Case Closed is not included in this week’s write-up, because there wasn’t a new episode available to watch on Crunchyroll this week.
Fruits Basket: Episode 7 – “Spring Comes”
Tohru is summoned to the main Soma estate by Hatori, but she is told not to say anything to Shigure, Yuki, or Kyo. After Yuki’s warning about Hatori in the previous episode, there was this sense of foreboding about Tohru meeting with him. Momiji is there as well, and when Hatori takes care of something, Momiji tells Tohru some of Hatori’s backstory. We get the rest filled in later through a flashback sequence that Hatori has. Hatori is one of the Somas afflicted with the zodiac curse, and his zodiac transformation is quite amusing. It’s especially amusing how Tohru reacts to it.
This was a story I always liked in both the manga and the original Fruits Basket anime, and I think this reboot did a fantastic job with it. I really appreciate the character growth that Hatori goes through over the course of it, and it becomes clear that he’s not the mean and distant character that Yuki tried to make him seem to be. Then again, I don’t know how much of the backstory Yuki knows… all he knows is that Hatori wiped the memories of some kids that Yuki played with when he was younger because they accidentally learned his secret. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that the interactions between Shigure and Hatori are also great.
In the ending credits, where we get to see some of Somas in their animal form, a shot has been added to include Hatori’s zodiac transformation. I thought this was a nice touch.
Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2: Episode 4 – “Perfect Game”
This episode sees a focus on both battle fronts. On one front, the Colossal Titan is setting fire to buildings and throwing them about at Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Jean, Conny, and Sasha. On the other front, the Beast Titan is crushing boulders and throwing the pieces toward Erwin, Levi, and the new recruits. Armin just can’t come up with any ideas on how to continue and tries to turn command over to Jean. While Jean can read the situation and get the group to more of a safe spot, he also doesn’t have any ideas on how to proceed. In the end, this group tries to do the best it can, but it ultimately ends with Eren (in Titan form) flung up to the top of the wall.
With Erwin, Levi, and the recruits, they come to realize that they’re trapped between a rock and a hard place. They can’t retreat to the other side of the wall because of all the chaos the Colossal Titan is creating, and they can’t move forward because of the Beast Titan. One of the recruits snaps and gives voice to the fear that the other recruits are likely feeling but are unable to express. After consulting with Levi and sharing his true feelings on what’s going to happen, Erwin and Levi launch a plan that will likely lead to the deaths of Erwin and the recruits.
The feeling of despair that runs throughout this episode is rather intense. And the scene Erwin has with Levi is heartbreaking, because we see a man who realizes he will likely die without realizing his dream of discovering whether or not he and his father were right. But, Erwin is able to channel this feeling when he makes his speech to rally the recruits into action. Erwin’s speech is very convincing, and his voice actor perfectly channels the intensity and power of the words of the speech. It’s believable that this would rally the recruits to perform a suicide mission.
The episode ends on a major cliffhanger, and for those viewers who don’t know the story from the manga, will be waiting anxiously for a week in order to find out what happens next.