Welcome to the last Furuba Friday of 2013. I hope you all had a merry Christmas. We'll be continuing our travels through the Fruits Basket Radio Drama in the new year, and appropriately enough this week's episode has a new year''s theme to it.
Ken Clayton's really tender piano score, which underscores Hana's monologue about Tohru being alone, giving it a very sad, almost mournful quality.
Phil Burgraff does a really good job as Kyo, with the few moments of anger between him and Yuki taking a back seat to increasingly settled dialogue towards Tohru and a growing understanding of how he should be treating her. Evan Bremer's transition is less marked but he continues to perform well as Yuki, with his snarky put-downs veiling his own uncertainties. Both characters are held together beautifully by Heather McDonald as Tohru; she's really on top form in this episode, especially in the moment where she is required to both cry and laugh with joy.
Episode 7 and setting things up nicely for next week, when Akito will play a much bigger part...
Liam Cunningham, whom we'll meet properly in grand style in two weeks' time: suffice to say, he's quite a handful. Finally, there is the seeming meeting of minds between Hana and Shigure, summed up by Jesse Frola's wonderfully wry comment: "She's good.".
So, without further ado, here is Episode 11 for your enjoyment. Don't forget that you can download last week's interview as an mp3 at the link below. Have a very happy new year, however you choose to see it in, and I will see you on January 3rd for another Furuba Friday, when we'll be tackling one of my favourite episodes...
NEXT WEEK: Episode 12 - Winter's End