Fruits Basket Episode 15: Back to normal?

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Tohru finds herself at the Souma vacation house

It’s awkward that I’ve let myself get a week behind with the post for this episode, but I guess it can’t be helped with the new season. To be fair, this week doesn’t do too much other than defusing the situation that was created in the previous episode at the grave visit. That being said, the episode certainly ends with some interesting implications for Hatori in coming episodes that I look forward to seeing.

Tohru makes her conclusion

It’s not a major part of the episode, but the misunderstanding between Tohru, Kyou, and Yuuki didn’t feel too overbearing. It seemed like a necessary part of the story that needed to be traversed. I think it would have been cool to see something directly come out of it, but I’m okay with how it was handled.

Ayame crashes the party

While his appearance was certainly random, I thought that Ayame had a strong role in this episode. When the focus shifted to Hatori and Shigure, I really appreciated Ayame’s input despite his normally playful behavior.

Ayame points out the disparity in the relationship

Although it was ultimately Hatori’s choice, I find myself ultimately agreeing with Ayame’s assessment of Hatori’s current state. Hatori is left as the only one in turmoil after his rocky relationship with Kana. It’s not Kana’s fault, but it’s such a sad state of affairs. As a result, I applaud Ayame’s behavior in this episode, as he seems to be giving Hatori license to move on, which is what he deserves.

Mayuko is introduced

The episode also ends rather cryptically with an introduction of Mayuko, the homeroom teacher of Tohru and the other main characters. Given the context of the episode, the photo in this scene implies that Mayuko is a friend of Kana’s who was at Kana’s wedding. Personally, I hope that this means that she will soon build a relationship with Hatori, as that feels like an excellent development for his story.

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