Tooru Honda has always been fascinated by the story of the Chinese Zodiac that her beloved mother told her as a child. However, a sudden family tragedy changes her life, and subsequent circumstances leave her all alone. Tooru is now forced to live in a tent, but little does she know that her temporary home resides on the private property of the esteemed Souma family. Stumbling upon their home one day, she encounters Shigure, an older Souma cousin, and Yuki, the "prince" of her school. Tooru explains that she lives nearby, but the Soumas eventually discover her well-kept secret of being homeless when they see her walking back to her tent one night.
Things start to look up for Tooru as they kindly offer to take her in after hearing about her situation. But soon after, she is caught up in a fight between Yuki and his hot-tempered cousin, Kyou. While trying to stop them, she learns that the Souma family has a well-kept secret of their own: whenever they are hugged by a member of the opposite sex, they transform into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
With this new revelation, Tooru will find that living with the Soumas is an unexpected adventure filled with laughter and romance.
I'm writing this as a person who hasn't seen the original fruits basket series, which I think allows me to state some opinions of things in this show in a different light than those that have!
(there will be small spoilers in this sentence it doesn't spoil anything big though)
Let's begin with what the show is about, it's a girl who goes to high-school who has a very rough life due to losing both parents but still does her best to not become a problem for others, she ends up living with the Zodiac animals (basically the focus in the show) and things go on from
I enjoy the comedy which is used in this show to establish the types of relationship the characters have in the show. The characters are all very well built up and feel like they have their place. Each character has a very specific appearance and then a deeper past, story and future which are heavily worked on and shown throughout the show. I didn't ever really find myself lost at what I was watching, it was always straight forward and smartly thought out.
Though I don't really want to rate the story due to not have seen more than 4 episodes of the show, I'll just put a general story rating for now, a 8/10. The story is intriguing, it's not super innovative but it doesn't have to be to feel right in it's place.
I'll give art a 8/10, the animation in the show is smooth when it needs to be, the scenes were generally more action is seen has just enough smooth to it as it would need, the characters are well designed and are easy to show apart from other characters, each character is using a completely new design more than just hair and clothing color but the faces' shape and so on.
The sound compliments the show well and to be quite honest there isn't too much to say here more than that the voice acting is pin-point perfect for basically each character. The music isn't anything superb though I do like the intro and outro, soothing.
As I kind of stated before the characters are well thought out, I won't state much more here more than give the characters a 9/10 score.
I didn't get bored watching this show, this show gave me joy, the show doesn't tackle things that are absolutely the most important in the show which also gives each moment a reason to exist. this also goes in with Story, as well as all the other points but the story, art, sound and character development made the show very enjoyable to watch. I'll give it a 8/10 after finishing episode 4.
I hope to be able to see more of this great show, and hopefully it well keep it's charm that I have currently liked it for.
Fruits Basket proved to have one of my personally most favorite stories in a manga series. I got into it after watching the first anime adaptation a few years ago and proceeding to rewatch it before reading the manga. Needless to say, I heartily enjoyed everything I saw. Well, maybe "saw" is a misnomer; the visuals in both the first anime as well as the manga were rather lacking, but that's all but taken care of here.
Manga readers will definitely rejoice in seeing this anime, and not just for how faithful it is, but also how it compares to the first adaptation.
It accentuates the drama of the first few chapters in order to remain tonally consistent throughout the entirety of the show's run, rather than focusing a bit too much on the comedy. The first anime did that, but I felt it got away with it because it didn't have too many dramatic elements to adhere to, at least not compared to the original source material.
Fans of the first anime should not expect more of the same (why would you anyway? This isn't a Marvel movie). That does not, however, mean they won't find familiar elements alongside all the great new additions, all wrapped together nicely to make a fan's dream realized and an engaging experience for newcomers.
Expectations aside, and returning to aesthetic quality, this show looks and sounds pretty darn good. Definitely the best visuals the franchise has ever seen, although that's not really saying much. A MASSIVE problem I had with the manga was that a ton of the characters looked freaking identical and it made understanding the story very difficult at times. Different context: one of the best-looking shows this season, perhaps even better(???) than Carole & Tuesday.
