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I’ve lost count of how many zodiac animals are remaining, but I guess I need to add another one to the list. Ritsu’s not the easiest character to watch, given his personality, but I enjoyed watching his progression in the episode. I also think he complements Mitsuru well. I do wonder what parts Ritsu and Kisa will end up playing in the overall story. The two characters seem to have made it a lot further in recover than many of their other siblings.
I think it’s hilarious that Tohru is able to identify Ritsu solely from his mother. His personality is certainly hard to deal with, but I liked how the episode put it into context. I also think that it’s funny that he shows up just because he found out about the other zodiac animals introducing themselves to Tohru.
After seeing the reason behind his behavior, I see Ritsu’s behavior as somewhat admirable. In a sense, he becomes apologetic because he doesn’t want to force his parents to apologize in his place. It doesn’t seem particularly effective with his mother, but I think the sentiment is selfless.
I also strongly agree with Tohru’s belief of finding personal meaning. I support the idea that purpose is a thing found through life, not something a person is born with. I do think that having her nearly fall of the roof was a bit much, but the themes behind the scene were great.
I like that Mitsuru and Ritsu were able to become friends. Their individual personalities aside, I think that the two characters are good together. It would be nice to see them become a couple in the future.