Warning! This review on Fruit basket final Chapter nine contains spoilers. If you haven't seen the episode yet, I recommend watching it and then going back to read the review.

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"What's your name?"

Fruit basket final Chapter nine begins with the continuation of the previous episode. Kyo fled from Tohru, and while she thinks about the sadness in her eyes, Akito appears in front of her. With the ties of the zodiac so weakened, Akito knows it is the end and confronts Tohru for getting her to that point. However, Tohru's warmth and empathy for her solitude reaches Akito, but an accident occurs and Tohru falls off a cliff. When Kyo hears the news, he goes looking for her. Seeing her like that shocked him too much. Both follow their own hearts in their own way. Akito visits Kureno in the hospital but does not have the courage to see Tohru, the burden of his guilt is too great. After listening to Momiji, Akito is ready to see her new boyfriend.

Be outside the circle

We're going to start this review and talk about Akito and his role, not just in the zodiac but in the series in general. Akito has been the villain since she was introduced, and her actions to date have earned her the label. She has been the culprit in many unfortunate situations and has caused quite a bit of pain in others. Akito's actions are not excusable, even if his character and personality have insufficient justification to free his sins. The circumstances surrounding it, however, can weaken our judgment of it, not in all that is obvious.

One of the reasons Akito grew up obsessed with zodiac ties is because she believed her father's words. But that's not enough, it's just the tip of the iceberg. The truth is that Akito grew up in solitude, although he must have been loved, what he received was crooked worship. Although he was "God", a longed-for existence, he was always separate, in reality he was never part of the zodiac like the others. The worst thing about his growth is that he was never taught to be anything other than "God". Her fear of losing these ties is because without them she would be nothing. Its existence would be completely denied and that is terrifying. Maybe Akito is already an adult, but the truth is, she doesn't know anything, nobody taught her anything.

This was something Tohru was slow to realize, she was also blind to Akito's loneliness. But it is not her fault, before she could face the loneliness of God, Tohru had to face her own heart. He had to expose his own lies to finally find Akito. Only until Tohru could fully accept her love for Kyo and her short-lived longing for the eternal, could she face Akito at eye level. Because in the end they are the same, they are two wounded women, lost in their own desires, but eager to move forward. In fact, both are more alike than they thought, as they have always shared the "life outside the circle" trait.

Both Tohru and Akito share the experience of staying outside. Akito's case is obvious, I've already said it, God is part of the zodiac, but at the same time he is not, he is always on top of them but never next to them. With Tohru, you have to go back a bit and remember the childhood game where Tohru was left out because it wasn't labeled a fruit but was labeled a rice ball. A situation that would not only remain a childish joke, but would shape Tohru himself, who always felt out of the fruit basket. His only refuge was his mother, and when he lost her, she lost herself. Her status as a "rice ball" followed her and although she appeared to be Sohma, this was not really the case.

Accepting her feelings for Kyo was like taking off the blindfold she had put on herself. Being out of the circle was something she chose and finding Akito was her cue to start over. After all, Akito was like her and bore a loneliness that was too difficult for her. If she couldn't join the circle on her own, Tohru can sit outside next to her. Then none of us will ever be alone again.

True love

Tohrus Cathars are not limited to Akito's loneliness and their desire for a new beginning together. In the midst of all her reflection, she can no longer run away from the fact that she still loves Kyo. Your love for him is not fleeting, but a feeling that has grown over time and made him irreplaceable. Hearing Kyo's story was shocking, but she couldn't get rid of her longing for him. Because she not only wishes for a bright future in which both are together, but also a future in which he is at peace. Every time he sees or hears Kyo giving up his future so easily, his heart breaks. The sadness reflected in his eyes is even more painful than anything he confessed about his mother's accident.

It is said that love, when true, gives freedom. A love that does not expect to be reciprocated may seem weak, but if the reason is because it cares about the other's wellbeing, then it is stronger than any other. That's the case with Tohru, she loves Kyo too much, but it is not her wish that he stay by her side when it hurts him. Because for them the well-being of Kyo comes first. As long as he can move forward and think about the future, she can accept that that future is not his. She just wishes that he no longer surrenders to life.

