Fruits Basket Season 3 and hug-filled ending satisfaction

Final season of 2019 Fruit basket Rebooting doesn’t suppress the overwhelming emotions that marked the first two. The closing episode of the anime cross-examined the curse of the Soma family, the main confrontation of the series. It was full of drastic moments, and the aftermath of the climax beats them all. These events are not entirely unprecedented, but the way they unfold resonates deeply not only in the show but also in the 2021 experience.

[Ed. note: This post contains end spoilers for the 2019 Fruits Basket.]

Anime is a reboot of the 2001 show based on the manga series of the same name. Lucky orphan Toru Honda entwines with the mysterious Soma family and discovers their dark secrets. Certain individuals in the family are cursed and turned into zodiac animals when embraced by members of the opposite sex.

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When the curse is broken, of course, one of the first things many Zodiac members do is to hug someone. They are more than just hugs — hugs symbolize more than just gaining access to intimacy. The curse of the Soma family is deeper than transformation. While under its influence, the members of the zodiac are also under the influence of the domineering patriarch Akito, the “god” of the zodiac. And whatever Akito says goes. This is not the most obvious habit of the curse, but a revelation that Tohru discovered during the show. Last season she learns more about why Akito abuses that power.

Despite the belief of the majority of the family, Akito is a woman, but the role of the “god of the zodiac” has traditionally been male, forcing her to carry on her male identity for the rest of her life. It was. She is also told that her only special thing is the zodiac bond and her role in it, without which no one would care for her. She is deeply lonely and a victim of this curse as much as a zodiac animal, but it does not necessarily allow her an operational way of exercising her power against them.

She wants to be a major factor in their entire life. It curses the more iconic edge of turning into a magical animal. It’s not just a physical habit, it’s a metaphor of how Soma can never get emotionally close to others as long as Akito dominates them overwhelmingly.A few people who managed to split The curse allowed him to love something or someone more than he was afraid of Akito hugging them. Other characters with romantic arcs who couldn’t get rid of the curse still cherish their partners — when that’s all you know so far, it’s yourself from the abusive cycle. It’s just that it’s very difficult to separate yourself.

It was Akito who chose to break the cycle that had locked the Kusama family for generations. After meeting Tohru, who does not turn his back and shows kindness more than anyone else, Akito realizes how the family ties have been damaged. It doesn’t allow her crappy behavior, such as pushing one of Zodiac’s members out the window to date someone, but it does show the first active step for her to repent. The curses of all the remaining members are shattered at the same time, leaving them confused by the complex emotions that flood them.

And their first instinct is hug..

Hugging Rin

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Their relationship with Akito was toxic and traumatic, but there was also everything they ever knew as the source of their major connection, and they suddenly and completely lost it. After they analyze complex emotions, many of them quickly embrace the person in a life they couldn’t do before.

Sure, I’ve already decided to pay attention to the wind and hug her before the curse collapses, so I never see the zodiac cat Kyo heading for Tohru. But still, he chose her. For others, the deliberate decision to accept their loved ones in the wake of the aftermath is more obvious. Dressmaker Ayame immediately hugged the devoted seamstress mine and said she could finally love her completely. A zodiac mouse, mild-mannered Yuki, embraces his unrequited love and the gusset of fellow student organization members. Both the Hatsuharu-class destroyer and the stubborn Rin are members of the zodiac, so hugging them doesn’t make them animals, but after saying that the Hatsuharu-class destroyer is more lonely than expected, after the first curse. Choose each other for a hug.

Many of these characters have been unable to hold each other for nearly 60 episodes, making this moment incredibly satisfying. The hugging action, unlike the kissing, is especially striking because it is not known primarily as a romantic gesture.The· The character of the fruit basket is From other important people in the future, but also from friends and family. Now that the curse has been lifted, they are finally able to express their emotional connections with all kinds of people outside the family. And not just romantic relationships, but all those relationships are important.

Yuki touching the side of the town's face

Indeed, they understand as if they were just hugging
Image: TMS / 8PAN / Funimation

And while it’s a cliché to cover all media articles as a commentary on a pandemic, this climax is still a pretty bitter reflection on the world we live in. Watching people in a movie during the COVID-19 pandemic TV shows wandered through the crowd, hugging each other was surreal.But follow Fruit basket — A place that literally couldn’t be hugged — has become a strange fictional reality. Now that the curse has been lifted, the characters are finally able to hold each other in their arms. Just as vaccination finally allowed some of us to hang directly on our loved ones.

Sometimes hugs are just physical actions. Sometimes it’s an expression of affection. Sometimes hugs are a deep symbolic expression of being able to put someone in your life and love them. Sometimes a hug is a reunion, a physical representation of what it feels like to go home after a long period of loneliness. Whatever the 2021 hug. Fruit basket I really nailed it.

All three seasons Fruit basket (2019) can be streamed with Crunchyroll and Funimation.