A Night To Remember
Fruits Basket Episode 17
Two part episodes need to pack a punch to make them worth the mileage, and the wait if you are watching weekly, and episode 17 of Fruits Basket did just that. We hear the end of Arisa’s story about how she left the gang and ended up Tohru’s friend and so attached to Kyoko and it more or less reduced me to tears by the end. I do however find it odd that we’ve learned more about Tohru’s mother from Arisa than from Tohru throughout this series.
Arisa doesn’t relate the whole story to the boys though. She cuts off midway and we have a diversion with the girl gang who were following the group challenging Arisa to a fight. At first it felt like an unwelcome intrusion and then I realise how necessary it was in order for the quieter emotional points of this story to hit home. As a result, while I didn’t all that much like those parts, the episode as whole is better because of them.
And there are a lot of those quieter emotional parts. Whether it is Tohru and Arisa falling asleep in the apartment, Tohru making Arisa a cupcake, or Kyoko carrying Arisa home, each point lingers just the right amount of time and sets off the warm and fuzzy emotions that they are aiming for.
That the girls in the gang end up very much enamoured with Arisa and the post credits show them very much becoming Arisa’s fan club, is kind of sweet in a really goofy kind of way and feels like a nice way to end that part of the episode.
Alright, that’s about it for this week in Fruits Basket. It remains at its best when it is in the process of making me cry and it did that beautifully this week. I still think the new OP doesn’t really fit with that tone however and that’s probably the only sour note to speak of when it comes to this episode.
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Images from: Fruits Basket. Dir. Y Ibata. TMS Entertainment. 2019.