「 大貧民をやりましょう」 (Daihinmin wo Yarimashou)
“Let’s Play Rich Man Poor Man”
Three episodes in and I can really feel the nostalgia kicking in. That and I think the story is doing an even better job than the original did at portraying Tohru’s mom and the life lessons she wanted Tohru to learn.
With Tohru quickly integrating into life with the Soma’s, it’s rather surprising just how well she fits in with the rest of the household. As an outsider who accidentally stumbled onto a secret that would normally require her memory to be wiped, Tohru has quickly found her place in the Soma household. As the point person that that keeps nearly everything in the house running (and clean), it’s been nice to see her earn her fair share as she takes on everything else in her life ranging from working a part time job to keeping up in school.
However, if I had to highlight what makes Tohru so integral to things, it’d have to be her ability to see just how great both Yuki and Kyo are. As two individuals who have vastly different personalities, it’s been fun getting to see them clash against each other. However, after learning just why the two are so incompatible with one another, it adds a whole new twist to their dynamic. A twist that hopefully leads to a path where we get to see the two reconcile and gain a better understanding of one another. If I were a betting man (and I am), I’d be willing to put all my money on the bet that Tohru will be the one who will be able to (eventually) guide them down a path like that.
Diving into the meat of this week’s episode, it was nice to see Yuki’s character get fleshed out a bit more. Because if we’re being truly honest, watching the perfect pretty boy gets pretty old quickly if there isn’t something else there. And unlike a lot of other shows where the twist is that they’re actually a horrible person inside, I enjoyed watching Yuki struggle with his inability to sympathize with others and in turn question just why he does what he does.
Overall, a rather strong start three episode start for Fruits Basket (2019). Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, the show has been doing a great job at recreating what was already done while also modernizing other parts to fit a 2019 audience. That said, I’m hyped to see just how different things get once we get deeper into the story since it sounds like the first crack at this series wasn’t up to the mangaka’s taste and in-turn they’ve taken a much larger role in this remake. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get to find out just who this new person is that’s looking for our hot-headed Kyo. See you then!