The remake of Fruits Basket has finally aired this season.
Tohru Honda thought her life was headed for misfortune when a family tragedy left her living in a tent. When her small home is discovered by the mysterious Soma clan, she suddenly finds herself living with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma. But she quickly learns their family has a bizarre secret of their own: when hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Zodiac!
I have not watched the original one, but I was always interested in figuring out what makes the Fruits Basket series remarkable. By the time I finished watching the first episode, I can already safely assume that I like where the series was going.
The attention to detail made this anime stand out. From dust, the light shafts, and on some occasions, even the wind, everything was set to make you more immersed in the story.
The modern visuals and the new art style enhanced everything that was from the previous Fruits Basket.
I may be biased since I don’t appreciate much the old disproportionate super large eyes anime era. But yeah, I really think that the modernization in the art style of this anime was for the better.
Speaking of immersion. The music was cued to perfection. The timing of the music all had a purpose in setting up the atmosphere. There was some questionable choice of soundtracks when setting some tones, but then again, the timing made everything ok.
Plotwise, this is just episode 1, a large variety of characters were introduced, and each of them seemed like they’ll bring great fun to the show.
I can’t compare the old pacing of the plot from the previous anime adaptation, as I have not watched yet the original one.
We discover that Tohru lost her parents at a young age. She started living with his uncle until they had to renovate the place and left Tohru unable to go live with her relatives due to the small size of the apartment of her uncle’s family.
She had to live in a tent until members of the Sohma family saw her and urged her to go lounge with them. It was dangerous for a girl to live in the woods in a tent alone.
By the end of the show, Tohru discovers that the members of the Sohma household are actually zodiac animals. It’s the main thing of the series, and setting up the central theme from the start is a great way to let your viewers know that you’re in for business.
Fruits Basket is a shoujo anime that is full of glittery bishounens, and as you’d expect, there are lots of cute boys from left to right. If you’re a big fan of bishonen, then you will be in for a treat.
As usual, the main heroine is a simple relatable girl. As the male counterparts are the conventional handsome, cute, and charming boys, but the catch is, they all transform into adorable zodiac animals.
This is like the female counterpart of cute cat girls – great.
This anime has long been overdue in having a remake. If I recall, I remember the mangaka hating the original anime adaptation of Fruits Basket.
Hopefully, she gets the justice on what she always wanted for her manga.
It was and has always been, one of the must-watch pillars of long-time shoujo anime watchers. So for fans of the series, I hope that you liked the freshness of having your favorite series remade.
Laura Baily also returns as the voice of Tohru in the English dub. You’ll get to enjoy the original voices of some characters, while also having to appreciate the eye-candy visuals that modern anime can give you.
Sadly though, the Japanese version is all new cast, as I said, the mangaka absolutely hated the original anime adaptation, and because of that, the result was no old production staff touched the newest remake.
If you are new to the series and would like to watch a new shoujo anime this season, you absolutely must watch Fruits Basket.
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