Spring 2019 Anime Season: Week 6

Fruits Basket: Episode 6 – “Perhaps We Should Invite Ourselves Over”

The school festival is underway, and Tohru’s class’ cafe is doing well, thanks in large part to Yuki dressing up as a girl at the upperclassman girls’ insistence. Unfortunately for him, two of the Somas show up uninvited: Momiji and Hattori. The audience had seen Momiji briefly in an earlier episode, but here we finally get a proper introduction for the character. It’s also revealed that Momiji is one of the Zodiac members of the family, with the animal being a rabbit. When it looks like the Somas’ secret may be revealed, Yuki does something that obviously affects his pride… but he knows he has to do it.

This episode is also important, because Torhu accidentally slips and tells Uo and Hana that she’s living with Kyo and Yuki. Since they want to make sure Tohru is in a good environment, they invite themselves over for a sleepover. But this turns out to be a good thing in the end, because through Kyo and Yuki, the two girls come to realize something about Tohru and appreciate her even more than they already do. And during the sleepover, the audience is treated to backstory about the cap that the audience has seen pop up in various shots over the course of the series at this point.

I really appreciated how the title of this episode applied to both storylines in this episode. Momiji and Hattori invited themselves to the cultural festival, and Uo and Hana invited themselves over for the sleepover. Speaking of the sleepover, I’m glad that this version played it straight with how this section was portrayed in the manga. In the original Fruits Basket anime, comedic elements were added in with Uo and Hana almost discovering the Somas’ secret several times.

Between the phone call that Tohru gets at the end of the episode, as well as the title of the next episode, I know exactly what’s coming up. I can’t wait to see how this reboot anime will depict this section of the story.

Case Closed: Episode 940 – “The Missing Girlfriend”

The episode starts with a young woman walking through a park at night, texting somebody. She suddenly stops in her tracks and reacts. After this, a man comes to Kogoro with a picture of the young woman, saying she’s his girlfriend and that she’s been missing for a few days. As Kogoro, Conan, Ran, and the boyfriend start searching the woman’s apartment, the apartment owner rushes in and says the police called to inform her the young woman was dead. The group goes to a bridge, where Inspector Megure and his team are investigating what appears to be a suicide. Two witnesses are brought in, and what they tell the police seem to confirm that this was a suicide. However, over the course of the episode, Conan spends time around the boyfriend and the witnesses, and manages to piece everything together.

For a mystery that only lasts for one episode, it actually managed to build a compelling story with twists and turns that I hadn’t expected. While one of the witnesses came across as suspicious and hiding something, it turned out they were acting suspicious for a reason other than being the guilty party. To be honest, I was leaning toward this person being guilty, so I was glad to see that the guilty party wasn’t the person who came across as being the most obvious choice. After the last mystery, this was a relief. In the end, I have to say that this was one of the strongest one-episode mysteries that I’ve seen in Case Closed in quite a while.

Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2: Episode 3 – “Descent”

The episode opens with a flashback of the battle where Marco was killed. Not only do we see how Marco was killed, but some important information is hinted at in the dialogue between Reiner, Bertholdt, and Annie. We then see that this flashback comes from Reiner and Bertholdt talking to someone on top of the wall. Basically, this scene shows us what happened right before the start of the first episode of this season, and it ends when Reiner and Bertholdt are getting ready to take their positions.

Then we return to where the previous episode ended. At first, it seems like the Thunder Spears killed Reiner, but alas, that wasn’t the case. Reiner gives a signal for Bertholdt, and most of the rest of the episode focuses on Bertholdt and what he does. A conversation between Bertholdt and Armin gives Bertholdt a scene that allows for some character development, because it shows that Bertholdt isn’t going to be the pushover and easily distracted character that he had been in the past. Bertholdt shows he has resolve, which he demonstrates by transforming near the end of the episode. Unfortunately, this throws a lot of plans off for Armin and the others, and Armin is the one who is supposed to be leading the group. And considering Armin isn’t comfortable with the idea of giving commands, it makes for a lot of tension.

It’s getting harder for me to say too terribly much, because I know what’s coming from reading the manga and I don’t want to provide spoilers. However, I am willing to state that the opening flashback in this episode is hinting at some important information about certain characters in the series. All I will say beyond this is that the story is going to get… quite interesting the further in the anime goes.

Additional posts:

  • Spring 2019 Anime Season: Week 5 (includes reviews for Fruits Basket: Episode 5 – “I’ve Been Fooling Myself,” Case Closed: Episode 939 – “Th Dangerous Fossil Finding Trip,” and Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2: Episode 2 – “Thunder Spears”)
  • Spring 2019 Anime Season: Week 7 (includes reviews for Fruits Basket: Episode 7 – “Spring Comes” and Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2: Episode 4 – “Perfect Game”)

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