Fruits Basket is one of the most eagerly awaited anime of 2019, and with good reason. The unique setting in the original manga provides a fresh take on the “reverse harem” genre, and the execution results in a world that is at once familiar and strange, sad and light-hearted, tense and funny. So it’s no surprise that it was translated to anime… in 2001.
I’m a fan of the 2001 adaptation: from the soothing strains of the opening, to the memorable characters that are the protagonist’s best friends, to the blending of myth and mundane as we are introduced to the daily lives of the members of the Zodiac. Unfortunately, the 2001 adaptation did not include the whole story, so a lot of us were excited to hear about the new version, which is supposed to contain the entire story.
Will it live up to, and even surpass, the level of the first anime? Only time will tell, but I think we’re off to a good start. The art has been brought up to date, with some gorgeous cityscapes and faces that are more defined than before. And Tohru’s mother is quite beautiful. It will take me some time, I think, to get used to the new appearances of the Soma boys; and visually Tohru seems a little too much like a generic “ordinary highschool girl”. But it’s not like we’re going to Hell in a fruits basket. If the spirit of the original story lives again, then these are small quibbles and the result should be at least worthy of our expectations.
Fruits Basket is fructiferous on Crunchyroll.