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While this was more of a Yuki episode, this is probably the scene that made me smile the most

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11 hours ago, Ohiotaku said:

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While this was more of a Yuki episode, this is probably the scene that made me smile the most

That was really funny 

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After watching episode 7.  As if we needed more reason to dislike Akito. Dang, she’s twisted.
 

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8 hours ago, Ohiotaku said:

After watching episode 7.  As if we needed more reason to dislike Akito. Dang, she’s twisted.
 

*SIGHS* Something about this episode just made me sick to my stomach. Like when they were walking to go see Akito it was like they were walking to a damn funeral or being led into a den of monsters to be eaten alive. Such a sense of deep dread & despair hung over the entire interaction. Akito seems keen to isolate certain victims that she finds the most vulnerable & it is just so damn unnerving & infuriating at the same time!

And I think I got a better sense of what Shigure's angle is in all this but I still don't agree. He's trying to force certain members of the clan to fight back against Akito & while I get that, I simply do not agree with how he's going about it at all. 

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Im a little confused about shigure in this episode . This episode was also really sad , But i thought the ending was beautiful .

And also , @RuthisianCodex You were right about how they were like walking to a funeral instead going to visit and see someone

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I have the feeling that we won’t get a really clear picture of things until we’re given a more detailed explanation of the zodiac curse & it’s connection to the legend. One thing we learned this week is that Soma members who don’t correspond to a zodiac animal at least have a chance at a normal childhood, while the cursed children all suffer some degree of neglect from their parents & seem to be regarded as Akito’s “pets”. Her approach seems to be convincing them that they are useless/worthless so they should love her unconditionally for any attention she shows them even if it’s abusive, because it’s all they can hope for. She seems to have particularly targeted Yuki. His helping Tohru as a child appears to be the defining moment in realizing he can have value apart from Akito. I also think Akito’s particular dislike of Momiji is because he continues to act cheerful inspite of his family situation

Shigure is very difficult to read. He seems to relish the role of a scoundrel/troublemaker. I don’t think he’s actually malicious but seems to accept people getting hurt as a necessity. Seems like he thinks Tohru can maybe “break the curse” as an outsider who can touch & change the hearts of others. 
As much as I dread seeing what Akito will wind up doing, I think the real heartache will be a result of the changing  relationship between Tohru, Yuki & Kyo. For the record, as much as I have come to sympathize for Yuki the past couple weeks, I’m still rooting for Kyo.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Ohiotaku said:

I have the feeling that we won’t get a really clear picture of things until we’re given a more detailed explanation of the zodiac curse & it’s connection to the legend. One thing we learned this week is that Soma members who don’t correspond to a zodiac animal at least have a chance at a normal childhood, while the cursed children all suffer some degree of neglect from their parents & seem to be regarded as Akito’s “pets”. Her approach seems to be convincing them that they are useless/worthless so they should love her unconditionally for any attention she shows them even if it’s abusive, because it’s all they can hope for. She seems to have particularly targeted Yuki. His helping Tohru as a child appears to be the defining moment in realizing he can have value apart from Akito. I also think Akito’s particular dislike of Momiji is because he continues to act cheerful inspite of his family situation

Shigure is very difficult to read. He seems to relish the role of a scoundrel/troublemaker. I don’t think he’s actually malicious but seems to accept people getting hurt as a necessity. Seems like he thinks Tohru can maybe “break the curse” as an outsider who can touch & change the hearts of others. 
As much as I dread seeing what Akito will wind up doing, I think the real heartache will be a result of the changing  relationship between Tohru, Yuki & Kyo. For the record, as much as I have come to sympathize for Yuki the past couple weeks, I’m still rooting for Kyo.

 

 

Agree 100% with everything you said. Kyo is my guy until the very end but I absolutely hope that Yuki gets his moment as well. 

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2 hours ago, RuthisianCodex said:

Agree 100% with everything you said. Kyo is my guy until the very end but I absolutely hope that Yuki gets his moment as well. 

