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on 30 March 2013
Just to agree with the previous reviewer. If you have tears (of sorrow and joy) prepare to shed them.

The anime is only a slice of the much longer manga that continues long after the end of this DVD. You have to read that to find out what happens next.

To think I used to be a bloke.
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on 5 November 2007
well, what can i say its a great adaptation of the first 7 or 8 books of fruits baskets. The series on whole is stunning, but unfortunatley you dnt meet i think its. . . 2 of the zodiac members in the anime, which is slightly disapointing, and other small stories lines which are in the books (and are some of the juiciest) are not there (TwT) *sobs*. well apart from that, its brilliant, its a must see for anime fans. Its heart warming, hilarious (Ayame i love you!) *cough* you understand that wen you watch *cough* its meaningful, also it can bring tears to your eyes. everything balances out well in my opinion.

I love it, truely, and the english dub is fantastic, i know this because im sad enough to put the sub titles on while watching the english version! hehe. There are slight variations in whats said but no major changes from whats actually the subject in the scene.

hmmm.... what else, lets see, oh becasue its based on the first 7/8 books, it lacks some of the romance which goes on between tohru, Kyo and Yuki. But thats why im hoping and praying that there will be a second series one day so i can see where the anime is going, because it does leave you on a 'but what about this/that?' kinda thought when its over.

well this is an opinion of a 15year old girl. but hopefully you will find this review helpful, but personally i think you should because i have watched this anime well over 20 times, one of my favourites when going bed (^_^) and also i own the manga aswell, so i can compare the quality of the anime to the fantastic manga it was based on. well im babbling on.

hope you find this helpful.
and please give this anime a chance, you love it from the first episode (i can asure you)
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Imagine if you moved in with a new family and friends... and found out they turn into animals when you hug them.

That's what Tohru Honda has to deal with in "Fruits Basket," the adaptation of Natsuki Takaya's hit manga. And the manga adaptation is a delightful one -- while the ending gets changed, it's still charming, quirky, slapsticky and sprinkled with darker moments.

Tohru is living in the woods, with only her late mother's photo for company. Exploring one day, she wanders down to a large house, and bumps into the owners: flirtatious Shigure Sohma, and his gorgeous cousin Yuki -- the school's mysterious "Prince." After Tohru becomes ill and her tent is destroyed, Yuki and Shigure take her into their home as their new housekeeper... especially since the place is a pigsty.

But Yuki and Shigure are keeping some strange secrets. When Kyo Sohma bursts in to fight Yuki, Tohru tries to stop him -- and the three turn into a dog, cat, and rat. Turns out the Sohma family is cursed with the spirits of the Chinese zodiac, and become those animals whenever they're hugged by a member of the opposite sex. Surprisingly, the mysterious family head Akito allows Tohru to stay with Yuki and Shigure, as long as the volatile Kyo also stays.

And soon Tohru becomes even more wrapped up in the Sohma family, and befriends many members of the zodiac. She, Yuki and Kyo must deal with crazed fanclubs, flamboyant brothers, school festivals, New Year's loneliness, Valentine's day woes, trips to the hot springs, visits to Tohru's mother's grave, and Yuki's band of loyal stalkers.

But Tohru also learns more about the curse -- the traumatic pasts that Momiji, Yuki and Kyo keep hidden, the little "tiger" girl who is bullied into silence, and Hatori's tragic romance. And finally Tohru discovers the horrific secret that Kyo is hiding, and the true role of the angry, violent Akito...

It takes a little while for "Fruits Basket" to get going, but after a few episodes it finds its footing and charges ahead like Kagura. Just don't expect it to really have an ending -- it doesn't end so much as stop, on a particularly moving story about Kyo and Tohru.

There's lots of romantic tension, slapstick fight scenes (usually involving Kyo and somebody else), quirky comedy (Ayame's kooky cosplay shop), and amusingly tongue-in-cheek dialogue ("Sometimes it feels like the whole world is conspiring to destroy my house!").

But while the anime is somewhat more lighthearted than the manga, there's also a melancholy side to the story, centering on a curse that is ruining its victims' lives. In the midst of the comedy, we get glimpses of Tohru's tragic past, the families torn apart by the curse, and the Sohmas' isolation from the rest of the world.

Tohru herself is the most lovable character of the bunch -- she has a lot of sorrow over her mother's death and the unkindness of some of her relatives, but she compensates with optimism and friendliness. She borders on Pollyannishness occasionally, but is balanced out somewhat by her oddball friends.

And the Sohmas rule as far as quirkiness is concerned -- there's the quiet "Prince" Yuki, the volatile loner Kyo, and the charmingly kooky Shigure. The rest of the family is even more eccentric -- the flamboyant, charming Ayame, Yuki's prodigal brother who is trying ineptly to mend fences. Not to mention the volcanic Haru, the tragic Hatori, and half-German, deceptively cheerful Momiji.

