Spring 2019 Grab Bag Week 3: Fruits Basket

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Kyou's idea is rejected

Fruits Basket Episode 3

I was definitely expecting a standard romance setup for this series, but I have to say that I’ve been enjoying it so far. As I’ve said before, I have no history with this series, whether it’s with the original adaptation or the manga, and I still think it has a lot to offer despite preceding many similar story concepts. I do kind of question where it goes from here, though. The first three episodes do a great job of setting up the main love triangle, so I almost get the sense that adding more Souma family members just introduces standard romantic obstacles.

Kyou is compared to Yuuki

While I had no idea what to expect from Kyou in the first episode, I like how their rivalry is set up. The concept of having two characters each seeing what they lack in the other is one that I like to see. And I think this series has set that scenario up well. Yuuki’s aloof and mysterious nature naturally attracts people’s attention, but it ultimately keeps them away. Conversely, Kyou’s direct nature makes it easy for others to mess with him, but he becomes more approachable as a result.

Tohru gets a kiss

So…there’s a random German girl and I don’t know what to think about that.

Yuuki starts to open up to Tohru

Watching Yuuki casually walking upright in his rat form was surprisingly funny. Also, I appreciate the imagery of bars when he’s talking about his personal feelings. This adaptation feels visually strong on a general note as well.

Tohru struggles to help

Tohru is also strangely adorable despite her somewhat heavy-handed “nice girl” character type.

Tohru wonders about each person's strengths

The analogy of the plum on every person’s back is also an intriguing concept. I like how it fits with the general theme of the episode, and the message alone is great. It’s probably my favorite part of the episode.

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