Welcome once again to Furuba Fridays, our ongoing look at the Fruits Basket Radio Drama. This week's instalment is going out slightly earlier than usual, since my girlfriend and I are in Coventry this weekend for the Riding Lights Members' Day. And just as I'm going away for a quick break, so are the characters in this week's episode!
last week's episode, it took a while for me to come round to aspects of this instalment, the biggest obstacle in this case being Ritsu's mother. We won't meet Ritsu in person for a little while longer, but if you're unfamiliar with the character and haven't read the manga it will take a lot for you to not find his mother annoying. To be fair, her mood swings are not played for cheap laughs like they are in the anime, but she does throw you off-balance without adding an awful lot to the plot.
Heather McDonald. But there's also two really tender moments, both involving Tohru: her chat with Ritsu's mother in the bath, and her scene with Yuki where he gives her a gift.
Evan Bremer is on fine form in the gift scene, bringing out Yuki's enigmatic qualities while also managing to have fun.
Here, then, in Episode 18 for your enjoyment. Remember to download last week's show as an mp3 via the link below this video. Join me next week for another Furuba Friday, when we'll be kicking off Volume 4 in quite some style. See you then!
NEXT WEEK: Episode 19 - High School Reunion