Meeting Date: 8/11/2019

Disclaimer: The Herald Anime Club discusses shows as they’re airing. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!

Samantha Ferreira: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Herald Anime Club! I’m Samantha, and I’m here with L.B. Bryant and Anthony Simpson.

L.B. Bryant: Hello!

Anthony Simpson: Evening

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re talking up Fruits Basket episode 19: Mitchan’s Time To Shine!

Anthony Simpson: I have to say I want more Mitchan now.

Samantha Ferreira: Mitchan and Ritchan… what a pair

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L.B. Bryant: I was going to wait unti later to bring this up but I love, love, LOVE that Ritsu and Mii-chan are being given actual purposes this time around. In the original adaptation they were comic relief and that’s it.

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. The original anime did them zero justice
Best girls who are friends. \o/

L.B. Bryant: Also, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again but Shigure is my spirit animal :)

Samantha Ferreira: I feel bad for your editors

L.B. Bryant: lol
Yeah, sorry about that (rofl)

Samantha Ferreira: Don’t lie, lol

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Anthony Simpson: I took liking a Ritchan. So adorable

Samantha Ferreira: True that. Adorkably neurotic

L.B. Bryant: I loved the moment early in the episode when she presents books about fruit as a gift heh

Anthony Simpson: I got quite the laugh out of that scene.

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise, hehe
That was like… perfect.

L.B. Bryant: I also really liked the super slo-mo sequence with the coffee being spilled lol

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise, lol
Like… you could see the hope escape from Mitchan’s eyes once that happened

L.B. Bryant: It amazes me that Shigure turns in handwritten manuscripts

Samantha Ferreira: To be fair, this is a series from the 1990s

L.B. Bryant: Fair point

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Samantha Ferreira: That said: I also think it may be Shigure being a dick to justify taking longer

L.B. Bryant: heh possibly

Anthony Simpson: I wouldn’t put it past him to do something like that.

Samantha Ferreira: Given what he did this episode? (Poor Ritsu – she had to deal with being called a side piece by Mitchan D: )
(And outed. Numerous times.)

L.B. Bryant: Yeeeeah, that’s one of the more unfortunate aspects of this episode. I didn’t care for Ritsu not being acknowledged as trans or gender fluid at the very minimum.

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. And as someone who’s been outed by someone close before, it’s… pretty fucking horrifying.
I can understand why Ritsu is such a mess

Anthony Simpson: I have to agree with L.B here. This is a good episode but yeesh this takes the grade of the episode down just for that alone.

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. It’s… kind of sad that the series, despite a lot of modernization, seems to be held back on this end of things

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L.B. Bryant: Indeed.
On another note… how do you two feel about the fact that we’re now almost 20 episodes into the series and they are still introducing new characters?
I’d like Anthony’s opinion especially as a newcomer to the franchise

Anthony Simpson: I would be saying that this would be a bad thing if this series was ONLY going to be 24 episodes in length. Mind that this is going to be longer than 24 episodes albeit spilt up I’m okay with it.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeeeah.
They did that once before
it was… kind of… cramped

Anthony Simpson: I’ve criticized shows in the past for introducing new characters so late in a show. Here I think it works.

OK… does anybody have any final thoughts this week?

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L.B. Bryant: … I won’t say why because spoilers but I’m not looking forward to next week.

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise.
But well.. we’re here to discuss a show and discuss, we shall! \o/

L.B. Bryant: lol indeed

Samantha Ferreira: OK, I guess that does it for this week. ’til next time, remember: Be kind to your editors. Have a great night, everybody!

Anthony Simpson: Good night

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