Welcome to another edition of Furuba Fridays, our continuing look at the brilliant Fruits Basket Radio Drama. This week is the penultimate episode of the drama as it currently stands - and in the tradition of Fruits Basket, it's not going to be an easy ride.
JesuOtaku makes quite a number of changes to flesh out aspects of the manga. Unlike Ayame's episodes, there are a lot of silent panels this time around, resulting in more conversations or monologues to explain what is going on. These range from the addition of the janitor in Momiji's first scene, which makes the big reveal have more impact later on, to the note about Momiji living with Hatori, which ties right back to his presence in Episode 10. All these little touches might not seem like much on paper, but they do make a world of difference.
Victoria Olivier and Melle Teich, and leads very nicely onto next week's episode.
Majorikku is absolutely sensational this time out, dealing with a lot of long speeches but imbuing them with naturalism and a deep-rooted sadness, tempered only by a sense of distant loyalty. The whole reveal of his backstory is achingly sad, not just in the actual story but the tender, sensitive way in which it's being told. Heather McDonald is also great here, particularly given that crying on cue is trickly, let alone for such long periods.
Here, then, is Episode 23 for your enjoyment (and heartbreak). Don't forget to download last week's episode as an mp3 via the link below - you may need a big dose of Ayame to counter-act the tears. Join me next week when we'll be rounding off Volume 4 with the final episode that has aired to date. See you then...
NEXT WEEK: Episode 24 - Still Sleeping