Warning! This review on Fruit basket 2 Chapter nineteen 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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“There is no way! None!”

Fruit basket 2 Chapter 19 begins with Rin waking up in Tohru’s room after collapsing. Although he tries to escape at first, he gives in and stays in bed. Knowing that Tohru is also trying to break the curse, he tries to persuade her to quit, but Honda can’t. Eventually Rin gives In Tohru’s heat and they even form an “alliance” so none of them overdo it. But there is one thing Tohru thinks about over and over again. Why couldn’t she say it was the most important thing to her when it was always so obvious?

Nice people

I think this is something that was touched on earlier when Momiji was telling the story of the “dumbest traveler”, although this time he takes a more personal point of view. Kindness is a virtue that is easy to exploit. I would even say that you depend on it. Despite all that has been said and Rin’s own perception, I think it’s fair to say that this isn’t a bad thing. Rin’s case is quite specific, but he is no stranger to him, there are people who are deeply hurt and who close their hearts and for these people there is no better cure than kindness. The reason for this is simple, it is because they need it, they need to be healed with patience and tenderness, qualities that are usually associated with kindness.

At this point we got to know Rin’s past, we know the emotional wounds she has, it is no mystery to anyone because she fell in love with Haru. He was exactly what she needed, no pressure, no ties, always constant, always patient. All the good qualities that Rin did not see in those who were supposed to protect her, Haru gave her. So yeah, it’s fair to say that Rin relied on Haru, but not in a twisted sense of how she interprets it. It just happened that he became everything to her, her refuge, it was inevitable that her desire to monopolize him increased, but she never chained him to her. She simply became aware of her own need for affection, and that made her aware of her own fear of receiving it. His parents’ emotional betrayal is a wound that would not heal easily.

Outside of Haru she found another source of heat and it frightened her. There was someone in the world with an innate ability to convey peace, a kind person, Tohru Honda. Rin is weak on kindness because she longs for it. The feelings Tohru aroused in her are testimony to the longing she has in her heart. But apart from simple friendliness, Tohru awakens a more primal longing in her, the longing for a mother. The subtle calm and warmth that a mother transmits is an affection one cannot crave for. A mother is our first affective bond, she is the first person to give us love, unconditional love. Rin’s longing for a mother corresponds to wanting to rest and receive comfort from her struggle, feel forgiven and accepted for her own weakness, just as a mother would give us that relief.

Rin’s perception of Tohru’s maternal nature makes sense, she wrapped herself in that maternal cloak for everyone. Maybe it’s a spoiler, I honestly don’t think so, but the fact that Tohru is “motherly” is because she has taken on her mother’s character of taking care of others in order to keep them to herself. This is something of great weight in the story because Rin is not the only one who has noticed this maternal nature in Tohru. Many characters have given us clues about this and will continue to do so, after all, some of the zodiac did not have this inspirational figure called “Mother”.

Know loneliness

But they need to know that, while Tohru is naturally able to care for others and certainly has that maternal halo, she can because she knows the source of evil: loneliness. I emphasized that a lot in the first season Fruit basket It’s an excuse for loneliness. Well, I am correcting this idea, loneliness is the main axis on which all conflict develops.

Let’s start with the curse of the Souma, which, as already said, is not so easy to just transform into animals. The real curse lies in the inability to have normalcy. It’s a curse because it separates you from the rest. Rin explained to Tohru that this whole chain of accidents began with a promise, a promise to meet again and again. But far from being a beautiful and enviable link, it has become a chain that binds it and does not leave it free.

The loss of freedom inevitably leads to uncomfortable feelings, including ignorance of our own identity. Not being able to know ourselves can throw us into a well that seems bottomless, and yes, at the end of that well there is loneliness. If we don’t know each other, we can’t connect with others, that’s the kind of loneliness that the zodiac carries.

On the other hand, there is Tohru, she belongs to a more vulnerable group that has lost everything. Honda’s life was full, despite the early loss of his father, but that didn’t make much of a difference to his having his mother, at least that’s how we saw it. But we were slowly gathering evidence that their situation is not that simple. For Honda there are still things it can’t or won’t let out. She knows loneliness, not just because she has lost everything, it is about something deeper, a much deeply rooted fear of abandonment. Because yes, loneliness can also be felt when one is left behind.

It is too early to address Tohru’s complicated situation, but at least it is clear that she also suffers from the greatest evil. She feels lonely, but she’s not ready to open the door and we can only wait for it.

The most important thing for you

After the trip to the beach and meeting Akito, Tohru’s goal has become to break the curse. Although I am actively starting this mission, when we visited Kazuma we did not see it take any other action. On the flip side, Rin has continued her search tirelessly, not only meeting with Shigure for clues, but also reviewing documents within Souma State.

Rin’s motivation is obviously higher, she has sworn in her heart to find a way to break the curse for Haru’s sake. While Tohru simply failed to take advantage of all of her determination and the reason for this is simple, she cannot even reveal the reason why she wants to break the curse. Tohru is charming, kind and warm hearted, but her heart is not dedicated to this mission because she cannot be honest, she does not do it for everyone. Without a doubt, he cares for every member of the zodiac, but his real reason is different.

The key moment in all of this discovery comes when Rin asks her why she interfered. Rin does it for someone special, and if that’s her case, it most likely will be Tohrus too. This is why his questioning is so direct: “What is the most important thing for you?” Just by answering this question, Tohru was able to express all of her motivation. We know that the one who takes the first place in his heart is his mother. So we can believe that he is stepping in to free them all because it would be typical of his mother. However, the question silenced her, there is something or someone making a dent in her heart. His motives don’t seem to be related to his mother, after all, she can’t lie.

The one who is silent, granted, Rin interpreted her silence as having stepped on a mine, and she was not mistaken, Tohru is not yet ready to reveal her heart. This scene made Rin understand that Tohru is still trapped and to get out she needs someone to help her patiently, diligently and lovingly, just as Haru helped her back then.

Final comment

Fruit basket 2 Chapter 19 was a perfect end to Rin’s arc. With this episode we were able to see the vulnerability Rin always faced, and eventually we see how she relied on others. Tohru and Rin’s relationship is great, both are completely different, but at the same time just as vulnerable. Both will be of great support to each other, their interaction has already shown us that they can form a bond of mutual respect and affection. Her weakness was the climax of the episode, Rin eventually sought the comfort she longed for, and Tohru revealed the depth of her fear by holding on to her because she understood what she was really doing.

Let’s not close this without saying that while the drama and feeling permeated the episode, it was exciting to see the mood break with the weird moments. Every time the version of Ayame, the President of the Student Council, comes on the screen, the whole atmosphere is brightened up, and I love that. Needless to say, Kimi and Kakeru from Yuki’s own student council are certainly the ideal combination for shaming Yun-Yun.

Anyway, that was my impression of this chapter. Tell me: what do you think of this episode? Do you think it is a bad thing to rely on kindness? When is the ideal time for Tohru to open her heart? In the next chapter we’re going to have more Student Council moments, and every time I feel closer to the moment Yuki is released, I look forward to that moment so much.

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