Welcome once again to Furuba Fridays, our continuing examination of the brilliant Fruits Basket Radio Drama. This week is of great personal significance, since we're taking a look at my absolute favourite episode - an episode which sees the long-awaited return of the terrifying Lord Akito.
New Year's Banquet, which is so beautifully executed that it still freaks me out even after hearing it more than 50 times. Secondly, we have Tohru shoving Akito aside in a bid to stop him hurting Yuki: it's an act of great significance, which both confirms Akito's current feelings towards her and begins Tohru's resistance to his mistreatment of the Sohmas.
Episode 16 but still loaded with dark undercurrents. Interestingly, the scanlations of Hatori's conversation include the phrase: "those who hurt others will also hurt themselves" - which, if you've read ahead, is rather telling (and more than a little clunky).
Here then is my favourite episode of the radio drama. Don't forget to download last week's episode as an mp3 below, and I'll see you next week for another Furuba Friday, when another member of the Zodiac will be coming to stay...
NEXT WEEK: Episode 21 - Barely Brothers