Fruits Basket needs you to get ready for a powerful, great character in this episode! His name is Hatsuharu and he is special. This episode aired on 1 June 2019 and is slowly starting the countdown to the end of the Spring anime season, but don’t fear, as it seems like the series will continue into summer as well! Let’s take a look at what was good and what was better during this episode!
Japanese Title: ゆきはおれの初恋だから (Yuki wa Ore no Hatsukoi Dakara)
Episode 9 – Yuki Was My First Love
It’s time for a marathon run at Tohru’s school! Of course Kyo takes the chance to challenge Yuki and of course Yuki has to accept the challenge. Even though he is sick, he insists on running against Kyo. When the marathon starts, Tohru tries to keep running at her pace when she meets Haru, another member of the Soma family. It doesn’t take long until she finds out that he is also one of the zodiacs. He came to challenge Kyo and they start to fight so hard, that Haru reveals his dark side, Black Haru.
Of course he is the ultimate highlight. They explained his relationship to the characters so effortlessly. Haru is a cute boy who looks like a bad boy and then whips out his strangest characteristics. He gets lost easily, he doesn’t think of himself as all that cool, and he has a dark side. He wants to beat Kyo and loves Yuki after hating him. He gets along with pretty much anybody. He is a great character, I’m glad we finally got to meet him!
Not only the race between Kyo and a sick Yuki was funny, there also was Hana-chan and how she pretended to faint after one single STEP. It also felt super real how she and some other students instead were sitting outside and playing cards, because that’s what I know from school. A few students are actually running the marathon like required while some of them get the same grades for just sitting there and skipping… Fun times!
Yes, he deserves his own point. I mean, he flirted with Yuki. Kyaaaaa!
That was pretty much my second-favorite part. Hugging Tohru to turn into a cow and then carrying Yuki after he fainted was so sweet.
I have noticed for quite some time now that Tohru always calls our beloved cat ‘Kyo-kun’ while she calls Yuki ‘Soma-kun’. I thought that was just her being used to calling him Soma-kun, since they knew each other from school and she always called him that way. While that might still be the case, I am glad that this episode she calls Yuki by his first name for the first time and that he instantly turns into a rat. Oh dear, my heart! Favorite scene of this episode!
Just to follow up on my last highlight: Calling someone by their first name only is a very big deal, as it means you know each other quite well. Adding ‘-kun’ is a good way to soften the blow. The way Tohru did it definitely would kill Yuki, since he so obviously already likes her. This name-thing is often used in romance manga, novels, and movies to express if someone likes someone else and to show a certain level of trust has been reached between two people.
At the beginning of the episode Shigure is joking around that Yuki is dirty because he doesn’t want to take a bath that day. Yes, it is pretty common that you take a bath every day. Personally I have been getting strange looks from my Japanese boyfriend when I said that I don’t want to shower tonight but will instead shower tomorrow so… It’s real. No joke.
Women buy, men carry
That’s something I noticed in Japan. Men will carry the shopping bags if you go buy stuff together. They get antsy if you don’t let them carry because they worry (or so I have been told) that they look lazy if the woman carries it. They are the strong sex after all (insert me rolling my eyes hard here).
HANDS DOWN, YUKI! Dear lord, wasn’t he cute when he blushed and turned into a rat just because he heard his name coming from Tohru? How he was sick at the Kotatsu. How he still tried hard to run. How he hung over the cow… I am in love, he’s so cute!
COMING NEXT: It’s Valentine’s, After All
Spring 2019 | Anime Info | Original Series Review