Tohru's sincerity is enviable and makes my heart ache. Your feelings are not wasted, Kyo loves them, no one can doubt it. However, Kyo is not yet finished with its complexes, guilt, and infinite negative emotions. He hasn't stopped feeling like the worst trash and mantras still thinking he can't just accept Tohru. It has to be shaken. Seeing Tohru injured after falling out of the ravine was a first shake. You had to experience this feeling of loss in order to be further shaken when implementing ideas. Tohru has already shown her love, now it's Kyo's turn.

Sweetheart sincerity

We continue with the catharsis of this episode, the last was accomplished by Akito with the help of Momiji. After his fight / talk / meeting with Tohru, Akito reached his highest level of clarity. For the first time he could see how terrible his actions were and how terrible was his situation, which had dragged him on for years. Although it was Tohru who gave her this clarity, she regrets it most and has damaged her the most, but she is none other than Kureno. But unlike her state of mind where she feels guilty and frustrated, neither Kureno nor Tohru blame her for everything that happened. On the contrary, they both sincerely wish that you can move on and forget about all the pain you have endured.

Her attitude is incomprehensible to Akito, she hoped they would blame her, not forgive her. So much sincerity makes them look like fools that anyone could take advantage of. So stupid that they might let it go with a smile. And maybe you're not wrong, but it's not because they're stupid, it's because they're sincere and infinitely kind. It is true that it is very easy to take advantage of these people, she has been doing it with Kureno herself for years. However, that would not be their fault, but that of those who take advantage of their disposition. That's the lesson Momiji teaches him.

Once again, cute momiji is responsible for defending the sincerity of others. It is he who teaches Akito through a story we already know that sincerity is not stupid. That those who give their hands full are not idiots, but the world is cruel and is therefore treated that way. Therefore, it is the responsibility of others to appreciate the sincerity of the "fools". If they cannot see the evil in the world for themselves, it is our job to prevent them from being hurt by it. This of course also includes making sure that we are the ones who hurt them with our wickedness.

details

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 adjusted in this episode were: 121, 122, a bit of 123, and another of 124.
  • The place Tohru fell was where she camped at the beginning of the story until Yuki and Shigure took her away.
  • Kyo's nightmare came true, and yes, he never wanted that.
  • Yuki's lousy sense of direction kept him from walking in the same direction as Kyo, maybe it was for best.
  • Isuzu is one of the most devastated news of Tohru's fall because, despite her apparent hostility, she has a great predilection for the chestnut.
  • Momiji no longer uses his rabbit backpack, but he still has items that allude to this animal, such as the handkerchief he lent Akito.
  • Hatori does not know exactly how much everything was planned by Shigure; it is possible that even Shigure himself did not know the true scope of his plan.

Final comment

Fruit basket final Chapter nine was a hugely anticipated and longed for episode of the series fandom. Without fear of being wrong, I can tell you that yesterday's fan base that has been here since the manga was first published never believed that day was coming. Of course, we longed for Akito's new clarity, we really longed for Tohru's sincere feelings. But most of all we wanted to see our favorite partner's first kiss. And yes, maybe it was a little out of place for many, but it was something necessary for the total catharsis of our protagonists. More than fifteen years of waiting was worth it.

Before I close on this review, I can only praise the production team for this anime. The script might take its liberty in arranging the scenes, but they really got it going. The direction of this anime doesn't deserve to be judged so harshly. I can testify that until now the story has in no way lost the essence that made me and hundreds of fans fall in love with this series.

Anyway, these were my impressions of this chapter, tell me: what do you think of this episode? What do you think of Akito's evangelism? Can you forgive? Not afraid of success, did you like the scene between Kyo and Tohru? I did. In the next chapter we will have Tohru's passage through the hospital, the final fight between Yuki and Kyo, and possibly we will close the episode with a Kyo in full conviction.

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