’t something she would say. However, if there was a chance that Kyoko did say that then Tohru would have to rebel against her mother. Kyo was disappointed in her reaction, but more so because of the hope, it gave him. Something that he felt he didn’t deserve.
He turned and ran away once more, leaving Tohru standing in the rain. Yuki, who had witnessed the end of the argument ran out after Kyo. He stopped to usher Tohru back inside before racing after Kyo.
Tohru could only stand there and watch as they both disappeared beyond the steps. However, someone else emerged from the forest. She too was soaked through. Akito stared across the garden at Tohru, a dagger glistening in the rain…
What did you think?
How was that an entire episode? I feel like it lasted only five minutes long… Seriously though, that was utterly captivating. I don’t remember breathing or looking away once in the entire episode. We’ve been waiting to find out what happened to Kyoko and how Kyo was involved. It would appear that it was true, he could have done something, but it certainly wasn’t his fault.
Everything in the episode just highlighted how much burden Kyo was carrying. A child should not spend their days worrying about how lonely a woman and her daughter were, especially when that child was pretty much alone, to begin with. Kyo has been through a lot and it’s absolutely heartbreaking to watch.
Finally, Akito arrives at Shigure’s house with a dagger. Who does she mean to stab with that? Last week, I put the question to Crow from Crow’s World of Anime asking how things would have been different had Akito stabbed Tohru and not Kureno… Could we be about to find out? Surely not, but I can’t wait to find out.
What have you learnt?
I’m starting to wonder if I have been conditioned to tear up when certain music plays in Fruits Basket. That or the dastardly onion peeling ninja has attacked once more. That moment that Tohru refused to blame Kyo was pretty intense and that was saying something in this episode. I think we’ve reached the point in the series where literally every encounter will be meaningful.
That’s great from a story point of view and exciting as a viewer. It just goes to show how many different threads have been woven through the story and now, all the ends are starting to come together.
There are five episodes left… Five! It’s fascinating to watch this story come together after all this time and the potential confrontation we’re left with is going to be pivotal!
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
- Episode 53 – I Hope It Snows Soon
- Episode 54 – I’m… Home.
- Episode 55 – I Mean… You Know, Right?
- Episode 56 – It Was So Foolish
- Episode 57 – That’s Right, It’s Empty
- Episode 58 – I’m Disappointed in You
- Episode 59 – What’s Your Name?
- Episode 60 – I Just Love Her
- Episode 61 – Goodbye