Akitaro Daichi Fruits Basket (series)

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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.5
Plot

Fruits Basket revolves around a cursed family and a girl who enters their lives. Tohru Honda is a 16 year old girl whose mother just passed away recently.

It begins with Tohru living in the woods, until the Sohma family finds her and offers her a place to live. The Sohma family suffers a curse that transforms them into a certain animal from the Chinese zodiac when they are hugged by members of the opposite sex, or are put under a lot of stress. She lives with Shigure (turns into dog), Yuki (turns into rat), and Kyo (turns into the cat).

As the series unfolds, Tohru gets to know all of the cursed family members as well as keep her friends from finding out.

Audio and Visuals

When it comes to visuals, it is a pretty average series. The characters look good and the scenes are well done, but there is nothing really amazing in it.

The audio tracks are great here. I liked the opening, which had a soft and sweet melody to it. It wasn't anything fancy, though it did give a sense of hope for the series. I also loved the old fashion feeling in the ending theme song. Kind of creepy, but it was definitely unique.

As for voiceovers, I can really only review the English cast. It was done well and the voices weren't annoying at all. Sorry, I can't compare to the original Japanese voices.

Story / Characters

The story is definitely unique and interesting. They did a great job mixing comedy with the drama of the characters. The romance was a little eh, but it wasn't bad.

The characters are well developed as you see the mental and physical abuse the members who are cursed went through as children. You also get to see the selfless qualities of Tohru as she tries to console and comfort all of those who have suffered.

Final Thoughts

I liked the series, but I wasn't in love with it as with other anime I have watched. The story was definitely great, but the anime ending was left unfinished. You have to read the manga if you want conclusion from the series, and I'm not a huge manga fan unless I absolutely love the story.

I recommend this to everyone who likes comedy and drama, but make sure you are willing to read the manga if you want a conclusion.

Official website at www.fruits-basket.com.
Keywords: fruits basket curse comedy cat dog rat
Sound & Graphics Average
Entertainment Value Very Good
Replay Value Very Good
Plot Very Good
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural
Episodes 26
Studio Studio Deen
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  1. 21/3/2007 10:25pm
    1. _gwenibe_
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 8
      Pros: Story, the animals, love the zodiac in it
      Cons: The ending destroyed it for me
      It was a great anime, but it seemed to be ruined come the ending. It leaves you going "That's it? That's all!?!

      A tragic ending to what was a good series

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  1. 23/5/2007 1:09pm
    1. Darkened_Star
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 9
      Pros: story, animals, varity of characters
      Cons: ending
      [COLOR="White"]I own vol. 1 and watched over and over again until I broke it. It was one of my favorite animes for a while. I loved it mostly because of the characters Kyo and Yuki. At times it made me laugh so much because they reminded me of people/friends I know. The plot was interesting with all the different zodiac characters and crazy attitudes as well. ^_^[/COLOR]

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