Tatsumi09's Fruits Basket Tv Review

Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket tv Review

Story & Characters

Story is based on Chinese Astrology, mainly the 12 Zodiac animals.
The main character is a highschool student, Honda Tohru, who is trying her best to live at life, as her parents are no longer alive. She is a kind person who sometimes easy to see through. Uses the memory of her mother to increase her will to live.
Now it gets interesting when she meets a family cursed with a curse that will make the person change into an animal (specifically, an animal of the 12 zodiac animals of Chinese astrology) when hugged or sexually aroused by another person of the opposite sex.
So what makes the story so much fun? Well imagine the inability to come in contact with a person of the opposite sex. How frustrated would you be? Imagine having a secret you hate so much but can't share with anyone?
The story is kinda repetitve in a way, discovering more and more of the family members as the story progresses, each with a different history, usually sad.

This shoujou contains many funny parts if you're looking for a laugh, very dramatical if you're looking for something emotional and fun if you're just trying to enjoy your time!

Rating: 7


The first thing I noticed with the main character Honda Tohru - BIG EYES. Yes, the eyes are huge and kinda elongeated vertically, but truly beautiful because of the style used in it (I guess it kinda looks painted)
The way the art changes when characters get angry or shy adds more to the mood.
Mysterious characters look mysterious, funny characters look funny. You can easily tell the character's personality through the art. Enviroments are colorful, adding more life to the anime, and since this is a Shoujou, you should expect a somewhat shojou-style art. (Tall characters with long legs, usually thin. The hair having this shoujou feel to it)
Not a very unique art but still very enjoyable to view. (Unless you hate shoujou art-style)

Rating: 5


The Opening music is nice and very calm. This helps by add to the mood of the series as a whole through emoitions.
The same is with the ending. It helps release all these emotions you have accumulated while watching the series.
The voices are perfect according to my view. Each voice perfectly fits the character's looks and personality. The hot-headed character has a hot-headed kind of voice. The calm and mysterious also has the perfect voice. I also found that Honda Tohru's voice was just perfect for Fruits Basket
Music is variant, from calm to chaos-type (rock) and even annoying ones (yep, this also fits the mood). This was done so well that even though there are sudden switches from one to the other, you don't feel the jaggedness in it, but you rather appreciate it as it adds more to either emotins or humor.

Rating: 9


Since this was one of the first anime series I watched, it remains a favorite! I feel this is very original because I have never seen a shoujou series having a similar plotline. Yes, the transformation thing is common in anime series, but not in the way that Fruits Basket presents it. Fruits Basket uses this theme as a main thing to advance the plot.

Humor has been fitted into the series in such a good way that makes it enjoyable. You will have your laughs when watching this series. I really recommend to watch this series with friends to share the laughs and emotions.
This series is truly enjoyable to watch because it has a mix of everything and is not comlpex, so does not require deep thinking or understanding to enjoy completely. The simplness also adds to the liking of this series

The characters are unique and different, both in personality and looks. You might get goosbumps in certain areas because of the emotions that run through you. Two words mainly control the theme of Frutis Basket: Emotions and Humor.

Rating: 8

Final Verdict

7.33 (above average)

Reviewed by Tatsumi09, Nov 12, 2004


  1. LucyXlostangelwings Jan 30, 2005

    The Fruits Basket manga is so good! I desperately want to see the anime!! *weep*
    Thanx for this review ^_^ it was very helpful ! ^O^

  2. DragoonzDead Feb 15, 2005

    i like Fruit Basket Character because they so cute and cool

  3. nainoi Oct 02, 2009

    Fruit Basket is cool.

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