Why is Fruits Basket so popular? | Fruits Basket 2019 vs 2001 Anime Discussion

Why is Fruits Basket so popular? | Fruits Basket 2019 vs 2001 Anime Discussion


Ooooh~ *2001 Fruits Basket OP plays* *NOSTALGIC SIGH* Just by hearing that short sound you
may have been stricken with nostalgia or maybe you’re not aware of the phenomenon
that was Fruits Basket in the early 2000’s. Fruits basket or furuba is a
highly influential shoujo romance drama fantasy comedy series Its manga ran from
1998 to 2006 and was immensely popular in the west and japan. In japan it is the
seventh best-selling shoujo series of all time. It sold 30 million copies. Putting it two slots below Sailor Moon in sales. Similarly in North America the manga was a huge hit and the American distributor
Tokyopop even stated that it was their best-selling manga in 2006. Fruits Basket
also had an anime that ran from July to December in 2001. It had 26 episodes but
did not cover the full story of the manga. The anime was so popular in the
United States that in 2005 Funimation had a bunch of American fans make a
thousand origami cranes and show them to Studio Deen… and basically Japan to say
we really love this anime and we want a season two. Okay! You get it…
Fruits Basket *was* popular! But Fruits Basket is old now so what’s with the new
hype? I mean if you’re watching this video… I assume you already know that… There’s a reboot! *Celebration sounds* This reboot is similar to the Hunter x Hunter reboot where it’s
going to start from the very beginning. This means for people that are
interested in Fruits Basket You just start watching the 2019 anime… I mean you just jump into it! The story follows Tohru Honda a poor orphan girl
secretly living in a tent. But don’t worry because she’s gonna be daijoubu! She’s a shoujo heroine and she has the power of unrelenting optimism. It turns
out where she has placed her tent is on the property of the soma family. The soma
family comprises of a bunch of mysterious… prestigious… bishounen. It’s a shoujo series. *whispering* This attractive family allows Tohru to
live with them because she’s good at housework… and
they’re not. Yes, she’s a Yamato Nadeshiko. and so we get to watch the lives unfold
of the too pure for this world Tohru… the cool princely Yuki the questionably
adult Shigure and we also get a glimpse of a rare type of tsundere… the male tsundere… with Kyo Sohma. Throughout the story many more members of the soma
family show up… because there is such a large cast I believe that it is easy
for viewers to find someone to relate to on some level. It’s also refreshing that
most of these characters are given their own development and multi-layered
identities. As Tohru continues to get to know the soma family she uncovers many
of their family’s hidden secrets… but I’m not gonna say much more than that
because I’d rather you guys check it out yourselves! A short description does not
give fruits basket justice however and this is because at its core Fruits
Basket is much more about fitting in friendship, family and of course… LOVE! For
anyone that thinks this series might be too feminine for them just because it’s
a shoujo series I’d still recommend that you check it out. A lot of the show’s
charm comes from its ability to juggle comedy and heart-wrenching drama.
There are even fantasy and slice of life elements to the show as well and I
believe it was so widely successful because it has something in it for
everyone it also has some really nice underlying messages that resonate with
lots of people. Lots of shoujo series are also excellent so don’t be knocking
something because of its targeted demographic. *Popping sounds as shows appear* If you’re new to fruits
basket and want to get into it you have three possible paths. Number one, you can
start watching the new 2019 series as it is currently airing the anime is going
to adopt the entire manga which is something the 2001 series did not do. Your second option is you could read the manga because it’s complete and because
everyone knows the manga is always better… *kinda sarcastic* The third option is you could watch the 2001 anime and this option I’d really only
recommend if you prefer older anime or even find that your loving fruits basket
so much that you just want more of it. The main reason I’m not gonna push this
one is because although the anime is great it is not complete and stops
partway through the manga. Although I am recommending the 2019 series it could
honestly turn out to be crap but based on the first episode I don’t think
that’s going to be the case. You know I generally tried to be positive and I
have high expectations for the reboot. Mostly because Natsuki Takaya the manga
coup of Fruits Basket is actually an executive supervisor on the new 2019
anime. I think for some older fans the new style is kind of jarring however
this new art style was actually requested by Takaya she says she wants
the reboot to honor the source material but also to refresh and rebuild the
fruits basket world so it can continue to touch as many new people as possible. This apparently is why the Japanese voice cast has been completely changed
and some people do not like that at all… Except I’m really excited to hear the
Rie Kugumiya as Kagura eeeeeeeeeee It’s said that Takaya wasn’t very happy with the 2001 anime
made by Studio Deen… So maybe this new anime will follow her
vision more closely. Based off the first episode of the 2019 anime I actually
already noticed that the new anime does more faithfully adopt the manga.
