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Fruits Basket


Fruits Basket is a shojo romance with low fantasy elements that does a somewhat better job then the average of its brood out there. But beyond that, it still leaves a lot to be desired, since i twas animated by that piece of shit Studio DEEN which almost always messed up whatever show it grabs for adaptation.


The premise is about a family of cursed people; each one of them transforms into animals if gets hugged by a member of the opposite genre. The plot is basically about every member of the family being an emo at first because of the curse, and the lead girl doing cheery things to make them all feel happy. The plot is very weak, as it is there only as an excuse for Tohru, the shojo lead TM, to be placed in situations where she needs to keep the secret of the curse hidden from other people, as well as gaining the support of the Sohma family while slowly making them open their feelings to others. It is mostly comedy and drama but doesn’t really lead anywhere, since the curse remains impossible to be lifted and progress is limited to making people happier with her super positive attitude. I can’t say the story is basically its characters either, as most segments are disjoined from one another and to the most part feel as stand alone arcs.

Since the manga was back then still on-going, the anime went for an anime original ending that seems to be rather out of place. Dark and violent, aiming to leave you with good last impressions. I wasn’t thrilled with anything going on in it, as it was all basically a light hearted fantasy romance with overblown dramatization and a completely irrelevant ending.


The lead character is the most archetypical shojo lead you can think of. Orphan, kind, always cheery, naive, frail, does her best to do right, and has eyes half her head. The rest of the cast begins in the most stereotypical way possible; with the usual line-up of bishonens, gays, genki kids, tragic men, tsunderes… and yes, Tohru herself. The thing is, everybody gets his spot in the story and thanks to a long line of flashbacks and the shojo lead TM snooping around where she shouldn’t, all of them are given some depth. Also, again because of Tohru’s constant meddling and persistent optimism, all of them begin as closed minded, angry, scared individuals and end up being far more open and happier. That in effect counts as character development; even if it’s silly and overblown. But there is no full catharsis, because the curse is still there and the anime is not adapting the whole story.

In all, there is a great variety of characters and despite their stereotypes, the interaction and opening up offer good impressions about them.


The production values do not excel in details or colouring but they are effective for this type of show. Although human and animal figures are drawn rather simplistic and there is a lot of deformity during comedy, the easy going nature of the story almost makes that unimportant. The soundtrack has a few good pieces, and voice acting is decent.

Keep in mind that there is a lot of nudity because when the Sohmas transform, their clothes do not. That leaves them naked when they turn back to humans and in need to hide from other people until they dress once more. Although this is done for comedy purposes, it still counts as spicy fan service for fujoshis, since most characters are typically drawn to be handsome and sexy.


For a shojo anime, it will be very entertaining if you like the character interactions, and very good in overall amongst anime made by DEEN. The story is otherwise very simple and I never quite understood how these cursed people ever manage to have babies if they can’t even hug another person. I also didn’t like how the curse was used as nothing but a monolith plot devise with no possible salvation in sight. The same premise was for example used in Ranma ½ and over there the objective was to get rid of the curse. In Fruits Basket nobody does something about it for centuries. It’s not a great show but a cute enough time sinker.

And now for some excused scorings.

General Artwork 1/2 (generic)
Character Figures 1/2 (generic)
Backgrounds 1/2 (basic)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 1/2 (basic)

Voice Acting 3/5 (corny but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Music Themes 3/5 (not great but fitting with the feeling of the series)

Premise 1/2 (simple)
Pacing 1/2 (slow but manage-able)
Complexity 1/2 (not much)
Plausibility 0/2 (none; the curse is retarded)
Conclusion 0/2 (overblown and out of place)

Presence 2/2 (everyone is a bold stereotype)
Personality 1/2 (simple)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
Catharsis 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)

Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 1/3 (low because of too little plot)
Memorability 2/4 (the animal transformations make it stand out from other shojo, but it’s otherwise still a typical shojo)

Art 0/1 (looks typical)
Sound 0/2 (sounds meh)
Story 0/3 (barely matters)
Characters 2/4 (cute shojo stereotypes with animal theme decoration)


3/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
6/10 characters
4/10 overall

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RubyofRaven says...

I suppose you could call me bais in regards to this anime, and I really don't intend to start a fight. I just thought I'd tell you my take on the series.

I don't fault you for why you think these things of the anime..  I was quite put out by the ending myself and thought it was out of place. However, if did stick to the manga fairly well throughout the 26 episodes it had. The ending wasn't really anime original, but they did try to make it more final sounding as it was the last episode to be had.

I suppose I'm actually recommending you go read the mange. I know you may not care anymore, if you ever did, if there was an actual solid plot to be had in this show, and you may not want to go through the trouble of reading it... but I feel like I'd be short changing you if I didn't do so.

The anime only covered things in the manga up to about volume 6 when there is 23 volumes in the series. If the anime had waited to be made after the author had finished writing it, I bet you would have come to a different understanding of this work.

To be sure, up to volume 6 they are only just introducing the other zodiac members and Kyo's major problem. You notice they didn't get to all of the member of the zodiac, yes? They did not go over who the horse or the rooster is... They also did not introduce you to (spoiler) Yuki's actual love interest. Yes, it's not Tohru.

Trust me, though the story does move slow at times due to Tohru and her innate fluffiness as such an archetype you described, it does get better. After all, once all the characters are introduced, the author fills us readers in on how and why the curse is, how it is and who Akito actually is(hint). So, it fills in a lot more of the plot-holes you were trying to reason out and understand why they were there.

If you read the manga or even wiki the rest of what happens in the story(though that really doesn't tell you a whole lot, just a genreal summary wiith little detail), I think your opinion of the work as a whole might change, but that's just me.

Dec 29, 2015
XxxOctoberxxX123 says...

Only the 12 that took on the Chinese Zodiac Animals and Kyo changed when someone hugged them. Their parents only carried the curse with the possiblity of giving it to their child, but otherwise wasn't effected really.

Mar 1, 2013