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Nodz



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:49 pm Reply with quote
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This episode isn't supposed to be available before April 5th.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:53 pm Reply with quote
Nodz wrote:
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This episode isn't supposed to be available before April 5th.

animenewsnetwork.com/news/2021-03-14/funimation-streams-fruits-basket-the-final-season-episode-1-on-march-19/.170603

I wouldn't run this episode review this early because the next episode airs in 3 weeks, but I don't run ANN.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:13 pm Reply with quote
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but I don't run ANN.


Yet. You don't run ANN YETRazz

Anyway, yeah Akito had a shitty childhood, but so what? Still hate the B. Her mom may be trash, but that doesn't justify choking her out and all the other crap she's pulled with the other Sohmas.Call me a cold-hearted bastard, but she'll never get any sympathy from me. Then again, that's what I said about Meruem, and, well, then he got that HXH ending.
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ANN ran early premiere reviews for the theatrical screenings in S1 (and likely would have for S2 had it not been cancelled due to COVID). This is just that but all the distributors (Avex TV, Funi, billibilli, etc...) released the episode + cast talkback digitally instead, so it makes sense to post.

Anyways, woo we're back! Some quick bullet point thoughts:

- I do like how there's a small moment when Ren's first introduced where she starts talking about the ridiculous nature of the curse and how it can't be a "real bond..." where you can't help but agree with some of her words (until its pretty clear she's saying it from a purely malicious pov). It reminds me of that "Heartbreaking: The Worst Person You Know Just Made a Great Point" meme and sucks that one of the most blunt and honest statements that Akito needs to hear are coming from pure loathing and the one person she'll never trust.

- That quick flashback of the older Soma kids running to Ren with their hands reaching out to touch her is super freaky. No wonder this whole institution is nuts when events like that were probably brushed off by longstanding members of the Soma inner circle as "perfectly natural" or whatever.

- I'm also starting a petition for Tohru to have more slumber parties with Uo and Hana please! She has such good friends and girl deserves more breaks from the Soma family drama than she'll take for herself. Lauren also hit the nail on the head with Kyo actually noticing Tohru's scarf. Girl doesn't ever buy stuff for herself, and didn't even notice it was gone in the moment, but someone did and cared enough to not only bring it back, but fix it up.

Dub Notes:
- I still adore Kureno's English VA. I feel like he really just gets his character & the tone of his scenes really well (despite not having much screen time at all prior to S2's finale and being a lot more understated than some of the others). I'll also always just be grateful to the reboot in general for actually getting me to care about Kureno to begin with (since the same could not be said while reading the manga).

- It was definitely a blast from the past hearing 2001 Akito's voice actor again briefly. He has a really unique-sounding voice and its almost instantly recognizable. Cool casting choice that's a treat for longtime fans, but still fits without any extra context.
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Maybe she suspects a romantic relationship between Kureno and Akito now (which is ew, but Fruits Basket has always been lightly incestuous).


I’m guessing this came from how the Sohmas refer to each other as a family and cousins, despite how some of them are romantically involved with one another. Quick reminder that the Sohmas are more like a large Japanese *clan* and not an actual family. Very few of the Sohmas we know are directly related to one another by blood.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to how the final seasons pans out. I really did enjoy the final arc and how the story ended, and I’m ecstatic to see certain scenes finally animated.

I’m also one of those fans who didn’t mind the introduction of Ren, because it further emphasizes how Tohru and Akito are meant to be foils to one another. And for me, it didn’t serve as an excuse for Akito’s actions as much as a proper explanation for them. Certain things just made more sense to me after her mother and backstory were revealed.

Also- shout out to Funimation for getting Chad Cline to voice Akito’s father. Nice touch. He hasn’t been in much, but I really do like his voice and it was very nostalgic.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:43 am Reply with quote
me_barron wrote:


Anyway, yeah Akito had a shitty childhood, but so what? Still hate the B. Her mom may be trash, but that doesn't justify choking her out and all the other crap she's pulled with the other Sohmas.Call me a cold-hearted bastard, but she'll never get any sympathy from me. Then again, that's what I said about Meruem, and, well, then he got that HXH ending.



Yeah, that is one where the story is going to have to work to convince me. We've seen characters lash out or behave in ways that whether intentionally or unintentionally drive others away because of their past, but Akito takes it to a degree where it is willfully malicious. At some point, there comes responsibility for how a character reacts to a bad situation.



I'll second what others said about the casting for Akira. It's fun when they do call backs with the casting, like with Brotherhood and an episode of Dragonball Super.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:49 am Reply with quote
I got through 5 minutes, but I have to stop and wait until the sub is released. Something about emotional outbursts just ring hollow to me in English... actually. In general, shouting Va's annoy me in either language, but I can stand it better in Japanese.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:51 am Reply with quote
The sub should be available on Funimation. They aired the first episode early.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:00 pm Reply with quote
octopodpie wrote:
The sub should be available on Funimation. They aired the first episode early.


Even with the early episode airing, Funimation doesn't have the rights (or something like that) to stream the Japanese sub version of Fruits Basket. Only Crunchyroll does, and they didn't air the first episode early.

The Japanese sub is available on the home release.
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Greed1914 wrote:
Yeah, that is one where the story is going to have to work to convince me. We've seen characters lash out or behave in ways that whether intentionally or unintentionally drive others away because of their past, but Akito takes it to a degree where it is willfully malicious. At some point, there comes responsibility for how a character reacts to a bad situation.

Agreed. This all provides only context for Akito's behavior, not justification.

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I'll second what others said about the casting for Akira. It's fun when they do call backs with the casting, like with Brotherhood and an episode of Dragonball Super.

I didn't catch this at first, but yeah, it is a neat casting choice.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:57 am Reply with quote
blahmoomoo wrote:
octopodpie wrote:
The sub should be available on Funimation. They aired the first episode early.


Even with the early episode airing, Funimation doesn't have the rights (or something like that) to stream the Japanese sub version of Fruits Basket. Only Crunchyroll does, and they didn't air the first episode early.

The Japanese sub is available on the home release.


Oh my bad, it was dub only.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:46 am Reply with quote
Perhaps the front page for this story could be a bit more explicit. It lists Funimation as the source, leaving me puzzled since Crunchy carried the original two cours. Then it turns out the Funi episode is dub-only, and the subbed version will run on CR in a few weeks?

I think you need to make all this more explicit on this page:
animenewsnetwork.com/review/fruits-basket-the-final/.170846
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