Fruits Basket (2019) has been such a ride thus far. Twelve episodes have elapsed, and I have cried, laughed, and felt an array of mushy-gushy feelings in every single one of them. It’s no secret that Fruits Basket has tender moments in abundance, and one of the people who almost always has a part to play in those precious instants is Tōru Honda!
I remember the very first time that I sat down and watched the original Fruits Basket anime from 2001, and how much Tōru resonated with me. Her compassion and selflessness were admirable and inspiring, so much so that I could feel her words reaching out to me during some dark days. When I picked up the beautiful remastered editions of the manga last year, all of those feelings came rushing back in a sweeping embrace of nostalgia, warmth, and heartfelt motivation. Out of all of the shōjo manga that I have read, or anime that I have seen, I don’t believe I have ever respected nor loved the female leading woman as much as I do Tōru Honda.
To celebrate my affections for her, as well as the insurmountable amounts of pleasure this new visually and emotionally breath-taking re-make has given me with the first twelve episodes, I wanted to do an appreciation post just for her. I’ve saved up some of my favourite moments and screen-grabs of Tōru and friends since the premiere and wanted to share them before I dive into more fleshed-out musings on the show thus far in a couple of days.