Im more of a Yuki fan

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Just watched this week's episode & I'm so annoyed with Rin & Akito that it just makes me want to take my earrings out & tell them both to meet me outside how 'bout that! UGH!

I do have a better understanding now of just how deep Akito's own self loathing goes & she seriously is a narcissistic lunatic. She literally & totally gets her power from getting under the skin of others & trying to make them hate themselves. Like, for real, HOW much power can her zodiac animal really have? Is she a dragon or something?

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This episode alludes to her being the rooster but there's no friggin' way I'd let a damn chicken treat me like that & her being a chicken makes this all even more symbolically ironic.

She's a massive coward & a bully & if I were in this anime I'd fry her up, serve her with some mashed potatoes & gravy, & call it good! 

And the sacrifice comment from Kyo put my tummy in knots. I just have this growing unease about what might be coming next you guys. 

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I feel bad for Kyo , He shouldn't be called a monster . I wonder whats gonna happen next about him and Akito

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Pretty sure they said Hatori is the dragon even though his form is a seahorse & the rooster reference was to Kureno. I think Akito’s role  in the legend is that of the god who hosts the banquet. Hence her god complex & treating the others like pets. As to why she can get away with it, this is just headcanon. The Sohma’s seem like a pretty wealthy & influential clan. Maybe that’s dependent on Akito’s “blessing” so they let her do what she wants to those under the curse in exchange for prosperity & she has some kind of hold over the cursed ones. Maybe that’s why Tohru (an outsider) seems so vital to whatever Shigure is scheming. Problem is Tohru is under a lot of emotional & psychological stress over graduation & the comment Hiro made about her dad. If Akito goes after her now, not sure she’ll be able to withstand it. Maybe Kyo or Yuki will try to defend her & get hurt. These last bits are just speculation but a happy ending still seems like a long way off & in the short term things are looking bleak

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I honestly think that something ridiculous is going to happen where Kyo & Yuki both have to step up to defend Tohru & then there's going to be some heart wrenching scene where Kyo chooses to sacrifice himself since he doesn't feel like he belongs anyway. SIGHS 

I hope that's not the case but to me that's where this all seems to be headed. I still really want to know what on Earth is going on with Rin. Why is she so angry? 

Every single character in this show is going through some type of mental anguish or psychological turmoil & for me, that's part of what makes this show so interesting. Each character has so many layers, it's mind boggling. 

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Just now, RuthisianCodex said:

I honestly think that something ridiculous is going to happen where Kyo & Yuki both have to step up to defend Tohru & then there's going to be some heart wrenching scene where Kyo chooses to sacrifice himself since he doesn't feel like he belongs anyway. SIGHS 

I hope that's not the case but to me that's where this all seems to be headed. I still really want to know what on Earth is going on with Rin. Why is she so angry? 

Every single character in this show is going through some type of mental anguish or psychological turmoil & for me, that's part of what makes this show so interesting. Each character has so many layers, it's mind boggling. 

Rin is probably mad becuase of Hatori or Akito . Or maybe both

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Yeah but she's been angry this whole time, not just when she got to the beach. And why lash out at Tohru? Heck, she even lashed out at Kagura when she was at home. Wait a minute...Akito is the one that put Rin in the hospital, isn't that right?

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I think yea , and she also broke up with Hatori . 

I think shes just taking her anger out on other people , I think soon just like the others , she'll be good friends with Tohru

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Cannot believe I actually forgot it was Monday since I didn’t have to work. Apologies that I wasn’t even up to date when I made my last post. Have to think meeting with each of them individually is Akito’s  way of trying to reassert ownership over them.

 

And seeing Kyo looking happy when she thinks he should be miserable has to enrage her. She’s already talking about how Tohru should be eliminated & it being merciful to just teach her a lesson. Not only Rin, but she’d also nearly blinded Hatori & injured Kisa who is still a child. Someone really needs to warn Tohru about what a psychopath she is, because she’s actually wanting to meet her. Finally, have to agree with Kagura’s opinion of Shigure

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Yeah my reaction & Kagura's are right on par with each other. I mean, this is not just some Mean Girls BS, ok? Akito hasn't just hurt people, she's hospitalized AND traumatized them. This is serious! And Shigure's carrying on with that smug expression like this is some twisted game of chess & in his mind that's exactly what this is I bet. Kisa's worry about Tohru getting hurt just about broke me because good heavens, she's practically still a baby. 

