If you think of someone's good qualities as the umeboshi
in an onigiri, it's as if their qualities are stuck to their back!
People around the world are like onigiri. Everyone has an
umeboshi with a different shape and color and flavor. But
because it's stuck on their back, they might not be able to
see their umeboshi. "There's nothing special about me. I'm
just white rice." [in her head] That's not true. There is an
umeboshi -- on your back. [aloud] Maybe the reason people
get jealous of each other, is because they can see so clearly
the umeboshi on other people's backs. I can see them, too.
I can see them perfectly. There's an amazing umeboshi on
your back, Kyo-kun.[ Fruits Basket ] ↝ Honda Tohru ✿
Can we just talk about this picture for a sec? I mean look at how intense this moment between Akito and Momiji is. And that symbolism!
Akito, the calm and collected God of the zodiac, is desperately tugging at the shirt and kneeling (or so it seems) below Momiji, desperation in his eyes. Momiji, the fun-loving member of the zodiac/ subservient to God with a “little kid” type personality, standing straight and above Akito with a look of…what is that look? Is it the, pardon my language, “no-fucks-left-to-give” expression or the “i-pity-the-shit-out-of-you” face? Either way, we have never seen Momiji take on this specific facial expression, and we know he is not going to make the same mistake as Kureno.
And the text: this translation by Tokyopop shows something amazing! Momiji probably just got as close to swearing as he will ever get (if you think “Hell” is a swear)! This carefully chosen word literates how absurd he found it to have any ties to Akito Sohma. Now remember, Momiji appeared to be, at least friendly, to anyone he came across. So to say that Momiji couldn’t even see Akito as a potential friend at this moment in time says a lot.
Sorry for the rant, but what do you guys think?
This very sweet,dramatic and heartwarming story have helped me countless times in my life and for this reason(despite its flaws)is my absolute favorite manga.