A Walk Down Memory Lane
Fruits Basket Episode 16
After the breather, and slightly empty feeling episode, last week, Fruits Basket episode 16 dives deeply into the people surrounding Tohru. Specifically we’re seeing Arisa’s past and how she became connected with Tohru Honda.
While we already knew that Arisa was a bit of a delinquent and in a gang and we also knew, after the graveyard episode, that Tohru’s mother was once actively known as The Crimson Butterfly, how Tohru and Arisa became friends was still a little bit of a mystery. While this episode divided its time between a swim scene, a shopping trip, and a meal, the meat of the story was definitely the background being divulged about Arisa’s time and her first contact with Tohru and Kyoko.
Clearly though this is setting up a two part episode and Arisa’s past is clearly on track to catch up with her as both at the shop and at the restaurant some other gang members have their eye on the group. Part of me kind of wants to see them try and tangle with Yuki or Kyo but I don’t know that we’re heading for an all out brawl. That would seem a little out of character for the story.
Still, the weaker parts of the episode are the ones set in the present with the characters largely sitting around and talking. While that does give us a few warm moments and Arisa messing with Yuki and Kyo never really gets old, it couldn’t hold up when compared to the back-story this episode.
However, I will give the funniest moment of the episode to the after credits scene where the girl gang tries to intimidate a passerby and it turns out to be Momoji. That was pretty funny.
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Images from: Fruits Basket. Dir. Y Ibata. TMS Entertainment. 2019.