Barring that, this new adaptation is everything I had been saying was going/deserves to happen and more. If this show isn't for you, then don't bother with anything related to Fruits Basket. If you're unsure, just watch an episode or two, test the waters. If you want a bit more comedy, maybe consider checking out the original anime. If you want to blaze through the story as soon as possible while possibly confusing some characters later on, read the manga. So far, though, Fruits Basket 2019 is a show to follow, especially in a season with as few decent shows as this one.
There's no shortage of romcoms when it comes to anime and manga, but there are some which have garnered a particularly large amount of passionate fans. Fruits Basket, A romcom with fantasy elements, is one of them.
Tooru Honda's a cute and kind high school girl who radiates happiness. She's quite the cinnamon roll, as her mother's death has made her life turn upside down. Her relatives argue over who should take her in, but she ends up in her grandfather's care. Later on, her grandfather's house undergoes renovation, so she has to find another place where she can stay at. She's taken in by the
Souma family after they discover she had pitched a tent on their land and has been living there for weeks. In exchange for their kindness, she agrees to help them out with housekeeping. However, she accidentally discovers the Souma's long kept secret. When hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
In terms of plot, there are different ways to go about romance. Fruits Basket focuses on acquaintances becoming friends and, eventually, lovers. Early episodes focus on exploring essential characters, like Tooru, Yuki and Kyou. It becomes apparent all of them will become a part of a love triangle. Throughout the plot, Tooru discovers Yuki and Kyou's struggles and attempts to reach out to them. So far, the pacing of the plot's excellent and eventually leads to a conflict, where Tooru is given the option of deciding what she thinks is best for her.
There's a certain cliche that often bothers me. The viewer is introduced to a good natured family or couple that's living a perfect and happy life, when suddenly, a tragic event befalls them in order to make the viewer feel sad. Most of the time, it's simply executed in a lazy and cheap manner in order to bait the viewer to feel sorry for the characters, but Fruits Basket doesn't seem to be too a harsh of an offender.
Tooru's very gentle and kind. She may not be the brightest tool in the shed, but she's resourceful and hard working. She always puts others before herself and always seems to choose the "thorny path", because she doesn't want to be a burden. The entire reason why she started living in a tent's because she didn't want to burden her grandfather,who was kind enough to offer her a roof over her head. She has yet to grasp the knowledge that's it's okay to be a little selfish every now and then. She likes seeing and discovering what different kinds of qualities the people she likes have to offer and is interested in Yuki and Kyou Souma. She thinks they're amazing people.
Yuki's the prince of the school, because he's very handsome. Many girls have tried confessing to him, but always get turned down. Yuki can't have a girlfriend, because of his family's secret. He enrolled into a coed high school, due to his displeasure of living with his family. Although he has much more freedom than ever before, he still fells like he's living in a cage. He feels that way, because he's not very good at interacting with other people and making friends.
Yuki's purposefully nice to other people, because he wants them to like him. He's nice out of the desire of being liked. Speaking from personal experience, people who usually act nice just because they want to be liked, always turn out to be two-faced and rotten to the core. If they are being manipulative, then what are they hiding? However, Yuki's not like those kinds of people. He behaves that way, because he genuinely doesn't know of any other way to go about connecting with others.
Kyou's a hothead whose goal is to defeat Yuki and become an official member of the Souma household. He's angered quite easily and is awkward around new faces. However, he has a much easier time making friends than Yuki. He also doesn't like showing his emotions to others and likes to chill out on high places, like rooftops.
Yuki and Kyou hate each other very much, due to being exact opposites in nature. They have yet to find it in their hearts to find common ground and respect each other. So far, Fruits Basket's characters all appear to be likeable, except for Kagura. She loves Kyou just a little too much and I'm not a big fan of abusive females. Shigure's character could also use some more exploration. Tooru's two female friends have also yet to be explored. So far, they're simply dedicated to protecting their precious cinnamon roll from bullies. One's seriously tough and always ready to dish out a beat down, while the other doesn't shy away from scaring all of the bad people away.
