Fruits Basket (2019) Season 1 – Anime Review

Fruits Basket (2019) Season 1 – Anime Review


After the announcement of a new Fruits Basket
happening, I the ever curious person I am decided to hop onto the Furuba band wagon
and I started watching this new Season 1 which promises to be a full adaptation of the manga’s
136 chapters. And if you want a breakdown of each episode,
head on over to my Bento channel where me and RisingSunReviews discussed each episode
every week. And remember to give this video a like and
comment on your thoughts on the show, as this is kinda where Youtube is at right now. Sadly, doing these things determines my worth
on the platform, so every bit helps. Synopsis After her mother is killed in a tragic accident,
Tohru Honda not wanting to be a burden decides to pitch a tent in a forest while going to
school and working a job to support herself. But she discovers that the forest she’s
in is owned by Shigure Sohma, who then invites her to live with them. The Sohma’s are a clan of people and they
have on secret, when hugged by the opposite sex they turn into animals of the zodiac. And after accidentally hugging Kyo, Yuki and
Shigure they turn into a Cat, Rat and Dog respectfully. Now she must help keep the Sohma’s secret
just that, a secret. But there is much more to this seemingly happy
story about people turning into animals, each Sohma inflicted with this curse are broken
people who have been ostracised and dealt a terrible hand in life. Will Tohru be able to endure and help the
Sohma’s recover, this is Fruits Basket (2019) Season 1. Background Fruits Basket is based off the manga of the
same name by Natsuki Takaya, which published from 1998 to 2006. This is currently the second adaption of the
manga, with the first being released in 2001. This version features a more original take
on the source material with notable differences. This version aims to be multiple seasons and
a complete adaptation of the story. And of course it is handled by TMS Entertainment
who are the bain of my existence, please do not block this video like you do with your
other series, TMS. Anyways, you may know them best for such anime
like Megalo Box, ReLife and the never ending Detective Conan series. The anime is on Crunchyroll and VRV and is
available dubbed with the complete and original cast from the 2001 version on Funimation Now. Story Fruits Basket tells a story of people who
have been broken by a curse. One of the common lines in this series is
some variation of “I didn’t want to burden you”. And that’s a good place to start with many
of these characters, even Tohru Honda. In many ways this story is one about healing
and growing as a person. Tohru Honda inspires a lot of changes in many
of these characters, she has something they needed to awaken growth within them. This is the most satisfying part of every
Fruits Basket episode, it’s when Tohru meets these people and we learn their backstories
and it shows by the end their growth. This first season really isn’t much about
Tohru as it is about everyone that surrounds her. This is of course is also done to properly
set up Season 2 where there won’t be much introductions for these characters. It’s really smart the way they set this
up and it shows they are willing to take their time with this series. This was the right choice because without
them taking their time with this season, we wouldn’t get moments like in episode 3 where
Tohru talks to Kyo. I called this “the plum scene” and it’s
honestly one of my favorite moments to this day and it happened so early on in the series. The gist of the scene is basically about how
everyone feels they are the white rice in a rice ball. They’re not that special and they want to
be like the others who are special. But they can’t see themselves that they
have plums inside them which make them special. The idea is that everyone has something that
makes them unique and desirable, but we often don’t notice that special thing that makes
us us, because we are always comparing and too busy to realize how special each and every
one of us are. This is a beautiful scene which really sold
me on Fruits Basket completely. For a series like this one in episode 3 of
all episodes to drop something like that on the viewers is quite impressive. This scene to me really set up who Tohru in
this season was going to be, which is someone who can see the Sohma’s for who they truly
are. This is why Tohru works so well in this show
and why she’s so important. And honestly this show makes you really think
about yourself and others quite a bit. There were multiple times just like in episode
3 where I compared what Tohru was saying to my life. I think that’s the mark of a good show like
this one, is if what the show is preaching can be related to everyday life. There is always a message in Fruits Basket
to be read and then bits and pieces of advice left throughout. I quite enjoy this a lot as it’s kinda cool
when a show, especially an anime has some really grounding messages in it. And what I also like about this anime is that
no characters are the same in their experiences. Every character has their own perspective
of what’s happened to them. An example of this is Momiji believing there
are no memories worth losing. This is some pretty deep and meaningful comments
from a boy who’s just 15 years old. It shows Momiji has matured and aged beyond
his years due to his sad backstory which I will leave you guys to experience. But now compare that to Ayame who seems to
be totally different. Ayame is more free spirited and seems to have
uh… a lot of fun in more ways than one. And then compare them to Kisa who is also
totally different from those others. Not every character needs the intervention
of Tohru and not every one of them have this gravely tragic backstory like Momiji. Fruits Basket has a deeply compelling story
