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.
Another Shoujo series brought back to life is Fruits Basket with furor and craze surrounding it. Fruits Basket despite having done a couple things right is not.
As a starting story Fruits Basket is catchy and interesting. I see what all the hype is about. If I was younger I would go nuts over it too. However, being older & wiser I see Fruits Basket suffers bad writing, art, music, tone, script, comedy, & editing making it the cheesiest series of the year.
The allure of the show appears to be in characters. However, I see them as two dimensional at best. The lead, Tohru, is the
queen of showing happy facial expressions, acting all cute, & being overly friendly. However, this is artificial. Nobody, especially a teenager, is this much of a saint. Tohru is presented as perfect thus what is the appeal to watch? Tohru has no goals outside this new family. Its as if her life was a haze of nothingness until she entered a house to become a personal maid. Definition of a Manic Pixie dream girl. Only to be a self insert for those lonely fans & service the males instead of focusing on aspirations.
The supporting cast is generic. Kyo is a hothead & Yuki is a prince. The story is these super model humans have a zodiac curse where they turn into their associated animal if hugged by the opposite sex. Everyone has a miserable past but I don't care because its used to manipulate my emotions. Weak series use sob stories instead of making characters interesting. These terrible characters use sad pasts as a crutch when they are the equivalent to sandpaper.
I don't know what possessed the writer to make this so boring. The dialogue is dry. The humor is lackluster. For example they show how awkward Tohru is when she interacts with any man. As if she's never spoken to men. The show uses this joke every episode excessively. At a point it makes you question if Tohru is mentally impaired do to the way she talks to people.
The visual effects are bland. It looks like playing a lame visual dating game. In other words, it takes you out of investing in the story when elements are unrealistic. The art does nothing creative to tell its story. Anime gives artists opportunities to create interesting perspectives in story telling that otherwise couldn't be done through live action. This show is treats itself like a live action drama with low budgets.
The opening & ending themes are not good. The opening is a dry uninspired song that makes me brace for impact of the boredom that will occur. I watched the previous show recently. It had similar problems but they were handled better. For one the humor exceeds this show by miles in visual gags, music, dialogue, & voice acting. The Opening and Endings are beautiful pieces. The music is overall fantastic. The characters have more personality. Yet I found out the creator hated it & got it cancelled. What a cow. Now she has full control over this mess. Good job you made your series awful. What an accomplishment.
Overall: Fruits basket is dull & uninteresting as most modern romance anime's. I couldn't stay interested. Its exactly what I thought it would be: A basic slice of nothing happens with sides of forced romance, & tragic backstories. Yay insert me into Tohru so hot men will fawn over me! Woo Hoo! Pathetic.
Romance Anime Recommendations: The Tatami Galaxy, Kare Kano, Kodocha, Princess Tutu, Kaiba, Chobits, Full Moon, Rose of Versailles, Daddy Long Legs, Nana, Paradise Kiss, & Hana Yori Dango. Watch those to get your romance fix. Support quality series.
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.
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.