English: Fruits Basket
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2001 to Dec 27, 2001
Producers: Studio Deen, FUNimation EntertainmentL
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Well first thing is first!! Anime is Incomplete without a doubt.
Ending is uncertain in the anime. Another problem is Anime doesnt follow manga certainly. So if you wanna continue reading manga after watching series, its kinda difficult.
Other than that fruits basket is really good.
Fruits basket is a great anime to watch if you are into romance/comedy/drama. Not only does it have a nice storyline but it has great characters. I am sure that you will have a favorite character in this series because each one is special in there own way. Here are three main reasons Fruits basket is one of my favorite animes.
Since her mother died, Honda Tohru has been living in a tent so as not to be a burden on anyone. One day, her classmate Souma Yuki finds out about her less than ideal living arrangements and invites her to live at his house with his cousins Shigure and Kyou. As Tohru soon finds out, the Souma family is anything but ordinary; certain members of the family transform into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac when hugged by a member of the opposite sex. Perhaps the greater problem for the members of the Souma family is their family dysfunction which Tohru hopes to heal one person at a time.
The romance in this anime is so cute. It's nothing over the top and is mostly expressed by feelings and actions (not the sexual actions). I couldn't even really call it romance but something special. Everyone sort of has this little bond or special feeling towards the Tohru. The one with Kyo and Yuki towards Tohru is my favorite because it's like this cute love triangle in its special way.
Fruits Basket without its character interactions would be like Coke without its fizz. Whenever two characters are on the screen at once you know something good is coming. To name just a few isn’t doing Fruits Basket justice. From Yuki and Kyou’s rivalry, to Shigure’s torturing of his editor, to Hiro (Dr. House in a 6th grader’s body) and his kind and caring younger cousin Kisa, you will always be entertained both by laughter and intrigue.
Many comedic moments in Fruits Basket were banal, often due to rehashing an already not funny joke, such as Tohru freaking out when she accidentally causes a member of the Zodiac to transform. Thankfully, just as often as it isn’t funny, Fruits Basket will make you crack a smile if not laugh hysterically. Staying true to its nature as a romantic drama, Fruits Basket has its share of serious heartfelt moments, some of which are quite profound. Anyone who’s ever been burned in a relationship or suffers from low self esteem can learn something from watching Fruits Basket. How often is that true of an anime that’s also incredibly fun to watch?
The art was nothing spectacular, I didn't see it as particularly well done. The backgrounds were good but the animation was simplistic and not overly smoothe. Though the simplistic style helped when it came to punchlines. The character designs were good, but still didn't overly impress me.
Background music was wonderful, especially the non-vocal piano version of For Fruits Basket, the opening. Most all the music was soft except for those... tense moments... Unfortuantly... I... can't remember.
But, all in all, Furuba is a cute anime that can really brighten your day if you watch the right episodes. Like I said, the characters are well done and well developed, and it's just really huggable.
You won't find a boring episode in this series. Each one develops and focuses's on a character's situation. Although the series was cut short abruptly and much ends were left untied (the manga is still running) seeing by itself will leave you satisfied (if not with a small crave for the continuity of it).
As mentioned before there's much you can learn from this anime since it deals with how we must see our own beauty and not be jealous of other's (among other important themes).
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