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Akito Hurted a lot of people , I dont know what her problem is , She just hurts people for nothing and laughs like it was a big joke . 

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Okay so I am finally caught up. I have to say I'm quite intrigued to see Akito is gonna fair when all this cat and mouse game backfires in her face. As I listened to her dialog and they shot the complete opposite of the things she was saying was very amusing to say the least. I really don't know the angle  the others are trying to get here I guess we won't know for some time what the end game will be. But I very much think Tohru will come out on top.

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14 hours ago, RuthisianCodex said:

I swear, if anything horrible happens to Tohru I will lose my mind...just leave her alone, Akito! Geez! 

I doubt that she will leave her alone . If i was tohru maybe i would call the police ? 

Geez , i wonder what polices are for 

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Season 2 episode 9

And this is why I’m a Kyo fan. Much more at stake in his rivalry with Yuki than I realized. And the more we learn about Akito the more twisted she is.

 

Still need some clarification but I remember the scene in season 1 where it was implied Kyo was somehow connected to the death of Tohru’s mom, at least it was confirmed that he met her & saw a picture of Tohru

As emotional as this week’s episode was, gonna need to watch something lighthearted & comedic before trying to sleep tonight.

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I for one welcome more Kyo fans. And there's still so much more to him! Akito's abuse and the dysfunctional culture of the Sohma family make him seem so abrasive when we first meet him. 

What I still find curious about how the anime is being handled is how Akito is being referred to simply as Akito. As in, never once have I seen Akito spoken of with a pronoun. Which I find strange because it's actually a very important detail about her character. I guess we'll see how they tackle that later. 🤔

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Oh boy, where do I even begin with this episode? A few points:

Shigure-I think that Shigure is the type of person who when nothing's wrong, something's wrong, you know what I mean? There have been several occasions where he goes out of his way to create dramatic situations for his own amusement. Now, to him it's hilarious but Akito has not only mentally scarred people, she's also put them in the hospital so Shigure knows good & well how serious things can get. And I think that makes him the most damaged of all Akito's victims because he is knowingly passing down that type of antagonistic & manipulative behavior. Now do I think that part of him wants people to learn to stand up for themselves? Yes. But there's also a part of him that genuinely enjoys seeing others in dismay & I just can't get beyond that with him. Like, when he's walking people to go see Akito, he reminds me of Percy from The Green Mile because it just seems to really tickle him to see someone going to their doom. If he were standing up to Akito it would be one thing but he doesn't. He damn near melts into her arms whenever she wants him & the whole thing just makes me nauseous.

Akito-If she were a real person & in my presence I'd have no choice but to break her f*cking face open & level the rest of her because the things she did & said to Kyo absolutely had me seeing red. Like seriously, how dare you! Akito is the undisputed champion of projecting because she does completely deplorable things & then accuses the person she's doing them to of being a horrible person, a loser, a monster, etc. etc. And her reason for letting Tohru stay with them is just so sinister & twisted. Akito, just do me a favor & go die somewhere please. UGH!

Kyo-I re-watched a few parts & this episode explains a LOT about why Kyo behaves the way that he does & why he's so conflicted & angry all the time. It goes much, much deeper than the self esteem issues due to his true form. I mean, he is dealing with multiple levels of severe psychological trauma. If he were a person in real life, he'd probably go on to become a serial killer or something, like that's how serious all the grief & anguish & raw pain is that he is carrying around. Yet under all that, he still has a heart that desires to love & be loved. And he still has a lot of fight left in him. When he

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caught Akito's fist & began yelling at her

, my heart soared because he is the ONLY one so far who has even attempted to defend themselves & that's at least something. 

Overall, this week's episode just rekt me to epic proportions. 

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