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  • Spring 2020 Fruits Basket 2nd Season Discussion Thread

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    フルーツバスケット

    The second of what figures to be three seasons of the classic shoujo manga. This sequel ventures into material past what the original series covered that ended with Tohru getting Kyo to accept who he is the way she does, and now Tohru is out to do the same for more friends and acquaintances.

    Airs: Monday, April 6, 2020

    Studio: TMS Entertainment

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    Season 1 Thread

    After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, 16-year-old high schooler Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out... into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Souma clan, and it isn't long before the owners discover her secret. But, as Tohru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Soumas have a secret of their own? when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac!

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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Becoming a fan of the fan club.

    Things don't quite pick up where they left off in the first season as Tohru doesn't have a big role here, but nevertheless it's an excellent way to get back into things as it primarily focuses on Minagawa, the leader of the Prince Yuki Fan Club. She and her fellow members have been stalking him around, but Minagawa finally gets to speak with him, and she realizes that this obsession might have gone way too overboard. Nevertheless, she isn't going to stop going after Yuki as she just can't get enough of him. And then some new characters get introduced with the student council VP Manabe and the treasurer Kuragi as they think Yuki would make a great president. It's great to see these supporting characters get a chance to do things and for a change of pace, without Tohru involved seeing that it's somebody else's turn to help out.
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    • #3
      Episode 2

      Ain't no mountain of laundry high enough.

      It's parent teacher conference time, and for Kyo that's not exactly a time he looks forward to as his father just doesn't seem him as a person the way Kazuma does, seeing only the poor kitty as the black sheep of the family. Likewise, Tohru faces an uncertain future seeing that everything changed with her mother's unexpected death. So they make a trip to see Kazuma, and he's letting Tohru's father have an earful. And then comes that mountain of laundry analogy that pretty much drives home the point about Tohru fretting way too much about her long-term future, and by slowly, but surely, reducing load to things become manageable. There's quite a lot to think about about, but nevertheless there's plenty of time to think things through with a clear head. seeing that everybody's heads are anything but that.
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      • #4
        Episode 3

        Feed the fetish.

        Just when I thought that this series was past the point where everything is now new stuff that wasn't in the original series, one of those episodes was skipped, and this episode is going back to adapt that. It's an episode that focuses on Ayame as Yuki and Tohru pay a visit to his shop where he's designing fetish girls outfits like the maid outfit that his assistant Mine wears. Despite being quite the oddball as someone who takes up such a hobby that not everybody approves of, they have come to accept the snake for who he is and everybody realizes that everybody is different and has their own standards that just need to be respected, which is not exactly everywhere with this family. Then Tohru is dressed up and she's very cute. While there was a lot of talk, the last part was great.
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        • #5
          Episode 4

          Caught in a bad romance.

          And now, an episode focused on Hatsuharu as he just got dumped by Rin, and he is going ballistic because of that taking his anger out on his classmates like the ox that he is in the zodiac. Had it not been for the teacher's timely arrival that things would have been much worse. Tohru and company are thinking about their exciting class trip, but after what just transpired they can't really think about it. So Hatsuharu just gets off with a suspension and while he's out of school Yuki comes by and makes a visit. And this scene goes to show how modernized this adaptation is as Hatsuharu is playing on his PS4, while taking selfies with a smartphone, which didn't exist back before the turn of the century when this manga came out. Hatsuharu made quite a mess of things, but at least it looks like he's starting to wise up about all this and his relationship with Rin seeing that he lost his mind.
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          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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          • #6
            Episode 5

            Never forget me.

            Summer is here, and already Tohru and company are getting their fun in, though a haunted house that Momiji was so curious about isn't exactly what Tohru had in mind for fun. And it turns out that Kyo's master has some history with Uo as the two once met before at the convenience store. So Uo and Kazuma catch up over some soba and Uo admits that her feelings towards Kazuma were more on impulse than anything. So now that they cleared the air, Uo leaves it up to Kazuma to see if he wants to pursue this relationship any further, though it's quite unlikely at this point, not if Akito has any say in the matter. So this was all about explaining that love at first sight deal that Uo had, but Uo said all the right things seeing that she doesn't need to fall in love with him, not if he doesn't see things eye-to-eye because they really don't at this point.
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            • #7
              Episode 6

              What about father?

              It's finally time to hit the beach as Tohru finally puts on that swimsuit that Uo bought for her with Momiji inviting all the kids to have some fun in the sun at a Sohma family vacation house by the sea. And seeing that Tohru has always carried a photo of her mother around, that begs the question as to why she doesn't carry one of her father as well. While it remains to be seen what exactly the deal is, it's clear that Tohru doesn't know him very well. So as the kids are having fun, things aren't exactly so rosy with Shigure, Rin, and Akito as Rin just looks awful, Akito has a vibe even more ominous than ever, and Shigure is out to try and figure out how to deal with this problem. There's quite a lot of trouble on the horizon given what's happening.
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              The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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              • #8
                Episode 7

                Worrying over watermelons.

