Did any of you see this coming? I bet some of you saw this coming. I also peaked, and I am not the only person covering Fruits Basket in 12 Days of Anime. So, sorry if you are tired of reading about Fruits Basket but I am going to talk about it, and this probably is not going to be the last post I write about it either. This is a revisit because I reviewed the show in what seems likes forever ago, 2015, for Anniversary Review Week, but I just have some things I wanted to discuss about the show since my opinion of it has changed slightly and there were a couple of things that have changed since 2015. So today for Day 3 of 12 Days of Anime we are looking at the anime that was one of the first I ever watched and its revival one of my most anticipated anime of 2019.
One plus side to breaking your leg and being stuck at home is that you have a lot of free time. A LOT of free time. This gave me the ability to re-watch Fruits Basket (again) after thinking that the news of its revival was nothing but a hallucination. That is what happens when you get on Twitter between your third and fourth naps of the day.
Did you all see that trailer though?! It looks so good!
I first watched Fruits Basket over a decade ago not long after my parents got rid of their dial-up internet and on our old computer that took forever to do, well, anything. Nevertheless, I sat back in our spare bedroom/office and watched this anime my best friend had recommended. It was the first anime I watched on a computer and also the first anime my mom walked in on me crying about. It was a show that, at the moment, was perfect to me, and while I see that it has some flaws there is still one thing that keeps this show very important to me. Nostalgia. With it being a show that helped form my anime interest, I am unable to hate on it too much. I can nitpick and can see where many things can be improved on, but I would be lying to you if I said that during my most recent re-watch I did not cry at the ending. Upset Kyo will forever make me cry, and oh god that is probably just gonna get worse.
My opinion of Fruits Basket has changed a bit since 2015 because while I had checked out the manga a little bit over the years, I actually went through a year or two ago and read a lot more of it. Thanks to that 2015 review I decided to pick up the manga where the anime left off, but after doing the typical “hey let me search google and see where to start” I learned that starting from the beginning of the manga is pretty much your best bet. Because, as I am sure many of you know, things in the anime are not always identical to the manga. Mind-blowing, right? And Fruits Basket was no exception.
The anime left some things out, changed some other stuff, and was not even able to introduce some characters. Most of which were probably due to the limited number of episodes they were given, and also because the manga was not concluded yet. They had no idea what was going to happen. That makes it hard to jump between them because all of a sudden Kureno pops up and you have no idea who he is so then you try to find out when he really comes into play…only to find out that starting at the beginning was really what you should have done. It is also weird to find out things about the original anime that I never knew before. Like that the mangaka did not like that Studio Deen did with the anime, or that Funimation had fans fold 1000 cranes and sent them to Studio Deen in hopes of getting a second season. I also still have my mind blown when I watch the original English dub and hear Eric Vale as Yuki. That throws me off to this day. Just finding out things like that changes how you feel about it.
But! That does not mean I hate the original show. I will always love it. It is just that now if people ask me if they should watch it my answer is no, just watch the new one. The new one is gonna cover the parts of the manga that set it apart from other manga like it, which will make it more enjoyable in the long run. Plus, the parts of the original anime that I loved are still going to be there and will probably be expanded upon in the new show. Plus, it is not like they can get rid of Kyo and as long as Kyo is there, I am there.
This may sound kind of stupid, but Kyo having red/orange hair and getting mocked for his appearance was something that really spoke to me. I related to Kyo a lot and he was the first anime character that I remember having red hair and also got picked on because of it. Sure, Ichigo did too sometimes but never in a hateful way. Kyo was tormented by some people because of his hair color and it was hard for him to have to deal with. I am a natural redhead myself and I got picked on a lot because of my hair when I was younger. All the old ladies at Walmart would compliment my hair, but then I would go to school and get made fun of for it. The mockery was something Kyo was not quite able to overcome completely in the original but seeing him still be able to function and fight back was very important to me. Looking like I did would not define who I was and if people tried to put me in a box, I would fight tooth and nail to get out of that. Kyo helped teach me that.
I guess the point of this post is just that I love Fruits Basket. The original, the manga, “Fruits Basket Another”, and it is highly likely the remake too. I am so excited about this series coming back and never thought the rough year that was 2018 would end with such wonderful news. Now we just need to find out when they are going to start airing this adaptation of the entire manga. Man, just typing “entire manga” gets me really excited about what we are going to see. Yuki with the student council! Kureno! Ah, Momiji’s stuff! I just cannot wait.
Anyway, that was just me rambling on about Fruits Basket for a little while today. It is safe to say that I will probably cry even more during this remake. Let me know what you think about this new series. Which character are you the most excited about seeing again? Are you team YukixTohru or the better option of KyoxTohru? Okay, that was a joke but I am a KyoxTohru fan. Any more fun facts you would like to share? Let me know down below!
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