Fruits Basket The Final Season: Episode 1 – “I’ll Hold Another Banquet”

This episode picks up exactly where the final episode of the previous season ended, with Kureno revealing a truth about Akito that only a handful of the zodiac members know. While Kureno is talking with Tohru and telling her about the bond with Akito, we get to see a flashback to when Kureno, Hattori, Ayame, and Shigure’s zodiac spirits were stirred when they had a dream when Akito was conceived. We also learn about Akito’s mother, Ren, and how she and Akito do not get along. Ren believes that the bond between Akito and the zodiac members is unnatural, which clashes with Akito’s view of the situation. We also see that Akito isn’t as tough as the audience thinks… Akito is actually a bit of a crybaby.

This sounds like an info dump from the description, but it really isn’t. The visuals that accompany all this helps to make this more interesting for the viewer, especially the scenes of Akito confronting Ren. In the end, Kureno says that while he loves Uotani, he can’t be with her because he has to stay by Akito’s side. All of this hits Tohru hard, and she freezes. She just cries and is unable to say anything. The wind also blows away Tohru’s scarf, and she doesn’t react to this at all because of the shock she received from learning what she did from Kureno. We see that Rin has overheard everything, so she also knows a little more information to try to use in her quest to break the Somas of their curse.

Hanajima appears on the scene, along with her brother Megumi, and they take Tohru to their house to spend the night. Even in her emotional distress, Tohru was able to convey what was bothering her without revealing the Soma’s secret. I have to give her some serious props for that. If I was in her position, I don’t think I would have been able to do that. It turns out Megumi had called Uotani over, and she overhears everything through the door. While Uotani is comforting Tohru, we can tell that she is also trying to deal with her emotions. I really liked this scene in this episode, because it reinforces the bonds of friendship that these three characters have. But it’s interesting to note here just how much more mature Hanajima seemed to be in this scene. She’s always been a little more on the mature side compared to the other two, but it just seemed to jump out at me more in this scene for some reason.

While Kyo is walking home that night, he sees Tohru’s scarf laying in the middle of the street and getting run over by vehicles. He has a flashback to the scene where she bought the scarf and was showing it off to him. He rescues the scarf, thinking that it might be Tohru’s. When she comes home from Hanajima’s the next morning, she confirms that it is indeed hers. Who would have guessed back when Tohru got that scarf and showed it off to Kyo that it would have played this kind of a role later in the series? When that event originally happened, it just felt like something that wasn’t relevant.

Near the end of the episode, we see Rin sneaking around the Soma estate. She is caught by Akito’s mother, who seems to have realized that Rin has a goal of breaking the curse. Ren suggests that the two of them should work together. We don’t see how Rin reacts to this, so we might see this in the next episode.

I think that this episode is going to be setting the tone for Fruits Basket The Final Season. While the second season was a little darker in tone than the first, I think this season will likely tip into a little more darker territory than the previous one. I imagine it’s going to be getting even more dramatic and more emotional as we get closer to the end of the story. I’m looking forward to watching the rest of the season and finally getting to see the entirety of the Fruits Basket story in an animated format.

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One comment

  1. Karandi · April 7, 2021

    I loved this episode and am so excited for the rest of the season though suspect I am going to cry a lot.

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