「うおちゃんの分ですっ！」 (Uochan no Bun Desu)
“This Is For Uo-Chan”
I’m not ashamed to admit it — I cried a bunch during this week’s episode and I’m proud of it.
I hate it when people use the phrase “healing” for anime since it for some reason has a really negative connotation in my mind. However, after this week’s episode epic conclusion to Uo-chan’s back story, I’ll admit that the phrase has slowly grown on me. With that, let’s just jump straight into the sappy post.
As I said last week, I love it when a shoujo-based show dives into the back story of protagonist’s friends. Usually filled to the brim with sadness with just a twist of intense pain, something about Uo-chan’s story really hit me right in the chest as we got to see her overcome the hump of all the problems she internalized because of her rough childhood. Filling me with an intense mix of sadness and happiness, I can clearly remember the intense pressure building up in my chest as we got to see more and more of Uo-chan climbing out of the dark abyss she once thought was inescapable.
What I was probably most impressed with Fruits Basket’s execution though was just how well it used a second episode to show us each step in Uo-chan’s journey. Going through all the typical fixings of what happens when someone tries to fix their reputation, I loved how we got to see the difficult things like her self-doubt when it came to being around Tohru or the beating she took to get out of the gang she was in. Moments that probably wouldn’t have had enough weight to be an episode by themselves, but needed more time than just a single episode to really have an impact on us. Because if I’m being honest, I think the last thing we needed would have been to watch Uo-chan go through another bout of confusion and sadness right after overcoming those exact things.
Luckily we were given an amazing mix of cute moments that really demonstrated just how much Tohru’s friendship and Kyoko’s mentorship helped Uo-chan find her way in the world. Which overall made for an amazing two episode ark that just may have found its way into a permanent place in my heart. God, after a story like that I feel like I don’t even want to go back to the main story (I’m joking). Anyways, see you guys next week!