After the accident in which she lost her mother, 16-year-old Tooru moves in with her grandfather, but due to his home being renovated, is unable to continue living with him. Claiming she will find someone to stay with but also fearing the criticism of her family and not wanting to burden any of her friends, Tooru resorts to secretly living on her own in a tent in the woods. One night on her way back from work, she finds her tent buried underneath a landslide. Yuki Souma, the “prince” of her school, and his cousin Shigure Souma, a famous author, stumble across Tooru’s situation and invite her to stay with them until her grandfather’s home renovations are complete. Upon arriving at the Souma house, Tooru discovers their secret: if a Souma is hugged by someone of the opposite gender, they temporarily transform into one of the animals of the zodiac! However, this strange phenomenon is no laughing matter; rather, it is a terrible curse that holds a dark history. As she continues her journey, meeting more members of the zodiac family, will Tooru’s kindhearted yet resilient nature be enough to prepare her for what lies behind the Souma household’s doors? – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
Comedy anime really doesn’t get any better than this. A great series for anyone looking for good clean fun.
The series is incredible, simply put.
The Forgotten Lair
Rish Raff Anime Reviews
Fruits Basket, despite its age, offers a charming story filled with a wide cast of characters that does not fail to entertain. However, the anime does have some obvious flaws in its plot.
Absolutely loved the entire thing. I managed to simultaneously read the entire 23 volume manga and watch the whole 26 episode anime in just two days, and the only reason that was even possible is because I just couldn’t put it down. LOVEDDDD IT!!!!! You think it’s just going to be a typical lovey dovey story but it really isn’t, there’s so much more depth in it with so many emotions that everyone can relate to, I just wish they continued the series ((both the anime and the manga – I NEED MORE!!))
I would have liked to have seen maybe one more season of Fruits Basket to have the story and characters tied up a little bit better, but the abrupt ending of the anime wasn’t so bad to leave me dissatisfied with where it ended. If I ever get the chance to find the rest of the volumes of the manga, I can always read it. If you’re ever interested in an anime that’s cute, funny, and leaves you on a positive note then give Fruits Basket a shot.
This series is recommended to any anime fan or even non-anime fans will enjoy it whether you’re laughing out loud or feeling for the characters as they go through their pain and problems.
The Nihon Review
Fruits Basket is definitely worth the time of anyone who can tolerate shoujo and makes a welcome break from darker anime titles. Many will disagree with me, but Fruits Basket has too much fluff and not enough crunch for me to consider it a true anime classic. Even so, you can’t do much better if you’re looking for some innocent fun, which is needed from time to time so we don’t take the world too seriously.
Overall, Fruits Basket is an excellent DVD series. I recommend buying the entire set. However, the DVD series does cut off much earlier then the manga. If you can only buy one, the DVD or the manga, I would recommend the manga. It takes more time to develop the characters and the story continues on well past the DVDs. Think of the DVDs as an excellent gateway into the larger world of Fruits Basket.
It is suited towards a slightly younger audience, and mature watchers may find it a bit simplistic at times. Most people I have “spoken” to seem to have watched it at some time. I thoroughly enjoyed this series! There is quite a bit of humour throughout, but the ending is pure drama! A little bit ecchi in places, but no over the top stuff!
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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).
For a while I had to ponder why this anime was called Fruits Basket. But I personally feel it’s because this anime has a bit of everything…except action. Perhaps that was the metaphorical pineapple that got left out of the basket.
Despite its age, Fruits Basket remains a much-loved series which delivers plenty of drama and comedy without ever truly feeling too long in the tooth.