Welcome to this week's edition of Furuba Fridays, our detailed look at the Fruits Basket Radio Drama created by JesuOtaku. This week we're into double figures, but with a trepidatious visit to the main house on the cards, there's not much time for celebration...
Ken Clayton produced especially for this radio drama. The lighter moments, such as Shigure planning his pranks or Momiji's explanation regarding different members (stop laughing), are scored either with gentle, whistful piano or upbeat cello, sugar-coating any bitter pills of exposition we have to swallow. Hatori's monologue about "fun and games", on the other hand, is backed by a more ambiguous guitar and flute, which brings out the more threatening quality in Ben Watson's voice.
Heather McDonald a great monologue describing Akito's expression as he leans out of the window, bringing to life one of the most famous images from the manga. She adds a conversation between Shigure and Hatori while this is going on, which gives more of an indication about their relationship beyond the comic relief bickering of their first interaction. And she omits the final page in the manga involving Hana's remarks to two other schoolgirls - a page which comes out of nowhere and has no bearing on the events covered here.
I think that's plenty to digest and look out for this time around, so sit back, relax and take in Episode 10. Don't forget you can download last week's episode as a mp3 file through a link below the Blip video. If you feel any side effects from this week's episode, take two doses of Momiji and call me in the morning. See you next week!