in just about every way and that’s because there’s so much to look for in this series. Thanks to a couple of my subscribers, they
pointed out that the series focuses a lot on mothers and because of that should jokingly
be referred to as Fruits Basket: Motherhood in reference to Full Metal Alchemists second
anime adaptation. And upon talking about this we all sorta came
to the conclusion that the show indeed does focus a lot on mothers. I believe in the whole series there are two
fathers in the show and the rest are basically all about mothers. I won’t say much in this regard as to who
these mothers are as that would be spoilers, but I will say there is quite a bit of thought
put into a lot of aspects, some of which you may not even really notice immediately. Fruits Basket is multi-layered and very well
written overall. As a person who went into this story not expecting
to even enjoy it, I was completely blown away in a way I had never been before. Going from not thinking I’ll like it to
it being my favorite anime of the year is an incredible feat to say the least. Characters For the characters of Fruits Basket there
simply isn’t one review like mine that could do them justice, so I am going to do my best
and cover the ones which I think are the most important and impactful in the series and
then just a general overview with examples for the rest of the characters. So first off we have to start with my girl,
Tohru Honda. One day I want to make a whole video about
this character, and just gush about how awesome Tohru is and how underrated she is. Tohru is a girl who I want to be like, she’s
the perfect example of a person who doesn’t let her struggles get her down or make an
excuse for herself. But she’s also far from perfect herself
and I think it’s these two things in play with her character that makes her so great. For example, after her mother dies, instead
of being a burden she decides to move out into the woods and pitch a tent while in school,
and goes even further and gets a job to support herself. The dedication from Tohru and the willingness
to do what she has to to ensure her survival is incredible and when I see something like
this, it inspires me to do better. Another example in one of the later episodes
is when she is met with a touch choice, she decides to get a part time job to get some
extra money, cheerfully saying, “swab swab part time job”. Tohru is precious and amazing and I love her,
she’s the absolute best. And there aren’t many anime characters I’m
this attached to, so I consider that a rarity. Next up with Yuki the rat, who is the resident
slob of this show and he also has his own fan club. Yuki is another character that I really ended
up enjoying quite a bit, and he’s one of the more featured of three outside of Tohru
of course. He has a bit of a rivalry with Kyo who tries
to beat him, but Yuki always is able to get the upper hand on him. He’s also frequently called a babe because
of his feminine looks, and I mean… just look at him, he’s a total babe, right? Because of this there is a whole club (like
I mentioned earlier) that’s dedicated to him. He’s one of the most popular students in
school, but while that may be he is extremely closed off from everyone. Due to deep trauma, Yuki has decided it’s
better to live life alone than with anybody else. It’s a really lonely life for him and it’s
one of those things that’s not really covering much in the series as a whole, but it’s
something that is incredibly important to his character. The last of the big three is Kyo who is one
of my favorites for sure, he is incredible. His form is that he turns into the cat and
much like how’d you think a cat would act, Kyo is exactly that. But there is more depth to him as well, as
Kyo is very interesting character which plays an important role in the show. I found myself really let down by Kyo during
the series though, as he wasn’t featured all too much. And more often than not he was Kagura’s
punching bag, which isn’t a terrible thing, but it wasn’t until the last part of the
season did I feel Kyo was getting his spotlight. Which is important to this show, everyone,
and I mean literally everyone gets their spotlight to shine. Some of the best episodes focus on Tohru’s
friends Uotani and Hana, which is sorta unexpected from my perspective. But I think it’s great that Uo and Hana
and all of the other characters get theirs. And that’s one of Fruits Basket’s strengths
as well, because the series tells each of these characters’ stories so well and each
in their own different and unique ways. As an example, Momiji is one of my all time
favorite characters in this series because of his backstory and his frequent and regular
appearances. It feels like he’s a character who has an
actual life outside of the show because sometimes he’ll just pop up in episodes, which is
super cool. And that’s the luxury of having such a huge
cast, the character development doesn’t ever end with just one episode focusing on
them. Going back to Momiji, we get the sense that
Momiji really is great friends with Tohru because he’s always hanging out with her. It’s other characters like Hiro, Ritsu,
Shigure, Hatsuharu, The amazing Ayame, and even smaller characters like Kisa who brings
out a different side of Tohru. I could go on further and in more depth but
the gist is that every single character in Fruits Basket means something important to
the plot and character progression. I haven’t seen an anime like this one implement
a cast this big and do it with little to no errors at all, it’s an incredible accomplishment
on both the staff and the original creator to do something like this. And hey, even when the show is at its worse
it’s better than the majority of other anime out there anyways. Episode which is the introduction of Kagura