The relationship between the characters is a lot different than your standard harem anime. They’re not one dimensional, they have other interests besides Tooru, as she isn't their only priority. They have dreams, hopes, ideals, etc. They have their own problems, just like real people. Hell it’s not even clear that they even have feelings for Tooru and that’s what helps make them feel a lot more alive than other anime and helps make them distinctive and likeable.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the original, and what made me feel a bit reluctant to watch it, were the visuals... For the time it came out it probably looked great, but now it feels a bit outdated. Now fortunately, with this remake you’re not only getting a better closer adaptation of the manga, but you’re also getting gorgeous visuals that give off a retro feel while still looking refined and detailed. This is the perfect example on how to remake a vintage shoujo anime for a more modern era! Fruits basket has many charming and comedic scenes and the animation has only helped elevate these pieces of imagery and has made them even funnier and more charming while providing very detailed shots to help give off this romantic vibe. The character designs also have a nice mixture of modern character design and old fashioned shoujo designs, which has helped with the process of making them not as unpolished as the original character designs, while still making it feel like you’re still watching the old fruits basket we know and love. I also especially loved the absolutely beautiful backgrounds that are some of the most well done and well made backgrounds I have ever seen! “Seriously! They’ve enhanced most of the scenes and made them look even better than they had any right to be”.
Fruits basket is definitely contender for having the opening of the season. The opening song is captivating and soothing and perfectly complements fruits basket’s charm with its pleasant sounding music and its gorgeous and close to hypnotic visuals! The ending, while not as good as the opening song, is the still a great listen after a nice episode of fruits basket and has just as good of visuals as the opening song if not better.
The voice actors are one of the best parts of this remake! They help show how big of an upgrade this is to the original. Tooru’s voice actor perfectly captures her gentleness and kindness, while helping showcase her charming personality! Seriously, she makes her sound so adorable and adds so much to her character. Then you have Kyou’s voice actor, who helps display his roughness and his not care about what other people think attitude, while also helping show his more cute and nervous side when he’s embarrassed. Yuki’s voice actor really helps show off Yuki’s pain about not getting to interact with people more because of his unfortunate situation, while also exhibiting his somewhat reclusive personality. The other voice actors were great! But these three were the only ones I felt were really obliged to mention, partly because they’re the main characters and also because their voice actors are just that good!
~ Overall, Fruits Basket's turning out to be a pleasant experience. Art and animation both have me stunned. I'm genuinely interested in seeing its characters overcome their struggles and I'd be happy to see Tooru become just a little more selfish. Overall, I give Fruits Basket a well earned 8/10.
Being a big fan of the show, when I heard they would reboot this series I could not contain my excitement at the happiness I felt.
Fruits Basket is a show that portrays the story and life of Honda Tohru, a initially homeless girl, who by several reasons ends up living with Yuki and Kyo Sohma, who are cursed. Unable to embrace anyone of the opposite sex without turning out to be some of the animals of the chinese zodiac, the lives of these three characters will changes grandiosely with the new coexistence.
At first the Anime premise may seem rather idiotic, but there is that
saying "do not judge a book by its cover". The story already begins with Honda Tohru homeless, living in a tent, and from the moment she meets the Sohmas her life changes dramatically, taking us to a wave of emotions.
Also the manga's author, Takaya, supervise the adaptation, has contributed greatly to the addition of details that were neither on the manga nor anime (like episode 5, with Kyo and Yuki scenes). This contribution has resulted in a better execution and pace for the story compared to the 2001 version.
There is also the factor the whole story will be adapted, not just part of it.
Once again with the 2001 version. The characters design and traits, the corrections, scenarios, the details are all elegantly well done and better compared to the 2001 version.
(There is no way to do this review without me comparing with the 2001 version). The adaptation has done a great job on the music issue. The first anime was more focused on comedy, which differs slightly from this adaptation that has already begun with a greater focus on drama. The songs used have been a great highlight in this adaptation (starting with Opening and Ending)
As the pace of the anime is slightly accelerated compared to the original 2001, the character's evolution has been very well done til now. Fruits Basket has a variety of wonderful characters and different from each other, and this is a great point of the work for me.
Enjoyment / Overall:
I am really enjoying this series so far, and I can not wait to see the whole animated story.