Welcome to this week's edition of Furuba Fridays, our weekly look at the Fruits Basket Radio Drama created by JesuOtaku. Apologies that this week's instalment is a day late - I went to see 12 Years A Slave with my girlfriend last night and needed to recover (it's amazing, go and see it NOW).
Liam Cunningham, who does a great job in this episode. As well as capturing the two distinct sides of Haru's personality (nicknamed White and Black respectively), he has to carry off the shift between the two, particularly in regard to Yuki. Going from "I'm making you mine" to being really tender could be jarring, but Liam carries it off, using the breathy, laden quality in his voice to slow the character down and put us at ease. It's a very well-judged performance, and you'll see more of it as we move into Volume 4.
Jesse Frola and Phil Burgraff in around three weeks' time. But there's also a couple of little bits of gloomy foreshadowing, in Akito's sole line to Yuki and Tohru's repeated comments about colds being dangerous. Neither will make much sense until the next volume, but it's worth keeping them in mind as we go forward.
Here, then, is Episode 14 for your enjoyment and appreciation. Don't forget to download last week's episode as an mp3 to keep via the link below this video. I'll see you next week for our next episode, but in the meantime you may get a special something extra, involving the Fruits Basket painting and Haru singing. Watch this space...
NEXT WEEK: Episode 15 - Unspoken