"Fruits Basket" is by turns hilarious and bittersweet, with plenty of wacky antics, sad backstories and quirky characters. Delightful from beginning to end.
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on 11 January 2005
Fruits Basket really has a magic about it that sets it apart from all other anime.
Unfortunately, the final episodes used in this up-til-now wonderful anime were NOT the final episodes of the manga, which naturally means that there was still a lot of the storyline left hanging.
However, that really doesn't make the "curse of the cat" storyline any less riveting or heartbreaking.
As orphaned girl Tohru Honda adjusts to life with the Sohmas, she makes new friends and learns the family's incredible secrets, which are often far worse than the Zodiac Curse they live with.
So when the inevitable happens and she learns of the Sohma Family's darkest secret- Kyo Sohma's vengeful true form, her reaction will determine how much she has really learned about herself, and others. If she can't do what no-one else has done and accept him for what he is, her time with the Sohma's, and all of her wonderful memories, may go up in smoke.
This story was used in volume 6 of the manga, which I'm not ashamed to say had me crying by the end of the chapter!
The final moments are just so tender and sweet that they really put other classics such as Sailor Moon and Cardcaptors to shame.
Will there be a series two? I can only hope so- it seems a real shame to start something so wonderful, and then not finish it.
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Let's get this out of the way: the anime of Natsuki Takaya's "Fruits Basket" doesn't so much end as stop.

But that doesn't stop "Fruits Basket, Volume 4: The Clearing Sky" from being a truly, wrenchingly beautiful end to an adorable series. New zodiac members are introduced to Tohru and more madcap comedy ensues (courtesy of Ayame and the demented fanclub), but it reaches new heights in the final two episodes -- where Tohru's love and kindess are faced with new obstacles.

Yuki and Tohru make a weekend trip to Ayame's special clothing shop, and are promptly swept up into Hurricane Ayame, who is all too happy to regale Yuki with every detail of his oddball business. Can the brothers manage to bridge the gap that separates them -- and what exactly is "The Thing" that Ayame's girlfriend is dressing Tohru in?

And Tohru is confronted by a pair of new zodiac members. First she encounters Hiro, the antisocial "sheep" who resents her friendship with Kisa. Then she meets the beautiful, hyperapologetic daughter of the hot spring lady, Ritsu... only to discover that Ritsu is actually a very effeminate young man, who suffers from self-esteem so low that it dips below Atlantis.

And since Ritsu drives Kyo and Yuki crazy with his screaming apologies (and is teased constantly by Shigure), it's up to Tohru to help him regain some hope. Finally, the president of Yuki's fanclub is haunted by her impending graduation, only to find herself in conversation with the "prince" himself. Unfortunately, her jealousy wells up in front of him -- and she has to face the ugly truth about her own feelings.

But the story takes a truly dark turn when Kyo's beloved master Kazuma arrives at Shigure's house, and reveals a horrifying facet of Kyo's curse -- a ghastly transformation that horrifies anyone who sees it. And as she struggles to help Kyo, Tohru begins to learn the reason for Akito's anger and hatred.

"Fruits Basket, Volume 4: The Clearing Sky" doesn't end the series so much as hit pause -- the curse remains unbroken and the love triangle is still unresolved. As a sort of series climax, the writers even scripted in a harrowing encounter between Tohru and Akito, which gives the series the vague feeling of having been finished.

Before that end, we get "Fruits Basket's" signature mingling of heartwarming comedy and bittersweet drama. There are plenty of roiling emotions -- jealousy, loneliness, self-loathing -- but with the realization that there's always a glimmer of hope. The wrenching emotions reach a climax in the final two episodes, when the reasons for Kyo's loneliness are revealed, as well as Kagura's mad crush on him. Horror, romance and drama just soak every scene.

And we still get plenty of comedy, ranging from spoofs (Motoko's high-school drama) to hilarious sight gags (Ritsu rampaging with shrieks of "I'm sorry!"). Ayame provides most of the humor -- when he's not being sweet and vulnerable, he's rushing around in bridal drag and chitchatting about fashion with his girlfriend. Not to mention the "rice ball alien in a sailor suit!" that pops up randomly.

Tohru continues to be a shining beacon at the series' heart -- she's sweet, kind, accepting, and cannot help but try to be kind to anyone, even when Hiro steals her purse and insults her. On the flipside, Kyo's feelings of loneliness and misery are absolutely palpable near the end -- and considering what he turns into, it's not hard to see why.

In fact, all the characters we see are pretty lovable -- Yuki is quiet, cool and a lot tougher than he appears, while Ayame and his girlfriend are insane and quirky, Kisa and Ritsu are adorable, and Shigure is winningly sadistic. Even the deranged hot springs lady appears ("I'm SORRY! I'll do it again! I never should have put myself into the reel! What was I thinking?! I'm SORRY!" "I told him we shouldn't have asked her to come...").

The fourth and final volume of the beautiful, hilarious "Fruits Basket" series sadly wasn't able to finish the storyline -- but it's still a brilliant finale.
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Imagine if you moved in with a new family and friends... and found out they turn into animals when you hug them.

That's what Tohru Honda has to deal with in "Fruits Basket," the adaptation of Natsuki Takaya's hit manga. And the manga adaptation is a delightful one -- while the ending gets changed, it's still charming, quirky, slapsticky and sprinkled with darker moments.

