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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (194 votes)

Released: 2011-06-14

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Fruits Basket Complete Series: Collector's Edition by Funimation Prod

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Movie Details

Director
Justin Cook
Studio
Funimation Prod
Runtime
580
Rated
NR (Not Rated)
Binding
DVD

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Description

The Sohmas are a family cursed, a curse which has led to their isolation for generations. When any single member of the family is embraced by a person of the opposite gender, they transform into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac! The Sohma’s have managed to keep this embarrassing little secret hidden for many, many years… That is, until young Tohru Honda stumbles into their life. Inspiring some and infuriating others, Tohru manages to turn life in this most unusual household upside down as Zodiac rivals clash. But above all, she must promise to keep their secret as one of her own… Or face the consequences!

• Collector’s Edition features a remastered footage, a series guide booklet and over 3 hours of extras including some never before seen content!

Actors

  • Laura Bailey
  • Jerry Jewell
  • Eric Vale
  • John Burgmeier
  • Kent Williams

Format

  • Animated
  • Subtitled
  • Collector's Edition
  • Color
  • Full Screen

Editorial Review

Fruits Basket (the name refers to a children's game similar to “The Farmer in the Dell”) has all the elements of a classic shojo (girl's) series: a sweetly domestic heroine, unconventional living arrangements, and two romantic candidates–one exquisitely gentle, the other hiding a heart of gold beneath a thorny exterior. Sixteen-year-old orphan Tohru Honda has been living in a tent when she meets the Sohma family. Handsome, intelligent Yuki is the most popular boy in school; his older cousin Shigura is a pulp novelist; Kiyo, another cousin, is a hot-tempered, red-haired martial artist. Members of the Sohma family labor under a curse: when embraced by a member of the opposite sex, they turn into animals from the Chinese zodiac: Yuki becomes a rat; Shigure, a dog; Kiyo, a cat. (According to legend, the cat failed to attend the feast held by Buddha at which the animals of the zodiac were chosen, but Tohru adores cats.) After short time, they return to human form–naked. The set-up owes a lot to Ranma 1/2, but Fruits Basket is a schmaltzy romantic comedy, not a martial-arts farce.

Tohru moves into this weird household and wins everyone's heart by cooking, cleaning, and keeping their secret. She also functions as an in-house Dear Abby, helping all the Sohmas with their emotional problems, which grow increasingly sentimental as the series progresses. Adolescent girls are clearly the target audience for Fruits Basket. (Unrated, suitable for age 13 and older, violence, mild profanity, minor risqué humor, tobacco use) –Charles Solomon

More Details

Binding
DVD
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1
Disks
5

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