Personally I actually like a lot of anime that studio Deen has made
especially as of late like… Konosuba or Rakugo. However I think most people could
agree that studio Deen has been kind of like hit or miss. The studio that is
creating the new 2019 anime is TMS entertainment and although TMS
entertainment is very very famous for working on Lupin the 3rd and detective
conan the only thing I’ve watched that they’ve made lately is megalo box.
However considering their nice work on Kamisama kiss another shoujo series… I
think they’re gonna be able to pull it off phenomenally. Funny enough, Akitarou Daichi actually directed Kamisama kiss and the old Fruits Basket anime. but because
Takuya requested all new staff for the new anime there was no way he was going
to be the director again. The director for fruits basket 2019 is Yoshihide Ibata… who I honestly know nothing about? Already fans in the West have been so
excited for the new series *singing badly* And in America they actually had the first two
episodes show it like a pre-screening event. Americans got to see in theaters
and they got limited-edition merch and you know what? I’m not salty at all……. Anyways for many people in the West including myself Fruits Basket is one of
the first anime that had a major presence in my life. For the non fans
I’ll try to paint a picture. I remember going to cons in the mid-2000s and cons
at this time were very small and the dealer’s rooms were very small and the
amount of anime Goods was very small this was mostly because it was hard to
get goods from Japan it wasn’t he’s easy to order things
online etc … So certain anime dominated the dealer’s room I mean you got Death Note, Naruto Trigun, Chobits and of course Fruits basket. At the time my local
bookstore actually had stacks of fruits basket manga that said the best selling
shoujo series in North America and it was very weird to me to be able to see
manga in like a normal store… *awkward laugh???* It wasn’t a comic book stores like a chapters… Fruits
Basket is a shoujo classic but for many fans that is also a part of their
childhood. For that reason it is fine to be skeptical of the hype and I even plan
on kind of checking myself to make sure that when I’m praising fruits basket I
am not blinded merely by a nostalgia. I haven’t revisited Fruits basket as a
series in a few years now but I do remember the main story points. I am
excited to re-experience fruits basket because I believe depending on what
stage you are in your life you may relate to different characters every
time. I feel like I might get some hate for this but for example I remember when
I was young I really didn’t like Tohru. Mostly because I just wish she was more
assertive, less timid and just basically fit my own image of what was “cool” at the
time. To be fair I generally like characters that don’t take crap from
anyone and Tohru is kind of the opposite of that. As an adult I have become more empathetic towards Tohru and I can
understand that she is very emotionally strong she has the ability to forgive
almost anyone and be kind to anyone genuinely! I just I think that’s amazing…
In reality people are very frustrating selfish and mean at times but she is
just like… *angelic music?* Always able to forgive… that’s Tohru. I don’t know maybe at the time I
was just like too edgy or something to like her… I have no idea. Last time I reread fruits basket I really enjoyed the parts with Hatsuharu, Shigure and Arisa. Arisa is tohru’s best friend who is a delinquent and you
may have already known I liked her if you watched my anime girl delinquent
guide. Because I mentioned her and Fruits Basket in it briefly. *thigh slapping sound???* So tell me! Have you
heard about fruits basket before? If you’re a fan of it what do you think
about the new anime? I would love to hear people’s opinions.. Tell me your favorite
character in the comments below! It’s really exciting that this
show is hyped up again so you know… All the fans we can get together and… talk
about fruits basket! Like if you think cats should be a part of the zodiac…
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