Summer vacation is finally over for Tohru and the others, so we now get an episode set at school. I hadn’t remembered from reading the manga before that the Prince Yuki fan club makes an appearance during this section, but they had to in order to get a proper introduction to Kimi Todo, one of the student council secretaries. Kimi comes across as a major flirt, but she can be really tough when she wants to be. Even though it comes across as annoying, Kimi’s seductive behavior saves Yuki from the Prince Yuki fan club, especially when they’re starting to ask questions about his summer vacation.
We’re also introduced to Naohito Sakuragi, the other student council secretary. He’s short and comes across as a rather uptight guy. But now all of the student council members have been introduced, and poor Yuki is trying to figure these people out and how he’s going to be able to lead this motley crew.
This entire episode focuses on Yuki and his interactions with the student council, especially when it comes to Kakeru Manabe, the vice president. Yuki gets annoyed with him (and I do, too, actually), and he realizes during the episode that he sees Kakeru as a combination of Ayame and Kyo… two people that he doesn’t particularly like. But near the end of the episode, we get to see a confrontation between Yuki and Kakeru, which causes Yuki to realize that his insecurities are coming to the surface even though he’s trying to repress them. He gives a lecture to Kakeru during an argument that he realizes is really a lecture for himself.
But a surprising thing happens. Kakeru admits that he’s jealous of Yuki… and Yuki doesn’t expect this. We hear in Yuki’s thoughts that he’s happy to hear this and is trying hard to hold back tears. While these two characters will likely never be best buddies, there’s at least a bit of understanding between them.
It was a little disappointing that we only got to see Tohru in the very first scene, then in a very brief clip right near the end of the episode, but she really wasn’t important to the story being told in this episode. This was definitely Yuki’s story and his trying to adapt to his new role as student council president. But now that the student council has been introduced and relationships and interactions are a little more solidified, it’ll be interesting to watch as this group works together in the future.
The end of this episode has a title card preview for another episode, but so far, I haven’t seen anything to indicate that this season of Fruits Basket is continuing in Summer 2020. Crunchyroll doesn’t have it listed as a continuing simulcast for the Summer 2020 season, so I have no idea if we’ll get another episode next week or not. Has anyone heard anything concrete about the status of Fruits Basket for the Summer 2020 season?
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