My feathers were quite ruffled when I saw Tohru beating herself up about failing one test and then not caring about herself even though she has a fever. Since everybody loves and worships Tohru, then I guess feel free to hate me because, to be perfectly honest, she gets on my nerves very often. I don’t dislike her or anything. It’s just that I keep expecting Tohru to have character growth and she never does. What do I mean by that? I mean I want her to have at least a shred of self-respect, and I want her to act as if she values herself even a little.
Tohru has a sweet personality of kindness, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, tolerance, humility, and desire to be useful. I wouldn’t change those traits. But there’s a difference between having a sweet personality and being a wretched doormat like Tohru can sometimes be. There. I’ve said what’s on my mind. I do of course understand that, in this episode, she’s having an especially hard time thinking well of herself because she’s missing her mom and feeling sick. Like I said, I don’t dislike Tohru, and if she suddenly became all assertive, I’d call bullshit. But I do get quite annoyed with her behavior sometimes.
Moving on, that was the longest red light I’ve ever seen in an anime, when Kyo, Yuki, and Tohru were crossing the street, discussing the rain and Kyo’s fatigue. I mean seriously, the driver of that car must have gotten reeeally impatient. Anyway, I wonder why Kyo gets sluggish when it rains? Does it have something to do with the secrets he knows or why he whispered “sorry” to Tohru? Also, who could that be under the old-fashioned Japanese umbrella, watching Kyo so closely as he walked away? I could speculate but I’ve found that with this show, it’s much more fun to be caught by surprises.
Then we have Kagura coming for a visit. I like Kagura, not necessarily as a partner for Kyo, but as a good character. However, I’m getting tired of the same gag over and over. Kagura acts sweet and clingy. Kyo tries to get away from her or says something mean. Kagura turns beastly and shout and/or breaks something. Kyo submits. It was hilarious the first time, but by now, not so much. Based on the conversation of Kagura and Kyo at the store, Kyo does indeed have a secret he’s keeping, and it seems to be about himself. It’s something that he thinks would make people want to distance themselves. Is that secret going to be the big reveal of the finale?
Oh and speaking of reveals, it looks like we now know who that guy is who was watching Kyo. He came to Shigure’s house at the end of the episode. Kyo addressed him as Shisho, so he’s probably Kyo’s “master” who taught him martial arts. Anyway, that’s it for today’s review, so thank you so much for reading! Best of wishes to you for health and happiness!
(Images From: Fruits Basket. Dir. Y Ibata. TMS Entertainment. 2019.)