This episode has a strong focus on the main characters starting to think about their future, since they’re supposed to be filling out their forms about their future plans.
We get a lot of wonderful interactions between Kyo and Shisho in this episode. We also get to see Shisho interacting with Kyo’s father, and wow… Kyo’s father is a mess. But I really liked how Shisho stayed calm during their whole conversation. At the same time, though, the conversation brings up the idea that once Kyo graduates from high school, he may not have much choice about this future. As we remember from the first season, Shisho’s grandfather had been the cat right before Kyo, and we saw in flashbacks how Shisho’s grandfather had been locked away. Shisho really shows in this episode how much more of a parent he was to Kyo than his own father had ever been. When you see Kyo’s father referring to him as “that monster” instead of “his son,” you know that even though he may be Kyo’s biological father, he will never view Kyo as his son. Kyo was definitely much better off in Shisho’s care.
Later in the episode, we see Tohru interacting with Kyo while he’s eating somen. We get to see how Tohru really isn’t as confident about her future as she tries to make people think she is. As we see in her thoughts, she starts getting a vague uneasiness as she thinks about the eventuality that she will have to leave the Soma house. It highlights how much of a family that Tohru, Kyo, Yuki, and Shigure have become.
Speaking of Shigure, he gives some advice to Tohru in regards to the uneasiness about her future. Yes, the example he gives is kind of strange, and he ultimately did it to horn in on the somen, but it was still something that Tohru needed to hear.
It’s been years since I read this section of the manga, but I have a strong feeling that looking ahead to the future will be playing a very important role in this story going forward, and that this episode is the starting point for it. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story continues to progress from here.
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