Fruits Basket Episode 2 Review

Fruits Basket Episode 2 Review

We already have a romantic triangle? Isn’t that a little bit fast? Fruits Basket episode 2 wastes no time in making Tohru out to be the love interest of both Yuki and Kyo. It even put them all in the same class! This should be interesting going forward because while it still may be early in the anime, I want to know what’s going to happen. Tohru has quickly become a likable female protagonist while Yuki and Kyo both have their own appeal.

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Where can I watch Fruits Basket episode 2?

If I’m ever asked this question, my first response is always going to be Cruncyroll. We’ll see if that changes once Funimation and Crunchyroll figure out how they’re going to coexist now that Funimation has purchased it’s streaming conterpart. For now, Crunchyroll is my default anime streaming site and you can find all three seasons of the remake of Fruits Basket there.

You can also find this anime over at Funimation. They too have the streaming rights for Fruits Basket. I’d be surprised if the same company would shell out the same licensing fee for two different sites forever, so I’m expecting some sort of streamlining in the future. That has yet to be sorted out and both Funimation and Crunchyroll are operating as separate entities. Should that change then I’ll change my recommendation.

Is there anywhere else?

You can also find these anime episodes over at VRV. This streaming service has agreements with several other content providers that allows VRV to stream content on their site. If the multitude of sites that VRV has access to interest you, it might be worth your time subscribing there and accessing all of it. That’s up to you to decide, I’ll probably just stick with Crunchyroll.

You can also find Fruits Basket on Hulu. In my opinion, it’s not worth watching anime at Hulu unless you have their upgraded subscription already. With the basic subscription you still have to sit through commercials. That’s obviously less than optimal. Why would I watch an anime at Hulu and have to watch commercials when I can go to either Crunchyroll and Funimation and be commercial free? It’s still an option, so you need to know about it.

There are also some other sites out there that legitimately have Fruits Basket as an option. Anime Planet and Anime Lab come to mind. They’re so far down on my list that I don’t even check their sites when I’m looking to find anime. I don’t even link to their sites because I don’t see a reason to. If all of the other options I mentioned don’t work for you then you can research them yourself. Good Luck!

Watch Fruits Basket Episode 2 at Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV or Hulu

How was the story in Fruits Basket episode 2?

There are a few things going on in this episode that I think are worth noting. Everything seems to be well put together, all things considered, but we’re introduced to a couple of different elements to the plot. It’s now up to Fruits Basket to successfully weave all of these stories together into one complete and logical plot. That’s going to be a pretty tall task.

Fruits Basket Episode 2 - Tohru and Kyo

On the surface, we’ve got a story of high school kids navigating their lives as best they can. With that comes romance, jealousy, friendship and everything else you can think of when it comes to high school. Tohru has to face the Yuki fan club, who’s jealous of her time with their “prince.” She also has her relationship with friends Arisa and Saki. They’re there to run off the fan club. All of them get more than just a passing scene.

On top of the high school narrative comes the story with Yuki, Kyo, Shigure and Tohru. Tohru is quickly getting mixed up in a romantic triangle with Yuki and Kyo while Shigure is doing his best to stir the pot. This is the main focus of the plot right now and could expand more as more members of the Soma family are introduced. As it stands, Tohru is just trying to figure out how to properly navigate a family that has plenty of issues.

What do you mean by “issues”?

We haven’t gotten a lot of details yet, but there are glimpses that the relationships within the Soma clan are more complex than your typical family. That’s to be expected considering their secret. Having the ability to transform into zodiac animals is something that has to be kept under wraps. That’s why the scene where Shigure goes to speak to the family head about Tohru isn’t that surprising.

As you’d expect from a family with that much control over its members’ lives, there are going to be those who rebel against it. That’s what we’ve seen from Yuki so far. He’s the one who wants nothing to do with the rest of the family. I’m willing to guess right now that a lot of his problems with Kyo is that he doesn’t understand why Kyo would want to officially join a family that he’s trying to distance himself from.

When you add all of these things together, you get a story that’s a lot more complex than the typical anime. Fruits Basket has done a good job of crafting its story so far with episode 2 building on what we saw from episode 1. I’m hopeful that this will continue with future episodes as well.

What did Fruits Basket episode 2 get right?

Don’t be confused and think this anime is without any humor. The transformations by the Soma family both into and out of their animal forms are wonderful at lightening the mood. I get the feeling that Tohru is going to accidentally transform a number of the Somas on accident multiple times. As long as it’s not overdone, this will be a fantastic way to bring humor to the story.

Yuki, Kyo and Shigure transforming back into human

I especially appreciate the attention to detail with the transformations. When Yuki, Kyo and Shigure first transformed back into their human form, we learn that they do so completely naked. Next thing we know, they’re putting clothes back on. I immediately had the thought of “they must run through a lot of clothes if this happens every time.” We weren’t shown what happened to their clothes so I assumed that they just disappeared.

I didn’t hold that idea for very long because every transformation for the rest of the episode we were shown clothes falling to the floor. I’m glad that Fruits Basket episode 2 thought to add this level of detail. It makes me think that the rest of the anime was handled with the same level of care.

Was there anything else that you thought was good?

I’ve been impressed with the overall look of Fruits Basket so far. Episode 2 is obviously an anime that’s been well done. The animation is crisp, the voice acting is spot on and the music does a good job of setting the mood. You’d be hard pressed to find something to complain about here from a production perspective.

Fruits Basket Episode 2 - Yuki in his rat form

I also think that Fruits Basket episode 2 does a good job of furthering the characters’ relationships. I’m not going to go into it in detail anymore than I already have, but considering this is mainly a Slice-of-Life anime it’s worth mentioning. So far, each character has been portrayed in a way that makes you want to see more of them. Fruits Basket has yet to introduce us to a character that is either annoying or useless. Considering just about every anime has one of those, I’m very thankful. We’ll see if that continues as more characters are introduced.

What did Fruits Basket episode 2 get wrong?

There’s one question that needs to be brought up here because it wasn’t addressed. We were told that the curse is passed down to successive members of the Soma family. If the curse causes the affected person to change into an animal when hugged by a member of the opposite sex, how can they have kids to pass down the curse to? Is the Soma clan large and the curse jumps from cousin to cousin?

The explanation of the Soma family curse

This is a big gap in information that’s left after Fruits Basket episode 2. It could’ve been resolved with Tohru asking the question, but she doesn’t seem to think about it. I’m hopeful that we’ll find out soon how the curse is passed on, but I get the feeling that Fruits Basket has moved on. That’d be a shame because it is a big hole in the plot.

Is Fruits Basket episode 2 worth watching?

Yes, Fruits Basket episode 2 is worth watching. If you’re like me and you need a change of pace from the typical action packed anime, give this one a try. I’m only two episodes in and I’m already hooked. There’s good character development, animation, music and an easily understood story. I haven’t regretted starting this series one bit and I don’t think you will either.

Now go watch some anime!

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