Due to a medication change, I’m as sleepy as a drugged doormouse, and unenthusiastic. This probably won’t be my best episode review. But you should keep reading, lol, because now and then I stumble on some really good thoughts or unique reactions. Or go off on somewhat interesting tangents. I got you guys some screenshots, too.
In her tiger form, Kisa was so mega-kawaii I wanted to pick her up and snuggle her up to me and give her kisses all over her head and cheeks like I do with my cat. Do you feel sorry for my cat yet? xD Anyway, it’s just anime so it’s fine, but in reality, even a tiger cub of that size could bite off your fingers if it tried. Those bites would be injuries worthy of taking to the ER right away. And remember kids, if you ever get bitten by a wild animal, disinfect it right away and either go to the hospital or make an appointment with your doctor to make sure there is no infection or other complications requiring treatment.
Kisa in her human form was sinfully adorable as well. I loved seeing how she and Tooru became so affectionate. Tooru surprised me a little in this episode with how she knew what she should say, and did so quickly and calmly, to Kisa’s mother. It made the mother snap out of her gloomy daze and prevented her from saying anything too terrible to Kisa. Most of the time, Tooru doesn’t seem to realize the power of her influence and words have over others, but maybe she’s beginning to understand now.
Bullying was a theme of this episode. It had similar effects for Kisa, Tooru, and Yuki, making them feel timid, emotionally shut down, and then embarrassed and ashamed. Bullying and cruelty are the most vicious and “animalistic” things about the nature of young kids and teens. While bullying is part of our ancient animal nature, it should never be accepted or encouraged in modern human societies. We should do all we can to stop it and prevent it, and teach all kids about pro-social behavior. Eventually, the kids will develop a sense of empathy and a personal set of values, which helps them stop being so mindless and cruel.
Another theme was strength and weakness. I don’t entirely like the way those words are used. The message was positive: from “weakness” comes the desire to improve and become “strong,” and also, weak or strong isn’t everythingt, because, as Yuki said, we/they are humans and not animals. Well, I do consider humans animals, but animals with such intelligence and culture that we’ve evolved beyond crude “survival of the fittest” attitudes. As we become more social, caring, skilled, and intelligent, our brains and societies keep evolving further! It sure sucks when there’s an anti-social, anti-science, and anti-progress mini-culture in charge of ruling an otherwise great nation! (*Cough, United States. *)
Back on topic, I just wanted to note that strength and weakness are relative, subjective, and generally not good terms to use to describe self or others without clarifying words. Nobody is bullied because they are weak. They’re bullied because the bullies haven’t developed or accepted pro-social ethics yet. The bullies are weak-minded and childish. Meanwhile, somebody who was bullied but faces their fears and issues, like Yuki, is strong-willed, strong-of-heart, and resilient. I’m weak with many things and strong when it comes to others. The goes for anyone. That’s why I didn’t like Yuki calling himself “weak.”
It was so touching when Kisa found her words again! What a story of positive growth! Anyway, now that we’ve seen the tiger of the Zodiac, I hope we get to see the ram soon! I’ve been wanting to see him/her since this series started. Anyway, that’s all for today’s anime rant. Your presence here is appreciated. Thank you for reading. Now have a safe and happy rest of your day!
(Images From: Fruits Basket. Dir. Y Ibata. TMS Entertainment. 2019.)