Warning! This review on Fruit basket final Chapter ten contains spoilers. If you haven't seen the episode yet, I recommend watching it and then going back to read the review.
"I just love her ..."
Fruit basket final Chapter ten begins with a monologue from Yuki, who ponders how we can hurt or be hurt when we relate to others. Tohru continues her stay in the hospital and no one has heard from Kyo since the day she was admitted. Uotani and Hanajima meet Akito, and Akito tells them about their guilt for Tohru and Kureno's injuries. Uo-chan meets Kureno and although he tells her to go away, she decides to accompany him everywhere. Tohru's release day has come and Kyo is home to pack his bags, but Yuki decides to interfere. After a fight and a few confessions, Kyo is ready to face the future.
But first he has one final matter to clear that leads him to confront his father for choosing not to live imprisoned. As soon as Kyo is released from this chain, he goes to the hospital. As he nears his destination, he is overcome by a series of doubts, but as soon as he sees Tohru, everything becomes clear to him. Though not for her, she runs away as soon as she sees him. Now it's time for Kyo to run after her.
The real confrontation
I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that the climax of this episode was the fight between Yuki and Kyo, which was not only necessary but culminated in the ultimate development of both characters. At this point we are all witnesses of their past, the pain and sorrow they brought with them, as well as their longings. For all the rivalry that is said to exist between them, the truth was that they both had tremendous admiration for the other. Which is perfectly normal as each could only see the other's superficial aspects. No one was able to see beyond what they wanted to see.
Well, the straw that spilled the glass between the two was the cowardice of one. For Yuki it was just unbearable that Kyo decided to run away instead of facing the future with Tohru. I wish it were such a simple situation that Yuki, in his infinite appreciation for Tohru, wanted to open Kyo's eyes to be with her. The fight goes beyond that though, it's true that Yuki Tohru is sorry and wants her to be happy, but her frustration with Kyo has more to do with her own feelings about him.
After spending so much time between coming and going, Yuki has become someone who is able to support himself, so logically he hopes the person he admires is the same. His frustration grew as this image was shattered, Kyo was never what he suspected, but that wasn't enough to justify his cowardice to want to flee. Yuki continued to idealize Kyo for a long time without realizing that he was doing the same. Up to that moment neither was aware of the other's longing. Yuki's frustration was simple, he wanted Kyo to act according to his ideals. When he found out they weren't real, he had to give her a nudge.
Yuki had to pass on the lesson he had to learn for so long, you can only be yourself. There are things that only we can do, there are situations or people for which we are irreplaceable. We cannot go through life pretending that is not true.
Go forward to love
Yuki's lesson was the one that restored Kyo's courage. Not that Kyo lacked the foundation to move forward, it was trust that he lacked. Letting Yuki push back was the last push he needed to face the future. Because at the end of the day that means moving forward, pointing to the future and what it can bring. We are all painfully aware of the future that awaits Kyo, but it is no longer an option, not now that he has chosen to obey his heart and with the person he wishes to be by his side.
The next step towards their desired future was to face their "father". A man sunk in misery and self-pity, a wretched person. But no matter how pathetic this being is, it is still a fundamental part of Kyo's development. To move forward, Kyo had to confront his father to make it clear that he will not allow himself to be locked up even if he chooses to take the blame for his mother's death on himself. He is ready to move forward and he wants to do this by accepting his burdens and letting go of his heart. Although he discovers that his wife's death is closely related to his father's treatment and words, he decides not to look any further.
Kyo allowed himself to see his death all over again and face his father's banter and reaffirmed his will. You don't want to throw your life away, you want to face this life with everything you have and never turn your back on it. This, of course, results in him finally getting closer to his final destination, Tohru Honda. It has long been the engine that drove his progress. Of course, after recent events, Kyo is unsure about his feelings. In the end, this uncertainty comes out the window as soon as you see it, love is that simple. We don't need elaborate reasons and infinite justifications to love someone, sometimes we just do it without more. Because its simple existence is enough to whet the appetite for life. Love is so incredible
Similar to the previous review, I'm going to mention a few things that I'm not going to develop, but it's good to keep this in mind:
- The chapters of the manga that were adapted in this episode were: a rich soup of 123, 125, 126, 127 and 128. If it seems that there were many chapters and therefore a lot was left out, but they left the ideal and more important , no, you have taken the essentials off the weight, so all is well.
- The biggest change in the script is that Kyo ran away from home and no one heard from him until Tohru was released and Yuki beat her up. It's different in the manga, Yuki beats him up well in advance and we have a good time when different characters blame Kyo and don't let him get close to Tohru in the hospital. Personally, I prefer the anime script, I never liked the way the manga handled Kyo's situation. Mainly since no one had the right to interfere in Tohru and Kyo's relationship, they had to fix it themselves. It's okay to give them a nudge, like in the anime, but what was done in the manga took a long time. Blaming someone who already feels guilty and isolating someone who already feels rejected didn't help anyone. It's just my very subjective opinion, it doesn't matter that they care about their friends, but you don't have to make any decisions for them.
- Arisa and Kureno are finally longing to see each other again, the circumstances couldn't be less painful, but it's nice that they both keep the feeling for each other.
- Uotani is a very strong girl emotionally, but she couldn't help but feel bad knowing she was being left out. She was the one who longed for Kureno the most and yet she was the last to know her circumstances. This fleeting loneliness will be a fresh impetus for the couple as it forms the bridge to be more communicative between them.
- Akito has started moving forward and one of the most radical changes he will make with his new mindset is the destruction of the cat room. This may be a small change from the outside, but it involves the destruction of an entire tradition within the clan. She is ready to face the future and bear the brunt of her sins.
- A major difference between anime and manga is the scene in which Akito decides to tear down the cat room because the old woman doesn't take it as calmly as in the anime. In the manga it becomes clearer that the ideas are deeply rooted in the clan and that these changes are not well received by the elders. The anime gave the old woman an excess of sanity, but I applaud the fact that Akito was removed by reaching out his hand to change like her. Let's be fair, Akito is far from ready to reach out to anyone.
- Hiro is still a little Romeo, the only one who told about his broken curse is Kisa. Both are concerned about each other's rejection, but their hearts are where they should.
Fruit basket final Chapter ten was an episode full of emotion, drama, and a fun ending. Above I mentioned that this episode is a hearty soup of several chapters of the manga and I claim the truth was quite a long episode. The script for this chapter makes it clear that no one intends to spoil Natsuki-sensei's work. The adjustments in the order of events and even the justifications of the acts are well thought out in relation to the script. Kyo's escape, for example, after the emotional impact he had in the previous chapters, it was evident that he couldn't support himself to stay by Tohru's side. Logically he would distance himself because he didn't feel qualified to be there, Yuki's interference was what he needed, but it couldn't be right away, he had to cool his head first, both had to.
Before I close on this review, I just want to express my greatest admiration for the work of the voice actors. The truth is that both the scene of the fight between Kyo and Yuki and Kyo's confrontation with his father were something I expected, but they exceeded my expectations. I can't admire the work of the voice actors as well, but the animation isn't far away. The beatings in Yuki's beats, her tears. As well as the anger in Kyo's father's eyes, the memory of his mother's suicide. It was definitely too emotional an episode, too complete.
Anyway, these were my impressions of this chapter, tell me: what do you think of this episode? What were your feelings during the confrontation between Yuki and Kyo? Is there a cure for Kyo's father's stupidity? The next episode promises to be even more emotional, we'll see what resonance Kyo has on Tohru and say goodbye to their respective origins.