                Lots of talk about parents here as Hiro will soon become a big brother, Kyo lost his mother in an accident and because his father is a good-for-nothing that Kazuma took him in instead, and Tohru talks about how her mother used to cause quite a lot of trouble for the neighbors when it comes to splitting watermelons. Just when it looked like this was going to be a relaxing stay at the seaside, some more guests arrive as Shigure, Kureno, and Hatori all join the family. But then Akito arrives, and the mood quickly changes seeing that Akito's presence usually isn't a good thing. And then Tohru goes out and meets Yuki under shooting stars as Yuki lets his feelings be known to her. Lots of drama going on here as it goes to show that the Sohmas aren't exactly one big happy family, all while a love triangle is established.
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                • #9
                  Episode 8

                  There's no beating a dead horse.

                  Whatever Akito is up to, it can't be good, and it looks like disaster will strike in a big way when Akito meets Tohru or Kyo again seeing that those two weren't there at the family banquet last night. And then while chasing a piece of runaway laundry, Tohru finds out that Rin, or rather Isuzu, is the horse of the zodiac. That was just ominous there as it's only a matter of time before disaster strikes as Akito is not exactly pleased with what has developed.
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                  • #10
                    Episode 9

                    The cat's back in the bag.

                    So after meeting everybody except Kyo and Tohru at the banquet, Akito turns her attention to Kyo While Kyo realizes just how much he loves Tohru, unfortunately letting Akito know about that is nothing but bad news. Quite an intense and ominous episode that was as Kyo has been through a lot of agony and his only saving graces are Kazuma and Tohru. But with Akito being the control freak that she is that he's just hurting.
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                    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                    • #11
                      Episode 10

                      Under one roof.

                      Now that Akito had her word with Kyo, she turns her attention towards Tohru, even going as far as getting Momiji to wake her up to speak with her, but that was unnecessary since she had to get up in the middle of the night. And Tohru gets the bad news in that after the school year is over, all 13 zodiac members will be confined to the Sohma estate for the rest of their lives as Akito is doing this as the god of the zodiac. While the conversation is going on, Tohru meets the final member of the zodiac, the rooster Kureno. Akito really threw down the gauntlet there as Tohru has quite a tough task on her hands to free the zodiac people from this prison that they were born into.
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                      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                      • #12
                        Episode 11

                        Not hogging all the love.

                        So after a turbulent end to the trip, it's back to home where Kagura asks Kyo out on what ends up turning into a date, this time with a heart-to-heart serious talk unlike their previous meetings when it would be Kagura going wild and crazy. It's past recollection, and seeing that all the zodiacs are in the same boat that she's being quite supportive of his relationship with Tohru. And another things is revealed in that when Kyo passes away, he won't be buried alongside family and instead, will be laid to rest somewhere far away, not exactly comforting. Quite an emotional episode that was, but Kagura is really growing up.
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                        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                        • #13
                          Episode 12

                          Love by the book.

                          And now, an episode that involves one of the side characters as the focus is on the teacher Mayu, whose family runs a bookstore Shigure visits frequently to the point where they became a couple. So this explains how she ended up with Hatori as it didn't look like he was a possibility with her friend Kana hooking up, but that all changed when Kana was forcefully divorced due to her finding out about the zodiac. At least Hatori and Kana moved on and are happy enough despite just being strangers now, and Mayu just wants Hatori to be happy, so that's how they became a couple. It's nice to get a break from Tohru and company for once seeing that so much has happened.
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                          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                          • #14
                            Episode 13

                            He's now in charge.

                            It's back to school as after a hectic summer vacation that ended with Akito spilling the beans about what was to become of the zodiacs, and Yuki has been promoted to student council president. He's getting to know more about the students he will be working with moving forward, and then there's the quirky secretary Kimi, who is acting all childish and everything. It's no secret that Yuki is a popular dude at school, but all that popularity is just not going to fix his biggest problem.
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                            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                            • #15
                              Episode 14

                              For your protection.

                              It has been quite some time since Tohru's grandparents were seen as that was when she decided to live with the Sohmas rather than with them. Her grandfather strained his back and at his age, that's a problem that's not exactly easy to shake off. While that's going on, Yuki is trying to get to the bottom of the relationship between Isuzu and Hatsuharu as the last time they got together things were ugly. Rin is pulling the tsundere act quite well there, and while she was trying to protect Haru in her own way, unfortunately that's just not how it was seen between each other. Quite an emotional way to get the second half started between that, and the new theme songs.
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                              The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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