sees this character be annoying and all around loud and bipolar. But if you just wait a bit, Kagura’s episode
becomes better with age as she sees development in those later episodes which makes up for
her sour introduction. I know this because I didn’t like Kagura
and initially and said she was the worst character in Fruits Basket, and now my tune is changing
with her character I actually really like Kagura now. If you think that Fruits Basket will have
trouble with its cast better think again, this show is pretty much perfect in this regard. I love every single one of these characters
right down to Mit-chan and Kisa, even Akito. They’re all such awesome characters. Art TMS Entertainment return once again with another
great looking effort in Fruits Basket. This show was originally based off a 90’s
shoujo manga and comparing the designs here you can see just how far they’ve come for
the last 20 years. Tohru just look so adorable, Yuki looks fantastic
and Kyo as well they’re all looking amazing in this anime. And it’s not uncommon anime like this look
so great to begin with, it is a slice of life after all which means there are inherent strength
the series will have over other genres. An example of this are the facial expressions
and backgrounds which look immaculate in this anime. These backgrounds I think go unnoticed but
they are really well done, as you can tell from the details in the buildings and other
areas that there was some work put into this to make it look this detailed. Another great thing about this show are the
character designs which are awesome. This anime has a lot of their characters showing
up in different outfits, this is most notable with Momiji who has the most notable outfit
changes. But of course Tohru has a lot as well, who
you will often see in different outfits and hairstyles all the time. This helps give the shows characters and extra
bit of depth to them as they like to sometimes switch it up every now and again. But I find I like most of these character
designs from Kagura’s little cat backpack to Ayame’s silver hair, this anime has unique
looking characters. This brings me to their animal transformations
as well, and I won’t say much about them but they’re pretty damn cute. Yuki’s rat is hilariously adorable, Kyo’s
cat transformation as well is pretty great as well, even Kagura who I like to call a
Moe Boar is one of my favorite animal transformations in the show. Animation As for animations, I have to go and commend
the show for some pretty great facial expressions and how they’re animated. Tohru as an example (always a great example
really) is always the most emotive. In a given scene she is in, she is often stealing
the spotlight because her facial expressions are so lively and eye catchy. Hana and Uo are another set of characters
which also get that level of detail and it’s fantastic. Not every character is as emotive, but that
also has to do with character personalities, as an example Hiro’s emotions are basically
scowling and deadpan which comparing that to Ritsu’s… well he’s obviously much
more emotive. In general this show handles every character
so well here and characters like Kagura really stand out because she’s one of the only
characters that has these pseudo-action sequences. And on top of that when she enters her cutesy
“Oh my gosh I love you, Kyo” mode she’s also animated very well. TMS really did this show justice and it’s
a very well done show in this regard. Score Previously handling the music for Fate/Apocrypha,
Masayu Yokoyama was tasked with bringing the soundtrack to Fruits Basket and I must admit…
it wasn’t a score I noticed all too well. I think this is the classic issue of the music
not standing out enough rather than it being bad. Bad music is very easy to hear, but here I
just kinda never noticed the score much and that’s likely because that’s what it was
intended to do. Just be in the background to prop up the highly
emotional sections of the show. And hey, that worked, and while I wouldn’t
run out and buy a copy of the OST any time soon I think in this regard Yokoyama has succeeded
with this score. English Dub Now this is an interesting dub, as practically
the whole cast from the original 2001 anime dub returns. Voices actors like Laura Bailey returns to
anime one more time to voice Tohru Honda, and even Chris Sabat returns to voice Ayame. Lots of familiar voices in this dub return
and with newer additions like Trina Nishimura voicing Akito, there are some massive enhancements
to the overall experience. Though, I must say, while the dub is good
I much prefer the Japanese subs for this one. And this is weird for me to say this, especially
since this anime feature Laura Bailey (you know she wasn’t cheap), I just like the
subs more here. It’s the performances that really did it
for me and there was enough pauses in most of these scenes where I could focus on the
animation perfectly fine. Not a bad dub, but for me, I prefer the subs. Closing In closing Fruits Basket 2019 seems to be
what fans of the series for a long time have been craving for. A new adaptation that is faithful to the original
while still implementing changes which sees improvement to the overall story and pacing. In my opinion, there is no other anime quite
like Fruits Basket. On the outside looking it looks like a pretty
standard shoujo anime, but once you really sit down and experience it’s so much more
than it initially lets on. This isn’t an anime you shouldn’t write
off as something it’s not without watching it. This has serious potential to be one of the
greatest anime of all time if the next couple of seasons that start in 2020 are just as
if not better than this season. If you’re asking for a recommendation this
is an anime you absolutely must watch, it’s simply one of the best anime to air this year
with nothing really coming close outside of The Promised Neverland and a couple others.