OP2: 「Chime」 by 大塚愛
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“It’s a Secret”
Things are ramping up quickly and I love it.
With its second-cour officially kicking off with a new opening sequence, I loved how things week’s episode of Fruits Basket leaned completely into the things it does well and then added a bit of extra spice to really kick things up a notch. Starting with the obvious, I totally forgot just how stupidly sad Momiji’s back story is/was. As one of the happiest characters in the show, it’s a bit jarring to see just how sad of a childhood he had. As if growing up without a mom wasn’t hard enough, I can’t imagine the mental anguish one would go through to not only understand that they nearly caused their own mother to commit suicide and to have to live life knowing that their own mother consciously chose to remove the memory of their first child from their own memories. Honestly, it’s something that when I put it into words starts to give me a small headache because of how ridiculous it sounds. But here we are, with Momiji doing the best he can do to live life while he also keeps the memories, both good and bad, as close to his heart as possible.
Don’t misunderstand me here though — I can also picture how insane it might be for a new mother to hug their child only to be hit with a puff of smoke and a small baby animal instead. For the mom in question, I can’t imagine just how big of a shock that would cause. Like, after going through months of pregnancy and then labor only to be hit with the reality that you’ll never be able to embrace them without them turning into an animal? It’s no wonder why parents of cursed Soma kids aren’t brought up often — it’s probably a traumatic memory that they all try to play down in order to keep their own sanity.
Sad realities about being a Soma aside, I also loved how the story is starting to kick into full gear with the hat that Tohru has in her room finally playing a role in the story. Belonging to someone dear to her, it doesn’t feel too crazy to think that the previous owner of that hat might be Kyo or Yuki. However, what was a little strange was Kyo’s behavior throughout the episode. Moodier than usual, it really makes you wonder just what he was apologizing about when he quietly whispered his apology into Tohru’s ear at the end of the episode.
In any case, I can’t wait to see where things go from here next week! There’s definitely a sense of dread in the air and I don’t think it’s going to go away until it’s addressed. Hopefully we get to see some huge character building moments from Yuki and Kyo. I’ll catch you guys then — see you next week!
ED2: 「One Step Closer」 by INTERSECTION
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