Fruits Basket: It’s the Year of the… Cat?

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The Facts are These:

Honda Tohru has recently lost her mother, with her grandfather’s home under construction she sleeps in a tent until it is done. There she runs across the home of the most popular student at school Yuki Sohma. She learns his families secret, where when they are held by someone of the opposite gender they turn into an animal from the zodiac. What will happen and who is Kyo, the cat of the zodiac?

Discoveries:

I believe that the ending of the show is very important and though this anime did not give me the resolution of who Honda Tohru was going to be with I was okay for two reasons. The first being compared to a show like Space Brothers, this show was only 26 episodes. The second reason was that the final episodes brought out many interesting aspects of the show and the final scene with Akito was interesting as well. That being said throughout the show they hint that Kyo has a true form, though I didn’t take any consideration towards it. Though when it is seen it reminds you that the show has a mystical element to it. Which I found was interesting because over the span of the 26 episodes there is not a heavy reliance on the zodiac theme. It is used several times throughout the show for comedic and dramatic moment, but it can be forgotten because what they focus on is the characters and their hardships throughout life. So when you see Kyo’s true form it takes you for surprise then you are reminded “Oh yeah there is magic in this show” which not many anime would do nowadays, they would focus heavily on it, where this show just acknowledged that it was there.

Looks like the Cat, Rat and Dog are out of the bag.

Looks like the Cat, Rat and Dog are out of the bag.

Behind the Scenes:

The series is based on the Shojo manga series that ran in Hana to Yume, written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. She has also written and illustrated such series as Liselotte and the Witch’s Forest and Phantom Dream. The series was directed by Akitaro Daichi, who has worked on such series as Jubei-Chan and Now and Then, Here and There. The series was produced by Studio Deen and is licensed in North America by Funimation. The opening song is “For Fruits Basket” composed by Ritsuko Okazaki. The opening felt odd to me, I guess I am used to modern anime now, but it felt like and ending song. When I first turned it on I thought my DVD was messed up and then realized it was the opening song for the movie.

Here is the opening song in English…

…and now how it is sung in Japanese, just play the first video muted and play this audio… Was too tired to look for this opening on New Years Eve.

 

A Brief View of the World:

The setting takes place in Japan, mainly at Honda Tohru’s school and the Sohma Household. What is special about the world of Fruits Basket is that the Sohma family can transform into an animal of the Zodiac is they are held by someone of the opposite gender, but the curse is more for certain members of the Sohma family.

The Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac

Enjoyment:

The series was enjoyable, it was funny with Tohru’s friends being a riot sometimes and the Yuki Fanclub are fun sometimes too. The series was mostly uplifting though it did show those moments of reality and seriousness.

How I thought I would feel after watching this anime.

How I thought I would feel after watching this anime.

Rewatchability:

This series is rewatchable to an extent. If you want the complete story read the manga, but if you are just an anime watcher then its 26 episode length is easily manageable.

Rating:

7/10 – Happy New Years!

Recommendations:

Eureka Seven – For a great romance.

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Wolf Children – For a Supernatural love story revolving people changing into animals.

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I do not own any of the above used pictures and/or video they belong to their original creators, Studio Deen and Natsuki Takaya.

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