Anime Review – Fruits Basket

Fruits-Basket-(S)It’s the Chinese zodiac gone wild in a ridiculously calm and gleeful way. But if you’re in the mood for something serene and relaxing. For an anime that charms you to your core and makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. One that grants you great life lessons, is fanservice free and that inspires you through tough times. Then it’s time to sit down and let Tohru Honda take up the screen in front of you. Somehow, watching this anime seems to have the effect of drinking tea, lighting incense and sitting in a massage chair combined. Yeah, it’s pretty nice.

Now, if you want non stop action that gets your adrenaline racing then you might find yourself still lacking that ‘hit’ after watching this. Likewise if you’re a severely unemotional person then you might not appreciate the rather dramatic side of this anime. But if you appreciate drama, human emotions, snippets of comedic brilliance, and, as aforementioned, just generally want some time to de-stress and wind down from a long day, then you’ve hit your mark!

When the eyes to face ratio reaches 1:1 it can only be described as adorable. Source: Studio Deen
When the eyes to face ratio reaches 1:1 it can only be described as adorable.   Source: Studio Deen

The characterisation is diverse and purposeful. These are not your stereotypical or archetypal characters. From Kyo to Hana, the range of unique personalities (and their problems!) will keep you entangled in a web of emotion. But unlike a spider web which will scarily snare you, this one will cuddle you and let you leave when you want to. Watching a few episodes of Fruits Basket means you’ll always be left satisfied with a truly comforting life lesson – especially if you’re going through tough times.

Unfortunately the plot isn’t quite as strong as the characters themselves. Don’t get me wrong, the plot isn’t bad. This isn’t an anime made to rely on an intensely intricate plotline. It’s simple. And that suits it. But sometimes I feel there’s just a little bit more to be desired from it. I know what you’re thinking, and no, not in a sexual way!

Yes. Tohru comes up with some spectacular facial expressions. Source: Studio Deen
Yes. Tohru comes up with some spectacular facial expressions.   Source: Studio Deen

The sound and animation are by no means bad, but they are a little outdated. However considering how old the anime is, they still stack up quite well, and I believe they fit well with the lifestyle nature of the show and the soothing vibe it brings with it.

For a while I had to ponder why this anime was called Fruits Basket. But I personally feel it’s because this anime has a bit of everything…except action. Perhaps that was the metaphorical pineapple that got left out of the basket.

Thank you for reading my review!

Rating: 7/10

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