In light of Fruits Basket receiving a new anime adaptation, which no-one expected. After three weeks I’m still in shock. Now because this new adaptation will cover the entire manga series, we shouldn’t bother with the ‘other’ anime that people think lacks fruitiness?
Ah, my first old anime post and there is just many more to come my dear people. No clue how much I’ll get to posting, writing and watching but go with the flow. The first thing I instantly knew in wishing to talk about was Fruits Basket. It’s already made my 2019 after 21 years we are getting a new adaptation covering the whole manga, I’m sure people who’ve been watching anime past decade. Like myself is absolutely stoked for this but one thing crossed my mind, that the 2001 adaptation by Studio Deen will become forgotten.
The 2001 adaptation took a different route missing elements of the manga but it’s not a series cannot just push aside. It’s a 2000 classic to me in my eyes and just because it never followed the manga series back then. This oldie has it’s strong merits which make it special to an decade anime fan like myself. It still deserves in acknowledgement three reasons to not miss this fun-filled Fruits Basket.
Every rewatch over the years of this series has never failed to crack me up. The centre of the crack ups comes from the eccentric Sohma family. It’s sad the members of the Sohma’s have lived a curse that has caused more hurt to each member physiologically. But despite this fact, every member doesn’t let this fact run their lives entirely. When the series can become heavily focused on each members personal struggles, their are plenty of hysterical moments among the grimness. Truly each member of the Sohma is individual and more than easy to become attached too.
There is great comedic relief when things become dark, the series does so well that. In my full opinion to enjoy the series goofiness to the fullest extent. Definitely watch in the english dub voices like Laura Bailey (Tohru) Jerry Jewell (Kyo) Eric Vale (Yuki) will make you love this hilarious trio especially.
Tohru is one of the most adoring character in anime that feel she can do no wrong. Now if you would love to point out, she’s too goody shoes, you’ll have to step outside with me. Tohru can be as pure and good much as she wants, I’ll never get sick of it. BECAUSE the way this girl changes the lives for the Sohma family is rip your heart out, not knowing what to do with the feels. Props to Laura Bailey performance as Tohru, Laura kills it I tell you. A girl who’s faced a lot already in her life, loosing her mum, her home. Yet throughout the series finds reasons to keep on smiling, Tohru’s strength to always stride on is so touching.
The connection Tohru builds with each member is always moving and hilarious. Each new member she encounters something crazy always happens, catching Tohru off-guard – which is damn hilarious. Tohru is such an inspirational character that stays with you, she’s always been a favourite of mine for the last decade, people will nitpick at Tohru’s kindness and selflessness might be her weakness at glance. Tohru is quite naive at times but her openness with people and about giving chances. Tohru’s openness equally is her greatness strength also, the guarantee you’ll fall in love with Tohru is instant people.
Take my word for it!!
Lessons Of Life
The best thing you’ll ever take away from Fruit Basket whether this adaptation, the manga or new series is the hard hitting lessons that come with it. I feel like Tohru should just be a permanent councillor for others, the level of majority in her words and advice. When consoling any of the Sohma members is really hard hitting, to the truthful point as such in life. One lesson that I’ve never been able to forget was when Tohru was explaining to Kyo how we all have a “plum on our backs”. Referring to that one thing that makes us uniquely individual even if we don’t notice it, it’s always there.
Anime has this powerful way of conveying the truthiness in life lessons through it’s series. One of my favourites that does this so well is Fruits Basket covering on such topic of isolation, acceptance. The theme acceptance is the biggest stand out in this series and made a huge impact on me, through Kyo’s struggles. He’s the one out of anyone that learns the ripened delicacy what he’s missed out of life. The coverage on acceptance in this series is bloody touching honestly is all I can say, and it’s a tear jerker at times too.
If the rest of the world forgets about you old Fruits Basket when the new series takes over. I shall not forget. You will live on even after all this time. I’m still excited for this new adaptation of course, more people will know of this timeless classic, so they should. Hope you enjoy my read not to give this oldie adaptation just because we’re getting a new one. !!
The old content is finally coming out now people! I has been a busy Lita as of late.
I’ll see you all next post!!