Tohru is living in the woods, with only her late mother's photo for company. Exploring one day, she wanders down to a large house, and bumps into the owners: flirtatious Shigure Sohma, and his gorgeous cousin Yuki -- the school's mysterious "Prince." After Tohru becomes ill and her tent is destroyed, Yuki and Shigure take her into their home as their new housekeeper... especially since the place is a pigsty.

But Yuki and Shigure are keeping some strange secrets. When Kyo Sohma bursts in to fight Yuki, Tohru tries to stop him -- and the three turn into a dog, cat, and rat. Turns out the Sohma family is cursed with the spirits of the Chinese zodiac, and become those animals whenever they're hugged by a member of the opposite sex. Surprisingly, the mysterious family head Akito allows Tohru to stay with Yuki and Shigure, as long as the volatile Kyo also stays.

And soon Tohru becomes even more wrapped up in the Sohma family, and befriends many members of the zodiac. She, Yuki and Kyo must deal with crazed fanclubs, flamboyant brothers, school festivals, New Year's loneliness, Valentine's day woes, trips to the hot springs, visits to Tohru's mother's grave, and Yuki's band of loyal stalkers.

But Tohru also learns more about the curse -- the traumatic pasts that Momiji, Yuki and Kyo keep hidden, the little "tiger" girl who is bullied into silence, and Hatori's tragic romance. And finally Tohru discovers the horrific secret that Kyo is hiding, and the true role of the angry, violent Akito...

It takes a little while for "Fruits Basket" to get going, but after a few episodes it finds its footing and charges ahead like Kagura. Just don't expect it to really have an ending -- it doesn't end so much as stop, on a particularly moving story about Kyo and Tohru.

There's lots of romantic tension, slapstick fight scenes (usually involving Kyo and somebody else), quirky comedy (Ayame's kooky cosplay shop), and amusingly tongue-in-cheek dialogue ("Sometimes it feels like the whole world is conspiring to destroy my house!").

But while the anime is somewhat more lighthearted than the manga, there's also a melancholy side to the story, centering on a curse that is ruining its victims' lives. In the midst of the comedy, we get glimpses of Tohru's tragic past, the families torn apart by the curse, and the Sohmas' isolation from the rest of the world.

Tohru herself is the most lovable character of the bunch -- she has a lot of sorrow over her mother's death and the unkindness of some of her relatives, but she compensates with optimism and friendliness. She borders on Pollyannishness occasionally, but is balanced out somewhat by her oddball friends.

And the Sohmas rule as far as quirkiness is concerned -- there's the quiet "Prince" Yuki, the volatile loner Kyo, and the charmingly kooky Shigure. The rest of the family is even more eccentric -- the flamboyant, charming Ayame, Yuki's prodigal brother who is trying ineptly to mend fences. Not to mention the volcanic Haru, the tragic Hatori, and half-German, deceptively cheerful Momiji.

"Fruits Basket" is by turns hilarious and bittersweet, with plenty of wacky antics, sad backstories and quirky characters. Delightful from beginning to end.
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on 12 June 2007
I started to read the manga of Fruits Basket, and then found out it was out as an anime. As the manga was so good, i couldn't wait to the watch the anime. So i did, an i loved every episode! It's seriously hilarious and at some points left me in tears. An amazing anime, so buy buy buy!!!
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on 31 December 2007
Fruits Basket is an anime series composing of 26 episodes based on the popular manga series of the same name. The DVD set comprises of 4 discs:

1. A Great Transformation?
2. What Becomes of Snow?
3. Puddles of Memories
4. The Clearing Sky

The extras include interviews with the Japanese voice actors and an interview with the director. There are no plans for a second series as apparently the manga creator didn't like the anime series. However, the anime stands alone as a completed work.

As you probably know, the story consists of Tohru and her life living with the cursed members of the Sohma family including the school `prince' Yuki. The plots are a mixture of comedy, romance and drama.

I first found the series online *ahem* and the story intrigued me enough to rent the series from amazon. I absolutely loved it. At first Tohru seemed like a Mary Sue; perfect in every way and everyone loves her but she wins you over as do all the other characters.

Episode 8 with Hatori really won me over as being really touching and sweet as I did not expect such depth of emotion to come from an anime. I own the DVDs and happily watch them when I need a good laugh or cry.

I recommend this series for anyone wanting to try anime and will appeal to girls especially! This series is a popular classic.
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on 9 December 2010
This product is the complete series of Fruits Basket

The Packaging is slimline.

It's a small think card sleeve housing two thin DVD cases. This can make it feel a bit cheap I think but overal it's nice.

The episodes aren't named, I don't know if it's because they never where. But they are listed clearly and overal navigation is easy and simple.

We have a 42" HD TV and you have to adjust the resolution so it ends up playing at 3/4 the screen size. I think this is just because the anime is old though.

Overal I am pleased witht his product and it's worth a buy :)
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on 7 April 2008
Fruits Basket = Love

An absolutly beautiful anime! I was hooked from start to finish. The characters are all so cute and the story is so strong and meaningful!

Though the series is only 26 episodes it is definatly worth buying! You won't regret it!
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