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Postby Ensign Janitor Tzap » Fri May 12, 2017 8:49 pm

Fruits Basket (TV)
[ adapted from Fruits Basket (manga) ]

Alternative title:
Furuba (Japanese)
Корзинка фруктов (Russian)
フルーツバスケット (Japanese)
幻影天使 (Chinese (Taiwan))
후르츠 바스켓 (Korean)

Genres: comedy, drama, romance, supernatural
Themes: bishounen, Chinese zodiac, family, kindness, school
Objectionable content: Mild

Plot Summary: Tohru Honda is 16 year old orphaned girl who gets invited to live in the house of her classmate, the handsome boy Sohma Yuki, and his cousins, 16 year old Kyo and 27 year old Shigure. However, these young men and parts of the rest of their family (both close and distant) hold a curse; if they are hugged by the opposite gender, they transform into animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Everyday is an adventure for sweet Tohru, as she gets to know everyone in the large family better (especially Yuki and Kyo), in both common and bizarre situations. But, the Sohma Family curse is certainly no laughing matter... it also holds horrible cruelity and heartbreak.

Running time: 24 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Vintage: 2001-07-05 to 2001-12-27

Where you can find them:
They are streaming on a bunch of sites, that I can't tell you about. :-#
The Manga's and DVD's are out there, but you'll need to do some searching.

From: Wikipedia


When high school student Tohru Honda's mother dies in a car crash, Tohru decides to live with her grandfather. Renovations on the house and unsupportive and unkind family members cause her to move out of her grandfather's house temporarily and, since she has nowhere else to go, Tohru begins living in a tent and supporting herself. That is, until she finds a home in the least likely of places, inhabited by her popular classmate Yuki Sohma and his cousin Shigure. The first day Tohru moves into the Sohma house, an orange haired teenager crashes through the roof of her new bedroom and starts attacking Yuki. This newcomer is Kyo, Yuki and Shigure's aggressively angry cousin. Once Kyo loses quickly to Yuki, he tries to fight him again. When he’s about to attack, Tohru tries to stop him, but slips on an article of clothing, making her fall onto Kyo’s back. When this happens, Tohru discovers something big about the Sohmas.

The Sohmas live with a curse. Twelve members of the family (not including Kyo, who is the cat) are possessed by spirits of the Chinese zodiac and turn into their zodiac animal when they are weak, under stress, embarrassed, or when hugged by someone of the opposite sex.

When Tohru discovers the Sohmas' secret, she promises not to tell and is allowed to keep living with them. Although the Sohmas' curse is deeper and darker than Tohru realized, her presence and her acceptance of them soon becomes a large, positive influence on those possessed by the zodiac. She sets out to break the curse and, on the way, meets and discovers the Sohma's vengeful zodiac spirits. Each has a different personality, just like the animals in the Chinese zodiac. One by one, Tohru's existence changes the Sohma clan's lives forever.

Differences between manga and anime

The anime is based on the critically acclaimed manga. As the manga was ongoing during the anime's production, the animated series makes some changes to the story. Several events are combined; some events, such as Tohru's first meeting with Momiji and all references to Tohru's baseball cap, never happen. The anime makes no mention that Yuki and Kyo have met Tohru's mother or that Kyo blames himself for her death. Many of the events surrounding the revealing of Kyo's true form are greatly changed in the anime, including adding an extended chase sequence and Tohru meeting Akito in the woods, none of which happen in the manga.

While the anime faithfully adapts most of the characters from the manga series, it does make some changes. In the manga, Momiji is half-German and half-Japanese and regularly speaks German, particularly when he first meets Tohru. In the anime no German is spoken. Shigure's darker side is toned down in the anime; many remarks he makes in the manga that hint at a hidden agenda are left out, along with most of his early scenes with Akito. In the anime, Akito is biologically male and will die at a young age because of the curse, while in the manga, Akito is biologically female but brought up as male and is not dying. This served as a shocking plot twist in the manga, since almost everybody thought that Akito was male. Additionally, Isuzu "Rin" Sohma, the Horse, and Kureno Sohma, the Rooster, are never mentioned or shown in the anime. Finally, the curse is not lifted in the anime because it only covers the first half of the manga, at the most, and the happy ending does not occur until the series is finished.


Way to many, just take the link: ... characters


The title of the series is taken from a children's game, Fruits Basket (フルーツバスケット furūtsu basuketto?, where the 'tsu' represents the 't' in "fruit", making it plural in an incorrect way), in which the participants sit in a circle, and the leader of the game names each person after a type of fruit; when the name of a child's fruit is called, that child gets up and has to find a new seat. When the protagonist, Tohru Honda first plays this game in kindergarten, she is assigned "onigiri", by her cruel classmates, but she does not mind because she thinks onigiri are delicious. Once the game is finished, and all of the children but Tohru are called, Tohru realizes that onigiri are not a type of fruit at all, and she realizes that she does not belong. Tohru comes to associate this game with the Sohma family, and that she does not fit in among them any more than an onigiri does in a basket of fruit. In volume 1 of the manga, after Yuki and Kyo bring Tohru home from her grandfather's house, she begins to feel like she belongs with the Sohma family. After this, she imagines herself as a child hearing "onigiri" called in the game, symbolizing that she has finally found her place.

Natsuki Takaya named most of the twelve Sohmas cursed by zodiac animals after archaic names of month in the former Japanese lunisolar calendar that corresponds to their zodiac animal. The exceptions are Kureno and Momiji, whose names were swapped by mistake; Kyo, because he's the cat, is not part of the official zodiac.
{Did a re-watch of this.}

This was a Manga that was later made into an anime.
But the Anime isn't complete, it only goes about half way.

About a homeless girl(Tohru Honda), who is taken in by a bunch of males, to be their livin maid.
But the men of the Sohma clan have a strange curse that has been placed upon them.
Whenever a female that is not of the Sohma clan, embraces anyone of them.
They transform in to one of the animals of the Chinese zodiac.
This of course causes all sorts of problems for Tohru, and the men of the Sohma Clan.
In that, Tohru must keep their secret, if she wants to still have a roof over her head.
And the Sohma men need to learn how to live with Tohru, and she with them.
Tohru later takes it upon herself to break the curse, and as she gets to know the Sohma Clan members.
{In the anime, it doesn't show Tohru actually breaking the curse.}
She and they are slowly changed for the better.

So this is a reversed harem rom-com, with Tohru as the central protagonist.
There is some supernatural aspects, in that anyone learning the secret of the Sohma Clan,
normally has they're memory wiped of this fact.
And there is Kyo's curse of what is his real form is.

Character Drawings and backgrounds are good, normally.
But at times the body proportions are very strange looking.
As are the animal drawings.

Dub & Sub was okay.

Silly at times, especially the over the top antics of some characters.
{Like the Yuki Fan Club Girls that show up from time to time, and are driven off by Tohru's friends.}
But the show goes more in to the social stigma's of society, and family.
Differences between members of ones own family, and being left out from the rest of a group.
Though the series does this comically, and over exaggerated at times.
Plus, there is a cartoon character of a rice ball\cake that shows up as a insert joke.
Or ridiculous skits that are get squeezed in between scenes.

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