Welcome to this week's edition of Furuba Fridays, our continuing look at the Fruits Basket Radio Drama. Valentine's Day may be three weeks' away for us, but it's come early in this week's episode, which kicks off another two-parter.
Episode 10. From this perspective, it's not a bad episode at which to join the story, at least in terms of giving you a tonal idea of where we're at.
JesuOtaku's part. Unlike Haru's introduction, where a lot of the panels could simply be reprinted with slightly different words, many of the manga panels in this chapter are completely blank. There's a lot more dialogue and description needed to both explain what's happening and make the episode feel a lot meatier - otherwise the latter section could appear atonal and inconsequential.
Melle Teich's extended monologue about the "cuckoo chicks" really brings the scene to life, and Victoria Olivier is given more room to build on her spiky relationship with "cat man". Jesse Frola (Shigure) is also let off the leash a little more with his pervy comments at either end of the episode. But the moments that work best involve Tohru discovering Kyo in the woods after he has run off; the dialogue is beautifully judged so that the scene feels emotionally resonant even though very little information has been given away.
Ken Clayton's ever-brilliant soundtrack, this time offering up portentous piano during the scenes with Tohru and Kyo.
I think that's enough to mull over for this week, so sit back and enjoy this episode as you start to make your own plans for Valentine's. Don't forget to download last week's episode at the link below, and join me again next week, when we'll see a very different side of Shigure...
NEXT WEEK: Episode 16 - Catch Me If You Can