Fruits Basket

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  • TV-PG
  • 2001
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.9  (6,162)

Fruits Basket is a beloved anime series that aired on TV Tokyo in 2001. The show was based on the manga of the same name by Natsuki Takaya and quickly became a fan favorite due to its unique storytelling, lovable characters, and gorgeous animation. The story follows a young girl named Tohru Honda, who, after the death of her mother, begins living in a tent in the woods. While on her way to school, she stumbles upon the home of the Sohma family, who takes her in after discovering her living situation. Tohru quickly learns that the Sohmas are cursed and turn into animals from the Chinese Zodiac when they are under stress or hugged by someone of the opposite sex.

As Tohru begins to uncover the truth about the Sohma family and their curse, she becomes entangled in their lives and forms deep connections with many of the members. The cast of Fruits Basket is extensive, and each character has their own complex backstory and personality, ranging from the warm and caring Momiji to the enigmatic and moody Akito.

The lead character, Tohru Honda, is a kind and compassionate girl who values friendship and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Her optimism and positivity are a refreshing change from some of the darker themes presented throughout the show. Yui Horie's performance as Tohru is exceptional, showcasing a range of emotions that perfectly capture the character's infectious spirit.

Kotono Mitsuishi gives a standout performance as Shigure Sohma, the laid-back, charming cousin of the Sohma family who often serves as a mediator between the different members. Aya Hisakawa also delivers an excellent performance as Yuki Sohma, the soft-spoken, reserved member of the Sohma family who struggles to connect with others due to his past traumas.

Tomokazu Seki brings a depth to the character of Kyo Sohma, the fiery and hot-headed member of the Sohma family who harbors a deep-seated anger and resentment towards the rest of his family. Nazuka Kaori is also brilliant as Tohru's best friend Arisa Uotani, a tough girl with a heart of gold.

The animation in Fruits Basket is beautiful, perfectly capturing the emotions and movements of the characters. The colors are vibrant and eye-catching, and the backgrounds and setting are detailed and immersive. The music by Masaya Matsutake is also a standout, adding to the emotional depth of the show with its melancholic and uplifting themes.

Fruits Basket explores themes of friendship, family, trauma, and self-acceptance, and it handles these topics with a sensitivity and nuance that makes the show feel both raw and gentle. The dialogue is well-written, and the characters all feel like fully-realized individuals with their own hopes, fears, and motivations.

Overall, Fruits Basket is a beautiful and emotionally resonant anime that has stood the test of time. Its lovable characters, gorgeous animation, and engaging storytelling have made it a classic, and it remains beloved by fans around the world.

Fruits Basket is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (83 episodes). The series first aired on July 5, 2001.

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See You Again Soon
13. See You Again Soon
June 28, 2021
Tohru, the Somas, and all of their friends prepare for the next chapters of their lives.
You Fought Well
12. You Fought Well
June 21, 2021
Akito makes a drastic choice that will affect the futures of the whole Soma family.
11. Goodbye
June 14, 2021
Kyo finally tells Tohru what he should have told her in the first place. And we finally hear the true, original zodiac story.
I Just Love Her
10. I Just Love Her
June 7, 2021
After a fight, Yuki and Kyo each figure out what they want to do next.
What's Your Name?
9. What's Your Name?
May 31, 2021
Yuki goes looking for Kyo. Tohru and Akito finally connect, but then they both get a shock.
I'm Disappointed in You
8. I'm Disappointed in You
May 24, 2021
Kyo and Tohru have a painful conversation.
That's Right, It's Empty
7. That's Right, It's Empty
May 17, 2021
Kyo has a nightmare about the mothers in his life. Akito and Ren are still dealing with Akira's death.
It Was So Foolish
6. It Was So Foolish
May 10, 2021
Kyo is thinking about the past. Tohru is thinking about the future. But they're both thinking about each other.
I Mean... You Know, Right?
5. I Mean... You Know, Right?
May 3, 2021
Momiji seems completely different this school year! He's got a taller body and a deeper voice, but has anything changed on the inside?
I'm... Home
4. I'm... Home
April 26, 2021
The Somas get increasingly worried when no one can find Rin.
I Hope It Snows Soon
3. I Hope It Snows Soon
April 19, 2021
A shocking rumor spreads about Machi. Love confessions are in the air, too: Kaibara High School's seniors are rushing to gain closure with their secret crushes before graduation.
That's an Unwavering Truth
2. That's an Unwavering Truth
April 12, 2021
Tohru isn't sure who to talk to, or how many secrets to keep. Meanwhile, one of Shigure's secrets begins coming to light.
I'll Hold Another Banquet
1. I'll Hold Another Banquet
April 5, 2021
As Season 3 begins, Tohru struggles to digest all the new information she's learned from Kureno.
Where to Watch Fruits Basket
Fruits Basket is available for streaming on the TV Tokyo website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Fruits Basket on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 5, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (6,162)