Welcome to my review for Fruits Basket Episode 18, where the anime is once again going very strong and perfectly balances touching scenes, beautiful messages, and humor. This episode features a new character: the tiger zodiac, who is one of the cutest things you will see until… the next person appears. Probably.
Japanese Title: 大切なのは…… (Taisetsuna no wa…)
Episode 18 – What’s Important Is…
It is raining and Yuki and Tohru are waiting for the rain to stop when they meet Hatsuharu. He carries a tiger in his arms who turns out to be one of the zodiacs and promptly bites Tohru. When they arrive at home to bandage her hand, it turns out that Kisa hasn’t spoken in ages and now ran away from home, because she is being bullied at school. When her mother comes to pick her up and tells her daughter that she as well has had enough and is tired of all he problems, Tohru jumps in to protect Kisa – she knows very well how it is to be bullied and puts into works what Kisa couldn’t do. This wins over the little tiger girl, who doesn’t leave Tohru’s side from that moment on. At one point Yuki also starts to open up to the girl and tells her how he overcame his phase of not speaking. They both agree to start working hard.
Haru carrying Kisa
This was a perfect scene. Haru in general was very protective this whole episode and I absolutely adore him for it. How he stood in the rain with Kisa in his arms is a picture I won’t be able to forget.
We have had multiple speeches by Tohru. Mostly she talks about her mother and what she taught her. This time she tells everybody what she has learned on her own. The highlight for me was how she explained Kisa’s feelings, because I wholeheartedly agree. Was it a very long speech and maybe a bit cheesy? Yes. Did it still touch me? Hell yeah. Being bullied is never easy and even though I thankfully never was bullied that badly, I think Tohru couldn’t have explained it better. You are angry with yourself for being the way you are, think you did something wrong and are embarrassed. ‘Why do I have to do this thing all the time that gets me picked on?’ and stuff like that. Not wanting anybody else to know. It’s a truth for me and I can only hope that the bullies of this world can try to understand through this how one person feels when they bully someone. End of my little rant.
Yuki facing his fears
I do this thing where I think of something that will probably happen in the beginning, and while on the way to the big revelation, I forget it and get all surprised, when in the end it is indeed revealed that the thing I thought would happen will actually happen. Yuki becoming student council president is one of those things. I thought about it in the beginning, right within the first few seconds of the episode. How much he grows when he takes on the role and that he probably is scared for all the contact he will have with other people if he takes on the job. When he talked to Kisa later, how they need to be brave and keep moving forward, I thought it was about Tohru but I was WRONG. Even though I was right in the beginning and should know all this already. Anyway, I am happy Yuki is trying to find a place for himself, all on his own.
‘I envy Kisa’
Kyaaaa. Need I say more? Hm, yes. Could use a few more ‘a’s. Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
‘She will be here for you’
That was such a beautiful moment. Love yourself by being loved by someone else first. Tohru will be there for you. If nothing else I hope everybody tries to be like Tohru – accepting and nice, kind and loving.
This is hard. Really hard. I only have two pictures burned into my eyes that could crown a winner. Haru in the rain, carrying Kisa and Yuki, putting his head on Tohru’s shoulder when he says that he envies Kisa, who is sleeping on her lap (and that she had Tohru when she needed support and courage). Sooo… Maybe my bias is talking or maybe it is because Yuki is such a poor little rat, but I will say he wins this round. I could only squeal and scream when he leaned on Tohru and I just…love Yuki. (also: there was a lack of Momiji)